1929 in radio

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The year 1929 in radio involved some significant events.


  • January 8: CBS purchases New York City radio station WABC from the Atlantic Broadcasting Company.
  • January 10: WTFF (The Fellowship Forum, a station formerly owned by the Ku Klux Klan) in Mt. Vernon, Virginia (today WFED) changes its call letters to WJSV. While the call letters were claimed to stand for "Jesus Saves Virginia," it actually stood for James S. Vance, a Grand Wizard in Virginia and publisher of the station's owner, "The Fellowship Forum" (a shell organization for the Ku Klux Klan). Vance arranges an affiliation deal with CBS Radio, which also involved operations and programming for WJSV.


  • (undated) WFDV, Rome, Georgia, begins broadcasting on 1500 kHz.[1]
  • (undated) Blackstone Plantation debuts on CBS.[2]
  • January 14 - Empire Builders debuts on NBC-Blue.[2]
  • January 17 - Aunt Jemima debuts on CBS.[2]
  • January - George Gershwin's An American in Paris[3]
  • Amos 'n Andy debuts on the NBC Blue radio network on August 19
  • Fleischmann's Yeast Hour starring Rudy Vallee, debuts on NBC on October 24.
  • The Rise of the Goldbergs (later called just "The Goldbergs"), starring Gertrude Berg, debuts on NBC on November 20


  • January 23 – Myron Cope (died February 27, 2008), American sports journalist, radio personality and sports broadcaster best known for being the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • March 14 — Bob Grant (died December 14, 2013), American conservative talk radio host.
  • August 20 – Tom Clay (died November 22, 1995), American radio personality and disc jockey.
  • November 25 – Tim Gudgin (died November 8, 2017), English sports results announcer.
  • November 30 – Dick Clark (died April 18, 2012), American television and radio personality, game show host and businessman, chairman and CEO of Dick Clark Productions.
  • December 5 – Richard Beebe (died August 29, 1998), American radio personality and comedian (The Credibility Gap).


  1. ^ "WRGA Moves to 1470 kc, Increases Power to 5 kw" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 24, 1948. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  3. ^ Gershwin. Sultinof, ed. An American in Paris Commemorative Facsimile Edition. Warner Bros. Publications INC. p. 4.