1940 in radio
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The year 1940 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.
- 5 January: FM radio is demonstrated for the FCC for the first time.
- 26 May: Fireside chat: On National Defense
- 18 June: General Charles de Gaulle, de facto leader of the Free French Forces in World War II, uses the airwaves of the BBC to make his 18th of June Appeal to the French people for resistance to the Nazi German occupation of France.
- 15 October: Seven staff are killed when an attempt to eject a delayed-action German bomb from Broadcasting House in London fails.
- 29 December: Fireside chat: On National Security
- 7 January: Gene Autry's Melody Ranch debuts on CBS.
- 28 January: Beat the Band debuts on NBC.
- 5 February: Amanda of Honeymoon Hill debuts on NBC Blue.
- 11 February: The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street debuts on NBC Blue.
- 12 February: The Adventures of Superman (1940–1951) debuts on WOR.
- 18 March: Light of the World debuts on NBC Red.
- 23 March: Truth or Consequences debuts on CBS.
- 29 April: The Bell Telephone Hour debuts on NBC Red.
- 24 June: The Burl Ives Show debuts on NBC.
- 3 July: The Abbott and Costello Show debuts on NBC.
- 29 July: Duffy's Tavern was first broadcast as part of the Forecast audition series on CBS. It returned as a regular series March 1, 1941.
- 4 August: Crime Doctor debuts on CBS.
- 1 November: Unlimited Horizons debuts on NBC.
- 9 December: Can You Top This? debuts on WOR (AM).
- 16 December: Charlie and Jessie debuts on CBS.
- 19 January: Brenda Curtis ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 12 February: Author, Author ends its run on network radio (Mutual).
- 15 March: Betty and Bob ends its run on network radio NBC.
- 22 March: The Affairs of Anthony ends its run on network radio (Blue Network).
- 23 March: Arch Oboler's Plays ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- 27 April: Art for Your Sake ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- 1 May: Avalon Time ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- 4 June: Brenthouse ends its run on network radio (Blue Network).
- 19 July: Caroline's Golden Store ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 19 July: The Carters of Elm Street ends its run on network radio (Mutual).
- 7 October: Adventures in Reading" ends its run on network radio.
- 19 October: Renfrew of the Mounted ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 7 May: Legendary Radio personality Jim Connors
- 5 June: David Brudnoy (died 2004), popular talk radio host in Boston, Massachusetts from 1976 to 2004.
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/aboutbbcnews/spl/hi/history/noflash/html/1940s.stm About BBC News - official site
- Cox, Jim (2008). This Day in Network Radio: A Daily Calendar of Births, Debuts, Cancellations and Other Events in Broadcasting History. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3848-8.
- 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.
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