Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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 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 1981...actor/comedian/radio-TV 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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