KSL (radio)

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City of license KSL: Salt Lake City, Utah
KSL-FM: Midvale, Utah
Broadcast area Salt Lake City and Utah
Branding KSL NewsRadio
Frequency KSL: 1160 kHz
KSL-FM: 102.7 MHz
(also on HD Radio)
102.7-2 FM: Mormon Channel
First air date KSL: May 6, 1922 (as KZN)
KSL-FM: 1985 (as KQMB)
Format News/Talk
Power KSL: 50,000 watts
ERP KSL-FM: 25,000 watts
HAAT KSL-FM: 1,140 meters (3,740 ft)
Class KSL: A (Clear channel)
Facility ID KSL: 6375
KSL-FM: 54156
Transmitter coordinates 40°46′48″N 112°5′51″W / 40.78000°N 112.09750°W / 40.78000; -112.09750
(main AM antenna)
40°46′50″N 112°6′2″W / 40.78056°N 112.10056°W / 40.78056; -112.10056
(auxiliary AM antenna)
40°39′34″N 112°12′5″W / 40.65944°N 112.20139°W / 40.65944; -112.20139
Callsign meaning Salt Lake City
Former callsigns KSL:
KZN (1922–1924)
KFPT (1924–1925)
KQMB (1985-2005)
Affiliations ABC News
Owner Bonneville International
(Bonneville International Corporation)
Sister stations KSL-TV, KRSP-FM, KSFI, KUTR
Webcast Listen Live
Website ksl.com
KSL Radio is located in the Triad Center in Salt Lake City.

KSL NewsRadio is a pair of radio stations located in Salt Lake City, Utah, which includes the original AM station KSL (1160 kHz at 50,000 watts) and the FM station KSL-FM (102.7 MHz, licensed to Midvale). Owned by Bonneville International (a broadcasting company ultimately owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), the stations share studios with sister television station KSL-TV in the Broadcast House building at the Triad Center in downtown Salt Lake City. KSL's AM signal reaches most of the western US at night, as well as some areas in western Canada. The KSL AM transmitter is located west of Salt Lake City International Airport, while the KSL-FM transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City.

Both KSL's AM and FM feeds broadcast in HD Radio; KSL-FM carries the Mormon Channel over its HD2 subchannel.[1]


KSL is Utah's oldest radio station and was originally designated with the call letters KZN. KSL/KZN 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 aired on May 6, 1922 in the form of a talk by then-LDS Church president Heber J. Grant.[2] In 1924 the station was sold to John Cope and his father, F.W. Cope, who formed the Radio Service Corporation of Utah.[3] Earl J. Glade (later a four-term mayor of Salt Lake City) joined the station in 1925 and guided KSL's operations for the next fourteen years. John F. Fitzpatrick, publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune (owned by the Kearns Corporation) acquired a quarter interest of KSL for a modest price, and did the LDS Church. This was the Tribune's first business partnership with the LDS Church, though the Church later acquired full interest in the station.[4]

In 1924, it changed its call letters to KFPT for one year and then adopted its current call letters in 1925 after they became available, with the "S" and "L" standing for "Salt Lake." (Until that time the KSL call sign had been used by a radio station in Alaska.) A series of power boosts over the next decade brought the station to its current 50,000 watts (daytime broadcast power) in 1932, with a 50,000-watt transmitter being dedicated October 22 of that year.[5] It spent time at several frequencies over the years before settling at 1160 kHz in 1941. Currently, KSL's AM signal can be heard across nearly all of Utah during the day, and in much of the western part of North America at night. Soon after becoming a clear-channel station, KSL joined the CBS Radio Network. It remained with CBS until 2005, when it switched to ABC News Radio. The station would also gain a television counterpart in 1949, the CBS affiliate KSL-TV Channel 5. (KSL-TV switched to NBC in 1995 after KUTV Channel 2 came under the ownership of CBS, following its acquisition by Westinghouse).

The station's owners made their initial foray into FM broadcasting in 1947 when they started the original KSL-FM on the then sparsely-populated FM band at 100.3. After simulcasting KSL for a number of years, the FM station switched to a beautiful music format, a contrast to the then-current KSL format of news and commentary interspersed with middle of the road music. The FM station was sold to a private owner in the mid-1970s due to FCC regulations on multiple station ownership, since greatly relaxed. The station, now the Adult Contemporary KSFI, was bought back by Bonneville Communications in 2003, along with classic rock station KRSP-FM (103.5) and then-Hot AC KQMB-FM (102.7). In the mid-1980s KSL adopted an all-talk format, completely dropping music programming, aside from its Sunday broadcasts of the Tabernacle Choir.

On September 3, 2005, KQMB was converted to a simulcast of KSL, with the call sign changed to KSL-FM. The station's former branding, call sign, and Hot AC format were later picked up an unrelated station licensed to Levan on 96.7 FM.



Notable weekday programs include a late night syndicated national talk show hosted by Jim Bohannon, Bloomberg Radio's early morning business news, Utah's Morning News, The Doug Wright Show, Utah's Noon News, The Browsers , Utah's Afternoon News, and The Nightside Project.

Once a month during non-election cycles (usually on the last Thursday of the month), the Governor of Utah has airtime on the station for a "Let Me Speak to the Governor" segment, where calls are taken from constituents, with the governor answering questions and concerns.

Another notable program was Herb Jepko's Nitecaps, a call-in show airing overnight on 1160 KSL from 1964 to 1990. Nightcaps was one of the first U.S. radio talk shows to be syndicated nationally, airing on numerous Mutual Broadcasting System Network stations.


Notable programming airing on weekends includes "KSL Outdoors", "The KSL Greenhouse Show", "The KSL Travel Show", "Cougar Sports Saturday", "The Movie Show Matinee", Best of "The Doug Wright Show", "When Radio Was" which features old-time radio programs, as well as numerous LDS religious shows and paid programming.

KSL is also the flagship station of Brigham Young University's football and men's basketball teams. Commentary for football games is provided by Greg Wrubell, the "Voice of the Cougars."

Due to its affiliation with the LDS Church, KSL, along with its television counterparts and other LDS-affiliated outlets in Utah, airs simulcasts of the General Conferences, held twice a year during April and October.

On Sunday mornings, KSL airs its longest-running show, Music and the Spoken Word, a weekly broadcast of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir also syndicated nationwide via CBS Radio and television. Continuously airing since 1929, it is one of the longest-running radio programs in the world, and one of only two radio shows to be inaugurated into the National Association of Broadcasters' hall of fame, along with the Grand Ole Opry[6]

On Sunday mornings and evenings for 22 years, KSL has broadcast "Religion Today" with host Martin Tanner, which focuses on Christian and Jewish history and doctrine.



  • Amanda Dickson, "Utah's Morning News", "A Woman's View"
  • Tim Hughes, "KSL Outdoors", "KSL Greenhouse"
  • Amy Iverson, "The Browsers"
  • Nkoyo Iyamba "Cultural Connections"
  • Alex Kirry "The Nightside Project", "Cougar Sports Saturday"
  • Brian Martin, "Utah's Morning News"
  • Jay McFarland, "The Browsers"
  • Ethan Millard, "The Nightside Project"
  • Grant Nielsen (retired), "Utah's Morning News"
  • Dave Noriega, "Cougar Sports Saturday"
  • Steve Salles "The Movie Show", "The Movie Show Matinee"
  • Scott Seeger "Utah's Afternoon News"
  • Maria Shilaos, "Utah's Afternoon News"
  • Cleon Wall, "Cougar Sports Saturday"
  • Doug Wren, "KSL Travel Show"
  • Doug Wright, "The Doug Wright Show", "The Movie Show", "The Movie Show Matinee"
  • Greg Wrubell, "The Bronco Mendenhall Show", "The Dave Rose Show", "Cougar Tracks", BYU football & men's basketball game broadcasts

Reporters, anchors & producers[edit]

  • Brianna Bodily
  • Don Brinkerhoff
  • Becky Bruce (Executive Producer, "Utah's Morning News" with Grant & Amanda)
  • Eric Butler
  • Dave Cawley (Executive Producer, "Utah's Afternoon News" with Scott & Maria)
  • Andy Farnsworth
  • Mary Ellen Geist (National News Desk)
  • Mark Giauque (Executive Producer, "Utah's Noon News")
  • Nkoyo Iyamba
  • Mark Jackson
  • Randall Jeppesen
  • Dan Jessop
  • Heather Kelly
  • Rikki Meece
  • Charles Moran
  • Paul Nelson
  • Mary Richards
  • Peter Samore
  • Cleon Wall
  • Sheryl Worsley (News Director)

Past personalities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.hdradio.com/stations
  2. ^ Arave, Lynn (May 4, 2006). "KSL wins another Crystal Award". Deseret News. 
  3. ^ "KSL Radio: On-air highlights". Deseret News. May 3, 2002. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ O. N. Malmquist, The First 100 Years: A History of the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah State Historical Society, 1971, pp 388
  5. ^ "High Power Transmitter Of KSL Goes on the Air" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 1, 1932. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  6. ^ NAB Radio Hall of Fame Inductees, National Association of Broadcasters. Retrieved on March 28, 2007.
  7. ^ "Parley Baer Goes Into Lion's Den". The Daily Mail. December 8, 1962. p. 29. Retrieved March 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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