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.
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.
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 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."