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City of license AM: Salt Lake City, Utah
FM: Midvale, Utah
Broadcast area Salt Lake City and Vicinity
Branding KSL Newsradio
Frequency AM: 1160 kHz (also on HD Radio)
FM: 102.7 MHz
FM: 102.7 HD-2 'Mormon Channel'
First air date May 6, 1922
Format News/Talk
ERP AM: 50,000 watts
FM: 25,000 watts
HAAT FM: 1140 meters
Class AM: A (Clear channel)
Facility ID AM: 6375
FM: 54156
Callsign meaning Salt Lake City
Former callsigns KZN (1922–1924)
KFPT (1924–1925)
Affiliations ABC News
Owner Deseret Media Companies
Sister stations KSL-TV
Webcast Listen Live

KSL Newsradio is a radio programming service based in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is broadcast simultaneously on AM station KSL (1160 kHz at 50,000 watts) and FM station KSL-FM (102.7 MHz, Midvale). Both stations are owned by the Deseret Media Companies, which are in turn owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). KSL's AM signal reaches most of the western US at night, as well as some areas in western Canada.



Originally designated with the call letters KZN, KSL began life as the radio arm of the Deseret News, a Salt Lake City newspaper also owned by the LDS Church. The station's first broadcast came on May 6, 1922 in the form of a talk by then-LDS Church president Heber J. Grant.[1]

In 1924, it changed its calls to KFPT, and then adopted its current call letters, with their association to Salt Lake, in 1925 after they became available (they had previously been used by an early radio station in Alaska). Earl J. Glade (later a four term mayor as Salt Lake City Mayor) joined the station in 1925 guided KSL's operations for the next fourteen years. Under Glade John F. Fitzpatrick, publisher of the The Salt Lake Tribune (owned by the Kearns Corporation) acquired a quarter interest of KSL for a modest price, its first venture into a new method of communications. This was the Tribune's first business partnership with the LDS Church which later acquired full interest in the station.[2].A series of power boosts over the next decade brought the station to its current 50,000 watts (daytime broadcast power) in 1932. It spent time at several frequencies over the years before settling at 1160 kHz in 1941. It can be heard across much of the country west of the Mississippi River at night.

Soon after becoming a clear-channel station, it joined the CBS Radio Network. It remained with CBS until 2005, when it switched to ABC.

The station's owners made their initial foray into FM broadcasting in 1947 when they brought KSL-FM onto the then very sparsely populated FM dial at 100.3 Mc/s. The FM station format was beautiful music, a contrast to the then-current KSL format of news and commentary interspersed with adult contemporary music. The FM station was sold to a private owner in the mid-1970s due to FCC regulations on station ownership (which have since been greatly relaxed). The station, now known as KSFI, was reacquired by the KSL ownership group in 2003.

The station's owners made their entrance to the field of television broadcasting when they launched KSL-TV (Channel 5) in 1949. The TV station was also affiliated with the television arm of the Columbia Broadcasting System. KSL-TV switched affiliation to NBC in 1995.

KSL's most famous program – Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (the oldest series in nationwide network broadcasting) – continues to be distributed by CBS Radio to this day. It airs each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. local time (11:30 a.m on the East Coast). It is also broadcast on television on KSL-TV (to the local market) and worldwide on BYU Television and the Hallmark Channel.

Another notable program was Herb Jepko's Nitecaps, which began in the 1960s and was one of the first U.S. radio stations to be syndicated nationally. KSL is also the only radio station that broadcasts every BYU Cougars football and men's basketball game.

In the mid-1980s KSL adopted an all-talk format, completely dropping its broadcast of music (except for the Tabernacle Choir broadcast).

On September 3, 2005 KSL began simulcasting at 102.7 MHz FM, replacing KQMB (STAR 102.7, also owned by Bonneville), a hot adult contemporary station. Bonneville says this was done to make it easier for people to listen to the station inside office buildings (assuming the FM signal could more easily penetrate such structures), and because STAR 102.7 had been losing market share since the first of the year (although, according to ratings it was still one of the top stations in its market segment.)[citation needed]

HD Radio

KSL AM and FM both broadcast in HD Radio. KSL-AM only has the one channel, which broadcasts the main signal. However, KSL-FM has had a variety of formats, ranging from traffic and weather to Bonneville's own 'iChannel' independent rock format. That last one was dropped about May 18, 2009, and the HD2 now is the flagship station for 'The Mormon Channel'.

Shows and Lineup

On weekdays, from Midnight-3:00am, Jim Bohannon, from 3:00 – 5:00 am, Bloomberg Radio, from 5:00 – 9:00 am, Utah's morning news, (A live news program hosted by KSL), from 9:00am-Noon, the Doug Wright Show, (Talk on Utah issues), Noon-1:00pm, Utah's Noon News, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, The Sean Hannity Show, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Utah's Afternoon News, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, the Nightside Project, (a talk show hosted by Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry, covering various recent national or local issues, many times with humor), and from 10:00 pm – midnight, a replay of the first two hours of the nightside project. On weekends there various different shows, usually shorter, or, on Sunday, religious. There are several paid shows. Also, during BYU football and BYU men's basketball seasons, Greg Wrubell, also known as "the voice of the cougars," narrates the games. He is known to get very excited during games. [1]

News Anchors, Reporters, and hosts

    • Grant Nielsen, Anchor, Utah's Morning News
    • Amanda Dickson, Anchor, Utah's Morning News
    • Doug Wright, host, Doug Wright Show
    • Scott Seger, Anchor, Utah's Afternoon News, Utah's Noon News
    • Maria Shilaos, Anchor, Utah's Afternoon News
    • Alex Kirry, co-host, the Nightside Project
    • Ethan Millard, co-host, the Nightside Project
    • David Hagan, News Anchor, the Nightside Project
    • Andrew Adams, Reporter, Anchor
    • Marc Giauque, Reporter
    • Randall Jeppesen, Reporter
    • Mary Richards, Reporter
    • Paul Nelson, Reporter, Anchor
    • Becky Bruce, Reporter
    • Cleon Wall, Reporter, Anchor
    • Nkoyo Iyamba, Anchor, Weekend News
    • Andrew James, Anchor, Weekend News
    • Mark Hamilton, Anchor, Weekend News
    • Douglas Wren, Host, KSL Travel Show

See also


  1. ^ Arave, Lynn (May 4, 2006). "KSL wins another Crystal Award". Deseret News.,5143,635204861,00.html. 
  2. ^ O. N. Malmquist, The First 100 Years: A History of the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah State Historical Society, 1971, pp 388

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