As KALL radio (AM-910) celebrates its 45th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 29, it appears that the station has not changed so much as it has matured in its 41/2 decades of broadcasting in northern Utah.
The station is still owned and operated by original owner George C. Hatch and prides itself on continuing to be a "full-service radio station" - complete with news, weather, music, personalities and sports coverage. In an era of the '90s when most other radio stations are moving toward specialization, KALL still has that niche on the radio dial where listeners can be fed a little of everything.In this regard, KALL is not acting its age, but that may be its greatest strength since full-service radio stations are an oasis on the AM radio dial where there is an ever-increasing trend for stations to simply be a simulcast of their more-listened-to FM counterparts.
Back in 1946, KALL had the exclusive contract to broadcast University of Utah football games and even to carry the World Series play-by-play coverage for the Salt Lake area. KALL also had 90 minutes of top-rated children's programming with "Buck Rogers," "Superman," "Tom Mix," "Hop Harrigan" and "Captain Midnight."
Al "Jazzbo" Collins was KALL's production manager in the 1940s and Nephi Sorenson was KALL's control chief.
"Rockabye Your Baby," by Al Jolson; "Green Eyes," by Bob Eberle and Helen O'Connell; and "Rum and Coca-Cola," by the Andrew Sisters were some of the biggest hits of 1946.
Today KALL can even better serve its listeners with quick, in-depth news since it recently aligned its news department and staff with sister TV station, KUTV Ch. 2, and its news staff.
KALL's elite core of on-air personalities includes Tom Barberi (6-10 a.m.), Peter B. (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Hans Peterson (2-6 p.m.).
(The sister station of KALL is KLCY, FM-94.1.)
- The public got a chance today for a free piece of KALL's birthday cake at its studio; and the first 4,000 fans at the University of Utah-Wyoming football game Saturday, Sept. 29, can also receive a free piece of birthday cake.
- KALL is planning its formal 45th birthday bash on Oct. 4 at the Clarion Hotel.
- Listen to KALL next week for special anniversary programming, including some old-time radio shows and interviews.
- KRCL (FM-90.9) - The station's annual autumn fund and membership drive, the "Fall Radio Active Thon," begins Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m., and will continue until Oct. 8, 10:30 p.m.
"Without Radiothon, it would be extremely difficult for us to provide the quality music and public affairs programming 24 hours a day, 365 days a year that we do," Ken Pavia, KRCL music director said.
The 10-day marathon is one of two annual fund-raisers for the station. KRCL receives 38 percent of its funding from grants and the federal government, but the remainder must come from listeners.
For more information on the radiothon, call KRCL at 363-1818.
- KSL (AM-1160) - is collecting items for U.S. troops involved in "Operation Desert Shield." Items donated by listeners should be taken to KSL radio, second floor, Broadcast House, 55 N. 300 West, Salt Lake, or to any area Fred Meyer store's service desk.
Items in demand by U.S. troops overseas include letters, books, newspapers, magazines, games and sports equipment.
Items that the Pentagon has announced are not allowed in the Persian Gulf are religious materials that conflict with the Islamic religion - pork products, alcohol, pornographic materials, R-rated movies, pictures of women who are not clothed from head to foot and any edible items that could melt or spoil.
Boredom has become a major problem for men and women serving in the Persian Gulf.
"Within minutes after announcing the campaign," Russ Wood, KSL vice president/general manager said, "KSL radio was flooded with calls, both on the air and at the switchboard, from listeners giving their support and congratulating KSL radio for providing this outstanding service."
KSL also received calls from more than 20 local businesses offering to be drop-off points for the gifts.
- KLO (AM-1430) - This Ogden radio station will broadcast all the Salt Lake Golden Eagles hockey games in the upcoming season by linking up with KMGR (AM-1230), the flagship station of the Golden Eagles.
KLO, with 5,000-watts of nighttime power, will be able to provide hockey listeners in North Davis, Weber and Box Elder counties with an opportunity to hear the Eagles' play-by-play action.
Since KLO also has the contract to carry all the football and basketball games of Weber State, if a conflict occurs between hockey and the Wildcats, KLO will air the Eagles' game on a tape-delay basis.
- KBYU (FM-89.1) - has a dazzling lineup of Chicago Symphony concerts scheduled for every Thursday evening at 7:00 in October.