1927 in radio

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The year 1927 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.



  • January 1
    • The NBC Blue Network commences operations, on what was the former experimental RCA mini-network of stations. WJZ in New York (today WABC) serves as the Blue Network's flagship.
    • The United Independent Broadcasters network is established by New York talent agent Arthur Judson in Chicago, Illinois. The Columbia Phonograph Company (Columbia Records' parent company) surfaces as an investor in April, and the network is named after the company.
  • January 24: Blue Monday Jamboree debuts on KFRC in San Francisco, California.[8]
  • February 18: Cities Service Concerts debuts on NBC after having had "trial broadcasts in local New York market" in 1925-26.[9]
  • April: WFCI at Pawtucket, Rhode Island & owned by Frank Crook, Inc. begins broadcasting. WFCI would sign off but re-establish itself in 1941.
  • September 18: The Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System is officially launched on 16 stations nationwide.[10] Cigar manufacturer William S. Paley purchases the company a week later and shortens the name to Columbia Broadcasting System
  • November 7: WHBL in Sheboygan, Wisconsin begins broadcasting as WHBM before switching to their current calls the next year.



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  2. ^ BBC: Radio football down the years
  3. ^ First Radio Broadcast in Vilnius
  4. ^ http://www.bureauafrique.nl/autresdepartements/africa/Radionetherlandsturns60/aboutrnw_history#founding Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine. Official history of Radio Netherlands
  5. ^ 100 ans de radio
  6. ^ http://archives.cbc.ca/on_this_day/07/01/ CBC digital archive
  7. ^ Bussey, Gordon. (1991). Wireless, the crucial decade: history of the British wireless industry, 1924-34. Peter Peregrinus Ltd. ISBN 9780863411885.
  8. ^ "S.F. Symphony Opens List of Broadcastigns". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. January 23, 1927. p. 78. Retrieved December 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  10. ^ Radio Digest, September 1927, quoted in: McLeod, Elizabeth (September 20, 2002). CBS—In the Beginning, History of American Broadcasting. Retrieved on 2007-01-01. The sixteen stations were: WOR in Newark; WAIU (now WTVN) in Columbus, Ohio; WCAO in Baltimore; WCAU (now WPHT) in Philadelphia; WEAN (now WPRV) in Providence; WFBL in Syracuse; WGHP (now WXYT) in Detroit; WJAS in Pittsburgh; WKRC in Cincinnati; WMAK (now WBEN) in Buffalo-Lockport; WMAQ in Chicago; WNAC (now WRKO) in Boston; WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana; KMOX in St. Louis; and KOIL in Council Bluffs, Iowa.