KZOL (FM-96.1) made a big change in its programming Monday by switching from its "oldies music" satellite broadcasts to live programming with a slightly different oldies format, anchored by Utah radio legend Danny Kramer. "96 Gold FM" is the station's new nickname.
In addition, sister station KFMY (AM-960) will be making its debut Tuesday, Nov. 20, with an all-news format, anchored by WNN - theWinners News Network - a format previously heard on AM-1550. "WNN News 960" is the station's nickname.Kramer is on the air from 3-6 p.m. He spent 10 years at KSL, prior to moving to KALL (1984-1989). He most recently worked at KQOL, a station that is also changing formats next week and bringing in a new on-air staff.
Tom Walker is the morning personality (6-10) on KZOL, and Randy White does middays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The remainder of the day features plenty of music.
Dennis May, formerly a KUTV news anchor, is the station's news director.
FM-96.1 describes itself as the Wasatch Front's first "full-service FM radio station," with frequent news, weather and sports mixed with a musical adult format. KZOL's new slogan is "The way radio was meant to be'.'
KZOL and KFMY, both Orem stations, were recently purchased from Cook Inlet Radio Properties for approximately $1 million by The Great Stock Company.
Principal owners of the company are Larry V. Bell, Larson Bennett, Billy E. Upton, Judy Grow and Steven L. Grow.
Bell, past president of the Utah Broadcasters Association, left Utah in 1980 but is now back to be KZOL's new general manager.
Bennett, a 30-year veteran of radio, is the FM station's program director and also the operations manager.
Upton is a Virginia architect, while the Grows are Utah County residents. Mr. Grow is an attorney.
All former employees of both the AM and FM station had the option to keep their employment, since the new owners were adding instead of cutting back employees.
Bell and Bennett said they are making the format changes because no one is serving the Utah County radio market exclusively.
There are other radio stations in Utah Valley, but these are composed of a unique religious mixture ranging from the KSRR (alias "K-Star," LDS music) to KHQN (Hare Krishna) to KBYU (classical music).
Bell said he hopes both his stations can fill that hole in the market.
The target audience for the new KZOL is age 30-40, but the station hopes to appeal to older and younger listeners as well.
Since the station's signal reaches from about Nephi to Ogden, the new owners are also taking precautions not to offend or alienate non-Utah County listeners.
The station has a library of 3,000 adult contemporary musical titles that have been carefully selected to meet the target audience. Only compact discs will be played to ensure the highest sound quality.
KZOL will perhaps be the first Utah FM station with a network affiliation (ABC Entertainment Network) and will soon have its own separate sports director.
KFMY will also feature information especially geared for Utah County. With 5,000-watts of power, the station expects to be a much more humble, hometown version of the KSL (AM-1160) news and information format.
Winners News Network will provide most of KFMY's programming, with AM-960 providing its own news updates and information (WNN was knocked off the air when the owners AM-1550 started up an all-Spanish station).
The AM station will also have a sports show, Monday through Friday, 6-7 p.m., hosted by Dick Harman, Provo Daily Herald sports editor,and Steve Watts.
- KSRR radio (alias "KSTAR," AM-1400) is soon going to be available to Salt Lake listeners.
This Utah County LDS contemporary music station will be installing a new transmitter within the next two to three weeks so it can be received in Salt Lake County. Previously the station's signal would fade out at about 7200 South.
In addition, KSRR will begin its annual broadcast of 100 percent Christmas music starting Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, and continuing through New Year's Day. The station has a library of 800 seasonal songs.
- KLZX-AM (860), previously just a simulcast of the popular KLZX-FM, started an all-news format Thursday by linking with the 24-hour Cable News Network radio service. The station also offers local news, sports and weather in the morning and afternoon drive times.
Although this format may be expensive for KLZX, it will challenge KSL's dominance in exclusive news/
- KCPX (alias "K-98.7" FM) is broadcasting a new three to five minute show, "New Gold on CD," weekdays at 8 p.m., with Dick Bartley. The program combines the memorable classics of yesterday with the high technology of today on CD. Bartley also hosts the "Original Rock & Roll Oldies Show" every Saturday, 6-11 p.m.
- RADIO STAFF CHANGES - Here are other recent radio changes: Kim Brown has left KCPX to become an account executive at KSFI . . . Liz Runge, KCPX promotions director for only several months, has taken a sales job at KLZX . . . Ross Dinkelspiel, the KCPX promotions director before Runge, has taken a sales position at KBCK . . . Marcia Walke, KQOL sales director, has left the station . . . Greg Wrubell, former KSL weekend news anchor, has been promoted to the position of overnight anchor/control room operator at the station. Originally from Canada, he will graduate in communications at BYU next month . . . Ken Bell, a former KCPX promotions director, is a consultant for several radio stations in Utah and out of state. Locally, Bell is working with KSFI and KZHT.