Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Dec 1 Radio History

➦In 1931...Gene Autry, nicknamed The Singing Cowboy, debuted this weekly show on WLS Chicago.

From 1940 to 1956, Autry had a huge hit with a weekly show on CBS Radio, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch. His horse, Champion, also had a CBS-TV and Mutual radio series, The Adventures of Champion. In response to his many young radio listeners aspiring to emulate him, Autry created the Cowboy Code, or Ten Cowboy Commandments. These tenets promoting an ethical, moral, and patriotic lifestyle that appealed to youth organizations such as the Boy Scouts, which developed similar doctrines. The Cowboy Code consisted of rules that were "a natural progression of Gene's philosophies going back to his first Melody Ranch programs

Autry is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is the only person to be awarded stars in all five categories on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for film, television, music, radio, and live performance.

➦In 1941...WNEW (now WBRR, NYC) moved to 1130 AM. WNEW had been on 1250 AM and shared time with Newark station WHBI. In March 1941, WNEW and WHBI were both reassigned to 1280. Then, on December 1, 1941, a swap of call letters and frequency took place between WNEW on 1280 and WOV on 1130. WOV moved to 1280 (to later become WADO) and WNEW moved to 1130 and assumed full-time status.

For most of its first 70 years on the air, WNEW was known for its popular adult music selection as well as its staff of radio personalities including Martin Block, Dee Finch, Gene Rayburn, Gene Klavan, Al "Jazzbo" Collins, Ted Brown and William B. Williams. WNEW is credited with pioneering the role of the disc jockey, as well as for developing the modern morning radio show format and debuting the first all-night radio show. In addition to its music and entertainment programming, WNEW featured an award-winning news staff and became "The Voice of New York Sports" for its coverage of New York Giants football team as well as the New York Rangers hockey and New York Knicks basketball.  After years of declining ratings and management changes in the 1980s, WNEW was purchased by Bloomberg L.P. in 1992 and changed call letters to WBBR on December 15.

The station's origins go back to 1922 as WAAM in Newark, and 1925 as WODA in Paterson. The two stations merged, taking the new call sign WNEW to represent NEWark, NEW Jersey. The city of license changed from Newark to New York City only after the station's ownership changed hands.

Newspaper ad  - 1984
WNEW was acquired in 1934 by advertising executive Milton H. Biow and watch manufacturer Arde Bulova, under the name The Greater New York Broadcasting Company. It also acquired the Manhattan broadcasting studios which had been constructed for the recently failed Amalgamated Broadcasting System. New York socialite Bernice Judis was hired as WNEW's first General Manager, making her a rare female executive during the "Golden Age of Radio." The call sign remained the same, to represent "the NEWest thing in radio."

➦In 1972...Paul McCartney and Wings released "Hi, Hi, Hi." The BBC banned the song for its supposedly suggestive lyrics and because of their assumption that the title phrase, "We're gonna get hi, hi, hi," was a drug reference.

➦In 1995...FCC scrapped the need for the Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit requirement to operate a broadcast station.

➦In 1997...Westinghouse Electric Corporation, founded in 1886, sold most non-broadcast operations; renamed itself CBS Corporation, until it was acquired by Viacom.

  • Actor-director Woody Allen is 85. 
  • Singer Dianne Lennon of the Lennon Sisters is 81. 
  • Bassist Casey Van Beek of The Tractors is 78. 
  • Singer-guitarist Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult is 76. 
  • Ashley Monique Clark is 32
    Drummer John Densmore of The Doors is 76. 
  • Actor-singer Bette Midler is 75. 
  • Singer Gilbert O’Sullivan is 74. 
  • Actor Treat Williams is 69. 
  • Country singer Kim Richey is 64. 
  • Actor Charlene Tilton is 62. 
  • Model-actor Carol Alt is 60. 
  • Actor Jeremy Northam (“The Tudors,” ″Happy, Texas”) is 59. 
  • Actor Katherine LaNasa (“Longmire,” “Deception”) is 54. 
  • Actor Nestor Carbonell (“Lost,” ″Suddenly Susan”) is 53. 
  • Actor Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends”) is 50. 
  • Comedian Sarah Silverman is 50. 
  • Singer Bart Millard of MercyMe is 48. 
  • Actor David Hornsby (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is 45. 
  • Guitarist Brad Delson of Linkin Park is 43. 
  • Actor Nate Torrence (“Hello Ladies”) is 43. 
  • Singer Mat Kearney is 42. 
  • Drummer Mika Fineo of Filter is 39. 
  • Actor Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) is 38. 
  • Actor Ilfenesh Hadera (“Godfather of Harlem,” “She’s Gotta Have It”) is 35. 
  • Singer-actor Janelle Monae is 35. 
  • Actor Ashley Monique Clark (“The Hughleys”) is 32. 
  • Singer Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots is 32. 
  • Actor Zoe Kravitz (“Insurgent,” ″Divergent”) is 32. 
  • Singer Nico Sereba of Nico and Vinz is 30.

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