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U.S. CONTEST NAMES KSL'S WRIGHT AS A FINALIST

Doug Wright, KSL (AM-1160) radio's 9 a.m. until noon weekday personality, has been selected as one of 20 national finalists for the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards "Personality of the Year." He is the only nominee from the Intermountain area.

The awards will be announced during the NAB's Radio 1991 Convention in San Francisco Sept. 11-14 during a show hosted by Dick Clark and attended by numerous radio and music stars.The nominees were identified in a three-step process: nationwide open nominations, regional screening committees and an ad hoc nominations committee that set up the final ballots based on the screening committee's recommendations.

Wright began his broadcasting career at KUER while only 16 years old. He then served as program director for KDYL in Tooele, was an on-air personality and production director at KRSP and served as an on-air personality at both KCPX and Ch. 4 television prior to coming to KSL in 1978.

While at KSL, Wright has served as assistant productions director, director of commercial productions and program director, and he is currently director of creative services.

He has received a number of Clio award nominations for his production work, as well as numerous local and regional production awards.

Wright's voice is one of the most well-known in Utah. It is impossible to listen to any local TV station without hearing his pleasant voice in a commercial. He has also done the narration for some local videos.

- KLVV (alias "The Q," FM-99.5) - The station will officially change call letters to KUTQ on Monday. According to station general manager Starley Bush, the change reflects both the station's nickname and its change to a hit radio format last fall.

- KCPX (FM-98.7) - The station's annual "Star-Spangled Spectacular" will be held on Thursday, July 4, in Rice Stadium at the University of Utah.

Last year the station brought in Sheena Easton to headline the event. This year's star will be TV actor Alan Thicke. The "Growing Pains" star will be the evening's master of ceremonies.

Co-sponsored by KTVX, Ch. 4, the program will pay tribute to the individuals who served in the Persian Gulf war. There will be aircraft maneuvers, a flag ceremony, parachuters, bungee divers and the car-eating "Robosaurus."

There will also be performances by the Calvary Gospel Choir and more than 200 local cheerleaders. The finale will be a large-scale fireworks display.

Reserve seat tickets are $6 and are available at all Smith'sTix outlets.

- "K98.7" also recently debuted a new program, featuring Leeza Gibbons of NBC TV's "Entertainment Tonight."

"ScreenTest" airs weekdays at 6:20 p.m. and features movie industry trivia and prize giveaways.

According to station program director Jay Kelly, "ScreenTest" will provide movie buffs with a chance to win the latest videos, soundtracks, shirts and movie memorabilia.

- KUER (FM-90.1) - The Larry Jackstien Group will perform live at Red Butte Gardens on Sunday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available from the KUER Events Line at 581-6778 or the Kingsbury Hall box office, 581-7100.

- KBZN (alias "The Breeze," FM-97.9) - The weekly "Jazz Trax" program (Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m. until midnight) will feature the music of German Guitarist Ottmar Liebert. The "Archives Album" segment will spotlight Larry Carlton's CD "On Solid Ground."

The "Musical Starstreams" New Age music program (Sunday, June 23, 6-8 a.m.) will feature artist "Gandalf."

- KBYU (FM-89.1) will honor the memory and musical genius of Greek pianist Gina Bachauer, Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m. with host Mark Sheldon.

- The Metropolitan Opera will perform Mozart's "The Magic Flute" Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m. The show will also be simulcast on KBYU-TV.

- KBYU will also be broadcasting the semifinal and final rounds of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition live from Symphony Hall next week.

The semifinal rounds will air June 25-26 from 1-5 p.m. and again from 7-10 p.m.

The finals rounds will be broadcast on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, beginning at 7 p.m. on both days.

- KSL (AM-1160) - Here are upcoming programming highlights for the station:

Saturday, June 22:

7-10 a.m. - Learn how to plant vegetables all season long.

10 a.m. - How to properly dispose of used automotive products on "Car Radio."

11 a.m. - The "Vacuum Fitness Chart" on "Your House."

Sunday, June 23:

10 a.m. - More about vacationing in Yellowstone National Park.

11 a.m. - The "Health and Fitness" show will feature guest Kerry Fraley, president of the Utah Fitness Instructors Association.

Monday, June 24:

9 a.m. - Soundoff with Doug Wright.

10 a.m. - Raising a large family.

11:30 a.m. - Tips on how to find a competent lawyer.

2 p.m. - Bob Lee hosts part one of a special series on "Date Rape."

Tuesday, June 25:

10 a.m. - KSL's cooking show finds out what's cooking at the Homestead.

2 p.m. - Part two of "Date Rape."

Wednesday, June 26:

10 a.m. - "House Calls" examines osteoprosis and a new treatment machine that's available.

11:30 a.m. - Financial planning for long-care nursing home options.

1 p.m. - "The Juiceman," Jay Kordish, visits with Lee.

Thursday, June 27:

10 a.m. - Dutch oven cooking.

10:30 a.m. - Diane Thomas provides creative ideas.

1 p.m. - How to make your paycheck last longer.

Friday, June 28:

10 a.m. - Examining the weekend's "Interfaith Conference."

10:30 a.m. - Wright looks at West Fest activities.

11 a.m. - Chris Hicks on the KSL Movie Show.

1 p.m. - "The Silent Coup" author on Lee's show.

2:30 p.m. - Garden expert David Whiting.