KDYL radio (AM-1060) switched to the syndicated format "The Music of Your Life" last month, offering more of a nostalgic big-band accent than ever before.
"Our new Music of Your Life format is an oasis," said Ralph J. Carlson, president of Holiday Broadcasting, which owns the station. "It's comfort food to our listeners. It's a place to relax and take a sentimental journey with our great music and personalities."
The format replaces the station's previous affiliation with Westwood One syndicated music, and although it leans toward music from the 1940s and '50s, there are also more recent tunes, Carlson said. Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Rosemary Clooney, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller are examples of the programming. But Rod Stewart, Diana Krall and Michael Bubble are also on hand.
KDYL also has a good lineup of some of Utah's most legendary radio personalities. Mark and Gayle Van Wagoner are on the air weekdays from 6-10 a.m.; Hank Hathaway is on from noon-1 p.m. Danny Kramer broadcasts 2-6 p.m.
From 6-8 p.m., there's Gary "Live from beautiful downtown Burbank" Owens doing a syndicated show, plus other DJs in between and on weekends.
Carlson said KDYL also made a switch last fall to digital broadcasting, marking what may be Utah's first station to go digital.
However, he said the system, which premiered last September, involves the obscure CAM-D a compatible superior sound system instead of the widespread iBiquity Digital system. He said the CAM-D system is far less expensive to install ($40,000 vs. $100,000-plus), does not have a seven- to eight-second delay problem and will not bleed its signal onto the radio dial. It also does not require new radio transmitters, and, to him, it appears to be the superior system.
Carlson said of the more popular iBiquity Digital system, "It will hurt the small broadcasters," due to some signals bleeding over. Clear Channel stations, such as KSL, which have a unique nationwide frequency, will be OK, he said.
"People have underrated AM radio," said Carlson. He expects AM radio to be around in the future and to be a strong presence.
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