There's good news and there's bad news at KRSP radio (AM-1060).
First, the good news: "Utah's Oldies Station" is still broadcasting and it will not be replaced by the simulcasting of KRSP-FM nor by a satellite music service.Now, the bad news: two deejays (Bob Jennings and Ron Jensen) and one newsperson (Nina Green) have lost their jobs, and KRSP-AM is only using on-air disc jockeys five hours a day - from 6-10 a.m. and from noon until 1 p.m.
"It was an economic decision to cut some expenses," Steve Carlson, KRSP AM/FM operations manager, said of the layoffs. "But we're still Utah's Oldies Station, and we're committed to that."
Carlson said radio, particularly the AM band, is experiencing a tight market nationwide, and all stations are cutting back to some degree. He stressed that because of KRSP-AM's loyal audience, simulcasting and satellite broadcasts were never considered.
He expressed sadness at having to let three workers go and said cuts are sometimes necessary business to survive.
KRSP-AM will still play "oldies" music from the '50s and '60s. Tom Robin (also promotions director) will be the on-air personality in the morning, and he'll be followed by a lineup of regular music, commercials and jingles but without any deejays.
The station's only other on-air personality will be its most popular, "Skinny" Johnny Mitchell with his "Top 12 at 12" show, Monday through Saturday. (This show is recorded and repeated at midnight.)
The "Cruise Nights" promotion will also continue, as planned, throughout the summer.
One former employee said that KRSP's economic downturn started last year when the popular morning "Dawn Patrol" duo of Jon Carter and Dan Bammes left the station and moved to KLZX.
Carlson said that KRSP-FM is getting stronger again and is going back up in the ratings.
-KMGR (AM-1230), the AM station of "Magic 107.5" (KMGR-FM), has developed a new format, which features world news, business and sports.
The new format started June 27, and it is affiliated with the Business Radio Network, a 24-hour-a-day information source.
KMGR-AM delivers market conditions, business trends, investments, career strategies and international business opportunities, in addition to a regular program of national and international news, travel, weather and sports.
Sports programming includes California Angels baseball, Los Angeles Rams Football and Salt Lake Golden Eagles Hockey.
KMGR-AM's programming alteration follows the national trend of AM stations hoping to target more specific audiences, in order to survive amidst the more popular FM radio counterparts.
-KUFR (FM-91.7) - If you live in Salt Lake or Davis counties, you might have come across KUFR (FM-91.7) on your radio dial.
This is a non-commercial, religious station that's an affiliate of the "Family Radio" network. It is entirely listener supported with a toll-free nationwide number that invites periodic listener call-ins and financial pledges.
KUFR (the `FR' obviously stands for "Family Radio") fills a gap on the Salt Lake radio FM dial between KRCL (91.0.) and KRPN (92.0). It only broadcasts part time.
The station has the same frequency as KOHS (Orem High student station) - 91.7 - but neither station has enough power to interfere with the other.
Religious stations on the FM band are somewhat rare, and KUFR is the only one of its kind on the Wasatch Front FM dial. Other religious stations like KANN (1120), KUTR (1320), KHQN (1480) and KBBX (1600) are all found on the AM band.
The "Family Radio" network originated in the United States more than 25 years ago, and today it has dozens of U.S. affiliates. The network's purpose is to "share the Lord" through Christian messages and music.
KUFR has a local telephone number (359-3146), but despite numerous attempts, the station could not be reached for additional information.
-KUTR (AM-1320) is teaming up with the "Make-a-Wish" Foundation to present a concert, done by local artists, Monday, July 9, 7:30 p.m. at Highland High School.
Local artists performing include Wanda Lindstrom, Steve James, Bryce Neubert, Vicki Pahnke, "Envoy," Roger and Melanie Hoffman and Karly Skinner.
KUTR morning personality Mike Carver will be the master of ceremonies.
Tickets are $5 in advance ($6 at the door), or $20 for a family of six. All benefits go to the "Make-a-Wish" foundation.
For more information, call KUTR at 570-1320.
-KALL (AM-910) - Here's the schedule for the "Do-It" shows with John Berg on the "Radio Advice Network" next week:
7 a.m. - "Summer Maintenance for a Successful Autumn" will be featured on the "Grow-It" show with guest Alex Morris, grounds supervisor for the Jordan River LDS Temple.
9 a.m. - "Hometalk" program will examine "Paint For Protecting and Decorating" with guest Dee Vandenberg, an Ogden paint dealer.
10 a.m. "Auto-Medic" show will offer "Free Advice and Answers to Your Car Questions" by Boyd Ennis of Tunex.
11 a.m. - A new program premieres, "Home Cookin'." It will feature "Kids in the Kitchen," with guests Elaine Ashcroft, Utah State University and JoAnn Mortensen of USU Cooperative Extension.
-KSL (AM-1160) - Newsman Robert G. Schildmeyer filed a $1 million age-discrimination lawsuit against his employer last week.
It is now rumored that a few other employees and former employees are in the process of filing related lawsuits of their own.
- In other KSL news, the station will air the Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies game Saturday. July 7, 4:50 p.m.