1951 in radio
The year 1951 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.
- 4 March – Sir John Gielgud appears in the role of Hamlet on The United States Steel Hour.
- 29 May – Radio Nacional de España opens its new transmitter in Sevilla.
- 1 September – Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Radio Station, officially regular broadcasting service start in Nagoya, and first commercial radio station in Japan.
- 1 January – The world's longest-running radio "soap", The Archers, begins its run on the BBC.
- 1 April – Paul Harvey News and Comment begins its 59-year-long run on the ABC Radio Network.
- 7 April - Alias Jane Doe debuts on CBS.
- 6 July - Defense_Attorney debuts on ABC.
- 11 July – Alan Freed, the self-proclaimed "King of the Moondoggers," launches "The Moondog House" on WJW (AM) in Cleveland, Ohio (today WKNR). The nighttime program, dedicated to playing rhythm and blues records (of which Freed makes the first known usage of the term "rock 'n roll" to refer to the music), is sponsored by a local record shop owned by Leo Mintz.
- 18 August - ABC Dancing Party debuts.
- 21 August - Black Night (musical variety show) debuts on ABC.
- 3 October - Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator debuts on NBC.
- 19 October-The CBS "Eye" logo debuts on TV shows and radio printed schedules.
- 21 October-WLOU, Louisville completes conversion to a full-time Rhythm and Blues format which lasts until 1995.
- 5 January – The serial David Harum ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 25 January - We, the People ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- 27 April - The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective ends its run on network radio.
- 20 May - Candy Matson ends its run on network radio (NBC West Coast).
- 11 June - Bob Elson on Board the Century ends its run on network radio (Mutual).
- 1 July - Charlie Wild, Private Detective ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 22 July - Meet Frank Sinatra ends its run on network radio CBS.
- 28 August - The Bickersons ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 14 September - Death Valley Days ends its run on network radio (ABC).
- 15 September - The Adventures of Philip Marlowe ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 22 September - Alias Jane Doe ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 25 September - Black Night (musical variety show) ends its run on network radio (ABC).
- 26 September - American Agent ends its run on network radio (ABC).
- 26 September - The Fat Man ends its run on network radio (ABC).
- 28 September – Screen Director's Playhouse ends its run on NBC.
- 19 November - The American Album of Familiar Music ends its run on network radio (ABC).
- 16 December - The Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters ends its run on network radio (Mutual).
- 30 December - The Carnation Contented Hour ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 1 March – Deborah Byrd, American science journalist, creator and executive producer internationally syndicated Earth & Sky radio series.
- 13 March – Angelo Cataldi, sports radio personality for WIP in Philadelphia.
- 22 April – Irwin Chusid, journalist, music historian and New Jersey radio personality.
- 22 July – Richard Bey, television and radio talk show host.
- 27 August – Skip Bayless, radio and television sports personality and columnist.
- 7 November – Tom Barnard, Minneapolis-St. Paul radio talk show host and former voice-over talent.
- BBC Radio 4: Celebrating 60 Years of The Archers (2011)
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