KBYU radio ("Classical 89") is beginning the spring season with two new series — "About Music" and "From the Podium," which should demonstrate that radio can still be an entertaining, as well as an informative, medium.
"About Music" is a 13-part series on FM-89.1/89.5, featuring the expertise of diverse hosts, from musical scholars to concert performers, and showcases a wide range of topics, from Johann Sebastian Bach's church music to the guitar virtuosity of Jimi Hendrix. It will air Fridays at 6:30 p.m., beginning April 4, with repeats on Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Alan Boyer, conductor of Utah Premiere Brass Horns Aplenty, will open the series with "Bands of Brass: The Legacy of the British Brass Band."
Brian Harker, Brigham Young University professor of music, will follow on April 11 with "Tootin' a New Horn: How Louis Armstrong Changed Trumpet Playing Forever."
Dale Monson, BYU professor of music, will address "Johann Sebastian Bach and the Parable of the Ten Wise and Foolish Virgins" on April 18.
Paul Pollei, BYU emeritus professor of music, will lead "The Great Virtuosi Who Made the Piano Grand" on April 25.
Jerry Jaccard, BYU professor of music, will feature "Zoltan Kodaly and the Broken Bassoon on May 2.
"From the Podium" will begin on Thursday, April 3, at 9 p.m., with "Dante's Christian Epic," by Madison U. Sowell, BYU professor of Italian and comparative literature and professor of religion. This program will continue most Thursday nights.
The April 17 program will feature Lawrence R. Flake, BYU professor of church history and doctrine, talking about "Joseph Smith's Poem of the Kingdoms of Glory."
Marilyn Berrett, BYU associate professor of dance, will discuss "Children Dancing with Magic: Virginia Tanner's Enduring Legacy" on April 24.
The May 1 program will be Bruce H. Woolley, BYU professor of physiology and developmental biology, "Herbs: Facts and Fallacies."
On May 8, Elaine S. Marshall, dean and professor at the BYU college of nursing, will talk about "Leadership in Health Care: What Does It Mean at the Bedside?"
Go online to www.kbyufm.org/lectures for a complete schedule on both series.
KALL'S CURRENT SCHEDULE — Programming changes mean AM-910 has the following weekday schedule: 6-10 a.m., Tom Barberi; 10-11 a.m., "The Red Zone," with Brad Stone; 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Glenn Beck; 2-5 p.m, Jim Rome; 5-8 p.m., Phil Hendrie; 8-11 p.m., Alan Colmes; 11 p.m.-1 a.m., Tom Martino; 1-3 a.m., The Advice Line; 3-5 a.m., Jim Bohannon; and 5-6 a.m., AM America in the Morning.
TEN YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE RADIO — "Cano and Simmons" of KKAT remain the No. 1 morning show in the Salt Lake market. . . . Tom Barberi of KALL-AM loses his KALL-FM simulcast as the station goes for more oldies music. . . . Bob Lee celebrates 20 years on KSL. . . . KUER moves to new digs at the Dolores Dore Eccles Broadcast Center.
RADIO HAPPENINGS — KZNS ("The Zone") personalities participated in the Mark Eaton Standing Tall for Youth On-Zline Auction and Radiothon last month and helped raise $40,000 for the charity group.
— The "Z-Morning Zoo" on KZHT is now just "Frankie, Danger Boy and Mary." Sidekick is "Lil Joe." Angie Larsen recently left the show and now just does work for KTVX-TV.
— Showing support for the military is very popular on local radio these days. KUBL, KODJ and KBEE are among the stations offering an easy way to e-mail troops. It's also been interesting how some FM stations — even on Sunday mornings — have been offering news updates on the war with Iraq.