Jay Kelly, Mick Mackay and Karilyn Frazier make up the latest "Breakfast Bunch" team on KCPX radio (FM-"K98.7") 6-10 a.m., Monday through Friday. There's a strong chemistry among the three radio personalities that defies description but provides a lot of fun for listeners.
The first thing that's apparent on a visit to the show is that this is a spontaneous program. That's not to say that Kelly, also the station's program director, isn't well-prepared. But he and Mackay are quick wits, trading one-liners back and forth so rapidly that at times it might become a comedy act that wakes you up in the morning.While some of the other, more popular local radio shows cater to adult-oriented audiences with a kind of PG-rated dialogue that's full of innuendoes, the morning show on "K98.7" is more of a "G-rated" program that fills the audience gaps with a pleasant style of comedy and entertainment.
Kelly's a master at radio style, always knowing the correct thing to say to make listeners (and on-air guests) feel right at home.
That's only fitting, since the station's forerunner, the old KCPX-AM, was the radio station most adult Wasatch Front radio residents grew up with. Today, the station's music is one of continuous favorites, from yesterday to today.
KCPX, a Price Broadcasting station, is located just east of the freeway, at about 2200 South in Time Square, the Price Business Center.
- Kelly is also the operations manager for KCPX. He has previously had four top-rated morning shows in other U.S. cities and arrived in Salt Lake City last fall. He puts in 12-18 hours on many days, arising at 3:30 each morning, and he often doesn't leave the studio until almost evening.
- A Utah native, Mackay, 33, has been on radio in Salt Lake City for the past 12 years, six of which have been at KCPX, dating back to the time of the station's "Party Animals" (Conrad and Main). He previously worked at KISN/KLUB. Mackay is also an accomplished local comedian, working local comedy clubs in his spare time and sharing that talent with KCPX listeners. He's famous, of sorts, lately, for his "Bullhorn Wasatch Weather."
- Frazier, from Phoenix, anchors the morning news on both FM-98.7 and sister station KUTR, AM-1320. She is also the public affairs coordinator for the two stations and hosts the "Utah '91" show on Saturdays and Sundays. She previously worked for KOOL-FM in Arizona and KBYU radio. She arrived in Salt Lake City in February. She likes to have fun but takes her news reporting assignments seriously.
- KKDS (AM-1060) has announced the return of "Sam 'n' Eggs" to its morning lineup, 6-10 a.m., and of Brian O Saurus, 6 p.m.-midnight to its evening schedule. Both personalities left the airwaves at the end of February when the Imagination Station Network quit because of financial problems.
Since then, the children's programming network has affiliated itself with a St. Louis station, and Sam's and Brian's shows are now fed to the Salt Lake area from there.
Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, is one of the founders of the Imagination Network, and he'll be coming to Utah soon to discuss radio for children.
KKDS is also continuing its local programming with "Way Kool Keri," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and "Jazzy Jana," 2-6 p.m. weekdays.
In addition, John Florence, a long-time employee of parent company Carlson Communications, has been named the KKDS program director. He will also be a fill-in broadcaster for the station as "Captain Fun."
- KCNR MARRIES KTVX - Cable News, AM-860, "married" KTVX Ch. 4 news Feb. 20 in a union that was officially announced last week. While KSL-TV news has always been affiliated with KSL radio and KUTV news with KALL radio, KTVX was the only "single" news station.
KCNR changed that status about two months ago when it signed a one-year renewable contract with Ch. 4 to simulcast newscasts on the radio. KCNR broadcasts the audio for the 5:30 p.m. weekday KTVX newscast as well as two other 15-minute Ch. 4 news segments.
Kimberly Perkins, KTVX news anchor, toured KCNR's facilities last Friday during a special luncheon.
"This is a win-win situation," Perkins said, noting that she currently isn't consciously altering her news delivery style to better accommodate radio listeners. "The TV audience comes first," she stressed, although she indicated that her style might add a slant later on.
Stuart Stanek, general manager of KLZX, said that he approached KTVX with the partnership idea of TV on radio and that the agreement will expand to include KTVX's "Utah 1991" program in the near future.
- KBYU (FM-89.1) - The station will broadcast the Metropolitan Opera National Council Winter Concert, live, Sunday, April 14, 1-3:30 p.m.
- KUER (FM-90.1) - Ray Charles will visit the "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" show, Tuesday, April 16, 9 p.m.
- KSL (AM-1160) - Here are programming highlights for the station:
Monday, April 15:
10 a.m. - Martin Katahn, the author of "The T-Factor Diet," visits with Doug Wright to discuss his latest book.
11 a.m. - Utah Attorney General Paul Van Dam examines the Utah abortion issue.
1 p.m. - Bob Lee visits with Steve and Jean Brown, who have returned from Romania where they adopted four children.
Tuesday, April 16:
10 a.m. - Marilyn Manning discusses microwave cooking on the KSL Cooking Show.
11 a.m. - Erin Huber, Utah's spelling bee champion, is Wright's guest.
Wednesday, April 17:
10 a.m. - Allergy specialist Dr. Lowell Jones is the guest on the "House Calls" show.
Thursday, April 18:
10 a.m. "Get Fresh and Eat Raw" on the KSL Cooking Show.