Post by commanderlumpy on May 1, 2019 7:40:04 GMT -7
Hello their folks. I currently living in Billings Montana. There is a really cool program up here called Montana Talks. The talk show host talks about Montana issues along with what’s happening in the country. What I really like about this show is that it is carried through out the state of Montana. In other words. This show has affiliates state wide. The host gets in to some very hard hidding issues up here to. Why can’t there be something like this in Utah. It could be called Utah Talks with affiliates across Utah getting in to hard hitting issues. I know Oregon has a state wide talk show. Someone in Utah should try this out. I’ll bet it would work. What do you all think?
I'll also add that ABC4 has Inside Utah Politics and The County Seat on Sunday mornings. I don't think it would be too hard to sell the rights to radio stations around the state to either simulcast or run at a different time.
Lest we forget....Utah Public Radio's "Access Utah" is heard statewide as well Monday through Thursday mornings at 9 and repeated those same evenings at 7 with KCPW's "Behind the Headlines" on Friday mornings and evenings at those same times on UPR. Online at upr.org
Post by commanderlumpy on May 2, 2019 14:38:15 GMT -7
"In essence, Utah does, in two ways. First, KSL's AM signal can be heard clearly in most of Utah during daytime hours. radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=KSL&service=AM Second, KUER has the talk show Radio West, which can be heard nearly throughout Utah via KUER's network of translators. www.kuer.org/listen Utah issues are frequently discussed there." hello Amanuensis and others. You are right about the state wide Radio West and KSL. But how many people listen to National Public Radio stations? Not very many. Most people who listen to NPR are either Academics, or elderly people. This isn’t information I got from a friend. This is something that a person who worked at KUER told me back in 2008. I also know people who listen to NPR and they are not your average people. KSL does have a day time signal through out the state. But, when I lived in Southern Utah, I couldn’t get it very well during the day at all. In fact, depending on the radio I was using at the time. I couldn’t get KSL at all during the day. Yes, you can get it on a car radio during the day in places such as Southern Utah, Central Utah, etc. I am talking about a 3 or four hour talk show like the one up here in Montana. I know this won’t happen. But let’s say someone like Bob Lonsberry decided to do a 3 or 4 hour state wide talk show with affiliates through out the state of Utah. Do you think that would go over well? What if Rod Arquette did a state wide talk show with maybe 10 or 15 affiliates around the whole state. I guarantee you that would get a lot more listeners then the shows mentioned in earlier posts.
I think I see where you're going. The population of the entire state of Montana is only about a million people. If each area were to do a show only about their metro area, would there be enough to sustain it, not to mention being about to attract someone good enough to anchor it. It seems more like a necessary evil to make it statewide rather than something people would want to listen to. If I'm living in Cedar City I really don't care about an argument over the zoning for a car dealership in Moab. It seems to make more sense to have a station in each area covering the local topics, which is generally what's happened in Utah.
There's such a scale difference that I think comparing statewide Utah to statewide Montana is like apples and oranges. For example, if the city of St George were plopped into Montana it would be the second largest city in the state.
Amanuensis: Sadly, unless some entity were to literally give UPR a reserved-band translator in the SLC metro, it's not likely that UPR will have a FM dial presence there. Of course, there is always listening online but once K244DH lost it's input signal in 2004 (co-channel flooding from KNKL and the subsequent required move of K204BO further south from Lake to West), even with heroic attempts to relocate and feed it directly from the main on 91.5, there wasn't enough signal left to be heard.
Commanderlumpy: A surprisingly number of USU students listen to UPR for NPR's morning edition. This was gathered from the students themselves on campus since there are really no "good" metrics to subscribe to for public radio listenership in rural areas.
I would think that if the high up muckety mucks at UPR were serious about bringing it back to Salt Lake that they would have made a move on one of the AM stations that has been on the market in the past few years. Ironically if they still owned 96.7 there are alternatives that would work that didn't exist back in 2004, namely an AM as a primary (see above) or renting/donating a digital subchannel to act as the nominal primary. Even without having an analog signal in Salt Lake it might be worthwhile to see if one of the stations with digital would be willing to put the signal on for free or a small fee, but what do I know.