With the addition of KSUN (AM-1490) in Ogden, KJQN radio (alias "KJQ") can now be heard on four frequencies.
KJQ is also heard on 92.7 FM in Salt Lake City, 104.9 FM in Provo and 95.5 FM in Ogden.KSUN was formerly all-talk radio, which accounts for the new simulcasting frequency. KSUN is simply another extension of KJQN-FM's "Modern Music" format. KSUN might regain its own identity and format next year, according to a KJQ spokesman. In the meantime, KTKK (AM-630) is the only all-talk station along the Wasatch Front.
- KJQ radio is also helping its listeners get into the Christmas spirit by collecting donations for Toys for Tots.
The station's official station vehicle - the "Milk Beast" - is visiting high schools, colleges and businesses nearly every day distributing free Cream o' Weber dairy products to the public. The U.S. Marines have sanctioned the Milk Beast as an official collector of toys for the program.
All new toys and games collected will be given to children who might otherwise go without this Christmas. Those who donate the toys to the disc jockeys in the milk truck, painted to look like a cow, will be allowed to enter a special drawing to win an Atari Portfolio personal computer and an Atari hand-held Lynx game.
Milk Beast locations for the day are announced regularly on KJQ.
- KMGR radio (FM-107.5). Don't forget this station is also involved in the Toys for Tots program, and "Magic 107.5" is making donating a bit easier this year by offering to send out "Santa's Helpers" (on-air personalities Mark Van Wagoner, Tom Bock and Dan Jessop) to pick up donations at business offices that collect 25 toys or more.
Donations can be dropped off at any Rainbo Oil location or any Rocky Mountain Chevrolet/Geo dealership.
Santa's Helpers will pick up toys on Dec. 14, 17 and 18. Call KMGR at 264-1075 to arrange for toy pickup from business offices.
- KQOL UPDATE (FM-106.5). It's now been about one month since this station made the switch from country music to the syndicated "Beautiful Music" format, heard on KSFI until last summer.
"It's going really, really good," Steve Evans, KQOL general manager, said. He reports that the station receives 15-20 cards and letters a day that are thank-you notes from listeners who welcome the return of the most relaxing format on the radio dial.
Evans reports that 80 percent of KQOL's music is instrumental and that financially the revised station has had a great start and was able to hire two more employees last week.
KFAM (AM-700) has the format most similar to KQOL's, but Evans stresses that you can't beat FM stereo.
- KQOL will air its first annual "Festival of Christmas Music," starting Saturday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. and continuing through Christmas night with commercial-free holiday music.
- KUER (FM-90.1). The station is joining KUED (Ch. 7) and Crossroads Urban Center to provide Utahns in need with a Christmas dinner.
The annual PBS stations' food drive is set for Dec. 19, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in front of Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus.
- "Jazz from the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild" will air Saturday, Dec. 15, 9-10 p.m., on KUER, with "A Tribute to Emily Remler."
The station is also in the midst of its "Twilight Chamber Music Series," a program to benefit the homeless through the Utah Symphony Orchestra and friends. The next and final concert is Sunday, Dec. 16. The show will be taped to air on KUER, Dec. 21, 9 a.m.
- "The Story of the Nutcracker" will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, on KUER. Part two will air at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, and part three will be broadcast at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 30.
- A Utah Symphony preview, "Home For the Holidays," will be on KUER at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.
- Gene Pack will present "A Winter Solstice Celebration" at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, on KUER. The station will also air Paul Winter's "Winter Solstice Whole Earth Christmas Celebration," live from New York, Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.
- KBYU (FM-89.1) will air a tape replay of last month's annual "Salute to Youth" concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
- KCPX (FM-98.7). The station's recent "Christmas for the Animals" was the Humane Society's most successful ever.
"It was the biggest and best food drive we've ever had," said Pauline Edwards, community services coordinator at the Humane Society.
"The community donated an unprecedented 6,000 pounds of dog food, cat food and kitty litter."
Also, 34 animals were adopted during the Dec. 8 event, and $2,000 was received in cash donations.
- KSL radio (AM-1160). Don't forget the station's 23rd annual "Quarters for Christmas" campaign, raising money to buy shoes for needy Utah children. The station is inviting donations of pocket change from all listeners until Christmas.
Contributions are accepted at KSL Radio, Broadcast House, 55 N. 300 West. More information is available by calling 575-7600.
- KSL's annual "Quarters for Christmas Concert" is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Salt Lake Community College Skills Center, 1040 W. 700 South. Admission is free, although contributions are encouraged.
- KSL is also sponsoring "A Tournament of Roses" contest with Delta Airlines, with one lucky couple winning a trip to the Southern California event. From now until Dec. 23, listeners can qualify for the trip drawing by correctly answering the daily trivia question. The drawing will be held on Dec. 24.
- The station is also holding its annual "Radio Gift Exchange" daily, from 11 a.m. until noon, with Doug Wright. If you can't find a gift this year, call KSL-TALK for help from other listeners.
- On Thursday, Dec. 20, Larry King will devote his entire show, from 9 p.m. until midnight, to U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East. KSL also hopes to have King in the Salt Lake studio on Dec. 20 to answer listeners' questions.
- Here are some upcoming KSL programming highlights:
Saturday, Dec. 15: 7 a.m. - "The KSL Greenhouse," with Don Shafer and Larry Sagers, will feature guest Steve Lindsey, Manti LDS Temple gardener, discussing flower beds. 10 a.m. - "Car Radio" will examine winter car care with guest Bill Breedlove, race car builder/driver. 11 a.m. - "Your House" will talk about fixing your TV, VCR and stereo.
Sunday, Dec. 16: 10 a.m. - "Getaway" will examine the winter fun available at Yellowstone National Park. 11 a.m - "Health and Fitness" will discuss holiday eating and cold-weather exercise.
Monday, Dec. 17: 10:06 a.m. - "Family Forum," with Linda Eyre, will discuss how to keep the "Merry" in "Merry Christmas."
Tuesday, Dec. 18: 10:06 a.m. - "KSL Cooking Show" will talk about chocolates with Mrs. Marie Cavanaugh.
Wednesday, Dec. 19: 10:06 a.m. - "Housecalls" will examine America's blood supply. 2:30 p.m. - businessman Harvey MacKay will join Bob Lee to discuss business success.
Thursday, Dec. 20: "KSL Cooking Show" will explain how to cut more fat out of your diet.
Friday, Dec. 21: "The Movie Show," with Chris Hicks.