1952 in radio

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The year 1952 in radio involved some significant events.


  • 4 March: The Courier, the first seagoing radio station, is dedicated by president Harry Truman.
  • 21 March: The Moondog Coronation Ball is hosted by star deejay Alan Freed and WJW (AM) in Cleveland, Ohio (now WKNR) at the Cleveland Arena. Among those scheduled to perform at the event were Paul Williams and the Hucklebuckers, The Dominoes, Varetta Dillard and Tiny Grimes, but only the Hucklebuckers are able to perform before the concert is shut down by officials. So many tickets were counterfeited that the 12,500 seat Arena now had 25,000 people in attendance, alarming Cleveland Police Capt. William Zimmerman, who stopped the show. A near riot ensues when close to 7,000 additional fans, unable to buy tickets, rush the gates and storm into the arena. Freed and WJW gain national attention and prestige, and the event is now universally recognized as the first rock 'n roll concert.


  • January 6: Café Istanbul debuts on ABC.[1]
  • March 3: Whispering Streets (1952–1960) debuts on ABC.
  • April 27: The Chase debuts on NBC.[1]
  • June 8: Best Plays debuts on NBC.[1]
  • September: KFMA-AM (1580 AM) of Davenport, Iowa signs on the air, with a power of 250 watts. It is the first station in the Quad-Cities market to broadcast country music on a regular basis.
  • October 29: Jason and the Golden Fleece debuts on NBC.[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. ^ 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.