2006 in radio

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The year 2006 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting.

Events[edit]

  • Quad Cities' radio stations WKBF (1270 AM) and WHTS (98.9 FM), both owned by Mercury Broadcasting but operated by a joint sales agreement with Clear Channel Communications, are sold during the year. The sale of WKBF from Mercury to EMF Broadcasting is completed in late 2005, and in February the format switches from contemporary hit radio (which had been formatted at the frequency since 1987) to formatting Christian music as WKLU. [1] WKBF, which had been broadcasting a progressive talk format, is sold to Quad Cities Media and switches to Christian talk in December. [2]
  • January 3 – The BJ Shea Morning Experience switches to KISW in Seattle, Washington, from the former FM Talk (now country) station KKWF.
  • January 21 – Kix Brooks, one half of the country music superstar duo Brooks & Dunn, takes over as host of the long-running "American Country Countdown." He succeeds Bob Kingsley, who had left the program after 27 years a month earlier, and had since started a new program called "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40."
  • Dial Global takes over operations of the Transtar 24-hour networks from Westwood One.
  • June 13 – VNU Media, the publishers of Billboard, acquires Radio & Records. The following July 14 Billboard Radio Monitor will cease publication, followed by Radio & Records three weeks later on August 4. On August 11 both trades are merged into a "newly relaunched" R&R.
  • In September, Mediabase, associated with the original R&R for 19 years until their final issue (as an independent trade), begin publishing their chart listings in USA Today and in the following December debut their online website.
  • November 7 – BBC radio airs the 15,000th episode of its (near) daily drama serial The Archers, begun in 1951.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Burke, David, "‘All Hit 98.9’ to change its tune," Quad-City Times, December 6, 2005. Accessed 09-26-2013. [1]
  2. ^ Burke, David, "WKBF goes Christian talk," Quad-City Times, October 20, 2006. Accessed 09-26-2013. [2]