KRSP (FM-103.5) made a significant change in its "TNT" morning team last week when Teri Brown replaced Tyler V. While this change may not sound important, it is because it temporarily created the first bona fide man-woman Salt Lake radio team in quite a while. Brown is co-host with Todd West to form the new "TNT" team.
There are a few other women doing local morning radio - Peggy Ijams at KSFI and Charly Haley at KISN - to name two, but these and other women mostly do news and are not strictly co-hosts.It is worth noting, though, that less than a week after KRSP's male-female team premiered, KJQN (alias "KJQ"), also started up another true man-woman morning radio team (see the next news item).
According to Steve Carlson, KRSP operations manager, Brown took over Tyler's spot Jan. 28. Carlson did not mention any specific reason for the change.
However, Tyler said his employment was terminated but that this abrupt change isn't the end of the world because he felt uncomfortable at KRSP anyway - "kind of like a fish out of water." He said he's now looking into several promising radio jobs at other Salt Lake stations.
Carlson stressed that Brown has added a new element to the 5:30-10 a.m. "TNT" show and said all of the regular "TNT" features, including "Name that Hymn Blah," are continuing as usual on the KRSP morning show. "TNT" started in the spring of 1991.
"I wanted a unique approach in morning drive and I think `Todd and Teri' will be refreshing," Carlson said.
The morning show will also broadcast every Thursday, on location, from various parts of the Wasatch Front. Response to the new team-up has been good.
Like Todd and Tyler, Brown is using a stage name for her on-air title. She previously worked in news at KCNR, AM-860, and so it's not surprising that she has taken over the news, sports and weather duties from Carlson, who can now concentrate on his midday KRSP shift (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.) as "Steve O" and on his new job at Fox, Ch. 13 News, as its weather anchor.
Brown makes the KRSP morning show a little more adult. And, if anyone has the talent and news background to be a sort of female Dan Bammes in this market, Brown can. Of course, Jon and Dan themselves started their radio career at KRSP about a decade ago.
Todd West has also been named as the new producer for the KRSP morning show.
Evan Lake is on KRSP from 2-7 p.m., followed by Kristen Jensen from 7 p.m. until midnight. Michael Kane mans the midnight-5:30 a.m. weekday shift.
- ANOTHER MAN-WOMAN TEAM-UP - KJQN (alias "KJQ," FM-92.7, 95.5, 104.9 and AM-1490) has also started its own bona fide male-female host morning radio show. On Monday, Mo Mellady joined Kerry Jackson on the "Radio From Hell" show. She replaces Bill Allred, who left the station last month.
Mellady comes from "91X" radio in San Diego and has a strong background in modern music, according to Scott Gilreath, station manger. She is also doing morning news reports and is KJQ promotions direction.
In addition, KJQ has also hired "Tattoe" to be its creative/production director. He also comes to Utah from San Diego's "91X."
- NEW KZHT-FM PERSONALITY - Dan Kennedy has been added to the 6-10 a.m. morning show with Jay Stevens. Kennedy comes to "Hot 94.9" from KWOD in Sacramento, where he also handled morning drive.
Sue Kelley is on the air from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., followed by Adam Smasher from 3-7 p.m. and Mike Stalker from 7 p.m. until midnight. Kirk Cameron is the overnight personality, from midnight-6 a.m.
"I'm very excited about the direction that the radio station is taking," said Smasher, the program director. "The music is great, and we now have a very solid lineup of on-air talent that listeners in Salt Lake City can relate to."
- KZHT is also giving away the "Wedding of Lifetime" next week for Valentine's Day. The winning couple will be married in a hot air balloon and will receive up to $10,000 in prizes, including a chance to bungee jump out of the balloon - giving new meaning to the phrase "taking the big jump." Listen to KZHT for contest details.
- MORE ON VAN WAGONER - "Mark in the Morning" is leaving the station after Feb. 14. No, he doesn't have another job lined up, but he is still doing his KXIV TV show on weekday afternoons and he's in the running as one of two final candidates to be the new voice for Disney-land. He said he probably won't have to leave Utah if he nabs the prestigious Disney job.
Van Wagoner said he wasn't happy with the hot adult contemporary musical trend KMGR was pursuing and prefers the full-service approach to morning radio.
There are no bad feelings at KMGR and Van Wagoner stressed this is an amicable parting of the ways. In the meantime, the future of KMGR's morning show is not clear yet.
Sources at other radio stations indicate they would not surprised if Tom Bock and Danny Jessop also left KMGR in the near future.
- BLIZZARD OF CHANGES - There seemed to be more radio changes made or announced in early February than at any other time in recent Salt Lake radio history. Many of the changes circulated as rumors first, and unlike the usual situation, all the rumors proved to be true. The changes aren't over yet and other rumors are already making the rounds.
- LIMBAUGH's COMING - If you like the Rush Limbaugh Show or if it is one of those syndicated radio programs you've never been able to hear in your area, help is on the way. KALL-AM, 910, will begin airing the show on Monday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each weekday. Ogden and Utah County stations air the show too, but they miss some of Salt Lake County.
Jan Bagely, KALL general manager, calls this change "a financial move as well as a sound programming move." He also said the recent switch to oldies music on KALL-FM (formerly KLCY) has been very good.
- KISN (FM-97.1/AM-570) - "Fisher and Todd" celebrated their sixth anniversary Monday with a special morning show. The show was fairly spontaneous since listeners requested their favorite "Candid Phone Calls."
Fisher said they're looking forward to serving S.L. area radio listeners for another 1/17th of a century - at least six more years.
Fisher and Todd staged another one of their unusual promotions Thursday with the "I'm Too Sexy" contest at the ZCMI Center.
- KLZX (FM-93.3) - "Jon and Dan" have announced they will broadcast their morning show from the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, Feb. 19-20.
As part of a Coca-Cola promotion, Jon and Dan will fly to France and broadcast to Utah by a satellite hookup. They also plan on comparing the Olympic facilities in France to what Utah has to offer, in case the Beehive State ever becomes a Winter Olympics host.
In the meantime, look for Jon and Dan to be carefully studying the French language, culture and culinary delights.
- KUER (FM-90.1) - Garrison Keillor's "American Radio Company" will begin a 15-day national tour on Saturday, Feb. 15, with a live broadcast from the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, at 5 p.m.
The tour will also visit Berkeley, Boise (April 18), Boston and other cities.
- RADIO HISTORY - If you missed the TV presentation of "Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio" last month, you have another chance to catch it. This time, it will be on radio only, KBYU (FM-89.1), Sunday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
- KSL (AM-1160) - Here are weekend programming highlights for the station:
7-10 a.m. - "Greenhouse" will be on location in Utah's Dixie, St. George, to examine some fruits and nuts that could grow along the Wasatch Front too, if they have special care.
10-11 a.m. - "Car Radio" will explain why more and more cars are failing emissions tests in Utah.
11-11:30 a.m. - Furniture repair and restoration will be the focus of "Your House."
11:30 a.m. - Part two of super-lowfat cooking on "The KSL Cooking Show."
- KBZN (alias "The Breeze," FM-97.9) - Kris Landrum and "Profile" will be featured Sunday, Feb. 9, from 8-10 a.m. on "Musical Starstreams." Later in the day, 7 p.m., "Jazz Trax" will have guest Chet Atkins.
Here's a schedule for next week's "7 O'Clock CD" show:
Monday, Feb. 10: "Night Waltz," by Keiko Mataui.
Tuesday, Feb. 11: "Nocturnal Playground," by Russ Freeman.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: "Deliverance," by Jonathan Butler.
Thursday, Feb. 13: "The Best of . . ." by various artists.
Friday, Feb. 14: "Collection," by Joe Sample.