Bob is back! Bob Jennings, longtime midday disc jockey at the former KRSP-AM, is now doing mornings on KSFI, FM-100.3 (alias "FM").
Jennings, who lost his job in the cutbacks made at the old KRSP-AM last summer, returned to the radio waves over the holidays as a fill-in on FM-100. Now, with some shuffling at the station, Jennings is the morning man (6-10) on KSFI, teamed-up with newswoman Peggy Ijams.Russ Novak, formerly the morning man, has been moved to the mid-day spot (10 a.m.-3 p.m.). Lyle Morris has retained his 3-7 p.m. position, and so has Bob Nelson, 7 p.m.-midnight.
However, KSFI's most famous personality is no longer regularly on the air. Jim Springer came to the station in 1976. He most recently was KSFI's midday disc jockey and the program director for sister station KDYL. He's now KSFI's full-time production director.
Jennings will take over the programming of KDYL, and Morris will continue to be KSFI's program director.
Another major off-air change has also taken place at KSFI. Ken Bell, perhaps Utah's premier radio promotions director, has become the station's full-time corporate marketing director. Bell had already been working part-time for "FM-100" and also KZHT. Prior to that, he worked at KCPX, after being the general manager at two Boise stations. He also previously worked as the sales manager at a Texas radio station and in promotions at KFMY in Provo.
Bell, a spokesman for KSFI said that the on-air shuffle at the station is part of its continual fine-tuning process to make "FM-100" as good as it can possibly be. He also stated that KSFI continues to do extremely well in both radio sales and ratings, following its format change last year from "elevator music" to easy listening.
- KCPX-FM ("K-97.7") - The station is also making on-air changes early in the new year. KCPX has lost two of its premier personalities, Gary Zane (afternoon drive) and Max Wulf (middays). Their replacements are Greg Smith in middays (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Dain Craig in afternoon drive (3-7 p.m.)
Smith was already a KCPX employee, doing overnight shifts and hoping for a better time slot to open up. He also had a strong background in programming.
Craig was previously the full-time production director at K98.7 and also did some weekend on-air work.
Zane, whose contract with the station expired Dec. 31, decided to pursue other employment in stations with the "hit radio" format, a music style KCPX discontinued last October. At almost exactly the same time, Wulf landed morning on-air job at a Las Vegas radio station. He left KCPX on Jan. 5.
- In other K98.7 news, the station is helping to raise medical funds with the help of Salt Lake Community College for Jane Ann Lee, a student who needs $35,000 for a bone marrow transplant.
"Jane Ann Lee will be a featured guest on K98.7 throughout January, culminating in a `dance-athon' on Jan. 18 from 9 p.m. until 9 a.m. on Jan. 19 at the Salt Lake Community College," Jay Kelly, station program director said. "All proceeds will go to the Jane Ann Lee Fund."
For more information on donations, call K98.7 at 485-6700.
- K98.7's recent "Canned Film Festival" raised 700 pounds of food for the Salt Lake food bank. The event, co-sponsored by Century Theaters, may become an annual event for the station.