1991 in radio

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The year 1991 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.

Events[edit]

  • January 11 - KKWM-FM 97.9 in Dallas/Ft. Worth becomes KLRX "Lite 97.9" after Cox assumes ownership from Anchor Media. This change will lead to a station swap nearly three years later and the demise of Tampa Bay's heritage rocker WYNF "95 YNF."
  • January 18 – Brian Beirne became one of the few celebrities from radio to get a "star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • February 1 – KOZT-FM, Fort Bragg, Mendocino County, California officially becomes "THE COAST" after 48 hours straight of playing the theme from "Twin Peaks". Started (and still run) by former KLOS & KLSX programmer Tom Yates, the station has since been nominated for several Marconi awards and won one in 2002 for Rock Station of the Year.
  • February 8 – WROR/Boston flips to Hot AC, branded as "Mix 98.5" and adopts the new call letters WBMX.
  • February 26 – WLOL in Minneapolis, Minnesota signs off on 99.5 FM for the last time. Minnesota Public Radio's KSJN takes over on the frequency the following day.
  • May 12 - Aliw Broadcasting Corporation in the Philippines acquired DZPI and starts broadcasts of DWIZ 882 as a news formatted station. Test broadcast of the station lasted for a month.[1]
  • July - Granum Communications takes over KMEZ-FM 107.5 in Dallas/Ft. Worth from Gilmore Broadcasting and replaces its soft AC format with soft classic rock as KCDU "CD-107.5."
  • August 8 – The Warsaw radio mast, the tallest construction ever built, collapses.
  • October - KHYI 94.9 in Dallas/Ft. Worth drops it top-40 format of roughly 5 years (as Y-95, Power 95 and, later, simply 94.9 FM) to become KODZ "Oldies 94.9."
  • Classic hits KLXK in Minneapolis, Minnesota flips to hard rock as KRXX ("93X")
  • KDBN drops business talk, returns to adult standards as KCMZ.
  • Michael and Kay Zwerling purchase KSCO in Santa Cruz, California
  • December 2 – Buzz Burbank becomes newsman for The Don and Mike Show
  • December 30 – English service of Radio Luxembourg ceases transmissions on 208 meters in mediumwave.

Deaths[edit]

  • André Baruch, 83, film narrator, radio announcer, news commentator, talk show host, disc jockey and sportscaster.
  • George Gobel, 83, American comedian, radio and television personality
  • Dick Joy, 75, American radio and television announcer and newscaster

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