1990 in radio
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The year 1990 in radio involved some significant events.
- KJJO in Minneapolis, Minnesota transitions from active rock to alternative rock.
- KBLN in Dallas, Texas becomes KXEB.
- Daytimer KKDA in Dallas, Texas begins nighttime broadcasting.
- Emmis Communications sells several of their most noteworthy stations to offset losses from the purchase of the Seattle Mariners, including KXXX in San Francisco, WAVA in Washington, DC and WLOL in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Nationwide Communications sells off WGAR 1220-AM in Cleveland, which was a direct simulcast of country WGAR 99.5-FM, to Douglas Broadcasting. WGAR-AM signs off at midnight on July 13 after airing a brief retrospective on the station, highlighted with tributes from station alumni Jack Paar and Don Imus. The station relaunches as WKNR a few minutes later, carrying a satellite-delivered oldies format, but would gradually assume an all-sports lineup in less than a year.
- June – KNRJ/Houston flipped from Rhythmic CHR to Alternative Rock. The Alternative format would last only 5 weeks, and was promoted as a temporary format while the station's owners, Nationwide Communications, began researching the market for a new format.
- July 20 – Nationwide's KNRJ flips to Hot AC as KHMX, "Mix 96.5."
- Bill Cullen, Radio personality, American game show host (born 1920)
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