Thursday, February 19, 2015
February 19 In Radio HIstory
In 1878...Inventor Thomas Alva Edison patents his latest (and personal favorite) creation, the phonograph. Beginning life as a telegraph repeater, the device was actually completed by an assistant working from Edison's sketches.
In 1922...vaudeville performer, Ed Wynn, became the first vaudeville star to agree to a Radio contract.
Wynn reprised his Fire Chief radio character in two movies, Follow the Leader (1930) and The Chief (1933). Near the height of his radio fame (1933) he founded his own short-lived radio network the Amalgamated Broadcasting System, which lasted only five weeks, nearly destroying the comedian. According to radio historian Elizabeth McLeod, the failed venture left Wynn deep in debt, divorced and finally, suffering a nervous breakdown.
Wynn died June 19, 1966 in Beverly Hills, California of throat cancer, aged 79.
In 1975...Harris introduced the world's first solid-state Radio transmitter.
In 1977...Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album released.
In 1981...George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine".
In 1996...Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in York PA on WQXA 105.7 FM
In 2007...the SIRIUS and XM Satellite Radio services announced a proposed merger.
Sirius and XM executives felt the merger would lower programming costs by eliminating overlapping stations and duplicated marketing costs. According to their original operating licenses, the two companies were not allowed to ever own each other’s license. In proceeding with the merger, Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin ignored this rule, gambling that the FCC would consider other audio entertainment to be competitors and allow the merger to proceed by waiving the rule.
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