In 1899…Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of
America registered in New Jersey
In 1906…the "S-O-S" distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in
In 1963…Many U.S. Radio stations suspended regular programming following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Number One song that week was 'Sugar Shack' by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs.
More than three hours of KLIF 1190 AM audio from November 22, 1963, the day of President Kennedy's assassination.
Coverage begins at 11:30 AM (
time) on 11/22/63, with Joe Long of Dallas radio
station KLIF reporting live from
as President Kennedy arrives in "Big D". Love
Kennedy coverage as heard on WBAP 820 AM Fort Worth:
Also, from WCCO 830 AM Minneapolis/St. Paul:
And From The Big One, WLW 700 AM Cincinnati (then an NBC Affiliate):
This is the initial bulletin heard on the NBC Radio Network about the shooting of President Kennedy in
This is the line feed from the ABC Radio Network News in the initial moments of the coverage of the JFK Assasination. Included is the ABC Log Book notes on what they were airing. Someone in ABC Master Control had to log literally everything that was broadcast each day. Also included UPI and AP wire copy which you can see the network anchors are relying on for information.
In 1980...actress Mae West died at her Hollywood home at age 87 following a stroke.
Famous for her double-entendres she had a sensational if brief radio career, appearing in two risque sketches on the Charlie McCarthy Show on a Sunday in Dec. 1937. The listening audience was so shocked that Ms. West did not appear again on radio for another 31 years.
In 2002...actor Parley Baer died at age 88 after a stroke. He was active in bigtime radio, playing Chester on Gunsmoke, and dozens of supporting roles on The Lux Radio Theater, Escape and Suspense. On TV he was seen in everything from The Andy Griffith Show to Star Trek: Voyager. Six decades of character roles in broadcasting.
Gunsmoke "The Stage Holdup" CBS 1/2/54 Oldtime Radio Drama Western
Matt Dillon: William Conrad...Kitty: Georgia Ellis...Chester Proudfoot: Parley Baer
In 2011…he lead anchor for 25 years at CNN Radio Stan Case was killed in a traffic accident in Birmingham Alabama, as he was driving to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving. He was 59.