Utah State University has a satellite-connected radio sports network and will be broadcasting live football and basketball games to 11 radio stations, including four out-of-state broadcasting companies.The USU Sports Radio Network's debut will be Saturday at noon with the Aggies' football season grid opener at Nebraska.
The new network's affiliate stations include KVNU (AM-610, Logan); KTKK (AM-630, Salt Lake); KJQN (AM-140, Ogden); KKVU (AM-1470, Tremonton); KNAK (AM-540, Delta); KSVC (AM-980, Richfield); and KONY (AM-1210, St. George).
The four non-Utah stations are KVSI (AM-1450, Montpelier); KRXK (AM-1230, Rexburg); KTFI (AM-1270, Twin Falls); and KLAV (AM-1230, Las Vegas).
Stephen W. Skinner, the new network's director, said the organization was three years in the making. He estimates that as many as 200,000 are interested in hearing USU games along the Wasatch Front alone.
Skinner stressed that the satellite-connected system will provide sound clarity that is second to none and that four of the football games will also be carried on the Armed Forces Radio.
The network will also be unusual in that it does not have a "flagship" station but will broadcast directly from a stadium booth to its affiliates.
The powerhouse among the network's stations will be KTKK (alias "K-Talk"), which has one of Utah's three strongest AM signals.
The new "Voice of the Aggies" this year is Bob Appuhn, and former USU football all-American Phil Olsen will provide the color commentary.
** KEMX (AM-1320) is holding the fourth semi-annual "Super Shopper Night" at Smith's starting Sept. 7 with the Farmington store. From 5 to 8 p.m., KEMX will broadcast remotes from the store, and shoppers will be offered food samples and discounts.
Shopper nights will also be held at seven other Utah Smith's stores, and a grand prize drawing for a new Ken Garff Hyundai Excel, in conjunction with the series, will be Oct. 26.
** KSL (AM-1160) F. Russell Wood, the station's general manager and vice president, was recently named to the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Board of Directors.
Wood represents District 22, which serves Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. His term runs through June 1990.
Wood has been KSL's general manager/vice president since June 1987.
- KSL will broadcast the Milwaukee Brewers at Detroit Tigers game Saturday at 5:20 p.m.
Other upcoming KSL sports highlights include: Sept. 4 - Seattle at Denver NFL game (1:50 p.m.); Sept. 5 - Washington at New York Giants NFL game (5:45 p.m.); Sept. 6 - Sportscentral with Chris Tunis and guest, USU quarterback Brent Snyder (6:30 p.m.); Sept. 8: Texas at BYU college football (5:15 p.m.).
** KCPX (FM-98.7) - Gary Zane, roosting on top of a billboard near Sixth South and I-15, raised almost $4,000 in his first 24 hours of sitting in an attempt to raise at least $10,000 for muscular dystrophy.
- KCPX deejay Bill Kezele will be host for a back-to-school dance Saturday, from 8-11 p.m., at the Bonneville Raceway, following the annual "High School Drags" night.
- KCPX and Colgate are looking for "Utah's Best Smile." Contestants must send in a picture of their best smile by Sept. 23 to the station for a chance at winning a trip for two to anywhere in the continental United States.