KUER and KSL dominated the 2008 radio awards from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, announced last weekend.

KUER (FM-90.1) had the most awards, winning 20 total awards — including 11 first places. KSL (AM-1160/FM-102.7) received 19 awards, including five first places.

KCPW (FM-88.3/105.3) captured eight awards, including two first places. KBYU (FM-89.1/89.5) placed in two categories.

If you believe the SPJ awards to be an accurate reflection of radio news quality, then KUER and KSL should be the two Salt Lake-area radio stations you should rely on for news.

KUER is a noncommercial public-radio station licensed to the University of Utah. It has a staff of 18 full-time professionals. KSL radio is Utah's oldest station and is a commercial endeavor owned by Bonneville International.

Tasha Cook of KUER won first in the best radio reporter category, followed by Andrew Adams and Randall Jeppesen, both of KSL, and Jenny Brundin of KUER.

Cook also took first in the military division, as well as the government reporting and general features categories.

Brundin was also honored for the "best use of sound," with her "Nearly Blind photographer" report, and she took top honors in the minority issues reporting and the general news divisions.

In the best newscast category, KSL won first place for its "Tragedy at Trolley Square" coverage. KSL also won the spot news division and the continuing coverage category for its coverage of the Trolley Square shooting. It placed second in spot news for its "Prison Guard Shot" report.

Julie Rose of KCPW took first in the radio series division for her "Coming to America" package. She was second in the continuing coverage category.

Dan Bammes of KUER won first in education reporting.

Paul Nelson of KSL placed first in both consumer reporting and criminal justice reporting.

The "Radio West" program on KUER was first and second in the personality profile division and was tops in public affairs/talk shows.

To see the complete SPJ list of awards, which also included categories for TV and newspapers, go to utahspj.blogspot.com/

RADIO HAPPENINGSTom Barberi's last show on KALL (AM-700) was June 20. His most recent efforts there, the 5-7 a.m. spot, lasted three months. Barberi reported he left KALL as he and station management had failed to come to an agreement. Notwithstanding, Barberi hopes to be back on the air somewhere else soon.

Bob Lonsberry on KNRS is giving away $100 in gas weekday mornings at 7:40. His grand prize is $500 in gas, plus six tickets to the Stadium of Fire. KSOP is another station that also has a free gasoline giveaways. High fuel prices have made that a popular prize these days.

KBYU will continue its commitment to the artistic community by broadcasting two past performances from the Utah Festival Opera. Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," with Darrell Babidge as the Count (2006) will air July 5, and Verdi's "Il Trovatore" (2007) will air on July 12, both at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit www.classical89.org.

TWENTY YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE RADIO — KCPX broadcasts live from the Utah Arts Festival.

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