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Utahns really like their sports radio

Are northern Utahns sports crazy or what?

The Salt Lake radio market has no less than four full-time sports radio stations, more than any market in the United States.

Perhaps that doesn't seem like a lot, but look at the largest radio markets in the United States: New York, the largest market, has two all-sports radio stations, half of Salt Lake's total.

The No. 2 market, Los Angeles, has three all-sports stations; No. 3 Chicago has two; No. 4 San Francisco has three; and No. 5 Dallas/Forth Worth has three.

Salt Lakes's four stations are KJQS (AM-1230), KFNZ ("K-Fan," AM-1320), KALL (AM-700) and KZNS (AM-1280).

Residents from Ogden to Provo must have a keen interest in sports.

However, a report this week from Inside Radio says the Miller Kaplan annual power ratios show no other radio format comes close to sports in converting ratings into actual station revenue.

In related sports radio news, KALL will become the market's new ESPN affiliate on Aug. 31. On that day, KFNZ will become the Fox Sports affiliate, and Jim Rome's show will end up there.

RADIO HAPPENINGS — AM-1010 has taken new call letters, KIHU, instead of KCPW, as the station becomes part of the Immaculate Heart Radio network, a nonprofit lay apostolate that operates a 24-hour Catholic Radio Network in the western United States.

The eighth annual Erin's Slumber Party for KBEE (FM-98.7) will be Aug. 29, 6 p.m.-midnight, at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. To learn how to get free tickets, go to www.b987.com.

According to a recent report by Inside Radio, CNN may be booking fewer radio talk show hosts as guests, as they are apparently "too predictable." Perhaps they need to book some radio DJs on the show, as they are usually both unpredictable and spontaneous.

Many DJs have Facebook and Twitter accounts these days. For example, "Johnson and Johnson" on KUBL have 1,286 friends on Facebook.

e-mail: lynn@desnews.com