No idea where the studios might be. As for how long a move might take, of course it depends. If you're a huge company and you're upgrading your equipment anyway it could be instantaneous. For a smaller outfit it could take a week or more. The website appears to be www.ktalkmedia.com
A post on the station's main Facebook page (Ktalk Utah) indicates that they're having more technical difficulties than originally anticipated reinstalling all of the electronic equipment, etc. That's why they're still running nothing but "best of" i.e., pre-recorded shows. I'd suggest liking the Ktalk Utah Facebook page for further updates. The other Ktalk Facebook page hasn't been updated since June and I'm not sure why, but then again I'm not sure why they even have two Facebook pages to begin with!
I'd imagine KBJA a/k/a Ktalk probably has nothing more that a skeleton crew most of the time, and that their engineer(s) is only called in when needed. Since KLLB 1510 and KTKK 630 went dark, they only have one station (1640) in the Salt Lake metro that I'm aware of.
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According to the Broadcast Law Blog web site, the cost to change an AM station's call letters was $105.00 in 2014. I'd imagine the fee has increased a few bucks since 2014, but it's probably still less than $200.00 for a call letter change. As to why United Broadcasting didn't move the KTKK call letters to 1640, it's anyone's guess. I personally think it would have been a wise thing to pay the fee to transfer the KTKK call from 630 to 1640 just because of the recognition factor. I don't think it's a financial issue, because United obviously has the $$ to move into a new studio and make some other upgrades. I'm kind of surprised that no other AM stations have applied for the KTKK call yet. It seems like a call sign that would be in demand for a talk format; just like the KNFL call has been re-assigned to a couple of sports stations since 1470 in Tremonton went dark.
KBJA (K-Talk) has apparently completed the move to their new location, since their "live & local" programs are back on the air. However, when I was listening to SP Romney's show tonight, I noticed there's now a call waiting beep that can be heard in the background when another caller wants to get on the air. It's really annoying and they need to get rid of it! Can't they just set up a flashing light or something similar on the board so that annoying call waiting beep doesn't go out over the air?
If it really is a call waiting beep then...probably no. That's how call waiting works. I've never heard of an alternate signalling system on a POTS line but I'm not an expert there. Maybe they're just using a POTS line for call-ins until their business lines get set up or something like that. (Trying to be optimistic here. I'd be willing to bet their operating budget is pretty tight.)