1975 in radio

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The year 1975 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.

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  • 1 January: KQV-Pittsburgh's new owner, Taft Broadcasting, hires Joey Reynolds as program director. KQV's Top 40 format is blown up, taking a bizarre, free-form approach dubbed "The Death of Radio!" Phonetically re-branded "Kay-Cue-Vee," regular newscasts are canceled, jingles are replaced with crudely produced "mingles," airplay of any Top 10 songs were avoided, daily names like "Barrel Bottom Radio," "Volkswagen Radio," "Channel 14," "AM Radio" and "Normalcy Radio" are used, and all of the deejays only said "KQV plays WAY too Much Music!" for a seven-day period, among other stunts. Reynolds, along with his hand-picked music director and morning host, are all fired in May, and the station reverts to the prior format.
  • July - Country music station KRRV in Dallas, Texas becomes Top 40 KIKM.
  • 14 October - KQV in Pittsburgh ends its longtime Top 40 format, switching to all-news with NBC Radio's News & Information Service. Billy Soule and George Hart preside over the final airshift.
  • 30 October - The "Voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates" for close to 30 seasons and a mainstay on American clear channel, Bob Prince is shockingly fired by Pittsburgh station KDKA-AM.
  • 23 November - The Geneva Frequency Plan comes into force.
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