The sale of Apollo Radio's stations (KALL, KODJ and KKAT) to Regent Communications is expected to make the broadcasting company twice as strong.

According to William Stakelin, president of Apollo Radio, the $50 million sale will make the Salt Lake stations part of a $100 million company.He said the sale will be a seemless transition and expects no changes in personnel or formats.

"It positions us for excellent growth," Staklin said, explaining Regent is now one of the nation's top 35 broadcasting companies.

He said the company is excited about the deal because it means Regent has radio stations in the nation's two fastest-growing broadcasting markets - Salt Lake and Las Vegas.

Stakelin said the deal originally headed down the merger route, but it was finally decided that Apollo should sell to Regent. The sale still requires FCC approval, and the deal should be finalized by mid-November.

- KEVIN STANFIELD of KODJ has been named a national winner in the Silver Microphone competition for 1995. Stanfield, the news director of FM-94.1 and also affiliated with KKAT and KALL, wrote and produced a radio commercial campaign - "Armed & Deadly" - as a public service.

Stanfield is leaving KODJ as the news anchor, and on Monday, July 17, he'll move to sister station KALL to become the producer for Merrill Cook's new talk show on AM-910, from 4-6 p.m. weekdays.

Cook's new show makes its premiere next week. KALL held a press conference Friday morning, July 14, on the steps of the State Capitol Building to announce Utah's newest talk show.

- CHANGING FACE OF RADIO - There's no question the world of radio changes constantly - especially in format and call letters. However, until I came across a copy of the Salt Lake "Radio Log" from 1989, I didn't realize exactly how much it had changed in six years.

Since 1989, more than half of all AM stations (13 of 22) have switched formats, and 15 of 28 FM stations have changed.

On the call letter side, 10 of 22 AM stations have made changes in the past six years, and 15 of 28 FM stations have. Format modifications and call letter changes usually go hand-in-hand; hence the similarities in ratios.

(Look for more statistics on the changing world of radio in next week's column.)

- 10 YEARS AGO - KFMY in Provo begins a "Candid Phone" prank feature with DJs Scott Fisher and Scott Gentry. Another station, KLRZ, also has a similar humorous hoax airing each day. KUER planned the return of its marching band in next months "Days of '47" parade.

- RADIO HAPPENINGS - KHQN (AM-1480, Utah County) is sponsoring the Utah Valley Llama Fest, Saturday, July 22, 4 p.m., one mile south of Spanish Fork on Main Street . . . Todd Herman and Rick Taylor, KCNR talk show hosts, did indeed get married July 7. On Monday, Herman mentioned his brief honeymoon. He also talked about postal workers and the made-up languages some people use. On Tuesday, he asked listeners about junk TV shows they watch and also discussed the O.J. Simpson trial . . .

"Kidd Cassidy" on KKAT had another puzzler contest Monday and also asked listeners to provide some jokes. The DJ also gave away rodeo tickets this week . . . KUTQ is sponsoring a bridal fair this weekend. Morning DJs, "Cano and McCormick" had a top 10 list Monday on household hints, took a poll on all-star game predictions and had sidekick Raoul visit a Taco Bell. On Tuesday, the DJs centered their show around UFO sightings . . .

"Mick and Allen" on KBER had another "Mad Monday" on July 10, asking listeners what ticks them off. The DJs also had a telephone interview with Gavin Edwards, author of a new book about misquoted lyrics . . . "Mark and Danny" on KDYL have been driving new Infiniti cars since Wednesday, as part of a special hands-on promotion from a car dealer. The DJs also have a contest going with a trip to Paris, France, as the prize . . .

It was another "Battle of the Sexes" on the "Fisher, Todd and Fraser" show on KISN-FM Tuesday. This time, the male, Roger, won and received tickets to the John Denver concert and also dinner for his superior knowledge. On Tuesday, Fraser and Todd were at the Hogle Zoo hoping to get the polar bears to mate . . .

"Kerry and Bill" on KXRK talked about the upcoming "Waterworld" movie Tuesday. The station is also hyping a big upcoming concert with $9.60 admission . . . KLO offers a "Pat on the Back" award each week to residents who are unsung heroes . . .

Len Randolph, weatherman for "Grant and Amanda" on KSL, got a chance to tell a joke Tuesday. He said a minister in Phoenix complained he can't interest his congregation much in religion during winter because it is so pleasant in the area. In summer, at 114 degrees, it's so hot that hell doesn't scare his members much either. KSL recognizes special teachers each Tuesday in a new recognition program. Weekly winners receive $200, and all winners will be recognized annually at a special dinner at the Marriott Hotel . . .

Kelly Monson, KUMT morning host, talked Tuesday about the "Wizard of Oz" being on CD now . . . Mills Crenshaw on KTKK talked about misconceptions about gun control on assault weapons Thursday . . .

Tom Barberi on KALL discussed the July 14 grand opening of the new Willowcreek Pet Care Center Tuesday. The talk show host also referred to the O.J. Simpson trial as the "Trial of the Millennium" . . . Dain Craig of "Dain and Peggy" on KSFI gave another dose of "Totally Useless Trivia" to listeners Tuesday.