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NEW STATION KBCK PLAYS TRADITIONAL COUNTRY

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The Wasatch Front has a new country radio station on the air. KBCK (FM-105.7, alias "K-Buck") is broadcasting traditional country music.

The new station went on the air Jan. 21 and is actually a re-named and re-formatted KCGL, formerly a contemporary Christian-hits station."We're very different from KKAT and even a little different than KSOP," KBCK station manager Scott Alexander said.

Alexander said KBCK has a "classic country format" that plays traditional country artists, both old and new. KBCK received more than 200 phone calls from country listeners during its first week of operation.

The station can be heard from Utah County on the south to Weber County on the north. Studios of KBCK are in North Salt Lake on Redwood Road. The target audience is adults 35-54.

KBCK's weekday lineup is: mornings - Bob Jackson; midday - Richard Lee; afternoons - Terry Jones; evenings - Bobby Sherman. Weekend deejays include: Marvin Matchett, Ron Richardson and Dick Ellingson.

Alexander also wants to stress that sister station, KBBX (AM-1600), is airing KCGL's former contemporary Christian-hits format, seven days a week, during the 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. slot. Otherwise, KBBX is a gospel talk station.

If things go as planned, Utah will get still another country music station on March 15, if KQOL (FM-106.5, alias "KOOL") can get on the air in time with its crossover country music format.

-PAUL JAMES reached a big milestone on KSL radio last Saturday when he broadcast the play-by-play on his 1,000th Brigham Young University game. The feat took 25 years of football and basketball games to accomplish. James was awarded an honorary letter blanket from the Cougars, along with a photograph of him in action at the microphone. His wife, who attends most BYU games as well, was also honored.

James recently retired from his KSL-TV sportscasting duties, but still has most of a multiseason contract left for doing BYU radio broadcasts on KSL.

- KSL will air the 4A boys basketball championship game Saturday, March 3, at 7:50 p.m. Chris Tunis and former BYU player Brian Taylor will call the action.

- KSL "Greenhouse" with Larry Sagers (Saturday, March 3, 7 a.m.) will discuss vegetable varieties that grow well in Utah. Later in the morning, Ed Jemmett of Tunex will talk about spring car tuneups at 10 a.m., and spring cleaning tips will be given by Eugenia Chapman at 11 a.m. to conclude KSL's special Saturday morning programming for do-it-yourselfers.

- Stan Freberg, one of radio's greatest spokesmen, has returned to KSL, weekdays at 4:54 p.m.

-CORRECTION: Mike Whitaker was inadvertently omitted from the revised KTTK (AM-630) radio schedule printed earlier this week.

Whitaker is on the air from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and John Prince actually broadcasts from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. - not from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

-KUER (FM-90,1) - This is the 20th anniversary week for National Public Radio and a commemorative program, "Twenty Years With NPR," will air on KUER Sunday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Susan Stamberg anchors this show, which includes selections of some of the most memorable moments from NRP's shows - "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition" and "Weekend Edition."

Some highlights of the show will include climbing Mount Everest, Dustin Hoffman on Laurence Olivier and the secrets of acting, Alex Chadwick in Prague at the revolution, the birth of a baby, and the program "All Things Considered."

-KALL (AM-910) will broadcast the Utah at Air Force basketball game Saturday, March 3, at 6:35 p.m.

- Here's the schedule for the "How-To Shows with John Berg" on KALL for Saturday, March 3:

- On the "Grow-It" show, 7 a.m.-9 a.m., "Seeds . . . Good to Know Before You Sow" will be discussed by co-host Frank Williams, professor of horticulture and agronomy at Brigham Young University. Guest will be Jeff Langston, seed specialist from Salt Lake.

- "Hometalk," 9 a.m.-10 a.m., will feature "How to Highlight Your Home." The guest will be Jeff Wanke, lighting consultant from Salt Lake.

- "The Auto-Medic Show," 10 a.m.-11 a.m., will feature Ed Jemmett from Tunex, talking about "Don't Let Your Brakes Give You a Breakdown."

-KBYU (FM-89.1) will air a special live concert celebrating 50 years of Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, March 10 at 11:30 a.m.

-IN CASE YOU MISSED an earlier report, Joe Lee is back on AM-1320 (KUTR) doing newscasts in the afternoons and Martin Davies has returned to KTKK (AM-630, alias "K-Talk") with a talk show from noon until 2 p.m. weekdays.

Another radio veteran, Herb Jepko, will make his debut on KTTK Monday, March 5, with an overnight show that will begin at either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.