1937 in radio
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The year 1937 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.
- (Undated) The Oklahoma Network Inc. begins operation with eight stations in Oklahoma as initial members.
- (undated): Frederic Ziv and John L. Sinn form the Ziv Company for syndication of radio programs.
- 9 March: Fireside chat: On the Reorganization of the Judiciary.
- 14 March: The Jack Benny - Fred Allen 12-year "feud" begins, when both comedians participate in "The Battle of the Century" at the Hotel Pierre.
- 6 May: The Hindenburg disaster takes place in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Herbert Morrison was assigned by NBC Red affiliate WLS (AM) in Chicago to cover the event; as he had no ability to broadcast the landing of the zeppelin live, he and his engineer decided to record it as an experiment. The ensuing transcription (including the now-famous "Oh, the humanity" idiom) aired on the NBC Red Network the next day, a first for the network given that NBC's policy at the time forbade the use of prerecorded news actualities.
- 4 July: Following the alteration of frequencies at the BBC's Washford transmitter to enable it to radiate separate regional services for Wales and the West of England, a new Welsh Regional Programme begins, broadcast from Washford on 1050 kHz and Penmon on 804 kHz.
- 12 October: Fireside chat: On Legislation to be Recommended to the Extraordinary Session of the Congress.
- 14 November: Fireside chat: On the Unemployment Census.
- 12 December: Mae West makes a risqué guest appearance on The Chase and Sanborn Hour that eventually results in her being banned from radio.
- (undated): The American Scene debuts in syndication.
- 6 January: Broadway Merry-Go-Round debuts on the Blue Network.
- 18 January: Aunt Jenny’s Real Life Stories (1937–1956) debuts on CBS.
- 25 January: The Guiding Light (1937–1952) debuts on NBC Red. In June 1952, this series spawned a television version of the same name.
- 1 February: First broadcast of the Swedish radio programme Dagens dikt ("Poem of the day"), still on the air six days a week.
- 29 March: Our Gal Sunday (1937–1959) debuts on CBS.
- 5 July: Arnold Grimm's Daughter debuts on CBS.
- 1 October: First Dagens Eko news broadcast on Swedish radio.
- 11 October: The Court of Missing Heirs debuts on CBS.
- 19 October: Big Town debuts on CBS.
- 1 November: Brave New World debuts on CBS.
- 4 November: Good News of 1938 debuts on NBC.
- 5 November: Black Night (horror program) debuts on WBAP.
- 7 November: Dr. Christian debuts on CBS.
- 18 April - The Adventures of Captain Diamond ends its run on network radio.
- 26 April - Bughouse Rhythm ends its run on network radio (Blue Network).
- 25 June - Ma and Pa ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- 28 July - Broadway Merry-Go-Round ends its run on network radio (Blue Network).
- 30 July - Broadway Varieties ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- "New Okla. Network" (PDF). Radio Daily. February 9, 1937. p. 1. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
- Anderson, Christopher. "Ziv Television Programs, Inc". Museum of Broadcast Communication. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
- Sveriges Radio - Dagens dikt: historik (in Swedish)
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