1982 in radio
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The year 1982 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.
- 19 January - It is announced that Watermark Inc., producer of American Top 40 with Casey Kasem, is being sold for approximately $5 million to ABC Radio.
- 23 July – KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh, becomes the first AM station to broadcast in Stereo sound.
- After 22 years as a Top 40 music station, WABC-AM in New York City changes to talk radio on 10 May 1982.
- KBOX in Dallas, Texas drops its longtime call sign to become KMEZ and simulcast the beautiful music format of their sister station KMEZ-FM.
- KENR in Dallas, Texas drops country music for news/talk as "The Radio Magazine." By November, the station would flip once again, this time to adult contemporary.
- WBBM-FM Chicago debuts its long-running Top 40 format, beginning as a Hot Hits station called "96 Now!" In September, WHYT Detroit also goes Hot Hits and is also known as "96 Now!"
- The year brings two other significant format changes in Detroit – ailing Top 40 station WDRQ experiences a ratings surge after adjusting its format to urban contemporary that summer, and WABX jettisons its long-running album-oriented/progressive rock format for a New Wave-based CHR format called "Hot Rock."
- KMEL morning host Alex Bennett moves to upstart rival KQAK in August.
- Ruth Bennett, mother of KMEL morning host Alex Bennett, begins as host of weekly Kamel Album Countdown on the station, allegedly becoming the world's oldest album-oriented rock disc jockey. A few months later, her son leaves the station.
- Hugh Marlowe, 71, an American film, television, stage and radio actor
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