1980 in radio involved some significant events.
- 20 March – The pirate radio station Radio Caroline sinks.
- April – WDLM, a religious station based in East Moline, Illinois, adds an FM signal at 89.3 MHz. It acts as both a repeater of WDLM's AM signal (at 960 AM, which has been on the air since 1960) and adds additional programming.
- 29 October – President Carter on a visit to Pittsburgh gives a nationally broadcast campaign interview to KDKA-AM of that city.
- 7 January – Irene Beasley, American singer and master of ceremonies best known for her work on old-time radio (born 1904).
- 29 January – Jimmy Durante, American singer, pianist, comedian and actor (born 1893).
- 1 February – Jack Bailey, American actor and daytime game show host (born 1907).
- 4 February – Art Ballinger, American actor, announcer and commercial spokesman (born 1898).
- 11 April – Florence Lake, American actress (born 1904).
- 24 July – Peter Sellers, English actor, comedian and radio personality (born 1925).
- 22 August – Norman Shelley, English radio actor (born 1903).
- 20 October – Isobel Barnett, British broadcasting personality (born 1918; suicide).
- 8 December – Charles Parker, English documentary producer (born 1919).
- Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 603. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
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- "Irene Beasley Papers: Historical Note". University of Maryland Libraries. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- 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.