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Radio dial: DJ rides Arabians — and radio waves

Blackout in East demonstrated radio’s power

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Allison Steele, midday host on radio station KJQN, has two loves: music and Arabian horses.

Allison Steele, midday host on radio station KJQN, has two loves: music and Arabian horses.

What do Arabian horses and modern rock have in common?

Probably nothing, unless you're talking to Allison Steele, KJQN's midday host.

Steele's two biggest passions are music and Arabian horses, which she's been competitively showing for about 30 years. (She recently finished in the top 12 at a major amateur event in Canada and will be competing at the United States nationals in Louisville, Ky., in October).

"I love music, I love horses," said Steele, who is heard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Steele, who graduated from Olympus High, started in radio 14 years ago. She worked at KBER radio when it was on the FM-106.5 frequency and has also worked at "Z-93," "The Arrow" and "X96."

She also does voice tracks from 7 p.m.-midnight for KJQN and an Idaho station that is a counterpart to Arrow 103.5.

Steele finds time in her schedule to ride her two Arabian horses — S.A. Muskiah and Motavation — three times a week. "It's real rewarding," she said.

KJQN, which is found on FM-103.1 in Salt Lake City, 105.1 in Provo and 100.7 in Ogden, has posted photos from some of Steele's competitions on its Web site at www.kjq.com.

THE POWER OF RADIO was again manifest in the huge blackout that hit the northeastern part of the United States on Aug. 14. Media reports indicated groups of people huddled around battery-powered radios as if they were campfires.

"We hope to never see a similar event," Dennis Wharton, senior vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters, said. "But if we do, we're confident that local radio stations will serve as a reliable lifeline to citizens in need of timely and accurate information."

RADIO HAPPENINGSKSL radio (AM-1160) has added a new show, "Backstage with Utah Symphony and Opera," which airs Sundays at 7 p.m.

— Paranormal expert Art Bell returned Sept. 20 as the weekend host of the "Coast to Coast" radio show. It airs locally from 11 p.m. Saturdays to 5 a.m. Sundays and again on from 11 p.m. Sundays to 5:30 a.m. Mondays on KNRS (AM-570).

Jaxon and Micky of the "Dawn Patrol" on KURR (FM-99.5) are currently competing in a six-week fitness program.

"Johnson and Johnson" on KUBL (FM-93.3) orchestrated a "human flag" event on Sept. 11 and posted a photo on the station's Web site, www.kbull93.com.

— A storm last week knocked KIQN (AM-1010)off the air. According to utahradionews.com, it will likely stay off the air until a new owner takes control of the station sometime next year.

E-MAIL: lynn@desnews.com