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The year 1959 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.
- 3 February – A light-aircraft crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, kills three musicians: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and KTRM-Beaumont deejay JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson, Jr., as well as the plane's pilot. The tragedy will go on to become known as "The Day The Music Died".
- 11 May – At 10 am, KROW 960 AM in San Francisco switches its call letters to KABL. The KABL name will stay with the station until September 2004.
- German-American musicologist Karl Haas starts Adventures in Good Music at WJR in Detroit, Michigan.
- 14 March – Tulane University's WTUL signs on for the first time. Owned and operated by Tulane University, this progressive-music station. will give Jerry Springer his start in broadcasting.
- 2 January – CBS ends Our Gal Sunday, This is Nora Drake, Backstage Wife and Road of Life.
- 2 January – The Kate Smith Show ends its run on network radio (Mutual).
- 9 January – The Howard Miller Show ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 27 January – Cris Collinsworth, former American football player and radio and television sportscaster.
- 28 January – Randi Rhodes, American radio host
- 30 April – Matt Casey, American radio personality.
- 3 June – John Carlson, American conservative talk radio host on KVI in Seattle.
- 13 August – Danny Bonaduce, American comedian, actor and radio and television personality.
- Joe Bevilacqua, award-winning voice actor, radio producer, dramatist, humorist and documentary film producer.
- 3 March – Louis Costello Abbott & Costello Radio show, heart attack
- 6 December – Len Doyle, who played investigator Harrigan on Mr. District Attorney.
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
- 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.
- "Len Doyle". Illinois, Galesburg. Galesburg Register-Mail. December 8, 1959. p. 13. Retrieved March 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
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