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Several events occurred in radio in 2008.

Events[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Closings[edit]

  • Todd Pettengill's Saturday Night at the 80s. March 1. The ABC Radio program is quietly canceled due to network financial problems.
  • Sally Jessy Raphael on Talknet. July 7. The program, hosted by former television talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael, was cancelled without notice.
  • Mike and the Mad Dog. August 15. Host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo abruptly left the show and its flagship station WFAN on that day; Russo and Mike Francesa had hosted the show together since 1989. Russo leaves to found Mad Dog Radio, a satellite radio channel, shortly thereafter.
  • 3WT Talk Radio. The Washington, D.C.-based talk radio station, notable for being the successor to Washington Post Radio and the home base of The Tony Kornheiser Show, announces that it isn't earning enough ratings and will be giving up its frequencies to WTOP and WFED, two all-news radio stations in the Washington market. Kornheiser will be without a flagship station upon his return in January 2009.
  • Smooth Jazz (radio network). September 30. The smooth jazz network originated by Jones Radio Networks, and the last satellite smooth jazz radio network in the United States, will be eliminated in consolidation with Dial Global. Jones Standards and Jones Variety Hits will also be discontinued and consolidated with similar Dial Global networks on that day. Additional networks will be consolidated on December 29.[30]
  • KBDS/Bakersfield, California. November 14. The Rhythmic Contemporary outlet goes dark due to a decline in advertising sales and a struggling economy in the Bakersfield market.[55]
  • The Bob Grant Show. November. Grant's evening show is bumped to make room for Curtis Sliwa's national syndication effort; Grant will continue fill-in work on the station until his contract expires, with the station's midmorning slot (where Sliwa was previously located) still a possibility.
  • Interep National Radio Sales. March 31, Declares Chapter 11 bankruptcy. November 25, declares chapter 7 bankruptcy. The agency, which represents radio stations in the United States, goes bankrupt and some of its assets are sold to Katz Media in court the same day.
  • The Larry Elder Show. December 12. Elder's contract was not renewed; he had been on KABC in Los Angeles since 1994.
  • KDXE. December 18. The Little Rock, Arkansas AM station, a former flagship of Nova M Radio and a pioneer in children's radio, goes silent.
  • All Night with Danny Wright. December 29. Wright and five other people are laid off as a result of Dial Global's takeover of Jones Radio, bringing an end to Wright's overnight country music show.

Deaths[edit]

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