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November 9 - Doug Barton - Mid-Utah Radio

Posted By Douglas Dyreng, Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Doug Barton was born and raised in Manti, Utah.  As a young man he worked on his father's farm and sheep ranch.  He always had an interest in electronics and broadcasting, and at a young age began experimenting with transmitters, antennas, and audio equipment. He built a low-power AM Radio Station in his basement bedroom, which later was given to Manti High School for student training.


Doug graduated from Snow College where he was an announcer and engineer for KSNO-AM, the campus radio station. After returning from an LDS Mission, he attended BYU majoring in Broadcast Communications, and worked for local Utah County radio stations KONI, KIXX, KOVO, KBYU-FM, and KBYU-TV.  While attending BYU, he returned to Sanpete County on weekends and built KEPH-FM (later to become KAGE-FM at Snow College) and low-power FM Radio Stations for Manti, North Sanpete, and Gunnison High Schools. Doug completed graduate work at BYU then was a faculty member for two years, teaching TV and radio production courses.


In 1975 he built KMTI-AM in Manti and returned to his home town to fulfill his childhood dream of owning and operating a small-market radio station.  In 1980 KMXU-FM (now KLGL-FM) joined KMTI-AM, and in 1995 Doug and his wife purchased KSVC-AM and KKWZ-FM (now KCYQ-FM) in Richfield.  Since then, KMGR-FM and KMXD-FM have also been added to the broadcast company, bringing the total to six radio stations. 


Doug has owned and operated his broadcast company for over 33 years and has balanced his business ventures with community and church service.  He currently serves on the Snow College Board of Trustees, is a former Stake President of the Snow College First LDS Stake, and is President of the Mormon Miracle Pageant.


Doug is married to Marianne McArthur from St. George, Utah.  They have eight children and four grandchildren.  Two of his sons and one son-in-law are involved in the day-to-day operation of the radio stations.
Doug's presentation topic was "The Importance of Customer Service"


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