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The general value of homes in the Salt Lake area has increased 19 percent during the past year, according to one estimate, making housing a very hot topic. At least four Salt Lake radio stations are now airing regular programs on the real estate market.

Saturday is the most popular day for these programs, which include information on open houses, interest rates, prices and financing.According to Rich Dixon of Realty Executives of Utah and co-host of the realty show on KMGR, the four shows offer a wide range of opinions and information on the local real estate market.

In an amazing display of cooperation and scheduling, all four shows air at separate times every Saturday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Here's the schedule for the four programs:

KSL (AM-1160), 11 a.m. until noon with Dougan Jones of Ward-ley Better Homes and Gardens.

KMGR (AM-1230), noon-1 p.m. with Sharon Evans-Anderson and Rich Dixon of Realty Executives.

KCNR (AM-1320), 3-4 p.m. with Ted Ford of Stonebrook Realty.

KTKK (alias "K-Talk," AM-630), 4-5 p.m. with Craig Vierig of Vier-ig Realty.

- KVRI (FM-98.7) is looking for a new member for its morning "Wake-up Club." Brian Casey recently left the station, leaving Mick Mackay and Rebecca Marshall. Robert Lund, among others, has been filling in on the traditional three-person show.

- Citadel Broadcasting, owner of KVRI, KLZX, KCNR and KAPN, recently hired Terry Mathis as its director of business development. Mathis previously worked at Simmons Family Broadcasting (KSFI, KDYL, KRSP) for 10 years.

- KISN-AM (630) will feature the Judge Memorial at Woods Cross High football play-by-play broadcast at 6:50 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. The "This Week in High School Sports" show will air Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7 a.m. with Jason and John.

- KSL (AM-1160) will carry live coverage of LDS general conference Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.

- KUER (FM-90.1) will begin the new season for "Prairie Home Com-panion" Saturday, Oct. 1, 5 p.m.

The new season will include 34 new live broadcasts, two holiday specials and a 20th anniversary program. Garrison Keillor hosts the shows.

- KUER will also broadcast a special "Horizons" show Monday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. A related "Horizons" program will air Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

- Dislike radio fund-raisers? KUER will eliminate one hour of on-air fundraising for each $1,000 in contributions received before Oct. 13. Call 581-6778 to receive an entry form.

- KBZN (alias "The Breeze," FM-97.9) will feature the Alan Parsons group Sunday, Oct. 2, 8-10 a.m. Later in the day, "Jazz Trax," (7 p.m.-midnight) will air an interview with Dave Koz.

- Here's a schedule of the station's "10 O'Clock CD Show" next week: Monday, Oct. 3, a new release; Tuesday, Oct. 4: "Watercolors," by Pete Bardens; Wednes-day, Oct. 5: "Olympus," by Mars Lasar; Thursday, Oct. 6: "The Best of Fattburger"; Friday, Oct. 6: "Breathless," by Kenny G.

- RADIO HAPPENINGS - Ron Harrison, KZHT morning DJ, was scheduled to go sky-diving with a couple of lucky listeners on the morning of Sept. 30 . . . "The Wakeup Club" on KVRI talked to actor Adam West Tuesday. Rebecca Marshall, morning newscaster, was called to jury duty this week. The DJs gave away circus tickets this week and Robert Lund played a clown's horn . .

The song of the day on KSOP Tuesday was "Love Bug" . . . "The Good Guys" on KKAT kept the phones busy Tuesday. They tried to get hold of actor Wilford Brimley on his birthday but had to settle for talking to his sister, Lucille. They also hoped to call Dave Nemeth, former local weatherman, about his new fame with a national TV show. Rick Shane, KKAT morning show producer, tried to get into Hill Air Force Base Wednesday and deliver treats and prizes. But he could not get into the base . . .

Brats were the subject of the day on KLZX Tuesday morning on "Jon and Dan" show. When Jon Carter returned to work Wednesday after a day off he complained about the broadcast studio's messy state . . . "Chin-Wa" on KBER gave advice to listeners on blind dates and other things Tuesday . . .

"Fisher and Todd" (with Erin Fraser too) on KISN-FM heard listeners' outrageous tales Tuesday. One person said their 2-year-old daughter had run 1.5 miles - a marathon for her size - the night before. The DJs have also organized a yard sale for charity on Oct. 1, and on Wednesday they discussed the amusing mistranslations made on foreign signs . . .

Hans Petersen, KUMT morning DJ, talked extensively with Tom Connelly, station program director, Tuesday about the Melissa Etheridge concert. Connelly said he uses cotton in his ears to help lessen damage from the loud noise at concerts . . . Tom Barberi on KALL had Gov. Mike Leavitt on his show Tuesday, answering listener questions and talking about youth crime . . .

Richard Cano and Kevin McCormick on KUTQ have special listener birthday recognition about 7:30 a.m. each weekday . . . "Kerry and Bill" on KXRK played a Japanese song this week they nicknamed "Twiggy Meets James Bond." The DJs also gave away free lunch tickets.