The year 1961 in radio involved some significant events.
- KLAC sold to Metromedia
- April 1-the Zenith Radio FM Stereo standard is authorized for US FM stations by the FCC.
- February 11 – KSHE debuts as a female-oriented rock station in St. Louis, Missouri.
- April 12: WLKW/990-Providence, Rhode Island signs on as Rhode Island's only 50 kW A.M. station.
- June 25: WPLM-FM/99.1-Plymouth, Massachusetts signs on.
- KHAK-AM and KHAK-FM, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sign on at 1360 AM and 98.1 FM, respectively. Although formatting country music, neither station is exclusively country until some point later in 1960s.
- WIBC-FM in Indianapolis, Indiana signs on the air.
- Lohman and Barkley, a radio talk show featuring Al Lohman and Roger Barkley begins on KLAC. Runs on several stations until 1986
- WNOR, an Active Rock station in the Hampton Roads area, has its debut.
- WKFD/1370-Wickford, Rhode Island begins broadcasting.
- February 25 – Todd Blackledge, American sports radio host, previously NFL player
- March 4 – Tom Churchill, Iowa-based radio and television weatherman, inventor of the Digital Weatherman, a computer automation system
- March 14 – Gary Dell'Abate, American radio producer (The Howard Stern Show)
- April 26 – Anthony Cumia, American radio personality (The Anthony Cumia Show, previously of The Opie and Anthony Show)
- September 29 – Stephanie Miller, American comedian and radio talk show host (The Stephanie Miller Show)
- October 25 – Pat Sharp, English radio DJ and children's television host
- December 30 – Sean Hannity, American talk radio host and conservative commentator
- April 21 – Wallace Greenslade, English radio announcer (born 1912)
- October 22 – L. Stanton Jefferies, English musician and radio producer (born 1896)
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