KODJ at FM-94.1, "Utah's Fun Station" (its newest slogan), has finally cut loose and hired a new morning team "The Breakfast Club."
Ever since Dickie and Angel Shannon were let go last spring, the station has used Rob Boshard as a fill-in. Now, "The Breakfast Club" is a permanent replacement from 6-10 a.m. weekdays, with hosts Steve Harmon and Jon Watkins. (Boshard has returned to his afternoon DJ duties.)
Harmon came to Salt Lake City from the Dallas radio market. He has also worked in North Carolina. "I'm not in Kansas anymore," Watkins quips on his KODJ Web site biography (www.kodj.com).
He moved to Utah from Wichita after spending two years in radio there. His family is originally from Utah, but he grew up in Long Beach, Calif.
The DJs don't talk a lot. The station is retaining its music emphasis. However, they do a contest once in a while and discuss Hollywood news.
Bob Hendricks does the newscasts for the show and "Page" provides traffic reports.
Whether the new morning show will be a hit with listeners isn't clear yet but it definitely seems to be straddling well the fine line between talk and music.
Two other new morning DJs have also surfaced recently. Randy Rose, a longtime Utah DJ at KRSP and other stations until he left the market some years ago, is back. He's the new program director for KJQN ("Jack FM" 103.1). He's also the station's morning host. As a veteran broadcaster, Craig is a great choice to program a station whose niche is to give listeners what they want.Dain Craig, former KSFI personality, is now doing mornings on "The Oasis," (KOAY, FM-97.5). He's not live, he's still working from Houston, where he's been doing radio since spring 2006. But Simmons Media is pleased to have his talents at work on a taped, remote basis.
RADIO HAPPENINGS KXRK (FM-96.3) is going to have quite the honor come Sept. 21. when the Black Island Farms corn maze opens in Syracuse. That's because the right side of the maze will be shaped like the "Radio from Hell" rat, complete with an "X96" insignia. The other side of the corn maze will be a Weber State University logo. Will Kerry, Bill and Gina do a live remote from the corn maze sometime? Stay tuned.
There seem to be a lot of old-time, nostalgic radio program fans out there, who may be interested in knowing that Internet resources add a wealth of options. Go to www.old-time.com to better explore the Golden Age of radio.
According to Inside Radio, the contemporary Christian format has the biggest national in-car audience at 48.2 percent. College graduates prefer classical and sports formats, however.Satellite radio continues to offer narrow niches of programming. For example, Sirius Satellite radio is now offering an all-Grateful Dead Channel starting Sept. 7.
TEN YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE RADIO Mills Crenshaw is the general manager of KWUN radio, AM-1230. ... Larry Crandall returns to Salt Lake to program KALL, KFAM and KISN-AM. ... KXRK is a finalist for a Silver Microphone award. ... Amanda Dickson returns to KSL. .. KLO, Ogden, starts up a new transmitter for better Salt Lake-area coverage.
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