Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 24 Radio History

➦In 1844...Samuel F.B. Morse gave the first public demonstration of his telegraph by sending a message from the Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad "outer depot" (now the B&O Railroad Museum) in Baltimore. The famous message was, "What hath God wrought?"

➦In 1932...the Canadian Parliament passed a bill establishing a national broadcasting system – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

➦In 1935...the 9-month old Mutual Broadcasting System aired its first live event–the first-ever night baseball game featuring the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies. Mutual would be the radio home of the World Series for the next 21 years.

➦In 1958…The United Press and International News Service merged to form United Press International.

➦In 1963...The Beatles recorded the first program of their own BBC radio series, “Pop Go the Beatles”. The theme song was a version of “Pop Goes the Weasel”.

➦In host & frequent guest George Jessel, who often performed with the nickname “America’s toastmaster general,” died after a heart attack at age 83.

➦In 2008...comedian Dick Martin, a co-star with Dan Rowan on NBC TV’s iconic “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In”, died of respiratory problems at age 86.  Early in his career he’d written for radio’s “Duffy’s Tavern.”

➦In 2011…Veteran broadcaster (WJJD-AM and WAIT-AM in Chicago, WXYZ-AM and WWJ-TV in Detroit) Hugh Copland died at the age of 79.

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