1980 in radio
1980 in radio involved some significant events.
- 20 March – The pirate radio station Radio Caroline sinks.
- April - WDLM, a religious station based in East Moline, Illinois, adds an FM signal at 89.3 MHz. It acts as both a repeater of WDLM's AM signal (at 960 AM, which had been on the air since 1960) and adds additional programming.
- 29 October – President Carter on a visit to Pittsburgh gives a nationally broadcast campaign interview to KDKA-AM of that city.
- Alex Bennett returned to his native San Francisco to host a comedy-oriented morning show for album-oriented rock station KMEL. The show would last for the next 17 years on three different area radio stations.
- 11 February - Sears Radio Theater ends its run on CBS. Episodes were rebroadcast later in 1980 on Mutual as Mutual Radio Theater.
- 9 October – Sarah X Dylan, radio and television personality in Portland, Oregon, United States, where she produced The Rick Emerson Show on KUFO
- 7 January - Irene Beasley, an American singer and master of ceremonies best known for her work on old-time radio.
- 29 January - Jimmy Durante, an American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor (born 1893)
- 1 February - Jack Bailey, 72, an American actor and daytime game show host.
- 4 February - Art Ballinger, actor, announcer and commercial spokesman.
- 24 July – Peter Sellers, English actor, comedian and radio personality (born 1925)
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
- "Irene Beasley Papers: Historical Note". University of Maryland Libraries. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- 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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