A Utah radio legend, "Skinny" Johnny Mitchell, is coming to KRSP (AM-1060) starting April 1 at noon.
Mitchell, who has been involved in Utah radio for 27 years, will be hosting and producing a new show, "The Top 12 at 12," Mondays through Saturdays at noon.He will select a particular year and will play its top 12 songs, according to Billboard Magazine. Mitchell will also talk about the "oldies" songs and artists during his hour show that will be part of Bob Jennings' 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. midday time slot.
Mitchell started out in Utah radio at the old KNAK and also worked for KCPX-AM. He most recently worked at Utah's KRPN (alias "WKRP.")
- KRSP (AM-1060 and FM-103.5) is sponsoring this year's "Governor's Cup" 5K road race April 15 at 10 a.m. A special one-mile race for children will be held at 9 a.m.
KRSP personalities will hand out the awards at this race, the year's first big running event.
-KJQN (alias `KJQ' at FM-92.7, 95.5 and 104.9) is staging a "Make our Television Commercial Contest."
Entrants must produce a 29-second commercial on VHS or Beta and then send the finished product to KJQ at 180 S. Third West, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.
Deadline for entries is April 14, and the winner, who receives $1,000 in video equipment, will be selected on April 17.
The winning entry, which must mention the name KJQ and cannot use any of the station's deejays, will actually be the station's new TV commercial.
Complete entry rules are available from KJQ.
- KJQ is combining with MTV and the Park City Ski Area to hold the "Koalafier" ski race, an unusual event that will be a reverse race on skis from the BOTTOM of the hill to the TOP.
One hundred males and 100 females will participate. The top male and female winners will receive a trip for two to Sydney, Australia.
-KCPX (FM-98.7) is conducting the "99-Second Weekend of Winning" that started Friday at noon and continues through Sunday night. Every 99 seconds, KCPX will give away a prize (CD, albums, cassettes, cash and more) to about 2,181 lucky listeners in the 60-hour period.
The station has hired additional phone operators to handle the increased calls on the following phone lines - 570-KCPX for Salt Lake; 785-KCPX from Utah County and 399-KCPX from Ogden.
- KCPX has also mailed out 380,000 "Check Us Out" promotions along the Wasatch Front that will begin arriving April 3.
Listeners will be able to mail back checks, and KCPX will cash some of them at random for up to $1,000.
-KSL (AM-1160) - LDS general conference will be broadcast live Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Repeat conference broadcasts will start at midnight on Saturday and Sunday.
(Because of the live conference coverage, KSL will join the NCAA Basketball Semifinals in progress Saturday at 4 p.m.)
- KSL is also airing several new programs. "The Wall Street Journal Report" is being broadcast daily. Starting Monday, KSL will air a twice-weekly show with Fred Ball, president of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
- Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Don Drysdale will be the guest on "Sportscentral" tonight at 6:30 with Chris Tunis.
- The NCAA championship game will be broadcast Monday at 6:30 p.m.
- Guests on "Sportscentral" (6:30 p.m. weekdays) for next week include KTVX's Steve Brown on Tuesday and Phoenix Cardinals' personnel director Larry Wilson on Wednesday.
-KMGR (FM-107.5 and AM-1230) - For general conference weekend, Mike Carver's Saturday morning show (6-10) will feature the music of many local artists, including Michael McLean, "Afterglow," Bryce Neubert and Judd Maher.
-KBYU (FM-89.1) - The fourth and final Metropolitan Opera broadcast for the 1988-89 season will be the company's new production of the double-bill of Bartok's "Bluebird's Castle" and Schoenberg's "Erwartung" Saturday at 10 p.m. (It will also be simulcast on KBYU-TV, Ch. 11.)
- KBYU will re-broadcast the 13-week "Chicago's Music of the Baroque" series starting April 10 at 10 p.m. and continuing each Monday night through the spring.
-KUER (FM-90) will air a special documentary, "Minimum Wage: Maximum Controversy 1989," Monday at 6:30 p.m.