➦In 1910...Public Law 262, titled "Act to require apparatus and operators for radio communication on certain ocean steamers," requires Commerce Dept. to license radio operators for ocean-going ships.
|Alice Faye and Phil Harris|
|'A Date With Judy'|
Date with Judy revolved around the life of Judy, a teenager who spends her day on the telephone, arranging, discussing, and lamenting the lack of dates. "Her idea of the end of everything is the night the phone didn't ring by 6:30 (signoff time in the West) to announce the arrival of a super date." The show was chock full of infectious giggling and teenage slang, such as "Oh, how dreeeaaamy!"
➦In 1945...the Fitch Bandwagon Mysteries starring Dick Powell as hardboiled detective Richard Rogue debuted as a summer replacement show on NBC radio. Movie star Powell took the character to Mutual in the fall under the name Rogue’s Gallery.
➦In 1960…One of radio's longest running soap operas, "The Romance of Helen Trent" ended after 27 years and more than 7,200 episodes on the CBS Radio Network.
➦In 1973...After an extensive two-year investigation, 19 major music label heads, including Clive Davis of Arista and the Gamble-Huff team behind Philadelphia International, are indicted by the state of New Jersey for "payola" practices and income tax evasion
➦In 2005...longtime Atlanta Radio personality, Elmo Ellis, died of cancer at age 86. Ellis worked at WSB-AM from 1940 until his retirement in 1982.
He would stay in that role until 1952 when he was called on to revive WSB Radio - an era that became famous for Ellis's call to "remove the rust" from radio. He was the Programming-Production Manager for WSB Radio from 1952 until 1964 - a time of innovation and pioneering that would serve as a guiding light for the rest of the radio industry in this period of time. In 1964, Mr. Ellis was promoted to the job he is best known for in Atlanta and radio history, when he became General Manager of WSB-AM and WSB-FM.
He would be promoted during this time also to Vice President of the Cox Broadcasting Corporation. He retired from radio work in 1982 and went on to continue a career as the author of books and a newspaper columnist for local newspapers in Atlanta. Mr. Ellis was inducted into the GA Music Hall of Fame in 1995.
➦In 2005...Ron Chapman did his last show on KLUV 98.7 FM, Dallas.
In 1969, Chapman joined the staff of KVIL-FM/Dallas-Fort Worth as morning disc jockey, music director, and program director, bringing the “adult contemporary” format to FM radio. During his 31 years at KVIL, Chapman became famous for his upbeat humor and his participation in outrageous stunts and giveaways. At one point, Chapman broadcast live while skydiving from a plane. In one infamous stunt, Chapman told his listeners to each send $20 to the station; within three days, the station had received $200,000. (The money was donated to charity.)
He joined KLUV-FM in 2000. He suffered a stroke last December, but has recovered.
➦In 2010…Radio-television sports announcer (Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Chicago Bulls) Lorn Brown died of heart failure at age 71.