Jon and Dan on KLZX (alias "Z93," FM) found plenty of publicity when Jon turned up "lost" Sept. 21 - their fourth anniversary at the station.
Hundreds of listeners used more than 30 clues to try to locate Jon and receive the $1,000 reward for finding him and deciphering the secret message for Dan Bammes.Dave Jolley found Jon two days later at Bill and Nada's Cafe. The secret message was:
"I will not come back to KLZX until you promise to play every classic song alphabetically from A to Z," Jon Carter said.
Tricia Griffith, KLZX program director, quickly put all 1,500-plus songs in the station's archives into alphabetical order and began playing them.
Carter said he dreamed up the promotion the morning it started. He moved around for two days to places like Park City and Nephi before being found.
He also said listener response to the A-to-Z playlist has been the biggest he's seen in his radio career. Listeners love hearing many seldom-played classic rock songs. By Thursday, records starting with "T" were being played.
- GOLDEN EAGLES HOCKEY play-by-play will be heard this season on KISN-AM (570) and KLO (AM-1430).
This gives the Eagles two established stations to cover the largest fan areas in the state. Forty-seven games will be broadcast, with the first one Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. from Phoenix.
- MORNING RADIO HAPPENINGS - KVRI broadcast live from the Ninth and Ninth Street Festival at the Park Ivy Cafe Saturday. The station also has planned some regular weekly events this month at the Haunted Old Tent in conjunction with the American Heart Association. The "Wakeup Club" also took calls last week about old TV shows that listeners would like to see return. Then the Wakeup Club sang the "Green Acres" theme song and later had "Seventh-Grade Trivia" questions for adults . . .
Tom Barberi on KALL-AM discussed the relocation of the Brigham Young monument. Although he doesn't particularly favor it being moved, he likes the idea of it being lighted at night . . .
"Tom and Robin" on KMXB took listener calls on where their reading takes place. A listener named Steve also got three-for-three correct on the morning's "Flash or Trash" quiz . . . "Ron and Allen" on KBER gave away numerous tickets to the University of Utah women's volleyball game in hopes of helping set an NCAA attendance record. "Chit Chat" with Chin Wa has also become a regular fortune-telling feature on the station's morning show . . .
"Fisher and Todd" on KISN-FM played three songs simultaneously and listeners had to identify the titles. They also consulted with psychic experts about their past lives . . .
"Jon and Dan" on KLZX took listener calls Tuesday on advice the philosopher Confucius had missed. Sidekick Clyde Lewis was ill and off the air several days last week, and Jon Carter also missed one day because of illness. "Jon and Dan" have been calling their show "Free Tickets" because of all their giveaways. Jon is dubbed "Free" and Dan is "Tickets" . . .
Tracy Jacobsen, a KSOP listener from Orem, won Tuesday's Country quiz contest and tickets to the Haunted Tent . . . One of the newest slogans for Cano and Simmons on KKAT is "The Morning Guys, on the loose and off their medication." Wednesday, they were taking listener calls, looking for a good joke to make them laugh.