Andrew Peters, the news anchor with a commanding, deep voice on KNRS (AM-570) died Tuesday, Jan. 27, after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 57.
He had anchored the news with Abby Bonnell on the station for some nine years.
Peters received several awards during his broadcast career, including the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Journalism and a "best newscast award" from the Utah Broadcasters Association.
He grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
A talented musician, he performed in many USO shows around the world before he began a career in radio.
Bob Lonsberry, KNRS morning host, noted that with Peters' passing "We have lost a friend."
Online comments from fans included such praise as: "I loved listening to the news with him and Abby" to "What a great and accomplished guy. He will be missed."
RATINGS MILESTONE: Three stations belonging to Bonneville Salt Lake Radio Group finished one-two-three in a rare one-company sweep of the adult listener category, ages 25-54, in the latest Arbitron ratings.
The stations — KSL (AM-1160/FM-102.7), KSFI ("FM-100") and KRSP (FM-103.5) — grabbed a 20.5 percent market share, according to Arbitron's fourth-quarter estimates for 2008.
"For the past three years we've had the goal of being ranked numbers 1, 2, and 3 in the prized 'Adults 25-to-54' demographic, and our team has worked very hard to make it happen," said Chris Redgrave, vice president and market manager.
"We have a fabulous and talented group of broadcast professionals," she continued, "who are exceptionally good at what they do, and I'm thrilled and impressed with our accomplishment, especially in such a radio-saturated market."
"In this day and age," added Bob Johnson, executive vice president, "it is remarkable — perhaps even unique — to have one company have the top three most-listened-to radio stations in a major market.
RADIO HAPPENINGS: NPR's "Talk of the Nation" confused some listeners last week when it aired its "Talk of the World" special series.
Some listeners thought maybe the program had changed its name, when "World" is simply a three-part broadcast.
— Clear Channel cut about 9 percent of its work force last week. Most of the cuts were in the sales office, but Laura Bedore of KOSY was one of the Salt Lake radio personalities let go.
— Chris Tunis, former full-time radio sportscaster in Salt Lake City, is still using his talents part time. He's the voice of University of Utah women's basketball this year on KZNS (AM-1280). Because of some scheduling conflicts, some of the Lady Ute games have apparently aired on KTKK this season.
TWENTY YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE RADIO: KRSP sets a Utah radio record by airing 16 hours of continuous rock music? with no interruptions. KTOU, FM-94.9, switches to KZHT, its fifth format change in five years.
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