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‘Streaming’ may return soon

Local stations looking at ways to return to Web

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Access to radio-station broadcasts on the Web ("Internet streaming") has been on hiatus by most stations since last spring because of concerns over royalties for commercials. However, some stations may be back on the computer in the next few months.

As with musicians, those who produce and voice national commercials want additional fees when their work airs on the Internet. This lack of streaming has meant silence fordistant radio listeners who can only receive such stations on the Web.

KSL (AM-1160) hopes to be on the Internet by late August — just in time for the new Brigham Young University football season.

John Dehnel, KSL radio engineer, said the solution may be a new system that will screen out national commercials. If the ads don't air on the Web, there's no problem with royalties. "We're trying to figure out how to do it," he said.

Once a fail-safe way to block commercials is operational, the problem is what to put on during that dead-air time.

Dehnel said KSL will likely use some public service announcements at first but eventually may try Internet-only advertising. "Since we've kind of been forced into it, we might as well look at it," he said.

Soon advertisers may be able to choose the airwaves, the Web or both.

Those who want to hear LDS general conference in October, but who live outside the Wasatch Front listening area, where no local stations carry it, should find streaming useful.

Clear Channel Broadcasting, the world's largest owner of radio stations, which operates eight Salt Lake area stations, is also hoping to get its stations back on the Web as soon as possible.

RADIO HAPPENINGS Tim Lewis, radio personality on the new KOVO, all-sports radio station in Provo, had LASIK surgery performed live on the air July 18 from the new Excel Eye Surgery Suite. He provided listeners will a play-by-play of the procedure . . .

KDYL (AM-1280) has made some changes recently in its evening schedule. Bruce Williams now airs on the station, from 8-11 p.m. That means Hugh Hewitt moves from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. and Roger Fredinberg is now on from 2-5 a.m. . . . KLO (AM-1430) has also changed its schedule, adding Joan Rivers from 5-8 p.m. and adding the "Daybreak" syndicated show from 3-6 a.m. weekdays. Len Allen, nearing 54 years at the station, remains the local DJ, from 6-9 a.m. . . .

The Days of '47 parade used some radio personalities as announcers along the route, including Bob Lonsberry, morning host on KNRS . . . KSOP continued its tradition of entering every local parade possible. The station had an entry in the Bountiful "Handcart Days" parade last week. . . .

Linda A. Strasburg has what may be the longest-running female radio talk-show host in Utah. Her show has aired on KTKK (AM-630) for the past nine years and is on every Saturday at 3 p.m. . . . Decades ago, newspapers had space to publish full hour-by-hour schedules for most local radio stations. Now we can't do that, but the Internet continues to be a great place to find all that schedule information and more. For Salt Lake area radio, go to www.saltlakeradio.com. . . .

In case you missed the news last month, Bill Riley is the new weekday evening sports talk host on KSL radio, replacing Greg Wrubell. Riley does the "Sports Final" show from 6-8 p.m. each weekday. Wrubell does morning sports news on the "Grant and Amanda" show and is also preparing to do the football play-by-play for BYU this season. . . . Tom Barberi on KALL will do a live broadcast from La Verkin on Monday, July 30, 6-10 a.m.

E-mail: lynn@desnews.com