1974 in radio
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The year 1974 in radio involved some significant events.
- April 24–5 - Music aired on the radio in Portugal acts as a secret signal to trigger the Carnation Revolution there: at 10:55 p.m. on April 24, Paulo de Carvalho's "E Depois do Adeus" (Portugal's entry in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest) on Emissores Associados de Lisboa alerts rebel captains and soldiers that the coup is beginning; at 12:20 a.m. on April 25, Rádio Renascença broadcasts "Grândola, Vila Morena", a song by Zeca Afonso, an influential political folk musician and singer who has been banned from Portuguese radio up to this time, signalling the Armed Forces Movement (MFA) to begin the takeover of strategic points of power in the country from 3.00 a.m.
- January 6 - CBS Radio Mystery Theater (1974–1982) debuts and is broadcast on 218 stations.
- February 19 - BRMB (now 96.4 BRMB) begins broadcasting to the Birmingham area
- April 2 - Piccadilly Radio (now Key 103 on FM and Piccadilly Magic 1152 (was Piccadilly Gold and Piccadilly 1152 on MW) begins broadcasting to the Manchester area
- April 3 - As tornadoes ravage much of the United States and Canada in what becomes known as the 1974 Super Outbreak, WHAS-AM Louisville, Kentucky air-traffic reporter Dick Gilbert takes to the skies to track a twister as it rakes across the Louisville metro area. He, and the station, receive a Presidential commendation for their storm coverage.
- July 15 - Metro Radio begins broadcasting to the Newcastle upon Tyne area
- September - Paul Gambaccini first broadcasts on British radio, initially on BBC Radio 1.
- September 30 - Swansea Sound (now The Wave on FM), the first Independent Local Radio station in Wales, begins broadcasting to the Swansea area
- October 1 - Radio Hallam (now Hallam FM) begins broadcasting to the Sheffield area
- October 21 - Radio City (later City FM, now Radio City 96.7) begins broadcasting to the Liverpool area
- February 6 - Aljo Bendijo, Filipino journalist and broadcaster
- February 22 - Chris Moyles British radio presenter (BBC Radio 1 etc.)
- March 28 - Scott Mills, British radio DJ
- May 3 - Peter Everitt, Australian rules footballer, later radio host
- June 13 - Katharina Bellowitsch, Austrian broadcast presenter
- June 21 - Natasha Desborough, British radio presenter
- July 14 - David Mitchell, English comic actor
- December 13 - Sara Cox, British broadcast presenter
- January 12 - Helen Claire, American actress on stage and radio, primarily in soap operas (born 1911)
- May 4 - Ludwig Koch, German-born British natural sound recordist (born 1881)
- July 14 - Elizabeth Reller, American actress on stage and radio (born 1913)
- July 28 - Truman Bradley, American radio actor (born 1905)
- November 11 - Jane Ace, American radio actress (born 1897)
- December 26 - Jack Benny, American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television and film actor (born 1894)
- 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.
- Radiomusications: Radio Reference: Independent Local Radio Stations (TBS Editors) Archived 2010-11-14 at the Wayback Machine; accessed 28 April 2008
- DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 54.
- "Mrs. F.B. Warrick Dies; Once Radio, Stage Actress". Palladium-Item. Indiana, Richmond. July 16, 1974. p. 7. Retrieved 8 June 2019 – via Newspapers.com.