1997 in radio
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The year 1997 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.
- January 7 – Rádio Regina, a new regional station of Slovenský rozhlas (Slovak Radio) in Bratislava, starts broadcasting on 792 kHz.
- January 24 - Long-time St. Louis Top 40 WKBQ flips to Modern AC as "Alice 104.1."
- February 15 – After five years of Alternative Rock, WDRE flips to Urban as Philly 103.9
- February 24 – 98.5 Kiss (Kiss Again 103.3)/Houston debuts after stunting with a loop of "Kiss" by Prince.
- May 23 - KBKS/Seattle flips from gold-based Rhythmic AC to Modern AC-leaning Top 40, rebranding as "Kiss 106.1."
- June 22 – V-103/Baltimore flips from its long-time urban contemporary format to Top 40, branded as "102.7 XYV."
- July 11 – KZQZ/San Francisco debuts its Top 40 format, branded as "Z95.7."
- August 1 - WDBZ/New York changes call letters to WNSR with plans to flip back to a Gold-based AC on August 18. However, Chancellor Media begins an LMA with 105.1 three days prior and the format flip is called off. The station still quietly evolves to more of a Hot AC format by October, calling themselves "FM 105.1", with plans for a new format of some sort to come in 1998.
- August 4 - Hot AC-formatted WMTX/Tampa flips to Modern AC as "Star 95.7" WSSR.
- September 2 - KOAZ/Phoenix flips from smooth jazz to country as "Wild Country 103.5."
- September 5 – WFLN/Philadelphia ends 40 years of Classical music. At 6 PM that day, the station flipped to Modern AC as "Max 95.7"
- September 18 - Kansas City's heritage rock station KYYS "KY 102" drops its 23-year-old AOR format to become modern AC "102.1 The Zone." The staff, several of whom had been with the station its entire run, was informed of the decision to change its format and their termination just 90 minutes in advance. The venable KYYS call letters would be replaced by "KOZN" about a month later.
- September 19 - American Radio Systems announced they would merge with Westinghouse Broadcasting.
- October - Kansas City's WHB 710 and KCMO 810 swap frequencies.
- October 1 – Windy 100 (WPNT-FM, now WSHE-FM)/Chicago debuts with an adult contemporary format
- October 20 – KMJM-FM/St. Louis moves from 107.7 to 104.9 at Midnight. After 12 hours of stunting, 107.7 relaunches as KSLZ "Z107.7." Also on this day, longtime easy listening station KLTH/Kansas City picked up the discarded AOR format of KYYS and much of the ex-KY 102 staff and became "99.7 KY."
- November 19 – KIBB in Los Angeles flips from Rhythmic AC to Urban Oldies, branded as "Mega 100". The station was a pioneer, becoming one of the first stations that adopted the format, and resulted in the launches of similar stations around the country over the next 3 years.
- November 21 – After 37 years of classical music, WQRS/Detroit flips to Modern Rock, branded as "105.1 The Edge."
- November 26 - WVTY/Pittsburgh shifts from adult top 40 to Modern AC as "96.1 The River." The move comes due to a sale from Hearst to SFX Broadcasting, which brought about a major restructuring move at both WVTY (who would later change call letters to WDRV) and sister WTAE (AM), resulting in a mass amount of layoffs, as well as a format change on WTAE from news/talk to sports.
- Ron and Ron Show disbands, and Ron Bennington teams up with Fez Whatley to create The Ron and Fez Show.
- Dennis and Callahan debuts on WEEI in Boston
- Roger Barkley, 60, Los Angeles radio personality, teamed with Al Lohman as part of The Lohman and Barkley Show on KFI.
- October 18, Nancy Dickerson, 60, an American pioneering radio and television newswoman.
- Jerry Doggett, 80, sportscaster, play-by-play for Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games from 1956 in radio to 1987.
- 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.