1926 in radio

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The year 1926 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.


  • 1 January – 2RN, the first radio broadcasting station in the Irish Free State, goes on air.[1]
  • 18 April – The Polskie Radio company begins regular broadcasts from Warsaw, Poland.
  • 15 May – American Telephone & Telegraph establishes the Broadcasting Company of America; containing WCAP in Washington, D.C., WEAF in New York, and the mini-network between both stations.
  • 29 May – The Finnish national broadcasting company Yleisradio is founded.
  • 29 May – VPRO (the Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep) is established in the Netherlands.
  • 12 June – Radio Kaunas begins regular broadcasting in Lithuania.
  • 1 July – American Telephone & Telegraph exits the station ownership realm, selling off WEAF, WCAP, and their mini-network, to RCA. The latter station is merged into time-share WRC (AM) and takes the latter stations' callsign.
  • ? September – In Britain, the BBC begins a weekly broadcast of choral evensong from churches; by the time of its 90th anniversary it will be the longest-running regular outside broadcast.
  • 13 September – Formation of the National Broadcasting Company by RCA is announced in newspaper advertisements around the country.
  • 10 November – Unión Radio takes over station EAJ-1 Radio Barcelona, laying the foundation for the creation of Spain's first national radio network.
  • 14 November – The first Geneva Frequency Plan comes into force, halving the number of medium wave frequencies available to countries in Europe.[2]
  • 18 December – Regular radio broadcasting begins in Estonia.
  • 24 December – The first singing jingle commercial is heard on WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota.[3]



  1. ^ RTÉ Libraries and Archives: History of RTÉ
  2. ^ Radio Rewind
  3. ^ a b Cox, Jim (2008). This Day in Network Radio: A Daily Calendar of Births, Debuts, Cancellations and Other Events in Broadcasting History. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3848-8.