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Radio dial: Bonneville's acquisitions remain stalled

Jeff Hanson and Lara Jones
Jeff Hanson and Lara Jones

Bonneville International Corp.'s acquisition of 15 radio stations from Simmons Media Group, including four in the Salt Lake market, remains stalled pending Federal Communications Commission approval.

New rules on media cross-ownership were to have been relaxed last week, but the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia delayed the new standards, saying issues raised by a coalition of public interest groups need more study.

"We have to wait and see," said Bruce Reese, president and CEO of Bonneville. "Our deal is hung up."

Bonneville announced a deal last November to buy KQMB ("Star 102"), KRSP ("Arrow 103.5"), KSFI ("FM-100"), an AM station (AM-820) that isn't on the air yet, plus four in the St. George/Cedar City area and seven stations in Idaho.

Reese said Bonneville submitted a waiver to the cross-ownership rules, but it hasn't yet been approved. He said the company can't take control of the stations until the waiver — or the larger issue on the new FCC rules — is resolved.

"I believe it will get done," he said. "The current rules are archaic and need to be changed."

Reese said that because the agreement is a package deal, Bonneville can't take control of the non-Salt Lake stations, even though it wouldn't violate the cross-ownership rules.

KJQN BIOS — Here's some background on "Jeff and Jones," that station's new morning team:

Jeff Hanson has a background in advertising, marketing and journalism and was a public-address announcer for the Provo Angels.

Lara Jones was born in North Carolina moved to the West when she was 7. She worked at the original KJQ in Ogden before pursuing a 5-year career in journalism.

WHERE'S "CUZZIN BRAD"? — The former "KJQ" morning host has moved to sister station KXRK ("X-96"), doing the midnight to 5:30 a.m. shift. He worked at KXRK from 1992-99.

RADIO HAPPENINGS — KUBL is sponsoring a "Teddy Bear Patrol" campaign for children involved in traumatic situations. Stuffed bears can be dropped off at the office of attorney Keith Barton, 2975 W. Executive Parkway, Suite 300, Lehi; Overstock.com, 955 S. 3800 West; Famous Dave's Bar-B-Ques in West Jordan, Midvale and Layton; and various Techna Glass locations.

Amanda Dickson of KSL (AM-1160) will speak at the 2nd Annual "Composing Your Life" women's conference at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on Saturday.

— Syndicated talk show host Phil Hendrie, who is heard on KALL (AM-700), will conduct a fund-raiser for the youth programs at Odyssey House tonight at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley.


E-MAIL: lynn@desnews.com