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KISN goes to bat for needy children

Radio stations do their share of wacky stunts -- Jell-O scrambles, Dumpster dives and the like. However, they also do some charitable things, a recent example being the "Cares for Kids" event sponsored by KISN (FM-97.1).

Last week the station spent 30 hours doing a live broadcast of fund-raising, aimed at helping needy children along the Wasatch Front.Some $80,000 was raised as volunteers staffed a phone bank during the third annual event, which included an auction of such items as a football autographed by Steve Young.

Morning hosts "Fisher, Todd and Erin" anchored the radiothon event for all 30 hours.

-- KSOP (AM-1370 and FM-104.3) will perform a live broadcast and some promotions at the Hill Air Force Base Air Show on Saturday, June 12.

The station was a hit at the Scout-O-Rama in Kaysville on May 1, giving away lots of free stuff. KSOP takes a special interest in parades and events like the air show.

-- LOW POWER RADIO -- KUTE (AM-1620) is the University of Utah's student radio station. KUER, its professional station, gets most of the publicity, but AM-1620 can be heard near the U. campus in the day, and perhaps as far away as downtown at night.

KUTE has a diverse approach to radio, like KRCL, and plays jazz, blues and just about any kind of music at one time or another.

-- TEN YEARS AGO -- KSFI is the state's most-listened-to station, according to the latest Arbitron ratings. Larry King is back on local radio, this time on KSL.

-- RADIO HAPPENINGS -- KKAT is going to attract plenty of interest with its latest contest, a $5 million giveaway. Several months ago, the station awarded $1 million ($50,000 a year for 20 years) to a Utah County woman, and now it has superseded even that hefty contest. Morning hosts "Tom, Rick and Dawn" are also giving away an outlaw trail ride for two on June 15 . . .

Jimmy Chunga on KENZ is celebrating June as National Bike Month by giving away a new bike every weekday . . . "Fisher, Todd and Erin" of KISN did a contest Tuesday where a "Titantic" fan and a "Star Wars" buff tested their intricate knowledge against each other . . .

"Simon and Brady" on KBEE listened to unusual stories Tuesday from callers about their Memorial Day experiences . . . Dickie and Angel on KODJ Tuesday celebrated the 61st birthday of Superman with some special recordings and contests . . .

Mick and Allen of "The Freak Show" on KURR highlighted a new ranking of the all-time top 10 TV theme songs Tuesday . . . "Johnson and Johnson" on KUBL Tuesday quizzed listeners about their lawnmowing experiences.

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