"Cory and Kevin" left the KBER (FM-101.1) morning radio waves late last month and have been replaced by "Greg and Ron" (Greg Tipton and Ron Harrison).
"Kevin," only a part-time employee, has left the station to pursue other broadcasting opportunities. "Cory" (Draper) has moved to the afternoon on-air shift at the station, replacing Alan Bain. Since Steve Seaver, the former 10 a.m.-3 p.m. deejay, recently left KBER to pursue other employment, Bain has been moved to that midday shift.It's no secret that "Cory and Kevin" were Utah's premier "shock jocks," and as far as "blue radio" goes, they were Utah's bluest. Chris Devine, KBER general manager, admits that was one reason for the big change in the morning show.
"Their ratings were high, particularly on Birch," Devine said. "But they received a considerable amount of negative reactions from prominent advertisers."
Devine said that all the ratings in the world are no good if you can't convert them into dollars for running a business, and essentially that is what KBER had in the morning. He stressed, however, that the change was not just pure economics.
"We have always tried to operate in the public interest," he said, explaining that despite some reports, KBER isn't just interested in good ratings. He said that the public didn't seem too happy with the direction that the morning show was headed and so it was changed.
KBER's previous morning show openly discussed sex and related subjects in what was kind of an "R-rated approach to radio."
"Greg and Ron" both previously worked for KBER, with Tipton moving up from a sister radio station and with Harrison increasing his part-time position.
Devine also said that moving Draper to the afternoons would be better suited for KBER's most well-known personality to make personal appearances in conjunction with various nighttime KBER promotions. Draper has appeared on local TV doing anti-drug ad campaigns.
KBER's newest morning team is avoiding risque radio dialogue for the most part and is taking an "MTV-like" approach. Devine said that this doesn't mean a music-intensive approach but rather involves chatting about and relating to the music itself.
- KBZN (FM-97.9) - "The Breeze" has dropped its satellite programming in favor of live announcers and music. During a satellite service interruption last month, the station had to resort to all-local programming and noticed a surge in positive response from listeners.
KBZN's music is a mix of light jazz and new age contemporary. The new on-air staff for the station is Steve O'Hara, 5-10 a.m.; Don Hill, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dale Nelson, 3-7 p.m.; and Leigh Armestead, 7 p.m.-midnight.
- KALL (AM-910) - "Give KALL a Week" - begins Monday, March 18, as a way to join with the Salt Lake Olympic Bid Committee to help bring the Winter Olympics to Utah.
At certain times during the day, deejays will read the name of an Olympic event as the key word and listeners will record the name on their official game cards, available at any Fred Meyer location. Participants can drop the completed, postage-prepaid cards in the mail for one of the four weekly prize drawings: airfare for two to anywhere in the continental United States that Delta Air Lines flies.
- KSFI (alias "FM-100.3") has hired Randy Stewart to replace Russ Novak during the 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekday on-air shift. Novak recently returned to radio in his hometown of Blackfoot, Idaho.
- GOING THE EXTRA MILE - Radio personalities frequently put in some of their off-radio time, volunteering for various non-profit functions. The latest is Tom Bock, KMGR (FM-107.5) afternoon personality. He spent many hours, especially late Saturday evenings, working during KUED, Ch. 7's latest pledge campaign by encouraging viewers to donate money during the broadcast of the British "Doctor Who" series.
- KSL (AM-1160) - Here are programming highlights for KSL during the next week:
Saturday, March 16:
7-10 a.m. - "The Greenhouse" (Don Shafer and Larry Sagers) will discuss early season garden preparation and also talk about KSL's new gardening guide, to be released at this weekend's garden show in the Salt Palace.
10-11 a.m. - "Car Radio" will provide tips on getting your car going after the long winter. Guest will be Clay Liston from Tunex.
11 a.m.-noon - "Your House" will examine environmentally safe housecleaning with guest Dodd Greer.
Sunday, March 17:
10-10:30 a.m. - "Getaway," KSL's travel show, will discuss the revitalization of domestic and foreign travel after the gulf war. Guest will be Larry Gelwix from Morris Travel.
11 a.m.-noon - "Health and Fitness" show will discuss stress management and exercise with guest Shelley Fuller from FHP.
Monday, March 18:
10:30 a.m. - Doug Wright's show will discuss children's improvement in school with an expert from the Sylvan Learning Center.
11 a.m. - Robert Parenti, director of the Utah Safety Council, will discuss the health risks of computer terminals.
1:30 p.m. - Bob Lee's show will discuss measles problems in Utah.
2 p.m. - Lee will examine unrest in the Soviet Union.
2:30 p.m. - The Boring Institute will release the names of the year's most boring movies.
Tuesday, March 19:
11 a.m. Utah Attorney General Paul Van Damwill provide his monthly radio update.
Wednesday, March 20:
10 a.m. "Our House" will focus on cosmetic surgery.
11:30 a.m. - Doug Wright will challenge John Moschitta, the fastest talking man in America, in a contest of words.
Thursday, March 21:
10:30 a.m. Diane Thomas will provide tips on how to better prepare for outdoor activities this spring on the "Sportsman Show."
11:30 a.m. - Jan Hadley from the IRS and Janice Perry from the Utah Tax Commission will be on hand to answer listeners' tax questions.
2 p.m. - Lee's show will examine the "New World Order."