1979 in radio

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The year 1979 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.

Radio broadcasting distribution of audio content to a dispersed audience via any audio mass communications medium

Radio broadcasting is transmission by radio waves intended to reach a wide audience. Stations can be linked in radio networks to broadcast a common radio format, either in broadcast syndication or simulcast or both. The signal types can be either analog audio or digital audio.

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Album-oriented rock is an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. AOR evolved from progressive rock radio in the mid-1970s, using research and formal programming to create an album rock format with greater commercial appeal.

Pittsburgh City in western Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2017, a population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, and the 26th-largest in the U.S.

Cyril Harrison Wecht is an American forensic pathologist. He has been a consultant in numerous high-profile cases, but is perhaps best known for his criticism of the Warren Commission's findings concerning the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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KTMY talk radio station in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, United States

KTMY is a non-political, female-oriented talk radio station broadcasting to the Twin Cities region. The station is owned and operated by Hubbard Broadcasting. The station's studio facility, located on the boundary line between St. Paul and Minneapolis, is shared with sister stations KSTP, KSTP-FM, KSTP-TV and KSTC-TV. The station's transmitter is located at Telefarm Towers in Shoreview, Minnesota.

<i>Sears Radio Theater</i>

Sears Radio Theater was a radio drama anthology series which ran weeknights on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the Sears chain. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater during its first season, the program offered a different genre of drama for each evening's broadcast.

CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network that is a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles.

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KUAC is a non-commercial FM radio station in Fairbanks, Alaska, broadcasting at 89.9 MHz. The station is operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It debuted on October 2, 1962, originally at 104.7 MHz, as Alaska's first non-commercial radio station, and second FM station.

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Staats Cotsworth actor

Staats Cotsworth was an actor in old-time radio. He is perhaps best known for playing the title role in Casey, Crime Photographer.

Charles Coughlin 20th-century American Catholic priest, radio commentator

Charles Edward Coughlin, was a Canadian-American Roman Catholic priest based in the United States near Detroit. He was the founding priest of the National Shrine of the Little Flower church. Commonly known as Father Coughlin, he was one of the first political leaders to use radio to reach a mass audience: during the 1930s, an estimated 30 million listeners tuned to his weekly broadcasts. He was forced off the air in 1939 because of his pro-fascist and anti-Semitic rhetoric.

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KDWB-FM contemporary hit radio station in Richfield, Minnesota, United States

KDWB-FM is an American commercial radio station broadcasting in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota, licensed to suburban Richfield. KDWB's radio format is Top 40/CHR. Its transmitter is located in Shoreview, while its studios are in St. Louis Park. The station is owned by iHeartMedia.

WNYL (FM) American radio station

WNYL is an FM radio station licensed to New York City and owned by Entercom. WNYL broadcasts an Alternative rock format branded as "Alt 92.3", with studios located in the Hudson Square neighborhood in Manhattan and transmitter located at the Empire State Building.

WMJX adult contemporary radio station in Boston

WMJX is a commercial adult contemporary radio station licensed to Boston, Massachusetts. The station's transmitter is located atop the Prudential Tower in Downtown Boston, and its studios and offices are located in the Allston-Brighton section of Boston. WMJX is one of Boston's most successful radio stations. WMJX broadcasts Christmas music between mid-November and December 25, with holiday songs also heard year-round on an HD2 subchannel.

WKBF (AM) Regional Mexican radio station in Rock Island, Illinois, United States

WKBF is a radio station licensed to Rock Island, Illinois, and carries a Spanish Regional Music format. The station's frequency is 1270 kHz, and broadcasts at a power of 5 kW. Its transmitter is located on 22nd Avenue in Moline, alongside the Moline–East Moline border just off 53rd Street and Avenue of the Cities.

KHMX hot adult contemporary radio station in Houston

KHMX is a commercial FM radio station in Houston, Texas. It is owned by Entercom and it airs a Hot AC/Adult Top 40 radio format. Its studios and offices are in Greenway Plaza and its transmitter is located off Farm to Market Road 2234 and Fort Bend Parkway in Missouri City, Texas.

WSOC-FM country music radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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The year 1967 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.

WGNA-FM country music radio station in Albany, New York, United States

WGNA-FM is a country music radio station licensed to Albany, New York and serving New York's Capital District. The station is owned by Townsquare Media and broadcasts at 12,500 watts effective radiated power from the Helderberg Mountains tower farm in New Scotland. WGNA holds the distinction of having the longest unchanged format in the Capital District, having been a country music station since its launch in November 1973, and being one of three commercial Albany FM radio stations to have never changed their callsign.

WFBC-FM is a Top 40 (CHR) station licensed to Greenville, South Carolina and serving the Upstate and Western North Carolina regions, including Greenville, Spartanburg, and Asheville, North Carolina. The Entercom Communications outlet is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast at 93.7 MHz with an ERP of 100 kW. The station goes by the name B93.7 and its current slogan is "The #1 for Hit Music."

KBZU country music radio station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

KBZU is a commercial radio station airing country music, mostly from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. The station shares the "Nash" brand with current-based country sister station KRST. Licensed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, the station serves the Albuquerque metropolitan area. The station is owned by Cumulus Media, Inc., through licensee Radio License Holding CBC, LLC. Its studios are located in Downtown Albuquerque and the transmitter tower is located atop Sandia Crest east of the city.

KUUL contemporary hit radio station in East Moline, Illinois, United States

KUUL is a Top 40 (CHR) radio station serving the Quad Cities area. They are owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. with studios located in Davenport, Iowa. The station is known as "101-3 KISS FM" or simply "KISS FM". The station is branded after Los Angeles Top-40 station KIIS-FM.

KNTH AM is a news/talk radio station serving the Houston, Texas metropolitan area. It is owned by Salem Communications. The transmitter site is in Northwest Harris County and studios are located in Sharpstown district in Southwest Houston. KNTH will soon add a translator, recently purchased from Armida Saille, on 103.3 FM from a transmit site near Farm to Market Road 1960 and T.C. Jester Boulevard in Bammel Village. This translator originally operated in Kingsville, Texas.

WFTK

WFTK is a commercial Active Rock radio station in Cincinnati, operated by Cumulus Media. Its studios are located in North Cincinnati and the transmitter site is in Mason, Ohio.

KDRF adult hits radio station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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KBQI country music radio station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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KRST country music radio station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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WENN is a radio station licensed to Birmingham, Alabama. Its daytime power is 5,000 watts, and at nighttime, it broadcasts with 111 watts from a transmitter in Hopper City on the city's northside. It is owned by SummitMedia, who also owns six other Birmingham stations, and all share studios in the Cahaba neighborhood in southeast Birmingham.

KMGA adult contemporary radio station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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The year 1963 in radio involved some significant events.

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References

  1. Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN   978-0-19-507678-3.