2002 in radio

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The year 2002 in radio involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

  • January 21 – A train derailment in Minot, North Dakota kills one person and knocks out power throughout the region, spilling 250,000 gallons of toxic anhydrous ammonia for fertilizer purposes. The designated primary station for the EAS in Minot, Clear Channel-owned KCJB 910-AM, fails to air any disaster information. The EAS had to be activated by local law enforcement; Minot police were unable to do so, and KCJB couldn't due to being all-automated in the overnight hours. The incident gradually attracts controversy, as well as attacks on Clear Channel from future Minnesota senator Al Franken.
  • KDWN in Las Vegas, Nevada fires Doug Basham, despite receiving the highest ratings of any other host on the station including nationally syndicated ones, allegedly for spending "too much time bashing the president."

Debuts[edit]

  • January – The Glenn Beck Program launched on 47 stations on Premiere Radio Networks.
  • March 11 – BBC 6 Music, the first new BBC music radio station in decades, is launched.
  • July 1 – Launch of Sirius Satellite Radio
  • July 8 – Launch of KHBZ-FM in Oklahoma City to Alternative Rock.
  • December 2 – radio2XS launches onLine from Sheffield
  • "Dawson McKay & The Get Up Gang" becomes "The Get Up Gang with Dawson, Wendy, and Levi" as Dawson moves from KASH 107.5 in Anchorage, Alaska to Albuquerque New Mexico's 92.3 KRST.

Closings[edit]

  • Karl Haas retired from broadcasting at the age of 89, and recorded his last episode of Adventures in Good Music.
  • August 27: CHUM Radio shuts down its "Team" syndicated sports network in Canada after a little over a year; their flagship station "1050 CHUM" in Toronto reverted to its famous oldies format with much fanfare, while the other "Team" stations reverted to their previous formats, with the exception of Ottawa's CFGO.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.