Can you believe it?! Seventy years ago today — August 11, 1941 — 101.FM first signed on and started broadcasting on air under the call letters K45LA on 44.5 FM. We’ve gone through a couple makeovers since those days, eventually changing over frequencies to our current 101.1 FM with the KRTH call letters, K-EARTH name and playing the Classic Hits you know and love today!

And just like 101.1 itself, the world has seen plenty of changes over the past 70 years. So what was life like back in 1941 compared to today? Check out a few fun facts about music, movies and living in the year 1941 compared to what life’s like today!
In 1941:

  • Franklin D Roosevelt was President and Henry A. Wallace was Vice-President
  • United States Population: 133,402,471
  • Cost of a first class postage stamp: 3 cents
  • Unemployment was 9.9%

In 2011:

  • Barack Obama is President and Joe Biden is Vice-President
  • U.S. population skyrocketed to over 311 million people
  • Cost of a postage stamp: 44 cents
  • Unemployment: 9.1%

What were the Oscar-winning movies in 1941? Movies in 1941 — The Academy Awards for 1940:

  • Best Motion Picture: Rebecca
  • Best Director: John Ford for The Grapes of Wrath
  • Best Actor: James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story
  • Best Actress: Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle

Movies in 2011 — Academy Awards for 2010:

  • Best Motion Picture: The King’s Speech
  • Best Director: Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech
  • Best Actor: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
  • Best Actress: Natalie Portman for The Black Swan

What were the number one songs in 1941?

Number one singles in 1941:

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Artie Shaw[/lastfm] — “Frenesi”
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Glenn Miller[/lastfm] — “Song of the Volga Boatmen” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo”
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimmy Dorsey[/lastfm] — “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)”
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sammy Kaye[/lastfm] — “Daddy”

Number one singles in 2011:

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm] — “Firework” and “E.T.”
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruno Mars[/lastfm] — “Grenade”
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Britney Spears[/lastfm] — “Hold It Against Me”
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wiz Khalifa[/lastfm] — “Black and Yellow”
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] — “Born This Way”
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rihanna[/lastfm] — “S&M”
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adele[/lastfm] –“Rolling In The Deep”
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pitbull[/lastfm] — “Give Me Everything”
  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]LMFAO[/lastfm] –“Party Rock”

Fun facts and notable events in 1941…Notable events in 1941:

  • Les Paul designs and builds the first solid-body electric guitar
  • World Series: NY Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers (4-1)
  • NFL Championship: Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants (37-9)
  • NBA Championship Wisconsin vs. Washington St. (39-34)
  • May 1: The breakfast cereal Cheerios is introduced as CheeriOats by General Mills
  • October 23: Walt Disney’s film “Dumbo” is released
  • October 31: Last day of carving on Mount Rushmore
  • December 7: The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor — WNBT airs special news report on the Pearl Harbor attack, interupting a New York Rangers hockey game
Comments (3)
  1. RainbowRay says:

    In the immortal words of Fred Flintstone when he surprised his wife Wilma with an anniversary rendition of “Happy Anniversary” to all at KEARH 101, (sing to the tune of “Happy Anniversary” from “The Flintsones” episode), “OHHHH! Happy Anniversary! Happy Anniversary! happy Anniversary! Haaaappy Anniversary….etc) and may you have at least 41 more.


  2. Dee says:

    Not quite 70 but was in high school in the late 50’s grad 60. Lots of us oldies out here it would be cool to play some oldies oldies. Thanks Dee

  3. Vicki says:

    Happy Birthday K-Earth 101derful-Cheers to another 70 yrs!

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