KTBN Salt Lake City is history

March 31, 2008 at 2:54 pm 3 comments

The shortwave station KTBN of Salt Lake City, Utah had the final day of broadcast on March 30th. KTBN started as KUSW in the 80’s with rock format. In 1990 the staion was sold to religious TBN Network and the call was changed to KTBN. During the final years the station has broadcast the signal of the TV station KTBN-TV, as also done by Radio Paradise on 820 kHz. The equipment of the station will be donated, and the property is currently for sale.

(various sources and Glenn Hauser via DXLD)


Entry filed under: North America, Shortwave.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mike Miranda  |  May 2, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    How sad I remember when it first went on as KUSW. Shortwave broadcasting history seems to be coming to a close.

  • 2. Ken English  |  May 6, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    I remember the day I drove out to the KUSW site, while they were under construction. The owner, Ralph Carlson, was manning a shovel, cleaning up the dirt around the building while the tower crew worked on the antenna.

    Years later, I rode out to the new transmitter site for his AM with him. He was selling off his existing 4-tower directional, due to “urban sprawl” around the area. He mentioned that KUSW had been for sale for a while when TBN approached him. They asked “how much?”. He drew a number (I think it was $7 million) out of thin air, they said “You’ll have the money in a week”. They raised it that night.

    I always wanted to try my receiver on that big LPDA antenna. Maybe I can get the chance now. I know of a great “oldies” DJ, “Skinny Johnny Mitchell” (the Station Manager) who’s probably looking for work now.

  • 3. b. rand nickell  |  April 20, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I worked the first hour of the last day of KTBN shortwave (3/30/08). A good “bread and butter” gig. If the paychecks weren’t on time, it was generally FedEx’s fault.
    Skinny Johnny Mitchell and I still talk from time to time, and correspond regarding music projects.


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