Danny Kramer, one of Utah's radio legends, has left KALL (AM-910). Kramer's last on-air day was Friday, but his contract will still be honored by the station through the end of the year, according to Jan Bagley, KALL/KLCY general manager.
Bagley said that the station has done considerable research into what direction it needs to go to best serve listeners and that this path unfortunately does not include Kramer.Bagley avoided using any strong words such as "fired" or "let go" for Kramer's status, but in any event, his contract will not be renewed.
Since Kramer will continue to be paid by KALL through Dec. 31, his contract also stipulates that he cannot get employment with any other local station until after 1989.
Kramer could not immediately be reached at home (by press deadline) for comment.
KALL has also made several lineup changes, in conjunction with sister station KLCY (FM-94.1), to fill Kramer's immediate vacancy:
- As of Monday, KLCY has a new morning deejay with Chuck Christensen. He's one of the nation's most well-known radio personalities and has been in many of the major markets, including most recently in San Diego.
- Hans Petersen, former KALL deejay, and lately the morning personality on KLCY, moves back to KALL starting Wednesday in the 2-6 p.m. afternoon drive-time position and "Peter B" moves to the midday spot on KALL (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Kramer moved to KALL in January of 1985 from KSL in a move that some believe made him perhaps Utah's richest radio personality, with salary rumors as high as $125,000 a year (twice his KSL salary).
He had worked at KSL from 1972 to 1985 and has a master's degree in radio and TV management from the University of Utah and a broadcasting degree from the University of Georgia.
Kramer also spent some time in the Navy, where he worked with Armed Forces Radio. His hometown is Savannah, Ga., but he has reportedly passed up a number of lucrative salary offers from out-of-state radio stations during the past decade, in favor of staying in Salt Lake City.
Kramer's radio philosophy has always been to seek a balance between making listeners laugh and cry. Some also considered him "the epitome of radio friendliness."
He is also well-known for his TV commercials about Steve Ogden's Carpets company.