Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November 20 In Radio History

In 1928…WGH AM in Newport News, Virginia began broadcasting.  The WGH call letters were not used from 9/1/83 to 12/10/84.

In 1929… November 20, 1929…The radio program "The Rise of the Goldbergs," later known as "The Goldbergs," made its debut on the NBC Blue Network. The series continued on radio until 1946. The show's creator/writer/lead actress Gertrude Berg took the show to television – first to CBS, then NBC, the Dumont Network, and syndication – between 1949 and 1956.

In 1938… Father Couglin broadcast the first documented anti-Semitic remarks over U.S. radio.

In 1959… Disc jockey Alan Freed was fired from New York's WABC-Radio after refusing to sign a statement saying he had never accepted "payola" or gifts from record labels in exchange for airplay, a move that triggered his eventual downfall.

In 1994… KFWB-AM, Los Angeles' first morning man, Bruce Hayes, died.

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