1992 in British radio
This is a list of events in British radio during 1992.
- 1 Events
- 2 Station debuts
- 3 Changes of station number
- 4 Closing this year
- 5 Programme debuts
- 6 Continuing programmes
- 7 Ending this year
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 15 February – Radio Orwell changes its name to SGR FM following the purchase of the station by East Anglian Radio.
- 29 February – BBC Radio 3 stops broadcasting on MW. Its frequency is to be used by a national commercial station.
- 9 March – BBC Radio 1 undergoes a schedule revamp, with most of the changes being to the weekend schedule, and a new jingles package is introduced based on the theme Closer to the Music.
- 15 March –
- 23 March – BBC Radio Nottingham ends transmissions on one of its MW transmitters. BBC Radio Cleveland and BBC GLR also stop broadcasting on MW at around the same time.
- 20 April – The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness, an open-air concert in tribute to the late Freddie Mercury is held at London's Wembley Stadium. The concert is broadcast on BBC1 and BBC Radio 1 in the UK, and televised worldwide.
- April – The Radio Authority awards the second Independent National Radio licence to Independent Music Radio, a consortium jointly owned by TV-am and Virgin Communications Ltd. The Authority had hoped that the station would launch by the end of the year but it didn’t launch until the following April.
- 20 May – Ball-by-ball cricket commentary moves to BBC Radio 3's FM frequencies for the summer following the switching-off of BBC Radio 3's MW frequency.
- No events
- July – As Classic FM prepares to launch, test transmissions are carried out using a recording of birdsong originally made for a Raymond Briggs play about nuclear war in 1991. The recording proves popular with listeners and is later launched as Birdsong Radio.
- 25 July – BBC Radio 4 stops the week for the final time, after having done so since 1974.
- August – In a bid to counter-act the forthcoming launch of Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 makes major changes to its programmes, including the launch of a daily breakfast programme called On Air, a weekday drivetime programme called In Tune and a three-hour Sunday morning show of popular classics introduced by Brian Kay.
- 7 September – Britain's first national commercial radio station, Classic FM is launched.
- 18 October – After previously enjoying success as a pirate radio station, Sunshine 855 in Shropshire officially goes on air.
- No events
- 23 December – Brian Hayes presents The Radio 2 Breakfast Show for the final time. He is succeeded by Terry Wogan in January 1993.
- 21 January – BBC Radio Berkshire
- 1 March – Lincs FM
- 14 March – Heartland FM
- 3 April – Pirate FM
- 14 April – The Worlds Greatest Music Station
- 4 May – Mercury FM 96.4
- 25 May – Radio Wave 96.5
- 1 July – KL.FM 96.7
- 4 July – Minster FM
- 1 September – Q96
- 5 September – Spire FM
- 7 September – Classic FM
- 15 September – Sunrise East Midlands
- 15 October – Island FM
- 18 October – Sunshine 855
- 25 October – Channel 103
- 22 November – Delta FM
- 12 December – Lantern FM
- 14 December – Radio Ceredigion
Changes of station number
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Closing this year
- 30 December – Radio Luxembourg (1933), closed satellite service
- 9 January –
- 9 October – The Mark Steel Solution on BBC Radio 5 (BBC Radio 4 from Series 2) (1992–1996)
- 1 December – Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge on BBC Radio 4 (1992–1993)
- Sunday Half Hour (1940–Present)
- Desert Island Discs (1942–Present)
- 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)
Ending this year
- 4 August – Flying the Flag (1987–1992)
- 22 August – Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel (1990–1992)
- 13 December – Down Your Way (1946–1992)
- Unknown – On the Hour (1991–1992)
- 1992 in British music
- 1992 in British television
- 1992 in the United Kingdom
- List of British films of 1992
- BBC Genome Project – BBC Radio 2 listings 6 January 1992
- BBC Genome Project – BBC Radio 1 listings 15 March 1992
- "The Story of Radio Birdsong". RadioBirdsong.com. Retrieved 11 February 2012.