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Radio dial: Local DJs up for national award

"Johnson and Johnson," mornings on KUBL radio (FM 93.3), have earned national recognition.

They have been nominated for the prestigious On-Air Personality of the Year (Major Market) by the Academy Of Country Music.

The winner will be announced on April 18 in Las Vegas at the 45th annual Academy of County Music Awards show.

The Utah DJs are the only personalities from the Beehive State to be nominated in any category for this type of "Academy" awards.

Tommy and Joe Johnson are up against four other large-market DJs. The others are from WFMS-FM (Indianapolis), WSIX-FM (Nashville, Tenn.), WTQR (Greensboro, N.C.) and WUBE (Cincinnati).

When Johnson and Johnson were recently talking about their nomination on the air, they said they are humbled by the honor and credit their listeners more than anything else.

"Johnson and Johnson" is among the veteran morning shows in the Salt Lake radio market at more than 12 years. They began on KUBL in October 1997 and are tied with two other morning shows as the second-longest-running morning show in Salt Lake radio.

Besides their friendly chatter, where they thrive at interaction with their listeners, Johnson and Johnson have been involved in projects to benefit the police, firefighters, military families and, most recently, The Huntsman Cancer Institute. The duo are also noted for their live tailgate shows at various venues before high-profile concerts by performers like Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift.

The Utah DJs also excel at stunts each year, a "Pumpkin Drop" for Halloween, an annual Valentine's Day event and many more such seasonal promotions.

RADIO HAPPENINGS

KOSY (FM-106.5) had a great radio promotion for Valentine's Day: a "Knight in Shining Armor" who galloped the Wasatch Front and made surprise visits to sweethearts of listeners, handing out special gifts.

NPR's Scott Simon will speak at Salt Lake Main Library, Tuesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., in a special Dewey Lecture in celebration of the Friends of The City Library 50th Anniversary. Simon, the Peabody Award-winning host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, will present a lecture in the Main Library's Auditorium.

KBYU radio will present a screening of the silent movie classic "Safety Last!" (1923), with Harold Lloyd, on Friday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Mike Ohman, premier theater organist, will accompany the film.

Tickets may be purchased at the Harris Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by calling 801-422-4322, or visiting online at www.byuarts.com.

TEN YEARS AGO IN SALT LAKE CITY

Newsman Andrew Peters leaves KRSP and moves to KNRS/KALL. … "Fisher and Todd" on KISN celebrate their 14th anniversary and continue as Salt Lake City's longest-running morning show. … Brian James resigns from KNRS radio.

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