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KBER
KBER logo.jpg
City of license Ogden, Utah
Broadcast area Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
Branding KBER 101
Slogan "Utah's Rock Station"
Frequency 101.1 MHz(also on HD Radio)
First air date February 21, 1986
Format Rock
ERP 25,000 watts
HAAT 1,140 meters (3,740 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 10779
Transmitter coordinates 40°39′34″N 112°12′5″W / 40.65944°N 112.20139°W / 40.65944; -112.20139
Callsign meaning K BEaR
Former callsigns KDAB
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
Sister stations KBEE, KENZ, KFNZ, KHTB, KJQS, KKAT-AM, KUBL
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.kber.com
The KBER Van, used for promotions and events.

KBER (101.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting an Album Oriented Rock format. Licensed to Ogden, Utah, USA, the station serves the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The station is currently owned by Citadel Broadcasting.[1]

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History

Prior to 1986, KBER was known as KDAB, and was licensed to Ogden (as KBER is to this day.) It was known then as B101. KBER began on 106.5, but moved to its current position during the 1990s. It was purchased by Citadel Broadcasting during that time.[2] It also morphed into "101 The Bear". The station employed a number of on-air talent including "Uncle Nasty". Uncle Nasty's irreverent style translated into an instant following especially with Men 18-34. Uncle Nasty was on air 7pm to 12am, then moved to morning drive a year later. In 1998 the station reverted back to the more familiar "KBER 101" slogan of its earlier years and is currently a top rated mainstream rock station in Salt Lake City Utah.

Early programming

The station arrived as one of the leading FM radio stations in the market with on air personalities Street and Katherine, Tom Collins, Kevin Lewis, John Edwards and Mark Christiansen to name a few. The early to mid 90's were the wild days with Cory "Porn Master" Draper, Casey "The Night Rocker" Baird, Kevin "Easy" Eason, Alan "Dr. Rock" Bain, Mark "Erection" Erickson, "Young Hung" Brandon Young, Ron Harrison, Allen "My Wife has me by the Balls" Handy, Helmut "No longer a part timer" Von Schmidt, Jamie "Hymie Escalante" Valle'e, the screaming weather man, Patrick "Skye Bleu" Burton, Michael Hayes, Nate "The Hitman" and others.

The Ron & Allen Morning Show was wildly popular and they even had their own television show called "Rock Utah" which aired on local channel 30. Some of the more memorable events the morning show perpetrated were the "Heterosexual Pride Parade", a wrestling match between Ron and the "Punisher" against Allen and Hymie, which raised money for the MDA, Hymie taking the morn show and some listeners skydiving, Allen and Hymie driving a top fuel dragster at Bonneville Raceway, and a hoax which had listeners believing that Allen Handy had been arrested by the Secret Service. The show was every bit as wild as anything being done at the time in the largest markets, including Howard Stern in New York City. After Ron Harrison was summarily dismissed for an on-air stunt, Allen Handy and Michael Hayes took over as "Handy & Hayes" for several months carrying on the tradition of placing within the top 1-2 stations in the 18-34 demographic within Salt Lake City's market.

Current programming

Mornings during the week on KBER feature the sydnicated "Bob and Tom Show" followed by Kelly Hammer middays. Mick and Allen's "Freak Show" airs in the afternoons from two to six and is followed by Helmut Radio. Evenings during the week, KBER has the radio version of Loveline. Metalhead Murphy handles the overnight position, midnight to six am. Along with several shows, the station also does live broadcasts during business or station promotions at various events. Every year, KBER hosts an event known as "The North Pole Express" which is a take on the story The Polar Express and is an event cohosted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It is held at Soldier Hollow, outside of Heber, Utah.[3]

Signal

KBER broadcasts an HD signal along with analog on 101.1 MHz. Its transmitter is located 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Salt Lake City on Farnsworth Peak. As with its sister FM stations, the station has an ERP of 25,000 watts. This, along with the characteristics and elevation of Farnsworth Peak allow KBER to be received in most of northern Utah, specifically the Wasatch Front.

Translators

In addition to the main station, KBER is relayed by an additional translator to widen its broadcast area.

Callsign MHz City of license Power
(W)
Class
Additional Information
K287AB 105.3 Montpelier, Idaho 10 D FCC

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