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The following is a list of events affecting radio broadcasting in 2021. Events listed include radio program debuts, finales, cancellations, and station launches, closures and format changes, as well as information about controversies.

Notable events[edit]

January[edit]

Date Event Source
1 The annual Vienna New Year's Concert is broadcast throughout Europe. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic there is no live audience, but the concert is able to go ahead because the orchestra's members have been COVID tested on a daily basis. [1]
4 On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom sends her best wishes to BBC Radio 4's magazine programme Woman's Hour. She praises the programme for having "played a significant part in the evolving role of women". [2]
11 US broadcasting company Cumulus Media issues a directive to its News/Talk outlets that orders local and syndicated hosts avoid discussing anything to do with allegations of voter fraud on pain of dismissal. The move comes days after the events of the storming of the United States Capitol on January 6, seen to have been spurred on by Conservative talkers Mark Levin and Dan Bongino, both vocal proponents of debunked election fraud theories. Ben Shapiro, though not employed by the company, is also listed in the memo. A host from Cumulus' KMJ Fresno, Ray Appleton, is suspended. [3]
12 WMGG Egypt Lake, Florida, turns off its analog operations and flips exclusively to digital, becoming the second AM radio station in the United States, following WWFD; unlike WWFD, WMGG has filed with the FCC to operate permanently as an all-digital station, the first station to request a permanent license. The station will maintain an analog FM translator. [4]
15 Proprietor Armando Calderón Lara surrenders the license for XHACM-FM, a station operating from Cárdenas, Tabasco, Mexico. The station closed down on January 31. [5]
CKEC-FM in New Glasgow switches to an adult contemporary format branded as 94.1 The Breeze.[citation needed]
18 The Q network launches in the Maritime region of Canada as Stingray Radio rebrands four of its rock stations to the "Q" branding. CJMO-FM in Moncton drops its longtime C103 branding and switches to that branding and CKEZ-FM in New Glasgow drops its Zed branding and joins the Q network. In addition, the syndicated morning show BJ & The Q Morning Crew expanded into New Glasgow.
25 US broadcasting company Alpha Media files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and plans to start a reorganization with its creditors and lenders. [6]
The "Jack" branding makes its way to Medicine Hat, Alberta as CJCY-FM switches to that branding.

February[edit]

Date Event Source
3 Numerous country stations in the United States, including those owned by Cumulus Media and Entercom among others, pull Morgan Wallen's music from airplay after he was captured on video voicing a racial slur. In addition, he was suspended by his record labels, Big Loud and Republic Records along with being pulled from consideration for the Academy of Country Music Awards. [7]
9 Canada's Bell Media abruptly discontinues TSN Radio formats in Hamilton (CKOC), Vancouver (CKST), and Winnipeg (CFRW, which had recently lost its radio rights to the Winnipeg Jets) as part of an ongoing series of cuts across the company. The Hamilton station immediately flipped to BNN Bloomberg Radio (with its Tiger-Cats-produced programming moving to a new online-exclusive network), while the remaining two are expected to flip to Bell's all-comedy format. [8]
12 Stingray Radio rebrands three of its radio stations in the Maritime Provinces, CIHI-FM in Fredericton, New Brunswick, CHHI-FM in Miramichi, New Brunswick and CIJK-FM in New Minas, Nova Scotia to the "Rewind" branding.
14 After eight months of shutdown since May 5, 2020, ABS-CBN's radio station MOR Philippines relaunched as MOR Entertainment online, a service that will feature live programs daily on social networking site Facebook and Pinoy community app Kumu, podcasts on music streaming service Spotify, content exclusives on video-sharing platform YouTube and iWantTFC. [9]
21 After three years of classic hip hop WJXN 100.9 in Jackson, Mississippi flips back to Variety Hits known as Jack FM this is stations second go around with the Format and Jack FM Brand name the first go around happened from July 26, 2012 till March 1, 2014 when it changed the format from the first run of JACK FM to classic country 100.9 The Legend. .[10]

March[edit]

Date Event Source
1 Soft AC KJJZ Palm Springs transitioned to Adult Top 40, putting it in competition with KPSI-FM while serving as the de facto Top 40 successor for the soon to be sold KRCK-FM. [11]
4 WJSR Richmond ends its five month stunt with Christmas music and relaunches with '80s/'90s Hits as "Awesome 100.9." At the same time Adult Top 40 sister WURV adjusted from "Play 103.7" to "103.7 Your Variety" with an emphasis on Y2K and currents. [12]
8 Active Rock WAPL Appleton, Wisconsin fires morning host Len Nelson after he made critical comments about Rush Limbaugh on his Facebook page. Nelson later apologized for making the comments. [13]
11 KORL-FM HD3/K298BA Honolulu, drops Nash Icon for Smooth Jazz, thus bringing the latter back to the market after nine years. [14]
15 Classic Rock KJOT Boise flipped to Jack FM. [15]
16 The hosts of the syndicated radio program Free Talk Live are arrested on federal wire fraud charges for establishing a false religious institution to launder cryptocurrency. [16]
19 After 14 months with a hybrid mix of Sports and R&B/Hip-Hop, KGA/K278CY Spokane, Washington rejoined Fox Sports Radio as a full time affiliate. The station's R&B/Hip-Hop programming was dropped. [17]
30 Entercom rebrands as Audacy, Inc. and also rebrands its Radio.com platform under the Audacy name. [18]

April[edit]

Date Event Source
1 WNRG-FM Milwaukee dropped Rhythmic Top 40 after nine years for 60s/70s Oldies, billing itself as "Pure Oldies 106.9" with new calls WRXS. [19]
KZCE Phoenix also dropped Rhythmic Top 40 after six years and returns to Classic Hip-Hop, billing itself as "101.1 The Bounce." [20]
KGU Honolulu dropped Classic Country after 3 years and returns to Sports billing itself as "95.1 and AM 760 The Shark" [21]
7 Classic Rock WGRF Buffalo fired the program director and hosts of "Morning Bull" (Rob Lederman, Rich Gaenzler and Chris Klein) after Lederman made on-air statements on March 24, in which he compared how he likes toast to the skin tones of black women, setting up a backlash from multiple advertisers who immediately pulled their spots from the station, and resulted in owner Cumulus Media placing the hosts on suspension the same day. Cumulus later moves Shredd and Ragan, the longtime morning show at active rock WEDG, to WGRF in August to replace Morning Bull. [22]
16 Top 40/CHR KAMP-FM Los Angeles rebrands as "97.1 NOW!" and switched call letters to KNOU. Although it continues with its current format (albeit with a lean toward Rhythmic/Dance-pop currents), the Audacy station is billing themselves as "L.A.'s Party Station," a slogan last used by KPWR, KXOL-FM, and KDLD/KDLE. [23]
Entravision's WNUE-FM Deltona/Orlando dropped its Tropical/Salsa format and released the airstaff ahead of its flip to Christian AC under new owners Radio Training Network, thus sparking a pre-emptive strike from WPOZ over the use of the "Joy" moniker that RTN plan to use when it launched their format April 19, the same day WPOZ also rebranded with the aforementioned moniker. [24][25]
19 With the launch of a new local show The Morning Wake Up (hosted by Sean Tyler and Sasha Mack) replacing the cancelled syndicated Rick & Sasha, KMJK Kansas City shifted directions from Adult R&B to R&B/Hip-Hop, putting in line with rival KPRS. [26]
20 Clara Amfo is named as the new host of the Future Sounds programme on BBC Radio One. [27]
21 iHeartMedia News/Talk KFAB Omaha fires afternoon host Chris Baker after eight years upon learning in a (since-deleted but archived) tweet that he posted a GIF of Black men in loincloths and spears dancing over the word "Guilty!" following the results of the trial of former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted for the murder of George Floyd in 2020 that led to multiple protests and calls for police reforms afterwards. [28]

May[edit]

Date Event Source
15 After 51 years, Dordt University transfers ownership of student-run Religious/Diversified KDCR Sioux Center, Iowa, to Educational Media Foundation, then converts the station to its K-Love format. The station's programs and sports broadcast move to an online platform. [29]
17 WNYC Studios dismisses On the Media co-host Bob Garfield after an outside investigation reveals Garfield violated New York Public Radio's anti-bullying policy. [30]
18 Bell Media rebrands 25 of its radio stations to the "Bounce Radio" adult hits branding as part of a mass format reorganization. As a result of the rebranding, all of the remaining EZ Rock stations have been phased out.
21 Stingray Radio rebrands two of its Top 40 stations, CHRK-FM in Sydney, Nova Scotia and CKIX-FM in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, to the "Hot" branding.
22 The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 grand final is broadcast live by radio stations such as ORF (Austria), BNR (Bulgaria), NDR, WDR (Germany), RTÉ (Ireland), RAI (Italy), RS (Serbia), RTVSLO (Slovenia), SR (Sweden) and the BBC (United Kingdom), as well as by stations in non-competing countries such as Slovakia. [31]
24 Czech Radio launches a new sport radio station on digital channels. [32]
WFAS White Plains, New York ceased analog operations and its affiliation with CBS Sports Radio. The station's license was converted to an all-digital station with a conservative talk format from Westwood One. On the same day, Cumulus also flipped WHLD Niagara Falls, New York (also a CBS Sports affiliate at the time) to the same conservative talk format, while keeping that station in analog. [33][34]
25 WKAF Boston drops Rhythmic Classic Hits for Spanish Top 40, giving the market its first full-powered Spanish-language FM. [35]
28 KWQW Des Moines dropped Classic Hip-Hop for Top 40/CHR, giving the Iowa State Capitol its 3rd outlet programming the format. [36]
WHKF Harrisburg dropped Alternative for Hip-Hop/R&B as "Real 99.3." The flip gives the Pennsylvania State Capitol its first FM R&B/Hip-Hop outlet. [37]
31 Belgian broadcaster RTBF Musiq'3 launches Le printemps selon Igor, a five-part 30-minute series in French about composer Igor Stravinsky, written and produced by Axelle Thiry and featuring Alexandre Tharaud. The series is made available to the whole of the EBU. [38]

June[edit]

Date Event Source
1 KRKE-FM Albuquerque dropped Classic Hits for Classic Hip-Hop, billed as "101.3 The Hustle." [39]
3 Lotus Broadcasting acquires Sinclair Broadcast Group's Seattle-Tacoma properties, News KOMO (AM) & KOMO-FM, Adult Top 40 KPLZ-FM, and Conservative Talk KVI, in an $18 million deal transaction. Sinclair had acquired the Seattle radio stations as part of its 2013 acquisition of Fisher Communications. With this sale, it also ends a 68-year pairing of radio/TV co-ownership with ABC affiliate KOMO-TV as well as the last radio/TV combo to exist in Seattle. The stations were the only radio stations in Sinclair's portfolio, as it had previously divested its other stations in the 1990s. [40]
14 WMQA-FM Minocqua, Wisconsin dropped Classic Hits to Adult Contemporary as "95.9 The Island". [41]
22 WNMA 1210 AM in Miami, FL flips from Sports/Hot talk to Spainish Christian as the Oasis 1210 the station began programming on July 1 with Almavision Miami previously on 87.7 WEYS-FM [42]
28 Martz Communications Group announced that it is selling its Upstate New York outlets, Top 40/CHR WYUL Chateaugay, and the Malone-licensed duo of Oldies WICY and Country WVNV, to Educational Media Foundation, allowing the religious broadcaster to border-blast its way into the Montreal market. [43]

July[edit]

Date Event Source
5 After a year and a half as adult album alternative "102.1 The Queen Bee" (which moved to an online presentation), WPFQ Albany, Georgia changed formats to Classic hits as "Retro 102.1." The format will feature hits from the 1980's and 1990's. [44]
13 The remaining radio stations operating in North America on 87.7 FM were forced to cease operations as the digital television transition in the United States completed its final phase. The stations (nicknamed "Franken-FMs") on 87.7 were legally analog low-power television stations whose audio subcarriers are audible on FM radios; the transition forced them to adopt either ATSC or ATSC 3.0.

ATSC 3.0 is theoretically compatible with an analog subcarrier, and on June 13, the FCC granted Venture Technologies special temporary authority to continue operating two of its stations, KBKF-LD and WRME-LD, with an analog subcarrier on 87.75 MHz. Venture must report after 90 and 180 days any interference reports to the FCC. Three other stations were granted similar authority in the subsequent days.

Several other Franken-FMs moved to AM radio following the transition; WJMF-LP's programming moved to WZQK, while WVOA-LP's moved to WSIV.

[45][46]
15 Following similar moves to their Alternative and Country stations in September 2020, Audacy restructures their 16 CHR-formatted stations, laying off most middday and afternoon hosts and replacing them with those of WBBM-FM/Chicago and KNOU/Los Angeles respectively. [47]
19 The modern rock format returns to the Halifax market as Soft AC Jewel 105 CKHY-FM became Surge 105. The unsuccessful Jewel format launched back in January 2019 replacing the previous Live 105 branding.
27 The Federal Communications Commission auctioned off a series of new FM radio construction permits. Auction 109 also included the allocations for four AM radio stations in the St. Louis, Missouri area that had previously been owned by Entertainment Media Trust: KQQZ, KZQZ, KFTK and WQQW. [48]
30 The Lizard returns to Kelowna as Power 104 CKLZ-FM switches back to that branding. The station's format remains active rock.

August[edit]

Date Event Source
5 Sirius XM Radio begins rerunning Let's Talk with Lucy, a former CBS Radio Network interview program that had aired from 1964 to 1965, for the first time since the show's first airing. The show will air on a dedicated pop-up channel commemorating the 110th birth anniversary of hostess Lucille Ball, who had recorded the program while starring in The Lucy Show for CBS television. Ball's daughter Lucie Arnaz had personally preserved the program archives. [49]
10 Westwood One renews its exclusive license with the NCAA to serve as the association's official radio partner. Terms of the agreement, which specifically covers the association's championships (the FCS (formerly I-AA) football championship, March Madness, NIT, Women's March Madness, College World Series, softball College World Series, men's lacrosse tournament and Frozen Four), were not disclosed. The renewal comes along with a settlement of the running dispute between the NCAA and Westwood One over the NCAA's cancellation of its spring 2020 sports championships and Westwood One's liabilities under the contract. [50][51]
12 After 16 months with Top 40/CHR, KFCO Denver returns to its previous Classic Hop-Hop direction (with emphasis on gold and recurrents) and revived the "Flo 107.1" moniker. [52]
16 The Conservative Talk wars in St. Louis expands to 5, as KMJM-FM moved its Adult R&B format to HD2 to make room for "104.9 The Patriot." They join a crowded field that includes (News/Talk) KMOX (AM), KFTK-FM, KTRS (AM), K270BW/KLJY-HD3, and rimshots KRTK (FM) Hermann/KVMO Vandalia. [53]
25 On August 23, 2021, after just 2 years with Country, KHWK changes its format to Sports, along with changing its call letters to KWMN. [54]

September[edit]

Date Event Source
3 The Jim Pattison Group rebrands five of its radio stations to the Rewind Radio branding including CKDV-FM in Prince George, British Columbia.
CIQC-FM in Campbell River, British Columbia returns to its "River" identity after 7 years with the 2Day branding but retains the Hot AC/Top 40 format.
7 After 19 years as a talk format as Talk 1170 KFAQ in Tulsa, Oklahoma changes its call letters to KTSB and becomes a sports format as The Blitz 1170 [55]
15 WFLF-FM Panama City, Florida drops its simulcast of WFLA (which moves in the Panama City area to two FM translators and HD2 subchannel) and begins stunting with Christmas music, ahead of a format flip to active rock (which had been carried on one of the two translators that now carry WFLA) two days later. [56]
16 Thirteen years after the duo broke up in 2008, former nationally syndicated morning hosts Steve and DC reunite on WFFN in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as DC Daniel joins the station where Steve Shannon had been working since 2016. [57]
24 After eight years as a Top 40/CHR, WFLC Miami flipped to Rhythmic Hot AC with a mostly current-based Rhythmic pop presentation, bringing the format back to the market after four years. The Cox-owned station continues to brand as "Hits 97.3." [58]
In the course of six hours, two stations in the Quad Cities metropolitan area switched formats. KIIK-FM dropped Classic Hits for Country as "US 104.9", marking a return to the format in its fourth go around and relaunches a battle with WLLR-FM. Afterwards, WLLR's Classic Rock sister KCQQ flipped to Classic Hits with an emphasis on Rock-leaning 1980s' hits, billed as "Big 106.5". That station will continue to target KIIK's Classic Rock sister WXLP. [59][60]
29 Chicago Public Media, the owners of WBEZ, signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the Chicago Sun-Times. The purchase, which would come from major philanthropic organizations and public support, is expected to close before the end of 2021, pending approval from the regulators and CPM's board of directors. [61]
30 After dropping their AAA format after 31 years four days prior, KTHX-FM Reno, Nevada flips to adult hits as We 100.1. [62]

October[edit]

Date Event Source
1 For the third consecutive year, WWIZ in the Mahoning Valley becomes the first non-stunting station in North America to flip to Christmas music. WWIZ's flip came hours after WXMS in Au Sable, New York, as part of a change in management, flipped to the format as a temporary stunt. [63]
11 After three years of sports radio, 101.3 FM WCPV in Plattsburgh, New York changes its format from sports to country music as "101.3 the Wolf", with the sports format moving to 960 AM WEAV. [64]
13 AC Soft Rock 97.7 CHUP-FM in Calgary, Alberta flips to Adult Top 40 as C97.7.
94.3 The Drive CHIQ-FM Winnipeg releases all its on-air staff and begins stunting with music and the sound of a ticking clock until October 18th when the station becomes Now! Radio with an AC/Hot AC format mirrored after its sister station CKNO-FM in Edmonton, Alberta.
15 After 35 years of alternative rock KITS 105.3 FM in San Francisco changes its format to Variety Hits as "105.3 Dave FM". Its HD2 format will feature classic alternative rock that Alt 105.3 used to play. [65]
18 Rogers Media re-brands all its news/talk stations to the CityNews branding including CJNI-FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
22 WNSH in New York City flips from country to hip-hop as "94.7 The Block," once again leaving most of New York City, the largest city in the United States, without a country radio station. [66]
25 After decades as an adult contemporary or adult album alternative station, WDVI in Rochester, New York flips to country as Country 100.5 in a move by iHeartMedia to take on market leader WBEE. The move leaves the Rochester market with two iHeartMedia country stations as sister station WNBL, with a rimshot signal covering the rural western Finger Lakes on the eastern side of the market, retained its country format. [67]
27 After 91 years as the de facto flagship station for the Green Bay Packers, the non-profit NFL franchise announced that it is ending its long time deal with Good Karma Brands News/Talk WTMJ Milwaukee after this 2021–22 season and moving its broadcasts to iHeart Media Sports WRNW starting with the 2022–23 season. However the deal only stipulates the WRNW deal as an affiliate, as the Packers have produced games and related content and also managed the Packers Radio Network in-house since 2018. [68]

November[edit]

Date Event Source
4 After seven years of ESPN Radio, WONN-FM York, Pennsylvania switches its format to CHR, taking the branding "Nu 92.7" with new call letters WNUU. [69]
9 After four years of alternative music programming, W256CD in Birmingham, Alabama will switch its programming to Way Media as a new format will debut on that frequency soon. [70]
15 Lansing Community College's WLNZ is resurrected as a Michigan Radio affiliate, 20 months after shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [71]
24 After 26 years of alternative rock, WZDA Dayton flipped to Christmas music as Christmas 103.9. On December 27, WZDA flipped to Country as "103.9 The Bull", giving Dayton its fourth Country outlet, joining market-leading WHKO and Classic-focused rivals WCLI-FM and nearby Middletown's WNKN. [72]
29 After seven years of mainstream rock, WQRS Olean, New York flipped back to Classic Rock as 98.3 The Goat. It's the stations third go around with the format when the station used the monkier 98 Rocks from the late 1990s until 2006 and again in 2013. [73]
Tyler Media fired a pair of hosts from its Oklahoma City cluster, Sports KRXO-FM afternoon co-host Sam Mayes and AC KMGL morning co-host and cluster Promotions Director Cara Rice, after a leaked audio from 2016 was released (via the social media site Lost Ogle) making off-the-air comments about Native Americans, which included racist stereotypical jokes towards the community in general while they were discussing the controversy over the name changing of the Washington Football Team (when they were called the Redskins at the time), and while discussing the topic, predicted that they would lose their jobs if the conversation was leaked. [74]

December[edit]

Date Event Source
6 Chris Cuomo announces that he will be leaving his Sirius XM program Let's Get After It, two days after his firing from CNN regarding a scandal involving his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. [75]
At precisely 3PM (PST), Audacy flipped KNOU Los Angeles to a simulcast of News sister KNX, ending a 12-year run as a Top 40/CHR and returns to a non-music format (when it was KLSX), as well as giving Los Angeles its first all-news FM station. The entire staff will continue to work at Audacy as many of their shows are voice tracked from other markets. [76]
14 After a long run with its news talk and sports KVON Napa, California will flip to Spanish language programming. Some of KVON's English language programming will move over to sister station KVYN 99.3 [77]
20 After a 10-year absence WTPA-FM's call letters and Rock format returns, this time on 93.5. It was previously on 104.1 for 23 years from 1962 until 1985. Its rock format debuted in 1980, then moved to 93.5 in 1985 where it stood for 26 years, and finally moved to 92.1 for seven years before that facility was sold to EMF in 2018. This will be the station's second go around with the rock format. [78]
22 After a 16-year run with the Classic Country format, WOWQ changes its format to Adult Hits. [79]
26 After stunting with Christmas music, and ending a 46-year run with Top 40 in various incarnations, KYYY Bismarck flips to Mainstream AC (and thus returns to a previous direction for the first time since 2011), billing itself as "Mix 92.9." [80]
27 After stunting for a month with Christmas music on November 24 WZDA 103.9 in Dayton filps from its alternative to country. [81]
29 After nearly 9 years of its previous conservative talk format WTJS FM 93.1 in Jackson, Tennessee flips to its brand new format christian adult contemporary billed as "Good News" 93.1. [82]
30 After a 13-year gap, smooth jazz returned to the Milwaukee airwaves, courtesy of WJTI/W273DQ. The regional Mexican format ("Caliente 97.9") continues to broadcast on sister W250BN via WMYX-FMHD3. [83]

Debuts[edit]

Date Event Source
January 8 WKEY-FM Key West, Florida launches with a Dance format serving the Florida Keys as "93.7 NRG." They became the second Dance station in the market as they take on WGAY. [84]
January 20 DWDM-FM branded as "Eagle FM 95.5" as a classic hits station. [85]
January 25 Audacy launches the BetQL Audio Network, which will focus on sports betting 24/7. The launch comes after the purchasing of the QL Gaming Group in November 2020. Former Adult Standards KEZW Denver (who'll serve as the flagship station) and KCBS-FM HD3 are announced as the first full time affiliates of the network. [86]
February 1 CIWE-FM is launched by the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA), targeting northern Alberta's First Nations communities. [87]

Endings[edit]

Date Event Source
February 9 TSN Radio begins to wind down its operations. The Bell Media-owned Canadian sports radio network was one of several casualties of cutbacks at Bell and will be replaced by BNN Bloomberg business talk or comedy radio on stations in Winnipeg (CFRW), Vancouver (CKST and CFTE) and Hamilton (CKOC). While the sports rights for the Vancouver and Winnipeg stations had already been dispersed prior to the shutdown, the sudden announcement left Hamilton's sports teams, including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Hamilton Bulldogs and McMaster Marauders; scrambling to find new homes for its audio broadcasts (the Tiger-Cats later rejoined their longtime radio home at CHML). For the time being, the TSN Radio stations in other cities will retain their formats. [88][89]
April 14 Radio Disney shuts down. The youth-friendly contemporary hit radio service switched to "best-of" programming without disc jockeys on January 1; on the same day, its companion country music service shut down, with its over-the-air affiliate KRDC flipping back to the main Radio Disney service until the shutdown. The station was pulled off of SiriusXM satellite radio on December 31, 2020 (eventually being replaced by "Disney Hits," which exclusively carries music produced by The Walt Disney Company) but the station continued to stream on its app and iHeartRadio until January 22 and March 13 respectively, and on KRDC until April 14. [90]
April 16 Cumulus Media cancelled the syndicated Adult R&B morning program Rick & Sasha after two years. The displaced stations that carried the program filled their slots with other shows. [91]
June 26 After 24 years, Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton ends production on his three countdown programs, the Mainstream and Rhythmic versions of The Weekend Top 30 and The Remix Top 30. Hamilton will continue to focus on his afternoon program at WKTU New York City, along with voicetracking for radio outlets and develop future projects. [92]
December 30 Cumulus Media signed off and surrendered the license of CBS Sports Radio affiliate KXZZ Lake Charles, Louisiana after 74 years on the air. [93]
December 31 Agricultural/Farm/Information KDKD (AM) Clinton, Missouri will sign off the air on this date due to the owners of the transmitter farm where it is located announced it will shut down and decommission the tower. Its programming will move over to Country sister KDKD-FM and Kansas City Royals broadcasts to Rock sister KXEA, ending the AM's longtime association that began with the team's debut in 1969. [94]
WFLO & WFLO-FM Farmville, Virginia will cease operations on this date. Both stations were sold to Educational Media Foundation in January, awaiting FCC approval. [95]
KOGT Orange, Texas will cease operations. [96]

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Notability Source
January 11 Maria Kastrisianaki 72 Greek journalist and broadcaster (Flight of the Condor) [97][98]
January 23 Larry King 87 American radio and television host (WIOD, syndicated Larry King Show) [99]
February 11 Eli Soriano 73 Filipino televangelist (Ang Dating Daan). [100]
February 17 Rush Limbaugh 70 American broadcaster credited with popularizing conservative talk as a viable radio format with his nationally syndicated eponymous program [101]
February 23 Mark de Brouwer 50 Dutch DJ (Radio 10 Gold). He also worked for BNR en Radio M Utrecht. [102][103]
March 1 Rossella Panarese 80 Italian radio personality, programme editor, and speaker (Radio3 Scienza) [104]
March 3 Diego Gómez 84 Spanish journalist and broadcaster (Estrellas de la Copla, El patio de Radiolé) [105]
March 4 DJ Adviser N/A Ghanaian DJ (Happy FM) [106]
March 5 Michael Stanley 72 American musician (Michael Stanley Band), and TV/Radio personality in the Cleveland market [107]
March 6 Peter "Kane" Deibler 43 Host of the Premiere Networks syndicated The Kane Show, based in iHeartMedia's WIHT Washington, D.C. The Kane Show aired from 2006 to 2020 in Baltimore/Washington, Louisville, and Tampa. [108][109]
March 16 Laura Hermosa 92 Filipina actress, radio voice talent and mother of Tessie Tomas [110]
March 18 Michel Alberganti 65 French radio producer, writer, and journalist [111]
March 25 Rick Azar 91 American sportscaster (WHLD, WLHC, WWKB, Buffalo Bills Radio Network, Sabres Hockey Network) [112]
March 30 Claire dela Fuente 62 Filipino Jukebox Singer [113][114][115]
G. Gordon Liddy 90 American political operative and syndicated conservative talk radio host/shock jock [116]
April 3 Ralph Stair 87 American Pentecostal evangelical pastor (Faith Cathedral Fellowship) and radio preacher (The Overcomer Ministry) [117]
April 9 Totoy Talastas 92 Former Veteran Broadcast journalist, and host of Liwanagin Natin on (DZEC Radyo Agila 1062) and (NET 25) [118]
April 20 Germán Gamonal 88 Chilean political journalist and radio presenter [119]
April 22 Edwin Sevidal 49 Field Reporter of (DZMM) [120][121][122]
Roy Masters 92 English-born American hypnotist and radio businessman (hosted Advice Line from 1961 until his death, founder of Talk Radio Network and Chancellor Broadcasting) [123]
April 23 Victor Wood 75 Filipino Jukebox Singer [124][125][126]
April 24 Bob Fass 87 American radio host (Radio Unnameable on WBAI and briefly WFMU) [127]
May 19 Guillermo Aguirre 40 Argentine disc jockey [128]
May 20 Zion Aquino 42 Filipino singer [129]
May 22 Moti Rosenblum 75 Israeli journalist [130]
May 24 Aldo Forbice 80 Italian radio host and journalist [131]
May 26 Tom Shannon 82 American radio host most famous for his stints in his native Buffalo, New York (WKBW, WHTT-FM) and in Windsor, Ontario, Canada (CKLW). Also co-wrote the top-40 hit "Wild Weekend" [132]
May 27 Edi Finger 72 Austrian sports journalist (Radio Wien) [133]
May 31 Ester Chavez 93 Filipina radio and TV actress [134]
June 2 David Rehling 72 Danish lawyer and journalist. [135]
Herman Stok 93 Dutch radio and television presenter (VARA). [136]
June 4 Yentez Quintoy 39 Executive Secretary of Brigada Group of Companies [137]
June 23 Shalala 61 Filipino TV host, comedian, radio personality and actor [138][139]
July 27 Menchu Álvarez del Valle 93 Spanish radio journalist. [140]
August 6 Jakob Skarstein 100 Norwegian journalist and radio presenter [141]
August 7 Jane Withers 95 American child radio star and character actress [142]
August 17 Jun Del Rosario 62 Filipino News anchor and reporter [143]
August 20 Tom T. Hall 85 American country singer-songwriter (radio personality on various rural West Virginia and Kentucky radio stations in the 1960s, member of the Grand Ole Opry) [144]
August 21 Don Everly 84 American singer, half of The Everly Brothers (appeared as "The Everly Family" on KMA and WIVK in the 1940s, briefly members of the Grand Ole Opry in the late 1950s) [145]
Phil Valentine 61 American conservative talk radio host [146]
September 8 Amobé Mévégué 52 Cameroonian journalist and radio host [147]
September 26 Chris Ho N/A Singaporean singer (Zircon Lounge), musician and radio DJ [148]
October 4 Alan Kalter 78 American radio and television announcer [149]
October 28 Mike Trivisonno 74 American talk radio host, best known for his work in Cleveland, Ohio on WTAM [150]
November 11 Phyllis Webb 94 Canadian poet and radio broadcaster [151]
November 13 Sam Huff 87 American football linebacker and color commentator (New York Giants and Washington Football Team) [152]
November 20 Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled N/A Somali journalist (Radio Mogadishu) [153]
December 1 Josep Maria Francino 74 Spanish radio journalist [154]
Almerindo Marques 81 Portuguese businessman, president of Rádio e Televisão de Portugal 2002–2008 [155]
December 4 Stonewall Jackson 89 American country musician (member of the Grand Ole Opry from 1956 until his death) [156]
December 14 Giorgos Tragas 72 Greek journalist and radio presenter [157]
December 18 Enzo Gusman 74 Maltese singer (Malta Cable Radio) [158]
December 25 Richard Marcinko 81 American Navy SEAL, founding commander of SEAL Team Six; radio work included America on Watch for Talk Radio Network [159]
December 28 John Madden 85 American football coach, video game consultant and sportscaster; radio work included The Madden Minute for KCBS and Westwood One [160]
December 31 Jeanine Ann Roose 84 American child radio actress [161]

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