1949 in radio
The year 1949 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.
- 2 January – The Jack Benny Program first appears on CBS after 16 years on NBC—one of the most visible results of CBS' "talent raids."
- 1 April – The facilities and staff of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland are transferred to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
- 15 April – KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley, California, begins broadcasting as the first listener-sponsored radio station in the United States and the first of five stations founded by the Pacifica Radio network.
- 23 November – James Lindenberg branches into radio broadcasting with the launch of DZBC 1000 kilohertz, owned by Bolinao Electronics Corporation (the predecessor of ABS-CBN) in the Philippines.
- January 31 – Book at Bedtime debuts on the BBC Light Programme.
- January 9 – Screen Director's Playhouse premieres on NBC.
- February 11 – Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (1949–1962) debuts on CBS.
- February 27 – Broadway Is My Beat debuts on CBS.
- April 4 – Ray's a Laugh debuts on the BBC Light Programme.
- May 1 – The Adventures of Frank Race, a syndicated program, debuts in some markets.
- May 7 – The Affairs of Peter Salem debuts on Mutual.
- June 3 – Dragnet premieres on NBC.
- June 29 – Candy Matson debuts on NBC West Coast.
- July 3 – Four Star Playhouse debuts on NBC.
- July 4
- August 25 – Father Knows Best debuts on NBC.
- September 4 – Chance of a Lifetime debuts on ABC.
- September 5 – Light-Up Time debuts on NBC.
- February 22 – KWPC-FM (99.7 FM) of Muscatine, Iowa, with a broadcasting power of 3,000 watts, signs on the air as a sister station of KWPC-AM (860 AM). Studios are located on the outskirts of Muscatine.
- June 26 – WWON-FM/105.5-Woonsocket, Rhode Island, begins broadcasting at 390 watts. It is the sister station of WWON/1240 in the same community.
- December 11 – KALA/1400-Sitka, Alaska, begins broadcasting. The owner is Baranof Enterprises.
- December 22 – WPEP/1570-Taunton, Massachusetts, begins broadcasting from studios atop the Roseland Ballroom, north of downtown Taunton.
- January 2 - Cabin B-13 ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- January 9 - WWDX-FM, Paterson, New Jersey, ceases broadcasting.
- April 17 - Manhattan Merry-Go-Round ends its run on network radio (NBC Blue Network).
- June 4 - The Adventures of Frank Merriwell ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- June 5 - The Alan Young Show ends its run on network radio (NBC).
- June 10 - Herb Shriner Time ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- June 25 - Famous Jury Trials ends its run on network radio in the United States.
- July 3 - Mayor of the Town ends its run on network radio.
- August 22 - Leave It to Joan ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- September 4 - The Burl Ives Show ends its run on network radio (ABC).
- September 25 - Call the Police ends its run on network radio (CBS).
- September 26 - Add a Line ends its run on network radio (ABC).
- October 28 - The Abe Burrows Show ends its run on CBS.
- December 15 - Captain Midnight ends its run on network radio Mutual.
- February 7 – Les Ross, né Meakin, English midlands DJ.
- April 2 – Paul Gambaccini, American-born British music presenter.
- April 20 – Paul Heiney, English broadcaster.
- November – Neal Conan, American NPR host, producer, editor and correspondent, captured during the 1991 Gulf War by the Iraqi Republican Guard.
- Philip Dodd, English creative arts academic and broadcaster.
- January 9 – Tommy Handley, English comedian (born 1892).
- February 15 – Patricia Ryan, American actress (born 1921); she was stricken with a severe headache the night before while performing in a broadcast of Cavalcade of America, and her husband found her dead the next morning at home.
- June 10 – Sir Frederick Ogilvie, British broadcasting executive and university administrator (born 1893).
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- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
- Street, Sean (2002). A Concise History of British Radio, 1922–2002. Tiverton: Kelly. p. 103. ISBN 9781903053140.
- Dunning, John. (1976). Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, 1925-1976. Prentice-Hall, Inc. ISBN 0-13-932616-2.
- Terrace, Vincent. (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
- "KALA on Air" (PDF). Broadcasting. December 19, 1949. Retrieved 23 September 2014.[permanent dead link]
- "WNNJ-FM" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 24, 1949. p. 80. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- "Death Claims Radio Actress". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. United Press. February 16, 1949. p. 2. Retrieved August 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.