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K-Bull’s down-to-earth DJs stand out on S.L. Valley’s jam-packed radio dial

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Among Wasatch Front morning radio teams, there is no easier name to remember than "Johnson and Johnson," (weekdays, 5:30-10 a.m.) on KUBL (alias "K-Bull, FM-93.3).

Not only does it ring with the familiarity of a prominent national manufacturing company, but it includes one of the nation's most common names.And for Tommy and Joe Johnson, it is also their real last name - not an alias.

The style of their family-oriented country radio show is nothing but common, though. They say they refuse to delve into the risque world of blue radio, while at the same time involving as much of their audience as they can.

"We're not that funny," Tommy admitted.

He and Joe started their Salt Lake morning radio show in September and want to establish a trust factor so that parents know they can listen to the show in the car with their kids and not feel embarrassed or uncomfortable.

"If you pick up the phone and call us. We'll have fun with you, but we won't put you down," Tommy promised.

The DJs have also made one of the largest efforts in mainstream Salt Lake radio history to try and involve the under-age-12 listeners. They have a regular elementary school age sports correspondent and a joke-telling, singing or general talent contest for kids.

"It's fun to listen to," Joe said of the "my kid's better than your kid" contest.

The Johnsons, not related, got together in 1993 at a Pittsburgh radio station. They also worked together in North Carolina, prior to coming to Utah. They say they had an instant chemistry together.

"This is the best place we've ever worked in," Tommy said, explaining he does believe there are more radio stations here per capita than perhaps anywhere.

Thus, they know they've got to stand out on the jam-packed radio dial here and hope their friendly, down-to-earth style will do that. They've even attracted some non-country music fans to their show because of their lively, yet family-oriented chatter.

Tommy, a Washington, D.C., native, loves bicycles and has been doing radio since 1983. Joe started radio in 1986 and hails from near Louisville, Ky.

- CORRECTION - The new late-night talk show on KWUN (AM-1230) is "Wilde in the Night," not "Wild" as incorrectly reported earlier this month. The local all-talk show airs midnight to 6 a.m., seven days a week.

KWUN continues to be the only station doing live, local talk programs all weekend long.

- KCPW (FM-88.3) - "2002 Winter Olympics Update" will be given by Mike Korologos, the Olympic Committee organizing director, in an 11 a.m. station broadcast, Tuesday, Dec. 2 from the U.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m. Congressman Merrill Cook (R-Utah) will provide an "Update From Washington, D.C." in another broadcast.

- RADIO HAPPENINGS - KUBL (FM-93.3) will air a one-hour special on the life of LeAnn Rimes, country music star, Saturday, Nov. 29, 6-7 p.m. The station's morning DJs, "Johnson and Johnson" asked listeners to "pig out" for concert tickets this week . . . KBZN has a $1,000 shopping spree give away each Thursday . . .

Jimmy Chunga on KENZ was giving away 100 free concert tickets this week to a Dec. 6 event . . . Tom Barberi on KALL talked Tuesday about the perils some not-so-smart kids faced by sending threatening e-mail to the First Lady . . . "Uncle Nasty" on KBER asked listeners Tuesday to make him laugh and win a CD.