1949 in radio
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The year 1949 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.
- 2 January - The Jack Benny Program first appears on CBS after 16 years on NBC -- one of the most visible results of CBS' "talent raids."
- 1 April – The facilities and staff of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland are transferred to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
- 15 April – KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley, California, begins broadcasting as the first listener-sponsored radio station in the United States and the first of five stations founded by the Pacifica Radio network.
- January 9 – Screen Director's Playhouse premieres on NBC.
- February 11 – Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (1949–1962) debuts on CBS.
- February 27 – Broadway Is My Beat debuts on CBS.
- May 1 – The Adventures of Frank Race, a syndicated program, debuts in some markets.
- May 7 – The Affairs of Peter Salem debuts on Mutual.
- June 3 – Dragnet premieres on NBC.
- June 29 - Candy Matson debuts on NBC West Coast.
- July 3 – Four Star Playhouse debuts on NBC.
- August 25 – Father Knows Best debuts on NBC.
- September 4 - Chance of a Lifetime debuts on ABC.
- February 22 – KWPC-FM (99.7 FM) of Muscatine, Iowa, with a broadcasting power of 3,000 watts, signs on the air as a sister station of KWPC-AM (860 AM). Studios are located on the outskirts of Muscatine.
- June 26 – WWON-FM/105.5-Woonsocket, Rhode Island, begins broadcasting at 390 watts. It is the sister station of WWON/1240 in the same community.
- December 11 – KALA/1400-Sitka, Alaska, begins broadcasting. The owner is Baranof Enterprises.
- December 22 – WPEP/1570-Taunton, Massachusetts, begins broadcasting from studios atop the Roseland Ballroom, north of downtown Taunton.
- January 2 - Cabin B-13 ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- April 17 - Manhattan Merry-Go-Round ends its run on network radio (NBC Blue Network).
- June 4 - The Adventures of Frank Merriwell ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- June 5 - The Alan Young Show ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- June 10 - Herb Shriner Time ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- June 25 - Famous Jury Trials ends its run on network radio in the United States.
- July 3 - Mayor of the Town ends its run on network radio.
- September 4 - The Burl Ives Show ends its run on network radio (ABC).
- September 25 - Call the Police ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- October 28 - The Abe Burrows Show ends its run on CBS.
- December 15 - Captain Midnight ends its run on network radio Mutual.
- Neal Conan, NPR host, producer, editor, and correspondent. During the 1991 Gulf War he was captured by the Iraqi Republican Guard.
- 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. P. 7.
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
- Dunning, John. (1976). Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, 1925-1976. Prentice-Hall, Inc. ISBN 0-13-932616-2.
- "KALA on Air" (PDF). Broadcasting. December 19, 1949. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
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