Radio dial: 3 Utahns inducted into Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Published: Friday, May 14 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

The Utah Broadcasters Association recently inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame — Doug Barton, president, Sanpete County Broadcasting and Mid-Utah Radio Inc.; M. Kent Frandsen, Logan, president, Cache Valley Radio and Canyon Media; and Don Gale, former executive with Bonneville International and president of Words, Words, Words.

Barton has worked as an announcer and engineer for several Utah County radio stations, including KONI in Spanish Fork, and KOVO, KIXX and KBYU in Provo. He and his wife, Marianne, both part of Sanpete County Broadcasting and Mid-Utah Radio Inc., own six stations broadcasting from Point of the Mountain to Kanab — KMTI and KLGL in Manti, KSVC and KCYQ in Richfield, KMGR in Delta and KMXD in Monroe.

Frandsen began as a weekend announcer at KBLI in Blackfoot, Idaho. After a one-year stint at Sun Valley's KSKI, he went back to KBLI full time while attending Rick's College. From there, he served as sales manager at KWIK in Pocatello and later at KGVM in Idaho Falls. In 1969, he and his wife, Pat, revived the defunct station KSKI, purchasing it four years later. Frandsen Media and its affiliates now own 20 radio stations serving markets in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.

Gale began working full time at KSL in December 1977. For a few months he wrote freelance editorials for others to read on air but soon took charge of the station's daily in-depth magazine news program, "Dimension Five."

Gale's first KSL editorial, a "voice-over," aired Aug. 15, 1978. Four days later, he went on camera for the first time. Over the next 20 years he read nearly 6,000 editorials on KSL.

In 1985, he became Bonneville's vice president for news and public affairs, and his responsibilities expanded to include the corporation's national broadcast holdings.

Gale retired from Bonneville in 1998. However, he continued writing, even registering his own company, Words, Words, Words, while continuing on a freelance basis for Bonneville.

The Utah Broadcasters Association inducts new Hall of Fame members annually.

RADIO HAPPENINGS Trade publication Inside Radio reports that Clear Channel's first quarter revenues are up 5 percent. It also noted that Home Depot is currently the top big spender in U.S. radio advertising. Spanish broadcasting revenue is also reportedly up 12 percent so far this year.

TEN YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE KSL celebrates its 78th birthday. Trumper Communications sells all four of its stations — KISN, KCPX, KOSY and KRAR — to Clear Channel. Based on FCC ownership rules, Clear Channel can only keep KISN and must sell the other three stations to Mercury Broadcasting.

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