Radio dial: KJQN says 'bye to alternative music

Published: Friday, Jan. 28 2005 12:00 a.m. MST

Say goodbye to classic alternative music on KJQN and say hello to "Jack FM" instead.

Last Friday, the new KJQN premiered with a variation of the adult-hits music format.

According to G. Craig Hanson, president of Simmons Media Group, which owns KJQN, the new format is an eclectic playlist of adult hits from 1970s to 1990s. There are a few 1960s songs mixed in, too.

He said all the songs played were hits, and less repetition is also a key fixture of the format. "It's a mix of all the decades," Hanson said.

The core audience is adults 25-54, much the same as "Star 102" and "The River," but he stresses this is a different variation. "It's more unusual," Hanson said, adding that good songs will be played that haven't been heard for a long time.

Also, there are no DJs, just one general voice — who is also the same on all other "Jack FM" stations across the country. "Jack FM" started in Canada and is sweeping U.S. radio markets now.

Hanson said once the station matures, some local DJs may be added. Call letters will remain the same. FM-103.1 is KJQN's core frequency. It is is also simulcast on FM-105.1 for Utah County. (FM-100.7 is no longer a simulcast of KJQN. Sister station KEGA, "The Eagle" is now simulcasting there.)

Hanson admits the alternative music KJQN had a loyal audience. "But it wasn't growing as fast as we wanted."

Listening to KXRK or KENZ is what Hanson suggests for alternative-music fans who still miss the old KJQN.

KUUU FREQUENCY CHANGE — "U92" is now broadcasting on 92.5 for Salt Lake County. For Utah County listeners of the station, the new frequency is FM-92.1, instead of FM-92.3. For Weber/Davis counties, the station is still on FM-106.9. A new transmitter and improve signal is the reason for the change.

NEW STATIONS ON-LINE KUUU and sister stations KUDD ("Power 107.9") and KHTB ("The Blaze") are now all on the Internet. KUUU is at www.u92online.com, KUDD is at power1079online.com and KHTB is at www.theblazeonline.com.

TEN YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE RADIO — Bob Edwards, host of NPR's "Morning Edition" visits Logan to help raise money for Utah State University. . . . KALL begins a new show, "The Bob Grant" program Saturday mornings. . . . "Kerry and Bill" on KXRK do a what-if segment on how it would be if they operated a Shakespeare Dinner theater. . . . Dr. Rex Campbell retires from KSL.

RADIO HAPPENINGS KBYU (FM-89.1) will air "Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin," a new series of daily one-hour programs that celebrate classical music, starting Jan. 31, 7 p.m. McGlaughlin will guide listeners through a new musical theme each week, devoting five hours to a single topic. The week of Jan. 31 will feature "Debussy: A Biography of the Pioneering French Impressionist."

"Johnson and Johnson" on KUBL last week had Utah's American Idol Carmen Rasmusen on the air to premiere her first CD, "Carmen."

KZHT (FM-97.1) has a contest going, in conjunction with its "Secret Song" event, to win a trip for two to the 47th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 15.

— The seven Salt Lake Clear Channel radio stations and Harmons joined forces last week to raise $16,117 in one day for southern Utah Flood Victims.

KSOP (FM-104.3) has had a "Super Bowl Pool" contest running this week.

KCPW (FM-88.3) airs "Selected Shorts" each Sunday at 4 p.m, an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors such as Sigourney Weaver, Jane Curtin and William Hurt.


E-mail: lynn@desnews.com

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