No more Madonna on KLVV radio (alias "The Q," FM-99.5)! That's the decision listeners overwhelmingly voted for during the past week's phone survey conducted by the station.
"It was an incredible response," said Starley Bush, KLVV/KTKK general manager. "I was really amazed at the way the thing came out. I had anticipated that we'd be playing everything but her three latest songs. . . ."Bush said that of the 2,500 callers, 72 percent were opposed to playing any of Madonna's music at all; 15 percent voted to play all but the alleged backmasked songs; and 13 percent voted for the station to play all of her music.
In other words, only 28 percent of the listeners voted to play Madonna's music in one form or another.
KLVV said it became aware of satanic messages "backmasked" on Madonna's latest three songs last month and decided to ban her songs, at least temporarily, pending a vote by listeners.
The station contacted Warner Bros., Madonna's record label, to try to obtain Madonna records without backmasking, but Warner denied that such hidden messages even existed.
KLVV periodically aired examples of three of the backmasked messages. Two of them did seem to contain references to Satan, but they seemed to be so muffled that without a prelude by the station explaining the words to follow, most people would probably not have been able to understand them.
Bush said that he knows of no other radio stations considering a ban or a similar listeners vote on Madonna's music.
He also stressed that the absence of Madonna doesn't really redefine KLVV's "top 40 songs" format because even though Madonna traditionally has one or more songs on the charts, she's only one of many artists.
- In other KLVV news, the morning deejay who used the nickname "Donald Trump" is now off the air. Michael G. Cavanaugh, previously the overnight personality, has replaced Trump in the 5-9 p.m. spot.
Replacing Cavanaugh on the midnight to 5 a.m. shift is Joey Armstrong. KLVV also has a new weekend personality, Cindy Lee.
- KLVV also broadcasts four special musical programs each weekend. "The Rick Dees Show" airs Saturdays 6-10 a.m., and "Open House Party" is on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. and continuing until 3 a.m. Sundays.
Kasey Kasem's countdown program is broadcast Sundays from 8 a.m. until noon, and "Open House Party" is on again from 6-9 p.m. Sundays. "The Scott Shannon" program airs Sundays from 9 p.m. until midnight.
- KSL (AM-1160) - In addition to its extensive coverage by the CBS Radio Network, the station has also now added CNN reports.
KSL will carry reports from CNN at 30 and 50 minutes past each hour. CBS reports will continue airing at the top of each hour and also 20 minutes past the hour.
Regular programming will continue to be interrupted by late-breaking news from either CNN or CBS.
Unlike the CNN coverage on AM-860, the CNN reports on KSL are geared for radio broadcasts and are not simply a rebroadcast of television audio.
"This is a great addition to our already recognized leading news coverage," said Rod Arquette, KSL radio news and programming director. "CNN has made its mark through the Persian Gulf war. That, alongside with CBS Radio News and our large, local news staff, brings you exceptional and complete coverage."
- KUER (FM-90.1) - National Public Radio's longest-running musical series, "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz," celebrates its 200th program Tuesday, Feb. 12, 9 p.m.
In the Peabody Award-winning program's special anniversary show, McPartland will rejoin her famed Hickory House Trio sidekicks - Joe Morello and Bill Crow.
- KTKK (alias "K-Talk," AM-630) - Joe Redburn's early morning show has been racking up some notable telephone guests during the past month.
Walter Cronkite was a call-in guest from his New York home Tuesday and actor Kevin Costner did a phone interview last month. Other recent VIP guests doing phone interviews with KTTK: the ambassador from Iraq, the U.N. ambassadors from both Israel and Kuwait, and several different congressmen, including all of Utah's delegation.
Redburn also reports that his 6-9 a.m. show ratings have been getting stronger all the time, according to most recent Arbitron rankings. He credits much of this success to the work of his two producers, Jim Mc-Elfresh and Gary Barnes.
"Producers are everything and I think Tom (Barberi) over at KALL and Jon & Dan at KLZX would agree," Redburn said.
McElfresh moved here from Phoenix and Barnes is a Bountiful resident.
- KTKK also reports significantly higher listener ratings during the midday spot where the "Rush Lim-baugh" show used to be.