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Radio dial: Hot new talk-radio shows on Internet

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Mention "talk radio" and we all think of radio only over the airwaves, usually on the AM band, and sometimes on FM. But there's a whole new world of talk radio out there — Internet talk radio.

This is talk radio that is broadcast exclusively over the Internet, which adds a new niche into the realm. (Many broadcast stations also use Internet radio to "stream" their on-air programs.)

Grapevine Talk Radio is perhaps Utah's best example of Internet-only talk radio. Located at www.grapevineradio.com, this site is described as "a knowledge-sharing talk-radio network founded to reach women and their families." The first broadcast was in March 2005.

"Log on and listen in daily to people from all over the world who share their news, products, passions and knowledge through the grapevine," the station's Web site states. "Share your questions and experience as you listen from anywhere in the world with Internet access. Grapevine Radio is the first Internet radio network to push and pull knowledge across the Internet through talk radio!"

Sample shows from the Web site include "It's About You," with Mary Wilson-Burkett; "Awake! the Passion and Purpose," Susan Duffield; "Beautiful Skin Organically," Wendy Thorne; "Beckstrom's Common Sense," Geoff Beckstrom; and "The Brad Neufeld Show." In all, the "station" has 24 different hosts.

Most of the site is geared for listening live, but some shows are available through a podcast option. The "Healthy Wealthy Wow" show, with Kim Stilson and Robbie Lawler, is an example of podcast-subscription Internet radio on the Grapevine. A few other shows are archived and available on the site.

Not being a woman, the thrust of Grapevine Talk Radio doesn't appeal much to me, but the concept of Internet radio does, and how well this site performs in the coming months and years could affect the future of this broadcast niche.

RADIO HAPPENINGS KOSY (FM-106.5), KSRR (AM-1400) and KSFI ("FM-100") are three stations that have jumped on the holiday-music bandwagon.

KENZ (DM-101.9) and KJZZ-TV have teamed up for the "Scrubs, Watch, Listen and Win" promotion. Watch reruns of "Scrubs" on weekdays at 10:05 p.m. and look for the daily medical term. Then listen to "Chunga & Mister" on KENZ the following weekday morning at 8:40. If you call in with the correct term, you may win a prize and qualify for a vacation drawing.

KBEE (FM-98.7) and The Legacy Auto Group have teamed up again this year to help needy families in a "Christmas Wish" event. If you know of someone in need of help this Christmas, send an e-mail through the www.legacyauto.com Web site.

—The "Listen While You Work" contest continues weekdays at 11:30 a.m. on KSFI, with host Bob Nelson. To enter, go to the station's Web site at www.fm100.com.

—Want to get a jump on New Year's fitness resolutions? KRSP (FM-103.5) has started its "Arrow Fitness Challenge."

TEN YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE RADIO — The Arbitron ratings show that men like KRSP, while women prefer KSFI. ... KUTQ changes its call letters to KURR. ... KSRR begins playing all-Christmas music on Nov. 18. ... Shelley Beal of Kearns wins $102,700 in a KQMB contest as Utah's biggest-ever single winner of radio cash. ... KCNR, all talk station, disappears and is replaced by Radio Disney.

E-mail: lynn@desnews.com