KCNR station owner Citadel Communications has promoted Van N. Williams to the news director position for "News Radio 860 AM."
"Van has done a great job with his duties on KCNR," said Stuart Stanek, KCNR/KLZX general manager. "And I'm sure he will serve us well as KCNR evolves."Williams started at KCNR in November 1990, in the middle of the Persian Gulf crisis. He has worked in radio for six years, and this is his first management job.
"Citadel has been an innovative leader," Williams said. "First going with the CNN Headline News format, and now naming the first black news director in the Salt Lake market. You've got to respect a company like that."
The listeners for the all-news station are primarily adults between the ages of 25 and 64.
- KLZX (FM-93.3) - Greg Nielsen of Salt Lake City won the station's recent "Putt for Wheels" contest by sinking a putt in the third round of the finals. He won a 1991 Nissan 4X4 truck.
Nielsen was one of 116 people who made it to the final competition. Qualifiers had to putt on the portable "Z93 putting green."
The station is planning on holding a third annual putting contest next year.
- KISN (AM-570) - Steve Klauke of Aurora, Ill., has joined the station as the new producer and also a personality on the "SportsTalk" show with Dave Blackwell and Ron Boone. He basically replaces Kurt Wilson, who is now doing play-by-play action at Weber State University.
Klauke spent more than six years as the sports director at WMRO-AM radio, where he hosted a nightly three-hour sports talk show. He also did play-by-play broadcasts for Illinois high school collegiate and semi-pro sports. In addition, he did the voice work for a men's fast-pitch softball team, which has made many visits to Salt Lake City over the years.
For the past 28 months, Klauke has done free-lance work for WKKD in Aurora as well as various other radio outlets, such as the national networks in Canada, Bermuda and Australia.
He is the producer of "Sports-Talk," from 5-7 p.m. weeknights and will begin his own one-hour talk show starting at 4 p.m. weekdays on Sept. 16. He was reportedly one of more than 40 applicants for the sports position.
- In other KISN (AM-97.1) news, radio veteran Gary "Wooley" Waldron has left the station. He was both an afternoon radio personality and the program director. His Utah radio career dates back to the days of the old KNAK in 1965.
He has been replaced as program director by Randy Rose, formerly at KRSP-FM and most recently having worked in California radio. Waldron's on-air job is still open. Hopefully, more details later.
- KBYU (FM-89.1) - The station will broadcast highlights from the 1991 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition on Saturdays, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14, beginning at 8 p.m.
- KSFI (alias "FM-100.3") - The station will broadcast live, Saturday, Sept. 7, from the Children's Museum of Utah, 840 N. 300 West, on "Animal Care Day." Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. will be two-for-one admission day at the museum with a proof of purchase from American Nutrition products.
Experts on animal care will be on hand to answer your pet questions.
- KTKK (AM-630) - Joe Redburn has some impressive guests lined up on his morning show in the next couple of weeks.
On Monday, Sept. 9, he'll have Harry Gibbons, executive director of the Salt Lake City-County Health Department, at 7 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 10, will be Joyce Brothers at 7 a.m.
On Monday, Sept. 16, J. Gordon Liddy will be Redburn's guest.
- DON'T TRIP OVER THE WIRES - The Utah State Fair started Thursday afternoon, and if 1991 is typical of previous years, the event offers what may be the best opportunity of the year for radio fans to meet some favorite personalities.
Each year as many as a dozen radio stations broadcast live from the fair.
- KLO (AM-1430) - The Denver Broncos are back in Utah! KLO, an Ogden radio station, will air the Bronco games this season.
For a while there, it looked grim, as if no Wasatch Front radio station would pick up the contract for Denver football broadcasts. Denver managers were so desperate that they even contacted the Deseret News radio editor for advice on what stations might carry the games.
- In other KLO news, the new Deborah Norville radio show will premiere on Monday, Sept. 23, at 11:06 p.m., featuring live guests and call-ins from listeners.
Norville's show will follow the "Tom Snyder Radio Show" (8:06-11 p.m.) every weeknight.
- KBZN (FM-97.9) - The station will once again sponsor the annual Snowbasin Bicycle Hill Climb Sunday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.
The 15-mile race has a 2,000-foot climb and begins at the old Hermitage in Ogden Canyon.
- The "Musical Starstreams Show" on Sunday, Sept. 8, will feature Ottmar Liebert from 8-10 a.m. Later in the day, Dave Koz will be the guest on "Jazz Trax," 7 p.m. until midnight. The "Archives Album" segment will highlight "Sleepwalk," by Larry Carlton from 1982.
The "7 O'Clock CD show for next week will include:
Monday, Sept. 9, "Cool Running," by Jeremy Wall.
Tuesday, Sept. 10, "Cross Currents," by Richard Souther.
Wednesday, Sept. 11, "In Your Eyes," by George Benson.
Thursday, Sept. 12, "Down to the Moon," by Andreas Vollenweider.
Friday, Sept. 13, "Nelson Rangel," by Nelson Rangel.
- KSL (AM-1160) - Here are upcoming station programming highlights:
Saturday, Sept. 7:
7-10 - Improving the looks of your lawn in autumn on "The KSL Greenhouse."
10-11 a.m. - How to keep your car almost forever on "Car Talk," with guest Bob Sikorsky.
11 a.m. - "Mr. Fix-It" answers home appliance problems on "Your House."
7:15 p.m. - the BYU at UCLA football game.
Sunday, Sept. 8:
11 a.m. - How to have a fun vacation in Park City or Heber Valley on the "Getaway" travel show.
11:30 a.m. - Success stories from the University of Utah Nutrition Clinic on the "Health & Fitness" program.
Monday, Sept. 9:
10 a.m. - Hyperactive children with guest David Adams.
10:30 a.m. - Doug Wright examines this year's congressional pork barrel projects.
1 p.m. - Startling facts about children in Utah.
2:30 p.m. - A look at the American Divorce Association for Men.
Tuesday, Sept. 10:
10 a.m. - KSL's "Cooking Show" visits the Utah State Fair.
10:30 p.m. - Relaxation techniques with Olympian Henry Marsh.
11 a.m. - Three local women with AIDS talk about how they deal with the disease.
Wednesday, Sept. 11:
11 a.m. - Ford Motor Co. Vice President Henry Nickol is Wright's guest.
11:30 a.m. - Swim Investment Management on KSL's "Dollars and Sense Show."
Thursday, Sept. 12:
11:40 a.m. - "Utah's Most Wanted."
Friday, Sept. 13:
10:30 a.m. - The annual "Hawk Hatch."
11:30 a.m. - KSL "Movie Show" with Chris Hicks.