Did you know Salt Lake City has the 27th most crowded radio market in the country, with more signals than L.A.?
Competition is fierce among SLC's radio elite, but it's rare we really get to know the on-air talent. So, Salt Lake magazine interviewed the city's best DJs and hosts. Meet the faces of SLC radio. Check it out in our current issue. Below is just a sample—our profiles on KSL radio talent.
The KSL POWERHOUSE
The careers of KSL radio hosts speak for themselves, with many reporters having already gone beyond 30 years working for the station and showing no signs of slowing down.
KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International, stays on the cutting edge of technology. Walking among the row of news desks where the KSL radio hosts prepare for the morning drive, midday show or evening news, you can tell this is where the news breaks—a wall of screens shows the top stories, and reporters scramble to hit deadlines.
UTAH'S Morning News
Amanda Dickson & Grant Nielsen
Hear them 5 to 9 a.m. on KSL 102.7 FM & 1160 AM
“I can’t imagine life without this partnership,” says Amanda Dickson. “After 18 years on the air together, he is like my brother.” Grant Nielsen came to SLC in the early ’70s for a job at KALL radio, but left for other markets, returning in 1973 after jobs in Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago.
“I was doing weekends when Grant came to audition,” says Dickson. “They wanted him to read with a partner, and I was the only available female in the building. The chemistry between us was instant.” Management agreed, and the duo became the morning news team, covering breaking news and sharing personal stories.
Dickson and Nielsen both wake up around 3 a.m. “The struggle isn’t getting up, it’s getting to bed,” says Nielsen, who crashes at 8:30 p.m.
Nielsen spends his free time working on home-improvement projects, and the local arts scene. Dickson loves to read and just finished writing her fourth book, called Friends For Life.
The Doug Wright Show
Hear him 9 a.m. to noon on KSL 102.7 FM & 1160 AM
KSL’s hosts are known for their longevity, and Doug Wright is a classic example. “I’m in my 44th year of broadcasting,” says Wright.
“Of course, most of us guys got into radio because we thought it would help us get chicks.” His first radio gig was at KUER as a volunteer at 16.
Wright later worked for rock and country stations before became the “fill-in” guy at KSL. “But in 1985, we had a defection,” he says. “Danny Kramer went to KALL radio, and it shuffled the deck and left a midday show open.”
Wright has done the midday show ever since, and now shares opinions on big news stories during the midday show and reviews films for the KSL Movie Show on Friday mornings.
“I’m going to do this as long as it’s fulfilling and fun,” Wright says. He was born, raised and still lives in SLC. He enjoys history and working on his home in Eureka and takes pride in his extensive library.
UTAH'S Afternoon News
Scott Seeger and Maria Shilaos
Hear them 3 to 7 p.m. on KSL 102.7 FM & 1160 AM
“We get about 40 interview requests per day,” says Maria Shilaos. The team also sifts through local and national news sources, and they keep their eyes and ears open during their time off—all prep for the afternoon show.
Scott Seeger worked in several other markets before he was hired at KRSP, now classic rock station The Arrow. He was hired by KSL in 1982.
Shilaos started off by switching between jobs at KUER and KSL, eventually landing KSL's afternoon show with Rod Arquette. When Arquette's duties changed, Seeger saw his shot to co-host the afternoon drive.
They have been on the air together 11 years, covering big Utah stories like the 2002 Olympics and the 1983 flood.
Shilaos lives in East Millcreek with her husband and two teenage sons. Seeger lives in SLC with his girlfriend and her 19-year-old son.