1927 in radio
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The year 1927 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.
- 1 January: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) takes over the activities and operations of the former British Broadcasting Company (1922–26).
- January 1: NBC makes the first ever coast-to-coast network radio broadcast of a Rose Bowl Game.
- January 1: NBC takes control of WJZ in New York City -- the beginning of the NBC Blue Network.
- 2 January: The Reverend Claude Lhande makes the first religious broadcast on French radio, beginning a series of talks on Radio Paris entitled L'Évangile par dessus les Toits.
- January 21: A performance in Chicago, Illinois, of Faust is the first opera to be broadcast over a national radio network.
- February 23: The Federal Radio Commission (later to be replaced by the Federal Communications Commission) is created by Calvin Coolidge.
- 4 March: First broadcast from the Wileńskie Biuro Radiotechniczne radio station in Vilnius (then in Poland, now in Lithuania).
- 11 March: Station PCJJ, based at the Philips Laboratories in Eindhoven, makes the first short-wave broadcasts from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies. PCJJ is thought to be the first distinct short-wave service having its own programming rather than simulcasting a domestic broadcaster.
- 31 March: The Philips company scores a publicity coup when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands addresses the colonial population via its PCJJ transmitter.
- 6 May: Türk Telsiz-Telefon Anonim Şirketi ("Turkish Wireless Telephony Ltd") begins radio broadcasting in Istanbul.
- 1 June: Radio Rennes PTT begins regular transmissions in Brittany.
- July 1: 23 Canadian radio stations combine forces to make the country's first nationwide broadcast, covering celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation.
- August 2: Under pressure by the Federal Government on the Ku Klux Klan (owners and operators of WTRC in Brooklyn, New York via their Twentieth [District] Republican Club), the station is relocated to Mount Vernon, Virginia, its call letters changed to WTFF, and ownership transferred to The Fellowship Forum, a newspaper published by the Klan. WTRC and WTFF were the origins of the current Washington, D.C., station WFED.
- 21 August: The BBC starts high-power medium-wave transmissions to the English Midlands from station 5GB Daventry on 610 kHz.
- 17 November: The Italian broadcasting company URI (Unione Radiofonica Italiana) is absorbed by the state-owned EIAR (Ente Italiano per le Audizioni Radiofoniche), forerunner of today's RAI.
- 28 December: AVRO (the Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep) is established in the Netherlands.
- January 1: The NBC Blue Network commences operations, on what was the former experimental RCA mini-network of stations. WJZ in New York (today WABC) serves as the Blue Network's flagship.
- January 1: The United Independent Broadcasters network is established by New York talent agent Arthur Judson in Chicago, Illinois. The Columbia Phonograph Company (Columbia Records' parent company) surfaces as an investor in April, and the network is named after the company.
- February 18: Cities Service Concerts debuts on NBC after having had "trial broadcasts in local New York market" in 1925-26.
- April: WFCI at Pawtucket, Rhode Island & owned by Frank Crook, Inc. begins broadcasting. WFCI would sign off but re-establish itself in 1941.
- September 18: The Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System is officially launched on 16 stations nationwide. Cigar manufacturer William S. Paley purchases the company a week later and shortens the name to Columbia Broadcasting System
- January 24: Stan Brooks, American radio journalist (died 2013)
- January 27: Nancy Dickerson, an American pioneering radio and television newswoman.
- January 29: Don Morrow, an American actor and announcer.
- June 24: Chuck Niles, (died 2004), only jazz disc jockey to be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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- First Radio Broadcast in Vilnius
- http://www.bureauafrique.nl/autresdepartements/africa/Radionetherlandsturns60/aboutrnw_history#founding Official history of Radio Netherlands
- http://archives.cbc.ca/on_this_day/07/01/ CBC digital archive
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
- Radio Digest, September 1927, quoted in: McLeod, Elizabeth (September 20, 2002). CBS—In the Beginning, History of American Broadcasting. Retrieved on 2007-01-01. The sixteen stations were: WOR in Newark; WAIU (now WTVN) in Columbus, Ohio; WCAO in Baltimore; WCAU (now WPHT) in Philadelphia; WEAN (now WPRV) in Providence; WFBL in Syracuse; WGHP (now WXYT) in Detroit; WJAS in Pittsburgh; WKRC in Cincinnati; WMAK (now WBEN) in Buffalo-Lockport; WMAQ in Chicago; WNAC (now WRKO) in Boston; WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana; KMOX in St. Louis; and KOIL in Council Bluffs, Iowa.