Not only is Mark Eubank doing weathercasts on Ch. 5, but he has also added his weather expertise and enthusiasm to afternoon radio on KSL. Eubank provides weather reports weekdays at 4:37 and 5:15 p.m. on AM-1160.
Eubank outlines local weather information and does regional weathercasts as well. He even provides an extended forecast for the region.Bonneville International, parent company of KSL, also operates 11 other radio stations across the country and hopes to have Eubank supplying weather information to them in the future.
Bob Welti continues to do weather reports on KSL radio during morning drive time.
"To say the least, we now have a fantastic weather team on the air with both Mark and Bob," Russ Wood, KSL general manager said. "It's something no other radio station in the state can claim."
- KMGR (Magic 107.5) - "Mark in the Morning" (Mark Van Wagoner) has been able to help a listener with a truly long-distance dedication. KMGR received a letter from a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant stationed in Saudi Arabia requesting the station play "You're My Inspiration," by Chicago, for his wife at home in Utah.
Van Wagoner was able to reach the Operation Deseret Shield officer's wife Monday and surprise her with the long-distance dedication.
"I was really touched by the letter, and realizing how unfortunate it is that families are apart, it was a privilege to follow through with his request and also to receive such a nice letter."
Van Wagoner sent a tape of his morning show to Saudi Arabia.
- KZOL (FM-96.1/AM-960) - The station will stage a basketball toss Tuesday, Jan. 15, during the halftime of the Harlem Globetrotters game at the Marriott Center. Afternoon drive-time personality Danny Kramer will take 10 lucky listeners to center court for a chance to win a leather chair.
Kramer will have a busy week, since he'll also be the master of ceremonies on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce Awards night.
- KZOL recently sponsored the "Forever in Blue Jeans" contest with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles. Eighty par-ticipants competed for $1,500 in prizes, and Mike Runge of the Golden Eagles said the game had the biggest attendance of the season.
KZOL also sponsored Ty Detmer Day recently, and 4,000 people showed up in subfreezing weather to watch the station broadcast from the Cougar Stadium parking lot.
- KZHT (FM-94.9) - Lou Simon, possibly Utah's cleverest program director, has left the station to take a job as the No. 5 man at RCA Records in New York.
Replacing Simon is Rich Summers, formerly of "Z103" in Idaho Falls. Summers has long been an admirer of Simon and should continue well in his footsteps.
Simon, meanwhile will reportedly earn over $200,000 at his new position, a job he invented and convinced RCA it needed.
- KZHT celebrated its second anniversary Dec. 31 with a sellout concert at the 49th Street Galleria.
Simon and station manager Terry Schmidt transformed 94.9 from a struggling station that had to change formats annually into one of the most popular Utah youth stations ever. Not only has 94.9 introduced many new artists to Utah, but it won the record industry's award for the most innovatively programmed station of 1990. - Lynn Arave.
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