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LOGAN RIVER MEDIA’S Z-104 TO ANCHOR USU SPORTS NETWORK

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Logan River Media Corp., owned by Lavon Randall and E. Morgan Skinner Jr., has purchased "Z-104" (KVEZ-FM) in Cache County from Logan's Dan and Ron Gerard.

Until the FCC gives final approval for the sale, Dan Gerard will continue to operate the station. The Gerards bought the station in 1983 from Greg Merrill of Logan.No purchase price was announced, but KVEZ will become the anchor station for the Utah State Sports Radio Network, with Aggie football and basketball broadcasts. New offices and studios are also planned for the station, along with a signal upgrade.

"Our focus will be on building community relations with quality broadcast facilities and a staff committed to a high standard of excellence in broadcasting and community service," Skinner said.

Skinner, who started his broadcast career in the 1950s at Montpelier High School in Idaho, has previously worked for KSL, KBIG in Los Angeles, KOOL in Phoenix and WRFM/WNYW in New York. He and his brother Steve started the Utah State University Radio Network.

- RADIO RATINGS - Advances for the newest Arbitron ratings came out this week, and KKAT has replaced KSFI as the top-rated station for listeners age 12 and up. In the adult age 25-54 category, KSFI has retained the top spot, followed by KKAT, KSOP, KLZX and KISN.

Among female listeners ages 25-54, KSFI is also No. 1, but KSOP has apparently rocketed into the second position.

More complete radio ratings are hoped to be available next week.

- CORRECTION - Tim Hughes, former KSL radio morning co-host, was not actually hired by KMXB to do weekend on-air work as reported here several weeks ago. Station officials were so convinced Hughes would accept the job that they gave the Deseret News premature information.

- KLZX (alias "Z-93," FM) - Live Stock '93 is Saturday, July 31, at the Utah State Fairpark. Tickets are $10 in advance before 5 p.m. Friday, July 30, at Pegasus Music and Video stores. Tickets will sell for $12 on Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Children under 12 get in free with a paying adult.

- KUER (FM-90.1) will air a portion of the Bear Lake Music Festival at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6. The program was recorded in July in Evanston, Wyo. "Bear Songs," by Utah composer Henry Wolking, will be among the portions to be broadcast.

- MORNING RADIO HAPPENINGS - "Ron and Allen" of KBER were scheduled to add a new racy feature to their show Friday, July 30 - a question and answer segment with Brenda on sex . . . "Jon and Dan" on KLZX proclaimed Wednesday that they're being nicer than ever to their listeners, apparently meaning more polite and more generous with gifts . . .

"Dom and Bill" on KXRK featured a homemaking update from Louise earlier this week . . . Robert Lund, a frequent guest on the "Gary and Mick" show (KVRI), received some special hair treatments Wednesday from a hair "farming" company in Orem. Lund, also a regular on the "Jon and Dan" show, is reportedly getting married soon . . .

"Fisher and Todd" on KISN-FM had one of their all-time toughest contests Wednesday when they featured another list of names and listeners had to determine which were the names of rock bands and which were the names of race horses . . . "Cano and Simmons" on KKAT had another "Stump the Band" segment Wednesday . . . Roger Stone, co-host of "Frank and Stone" on KRSP since January, is now gone. Frank Belco is the solo personality as the station looks for a replacement.

- KDYL (AM-1280) - Every year, sister station KSFI hosts "The Parade of Homes." Last week, KDYL hosted a "Parade of Motor Homes" to Wendover. Mark Van Wagoner and Danny Kramer, morning personalities, said this was so successful that future trips to Wyoming Downs and the Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City are planned.

On Thursday, Mark and Danny hosted four lucky listeners for dinner and a limo ride to see "Les Miserables" in what was perhaps KDYL's biggest-ever response to a promotion.

On Friday, July 30, the KDYL morning team will host another PlazaFest with the Utah Symphony and will then be masters of ceremonies for the Skitch Henderson concert in Abravanel Hall.

Mark and Danny will also host the future Tom Jones concert and the Everly Brothers appearance.

- KBZN (alias "The Breeze," FM-97.9) - Gaia will be the guest on the Sunday, Aug. 1 "Musical Starstreams," 7 p.m. until midnight. Later in the day, Marilyn Scott and David Patt of "Pocket Change" will be featured on "Jazz Trax," 7 p.m until midnight. The show's "Archive Album" segment will be "Tchokola," by Jean Luc Ponty.

- Here's a schedule of the station's "7 O'Clock CD" show next week:

Monday, Aug. 2: "Promenade," by Spencer White.

Tuesday, Aug. 3: "Portraits," by Spencer Brewer.

Wednesday, Aug. 4: "Passion," by Steve Laury.

Thursday, Aug. 5: "Every Step of the Way," by David Benoit.

Friday, Aug. 6: "Nice Moves," by Steve Bach.