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100 Radio Moments

#Radio100 Moments

November 2, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast. To celebrate this special anniversary, we’re shining a spotlight on 100 key moments in radio's history.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating your favorite radio memories throughout 2020. Use the hashtag #Radio100 across social media to share these moments with the world. Here’s to 100 wonderful years of radio, and to at least 100 more!


Moment #37: March 6, 1931
Debut of The March of Time – Radio News Program

Moment #38: October 22, 1962
JFK's Address on Cuban Missile Crisis

Moment #39: September 25, 1789
Bill of Rights Passes Congress

Moment #40: November 15, 1926
NBC Debuts on Radio

Moment #41: June 10, 1924
The First Radio Program Broadcast from a Presidential Convention

Moment #42: September 22, 2020
It's National Voter Registration Day!

Moment #43: August 10, 1935
One of the First Traffic Condition Reports from the Skies

Moment #44: November 22, 1963
Assasination of President John F. Kennedy

Moment #45: August 8, 1974
President Richard M. Nixon Resigns

Moment #46: December 8, 1995
First Station Licensed to Operate on the AM Expanded Band

Moment #47: 1963
The Beatles Are Played on the Radio for the First Time

Moment #48: June 23, 1933
First Airing of Don McNiell's Breakfast Club

Moment #49: May 12, 1930
First Airing of Walter Winchell on the Radio

Moment #50: 1938
First World Series Announced by Mel Allen

Moment #51: 1946
Matinee with Bob and Ray Airs

Moment #52: April 3, 1982
President Ronald Reagan begins Saturday Morning Radio Addresses

Moment #53: September 11, 2001
Local Radio Stations Keep Listeners Informed During 9/11

Moment #54: 1939
Hal Jackson's First Time On Air

Moment #55: August 31, 1920
8MK Detroit Airs First Radio News Program

Moment #56: 1901
Marconi Sends First Trans-Atlantic Transmission

Moment #57: April 18, 1950
First Dodgers Broadcast of Vin Scully's 67-Year Career

Moment #58: November 9, 1989
Fall of the Berlin Wall

Moment #59: May 8, 1945
Germany Surrenders in WWII

Moment #60: 1941
Columbia University's Radio Club Opens First Regularly Scheduled FM Station

Moment #61: March 12, 1933
Roosevelt's First Fireside Chat

Moment #62: September 2, 1945
Victory Over Japan Day

Moment #63: 1923
National Association of Broadcasters Founded

Moment #64: June 14, 1922
Warren G. Harding Becomes First President to Have His Voice Transmitted by Radio

Moment #65: October 8, 1921
First Live Radio Broadcast of a Football Game

Moment #66: July 21, 1925
Scopes Monkey Trial

Moment #67: August 28, 1963
'I Have A Dream' Speech

Moment #68: November 7, 1967
President Johnson Signs Public Broadcasting Act

Moment #69: August 26, 1920
Radio’s Vital Role in Women’s Suffrage and Democracy

Moment #70: 1920
First FM "Master Antenna" Goes into Service

Moment #71: December 23, 1947
Bell Laboratories Demonstrates the First Transistor

Moment #72: 1888
Heinrich Hertz Detects and Produces Radio Waves

Moment #73: September 3, 1939
Great Britain Declares War on Germany

Moment #74: November 28, 1925
Grand Ole Opry Radio Show Founded

Moment #75: July 20, 1969
Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Moment #76: November 17, 1995
"This American Life" Premieres as "Your Radio Playhouse"

Moment #77: November 29, 1934
First Professional Football Game on Radio

Moment #78: March 4, 1925
First National Radio Broadcast of a Presidential Inauguration

Moment #79: 1930
First American Car Radio Manufactured

Moment #80: December 7, 1941
Japan Bombs Pearl Harbor

Moment #81: 1934
FCC Is Formed, Replacing FRC

Moment #82: 1923
WEAF New York Accepts First Radio Ad

Moment #83: August 5, 1921
First Broadcast of a Professional Baseball Game

Moment #84: 1907
Lee De Forest Is First to Transmit Music Over Airwaves

Moment #85: May 6, 1937
The Hindenburg Explodes

Moment #86: October 25, 1993
FCC Adopts Single Standard for AM Stereo Broadcasting

Moment #87: June 27, 1945
FCC Alllocates 88-108 MHz for FM Broadcasting

Moment #88: April 1, 1951
ABC Radio Network Debuts Paul Harvey News and Comment

Moment #89: April 17, 1945
Harry Caray Calls His First Game

Moment #90: April 18, 1935
Deal Struck for World Series Broadcast to National Audience

Moment #91: November 5, 1935
Edwin H. Armstrong Publicly Demonstrates FM Radio

Moment #92: 1930
"Clara, Lu and Em" Becomes Radio's First Daytime Soap Opera

Moment #93: March 1, 1932
Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping

Moment #94: 1979
'Rapper's Delight,' by The Sugar Hill Gang is Arguably First Rap Song to Be Played on Radio

Moment #95: June 1, 1961
First FM Stereo Broadcast

Moment #96: 1999
Cathy Hughes Becomes First African-American Woman to Head a Publicly Traded Corporation, Radio One

Moment #97: July 4, 1970
American Top 40 with Casey Kasem Launches

Moment #98: Dec. 6, 1923
First National Radio Broadcast of State of the Union Address

Moment #99: June 12, 1955
Marilyn Monroe Gives Rare Radio Interview

Moment #100: October 30, 1938
War of the Worlds Grips the Nation