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The Blue Network was the on-air name of the now defunct American radio network, which ran from 1927 to 1945. Beginning as one of the two radio networks owned by the National Broadcasting Company, the independent Blue Network was born of a divestiture in 1942, arising from anti-trust litigation, and is the direct predecessor of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC)—organized 1943–1945 as a separate independent radio network and later TV broadcaster.
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  • Early history 

  • Creation 

  • Cooperation with the Red Network 

  • Blue Network function through the mid-1930s 

  • Problems 

  • Image 

  • Programming, 1935–1941 

  • Proposed sale 

  • Initial moves by the FCC 

  • Litigation against NBC 

  • Sale 

  • FCC hearings 

  • Antitrust conclusion 

  • Changes, 1943–1945 

  • Finances and ownership 

  • Programming 

  • Blue Network Programs 

  • Television 

  • Blue Network stations