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The year 1939 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting.
- 17 June – A trans-Atlantic radio broadcast features coloratura soprano Ewa Bandrowska-Turska singing four songs by Karol Szymanowski from Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland, for a United States audience on WENR.
- 15 July – Inauguration of DZRH, one of the oldest radio stations in the Philippines.
- 29 July – In France, with war on the horizon, a package of decrees tightens the state's control of public radio and obliges all private stations to broadcast, unedited, the government's Radio-Journal in place of their own news programmes.
- 7 August – Official test transmissions begin from Radio Andorra. The station is ceremonially inaugurated two days later by the French Minister of Public Works, Anatole de Monzie.
- 3 September – Fireside chat: On the European War.
- 3 September – Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, announces on the BBC at 11.15 local time (10.15 GMT) that "this country is at war with Germany".
- 11 December – Havana, Cuba's CMQ (since 1959, state-owned Radio Rebelde) becomes the first affiliate for the NBC Red Network based outside of the United States and Canada.
- 12 December – James M. Cox gains control of WSB and a 40 percent interest in WAGA, both in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 22 December – KORN begins broadcasting in Fremont, Nebraska, on 1370 kHz.
- 25 December – Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is read for the first time on American radio (CBS).
- 14 January: Honolulu Bound debuts on CBS.
- 16 January: I Love a Mystery debuts on west coast NBC stations.
- 21 January: Brenthouse debuts on the Blue Network.
- 23 January: Doc Barclay's Daughters debuts on CBS.
- 13 February: The Carters of Elm Street debuts on NBC.
- 19 February: Norman Corwin's radio series Words Without Music is premiered on the CBS Radio Network.
- 25 March: Arch Oboler's Plays debuts on NBC.
- 3 April: Mr. District Attorney (1939–1952) debuts on NBC.
- 7 April: Author, Author debuts on Mutual.
- 29 May: When a Girl Marries debuts on CBS.
- 29 May: The Affairs of Anthony debuts on the Blue Network.
- 5 June: Caroline's Golden Store debuts on NBC.
- 18 June: The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1939-1948) debuts on CBS.
- 2 July: The Aldrich Family debuts on NBC.
- 3 July: Blondie debuts on CBS.
- 4 July: Alec Templeton Time debuts on NBC.
- 6 August: The Dinah Shore Show debuts on the Blue Network.
- 1 September: At 20.15 local time the BBC's Home Service begins transmission: this will be the Corporation's only domestic radio channel for the first four months of World War II.
- 11 September: Brenda Curtis debuts on CBS.
- 7 October: Art for Your Sake debuts on NBC.
- 9 October: By Kathleen Norris debuts on CBS.
- 16 October: Against the Storm debuts on NBC.
- 17 October: Captain Midnight debuts on WGN.
- 19 October: Don Winslow of the Navy debuts on the Blue Network.
- 25 December: The Bartons debuts on the Blue Network.
- (December, undated): WCAR, Pontiac, Michigan, begins broadcasting on 1100 kHz with 1 KW power (daytime only).
- 28 July: KVAK, Atchison, Kansas, begins broadcasting on 1420 kHz with 100 W power (daytime only).
- 27 February – Alias Jimmy Valentine ends its run on network radio (Blue Network).
- 7 May – Americans All, Immigrants All ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 30 June – Central City ends its run on network radio (NBC Red).
- 30 June - Howie Wing ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 28 July – Her Honor, Nancy James ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 1 September – At 18.55 local time BBC engineers receive the order to begin closing down all transmitters in preparation for wartime broadcasting: this marks the end of the National and Regional Programmes of the BBC.
- 8 September – Calling All Cars ends its run on network radio (CBS West Coast network).
- 3 March – Larry Burkett (died 2003), American evangelical Christian author and radio personality.
- 18 December – Alex Bennett, talk show host
- "From Poland". The Capital Times. Madison, Wisconsin. 1939-06-16. p. 15. Retrieved 2016-02-10 – via Newspapers.com.
- Nord, Philip (2012). France's New Deal: From the Thirties to the Postwar Era. Princeton University Press. p. 250. ISBN 0691156115.
- "Radio: Cuba Joins". Time. 19 December 1939.
- "Cox Purchase WSB, Slated for CBS" (PDF). Broadcasting. 15 December 1939. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "New KORN, Fremont, Neb" (PDF). Broadcasting. 1 January 1940. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- Dunning, John. (1976). Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, 1925-1976. Prentice-Hall, Inc. ISBN 0-13-932616-2.
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 8.
- "WCAR, Pontiac, Mich. Takes Air on 1100 kc" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 1, 1940. p. 22. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
- "New KVAK on the Air" (PDF) (Broadcasting). September 1, 1939. p. 89. Retrieved 20 September 2016.