If you've ever suspected that radio has more than its share of zany and outrageous personalities, you're right - it certainly does.
For example, KCPX - (FM-98.7) currently has one of the wildest and most entertaining radio personalities ever to come to Utah anchoring the "Breakfast Bunch," mornings on "Power 99."Andy Barber, a 21-year veteran of radio, has experience in nine other major radio markets, including Tulsa, Seattle, Dallas, Los Angeles, Portland, Houston, Kansas City and Wichita.
Barber's colorful past also indicates that he may be the most daring DJ to ever ride the airwaves in Utah. (He came to KCPX last year.)
Consider some of the wild radio promotions that Barber has previously participated in:
- He's played basketball against the Harlem Globetrotters.
- He's been buried alive in beer.
- He was caught throwing money from the downtown Tulsa bridge.
- He roller skated over the top of the Houston Astrodome.
- He tried out for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
- He ran for governor of Washington.
- He went over Snoqualmie Falls (east of Seattle) in a barrel.
- He tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs football team.
- He went looking for a wife on the air.
Some of Barber's weekly features on his KCPX morning show are: "Beat the Barber," "The Barber Pole," "The Great Mick Mack," "Mr. Zodiac," "Biff and Barf," "Breakfast Bunch Sound Check," "The Breakfast Bunch Brainbuster" and "The Storyteller."
(Other members of the "Breakfast Bunch" include Shiela Balistreri and Mick Mackay.)
Barber has been nominated for Billboard Magazine's "Air Personality of the Year" every year since 1970, and he's come in second for the past eight years.
-THE UTAH BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION has elected Mel Rogers, station manager of KBYU-TV, as its 1989 president.
Maria Smith, director of community affairs and programming for KUTV, is the new vice president, and Dennis Gwiazdon, general manager of KKAT (FM-102) Radio is the secretary/treasurer.
Elected as new members of the board of directors were Mark Crump, general manager of KDXU/KZEZ Radio in St. George, and Phil Mueller, station manager of Blanding's KUTA Radio.
Continuing members of the board of directors are: Alan Hague, general manager of KRSP; Ken Hill, public relations manager for US WEST; Doug Barton, station manager for Manti's KMTI/KMXU; and Russell Wood, KSL vice president and general manager.
The Utah Broadcasters Association serves more than 200 broadcasters.
-CORRECTION: In last week's Weekend Section cover story on AM radio, I incorrectly stated that `KJQ' is simulcasting its "modern music" format on four different frequencies. Actually, it is only on three - FM-92.7, FM-95.5 and FM-104.9.
KJQ's former AM location, AM-1490, is really a new all-talk Utah radio station, "KSUN."
-KBER (FM-106.5) will "Bear It All for Hawaii" next Thursday from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m. when participants wearing bathing suits will converge on the corner of 200 South and Main Street for a chance at winning a roundtrip vacation to Hawaii. Listen to KBER for the contest details.