KALL radio is Utah's 10th oldest radio station, having started up in 1945. However, it has always been plagued by an annoying, high-pitched whine on its frequency, 910 AM. That negative trademark disappears next month when KALL moves over to a new frequency, 700 AM.
"KALL 700 AM" will have almost 10 times the signal that 910 AM has plus no whining noise according to Paige Bradford, producer of the Tom Barberi morning show.
She said the switch will happen sometime during early May, possibly as early as May 1. Billboards are being planned to announce the change.
When Barberi was briefly simulcast on a stronger FM frequency many years ago, his audience tripled. Besides Barberi, KALL has Jim Rome, Phil Hendrie, Jim Bohannan, "Outdoor Utah Today" and other shows.
When KALL moves over, it will replace 700 AM's current county-music format. That format will not be replaced.
Mercury Broadcasting sold KALL this month in two separate deals its frequency to ABC/Disney and its programming to Clear Channel. ABC/Disney, which provides Radio Disney programming to Citadel Broadcasting on 860 AM, will take over the 910 AM frequency as early as May 1.
Radio Disney is the most popular radio format for kids under age 12 and its programming will move from 860 AM to 910 AM. Radio Disney will simulcast for a few weeks on both 860 AM and 910 AM.
This will leave 860 AM open for a new format. Eric Hauenstein, Citadel Communications general manager of the station, said plans are still being finalized for 860 AM. An announcement on a new format there may not be ready until May 15.
WILL SATELLITE RADIO SURVIVE? Yes, according to Bruce T. Reese, president and CEO of Bonneville International (owner of KSL). Speaking to the Salt Lake Rotary Club earlier this year, he said it will take some time, but the two satellite-radio companies will eventually make it, even though they presently have huge debt. "It's kind of a fun product," Reese said. "Eventually they'll figure out how to program it better than they do now."
Satellite radio is already an instant hit for people who drive around the United States, because you can pick up the same stations everywhere. XM Radio, one of the two satellite-radio programming companies, has 483,000 total subscribers nationally, according to a recent report.
A recent column about the latest Arbitron trends included only the months of January and February. So any ratings boost for news stations, such as KSL, from the coverage of the war in Iraq were not included in those estimates.
RICK IS BACK
Rick Shane, a former morning personality on KKAT and then KIQN, has returned to radio. He's now heard weekends on KBEE (98.7 FM). Shane is a corrections officer with the Utah Department of Corrections at the Draper Prison during the week, but missed radio so much that he took a part-time spot. Shane is also the regular announcer at Rocky Mountain Raceways.
"Fisher and Laura" on KQMB have a new claim to fame now. A new baby girl, born Easter Sunday in Salt Lake City, was named after them Laura Fisher Tayian. The mother, April Tayian, and the father, Jonathan Tayian (serving with the U.S. Army in Baghdad), came up with the composite name. The DJs had previously given April a kit to make plaster casts of her newborn's hands and feet when she called in to make a song request.
Herb Shipman, formerly of the KUER radio-development department, is now the public-relations director for Utah Women's Alliance For Building Community.
Danny Jessop of KLO-AM is recovering from surgery. He wouldn't say what type of surgery, but his heart stopped for about 90 seconds during the operation. Jessop will be off the air for at least another week. He's a radio veteran, having worked at KBZN and many other stations.
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