1988 in British radio
This is a list of events in British radio during 1988.
- 1 Events
- 2 Station debuts
- 3 Closing this year
- 4 Programme debuts
- 5 Continuing programmes
- 6 Ending this year
- 7 Births
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 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.
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- 17 May – Radio 1 broadcasts the final Mike Smith Breakfast Show, a special presented from Gatwick Airport in which the winners of the Sound Experience competition prepare to embark on a trip to Walt Disney World.
- 23 May – Simon Mayo takes over from Mike Smith on the Radio 1 breakfast show.
- 1 June – County Sound becomes the first station to introduce full time split programming on FM and AM.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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 –
- 1 October – BBC Radio 1 extends broadcasting hours, closing down at 2am instead of midnight.
- 4 October – Launch of GEM-AM, the result of a split between Radio Trent's FM and medium wave frequencies.
- 7 October – After 18 years on air BBC Radio London closes at 7 pm. Test transmissions begin immediately for its replacement, BBC GLR which is launched on 25 October.
- October – BBC Radio Manchester is renamed BBC GMR.
- 30 October – The Asian Network launches as a 70 hours-a-week service on the MW transmitters of BBC Radio Leicester and BBC WM.
- 25 November – BBC Radio 1 starts broadcasting on FM in Northern Ireland and Oxfordshire. To mark the event, the breakfast show and Simon Bates programmes are broadcast live from the two areas.
- 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.
- 11 April – BBC Somerset Sound
- 1 June – Premier Radio and County Sound Gold
- 3 September – Key 103 and Piccadilly Gold
- 3 October – BBC Radio Gloucestershire
- 4 October – GEM-AM
- 25 October – BBC GLR
- 31 October – Viking Gold
- 15 November – Brunel Classic Gold
- 28 November – Capital Gold
- 4 December – Power FM
Closing this year
- 7 October – BBC Radio London (1970–1988)
- January – The Big Fun Show on BBC Radio 4 (1988)
- 2 January – Whose Line Is It Anyway? on BBC Radio 4 (1988)
- 30 April – Saturday Night Fry on BBC Radio 4 (1988)
- 1 September – Top of the Pops on BBC Radio 1 (as a simulcast from BBC1) (1988–1991)
- 1 October – The Beeb's Lost Beatles Tapes on BBC Radio 1 (1988)
- Sunday Half Hour (1940–Present)
- Desert Island Discs (1942–Present)
- Down Your Way (1946–1992)
- Letter from America (1946–2004)
- Woman's Hour (1946–Present)
- A Book at Bedtime (1949–Present)
- The Archers (1950–Present)
- The Today Programme (1957–Present)
- Sing Something Simple (1959–2001)
- Your Hundred Best Tunes (1959–2007)
- Farming Today (1960–Present)
- The World at One (1965–Present)
- The Official Chart (1967–Present)
- Just a Minute (1967–Present)
- The Living World (1968–Present)
- PM (1970–Present)
- Start the Week (1970–Present)
- Week Ending (1970–1998)
- You and Yours (1970–Present)
- I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (1972–Present)
- Good Morning Scotland (1973–Present)
- Kaleidoscope (1973–1998)
- Newsbeat (1973–Present)
- The News Huddlines (1975–2001)
- File on 4 (1977–Present)
- Money Box (1977–Present)
- The News Quiz (1977–Present)
- Breakaway (1979–1998)
- Feedback (1979–Present)
- The Food Programme (1979–Present)
- Science in Action (1979–Present)
- In Business (1983–Present)
- Sounds of the 60s (1983–Present)
- After Henry (1985–1989)
- Loose Ends (1986–Present)
- Flying the Flag (1987–1992)
- Citizens (1987–1991)
Ending this year
- February – The Big Fun Show (1988)
- 6 February – Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988)
- 4 June – Saturday Night Fry (1988)
- 31 December – The Beeb's Lost Beatles Tapes (1988)
- 1988 in British music
- 1988 in British television
- 1988 in the United Kingdom
- List of British films of 1988
- BBC Genome Project
- "Radio 1 History – Transmitters". Radio Rewind. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
- BBC Genome Project Radio 1 listings 1 September 1988
- BBC Genome Project – BBC Radio 1 listings 29 September 1988
- BBC Genome Project – BBC Radio 1 listings 25 November 1988