1979 in radio

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The year 1979 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.

Events[edit]

  • September: KDWB-FM in Minneapolis, Minnesota breaks away from their Top 40 AM sister, becoming album-oriented rock as "K101".
  • October 8-November 3: The engineers and airstaff of WCCO-AM-FM-TV go on strike.
  • October 22: Pittsburgh court receives a $7 million libel lawsuit from county politician Cyril Wecht over remarks the city controller made of him during a radio interview.

Debuts[edit]

  • Undated: WIXK-FM signs on the air.
  • November 5: The radio news program Morning Edition premieres on National Public Radio.
  • Undated: In Albuquerque, New Mexico, long time rocker KRST flips to country music, becoming the city's first FM country radio station. KRST is still playing country music.

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