1944 in radio
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The year 1944 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.
- 11 January – Fireside chat: State of the Union Message to Congress.
- 28 March – New York City radio station WQXR (now WFME) bans singing commercials from being broadcast on its station.
- 30 April – (Six days before D-Day) The American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE) is established, transmitting from the United Kingdom in English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, and Norwegian to resistance movements in mainland Europe.
- 5 June – Fireside chat: On the Fall of Rome.
- 12 June – Fireside chat: Opening Fifth War Loan Drive (last fireside chat).
- 25 July – The New York Times acquires the Interstate Broadcasting Company, parent of WQXR (now WFME) and WQXQ-FM (later WQXR; frequency is now home to WXNY-FM) from John V. L. Hogan for $1 million American dollars. The Times would program the AM station until December 1998, and own the FM station until October 2009.
- 26 October – With fascism defeated in most parts of Italy, the national broadcasting organization Ente Italiano per le Audizioni Radiofoniche (EIAR) is overhauled and renamed Radio Audizioni Italiane (RAI), the future Radiotelevisione Italiana.
- 5 January - The Frank Sinatra Show debuts on CBS.
- 25 January – The black maid character Beulah, played by Marlin Hurt, debuts on Fibber McGee and Molly. In 1945, Beulah received her own spin-off show.
- 7 March – Columbia Presents Corwin, hosted by Norman Corwin, debuts on CBS.
- 19 April - Arthur Hopkins Presents debuts on NBC.
- 23 April - The Adventures of Bill Lance debuts on CBS West Coast network.
- 5 May - The American Women's Jury debuts on Mutual.
- 13 June - The Charlotte Greenwood Show debuts on NBC.
- 23 June - Boston Blackie debuts on NBC.
- 28 June - The Alan Young Show debuts on NBC.
- 13 August - The Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne Show debuts on NBC.
- 8 October – The radio show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet debuts.
- 11 December - The Chesterfield Supper Club debuts on NBC.
- 14 January - The Black Hood ends its run on network radio (Mutual).
- 2 February - Battle of the Sexes ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- 26 February - Campana Serenade ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 30 April - Ceiling Unlimited ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 23 June - American Women ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 26 June - Broadway Showtime ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 30 June - Brave Tomorrow ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- 5 August - Blue Ribbon Town ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 2 September - Abie's Irish Rose ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- 22 September - Helpmate ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- 21 October - Babe Ruth ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- 22 October - The Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne Show ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- (undated) - The Black Castle (radio program) ends its run on network radio (Mutual).
- 7 January – Jim Bohannon, television and radio personality and nationally syndicated talk show host
- 28 March – Rick Barry, former NBA player and broadcaster
- 24 August – Mike Barnicle, long-time newspaper writer and radio personality based in Boston
- 24 October – Dr. Joy Browne, radio psychologist syndicated by the WOR Radio Network.
- Christine Craft, radio talk show host and former television anchorperson.
- 16 November: Boake Carter, 45, American news commentator in the 1930s and early 1940s.
- "New "Frank Sinatra Show" Opens Jan. 5, Ginger Rogers First Guest". Harrisburg Telegraph. December 31, 1943. p. 17. Retrieved July 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.