Monday December 9, 2013
Here are a few highlights from this week in radio history. Click links for more from each particular date.
12/08 - On this day in 1940, the first NFL championship was broadcast on national radio. The Bears beat the Redskins, 73-0.
12/09 - On this day in 1940, The Longines Watch Company became the first FM radio advertiser when it signed a contract with W2XOR in New York City, an experimental station.
12/10 - On this Day in 1927, the The Grand Old Opry originated its first radio broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee.
12/11 - On this day in 1992, WNEW AM/New York, located at 1130 AM, ended broadcasting after 58 years.
12/12 - On this day in 1896, Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public demonstration of radio at Toynbee Hall, London.
12/13 - On this day in 1924, KOA-AM, Denver, Colorado, began broadcasting.
12/14 - On this day in 1975, WCPR (a Brooklyn, New York Pirate Radio station) began broadcasting on 1620 AM.
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Ron and Fez Show
on Sirius XM is in crisis mode. Half of the show's namesake performers, Fez, is suffering from personal issues and it has triggered an increasing amount of strained performances where Ron Bennington is doing most of the show himself while his partner takes more of a backseat role, often silent. It's a tough way to do a two-man show. But, there's so much more to this - and it's being played out in public. Read more
. (Ron and Fez, Photo: Creative Commons)
Wednesday December 4, 2013
John DePetro does the midday show at WPRO-FM/Providence from 9 a.m. to Noon ET. DePetro says he was threatened Tuesday morning outside the radio station by two men on the street.
DePetro told police the men made "...threats to his employment and his well being," as reported by Philip Marcel for Providencejournal.com.
A police spokesman said the men were angered by previous comments made by DePetro about a union protest outside a fundraiser for the state General Treasurer, Gina Raimondo. DePetro referred to the protestors as "parasites." He went on to say, "...You are cockroaches. You lie. You are union hags. There's another word I'd like to use ... it begins with a W. and an H. and an O. and an R. and an E. and an S..."
According to a statement by his lawyer, posted at DePetro's website, "John DePetro has become the target of a smear campaign designed to incite hostility and violence against him and to slander him..." DePetro says he'll press charges if the men are apprehended.
Listen: You can hear John DePetro's show online at the WPRO-FM website.
Related: The List of Murdered Deejays, Hosts, and Radio Personalities
Monday December 2, 2013
Here are some highlights from this week in radio history. For more on a particular date, click the highlighted link. (Right: Alan Freed, Photo: WABC-AM)
12/1 - On this day in 1968, Pirate Radio Modern (259) out of England, began broadcasting.
12/2 - On this day in 1932, "The Adventures of Charlie Chan" was first broadcast on the NBC Blue Radio Network.
12/3 - On this day in 1950, Paul Harvey began broadcasting his show nationally.
12/4 - On this day in 1954, Billboard magazine reported that New York Supreme Court Justice, Carroll J. Walker, denied Disc-Jockey, Alan Freed, any further use of the nickname "Moon Dog" on his radio show.
12/5 - On this day in 2003, Lafollette, Tennessee: DJ Jerry Monday and his wife were found dead in their home. Monday was the morning man on WLAF AM 1450, a Gospel-formatted Radio station.
12/6 - On this day in 1923. U.S. President Calvin Coolidge became the president to deliver a presidential address on the Radio.
12/7 - On this day in 1960, WABC-AM, debuted its "Top 40" format.