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Top-ranked radio teams don’t take time to brag

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Who are the top-ranked morning radio shows?

"Dain and Peggy" of KSFI (alias "FM-100") and "Kerry, Bill and Gina" on KXRK ("X-96") are No. 1.Dain Craig and Peggy Ijams lead the age 12-plus and the age 25-54 listening groups, while Bill Allred, Kerry Jackson and Gina Barberi are first in the age 18-34 category.

The KSFI co-hosts are used to being top-ranked, but the "X-96" team is new to the top of the heap.

Both teams didn't rest on their laurels, either. The KXRK morning show was off to Europe for their annual tour the week after the ratings came.

Meanwhile, Peggy Ijams didn't let a hoarse voice stop her from being on the air last week. She was still there, doing the news as usual.

- Here are the top 10 weekday morning teams, the summer of 1997, for listeners ages 12-plus:

1. "Dain and Peggy," KSFI, (8.3 percent share); 2. "Grant and Chere" (now Grant and Amanada"), KSL, (8.1); 3. "Fisher, Todd and Erin," KISN-FM, (5.5); 4. "Kerry, Bill and Gina," KXRK, (5.2); 5. (tie) Jon Carter, KRSP, and "Cano and Bull Crew" (now "Johnson and Johnson"), KUBL, (5.0);

7. "Country Joe," KSOP AM/FM, (4.9); 8. Tom Barberi, KALL, (4.7); 9. (tie) Jimmy Chunga, KENZ, and "Kidd Cassidy" (now "Dawn, Tom and Rick"), KKAT, (4.3).

- Here are the top 10 weekday morning teams, the summer of 1997, for listeners ages 18-34:

1. "Kerry, Bill and Gina," KXRK, (10.0); 2. Jimmy Chunga, KENZ, (9.0); 3. "Cano and the Bull Crew" (now "Johnson and Johnson"), KUBL, (7.9); 4. "Fisher, Todd and Erin," KISN-FM, (7.6); 5. "Dain and Peggy," KSFI, (6.7);

6. "Uncle Nasty," KBER, (6.1); 7. "Mick and Allen," KURR, (6.0); 8. "Kidd Cassidy" (now "Dawn, Tom and Rick"), KKAT, (5.7); 9. "The Wakeup Club" (now "Mick and Ellis"), KBEE, (5.1); 10. "The Z-Morning Zoo," KZHT, (4.7).

- Here are the top 10 weekday morning teams, the summer of 1997, for listeners ages 25-54:

1. "Dain and Peggy," KSFI, (11.1); 2. Jon Carter, KRSP, (7.4); 3. "Fisher, Todd and Erin," KISN-FM, (7.3); 4. "Grant and Chere" (now "Grant and Amanda"), KSL, (7.1); 5. "Dickie Shannon," KODJ, (5.2);

6. "Cano and Bull Crew" (now "Johnson and Johnson"), KUBL, (4.9); 7. "Country Joe," KSOP AM/FM, (4.7); 8. (tie) "Mick and Allen," KURR, and "Kidd Cassidy" (now "Dawn, Tom and Rick"), KKAT, (4.6); 10. "Doc and Diane," KUMT, (4.0).

- KALL (AM-910) - Weekday talk shows usually grab the spotlight, but the station has two local weekend shows worth mentioning.

"Insight," a public affairs show, airs Sundays from 7-8 p.m. with Lisa Johnson.

"Feedback" is broadcast Sundays from 8-9 a.m. with Scott Winter.

- KWUN (AM-1230) - There's a new, local alternative to the syndicated late-night talk radio show by Art Bell. Christopher Wilde is doing what he bills as the "Longest Show on Earth" with his "Wild in the Night" show (seven days a week from midnight-6 a.m.).

- TEN YEARS AGO - KRSP's Haunted House earns $153,000 for the March of Dimes.

- RADIO HAPPENINGS - "Danger Boy" of the "Z-Morning Zoo" on KZHT last week escorted children across dangerous crosswalks on State Street, in light of recent accidents . . . "Uncle Nasty" and Kelly Hammer on KBER also got into the crosswalk assistance trend by serving as crossing guards for students Wednesday morning at the corner of 700 E. 500 South . . .

"Mick and Ellis" on KBEE Tuesday interviewed Fox News weathercaster Henry Stone . . . "Johnson and Johnson" on KUBL Tuesday tried to encourage listeners to make them write-in candidates on various city election ballots in light of apparent low interest in the election process. On Wednesday, they gave anyone a prize who called in to say they knew someone who had won in the election . . .

"Fisher, Todd and Erin" on KISN-FM continue their "9-2-5- Name Game." The DJs also gave some used car purchase advice Tuesday . . . "Chin-Wa" was back on KURR with listener fortunes Tuesday on the "Mick and Allen" show. The DJs also sampled some unusual fish recipes . . . Because of a programming conflict, the "Bill Clark Show" on KTKK now airs only Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 p.m., not every weekday . . .

"Dawn, Tom and Rick" on KKAT gave away Grizzlies tickets Tuesday . . . Jimmy Chunga on KENZ had another "Ask Andrea" session Tuesday. Listeners asked all kinds of dating-relationship questions . . . Tom Barberi on KALL Tuesday talked about the election and also traffic problems in the area . . .

Mills Crenshaw on KWUN asked listeners Tuesday what they thought about billboard restrictions . . . "Kerry, Bill and Gina" on KXRK had a pregnancy expert on the show Tuesday. She offered all kinds of information and advice . . . Hank Hathaway and Joe Redburn on KTUR had some great guests for their 10 a.m.-noon weekday talk show's premiere week. They had Gov. Mike Leavitt, mayors and many other government leaders on the air.