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KKDS PLANS BIRTHDAY BASH ON OCT. 28

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KKDS (AM-1060) celebrates its fifth year on the air this month with a big birthday bash on Saturday, Oct. 28.

If you haven't heard of KKDS, formerly known as "The Imagination Station," you must not have a child under age 12. This station, part of the Radio "AAHS" (pronounced "Oz") network, is the No. 1 radio station for preteens.It plays a variety of music, ranging from country to pop, and also airs novelty and spoof songs popular with children. The station's programming is generally G-rated and even has some young kids as DJs.

KKDS is holding its birthday party from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Jungle Jim's Playland in Midvale. Admission is free, but passes are required. These are available at all Stage Door Cartoon locations (Crossroads Plaza, Layton Hills and Valley Fair malls), the Copper Kettle in Valley Fair Mall, and Jungle Jim's.

The station will have on hand food, games, hats, toys, backpacks and gift certificates. It will even sponsor a contest in which hot air balloon rides are the prizes.

Radio AAHS, with headquarters in Minneapolis, began in 1993 and now has 25 affiliate stations across the country.

- KSL (AM-1160) has started the most aggressive contest in its more than seven-decade history. There will be 120 winners, more than any other radio contest in the area.

Listeners have a chance to win cash and prizes valued at more than $60,000. Prizes include in-line skates, mountain bikes, family ski passes to Park City, stereos, $200 gift certificates to Eagle Hardware, $2,000 vacation packages and $1,160 in cash.

The station is offering four chances to win each weekday.

- KSL also announced it has signed an exclusive Utah contract to cover the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

"KSL will have interviews with athletes from the venues," KSL Vice President and General Manager Richard Mecham said. "This will be before anyone else can speak with them (in Utah)."

This exclusive Utah coverage will include the Dream Team III and team members Karl Malone and John Stockton.

KSL plans on having 17 days of programming with eight hours of long-form coverage and 20 different short reports during the day. Coverage begins July 19 and ends Aug. 4, 1996.

- KCPW (FM-88.3) will air "Can the U.N. Be Reformed to Achieve Peace?" Tuesday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.

- A Salt Lake mayoral debate will be broadcast Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.

- KTKK (alias "K-Talk," AM-630) - The "Religion on the Line" program will have an open forum on its Sunday, Oct. 22, 8-10 p.m. show.

- BONNEVILLE INTERNATIONAL LDS RADIO NETWORK will replay Church Educational System lectures from the year 1990 during the week of Oct. 22.

- 10 YEARS AGO - KFRK became Layton's new radio station in the Layton Hills Mall. Brent Larson was the station manager, and the DJs included Karen Williams, Tim Spencer, Tim Rodman, Bob Connel and John Calahoun.

- RADIO HAPPENINGS - Todd Herman on KCNR talked about racism Tuesday. On Wednesday he tackled issues affecting working mothers . . . Tom Barberi on KALL provided an update on O.J. Simpson's marital status Tuesday. He talked about light rail and the Bill of Rights on Wednesday . . . Len Allen and Arnie Wheeler on KLO give listeners a variety of information, such the sunrise times for each morning. They also list community events each morning at about 6:55 . . .

"Kidd Cassidy" on KKAT had a spoof Tuesday on the O.J. Simpson case to the music of the national anthem, which upset some listeners who considered it degrading to the song. The DJ also asked listeners what's the first thing they would do if they were a member of the opposite sex for a day, tried to get a date for a desperate listener and provided macho rules for listeners . . .

"Cano and McCormick" on KKAT tried to hypnotize a listener on the air Tuesday. On Friday, they staged a parody of O.J. Simpson's famous Ford Bronco "chase" across the Salt Lake Valley . . . "Kerry and Bill" on KXRK talked with regular guest Louise about mail-order catalogs Tuesday. They also gave listeners clues for their big contest for a trip to London . . . "Dickie Shannon" on KODJ celebrated National Fire Safety Week with a song of the day Tuesday. The DJ also notes important dates in history for listeners . . .

"Jon and Dan" on KBUL renamed traffic reporter Dave "Superior Dave" Tuesday and "Spooky Dave" on Wednesday. The DJs also had Fabulo give listeners another lesson in love . . . "Fisher, Todd and Erin" on KISN-FM had more outrageous tales from listeners on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they heard callers' tales of love. One story included a man who made his wife a makeshift hot tub in the back of a pickup truck . . .

"Mick and Allen" on KBER awarded Utah Jazz tickets to lucky listeners this week. They also featured "Gargle That Tune," gave away haunted house passes and had another win-a-date event on Wednesday . . . KBEE has regular weekday entertainment reports from Leeza Gibbons . . . KRSP has a big Christmas cash giveaway coming soon . . . Tom Bock is still doing fill-in work on KBZN. On Tuesday he did the evening DJ shift.