Ira Glass, host of the popular "American Life" public radio show, will help KCPW kick off a fund-raising drive for its new studio with an appearance at Salt Lake City Library Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Glass will present an inside look at how he produces his award-winning syndicated show for Chicago's WBEZ radio and then entertain questions from the audience. His radio show describes contemporary America, explored under a different theme each week.

After the presentation, there will be a rooftop reception and tours of KCPW's new 1,013-square-foot studio located in the crescent-shaped wall on the square.

Tickets are $30, with proceeds going to the new studio. Some funding has been provided by the Keystone Foundation and 500 listeners, but more help is needed. In fact the station's Web site features a list of office supplies, building materials, furnishings and electronics that it needs to complete the facility. The station hopes to be in its new home later this summer.

For more details go to store.kcpw.org and click on the wish list items.

ANOTHER KIND OF RADIO — The Utah State Library Division offers a special free reading radio service for the disabled. That way, those who can't read at all or have trouble with small print can hear some of what's available in newspapers and magazines.

Broadcast hours are 7 a.m. to midnight weekdays and 5-8 p.m. on weekends.

This service is only available to those who live along the Wasatch Front, in Cache Valley or in the St. George/Cedar City area. Broadcasts are made on a sub-channel of KBYU-FM and routed through cooperating local stations in Logan and St. George.

Those with program ideas or wanting more information on the service should call 715-6737, or go online to www.state.lib.ut.us/blind.html.

TEN YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE RADIO — Logan River Media purchases KVEZ-FM in Cache Valley to anchor the USU sports network. . . . Tom Bock and Robin Morales of the KMXB (FM-107.5) morning team visit Hollywood. . . . KCPW broadcasts the Sunstone Symposium live. . . . Tim Hughes is hired by KSOP to do programming and promotions. KOVO, AM-960, returns to a nostalgic-music format.

RADIO HAPPENINGS — KURR has changed its name from "Rock 99" to "Classic Rock 99." What other changes may there be? Stay tuned.

— Millcreek Broadcasting (KWKD, KUDD and KMDG) teamed up with United Concerts and several other businesses for a universal ticket contest to all the events in the new USANA Amphitheater in West Valley City. The "Golden Ticket" winner is Wade Turley, who will enjoy Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, Snopp Dogg, Chicago and others.

— "Little Joe" of the "Z-Morning Zoo" on KZHT must be one of the most picked-on local radio sidekicks. On Monday, his co-hosts, "Frankie C" and "Dangerboy," lit leftover fireworksfirworks on Little Joe's head. Don't worry, radio fans, he's OK (but don't try this at home). "Mary" is the morning show's fourth team member.


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