KURR, alias "Rock 99," has a revamped morning show with "Jaxon and the Chinaman," weekday mornings 6-10 a.m. Mick Martin, a fixture on the show since 1996, has been let go. But his former partner Mark Britton, alias "The Chinaman," is still there.
Jaxon is a former afternoon "Rock 99" DJ. And if you like deep voices, he is probably tops in the market right now. "The Chinaman," a professional comedian, is also a great voice impersonator.
This revised morning show also boasts a new cast of supporting characters "Rebecca the Phone Girl," "Pete, the News Guy" and "Dick the Gay Guy in the Sky" on "Chopper 99," doing traffic reports.
The reason for the change may be a gradual ratings slip at the station. It dropped from 2.9 percent of the age 12-plus audience to 2.1 during the past year. Among its core group, men ages 18-49, it decreased from a 6.0 percent audience share to 5.2.Where Martin is headed isn't clear. However, the show had been tinkered with too many times and was likely doomed for that reason. It was at its best in the old days of Mick, Allen (Handy) and "Roxy" of "The Freak Show," from 1996-2000. (Handy is now a co-host on the morning sports show for KFNZ, alias "K-Fan.")
OTHER ROCK CHANGES "Mad Dog" may sound like some wild radio personality, but it is actually one of the newest rock-music radio stations along the Wasatch Front.
"Mad Dog," a rock station with a core audience of listeners in the 18-44 age group, moved late last month from FM-103.9 (KMDG) to FM-102.3. That means it has replaced the former "Blaze" rock station on the better frequency and has also taken the Blaze's KWKD call letters. Listeners north of Salt Lake City can now more easily pick up the "Mad Dog" format.
An in-your-face kind of '90s rock format, "Mad Dog" is also poised to begin a strong promotional campaign, according to Sheila O'Connor, vice president/general manager of Millcreek Broadcasting, which owns both stations.
She admits the station's catchy name helps spur interest and adds that plans are now being finalized for what will happen to FM-103.9, a station licensed in Nephi. Currently, listeners there are simply told to tune into FM-102.3.
"Mad Dog" has Bob O'Reilly in the morning and also features an all-listener-request show in midday. "It's for the rockers," O'Connor said.Millcreek Broadcasting is owned by Marathon Media, which also operates three other Utah FM stations KUUU (alias "U-92"), KUDD (FM-107.9) and KTCE (FM-92.3). KTCE is currently a simulcast of U-92.
HENDRIE COMING Phil Hendrie, syndicated talk-show host who airs locally on KALL (AM-910), 5-8 p.m. weekdays, will be in Utah next week for a benefit event. He will be at the Silver Lake Lodge, 7600 Royal St., Park City, for a fund-raiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake on Friday, Sept. 20, 5 p.m. Then, from 6-7 p.m., he'll do a live national broadcast that will include his familiar cast of characters.
RADIO HAPPENINGS "Johnson and Johnson" on KUBL created Utah's first-ever human flag on Sept. 11, to honor America's heroes. . . .
Meanwhile, Clear Channel Broadcasting, home of seven Salt Lake radio stations, had a special blood drive Wednesday in honor of 9/11. . . .
KFNZ (alias "K-Fan," AM-1320) celebrated its sixth birthday as an all-sports station on Sept. 6. The station continues to be the home for the Utah Jazz, Utah Starzz, Utah Grizzlies, ESPN and more. The station's morning show, 6-10 a.m., features Jeff Rickard, Allen Handy and Ron Boone. The station also features a new high school sports report each Friday from 9-11 p.m. with Sammy "The Bull" Rideout and Ben Bagley.
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