Big changes are coming Oct. 22 for Utah County FM and AM radio.
KZOL (FM-96.1) will switch formats to become what may be the Wasatch Front's first "full-service FM radio station," with frequent news, weather and sports mixed with a musical format that will be a lighter approach to the "classic rock" style.On the AM side, sister station KFMY (AM-960) will switch to an all-news and information format Monday.
The two Orem stations were recently purchased from Cook Inlet Radio Properties for approximately $1 million by The Great Stock Co.
These format changes were originally planned for Oct. 15, but delays forced the change in dates. More details on these two format changes will be printed next week.
- KMGR-FM ("Magic-107.5") - Jeff Olson left his morning co-host job with Mark Van Wagoner several weeks ago to pursue his movie career, according to Dan Jessop, KMGR program director. Olson has had recent roles in "Desperate Hours" and a TV movie, "Blind Witness," with Victoria Principal. Olson started at KMGR last February.
Cherie Wood started a week ago as Van Wagoner's new co-host. She most recently worked for KSFI.
In other news, Jessop stressed that KMGR is not planning on changing its format, in light of the five stations doing that this month. He reported that the station is becoming more music-intensive in the morning and is thus a good place for listeners who are tired of all the bad news in the world to switch to for a refreshing, positive way to start their morning.
Jessop said that KMGR is northern Utah's longest running adult contemporary station and said that Tom Bock, afternoon personality since June 21, is attracting a strong audience.
On the morning side, Van Wagoner continues to be a consistent, entertaining character.
Sister station KMGR (AM-1230) is all-news and sports, with the contract to carry all Golden Eagles hockey games.
- KLCY (FM-94.1) - Gaylen Palmer, former KLVV personality, started doing middays (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) as of Tuesday on this soft rock station. Palmer said that he willingly left KLVV following its format change last weekend since he feels more at home at a softer-style music station.
He also said that contrary to previous reports, no deejays have yet been let go at the new KLVV (now called "The Q"). However, he speculated that this might change in the near future.
- KRSP (FM-103.5) - What is billed as "The Nation's No. 1 Haunted House" is being sponsored by KRSP again this year, for the 16th consecutive season.
A record 2,600 people were on hand Oct. 4 for the annual "cobweb cutting ceremony" at its biggest ever location - over 40,000 square feet - at the old Skaggs Home Center building, 5600 South and Van Winkle.
KRSP will use its mobile "Rock Assault Vehicle" to broadcast live from the haunted house Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 7 to 11. The house itself is open Monday through Thursday 7-10 p.m. and on weekends from 7-11 p.m. The house is closed on Sundays.
- KSL (AM-1160) - The station's recent promotion to have listeners donate entertainment items to be sent to personnel involved in Operation Desert Shield has been an overwhelming success. KSL has received more than 400 boxes of donated items.
- KCPX (alias "K-98.7," FM) has donated more than 1,000 musical cassettes and compact discs to Operation Desert Shield. In conjunction with Delta Air Lines, the tapes were sent overseas Oct. 11.
"The soldiers will have the cassettes and discs to listen to in addition to Armed Forces Radio," said Wayne Courtney, station general manager.
K-98.7 was able to donate tapes it no longer needs because of a format change last week.
- KTKK (AM-630) - The Rush Limbaugh syndicated talk show on KTKK was recently extended one more hour on "K-Talk." The show now airs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., instead of ending locally at noon.
- KBYU (FM-89.1) - will air the Utah Opera Company's production of Verdi's "Otello" Wednesday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m. KBYU's Eric Glissmeyer will sing the role of Montano.