1960 in radio

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The year 1960 in radio involved some significant events.


  • January 25 – 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.
  • February 8 – Congressional investigations begin into payola in the radio and record industries.
  • February 29 – 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.

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Sometime during the year, KFMA (1580 AM) of Davenport, Iowa switches call letters to KWNT. By now, the format is full-time country music, the only station in the Quad-Cities market to devote exclusively to country music.



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


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


  1. 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.
  2. Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.