Kelly Monson is no longer doing mornings at KBZN ("The Breeze," FM-97.9). The station let him go last weekend.
Dan R. Jessop, KBZN operations director, simply said, "Kelly is moving on."
A radio veteran with 31 years' broadcast experience, Monson had been doing mornings at KBZN since August 2007. He left KBZN in late 2006 after eight years to become a morning host at KOSY.
Monson's stint at KOSY lasted approximately eight months before Clear Channel decided to cut back and let him and Erica Hansen go. Monson returned to KBZN a few months later.
A Salt Lake native, Monson started on the air on KUER in 1977, back when students could man the campus station. After that, he spent two years at KSFI, then 11 years at KRSP, during the station's "golden years," when FM-103.5 commanded a huge share of the Salt Lake radio market.
Monson then went to KLZX for two years before spending three years at KUMT. He also worked just over a year at KKFM in Colorado Springs.
KBZN's revised lineup is "Morning Breeze" with Dan Jessop and Rick Lindsay, 5-9 a.m.; Tricia Griffith, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., including the "Smooth Jazz Cafe" at noon; Rob Riesen with Evan Lake, 2-7 p.m., including "Smooth Drive at 5," with traffic, closing stocks and other information; and Michael Kane, 7 p.m.-midnight, including "New Age at 9."
• MORE RATINGS As a sequel to last week's age 12-plus ratings, here are the top 10 stations ages 18-34: 1. KXRK; 2. KZHT; 3. KUUU; 4. KDUT; 5. KHTB; 6. KBER; 7. (tie) KNRS-AM and KUBL; 9. (tie) KENZ, KJMY and KSOP.
• DAVID ARCHULETA CLARIFICATION KEGA "The Eagle, FM-101.5) was the only radio station to have the "American Idol" star live in its studio and on the air on May 9. Morning hosts Keith Stubbs, "Lindsay" and Carly Cash hosted the "American Idol" runner-up.
Meanwhile, "Johnson and Johnson" on KUBL did a telephone interview with Archuleta, appeared on a local TV station with Archuleta and helped orchestrate Archuleta's visit to Murray High. Archuleta also visited the KZHT morning show, too.
• RADIO HAPPENINGS KZHT's "Hot Momma" contest is under way. Entries are due by May 30. Listeners will vote on their favorites June 2-16, and the winners will be on the air June 20. First prize is $1,000.
KOSY has an "American Baby Idol" contest going. Listeners will be able to vote for their favorites at www.KOSY.com.
Abby Bonnell of KNRS-AM will co-host "The Hope on the Range Gala," to benefit the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, with FOX-TV's Hope Woodside on Aug. 4. Go to www.570knrs.com for more details.
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