1992 in radio

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The year 1992 in radio involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

  • January 22 – Rebel forces occupy Zaire's national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government's resignation.
  • February 12 – Washington, D.C. area Top 40 radio station WAVA changes to a religious format, which continues to this day.
  • February 18 – WBSB drops Top 40/CHR and becomes Gold-based Hot AC as "Variety 104.3."
  • February 18 - The "Young Country" format debuts with KRSR 105.3 in Dallas dropping its hot AC format to become KRRM. The KRRM calls stood for "The Armadillo," but were just a placeholder for the KYNG calls, which it would acquire from a station in Coos Bay, OR.
  • June 22 – Radio Wimbledon, the Official Radio Station of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships is launched.
  • August 1 - The FCC relaxes its longstanding rule allowing ownership of only one station per service per market. The new rules allow two stations per service per market and spur a big round of consolidation that would cash out owners like Noble Broadcast Group, Malrite Communications, Shamrock Communications and TK Communications.
  • September 8 – KJJO in Minneapolis, Minnesota flips from modern rock to country music.
  • October - Dallas/Ft. Worth gets its first duopoly as Alliance Broadcasting and KYNG take over KODZ "Oldies 94.9." The station is promptly flipped to a soft-leaning country format as KSNN "Sunny 95."
  • October 26 – Power 99 (WAPW)/Atlanta flips to Modern rock as "99X" at Noon. "99X" debuted with "Video Killed The Radio Star" by The Buggles.
  • November 6 – KOAI 106.1 drops its smooth jazz format as "106.1 The Oasis" to bring top-40 back to the market as KHKS "106.1 Kiss FM." (KEGL had left the format in the summer.) KCDU "CD 107.5" in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas switched from Classic rock to Smooth Jazz picking up the KOAI call letters and "Oasis" moniker and firing PD Gary Reynolds, who had been hired just two weeks earlier.
  • November 9 -*WIBF/Philadelphia flipped from ethnic to modern rock as "WDRE".
  • December 1 – Chile to Modern rock as "Rock&Pop". "Rock & Pop" debuted with "It's My Life" by Dr. Alban.

Debuts[edit]

  • January 4 — ESPN Radio debuts as a weekend service (under the name "SportsRadio ESPN"), with Keith Olbermann, Tony Bruno and Chuck Wilson among the first group of hosts for the flagship program GameNight.
  • April — Country Countdown USA, a countdown program spotlighting the top 30 songs of the week, as reported by Radio & Records magazine. The show is hosted by Lon Helton, country editor for R&R, and features an in-studio interview with a currently popular country music singer or act.
  • October 10 – Billboard reintroduces the Crossover chart publishing its last chart after nearly 22 months. This time it is renamed the Top 40/Rhythm-Crossover chart, which would later be christened as the Rhythmic Contemporary chart in 1997.

No dates[edit]

Closings[edit]

  • December 30 – English service of Radio Luxembourg closes down after 59 years of broadcasting.

Deaths[edit]

  • Shirley Booth 94, award-winning American actress and radio personality
  • Lawrence Welk, American musician, radio and television personality (born 1903)

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