Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 31, 1949: After completing 15 years on the air, 35,000 people amass in Yankee Stadium to celebrate Mary Margaret McBride's career

May 31, 1949: Mary Margaret McBride was known as "The First Lady of Radio". On the eve of completing her fifteen years on radio, a huge mass of thirty five thousand individuals gathered at Yankee Stadium to acknowledge her prized career.

McBride made strides in television after the Golden Age of Radio. She was greatly known for her work as a radio show host and writer for around forty years. Her radio persona as Martha Deane helped many lady callers with their problems.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30, 1938: CBS Radio airs Joyce Jordan, Girl Intern

 
May 30, 1938: The serial Joyce Jordan, Girl Intern aired  for the first time aired on CBS radio.

In 1948  Joyce Jordan, MD program was evolved into "The Brighther Day" which broadcast for 8 years on the radio, before being shown simultaneously on TV from 1954-1956.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 26, 1940: CBS airs 'Invitation to Learning'

 
May 26, 1940: An educational program, Invitation to Learning, was first heard on CBS. It ran for 24 years.

"Invitation to Learning" was a 30-minute radio show where a panel of three to four people evaluates a particular book and its author.

Although it was really not popular among many radio listeners, the Invitation to Learning radio show lasted for 24 long years, until 1964, presenting over 1,200 episodes during its run.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 23, 1922: The First Debate on Radio



May 23, 1922: On this day two debaters argued about Daylight Saving Time with audience act as jury. This debate was the first radio broadcast debate airing from WJH radio station in Washington DC.

President Warren G. Harding ordered to change the work shift of Federal employees. As Harding's order, working time start at 8 a.m. He gave exception for private employers, they could do as they pleased.

Daylight saving time then became a hot issue. There were pro and contra about Daylight saving time at that time, not only in U.S. but also in several countries in the world.