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Radio dial: Need a liberal radio host? Barberi ready and willing

The radio landscape in Salt Lake has changed a lot during the past 10 days, primarily at KALL (AM 700):

— KALL let two long-time personalities go on Oct. 5 — Tom Barberi and Brad Stone. Both are looking for work elsewhere.

— The "Don and Mike" syndicated show (weekday afternoons) was also dropped by KALL.

— KALL is now an all-sports station, with the exception of the Phil Hendrie Show, 7-10 p.m.

— KALL now has Jon Wright doing weekday mornings from 6-10, Matt Thomas hosting all-sports talk from 1-4 p.m. Bill Riley, formerly of KSL, is now a sports-talk host on KALL from 4-7 p.m. The Jim Rome show is still on from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and is repeated at 10 p.m.

— KSL (AM-1160) has decided to get out of the sports-talk business and is not replacing Riley. It will continue all Brigham Young University sports coverage, as in the past, but Bill O'Reilly's syndicated show has moved to the 7-9 p.m. time slot, formerly occupied by Riley's "SportsFinal." (KSL decided two hours of sports talk could not adequately compete in this market.) Riley will also help produce AM-700's pre- and post-game shows for University of Utah sports.

Barberi said he was disappointed about what has happened after a career of more than 33 years at KALL. But he also said he "can't wait to get his hands on a (radio) microphone" and that he wants to stay in the Salt Lake radio market.

The day after his departure from KALL, Barberi was a guest on the KXRK morning show "Radio from Hell," where his daughter, Gina, is one of the three-member morning team. Some regular KXRK listeners were apparently surprised that Gina's dad could be so funny.

Even if you didn't care for Barberi's liberal views, there's no argument that he represented a liberal balance on local radio.

Brad Stone, a Salt Lake radio veteran with more than two decades of experience seems to have fallen between the cracks, with Barberi getting most of the press (Stone couldn't be reached for this article), but his varied radio experience goes back to his DJ days at KCPX.

IS A FOURTH ALL-SPORTS STATION too much for this market? Time will tell. We already have KFNZ (FM-1320), KZNS (AM-1280) and KJQS (AM-1230) doing almost nothing but sports programming.

KSL's exit from the all-sport talk realm is unexpected since it pioneered the evening sports-talk concept here.

The absence of Don Geronimo and Mike O'Meara's syndicated show on KALL leaves a void for their fans, a lot like the departure of "The Don Imus Show" awhile back (although fans may be able to find ways to listen to them via the Internet).

RADIO NEWS ON THE WEB — Here are some local radio-news Web sites that offer a wealth of information, along with a common radio forum:

www.saltlakeradio.com

www.utahradionews.com

www.utradioguide.com

TEN YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE RADIO — Ron Harrison, formerly of KBER, is the new morning host on KZHT with his sidekick, "Gary the Pollock" . . . Maria Titze (who now coordinates news coverage between the Deseret Morning News, and KSL Radio and Television) joins the KUER news department . . . KLZX-AM becomes KAPN with an all-news format . . KBER hires Kevin Lewis as its new operations manager, replacing Cory Draper . . . Erin Fraser becomes the news director at KISN, replacing Charla Haley (and is destined to be the third person on the "Fisher and Todd" show) . . . Brian Casey leaves the "Wakeup Club" on KVRI and is replaced by Scott MacNeil.

RADIO HAPPENINGS —Bonneville International has a more noticeable presence these days in Salt Lake City, thanks in part to all its local station vans parked just east of Broadcast House, in the parking lot near 300 W. North Temple. The KRSP, "Star 102," "FM-100," KSL and other vehicles are parked there most weekdays.


E-mail: lynn@desnews.com