1949 in radio

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The year 1949 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.





  • 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.[5]
  • December 22 – WPEP/1570-Taunton, Massachusetts, begins broadcasting from studios atop the Roseland Ballroom, north of downtown Taunton.




  • February 15 - Actress Patricia Ryan died at her home. She was stricken with a severe headache the night before while performing in a broadcast of Cavalcade of America, and her husband found her dead the next morning.[6]


  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  3. ^ Dunning, John. (1976). Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, 1925-1976. Prentice-Hall, Inc. ISBN 0-13-932616-2.
  4. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent. (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  5. ^ "KALA on Air" (PDF). Broadcasting. December 19, 1949. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Death Claims Radio Actress". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. United Press. February 16, 1949. p. 2. Retrieved August 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read