LDS music is returning to Wasatch Front FM radio.

OK, so it's only going to be on Sunday mornings. But this specialized music has been absent from the Salt Lake FM radio dial for about 13 years.KOSY (FM-106.5) will begin a four-hour block of LDS music and programming on Sunday, June 21, 7-11 a.m., with "The Sounds of the Sabbath."

John Hair, the former program director at KMGR (the station that last aired the LDS format in 1995), will host this new weekly program.

You'll hear LDS/Christian music (Michael W. Smith, Sandi Patti, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Afterglow, Kenneth Cope, etc.) and one-minute news segments about the LDS Church, as well as other area churches during the four-hour show.

"It'll be music intensive," Hair stressed.

Some 45 new LDS music CDs have been released during the past several years, and Hair says it's time to hear them in stereo on the radio.

He said there are about 40 different LDS music artists, and the program will air some 300 songs in rotation. Repetition won't be a problem.

Hair believes the soft and relaxing "hits" format of FM-106.5 is a perfect place for LDS music.

KOSY, with a transmitter on Lake Mountain in Utah County, is heard as far north as Brigham City.

The last FM station to air LDS music was the former KFMY (FM-96.1) back in the early 1980s. The first full-time LDS music station was KSRR (AM-1400, Provo), established in 1985, and it lasted just over a decade. KSRR has since switched to a combination show tunes/LDS music format and still airs a strictly LDS music format on Sundays. (This station can only be heard from the south end of the Salt Lake Valley to Nephi.)

KUTR (AM-860, Salt Lake) was the second LDS music station to appear - a few months after KSRR premiered. It lasted until 1993 under several different owners. (AM-860 is now Radio Disney, KCNR.)

KMGR (AM-1230) was the next station to try an LDS format in 1995. (That station is now KWUN, all-talk.)

Hair has no unrealistic dreams about LDS music taking over full time again. Referring to the format's checkered past, he pointed out out that there's not enough support from advertisers to sustain it seven days a week.

But with a large percentage of LDS families in Utah, he feels KOSY has the perfect transmitter signal to reach them.

For those who live north of about 7200 South in Salt Lake County, where they can't pick up KSRR, KOSY should offer a good Sunday alternative.

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