The History of KYW Newsradio
KYW Newsradio 1060 has been serving listeners in the Philadelphia region with “All News, All the Time” since September 21, 1965, when a staff of newly assembled news anchors, reporters and editors launched the format that has since become a radio powerhouse in Philadelphia.
Since then, KYW Newsradio has become the news source that more than 1.5 million listeners tune to each week for the latest on local, national and international news; weather; sports, and traffic. For most of its years, KYW Newsradio has enjoyed an unprecedented run as the market’s top-rated radio station.
The station began in Chicago on Armistice Day, 1921. Only the seventh radio station in the United States to start broadcasting, KYW — jointly owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting (Group W) and the Edison Company — immediately began airing performances of the Chicago Opera Company. For the first time, great music was available to thousands outside the concert halls. Ownership of radios in Chicago jumped from 1,300 to more than 20,000 from the time the opera broadcasts were announced to the close of the season. In its quest to serve all segments and interests of the community, KYW also was the first station to broadcast major football games.
KYW served as the nerve center for the NBC network broadcasts of the 1940 Republican National Convention and the 1948 Republican and Democratic national conventions in Philadelphia.
During World War II, KYW was cited for numerous accomplishments on the home front, among them War Bond Drives. The station continued to grow as a cultural force as well, sponsoring and broadcasting fine musical programs, literary reviews, dramatic shows and educational programs.
KYW Newsradio was one of the pioneers in the format: the second all-news station in the country, following the lead of its Group W sister station WINS Radio in New York by six months. Under the “all news” umbrella, KYW Newsradio continued its great tradition of public service programming and community involvement.
In the years since, KYW Newsradio and its skillful team of news professionals have brought the events that have shaped our community directly to the listeners. From the moon landing to the MOVE shoot-out; from school teacher strikes to school snow closing numbers; from Woodstock to the tragic events of September 11th, KYW Newsradio has been there, leading the pack with award-winning, around-the-clock news service.
Click below to hear the birth of “All News. All The Time.”
Today, KYW Newsradio, a CBS Radio station, is the market leader — with more listeners than any other radio station in the Philadelphia region — and an integral part of the community and daily life in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.