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RadioActive: Clean Air, Community Organizer in Chief, Punk Rock Farmer

April 5, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones


In a special one-hour, LIVE edition of RadioActive, host Nick Burns talked clean air with Ted Wilson of UCAIR, a visit from the Community Organizer in Chief with SLC Mayor Ralph Becker, and urban farming with Aldine, KRCL’s own Punk Rock Farmer, Felecia Maxfield-Barrett of Wasatch Community Gardens, and Carly Gillespie of BUG Farms.


040515 RadioActive Radiothon     


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Punk Rock Farmer t-shirts available when you invest in your community radio station during Radiothon!

POTUS Speech on the Economy at Hill Air Force Base

April 5, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

KRCL’s Lara Jones attended President Obama’s speech on the economy at Hill Air Force Base today and brought back this…

Posted by KRCL 90.9FM on Friday, April 3, 2015

Just One Question: Affordable Housing and Urban Living

April 2, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones



Unveiling of branding for “Station Center,” a two-block redevelopment area
Salt Lake City wants to see become an urban living mecca.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker issued a call to developers Thursday to turn city-owned properties located between the historic Rio Grande Depot and UTA’s Salt Lake Central Station into an urban living mecca. The city wants to attract people who want to live downtown and give up their car, or at the very least drive it less and use mass transit that’s right there, and they want to attract a variety of income levels. So I have just one question for D.J. Baxter, executive director of Salt Lake City’s Redevelopment Agency or RDA – how will you ensure affordable housing is part of the mix?


J1Q Station Center and Affordable Housing     

Just One Question: What’s on Top of an Astronomical Bucket List?

April 2, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones


Just a few weeks ago, we had the trifecta of celestial happenings – the spring equinox, a solar eclipse and a super moon all at the same time. This weekend there will be a lunar eclipse that you can see from right here in Utah. For skywatchers, any celestial event is a treat. KRCL’s Lara Jones has Just One Question: What’s at the top of an astronomical bucket list? To find out, she talked with someone recently awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, Patrick Wiggins.


J1Q - Astro Bucket List     


If you have more questions for Wiggins—NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador to Utah—you can reach out to him on his website,

The R.O.I.: Climbers Cleaning Up

March 31, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

Jonathan Thesenga (right) of Black Diamond Equipment talks with climbers at Momentum Climbing Gym about the upcoming Rock Project Tour, which stops in SLC April 10-12.

The R.O.I. brings you stories of people creating a positive return on investment in the community.

Climbing gyms have exploded across the country. According to Climbing Business Journal, there were 353 commercial climbing gyms in the US. in 2014, with another 40 expected to open this year. KRCL’s Lara Jones talks with Jonathan Thesenga, global sports marketing manager at Salt Lake-based Black Diamond Equipment, about the growing sport and the challenges that come with more people not only climbing in the gym, but in the canyons.


ROI - Climbers Cleaning Up     



A casual Friday at Momentum Climbing Gym in Millcreek.


If you’re interested in helping to cleanup The Bog in Little Cottonwood Canyon, you’ll want to register for the 2015 Rock Project Tour, which stops in SLC April 10-12. Thesenga sent us the following photos to show what kind of work will be done during the cleanup event April 11:







Just One Question: Why Should You Update Your Gas Can?

March 31, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

The EPA says the average American household owns about 2 gas cans – most of them thin plastic. So guess what, they’re releasing VOCs, volatile organic compounds, into the air. If your garage is attached to your house? Well, those VOCs are making their way to you. UCAIR will hold a free gas can exchange April 11th, give them an old and empty one, they’ll give you a new one. But I haven’t been impressed with the newer gas cans. So I have just one question, why should I change out my gas can?


J1Q UCAIR Gas Can Exchange     


Exchange your empty, pre-2009 gas can Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:

SLC: Chevron, 280 W. 2100 S.

Provo: Provo Towne Center Mall, 1200 Towne Center Blvd.

Layton: Davis County Landfill, 1997 E. 3500 N.

Ogden: Chevron, 1855 Skyline Dr.


More details on the Chevron/UCAIR Gas Can Exchange:



RadioActive: Growth Patterns

March 29, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones


What will Utah look like in 2050? More suburbs or more downtown high-rise apartments? More cars? More trains? Cleaner air?

Host Nick Burns talks with Robert Grow, president of Envision Utah, which will issue its Your Utah Your Future survey this week. Find out what will be in it and why.

Plus, producer Lara Jones talks about development that is reshaping Salt Lake City at the street level right now. Guests: Micah Peters of Clearwater Homes, which has two projects near Pioneer Park, and Isaac Riddle of, a new website focusing exclusively on urban development and trends.

If you’re looking for the housing initiative mentioned by Peters, visit


Radioactive 29 March 2015     

VoxPop: Affordable Housing Goes Where?

March 27, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

Fairpark CC

Salt Lake City has announced a 5,000 doors campaign to add that many affordable housing units in the Capital City. Will those units be spread across the city or, as some fear, concentrated on the city’s west side. City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa attended Thursday night’s Fairpark Community Council meeting to get feedback from residents. Here’s some of what they had to say:


VoxPop Affordable Housing SLC     



Just One Question: Is a Poetry Slam More Beat Poets or Punk Rock?

March 27, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

wasatch wordsmiths

The Salt City Poetry Slam Finals—featuring nationally-recognized Lexus Verses and Flow poet Tim Toaster Henderson—are coming up Tuesday, March 31st, at the Off Broadway Theater in downtown SLC. The top 5 performance poets will represent Salt Lake City at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA, in August. Now, if it’s been awhile since you saw any poetry slammed in front of you, you may have just one question about what to expect  – is it more beat poets or punk rock? Gray of Wasatch Wordsmiths says it’s all in the presentation:


J1Q Poetry Slam Finals Tuesday Night     


The Salt City Poetry Slam Finals featuring Tim Toaster Henderson start at 8 p.m. $7 General Admission. $5 for students. Teachers/educators get in free!

Punk Rock Farmer: Pest Management

March 27, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
KRCL's Punk Rock Farmer
Wondering how to manage pests in the garden and keep it organic? Find out in the latest edition of the Punk Rock Farmer with KRCL volunteer Aldine. Special guest: USU professor and entomologist Diane Alston.


PRF Pest Management