"Janna Banana" is back. After a two-year absence, Janna Blake, one of the most well-known female radio personalities in the state, has returned to KCPX (alias "K98.7," FM). Blake, who goes by her "Banana" nickname, is back on the air (7 p.m. until midnight, weekdays) after a stint as a full-time mother.
"I'm involved with the station both on the air and in commercial production," Blake said. "I wanted to get back on the air, and when the opportunity came up at K98.7, I had to take it."A native of Anaheim, Calif., Blake has been in Utah since age 18. She has 12 years of experience at a variety of Utah radio stations - KEYY, KCPX, KWHO, KRSP and KBER.
Blake's career dates back to the old KCPX-AM days of Lynn Lehman and "Skinny" Johnny Mitchell.
- In other KCPX news, the station is co-sponsoring the free "Family Kite Festival" Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sugarhouse Park.
Also sponsored by the Salt Lake County and City Parks and Recreation departments, the contest will award prizes to the best homemade kite, to the person dressed most like a kite and in other categories.
For more information, call 972-7800.
- KZHT (FM-94.9) - Andy Toolson of the Utah Jazz is Utah's newest sportscaster. He has begun broadcasting a weekday sports report twice each morning. Toolson's reports air at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. as part of the "Wake-up Crew," (Rich Summers and Paul Cramer, 6-10 a.m.)
"We're very pleased to have Andy as part of our daily program," Summers said. "He's well-known locally and we really felt it was important to work with a local personality instead of going outside the market for a morning sportscaster."
- MTV video jockey Adam Curry is also contributing to KZHT's morning show with a 6:30 a.m. entertainment report each weekday.
- KFSI (FM-100.3) - Scott MacNeil has replaced Bob Whitney in the 6-10 a.m., weekday, deejay spot. MacNeil is teamed with news anchor Peggy Ijams. He formerly worked at KCPX and most recently for a Houston radio station. MacNeil is also KSFI's program director. Whitney has reportedly moved over to KMGR.
- KDYL (AM-1280) - The station is sponsoring big band ballroom dances the last Thursday of every month through the summer at the Utah State Fairgrounds. KDYL's first such dance is April 25. The Hal Thompson 17-piece orchestra, featuring the "Great Dane," is providing the music. Cost is $10 per couple, and all proceeds will go toward improving the fairgrounds. KDYL believes the program might be offered more frequently than once a month as participation increases. The Salt Lake area has had a big gap in ballroom dancing availability, following the closure of the Terrace a few years ago.
- KBZN (FM-97.9) - The station has added two syndicated programs to its weekend schedule - "Musical Starstreams," (6 to 8 a.m. Sundays) and "Jazz Trax," (7 p.m. to midnight Sundays).
Art Good hosts the "Trax" show and interviews some of the top recording artists each week. Sunday's guest is Sam Riney, sax man. The show will also feature a special archives album feature, "Mountain Dance," from Dave Grusin in 1980.
- Speaking of KBZN (alias "The Breeze"), this station's mixture of new age contemporary music and light contemporary jazz on CDs is a real bright spot on the radio dial. If you're ever in the mood for some nice soft, background-type music with a jazzy up tempo, this station is worth checking out.
- KSL (AM-1160) - Here are upcoming programming highlights:
Saturday, April 20:
7-10 a.m. - Tips for growing giant pumpkins will be offered on "The KSL Greenhouse Show."
10-11 a.m. - "Car Radio" will explain how to get the most out of your car.
11 a.m. - "Your Home" show will discuss painting, inside and outside the home.
Sunday, April 21:
10 a.m. - "Getaway" travel show will feature European travel tips.
Monday, April 22:
10 a.m. - "Family Forum's" Doug Wright and Sam Rushforth will concentrate on Earth Day information.
10:30 a.m. - Kathy Lund visits Wright to discuss the West Valley Chamber of Commerce's cleanup campaign.
11 a.m. - Andrea Claster will advise bosses on what to give their secretaries for Secretaries Week, which starts today.
11:30 a.m. - Judge Michael Murphy is the guest on the "Legal Briefs" show.
Tuesday, April 23:
10 a.m. - Shrimp cooking on KSL's "Cooking Show."
1 p.m. - Collecting rare stamps with the author of "Tangible Asset."
Wednesday, April 24:
11 a.m. - Guest Bill Velmer talks about stocks on "Dollars and Sense" show.
11:30 a.m. - Efraim Karshs researches Saddam Hussein's political background.
1 p.m. - Has juvenile crime increased since the juvenile court-police diversion was cut out?
Thursday, April 25:
10 a.m. - Jim Coleman from the Chef Hotline.
9 p.m. - Larry King's guest is Howard Cosell.
Friday, April 26:
9:30 a.m. - Wright visits with Norman Foote, star of Disney's "Foot Prints" video.
11 a.m. - KSL movie show with Chris Hicks.
2:30 p.m. - David Hellar, author of "Growing Up Isn't Hard to Do If You Start Out as a Kid," is Bob Lee's guest.