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The year 1926 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.
- 1 January: 2RN, the first radio broadcasting station in the Irish Free State, goes on air.
- 18 April: The Polskie Radio company begins regular broadcasts from Warsaw, Poland.
- May 15: American Telephone & Telegraph establishes the Broadcasting Company of America; containing WCAP in Washington, D.C., WEAF in New York, and the mini-network between both stations.
- 29 May: The Finnish national broadcasting company Yleisradio is founded.
- 29 May: VPRO (the Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep) is established in the Netherlands.
- 12 June: Radio Kaunas begins regular broadcasting in Lithuania.
- July 1: American Telephone & Telegraph exits the station ownership realm, selling off WEAF, WCAP, and their mini-network, to RCA. The latter station is merged into time-share WRC (AM) and takes the latter stations' callsign.
- September 13: Formation of the National Broadcasting Company by RCA is announced in newspaper advertisements around the country.
- 10 November: Unión Radio takes over station EAJ-1 Radio Barcelona, laying the foundation for the creation of Spain's first national radio network.
- 18 December: Regular radio broadcasting begins in Estonia.
- 24 December: The first singing jingle commercial is heard on WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota.