Doug Miller, the KSL Radio (AM-1160) news director for the past nine years, is being promoted to sports director at KSL-TV, Ch. 5, effective Sept. 1.
Miller, who has worked at KSL Radio for the past 11 years, will eventually phase out his radio management duties, while the station seeks a replacement news director, according to Russ Wood, the radio station's vice president/general manager."Doug will still be the morning drive-time news anchor for some time, an undetermined time," Wood said. "Doug will always be able to do radio to a degree, but his anchor duties will phase down."
Miller, famous for his deep, commanding voice, is also well-known for his "outdoors" reports on KSL Radio. Wood said Miller's outdoor reports on the radio will continue indefinitely, despite his new television duties.
He also stressed that since Miller's voice will still be heard on KSL Radio in the future, listeners will notice little change on the air.
Miller will become the "outdoors specialist" for Ch. 5 and will eventually expand his radio outdoors show into a regular TV feature too.
- In other KSL news, the station picked up the "Talk Net" program as of Monday. The talk show airs from midnight to 5 a.m. weekdays.
- KSL will broadcast the Montreal Expos at Los Angeles Dodgers game Saturday at 7:50 p.m.
KSL Sports Director Chris Tunis will also be doing interviews on KSL "Sportscentral" next week with Utah's "Big Four" football coaches.
On Monday Tunis will interview Weber State College Football Coach Mike Price at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday at that same time, he'll chat with University of Utah grid coach Jim Fassel.
Brigham Young University Coach LaVell Edwards will be interviewed Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., and Utah State University Football Coach Chuck Shelton will complete the four interviews at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
* Mike Runge is coming back to the KALL (AM-910) morning airwaves starting Monday.
Runge, formerly of KLUB, lost his morning host spot there when KISN started simulcasting on its sister station's AM band too.
About three years ago, Runge was a part of the Tom Barberi morning team, and he'll return to that spot starting Aug. 22 from 6:45 to 10 a.m.
Runge will communicate with Barberi and listeners at times from outside the studio - by telephone - and he'll also spend time inside the studio.
Runge will also retain his jobs as general manager and game announcer of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, and so it looks like Runge will be regaining his title as the busiest radio announcer in town.
- In other KALL news, the station was able to raise in excess of $20,000 for the future Salt Lake "Ronald McDonald House" with its daylong radiothon for the project last Tuesday.
* KKAT (FM-102) is one of the sponsors for "Love Auction '88" Aug. 25 at the Westerner, 3360 S. Redwood Road.
Guest hosts will be Jay Byrd of KKAT and Rebecca Reheis of KTVX-TV.
Cost is $15 per person, and all proceeds will go the the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
There will be a silent auction and dinner from 6-8 p.m., followed by a live auction. Dancing will begin at 11 p.m.
David Early Tires and 7-Eleven are the other other sponsors of the auction fund-raiser.
* KCPX (FM-98.7) has a new morning team on the air from 6-10 a.m., with Andy Barber and Sheila Balistreri joining with long-time traffic reporter Mick Mackay. Balistreri is former morning host on KKAT.
"Power-99" also has a new program director starting Tuesday, Chris Baker.
- On sister station KEMX (AM-1320 and formerly KCPX-AM), radio personality Morgan Evans took over as program director earlier this week.