On May 6, 2022 KSL NewsRadio celebrates 100 years on the air! As the oldest station west of the Mississippi, we've been there from Prohibition to World Wars to putting a man on the moon- and we've covered it all. Our voices have changed but the focus remains the same, bringing you news you can trust when you need it most.Listen Live
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See anyone you recognize? KSL NewsRadio celebrates our birthday with some of our favorite friends. To join us in a video celebration and watch more about our history, check out this documentary from KSL TV.
- 52,560,000 Minutes On Air
- 50,000 Watts
- 200,000 Shows
On May 6, 1922, Utah became the broadcast home of the first clear channel radio station in the western United States. Heber J. Grant, then President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered the state’s first radio message. At the time the call letters were KZN, as in K-Zion, and broadcasts were done from a shack on top of the Deseret News Building. The call letters were changed to KSL, as in K-Salt Lake, two years later.
Becoming a 'Super Station'
The government awarded KSL a license to broadcast at 50,000 watts in 1933, and the station became known as a national radio powerhouse. Bruce Reese, former CEO of Bonneville International Corp., once said, “The government decided that everybody in America ought to be able to hear a radio station at night, in case of an emergency. And they created these 12 or 13 super AM stations.”
First FM station
KSL-FM became Utah’s first FM station on December 6th, 1946.
A 370 foot transmission tower was built on top of Farnsworth Peak in 1952. Today our radio towers are kept in the same spot.
KSL Radio became a ‘flagship’ station in the numerous acquisitions by its parent company, Bonneville International Corporation, in the creation of a coast-to-coast broadcasting network.
Selling of KSL-FM
KSL-FM was sold to Simmons Family Inc. on January 25, 1978.
March 1981 marks the first broadcast of KSL Radio in stereophonic sound.
NewsRadio and TV integration
1992 marks the functional integration of KSL TV and KSL NewsRadio.
Launch of 102.7 FM
In 2002 KSL Radio was selected as the official radio station for the Olympic Winter Games. As Utah’s population grew, so did the station. On Sept. 3, 2005, KSL began simulcasting on 102.7 FM, making it the first Utah radio news outlet on the FM dial and the first station in Utah to simulcast on both AM and FM. With the added frequency came an expanded audience.
KSL NewsRadio launches its own website and listening app. The station became available on smart speakers. Doug Wright semi-retires as a full time host.
KSL remains a top news station, providing weather and traffic along with voices of the community.
What People are Saying
yone would want to listen to talk radio instead of music! My dad didn’t listen to it at a normal level either. The volume was so extremely loud because despite his hearing aids, he struggled hearing at normal levels. So when he was driving, we had the talk radio blaring! I remember a specific time when he was driving me and a roommate back up to Utah State, and for some reason we were taking the long way of going on Highway 89 from Bountiful (probably because of an accident that he was alerted to on the radio). I felt so embarrassed that we had to listen to talk radio the whole way to Logan, with my friend sitting in the back seat. There was so much noise already in the car, there was no reason to try to carry on a conversation. I remember asking him if we could listen to some music instead and I think that at some point he changed the station. Fast forward almost 30 years and I’m an adult now, and I’m in much of the same life circumstances that my dad was in back then, despite the hearing, thank goodness! I am married and have three children of my own. I listen to KSL Talk Radio almost every day. I listen to it in the morning while I’m getting ready and throughout the day when I’m driving in my car. I often think back about the times that I was so annoyed with my dad listening to the same thing that I now listen to, and I feel gratitude. Gratitude for the memories. My dad died not too many years after that time driving me back up to college. He died too young at the age of 50. I like to think that my current family is in about the same times of life that my family that I came from was in back then. Life can get complicated but looking back and seeing the similarities of me and him makes me smile and so grateful for the memories. ... Read More Read Less
ld hardly believe I had gotten through. Second, I thought the winner for the day (seems like this contest ran for more than day) was going to be put in for a drawing to win a trip for 4 to Disneyland, which was NOT the case. Grant and Amanda had to convince me that I had actually won a trip. Third, I had a hard time convincing family, friends, and co-workers that I had won since they all thought it was an April Fool’s joke! The trip was fabulous-it included flights, transfer to the Disneyland hotel, 3 days admission into the park, food coupons, meals with Disney characters…the whole works. Thank you KSL radio for all you do. ... Read More Read Less
the radio (listening to distant stations was one of my hobbies), I was reminded of good times with beloved family in the “tops of the mountains.” After moving to Provo to teach Religion at BYU, we often returned to my boyhood home in Los Angeles. On a Christmas trip there in 1973, I wondered if we would encounter winter weather during our drive back to Utah. This was long before computers and the internet, so my most dependable source was to listen to KSL’s evening news on our car radio. Instead of the expected newscast, however, I heard somber music and soon the announcement that Harold B. Lee had died after serving as Church President for only a year and a half. Hence KSL kept me informed even when I was hundreds of miles away! A Memory Shared by Another Dr. LeRoy Hatch served as mission president in Mexico City. He discovered that in a certain hilltop location just outside of the city, he could often pick up KSL at night. He and a group of elders would drive there to enjoy broadcasts of BYU sports, which for many of them was a welcome link with home. Richard O. Cowan, Provo (firstname.lastname@example.org; 801 377-8833) ... Read More Read Less