1988 in British radio

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List of years in British radio (table)
In British television
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
In British music
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
In British film
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991

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

Events[edit]

  • May - Simon Mayo takes over from Mike Smith on the Radio 1 breakfast show.
  • 1 September - The Radio 1 'switch on' day. 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.[1]
  • 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.
  • 4 December - Ocean Sound create 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 96.7FM and 97.5FM frequencies.

Station debuts[edit]

Closing this year[edit]

Births[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radio 1 History - Transmitters". Radio Rewind. Retrieved 18 February 2010.