The biggest just got bigger. Whatever the largest money giveaway in Utah radio was, it's about to be superseded by KCPX (FM-98.7).Starting Sept. 26, the station will begin its "Scan 'n' Win" contest with a total of $2 million in cash to be handed out during the event, according to KCPX spokesman Ken Bell.
Bell said KCPX believes this contest, to be advertised starting next week, will definitely be Utah's biggest radio money contest to date.
Listen to KCPX for more contest details.
- In other KCPX news, Chris Baker from Texas has become the station's program director, replacing Lou Simon.
- Also, KCPX morning personalities Andy Barber, Mick Mackay and Shiela Balistreri will be riding on top of the Ringling Brothers Circus elephants on Sept. 20 when they arrive in town and parade from the train station to the Salt Palace.
EVER WONDER WHAT HAPPENED to Jack Sunday and Peggy Ijams, formerly of KCPX radio's morning team?
They were not fired, nor did they leave KCPX with any bad feelings. They both left Salt Lake City within a week of each other, however.
Sunday is on the air in Idaho Falls, his hometown, where he got one of those offers that you can't refuse. He's still a morning deejay and is also doubling as operations manager at a sister station of Salt Lake's FM-100.
Ijams (who also used to do TV commercials for Collett's Home Furnishings) is now in Spokane, Wash. She left Salt Lake City after her husband was promoted to a job there. Ijams isn't doing radio anymore - she's the noon news co-anchor on a Spokane TV station.
SUSAN REID - Here's the answers to your two radio questions:
1. KCPX's "Rock and Roll Report Card" went off the air in early August when its creator and producer, Lou Simon, left the station. Since KCPX doesn't have anyone qualified to take over the show, it looks like it's gone for good.
2. "Off the Record" with Mary Turner is still on KCPX Sunday nights. However, it airs from 9-10 p.m., not from 10-11 p.m.
(Susan, thanks for those good questions.)
KANN (AM-1120) recently moved from 1090 on the AM dial to 1120. The Christian radio station, located on Washington Boulevard in downtown Ogden, has also expanded to 24-hour programming instead of signing off at sundown.
The reason for 24 hour programming? Station owners felt that since God works 24 hours a day, they should too.
KSL (AM-160) - The special guest on tonight's "Sportscentral" show with Chris Tunis will be former baseball player Tom Seaver at 6:30 p.m.
The station will air the UTEP at BYU game at 11:15 a.m. Saturday and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati baseball game at 4:50 p.m.
KEMX (AM-1320) will air the Raiders vs. the Rams NFL game Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
- KEMX recently hired Dale Nelson as its 4-8 p.m. weekday disc jockey. He recently worked at KSL.
KUER (FM-90) has a new one-hour show, "Car Talk," on the air at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
Hosted by Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the program premiers Sept. 17 and is designed to take the fear out of car repair, as well as find the fun in engine failures. It's an unscripted, unrehearsed and somewhat irreverent show that not only answers callers' questions (1-800-332-9287), but also has a weekly automotive puzzler to test listeners' car fixing talents.
Why do a radio car program? The Magliozzis responded by saying: "doing a national show on cars is better than doing one on brains, because at least everybody has a car."
The show is produced by Boston radio station WBUR-FM.