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1931 in radio
The year 1931 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.
- In television
- In music
- In film
- 23 April – Inauguration of the Swiss national medium-wave transmitter at Sottens by the French-language Société Romande de Radiophonie (SRR) and Radio-Genève.
- 30 April – In France the Poste Colonial (also known as "Radio Coloniale") begins broadcasting to the French colonies from a shortwave transmitter at Pontoise.
- 1 May – The Los Angeles Police Department's KGPL begins broadcasting.
- 11 May – The Pittsburgh Police begin broadcasting with "radio patrol cars" and the region's first emergency band.
- 24 May – Polskie Radio begins transmitting its national programme from a new long-wave station at Raszyn, outside Warsaw. It is the most powerful transmitter in Europe at the time.
- 24-30 July- Jehovah's Witnesses make the most extensive radio chain broadcast ever to air up to 1931. The broadcast was a portion of a convention held in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The convention was broadcast via more than 450 radio stations in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.
- 18 October - NBC replaces its NBC-Pacific nine-station network with two five-station networks, known informally as the Orange and Gold networks. Orange comprises KGO, Oakland; KFI, Los Angeles; KGW, Portland, KOMO, Seattle, and KHQ, Spokane. Gold comprises KPO, San Francisco; KECA, Los Angeles; KEX, Portland; KRJ, Seattle; and KGA, Spokane.
- 10 October - William Randolph Hearst buys WGBS, which was later named WINS after Hearst's International News Service.
- 1 November - NBC acquires half-interest in WMAQ, Chicago, Illinois, from the Chicago Daily News.
- (undated) November - KGKF, Little Rock, Arkansas, changes call letters to KARK.
- (undated) - Harold Teen debuts on WGN, Chicago, Illinois.
- 4 January - The Fred Waring Show debuts on NBC.
- 27 January – Clara, Lu, and Em, the first daytime radio serial, debuts on the NBC Blue Network as a late-evening program. On 15 February 1932, the show moves to its morning time slot.
- 5 February – Eddie Cantor has his first radio appearance on Rudy Vallee's The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour.
- 26 April - The Carnation Contented Hour debuts on NBC West Coast.
- 21 May - The Witch's Tale debuts on WOR (AM).
- 1 June - The Camel Quarter-Hour debuts on CBS.
- 2 September – Bing Crosby makes his solo debut on network radio and remains on air with at least one weekly show until the fall of 1962.
- 11 October - The American Album of Familiar Music debuts on NBC.
- 16 October - The Boswell Sisters program debuts on CBS.
- 26 October - Alice Joy, the Dream Singer debuts on NBC.
- 3 November - WJMS, Ironwood, Michigan, begins broadcasting.
- 25 December – The Metropolitan Opera begins broadcasting its regular Saturday afternoon performances on the NBC Blue Network.
- 30 October - The Federal Communications Commission ordered WJAZ and WCHI, both in the Chicago, Illinois, area, off the air in order to allow full-time operation for WCKY, Covington, Kentucky.
- 18 December - The Federal Communications Commission ordered WOQ, Kansas City, Missouri, and WMAK, Buffalo, New York, off the air -- WOQ "to make way for KFH, Wichita, Kansas" and WMAK "because of an unsatisfactory showing of public interest" as reported in Broadcasting.
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