KCPX-FM radio (alias `K-98.7') gained a new general manager and a new morning personality this week. A. Darryl Steele, formerly the station's sales manager, has taken over as the general manager of the Price Broadcasting station and also of sister station KUTR, replacing Wayne Courtney.
Courtney, the station's general manager for the past two years, resigned earlier this week for health reasons. Steele worked for many years at KSL radio prior to joining KCPX.Mick Mackay, formerly the KCPX evening disc jockey, has returned to the "Breakfast Bunch" (6-10) morning show to replace outgoing Tami Sanders.
Mackay was previously the KCPX morning traffic reporter/comedian until August, when he went on the air in afternoons and then later in the evenings. He's not doing morning traffic reports with co-host Jay Kelly, but he is the show's new funny man.
Sanders, who became Kelly's morning co-host last October, is reportedly leaving to pursue new opportunities at KUTV, Ch. 2.
Karilyn Frazier has been hired as the KCPX morning news anchor and public affairs coordinator. Shawn Michaels is replacing Mackay on the evening show (5-10), and Kelly's duties have been expanded to include operations manager for KCPX and also sister station KUTR, in addition to his on-air and programming work.
- KSL (AM-1160) radio's 15th annual Radiothon to benefit Primary Children's Medical Center raised a record $122,000.
The station canceled its regular programming Feb. 4-5 to broadcast the annual event. Many community leaders, volunteers and the staff of KSL spent many hours raising money for hospital charity care.
- Here are some highlights for KSL's weekend programming:
Saturday, Feb. 16: 7 a.m. - Dr. Kit Farrel-Poe will discuss water and health on the "KSL Greenhouse" show with Don Shafer and Larry Sagers; 10 a.m. - Scott Huntsman from Tunex will examine fuel economy on "Car Radio"; 11 a.m. - Don Azlet, the clean funnyman, will be the guest on "Your House."
Sunday, Feb. 17: 10 a.m. - "Getaway" will examine safe travel with guest Larry Gelwix from Morris Travel; 11 a.m. - Utah Heart Association representatives will discuss healthy foods in the "Health & Fitness" program.
- NOT THE FIRST TIME - KLVV (alias "The Q," FM-99.5) isn't the first Wasatch Front radio station to ban a song or a singer. It is interesting to note that a similar event took place a decade ago.
In late 1981, KFMY (FM-96.1), a new Utah County pop music station that was created from the late KAYK, banned Olivia Newton-John's "Let's Get Physical" record due to that song's suggestive wording. "Physical" was at the top of the pop charts for 10 consecutive weeks in late 1981.
As reported in last week's "Radio Dial" column, KLVV conducted a phone-in survey earlier this month, and listeners voted overwhelmingly to ban all of Madonna's songs. This newest controversy is based on allegations that Madonna's three latest songs are "backmasked" with satanic messages.
- WHERE THEY WENT - "Dean & Roger," the former morning team on KRSP (FM-103.5), have now left the Utah market for employment in Colorado. They were hired by Boulder's KBCO radio.
- HOW TIME FLIES - Late last year "Fisher and Todd," the popular morning team on KISN (FM-97.1), reached an important milestone - their fifth anniversary at the station. How time flies when you're listening to one of Utah's funniest morning radio programs.
Scott Fisher and Todd Collard are the Wasatch Front's longest-running morning team at the same station. They started at KISN in late 1986. Jan Snyder has been the news director with Fisher and Todd since August 1989.
KLZX's "Jon & Dan" have the area's longest-running morning show - but not at the same station. They've been together for over a decade, spending part of that time at KRSP-FM.
(Despite rumors that have been circulating this week, "Jon & Dan" are not leaving KLZX to take a radio job in Denver. "I would rather die than move to Denver," Jon Carter joked when asked about the rumor. He said there's no truth to the report and stressed that he and Dan Bammes have a solid five-year contract at "Z-93.")
- KSFI (FM-100.3) is currently giving away trips to the Caribbean as well as approximately $2,000 in cash each week during its latest promotion. Participants can phone, fax, mail or even deliver their name and phone number to the station. Listeners who hear their name read on the air have 10 minutes to call in to claim their prize.
The station is also offering inexpensive opportunities for families to learn how to ski. In conjunction with Tunex, listeners can receive a ski lesson, lift pass and equipment rental at Brighton for only $15 per family member.
- Sister station KDYL (AM-1280) has been offering its listeners a chance to win trips to St. George for the Glenn Miller concert on Tuesday, Feb. 19. KDYL has charted a bus for the excursion.
- KBYU (FM-89.1) - The Metropolitan Opera Live will present Beethoven's "Fidelio" Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11:30 a.m. Puccini's "La Boheme" will air Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m.
- The Library of Congress concert series continues on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 9 p.m., with "Vintage Julliard."