Radio station KNRS (AM-570) will feature some major changes Monday, going from a news/talk format to a nearly all-syndicated style of "Family Values Talk Radio" talk radio. Some programming on sister station KALL (910) will also change.
Station manager Larry Crandall said Clear Channel Broadcasting, owner of KNRS, took a hard look at its opportunities and decided that all-talk was the best direction to go.
"We wanted our strongest opportunity in the market," he said.
KNRS news hosts Bob Lee, Bob Hendricks and Tim Hughes did their last shows Friday. Other news staff may also be let go or reassigned.
Crandall said because Clear Channel has some 800 stations nationwide, the three hosts and other news staff may be offered opportunities at other stations, but nothing's clear yet.
The departure from news means that locally only KSL and KIQN remain as all-news and information radio stations in the Salt Lake market.
In the new KNRS lineup, only Bob Lonsberry will not be syndicated. However, he'll be doing his morning show live from Rochester, N.Y., just for the Salt Lake market.
Crandall said KALL's new motto will be "talk radio with an attitude." Tom Barberi will continue to be the station's only local talk show host. He also said it's a purely speculative report from another media source at this point that University of Utah football and basketball games will switch from KNRS to KALL.
The new weekday schedule for KNRS, effective Monday, is: 6-10 a.m. Bob Lonsberry show (with Paul Harvey and traffic and weather reporting); 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Rush Limbaugh; 1-5 p.m. Dr. Laura (includes one hour of repeats); 5-8 p.m. Ian Punnett; 8-10 p.m. Dr. Joy Brown; and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Art Bell.
KALL radio's revised schedule will be: 4-5 a.m. Jim Bohannon; 5-6 a.m. America in the Morning; 6-10 a.m. Tom Barberi; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ed Tyll; 5-8 p.m. Phil Hendrie; 8-11 p.m. Lionel; and 11 p.m.-4 a.m. John and Jeff from Los Angeles.