1999 in radio

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The year 1999 in radio involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

  • January 4 – KOZN/Kansas City dropped its modern AC format and began stunting with ocean waves
  • January 5 – KOZN ends stunting and flips to adult contemporary, branded as "Star 102", and adopted the new call letters "KSRC."
  • April 5 – KHOT/Phoenix flips to Spanish Mexican music from Rhythmic Olides
  • May 13 - WXXM/Philadelphia flips from Modern AC "Max" to Rhythmic Oldies as WEJM, "Jammin' Gold"
  • August 6 – WWXY and WWYX (now WVIV-FM)/Chicago flip to an 80's hits format, branded as "The 80s Channel."
  • October - Clear Channel announces a nearly $16 billion merger with AMFM, creating America's largest radio group. The deal would close the following year after selling off surplus in multiple markets. This would be the largest broadcast deal in American history, a record that would stand until Clear Channel itself was bought out by private equity in 2007.
  • October 2 – 810 WHB/Kansas City flips to Sports Talk
  • November 4 – WYXR (now WRFF)/Philadelphia flips from Hot AC to "Rock Adult Contemporary", branded as "Alice 104.5"
  • December 1 – WZBA flips from Country music to Rock AC

Debuts[edit]

Closings[edit]

  • April 17 – The Mutual Broadcasting System name was retired by owner Westwood One, with remaining affiliates switching to CNN Radio in a deal with Turner Broadcasting. On that same day, "NBC Radio"-branded newscasts (by this point, "Mutual" and "NBC" newscasts were produced and anchored by CBS Radio personnel) were also limited only to 5 a.m. – 10 a.m. on weekday mornings, with CNN Radio newscasts airing at all other times.

Deaths[edit]

  • Regis Cordic, 72, American radio personality and actor.
  • Shirley Dinsdale, 72, ventriloquist and television and radio personality of the 1940s and early 1950s.
  • January 30: Ed Herlihy, 89, American radio and television announcer for NBC.[1]
  • Ted Mallie, 74, American radio and television announcer
  • January 11, Frank Parker, 95, an American singer and television personality.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cox, Jim (2008). This Day in Network Radio: A Daily Calendar of Births, Debuts, Cancellations and Other Events in Broadcasting History. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3848-8.

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