Tribune columnist Gordon Monson at The Zone, as KSL takes over management of the sports radio station


Monson and Craig Bolerjack helped found the station in 2001

(Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo) Larry and Gail Miller watch a game with Gordon Monson in 2007.

Bonneville International, the company that manages KSL’s news television and radio efforts, on Thursday announced a contractual agreement with Smith Entertainment Group to manage the programming and day-to-day operations of The Zone Sports Network.

The deal means that Jazz’s games will air simultaneously on 1280 AM / 97.5 FM (The Zone), while some regular season games (when BYU games are not in conflict) and all playoff games. will be broadcast simultaneously on KSL (1160 AM / 102.7 FM). David Locke and Ron Boone will call the games on both platforms.

In addition, Bonneville is making changes to the station’s programming, including severing ties with longtime host and Tribune columnist Gordon Monson. In 2001, Craig Bolerjack, the gaming man for Monson and Jazz TV, founded the sports network of the area, which started out as an independent radio station before being acquired by Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment. Monson had been co-host of the station’s afternoon show, “The Big Show.”

Other radio producers were also made redundant.

The area was not part of the original Jazz sale to new owner and Qualtrics co-founder Ryan Smith, but a deal between the two parties for the radio station was reached in May.

“Bonneville is proud to partner with the Utah Jazz, and we are grateful for the trust the Jazz has placed in us with their radio assets,” said Darrell Brown, president of Bonneville, in a statement. “Our two companies are uniquely aligned, share deep roots in Utah, and focus on serving a local audience with a commitment to high quality content and operations.”

“Our alignment of radio and streaming with the KSL platform for Utah Jazz games is a tremendous opportunity to bring our team to more fans on a much larger broadcast footprint,” said Jim Olson , president of Utah Jazz, in a statement. “The Zone has been the highest rated sports radio station on the market, and this partnership with KSL digital assets, equipment and experience will only further enhance the listening experience for jazz fans and sport. “

This story will be updated.


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