• The Brains Trust (BBC Home Service, from 1 January). Discussion. Regular panelists, answering questions sent in by listeners, are Sir Julian Huxley, Professor C E M Joad and Commander Campbell, chaired by Donald McCullough.
• Sincerely Yours, Vera Lynn (BBC Home Service, from 9 November). Music. Programmes elevate the British singer to the status of 'forces' sweetheart'.
• Workers' Playtime (BBC Home Service, from 31 May). Comedy and music, broadcast live from workplaces 'somewhere in England'.
• Duffy's Tavern (CBS, from 1 March). Sit com set in a bar. Runs for 11 years to 1952, tranferring to NBC [Blue Network] in 1942.
• The Great Gildersleeve (NBC, from 31 August). Comedy spin-off from Fibber McGee and Molly.
• The Squeaky Door (NBC Blue radio network, from 7 January). Drama, later re-named Inner Sanctum.
• Duke Ellington records Take the A Train (February 15).
• Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee's book on poverty in Appalachia, includes 61 photographs by Walker Evans.