KUTR radio (AM-1320) has signed a multi-year contract with Utah State University to broadcast Aggie football and basketball. An agreement was reached between Stephen W. Skinner, president of the Utah State University Sports Network, and Darryl Steele, general manager of KUTR.
Under the contract, KUTR, a 5,000-watt station, will broadcast the play-by-play of USU football to the Salt Lake area and five surrounding counties starting next fall.There are 10 other radio stations in the USU Sports Network.
- KTKK (AM-630) - With the arrival of Danny Kramer to "K-Talk," here's a revised programming schedule for the station, effective Monday, May 20:
6-9 a.m. - Joe Redburn.
9-10 a.m. - Kay Henry.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Mills Crenshaw.
1-3 p.m. - Martin Davies.
3-5 p.m. Danny Kramer
5-6 p.m. - Jim Debakis and John Prince.
6-8 p.m. - Jim Kirkwood.
8 p.m. - Tom Snyder syndicated programming.
- MORE ON KRAMER - After spending time at four radio stations in a little over six years, Kramer seems excited to be moving to KTKK, one of Utah's most stable and consistent stations.
Kramer has spent the past 18 months since leaving KALL doing on-air public relations work for several stations, most recently KZOL in Provo and KQOL prior to that. He also has his own consulting company and plans on keeping that operation going.
"What I wanted," Kramer said, "is to get back into a high-profile position on a major radio station. This gives your broadcasting life more meaning when you have a larger staff to help with the never-ending jobs at a broadcast operation."
Kramer confirmed that he and KTKK have been discussing a possible partnership for some time and that it was just a matter of waiting for the proper time to make the move.
Although he's never done talk radio before, Kramer said he plans on continuing his friendly style that accents his gift for listening as well as talking. He said he will talk about controversial subjects but he'll keep the conversations tasteful.
Kramer's new show will have a magazine style, and he's excited about the freedom he will have to talk about what he wants to and to interview whom he wants. He admits that he's not going to attract the same listeners that tune into Crenshaw but believes he can have his own steady audience.
Although he'll be on the air only two hours a day, five days a week, he said preparations for air time, as well as sales work for KTKK and station KLVV, will keep him busy.
- JOE REDBURN of KTKK reports the sad end of a story he's been involved in since January. Charlie Villagecenter, 17, an American Indian whose last wish was fulfilled with Redburn's help, passed away last week, after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Villagecenter's last wish was to talk with "Dancing with Wolves" actors Kevin Costner and Graham Greene. Redburn and his producer, Jim McElfresh, contacted Costner's agent in January, and both Costner and Green talked with Villagecenter on the air. The KTKK audience even raised money to help the Villagecenter family with expenses.
- RADIO GOLF TOURNAMENT - Six teams from five Salt Lake radio stations will compete Sunday, May 19, at Park City's Park Meadows Golf Course in "Gold Crisis One."
This 18-hole competition is intended to be an annual event with a traveling trophy at stake.
Participants will be:
- Randy Rogers, Ron Boone, Jim Vanderveir and Collin Thomas from KISN.
- Rock Adams, Alan Blackburn and Ronn Cordova from KMGR.
- Brent Hunter, Tom Barberi, Mike Runge and Ken Atkin from KALL.
- Bob Clements, Bob Wankier and Bob Phallon from KBER.
- John Marks, Dana Horner, Kent Simmons, Chris York, Ann Neilson, Bill Matthews, Tracy Chapman and Chuck Condran from KKAT (2 teams).
- KBCK (alias "K-Buck," FM-105.7) is bringing the world's largest music promotion and talent contest - "Country Showdown" - to Salt Lake City. The huge contest involves 1,000 separate events spanning 10 months.
"K-BUCK" is conducting an area talent search in Salt Lake City, and the winner will advance to the Utah finals Aug. 10 in Vernal. Utah's winner will receive $1,000 and a chance to compete in one of the six regional competitions. The national finals will be held Jan. 30 on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville with a prize of $50,000, a new truck and a recording contract on the line.
The contest is open to country music acts of seven persons or less who have not been listed on either the Billboard or Cashbox music lists in the past five years.
To enter, send an audition cassette tape to Marge Bishop, KBCK Radio, Suite 100, 40 South Redwood Road, North Salt Lake City, UT 84054.
Tapes should be at least two minutes long but not more than seven. Tapes will not be returned.
Call 298-1142 for more information.
- KBZN (FM-97.9) - Ivan Lins will be interviewed Sunday, May 19, during the weekly "Jazz Trax" program, heard from 7 p.m. until midnight. The "Archives Album" segment will be "Outrageous Temptations" (1989), by Tim Weisberg.
"Musical Starstreams," KBZN's New Age contemporary music program (Sundays, 6-8), will feature David Parsons this week.
"The Breeze" also has a listener comment line. Call 521-6671 to have your comments about KBZN recorded.
- KSL (AM-1160) - The station has offered the new position of overnight control room operator and news writer to former KSL radio anchor/reporter Bob Schildmeyer, who accepted it and started Tuesday.
This offer complies with a U.S. District Court order that KSL received on May 7. Schildmeyer initiated the preliminary injunction hearing in connection with his age discrimination case against KSL radio.
Greg Wrubell and Tracie Cayford have accepted offers to fill the other two new positions at the station as news editors.
KSL had laid off four employees - Schildmeyer, Wrubell, Charla Haley and Andy McQuinn - on April 26 after their positions were eliminated as part of a news department reorganization.