Radio dial: KSL wins another Crystal Award

2 other Bonneville stations also among the 10 recipients

Published: Friday, May 5 2006 12:00 a.m. MDT

KSL radio (AM-1160/FM-102.7) has won another Crystal Award for its outstanding community service. The honor was announced last week by the National Association of Broadcasters.

There were only 10 winners of the association's Crystal Radio Awards, and two others also went to Bonneville International-owned stations — WILV in Chicago and KZBR in San Francisco.

Bonneville stations have now been honored with 21 Crystal Awards over the past 13 years.

Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. This year's winners were selected from a pool of 50 finalists.

The NAB is a trade association that represents more than 8,300 local radio and television stations and broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the courts.

For KSL, this latest honor came a week before another historic anniversary for the station — its 84th birthday on Saturday.

KSL began broadcasting May 6, 1922, as Utah's first radio station, a 500-watt facility then known as KZN on AM-833.

"SPOKEN WORD" APPRECIATION — "Music and the Spoken Word" aired its 4,000th broadcast on April 30. I didn't fully appreciate that feat until I took a calculator to the numbers. The 4,000 divided by 52 weeks in a year equals 76.92 years. "The Spoken Word" program will hit 77 years on July 15.

As the world's longest-running continuous radio program, the show has never missed a single week in all that time, despite flu outbreaks (which canceled LDS General Conference in October 1957) and other unforeseen events.

RADIO HAPPENINGS"Johnson and Johnson" on KUBL did their own style of protest last week against high gasoline prices by delivering a bunch of kids to an elementary school via a horse-drawn wagon.

Bill Allred of the KXRK "Radio From Hell" morning show is planning to ride in the MS 150 BikeTour again this year on June 24. He's looking for sponsors, as well as other riders, to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Go to www.x96.com for more details.

— Arbitron has said that it eventually wants to replace all of its written diaries with electronic "people meters." This will likely lead to a more accurate measurement of radio listeners.

— All-holiday music stations will surely return this year to the Salt Lake market as early as Halloween. The Edison Media Research Group reported last week that all-Christmas music gave U.S. radio stations on average a 10 percent ratings boost last year.

TEN YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE RADIO — KSFI's Bob Nelson continues to recover from a motorcycle accident. . . . "Country Joe" of KSOP celebrates his 25th year on the air. . . . KBER's "Mick and Allen" lose their jobs after Citadel Broadcasting takes control of the station. . . . Mills Crenshaw leaves KTKK. . . Kevin McCormick is doing the new morning show on KQMB (FM-102.7). . . . KSFI is No. 1 in the ratings. . . . "Jon and Dan" are now DJs on a country station, KUBL.


The Deseret Morning News and KSL Newsradio 1160 are involved in an ongoing news-gathering partnership. E-mail: lynn@desnews.com

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