"Adopt a Town" is a new program that Utah radio station KZZI (AM-1510, all-talk, West Jordan) has developed to aid financially troubled farming towns in the drought-stricken Midwest.

Station personality Nick Tracy (on the air 5-9 a.m. Monday through Thursday) came up with the idea, and KZZI has adopted Madison, Minn., a farming town of about 2,200, suffering severe financial hardship because of the drought.Tracy has started a special donation fund at all area Tracy Collins Banks for especially deserving farmers.

He has also personally visited Madison (a town that he said reminds him of the mythical Lake Wobegon) and reports that as many as several hundred farmers stand to lose their property because of the lack of moisture.

Tracy's been working with a Madison radio station to not only receive daily updates on the Madison drought situation but also to send tapes and messages to the town and let them know that Utahns care.

"All the money in Madison starts at the grain elevator," Tracy said. "The problem impacts the entire town."

He expects his special bank fund to help fewer than a dozen farmers, hardly a dent in the amount needed.

(SB) To contact Tracy, call 569-8300. - Lynn Arave.