Hannity’s KSL run ending

KSL NewsRadio will say goodbye to the top-rated “The Sean Hannity Show” on Friday, Oct. 1. Local fans of the conservative talk-show host and firebrand needn’t worry. On Monday, Oct. 4, rival talk-radio station KNRS-FM (105.7 FM) will pick up “The Sean Hannity Show” at the same time KSL aired it. KNRS, a Clear Channel station, will clear air for Hannity by bumping the nationally syndicated Laura Schlessinger broadcast. The changes at the two stations have been precipitated by scandal (in Schlessinger’s case) and a change of emphasis by KSL NewsRadio. In July, KSL announced its plan to stop airing the Hannity show to emphasize local content. KNRS officials speculated it was because Hannity’s often-divisive tone was contradictory to KSL’s new mission statement, issued by KSL Broadcasting Chief Executive Officer Mark Willes in January. Willes heads Deseret Management Corp., the for-profit arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns KSL. “We are trusted voices of light and knowledge, reaching hundreds of millions of people worldwide,” the company’s mission statement says, in part. Among company principles are “integrity, civility, morality and respect for all people.”
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