Country singer Loretta Lynn had more songs banned from radio than every other male country artist combined in the 20th century. cocaineandrhinestones.com…
Today I learned about Hanoi Hannah, a Vietnamese radio personality who read the names of GIs that were KIA directly from the Stars and Stripes newspaper, and played popular anti-war songs to incite homesickness, attempting to persuade US GIs to go home during the Vietnam War. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
NPR radio host Ira Glass, who has done the show "This American Life" since 1996, received a raise from $170,000 to $278,000 in 2013. Glass said this raise was "unseemly" and asked it to be lowered to $146,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
When cowboy actor Slim Pickens enlisted in the US Army during WWII, he told the recruiter that his profession was "rodeo". This was misheard as "radio" and Slim spent the entirety of the war stationed at a midwestern broadcast station. truewestmagazine.com/cowb…
In 2005 there was an erroneous Emergency Alert TV/radio broadcast in Connecticut that called for the evacuation of the entire state. Residents did not evacuate, and the most common response was to simply change the channel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Author and radio host Amy Krouse Rosenthal publicly announced that she had ovarian cancer by writing a modern love essay for the NY Times that was a dating profile for her soon to be widower husband. She died 10 days after publication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy…
Before switching to satellite radio, Howard Stern was the most fined radio host by the FCC, racking up over $2.5M in fines for indecent language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Due to US prison regulations, there is a whole manufacturing industry dedicated to clear plastic TVs, radios and CD players without speakers (headset only) and even snacks (The Whole Shabang ) nbcnews.com/business/busi…
There is an international event known as "Field Day". It's held on weekends in June ever since 1933, where about 30,000 civilians just talk to each other over different styles of radios to maintain emergency preparedness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fie…
When George Carlin created his 'Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television' bit, the FCC didn't have the legal authority to ban dirty words from public airways. That bit, played uncensored by a NYC radio station, led to the getting that authority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
The last German troops to surrender after World War II were a group of soldiers stationed at a meteorological station on Svalbard. They lost radio contact in May 1945 and were unable to radio for support until August 1945. They were picked up by Norwegian seal hunters on September 4. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Quentin Tarantino dug up and used actual KHJ radio broadcasts from 1968 and 69, along with commercials, for the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He sifted through 17 hours of airchecks to find the tracks he wanted to put in the film fastcompany.com/90384320/…
The lyrics in Le Freak by CHIC originally contained the words β€œfuck off” rather then β€œfreak out”. They got the idea after being denied entry to a club and the bouncer told them to β€œfuck off”. The lyrics were changed since they couldn’t say fuck on the radio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
B92, a dissident radio station in Serbia, played Public Enemy's 'Fight the Power' on repeat when they were banned from broadcasting news. The song became an anti-MiloΕ‘eviΔ‡ anthem in 1991. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
In 2007, Rockstar Games allowed fans to call a number and rant about what they thought was wrong with America. The best calls were featured on a radio station in "Grand Theft Auto IV" gtaforums.com/topic/26235…
When the Billy Joel song β€œOnly The Good Die Young” was released as a single, religious groups attempted to censor the song from radio stations, which caused the initially poor sales of the song to skyrocket. performingsongwriter.com/…
For 17 years the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia detected mysterious signals which left scientists baffled. The source of the signals turned out to be a microwave in the kitchen staffers used to heat up their lunches. theguardian.com/science/2…
The longest running soap opera is "Guiding Light" which began on radio in 1937, transitioned to television in 1952, and ended in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
During the German invasion of Poland in 1939, the Polish radio stations would play Chopin's Polonaise Op. 40 no. 1 in A major (nicknamed the Military Polonaise) as a nationalistic protest to rally the people to resist the invasion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Wayne Newton, a famous Las Vegas singer and entertainer who's nicknamed "Mr. las Vegas", voiced a radio host in Fallout: New Vegas, a game set in post-apocalyptic Las Vegas, named Mr. New Vegas youtube.com/watch?v=YhStF…
The USAF (or what was then the USAAC) has had drones in use since before the US entered WWII. They started using them in 1938. Examples of UAVs date back to 1849 as hot air balloons and WWI as radio-controlled monoplanes commons.wikimedia.org/wik…
In 2014 the FCC fined a New York resident $22,000 interfering with CB radio frequencies by repeatedly saying "oops slam" transition.fcc.gov/eb/Ord…
Today I learned about Project West Ford, a U.S. military effort to create a Saturn-like ring of copper filaments around the Earth in order to protect radio communications from Soviet interference. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In 1996, a man broke into a radio station in New Zealand held the staff hostage and made them play Kermit's Rainbow Connection non stop. nzherald.co.nz/sport/jere…
On August 21–23, 1924, the United States observed "National Radio Silence Day" with all radios quiet for 5 minutes on the hour, every hour, for 36-hours, in an attempt to achieve contact with intelligent life on the planet Mars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Channel 37 is an intentionally unused tv channel in the United States, Canada and Mexico and some of Eurasian region because the frequency range is important for radio astronomy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
When chicago radio station β€œthe loop” was replaced by a Christian music station. They signed off with highway to hell! ihorror.com/rock-radio-st…
The reason cellular signal is so bad in poor weather is because raindrops and water vapor reflect radio waves and convert them into heat energy before they can reach your phone. The same goes for clouds, snow, and fog. wilsonamplifiers.com/blog…
Lemmy chose his name after a character from the late 50s BBC Radio drama β€œJourney Into Space” loudersound.com/news/keit…
In the event of The Queen's death (Operation London Bridge), Radio New Zealand stations are specifically instructed not to play music by the band Queen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
AMSAT-OSCAR 7, a radio satellite that launched in 1974 and failed in 1981 was heard again on June 21, 2002. The satellite had remained intermittently functional and was used surreptitiously for communication by the anticommunist opposition Fighting Solidarity during the martial law in Poland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMS…
That, thanks to β€œFar From Over” becoming an inside joke with Australian drive time radio hosts Hamish & Andy, Frank Stallone was able to perform a sell-out concert with the help of them youtube.com/watch?v=MgGfo…
Lawrence Welk was the first TV show to air in stereo - in 1958, before stereo TV had been invented. ABC simulcast one audio channel on its radio network, the other channel via TV; listening to both would give you the stereo effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Country music became popular in America partially through a pirate radio station of a quack doctor based out Kansas who built a fortune on a procedure to implant goat testicles into men's scrotums. muddyrootsrecords.com/mr_…
The International Space Station has EXTERNAL wifi, used by new spacesuit's helmet cams, , radios, sensors and wifi cams. The covering is not that good as wifi signal directed toward space has nothing to bounce on. wi-fi.org/beacon/chatwin-…
In 2015, a radio DJ in Austria barricaded himself into his studio and played Wham's 'Last Christmas' 24 times in a row. He did it as a protest for lack of holiday spirit, and only stopped after his 4-year-old daughter called in to complain. businessinsider.com/radio…
In 2012, an Indian nurse looking after the Duchess of Cambridge was prank called by an Australian radio station pretending to be the Queen. This led to her revealing confidential information which was then broadcast on the radio. 3 days later, she committed suicide by hanging. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
Living Trees were once used as Radio Antenna. They were even good enough to make radio contact across the Atlantic. bioartlab.com/portfolio_p…
The jury selection for the O. J. Simpson trial had very strict rules about exposure to the media. One juror was excluded for watching cartoons with her children, another for waking up to a clock radio. When a book about O. J. and Nicole came out, jurors were warned to keep out of bookstores law2.umkc.edu/faculty/pro…
The Byrds' 1966 song "Eight Miles High" was banned from radio play in several American states because it allegedly promoted recreational drug use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eig…
The late king of Jordan was an avid Amateur Radio operator who regularly interacted with people around the world. Taking conversations from anyone who had the privilege of having his JY1 call sign respond he never allowed anyone to call him King on the net, and helped the hobby gain members. theguardian.com/theguardi…
Before Fibber McGee & Molly, the stars were on a radio show called Smackout that's considered the first modern sitcom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
During the fall of Saigon in April of 1975, the American radio station played "White Christmas" to signal American troops to immediately move to evacuation points en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
The 'Ghost Army' was created in 1944 as the first tactical deception unit in US Army history to fool the German Wehrmacht. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio traffic, sound effects, and created phony headquarters with bogus officers. This was kept a secret for decades after the war. nationalww2museum.org/vis…
Scientists originally used the term radio to indicate radiant or radiation, such as "radio-active". It wasn't until 1900, twelve years after the discovery of radio waves, that the radio waves were used to carry sound and it would be another 12 years before they were called radio waves. ec2-23-21-117-9.compute-1…
WIXX-FM, a radio station in Green Bay, Wisconsin, edits out "Minnesota Vikings" from the song "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo as if it were a swear word. greenbaypressgazette.com/…
Today I learned of Helen Foley, a 7th grade English teacher who encouraged the class clown to join public speaking activities. Rod Serling eventually joined the debate team, wrote for the school's paper, and went onto to have a career in early radio & TV pressconnects.com/story/n…
In 1998 Australian Astronomers detected fast radio burst signals, and named them Perytons. It was soon discovered that it was escaping radiation from the microwave in the lunch room, which was being stopped by using the door release without pushing the stop button first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
To promote Spinal Tap’s 1992 album, Break Like The Wind, radio stations were sent a colander labelled as "Spinal Tap Official 1992 Calendar". rockmemorabilia.com/produ…

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