Chestnut Broadcasing Inc. is selling KBER (FM-101.1) to Radio West Communications.

The Federal Communications Commission received an application on the license transfer in November, and the sale should be officially approved soon.Chestnut is headed by Chris Devine, Fred Phalen and C. Robert Allen. The general partner of the new KBER owner, Radio West, is Salt Lake businessman Curtis Harris, who will assume control of KBER as president.

Susan Andrews, who will remain general manager of KBER, said the transfer in ownership will not bring any other changes.

"All operations will remain intact," Andrews said. "Personnel and format will remain the same."

Andrews, the KBER general manager since 1992, said the album rock station has an excellent cash flow and has been very profitable. Those are the main reasons why no changes are expected from the sale.

KBER has a core audience of listeners, ages 18-34. It ranked fourth among that age group in last summer's Arbitron ratings and seventh for all ages.

- SILVER MICROPHONE AWARDS - KISN-FM (97.1) has been named as a multiple winner of this award, which recognizes the best local and regional commercials created by radio stations, advertising agencies and production companies.

Former KISN personality Dain Craig (now at KSFI) produced a second-place winner in the bev-erages/food products category with a commercial for Lipton Ice Tea. Craig and Bryan Mower wrote the ad and provided the vocal talent. Jody Arrigo-Adams served as the station account executive.

Craig and Debbie Acord also created an ad spot for Travelers Aid/homeless that was a finalist in the public service category.

- "AFTER THE RUSH" is the name of a new talk show on the USA Talk Network from Boulder, Colo., hosted by Aaron Harber. The show is being sued for $20 million for alleged title infringement and is not on the air in this market. However, the show is having a nationwide name-the-show contest.

- KKDS (AM-1060) has a new program, "Kinetic City Super Crew," airing Sundays at 8 a.m., Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m. This innovative radio adventure teaches kids about science. It follows the adventures of six children as they travel around the world in an imaginary high-speed train, solving mysteries.

- Radio AAHS, of which KKDS is an affiliate, grew by 33 percent last fall by picking up another six radio stations for a total of 24 stations that carry this format, geared for children 12 and under.

- KTKK (alias "K-Talk," AM-1230) will have Bruce Metzger, world-renowed Bible scholar from Princeton Theological School, on its Sunday, Dec. 18, "Religion on the Line" show (8-10 p.m.).

- KBZN (alias "The Breeze," FM-97.9) - A Christmas special will air on the Sunday, Dec. 18, "Musical Starstreams" show (8-10 a.m.) Later in the day, the "Christmas Concert at the Abbey' will be featured on "Jazz Trax," (7 p.m.-midnight.)

- KUER (FM-90.1) will air "Solstice Live" with Gene Pack Thursday, Dec. 22, 9 a.m. to celebrate the sun's shortest trip across the sky.

- The station will broadcast classical holiday music with "On Yoolis Night" Wednesday, Dec. 21, 9 a.m. "The Vivaldi Candlelight Concert" will air Friday, Dec. 23, 9 a.m.

- The "Rabbit Ears" radio show on Sunday, Dec. 18, 6 p.m., will feature Morgan Freeman retelling the story of Christmas according to the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

- RADIO HAPPENINGS - Three Utah radio stations have recently applied for AP Radio membership - KSOP, KUJJ (alias "KWJJ"), both of Salt Lake City, and KDXU of St. George . . . Dale and Michele on KBZN gave listeners a chance to win David Lanz and John Tesh CDs this week. Selection of the winners was made by the station's "Breeze Comment Line Computer" that randomly selected a winner from among 153 callers. The station also has an Internet address to request songs on the "Lunchtime Dream Set." The internet is Breeze979@AOL.COM . . .

KISN-FM is airing a special recorded Christmas message to listeners from actor William Shatner. The station also hosted an old-fashioned ice-skating party Monday at the Gallivan Utah Center. Morning DJs "Fisher and Todd" took more listeners' outrageous tales Tuesday, including one from a weary dump-truck driver who knocked down telephone wires after he forgot to lower the bed of the truck after dumping gravel. The DJs also held a reunion show for lost family members Thursday and are holding a fruitcake drive for Todd . . .

"The Wakeup Club" on KVRI asked listeners Monday where the best hiding places are for Christmas presents. On Tuesday, they had another "Polka Monster" segment, and on Wednesday they had a competition between men and women with their "Gender Bender" game . . .

"Kerry and Bill" on KXRK had a top 10 list Monday on what not to do during the holidays. The station is also giving away a trip to London. It is also ranking the greatest modern music songs of all time for a special upcoming countdown . . .

Jessie and Joyce Sinclair were the wedding anniversary winners Tuesday on the "Mark and Danny" show on KDYL . . . "Cano and McCormick" on KUTQ broadcast live from Trolley Square earlier this week, while sidekick "Crazy Dave" stayed in an unheated trolley car . . .

"Mick and Allen" on KBER took more true confessions from listeners Tuesday. "Chin-Wa" also made an appearance with more fortune-telling . . . Tom Barberi on KALL explained Tuesday how there is really little difference between the Republican and Democratic parties . . . KSFI boasts it plays the most music in the morning in a current on-air promotion, and KBZN is also currently making the same claim . . .

KMXB provides regular updates each weekday morning on the O.J. Simpson trial . . . KRGQ, alias "KARGO," probably takes the most listener requests each morning with "Steve and Joe" . . . "Jon and Dan" on KLZX have a new listener contest, "Attack of the Killer `Muzak' " On Wednesday, the DJs held a "Break the Balls' event, where listeners received up to $5 each to break Christmas tree ornaments on the air . . .

"Gary and Scotty" on KKAT also have a new listener feature, "Match Wits with Inspector Sludge." On Tuesday, the DJs explained the snow shoveling laws for various cities . . . Tom Barberi on KALL discussed tax cuts and taxes Wednesday. He also examined the school tax situation in Michigan . . .

Simone Seikaly, Don Harwell, Boyd Rogers, Martin Davies, Mills Crenshaw and various KCNR weekend hosts all combined to debate the hottest topics of the year Thursday for nine hours straight on "Supertalk 1320." Topics ranged from NAFTA to O.J. Simpson.