May 26, 2009
Parkites who commute to the Salt Lake Valley may not be able to listen to National Public Radio affiliate KPCW as easily.
Community Wireless of Park City, Inc., sold the 50,000 watt KCPW 1010 AM station earlier in May to Immaculate Heart Radio, a Catholic radio syndicate, according to the station’s general manager Jonathan Klein. The sale will help the station pay for its new building on Swede Alley.
KPCW primarily broadcasts in Summit County on 91.9 FM. With towers closer to Salt Lake City, the AM station’s signal reached much of the state. "It was the cherry on top of the whipped cream," Klein said in an interview May 14. But, he added, "It wasn’t integral to what we do."
The deal is now being reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission. Klein anticipated that Immaculate Heart would begin broadcasting on 1010 AM by the middle of August.
The sale comes as Klein spearheads programming changes for the station. Rather than running weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Randy Barton’s call-in radio show now runs contiguously from 5 to 6 p.m. The syndicated programs "All Things Considered" runs from 3 to 5 p.m. with interstitials from Barton, and "Marketplace" airs at 6 p.m. From 6:30 to 7 p.m., Barton’s broadcast is primarily devoted to the community calendar, entertainment and local news, Klein said. The changes have been in place for about three weeks and are meant to provide listeners with Summit County news during heavy traffic times, from 5 to 6 p.m., Klein said.