KSL NewsRadio’s Doug Wright hosts final program

Jun 30, 2023, 5:56 PM | Updated: 6:04 pm

Smiling Doug Wright...

Hosting The Movie Show was just aspect of the legacy that Doug Wright will leave behind. He's been a part of the KSL NewsRadio family for 45 years. (Doug Wright)

(Doug Wright)

SALT LAKE CITY – After nearly 45 years at KSL NewsRadio, Doug Wright has announced he will be retiring from his role as co-host of the KSL Movie Show. His final show will be Fri., June 30. Wright joined KSL on June 1, 1978.

After hosting a daily news talk show for more than three decades, Wright stepped back from daily hosting in 2018. But Wright continued to be a key part of the station lineup. He continued to co-host the popular and long-running The KSL Movie Show each Friday from 9 a.m. to noon with movie critic Steve Salles.

In 2018, Wright also stepped in as host of the weekly KSL 5 TV show Sunday Edition, which covers news and politics and airs Sundays at 9 a.m.

Eureka celebrates Doug Wright’s impact on the community

“It has been a treat for Doug to continue hosting ‘The KSL Movie Show’ and ‘Sunday Edition’ the last five years,” said Tanya Vea, Bonneville International executive vice president of content and Salt Lake City market manager. “We were able to celebrate KSL NewsRadio’s 100th anniversary with Doug and he will always be part of the KSL family.

“As we say goodbye to Doug, we look to the future and are excited to welcome Andy Farnsworth and Steve Salles as the new hosts. I am confident the Movie Show listeners will be in great hands with them.”

For Doug Wright, a radio career began at age 16

Although born and raised in Sugar House, Wright got his first job in radio at KDYL in Tooele when he was just 16 years old. Soon after, he landed part-time jobs at KSOP and KRSP while still holding down a job at a grocery store.

At one point, he had so many radio jobs that he sometimes “screwed up” the call letters on the air.

Within a few years, he found his permanent home with KSL NewsRadio. In 2010, Wright won a prestigious National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for “Large Market Personality of the Year.

He has hosted some version of The KSL Movie Show since his first week as a KSL talk show host in 1985.

The KSL Movie Show will continue to air Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon with KSL personality and movie critic Andy Farnsworth. Farnsworth has led the KSL Traffic Center for 20 years. He has been reviewing movies for KSL TV since 2015.

For the past seven years, Farnsworth has hosted the KSL Podcast “Fan Effect“. The KSL Movie Show co-host and critic Steve Salles will continue to host the program along with Farnsworth.

“I am beyond excited for this opportunity!” says Farnsworth. “I hope to honor the legacy that Doug leaves behind and continue the fun and special relationship shared with the Movie Show audience.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

(Provo Police Department)...

Josh Ellis

Man arrested after allegedly stealing, crashing van at Provo rail yard

PROVO — A 26-year-old man has been arrested after police say he stole an accessibility van and crashed it at a rail yard in southern Provo. Janna-Lee Holland, public information officer for the Provo Police Department, said officers received reports of a 2009 Dodge Caravan that was stolen from a gas station near 900 W. […]

14 seconds ago

FILE: A Utah Highway Patrol vehicle in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Dese...

Josh Ellis

US 89 closed in Logan Canyon due to semi rollover crash

Both directions of U.S. Highway 89 have been closed in Logan Canyon due to a crash.

2 hours ago

Matt Gephardt reviewing the letter sent to Robert Bohman. (KSL TV)...

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage, KSL TV

Get Gephardt helps man stuck with an out-of-network bill for a test his insurance pre-authorized

After a Morgan man went for a medical test pre-authorized by his insurance, he was surprised with an out-of-network bill he thought he was covered for. Get Gephardt helped him to sort everything out.

12 hours ago

Andre Posen, his wife Bridgette, and their two children. (KSL TV)...

Debbie Worthen

‘They saved my family’: father recounts miracles after his family was hit by a car

The father and husband of a family who was hit by a car and pinned underneath it recounts his side of the story, crediting their livelihood and survival to miracles, a group of teenagers, and an airmen that came to their rescue.

13 hours ago

A still image taken from body camera footage released by Cottonwood Heights Police Department detai...

Mary Culbertson

Body camera footage shows man arrested, later charged for pointing toy gun at officers

Police body camera footage shows the arrest of Sven Oakeson, after he pointed a toy gun at the arresting officer and remained agitated and uncooperative while being detained.

14 hours ago

A still from Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, an offici...

Larry D. Curtis

Sundance slate features big names with cinema newcomers in Utah festival’s 40th edition

The titles and summaries of the films that will place Utah and the Sundance Film Festival into the center of the movie world in January were announced Wednesday. The extensive slate of films includes some household names right alongside first-time directors and actors who hope to break into cinema in a big way.

15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

KSL NewsRadio’s Doug Wright hosts final program