KSL radio (AM-1160/FM-102.7) has won another Crystal Award for its outstanding community service. The honor was announced last week by the National Association of Broadcasters.
There were only 10 winners of the association's Crystal Radio Awards, and two others also went to Bonneville International-owned stations WILV in Chicago and KZBR in San Francisco.
Bonneville stations have now been honored with 21 Crystal Awards over the past 13 years.
Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. This year's winners were selected from a pool of 50 finalists.
The NAB is a trade association that represents more than 8,300 local radio and television stations and broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the courts.
For KSL, this latest honor came a week before another historic anniversary for the station its 84th birthday on Saturday.
"SPOKEN WORD" APPRECIATION "Music and the Spoken Word" aired its 4,000th broadcast on April 30. I didn't fully appreciate that feat until I took a calculator to the numbers. The 4,000 divided by 52 weeks in a year equals 76.92 years. "The Spoken Word" program will hit 77 years on July 15.
RADIO HAPPENINGS "Johnson and Johnson" on KUBL did their own style of protest last week against high gasoline prices by delivering a bunch of kids to an elementary school via a horse-drawn wagon.
Bill Allred of the KXRK "Radio From Hell" morning show is planning to ride in the MS 150 BikeTour again this year on June 24. He's looking for sponsors, as well as other riders, to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Go to www.x96.com for more details.
Arbitron has said that it eventually wants to replace all of its written diaries with electronic "people meters." This will likely lead to a more accurate measurement of radio listeners.
The Deseret Morning News and KSL Newsradio 1160 are involved in an ongoing news-gathering partnership. E-mail: [email protected]