Tom Kelly recently joined the morning show on KKAT (FM-101.9), pushing it into a friendlier and less threatening direction.
Teaming up with previous morning team members Dawn Kennedy and Rick Shane, Kelly has added a spark of excitement and perfect chemistry to the show."I love it," Kelly said.
He joined the team earlier this fall and fills the vacancy left by Kidd Cassidy.
An Ohio native, Kelly previously worked in radio markets in Palm Beach, Fla.; Houston; and St. Louis, Miss. Kelly won't say more about himself, apparently hoping to remain a little mysterious to listeners. He said it already takes some of the mystery away that listeners will see his photograph with this story.
"We don't take ourselves serious," he said.
Kennedy on the other hand, whispered behind Kelly's back that he is single and looking for a date.
"He's a great guy. Very sensitive," she said.
Kennedy has been doing the news for the KKAT morning show for the past three years. Shane has been at it for 91/2 years.
The KKAT morning team is on the air from 5-10 a.m. weekdays - making it the earliest FM morning show in the market.
Kennedy said she's almost getting to enjoy getting up at 3:30 a.m. each day. "It's fabulous. I didn't know it could be this fun."
The morning show is definitely more friendly and team-oriented than before, Kennedy said.
"We're all brothers and sisters," he said. "It feels like we've been together forever."
The new KKAT morning show is taking lots of listener calls. In fact, even after he signs off the air, Kelly - acting like the show's quarterback - sometimes continues to take phone calls.
"Tom's a real guy doing real stuff," said program director John Marks, adding that in one sense, DJs are customer service representatives for a station and Tom is setting a good example. The show is also crusading for various charity and public service campaigns.
Marks said KKAT has had past morning shows with stronger numbers, but Kelly and his two co-hosts will go a long way to reassert country dominance on FM-101.9.
- "OZ" IS OFF - Radio AAHS ("Oz") in Utah has vanished.
After seven years of children's radio programming on KKDS (AM-1060), the format disappeared Nov. 12 and has been replaced with an adult contemporary, "All-American Classics" musical style.
According to station owner-general manager Ralph Carlson, the decision to switch formats was a financial one.
The Radio AAHS Network is also calling it quits soon, but Carlson said he made his decision to discontinue the format sometime before that announcement.
Radio Disney, which started 13 months ago, had a profound effect on the Radio AAHS decision. It also caters to kids under age 12.
Regarding the new KKDS, Carlson said the call letters will remain the same for now. The new station will cater to adults ages 35-plus and will play music from such groups as the Eagles, John Denver, the Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry.
- KCPW (FM-88.3) - "Should We Drain Lake Powell?" will be addressed in a speech by Rich Ingebretsen, president of the Glen Canyon Institute, in an 11 a.m. station broadcast Tuesday, Nov. 25, from the U. of U.
- THE END OF "RABBIT EARS" - The popular "Rabbit Ears Radio" program for children will disappear at the end of the year. Producers of the show have announced they were unable to secure funding to continue the program. It airs locally on both KUER-FM and KUSU-FM.