KDKA, Pittsburgh

KDKA, the first commercially owned radio, signed on November 2, 1920. The first broadcast gave the election results from the day before. Radio before this time had been run by hobbyists and as scientific experiments. KDKA was started by the Westinghouse Company to sell more radios. Early programming often featured a live band and news …

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75th Anniversary of “War of the Worlds” Radio Broadcast

On Oct. 30, 1938 many people in the US heard on the radio what they thought was an invasion from Mars. What they were hearing was a radio dramatization of H. G. Welles The War of the Worlds (1898). In this radio version, the Martians landed in Grover’s Mill, NJ. Orson Welles was both director …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #10

The next song to reach the top of the charts in 1962 was not a rock song. It was Stranger on the Shore by Mr Acker Bilk. Bernard Stanley Bilk got the nickname “Acker” from a slang term meaning “friend.” He wrote the song for his daughter, Jenny, and named the song for her. He …

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