➦In 1906...International Radiotelegraph Conference in Berlin selects "SOS" (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal as the worldwide standard for help
➦In 1946...This photo appeared in the NY Times...
➦In 1957...Sam Phillips, owner of legendary Sun Records in Memphis released Great Balls of Fire, by Jerry Lee Lewis. The single sold 5 million copies worldwide. Looking carefully at the original label, one will find credit to Lewis and “his pumping piano.”
➦In 1962...Billboard magazine drops the "Western" from its "Country and Western" chart title.
➦In 1961...Newscasters and deejays returned to the air on Top40 KFWB 980 AM in Los Angeles after a striking for 122 days. Major provisions included raising base wages of staff announcers (disc jockeys) for the first year as of May 1 to $187.50 a week, $197.50 the second year and $205 the third year. Base wages of three returning newsman will be increased to $195 a week as of December 1st.
The strike took its toll on the station as it slipped a bit in the ratings, seeing most its audience erosion dial over to competitor KRLA 1110 AM. KFWB has been the areas’ #1 station overall with its “Color Radio” format developed by Chuck Blore. The station was owned by Crowell-Collier Broadcasting. Over the next year, KFWB will be instrumental for bringing the “surf sound” to Top40 radio.
➦In 1985...From R&R...
➦In 2014...One of public radio’s most popular personalities, Tom Magliozzi died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at age 77. Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers” on the weekly NPR show 'Car Talk'. For 25 years they bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.