1988 in British radio

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This is a list of events in British radio during 1988.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • January – Radio 1 has a ‘’More Music Day’’ which limited presenter chat to news, weather and travel. It was designed as an answer to those who thought that DJs talk too much. It has not been repeated.
  • January – Radio Tees is relaunched as TFM.

February[edit]

  • No events

March[edit]

  • No events

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • 1 June – County Sound becomes the first station to introduce full time split programming on FM and AM.

July[edit]

  • No events

August[edit]

  • No events

September[edit]

  • 1 September –
    • The Radio 1 FM 'switch on' day which sees three new transmitters brought into service covering central Scotland, the north of England and the Midlands. With 65% of the UK now covered by the station's new FM frequency, the pop group Bros fly around the country in a helicopter to encourage listeners to switch over.[4]
    • To co-inside with the switch-ons, Top of the Pops is simulcast on Radio 1 for the first time giving listeners the chance to hear the programme in stereo.[5]
  • 20 September – The Radio Data System (RDS) launches, allowing car radios to automatically retune, display station identifiers and switch to local travel news.
  • 29 September –
    • BBC Radio 1 'borrows' BBC Radio 2's FM frequencies on a weeknight for the final time.
    • Radio 1 starts broadcasting on FM in South Wales and the west of England.[6]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • 4 December – Ocean Sound creates two new radio stations as part of the relaxing of ILR licensing rules. Aimed as a direct competitor for BBC Radio 1, Power FM becomes the UK's first 24-hour non-stop chart hit music station, using the 103.2FM frequency. The Gold AM replaces Ocean Sound on medium-wave. It is a pacey, lively radio station playing a mixture of music from the '60s and '70s. Ocean Sound continues its full service operation on the 96.7 FM and 97.5 FM frequencies.

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