KSL (AM-1160/FM-102.7) is still the most-listened-to radio station in the Salt Lake market, but its first-place lead diminished significantly this past summer.

KSL is tops at 7.4 percent for listeners ages 12 and older in the latest estimates from Arbitron. Coming in at No. 2 is KUBL (FM-93.3) at 5.8 percent. Last spring KSL had a 9.1 percent audience share.

KNRS (AM-570) maintained third-place at 5.6 percent, and that represent a .6 percent increase. KSFI ("FM-100") was close behind in fourth at 5.1 percent, followed by KXRK ("X-96") at 4.9 percent.

Rounding out the top 10 are: 6. KZHT (4.4); 7. KRSP (4.2); 8. (tie) KJMY and KUUU (4.0); and 10. KOSY (3.1).

The remaining stations are: 11. KHTB/KRAR (3.0); 12. (tie) KBER and KUDD/KUDE (2.5); 14. KODJ (2..4); 15. KBEE (2.3); 16. KBZN (1.8); 17. KKAT (1.7); 18. KLO-AM (1.6); 19. (tie) KENZ and KTMY (1.4).

21. KFNZ-AM (1.3); 22. (tie) KEGA, KJQN and KYMV (1.1); 25. KMRI-AM (0.8); and 26. KZNS-AM /KOVO-AM (0.6).

Note that KSOP, KTKK and other non-Arbitron subscribing stations are not listed in these rankings. The non-commercial stations are also absent.

KSFI, KXRK, KJMY, KUUU, KOSY, KBEE, KBZN and KLO all attracted significantly more listeners last summer while KRSP, KBER, KODJ, KENZ and KKAT lost listeners.

OGDEN MOTHER INSPIRES SONG — "Everyday I'm Hanging On" is a new country song by Allison Janisse of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, which was co-written by the mother of a soldier, Tamra Lynn Smith of Ogden. KSOP is the only local radio station to have played the song, a popular independent county tune.

Janisse will be in Utah next week for her American premiere to highlight two benefits for "Operation Ensuring Christmas Concerts." The first will be Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., at Salt Lake's Studio 600, 26 E. 600 South. The second will be Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., at the Outlaw, 1254 W. 2100 South, Ogden.

The majority of proceeds from the concerts will pay for the postage to ship Christmas packages to Utah soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tickets are available at SmithsTix for $12.50 or the cost will be $15 at the door.

Denise De Vynck, who is organizing the relief for soldiers, said another $13,000 (or at least 1,300 tickets sold) is needed to mail packages to soldiers. She stressed this the largest single such effort ever in Utah. Package contents have already been donated by many different organizations.

To volunteer for this effort, go to www.letterstosoldiers.org.

RADIO HAPPENINGS — KZHT is going all-out for Halloween. The "Z-Morning Zoo" show is sponsoring several contests. Jessica's "Jack-O-Cuties" contest will award $500 for the best picture of a kid dressed in costume, in two separate age categories — 0-2 and 3-5. Frankie and Dangerboy will have a "Halloween Hotties" contest and will award $1,000 for best picture of adult female dressed for Halloween. Listeners can vote for their favorite photos starting Nov. 6. Go to www.971zht.com for contest details.

"Radio from Hell" on KXRK uses the Internet well. There's a list of shows on the Web numbered by episode (5,000-plus) as well as a countdown until number of days until the hosts' employment contracts with the station end.

KOSY has a karaoke contest under way. Send in your entry for a chance to win a houseboating vacation at Lake Powell. Go to: www.kosy.com.

— "Backcountry Utah" airs each Saturday, 10-11 a.m., on KTKK radio (AM-630)

The "Double your paycheck" contest has returned to KRSP. Listen weekdays at 9 and 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. to FM-103.5.

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