KCPX's new "Breakfast Bunch" - Jay Kelly and Tami Sanders, will make their morning debut on KCPX-FM (alias "K-98.7") Thursday, Oct. 25.
Kelly, 32, a native of Kansas, has 18 years of broadcasting experience. He was recently the top-rated personality at the No. 1-rated adult contemporary radio station in Des Moines, Iowa. He was also the station's program director. Kelly is married, with two daughters. He will also be K-96.1's new program director.Sanders, 32, is no stranger to many Utahns because of her co-host/field producer job on the late "P.M. Magazine Utah." A native of Oregon, Sanders was selected as "Miss Oregon" in 1979. She is married and has two children. Most recently, Sanders created and produced "Entertainment Spotlight" on KUTV.
She has quit her TV job (her last working day at KUTV was probably last Friday) and her decision to take the radio job and discontinue her TV employment was likely an excellent decision since Ch. 2 is cutting back on 14 positions this month.
"We're excited to have Jay and Tami join the station," said Wayne Countney, station general manager. "We believe their style will appeal to our listeners and reflect the community we serve."
A full list of the "K-98.7" personality lineup will be published next month, after Kelly, the new program director, settles in.
- NEW STATION COMING - Northern Utah's fifth radio station to alter its format this month is scheduled to make its debut next week, probably on Oct. 26.
KKDS, formerly KRSP-AM ("Oldies"), will be found at AM-1060. It will boast a new children's format, "The Imagination Station," geared for youth under age 12.
Expect AM-1060 to go completely silent for several days early next week before a 9 1/2-minute promotional "loop" tape on the new station kicks in, two days prior to its actual premiere.
(Watch for a detailed rundown on KKDS Thursday, Oct. 25, page C1, in the Today Section.)
- KKAT (FM-101.9) - Chris York has been named as the station's new promotions director. York replaces Laura Lawrence, who moved to Pennsylvania with her husband.
In addition, Tracy Chapman has joined KKAT's on-air staff and will replace York on the 6-10 p.m. shift.
- KKAT is also helping to sponsor the haunted house at Rocky Point, 4100 N. U.S. 89, on the border of Weber and Box Elder counties. The house is open 7:30-11 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 p.m.-midnight on weekends.
- KJQN (alias, "KJQ" - FM-92.7/95.5; FM-104.9 in Utah County) was recently purchased by its minority owner, Garret Haston of El Paso, Texas.
No changes in the station's popular "Modern Music" programming are expected, but rumors are flying about some possible religious connections that the new owner may have and how this might affect the station's music.
The only thing certain is the new owner will have a new station general manager in place by Nov. 1.
- RADIO WARS ON TV - October is a month on TV when there are numerous advertisements about radio stations. For example, Tom Bock and Mark Van Wagoner of KMGR (FM-107.5) appear in one new TV ad, stressing the fact that contrary to recent trends, "Magic 107.5" is not one of the stations that is changing its format.
KKAT (FM-101.9), KLCY (FM-94.1) and KSL (AM-1160) are some of the other stations currently promoting themselves on TV.
- KBYU (FM-89.1) - will present two productions from this year's annual Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany. "Lohengrin" will be heard Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., as part of the regular Wednesday night opera series. "The Flying Dutchman" will air Oct. 31, 7 p.m.