Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 16 Radio History

➦In 1934...the NBC Red radio network premiered the musical drama, Dreams Come True. The show concerned the lives of baritone singer Barry McKinley and his novelist sweetheart.

➦In 1981...singer-songwriter Harry Chapin was killed at age 38, after suffering cardiac arrest while driving on a New York expressway. His car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer, causing the gas tank to explode. Chapin was best known for “Taxi,” a top-20 hit in 1972, and “Cat’s in the Cradle,” which hit number-one in ’74.

➦In 1990..DJ Rick Dees debuted his TV show "Into The Night" on ABC-TV.

➦In 1991…Radio announcer (Inner Sanctum Mysteries)/radio actor (Mr. District Attorney, The Shadow, March of Time) Dwight Weist, known as the "Man of 1,000 Voices," died following a heart attack at the age of 81. He also narrated countless film documentaries from the 1930s through the 1950s.

➦In 2003…Disc jockey/TV host Winston "Buddy'' Deane died following a stroke at age 78. From 1957 to 1964, his Baltimore teen dance television show, similar to "American Bandstand," aired for 2½ hours a day, six days a week, and was for a time the most popular local show in the U.S.

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