Announcing Utah County Radio 93.7 Sky FM
Utah County Radio has returned thanks to a former radio DJ and BYU graduate Doug Barton, owner of Mid Utah Radio. After being without a local radio station for over 30 years – 93.7 Sky FM is proud to be the only full-power FM radio station that broadcasts primarily to Utah County Residents.
93.7 SKY FM serves all of Utah County including the communities of; Springville, Spanish Fork, Woodland Hills, Salem, Payson, Santaquin, surrounding areas and also reaches portions of the neighboring communities of Carbon, Juab, Sanpete, and Wasatch counties.
Over 40 years ago, Utah County had six locally owned & operated radio stations serving the county & surrounding area.... KOVO-AM, K-96 - FM, KEYYAM, KIXX-AM & KONI-AM & FM.
These local radio stations covered local news, sporting events and community happenings and nearly all of the advertising on these radio stations featured local businesses. Barton and his son-in-law Beau Lund hope to bring that tradition back to Utah County with their family-owned radio group.
“As a young college student attending BYU majoring in Broadcast Communications, I worked part-time for KONIAM/FM, KIXX-AM and KOVO-AM. All of these stations were very successful marketing to the Utah County area,” said Doug Barton, owner of Mid Utah Radio.
“Since leaving BYU some 40 years ago, I returned to my hometown of Manti, Utah and built a local radio station to serve the needs of rural Utah,” Barton continued. “Over the past 38 years we have added seven radio stations to our radio group serving 13 counties in South/Central Utah.”
“We added KUTC-FM 93.7 “The Sky” to our radio group with the intention of serving Utah County and giving the county a local radio station again. KUTC-FM, “The Sky” was built and is programmed to serve Utah County,” Barton said.
Barton located the transmitter on the Nebo Loop above Payson at an elevation of 10,000 feet, which provides Utah County with the most powerful FM signal currently available.
The community events and other information are created exclusively for Utah County, according to Beau Lund, Operations Manager for Mid Utah Radio. The music and imaging is programmed for the demographics of Utah County. Showcasing local events is also a priority for Utah County’s newest radio station, according to Lund.
Barton and Lund recently enlisted the services of veteran broadcaster, Ted Hallisey, to help host events and represent the 93.7 SKY FM station in Utah County. Hallisey has worked for radio stations in Salt Lake City and Logan, primarily as a rodeo expert for country stations as “Cowboy Ted”. He also hosted Sports Talk radio shows in Fresno, California and hosted a daily recreation report for several years in central and southern Utah. Hallisey also created a healthy choices program for kids and on-line recreation guides to feature outdoor recreation in several counties in Utah.
“I am really excited about working with 93.7 SKY FM and Mid Utah Radio’s other formats to showcase Utah County,” Hallisey said. “I have worked in radio in California and Salt Lake, as well as, some smaller towns in Utah and I know Utah County has a unique identity and lifestyle that is unlike any other community. I am really looking forward to hosting several local events, as I meet the people and develop friendships in each of the communities in Utah County.”
93.7 SKY FM recently took part in a big event in Utah County that included the presence of officials from The Guinness Book of World Records for the Passport to Provo Scavenger Hunt, which did in fact, set a new world record with 2,079 participating in the event.
The station has plans to host many more community events and looks to secure themselves in the hearts and minds of Utah County residents as Utah County’s radio station.
“We are committed to serving Utah County as a Utah County Radio Station,” Barton concluded.
Contact Ted Hallisey at (801) 7073070, Beau Lund (801) 440-4434, or Doug Barton (435) 340-1075.