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Nostalgic 'When Radio Was' on KIQN hits mark with listeners

Nostalgic programming, like nostalgic music, is enjoyed by many radio listeners. That's because of the memories such shows bring back, as well as providing plenty of G-rated humor.

However, they can be hard to find.One station with a steady diet of nostalgic radio programs is KIQN (AM-1010).

"When Radio Was," airs daily from 8-9 p.m. on the station, and "Radio Movie Broadcasts" is on Sundays from 1-2 p.m.

The former once aired on KSL and is one of the best nostalgic radio shows ever. The latter features some radio re-creations of classic films each edited down to an hour.

On Sunday, "Radio Movie Classics" will feature the 1944 version of "Casablanca." The June 20 movie show will air Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound" (1948).

According to KIQN program program director Christopher Wilde, the shows are proving to be quite popular for the all-news radio station.

KIQN airs Associated Press news around the clock and also has Larry King on weekdays from 7-8 p.m.

BIG MONEY CONTESTS ARE REALLY LOCAL -- Some Salt Lake radio stations are heavy into cash giveaways these days.

For example, KZHT (FM-94.1) is boasting a $94,000 cash prize each Thursday. Also, KUBL (FM-93.3) currently has a $1,000 free music giveaway contest.

KKAT (FM-101.9) also gave away $1 million ($50,000 for 20 years) to Alice Long of Pleasant Grove in January. Now the station is hyping a new $5 million cash giveaway contest.

Contrary to rumors, this $5 million event isn't one of those so-called "collective contesting" or national contests. The multimillion prize money is being offered only by KKAT,according to Jon Cloward, Jacor Broadcasting director of marketing.

KKAT is offering a chance to win the $5 million prize five to seven times a day, seven days a week through the end of August. After the invitation to call in, a listener must be the designated caller and then correctly name a five-digit combination.

Obviously, the odds on guessing the correct number is small, but you can win, which was proven by Long.

"Since we've had a winner, people know it's legitimate," Cloward said, adding that KKAT has given away $65,000 in cash contests this year in addition to the $1 million.

"People would rather have cash than cars or trips," he said.

Besides KKAT, there have only been two other U.S. radio contests where $1 million has given away. The others were in Los Angeles and Ohio.

How does KKAT afford to award such huge sums? Cloward said it's an insurance company that guarantees the money. It obviously plays the odds to stay in business, but KKAT pays the same to the insurance company whether there's a winner or not.

SALT LAKE RADIO NEWS -- If you can't get enough radio news, be sure to surf the Internet for more information. If you do a subject search for "Salt Lake" and "radio," you'll be surprised what's out there to explore.

There are even some sites where you can post your own opinions and comments.

The best site, "The Salt Lake Radio Guide," is at

RADIO HAPPENINGS -- KODJ presents its annual Oldies Fest Saturday, June 12, 4 p.m., at Franklin Covey Field with Peter Noone, Davy Jones, Paul Revere & the Raiders and others. The station will reward its luckiest listeners by setting up chairs for them on stage . . . "Fisher, Todd and Erin" on KISN Tuesday explored listener stories of treasure adventures . . .

Tom Bock on KOSY is giving away tickets to the Anne Murray concert on June 14 . . . "Johnson and Johnson" on KUBL are arranging a special free screening of the new "Star Wars" movie for some unsung heroes in the area, as well as some of the staff of Primary Children's Medical Center . . .

Mick and Allen of the "Freak Show" on KURR were upset over the cruising law of State Street that was approved week . . . KBER presents the Scorpions and the Motley Crew in concert on Aug. 10.

Deseret News radio editor Lynn Arave can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at 237-2168.