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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. 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:
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". 3 September:
Fireside chat: On the European War. 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 is read for the first time on American radio (CBS). A Christmas Carol
Programs [ edit ]
Stations [ edit ]
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).
Closings [ edit ]
27 February -
ends its run on network radio ( Alias Jimmy Valentine 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).  28 July -
ends its run on network radio ( Her Honor, Nancy James 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). 
References [ edit ]
^ "From Poland". . Madison, Wisconsin. 1939-06-16. p. 15 The Capital Times . Retrieved – via 2016-02-10 Newspapers.com.
^ "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
^ a b Dunning, John. (1976). Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, 1925-1976. Prentice-Hall, Inc. ISBN 0-13-932616-2.
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u 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