The 13th annual KSL Radiothon to raise funds for treatment for children at Primary Children's Medical Center begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 and will continue until 7 p.m. Jan. 31.

This yearly event also kicks offs the "Pennies by the Inch," a door-to-door campaign that raises contributions. During the past 13 years, KSL Radiothons have raised a combined total of almost $1 million for needy patients. As always, many KSL Radio staff members will go the extra mile and donate their time.(Pledges can be made by calling 521-LIDS or by sending contributions to: KSL Radio, Broadcast House, Box 1160, Salt Lake City, UT 84180-1160.)


"Two KSL staff members who have been involved every year (in the radiothon) since 1977 are Bob Lee, part of the on-air team, and John Dehnel, providing engineering expertise," KSL general manager Russ Wood said.

Lee recalled when the radiothon idea was first introduced:

"Those of us who were involved made a visit to the hospital and met some of the children. That memory is actually more vivid to me than my part on the radiothon, because we were all touched by the children we would be helping.

"That was 13 years ago and I didn't have any kids of my own. Now I have two, and every radiothon intensifies the feeling of what it really means to be involved helping sick and injured children," he said.

Five other KSL staff members who have been involved with most of the radiothons include Doug Wright, Doug Miller, Dave Hebertson, Danny Jessop and Jan Snyder.

"We hope this radiothon will be the most successful," Wood said. "Certainly, the needs of the hospital increase each year."

KSL program director Doug Wright will host this year's radiothon.

"We'll have many of the same opportunities for participating listeners that we've had in the past," Wright said. "The Celebrity Dinner, toys for the kids and travel packages. In addition, this year we'll have special gifts for those pledges coming at the $1 million mark and other pledge milestones."

(Trips to Europe and Hawaii as well as other prizes will be given away to lucky listeners who pledge money.)

Primary Children's Medical Center cares for children throughout the Mountain West, regardless of their ability to pay. In 1988, the hospital provided about $2.9 million in donated charity care to over 1,700 patients. (Physicians contributed services in addition to that amount.)

Other KSL news:

- U.S. Ski team member Tori Pillinger will be the guest of Chris Tunis tonight at 6:30 p.m. on "Sportscentral."

- KSL will air the Wichita State at BYU basketball game tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

- KBER (FM-106.5) will sponsor the "Can Flint" Golden Eagles Hockey game against Flint, Mich., on Feb. 2 in the Salt Palace.

Spectators can get $1-$4 off the purchase of an $8 ticket by bringing canned food to the game, to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. All food must be non-perishable, commercially canned items.

KBER's "Battle of the Bands" started Thursday and continues through Feb. 24. Musical contestants can win cash and studio time in five weekly band battles. Winners will be selected by the KBER staff. Finals in the "Naked Jeopardy" contest are also concluding, with winners to receive a Caribbean cruise. KBER also has a morning ski report with Ed "Inches" Nunn.

- KBYU (FM-89.1) will air this season's new productions of Bela Bartok's "Bluebeard Castle" and Arnold Schoenberg's "Erwartung" broadcast live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera house tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

- KUER (FM-90) will present "Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre" live tonight at 8 p.m. from Kingsbury Hall. "Duck's Breath" is a comedy troupe based in San Francisco.

- Noah Adams returns to host "All Things Considered" beginning in February.

"Considered" is Public Radio's most listened-to program and airs on KUER weekdays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Saturdays from 4-5 and Sundays from 5-6.