1993 in radio

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The year 1993 in radio involved some significant events.


  • January: The Quad Cities' KSTT call letters are retired as 1170 AM is given the new call sign KJOC, reflecting that station's all-sports format. The station had been simulcasting WXLP's FM signal for the past four years, although its sports programming had been steadily increasing during that time.

WPAT and WPAT-FM Paterson, NJ/New York City quietly complete the evolution from Beautiful Music to down-tempo Adult Contemporary, still known as Easy 93.

  • February 19: KBEQ/Kansas City drops its top-40 format of 20 years as "Q-104" to go country as "Young Country 104." It would initially be simulcast on KBZR 1030, which had been airing Z-Rock. The "Q-104" handle would return a few years later, but the format would remain country.
  • March: After 40-plus years in its hometown, KFMH (99.7 FM) moves its studios from Muscatine, Iowa to Davenport.
  • March 13: WEGX/Philadelphia becomes WJJZ.
  • April 2: After 20 years as an influential Top 40 station, WRBQ-FM/Tampa flipped to country, while keeping its heritage "Q105" moniker. Also on this day, KQLZ/Los Angeles flipped from Pirate Radio and its rock format to Soft AC as "EZ 100.3" after Westwood One sold the station to Viacom.
  • April 30: Virgin Radio, originally called Virgin 1215, was launched nationally in the United Kingdom on 1215 kHz at 12.15pm by Richard Branson. It has since become the most listened to online radio station in the world.
  • May 11: CHR-formatted WZOU/Boston shifted to Rhythmic CHR as "JAM'N 94.5", WJMN.
  • May 28: At 4 PM that day, WOWF/Detroit flipped to country, becoming one of the first "Young Country" stations. "Young Country 99.5" debuted with "Young Country" by Hank Williams, Jr..
  • June 3: Atlantic Ventures, Stoner Broadcasting and Multi Market Communications all merge to form American Radio Systems.
  • September 9: Cox and CBS make a swap involving the Dallas and Tampa radio markets. Cox received AOR WYNF 94.9 "95 YNF" in Tampa from CBS to pair with its WWRM "Warm 107.3", while CBS received KLRX "Lite 97.9" in Dallas from Cox to pair with its KTXQ "Q-102." KLRX flipped to classic rock as KRRW "Arrow 97.9", while Cox moves the "Warm" format from 107.3 to 94.9 and launches 1970s hits WCOF "107.3 The Coast."



  • 1: Flagler College's WFCF/88.5 begins broadcasting with a 12-hour-per-day schedule and a power level of 6 kilowatts (later to be upped to 10 kW)


  • Undated: Bill Ballance retires from radio after more than 50 years in the industry.


28: Salty Brine, longtime morning host at WPRO does his last program on that station.


Final broadcast of Bit, byte, gebissen, a German program on computer topics, produced by the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting).


  • 25 November: Harry Elders, 84, radio actor and announcer.[1]
  • 28 November: Garry Moore, 78, an American entertainer, game show host and comedian.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Heise, Kenan (December 3, 1993). "Harry Elders, Longtime Radio Actor, Announcer". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  2. ^ 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.