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Conference coverage expands

Live radio coverage of this weekend's 177th Seminannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has now expanded for nearly statewide reception.

Besides KSL (AM-1160/FM-102.7), three Utah County stations will carry conference live — Brigham Young University's KBYU (FM-89.1) in Provo, and two in Orem, KQMB (FM-96.7) and KSRR (AM-1490).

Also, five Utah radio stations that are not along the Wasatch Front will offer the broadcasts live:

• Cedar City's KSUB (AM-510)

• Logan's KVNU (AM-610)

• Manti's KMTI/KMGR (AM-650/FM-95.9, 102.7)

• Richfield's KSVC (AM-980)

• Vernal's KVEL (AM-920)

In addition, KSVN (AM-730) will provide Spanish-language coverage, and KUTR (AM-820) will rebroadcast some sessions on a delay basis.

It would appear that the only real void now is in southeastern Utah — the Moab and the Blanding areas. Otherwise, there's a good chance that even many recreation areas will offer access to some radio-station signals.

RADIO HAPPENINGS: There have been rumors recently that the contracts for "Chunga and Mister" and KENZ were ending this fall. However, the DJs are still hosting their "Pirates of the Caribbean Cruise, Part 2" on Jan. 20-27 next year, so it looks like they will still be around. Chunga's being on vacation recently helped fuel those rumors.

KSOP (FM-104.3) has begun a Halloween contest. Listen for the sound of the haunted washer and dryer.

The 10th call to the station wins a CD and a slot in the drawing for a washer-dryer set valued at $2,700. The station also has a mystery-sound contest (

Hank Hathaway on KDYL (AM-1060) still inserts old-style radio flavor into his "Shopping Show," each weekday from noon-1 p.m., and Saturdays, 9-9:30 a.m.

Rick Lindsay is doing the news weekday mornings with Kelly Monson, 5-10 a.m. on KBZN (FM-97.9).

• You can find a lot of Salt Lake-area traffic reports on the radio weekday mornings and afternoons. Many mention accidents, but some fail to tell listeners what freeway lane is blocked, which would help drivers get over to the open side.