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The year 1960 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.

List of years in radio (table)
In television



  • 25 January – In Washington, DC, the National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the payola scandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records.
  • 8 February – Congressional investigations begin into payola in the radio and record industries.
  • 29 February – The radio program At Your Service debuted on St. Louis radio station KMOX. The program is believed to be first locally produced radio talk show, that helped launch the talk radio format in the US. [1]
  • (date unknown) – KFMA (1580 AM) of Davenport, Iowa switches its call letters to KWNT. By now, the format is full-time country music and the station is the only one in the Quad-Cities market to devote itself exclusively to country.



  • 1 January – The NBC Radio Theater ends its run on network radio (NBC).[2]
  • 23 March - The Second Mrs. Burton ends its run on network radio (CBS).
  • 27 August – The Louisiana Hayride put on its final show.
  • 25 November – The long-running serial, Ma Perkins, airs its last episode on the CBS radio network.[3]


  • 3 January – Liz Kershaw, UK radio presenter
  • 13 February – Delilah, nationally syndicated US love-song request-and-dedication host
  • 10 March – Anne MacKenzie, British broadcaster
  • 1 August – Chuck D, American rapper, composer, actor, author, radio personality and producer


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Cox, Jim (2008). This Day in Network Radio: A Daily Calendar of Births, Debuts, Cancellations and Other Events in Broadcasting History. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3848-8. P. 6.
  3. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.