1997 in radio

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The year 1997 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.

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  • 7 January – Rádio Regina, a new regional station of Slovenský rozhlas (Slovak Radio) in Bratislava, starts broadcasting on 792 kHz.
  • 15 February – After five years of Alternative Rock, WDRE flips to Urban as Philly 103.9
  • 24 February – 98.5 Kiss (Kiss Again 103.3)/Houston debuts after stunting with a loop of "Kiss" by Prince.
  • 23 May- KBKS/Seattle flips from gold-based Rhythmic AC to Modern AC-leaning Top 40, rebranding as "Kiss 106.1."
  • 22 June – V-103/Baltimore flips from its long-time urban contemporary format to Top 40, branded as "102.7 XYV."
  • 11 July – KZQZ/San Francisco debuts its Top 40 format, branded as "Z95.7."
  • 5 September – WFLN/Philadelphia ends 40 years of Classical music. At 6 PM that day, the station flipped to Modern AC as "Max 95.7"
  • 18 September - Kansas City's heritage rock station KYYS "KY 102" drops its 23-year-old AOR format to become modern AC "102.1 The Zone." The staff, several of whom had been with the station its entire run, was informed of the decision to change its format and their termination just 90 minutes in advance. The venable KYYS call letters would be replaced by "KOZN" about a month later.
  • October - Kansas City's WHB 710 and KCMO 810 swap frequencies.
  • 1 October – Windy 100 (WPNT, now WILV)/Chicago debuts with an adult contemporary format
  • 19 October – KMJM-FM moves from 107.7 to 104.9 at midnight.
  • 20 October – KSLZ debuts as Z107.7
  • 20 October - Longtime easy listening station KLTH/Kansas City picked up the discarded AOR format of KYYS and much of the ex-KY 102 staff and became "99.7 KY."
  • 19 November – B100 (KIBB) flips from Rhythmic AC to Urban Oldies, branded as "Mega 100" (now KSWD)
  • 21 November – After 37 years of classical music, WQRS/Detroit flips to Modern Rock, branded as "105.1 The Edge."

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