Opinion: Boyd Matheson is our generation’s Walter Cronkite

Apr 3, 2021, 4:42 PM | Updated: 6:27 pm

This is an editorial piece. An editorial, like a news article, is based on fact but also shares opinions. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and are not associated with our newsroom. 

SALT LAKE CITY — There is an old saying that begins, “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I couldn’t help but think of that when Boyd Matheson came to KSL Newsradio, and I think of it again now that we will be able to hear him weekday afternoons. (His show is expanding to Monday-Friday from 1:00-3:00.) I have heard from so many of you over the years that you want to stay informed, but you just “can’t handle” the news. And I have always known, in my heart, exactly what you meant.

My first radio station was a small station here in Utah called K-TALK. From the earliest days, I felt the goal was somehow to inspire conflict, contrast, and conspiracy theories – but not knowledge.

Not truth.

And least of all understanding of one another. Years later I moved to KSL Newsradio and learned about talk radio on a much larger scale. I met Sean Hannity, who seemed like a perfectly nice guy in person, but would go on the air and eviscerate people without batting an eye. I didn’t understand how he could do that and not be wounded spiritually.

There has been something sick on talk radio for a very long time – not KSL Newsradio specifically, usually the more strident voices of the syndicated shows – but it’s something that seeks first to destroy then to be understood. This posture created a huge audience, an audience that passed the sickness it was feeding to communities across the nation and left many Americans despising and distrusting everyone, including their own government, and sometimes their own families.

From the ashes created by this fire have come cries for civility. “Why does it have to be this way?” one asks. “We’re better than this,” another says. “How did it get this way?” someone wonders. Children look to their parents for answers and parents look to their children for ideas. No one knows quite where to turn, so the criticizing goes on. That, or we turn it all off and just watch Netflix.

Until now.

I believe we have found our generation’s Walter Cronkite. KSL Newsradio has found a man who understands Washington and Utah and the world well enough to speak with authority, but humble enough to listen with curiosity. This man would never win an argument just for the sake of winning if it meant belittling another person. I know he is more conservative than some of you may like, but he is also interested in all opinions and open to all points of view, and that is more than I can say about almost any other person I know. 

Boyd Matheson has comforted me in the depth of my grief when I lost my father and laughed with me over things too silly to mention. He is a loving husband and father in all the genuine ways that make that statement more than just a line on a resume. He is someone I look up to, whose counsel I seek, and now whose guidance we will all be able to benefit from every day.

And here is the best part – it’s not just about knowing everything with Boyd. It’s not just about understanding the world. It’s about living in a way that lifts your fellow man. Boyd lives for a higher purpose, and that guides his choices, his words, his relationships with other people, and his listeners. He doesn’t live for ratings or sponsors or the limelight. He’s the anti-Sean Hannity. He lives to serve and to uplift, and we are the blessed recipients of that service.

Welcome to afternoons on KSL Newsradio, Boyd Matheson. From your buddy and mentee, Amanda.



We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


Deedee Corradini, the former Salt Lake City mayor, was instrumental in getting the Olympics to Utah...

Amanda Dickson

Dickson: Remembering Deedee Corradini after the Olympics news today

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini was instrumental in getting the Olympics. She would be ecstatic to see them again.

2 days ago

President M. Russell Ballard might have been losing his vision himself, but he never stopped inviti...

Boyd Matheson

Boyd Matheson: President M. Russell Ballard inviting all to “come and see!”

President M. Russell Ballard spent his life inviting people to "come and see."

15 days ago

The KSL Movie Show reviews"The Holdovers" and says it might be one of your favorite movies....

Steve Salles

KSL Movie Show review: ‘The Holdovers’ is your new seasonal anthem

"The Holdovers" could easily become the next film you watch every holiday season with your family.

24 days ago

The KSL Movie Show review gives "Priscilla" a B grade for its truth despite being ugly....

Steve Salles

KSL Movie Show review: ‘Priscilla’ isn’t pretty, but it rings true

If you're looking for a pretty movie, this isn't it. The latest KSL Movie Show review gives "Priscilla" a B grade. It's ugly, but true.

25 days ago

Image of Gavin Zachary Valdez was born at Primary Children's Hospital on June 11, 2007. He died not...

Amie Schaeffer

Schaeffer: A letter of thanks to Primary Children’s Hospital

Sixteen years ago Primary Children's Hospital cared for a new mom and her preemie son who later passed away.

1 month ago

More and more people are using FaceTime to have sleepovers. Some say it makes them feel less lonely...

Amanda Dickson

Dickson: FaceTime sleepovers are a thing

More and more teens and adults alike are sleeping together on FaceTime. Here's why, right from the people who are doing it most often.

2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

Opinion: Boyd Matheson is our generation’s Walter Cronkite