KMXB afternoon deejay Steve Rhodes, whose recent move to Utah from Richmond, Va., proved to be fraught with unexpected twists, turns and tragedies, died of a heart attack Friday, Sept. 10.
A special memorial to Rhodes on Monday included 30 seconds of transmitter silence on KMXB (alias "The Mix," FM-107.5) and a eulogy offered by the station general manager.Program director Tom Connelly said listeners seemed to take to Rhodes' personality right away. "He's one of those people you meet and you like. . . . He really liked Salt Lake City and was excited about being here."
Rhodes, 43, got his start at a Detroit high school and spent more than 25 years in broadcasting. He was hired by the Salt Lake station on Aug. 2, but natural and personal disasters delayed his arrival in the city.
Initially Rhodes was wary of crossing the flooded Mississippi River on his planned drive to Utah. But then diabetes triggered a sudden heart attack only a couple of days after he had accepted the Utah job.
The heart attack also delayed his wedding plans. Undeterred, Rhodes was married a day later than scheduled - in the intensive care ward of a Richmond hospital. The medical staff even baked a cake.
When Rhodes was released from the hospital, he went home to begin to pack his belongings for the trip to Utah, only to discover his apartment had been struck by a tornado.
Rhodes eventually made his way to Utah and started the on-air 3-7 p.m. shift at KMXB Sept. 6. But after only five days on the air, he had a second heart attack and died about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 10.
His wife was visiting Salt Lake City the day he died. She will likely return to her home in Petersburg, Va., since she had not quit her job there.
Rhodes has been succeeded by Peter B, a former KALL personality, on KMXB, 3-7 p.m. weekdays.
- KRGO (FM-103.1, 106.5 and 107.9) - Paul Mitchell, on-air personality, will be the master of ceremonies for a dinner-dance at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the Layton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 1389 N. Main.
Tickets cost $10, and proceeds will help Jessica and Amber Snyder of Dugway, who have a rare blood disorder.
- Meanwhile, KRGO has also reached some sort of agreement to simulcast its country music on KQOL, the former all-sports "The Score" station that ceased broadcasting Tuesday. FM-106.5 was only silent for one day until KRGO was on the air Wednesday with its third frequency.
- KBYU (FM-89.1 and 89.5) will participate in two simulcasts with KBYU-TV from Lincoln Center this month. The first will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, with Verdi's "Falstaff," and the second will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, with "Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic 151st Season Opener."
The station will also broadcast the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at 6 p.m. Sept. 27.
- KUER (FM-90.1) has added Scott Carrier as an independent producer whose work will air once a month on "Friday Edition," the station's newsmagazine (Fridays at 4 and 6:30 p.m.), as well as NPR news and documentary programs.
Carrier is well-known for his work on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Soundprint."
- KTKK (alias "K-talk," AM-630) is starting a new feature on Thursday, Sept. 23, on John Harrington's show. Holly Flanders, ski expert and director of skiing at Park City, will do a segment from 2-3 p.m.
According to Harrington, the twice monthly show will help listeners take charge of their lives and become more physically active. He expects Flanders to include motivational tips.
- In other KTKK news, the station is proving it isn't just all-talk by starting an "Action Front" campaign in which the station and 10 businesses will develop youth programs for the community. It's one thing to talk about curbing youth violence and another to take a role in doing it.
- MORNING RADIO HAPPENINGS - "Dom and Bill' on KXRK had a nuclear waste trivia quiz Tuesday . . . "Ron" of KBER's "Ron and Allen" is trying for his white belt in karate . . . The "Wakeup Club" on KVRI took listener calls on things they'd like to hear about, but won't, like dinner being ready when Mom gets home and no lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. At 9 a.m., KVRI has a 98-minute music sweep . . .
The "Morning Guys" (Cano and Simmons) on KKAT had another installment of their "Stranger Than Fiction" Tuesday . . . "Jon and Dan" of KLZX had a list this week of the top 10 exhibits you won't see at the Utah State Fair . . . "Mark and Danny' on KDYL regularly accept listener calls on wedding anniversaries and take related song requests . . . "McCormick and Scotty" on KUTQ took listener calls on UFOs Tuesday . . . "Fisher and Todd" on KISN-FM have been taking updates this week from Jeanine and Leslie, two listeners the station sent on an adventurous road trip back east . . .
"Tom and Robbin" on KMXB accepted listener calls Tuesday on new TV shows that bombed . . . KRGO is the latest country music station to claim it plays the best variety on the radio. Two other country music stations claim they play the most country music allowed by law, or the most country music period.
- KBZN (alias "The Breeze," FM-97.9) will present a special John Tesh concert, "Live in Monterey," at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.
The Sunday, Sept. 19, "Musical Starstreams" show (8-10 a.m.) will feature Govi and the album "Cuch-ama." Later in the day, "Jazz Trax" (7 p.m.-midnight) will feature guest Jeff Lorber, while Larry Carlton's "Alone But Never Alone" will be on the show's "Archive Album" segment.
- Here' a schedule for the station's "7 O'Clock CD" show next week:
Monday, Sept. 20: "The Hours Between Night & Day" by Ottmar Liebert.
Tuesday, Sept. 21: "Deep Breakfast" by Ray Lynch.
Wednesday, Sept. 22: "Nocturnal Playground" by Russ Freeman.
Thursday, Sept. 23: "The Best of Silverware" volume one.
Friday, Sept. 24: "The Nightfly" by Donald Fagen.