What is Utah's longest running radio show?
It's always easy to refer first to the "Fisher, Todd and Erin" team on KISN (FM-97.1). That's because "Fisher and Todd" will hit the 121/2-year mark together on the air at the same station next month. However, on the less-listened-to AM dial, Tom Barberi on KALL (AM-910) often goes unheralded with his longevity.Barberi completed 27 years on the air at the same station last Sunday, July 5.
If Barberi quit this week, "Fisher and Todd' would have to continue another 141/2 years to match his record at KALL.
As topsy-turvy as radio is, probably only a handful of DJs nationally can match Barberi's longevity. And some of those radio veterans are also in Utah. It all depends on the criteria use for longevity.
Len Allen, 72, has been at Ogden's KLO for nearly 51 years. He started Oct. 5, 1947. But he left the station for about nine months in the late 1980s, and then returned. Do you count that time-lapse?
Gene Pack has been at KUER (FM-90.1) since 1960, and "Country Joe" Flint has been broadcasting at KSOP since 1970. That's 38 and 28 years of longevity, respectively - longer than even Barberi.
There's another longevity category; how long a DJ has worked in radio.
With the recent demise of the easy-listening format of KFAM (AM-700), the career of Utah's senior DJ has probably ended: Howard Bogarte, 80, who started out in radio at a Dallas station in 1937. He had a 61-year career in radio, which, as far as I can tell, ended last month when KFAM was sold and altered its format.
Len Allen has been in radio for 51 years and his KLO co-host, Arnie Wheeler, started in 1954.
Using this total radio career criteria, Pack would be third, "Country Joe" fifth and Barberi sixth. "Fisher and Todd' probably wouldn't be in the top 10 for such a category . . . but I suppose everyone would move up a notch since Bogarte's absence.
- NEW LDS RADIO SERIES - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a new radio series, "Faith and Families Report."
The 14 half-hour documentaries are being distributed to many U.S. radio stations as a public service.
The series centers in the practical benefits of applying religious beliefs and values to family challenges.
" `The Faith and Families Report' is designed to be an uplifting, educational, inspiring and meaningful series that informs listeners and viewers about the practical benefits of being religious," said Arnold R. Augustin, executive producer of the series.
Death, the elderly, media, education, marriage, teen choices, child rearing, health and drugs are all addressed.
- KOSY (FM-106.5) - The station's new "The Sounds of the Sabbath" program (Sundays, 7-11 a.m.) has now hired a correspondent, Dee Hussey-Sheppard, for its church news and notes. The program, besides offering LDS music, includes news from churches along the Wasatch Front, too.
- RADIO HAPPENINGS - Todd Collard and Erin Fraser of "Fisher, Todd and Erin" on KISN-FM returned to the air Monday as expected after a two-week vacation. This put an end to rumors that they were leaving the show. The DJs got stories Monday from listeners who had left one of their kids behind at rest stops during vacations . . . Tom Barberi on KALL Wednesday talked about the Springville nude art controversy and interviewed the city's mayor . . .
Jon Carter on KRSP had a "Name that Audience" contest Monday and the winner received tickets to the upcoming Yes concert . . . For Mick, Allen and Roxy of the "Freak Show" on KURR it was another "Mad Monday" . . "Tom, Rick and Dawn" on KKAT Monday got plenty of weather advice from TV weathercaster Dan Pope . . .
"Kerry, Bill and Gina" on KXRK are involved in the premiere of Salt Lake's new Hard Rock Cafe and are looking for listeners to help put together a time capsule for the new restaurant . . . "Simon and Brady" on KBEE Monday had a psychic on the air to give listeners personal advice . . . Mark Van Wagoner on KDYL Wednesday did another patriotic tribute to veterans.