Utah radio news and happenings:

- SHORTWAVE WEEK - March 12-16 was "National Shortwave Week." Although this observance received little local publicity, readers may be interested in knowing that shortwave radio remains a popular hobby for many Americans. In fact, Salt Lake City has its own commercial shortwave radio station, KUSW, sister station of KRSP AM/FM, which broadcasts worldwide.- REMINDER: KQOL (FM-106.5) will make its premiere Monday, March 19, with a crossover country format.

Danny Kramer, formerly of KALL, will be on the air from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

- KCPX (FM-98.7) - Look for the KCPX Boombox to appear in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, in downtown Salt Lake City. Station personalities will be passing out candy to parade spectators.

- Another KCPX personality, newswoman Erin Fraser of the "Breakfast Bunch," will be participating Saturday in a St. Patrick's Day four-mile footrace in Salt Lake City - "The Leprechaun Lope."

- The two other members of the "Breakfast Bunch," Uglee Jerry and Mick Mackay, have been busy all week long visiting each of the 131 7-Eleven stores along the Wasatch Front in a marathon task to benefit muscular dystrophy.

Listeners have been invited to guess how long the visits will take. The winner receives $500 and another $500 will also be donated toward the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

- KCPX has been airing "Open House Party" on weekends. The nationally syndicated program is broadcast Saturdays, 7-10 p.m., and on Sundays, 5-10 p.m.

KCPX spokesman Ross Dinkelspiel said listener response to this show, which started in December, has been great. "Open House" counts down the top contemporary hit radio songs and also includes interviews and trivia tidbits, a lot like the Casey Kasem show does.

KCPX used to air "Hitline USA" Sunday nights, but the program wasn't considered popular enough. Will another Salt Lake station pick up "Hitline USA"? No word yet, but if KCPX didn't keep the show because of a lack of listeners, it's doubtful that any other hit radio station would carry the program. Still, with 40-plus area radio stations, just about anything is possible.

- KALL (AM-910) Here's the schedule for the "How-To" shows with Jon Berg for Saturday, March 17:

- On the "Grow-It" show, 7-9 a.m., "How to Green Up Your Lawn" will be addressed by Gilbert Pulley, landscape specialist. The co-host will be Frank Williams, Brigham Young University professor of horticulture and agronomy.

- On "Hometalk," 9-10 a.m., Eugenia Chapman will examine "Spring Housecleaning." She's the author of "Clean Your House and Everything In it."

- "The Auto-Medic" program, 10-11 a.m., will offer "Free Advice and Answers to Your Car Questions" with Brett Baird, automotive technician for Salt Lake Community College.

- KSL (AM-1160) - Here are some upcoming programming highlights for the station:

Saturday, March 17:

7-10 a.m. - "Greenhouse" with Larry Sagers. Utah State University/Davis County extension agent Sean Olsen will discuss fertilizers, compost and mulching with Sagers and co-host Don Shafer.

10 a.m. - Scott Huntsman of Tunex will talk about getting your car ready for spring and also about transmissions.

11 a.m. - Steve Peterson is the guest of "Your House," with Shafer, to discuss taking care of home appliances.

Sunday, March 18:

10 a.m. - "Buying Your Home" show examines various HUD homes.

11 a.m. - "Getaway" features experts from Murdock Travel to discuss family vacations.

11:30 a.m. - "Health & Fitness" show.

Monday, March 19:

11:06 a.m. - "Is the building that you work in making you sick?" - with chemist Gray Robertson.

2 p.m. - Educational reform on Bob Lee's show.

Tuesday, March 20:

1:30 p.m. - "Are you suffering from chronic muscle pain?"

Wednesday, March 21:

10:06 a.m. - "Housecalls" examines asthma.

Friday, March 23:

1:30 p.m. - Ian Sholes, a regular from The Movie Channel, does a "Spoof on the Oscars."