Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
Doug Wright has worked for KSL NewsRadio for 3 decades.

KSL Radio's Doug Wright passed a major milestone Sunday — his 30th year in broadcasting.

Wright, who began his career as a DJ on June 1, 1978, is now one of the the top radio talk show hosts in Utah.

"You truly are one of the greats in the state," Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said after proclaiming June 2 "Doug Wright Recognition Day."

Chris Redgrave, vice president and general manager of KSL (AM-1160/FM-102.7), described Wright as a "dream employee" who has always been willing to do whatever is asked of him.

"Doug is a one-of-a-kind, and we are proud that he has been a member of the KSL NewsRadio family for three decades. ... He is truly one of the great broadcasters."

Wright recalled one of his first assignments at KSL was to go to the Church Administration Building and interview LDS Church President Spencer W. Kimball. He said he was very moved that President Kimball opened the door for him when he left.

Wright has brought the public both emotional stories of triumph and details of tragedy, including the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, 9/11, the Triad Center shootings (where KSL offices are located), the 2002 Olympics, the Trolley Square shootings, the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster and many more.

He has also been heavily involved in the community, especially with Primary Children's Medical Center and the KSL Radiothon.

His deep voice is also recognizable in many local commercials, including ones for Macey's grocery stores.

KSL sponsored a "Public Open House Anniversary" during a live broadcast of "The Doug Wright Show" at Gateway.

Only Dan Jessop of KBZN and "Country Joe" Flint of KKAT have more years on the air in Salt Lake radio than Wright.

• ANOTHER MILESTONE — "Backcountry Utah," hosted by Brian Brinkerhoff, can now be heard on four stations throughout Utah. "Backcountry Utah" airs Saturdays, 9-10 a.m., on KTKK (AM-630) in S.L. area; KCYN in Moab; KOAL in Price; and KTMP in Heber City, all with special weekday drivetime segments.

In addition, the outdoor show is hosting the "Wild Outdoors Festival" June 6-7 at Thanksgiving Point.

For more details on the show, go to: www.backcountry-utah.com.

• RADIO HAPPENINGS — KUER (FM-90.1) has secured some its programming on XM satellite radio, Channel 133. "Radiowest" and some of NPR's more popular shows can now be heard there.

— If you miss the Bob Lonsberry morning show (5-9 a.m.) on KNRS (AM-570), there's now a "Bobcast" — Lonsberry's video log — available at www.knrs.com.

—Glenn Beck's weekday radio show airs 9-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. on KNRS.

— KBEE is offering its "Secret Sound" contest each weekday at 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15 a.m., and 1:15 and 4:15 p.m.

— Edison Research Media reports that podcast audiences have grown by 5 percent in the past year. Now an estimated 18 percent of Americans download audio podcasts.


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