"Dean & Roger" have left KRSP radio (FM-103.5).
Dean Myers and Roger Beaty, who had a nearly impossible spot to fill, following in the footsteps of the highly rated "Dawn Patrol" ("Jon & Dan," now at KLZX), went off the air in December.According to Alan D. Hague, KRSP spokesman, Evan Lake, formerly the nighttime personality, has replaced "Dean & Roger."
Hague indicated that Lake, nicknamed "The Water Man," may become a permanent fixture there, since listener response to his new time slot has been excellent.
Hague said he didn't know where Myers and Beaty were headed, but that they are probably looking for employment in the Wasatch Front radio market first, before considering a move out-of-state. Hague declined comment on explaining why the "Dean & Roger" show was taken off the air, but a dwindling audience and the lagging economy are the likely reasons - especially since KRSP hasn't hired anyone new and is apparently going to get by with its existing staff in the near future.
It's uncertain if Myers and Beaty's contracts with KRSP had expired. "Dean & Roger" came to KRSP in the summer of 1989 from Saginaw, Mich., to replace Jon Carter and Dan Bammes.
Todd West has replaced Lake for the evening on-air shift. West has been with KRSP for one year and also worked at KUSW, the former shortwave station of Carlson Communications.
Another KRSP on-air personality has also left the station. Kelly Monson's last on-air day was Jan. 9. He is now pursuing other employment. Hague said he wasn't sure what that other opportunity was. Monson, one of KRSP's veteran personalities, most recently broadcasted middays. Steve Carlson, alias "Steve-O," the operations manager/program director and also a veteran KRSP employee, is replacing Monson in the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. shift.
Mick Martin has taken over Monson's job as the station's music programmer.
KRSP's complete weekday on-air schedule is: 5:30-10 a.m. - Evan Lake "The Water Man"; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Steve Carlson ("Steve-O"); 2-7 p.m. - Mick Martin; 7 p.m.-midnight - Todd West; midnight-5:30 a.m. - Michael Kane.
- While KRSP-FM is struggling with on-air changes, sister station KKDS (AM-1060) continues to do very well. Hague said the kid-oriented "Imagination Station" network is expanding nationally at a quick rate from its home base in Florida. Stations in Jacksonville and St. Louis are joining the network this month.
- KSRR (AM-1400) UPDATE - This LDS contemporary music station's plans to turn on its new, improved transmitter have been postponed, probably until Feb. 1.
The delay is being caused by some technical problems in Utah County. The station's new transmission tower is essentially in place though, about seven miles north of its old location.
The station can now be heard only as far north as 7200 South in Salt Lake County, but the new transmitter should increase that range to slightly north of Temple Square. The station's old transmitter, besides being farther south, only kicks out about 300-400 watts of power. The new transmitter will increase that to 1,000 watts of power - KSRR's maximum legal strength. KSRR is not expected to be heard in Bountiful once the new transmitter is turned on, however.
- KSRR will also be broadcasting all of Brigham Young University men's volleyball games this season. The first game will be Friday, Jan. 18, when Long Beach State visits Provo. USC will play BYU Saturday, Jan. 19.
There will be at least 19 other regular-season broadcasts and they will include road games. Bob McGregor will call the play by play, and color commentator will be Jeff Ruffolo.
"Brigham Young's men's volleyball is on track to capture the NCAA volleyball championship, and KSRR-AM wants to be a part of this new winning tradition," said Robert Morrey, KSRR general manager.
The NCAA volleyball championships will be held in May.
- KCPX ("K-98.7") - Marc Lowery, the K98.7 sales manager, has also left the station. He now works in sales at KLVV. Replacing Lowery is Darrell Steele, who spent 16 years at KSL and was most recently the national sales manager at AM-1160.
- KJQN (alias "KJQ," FM-92.7, 95.5 and 104.9, and AM-1490) - Here are the modern music station's Top 15 Songs for 1990: 1. "Enjoy the Silence" - Depeche Mode; 2. "Epic" - Faith No More; 3. "Jealous" - Gene Loves Jezebel; 4. "Set Sails Free" - The Origin; 5. "God Tonight" - Real Life; 6. "Nothing Compares 2 U" - Sinead O'Connor; 7. "Been Caught Stealin' " - Jane's Addiction. 8. "Getting Away With It" - Electronic; 9. "Policy of Truth" - Depeche Mode; 10. "Never Enough" - The Cure; 11. "Cuts You Up" - Peter Murphy; 12. "Onion Skin" - Boom Crash Opera; 13. "Razor-blades of Love" - The Silencers; 14. "Pictures of You" - The Cure; and 15. "Blue Sky Mine" - Midnight Oil.
- KZOL (AM-96.1) - The station is temporarily simulcasting its signal on sister station KFMY (AM-960). Plans for KFMY becoming an all-news/information station have been stalled by satellite dish reception problems.