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Wes Bowen, 1924-2003

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Allow us a personal reflection today.

A former member of the KSL Editorial Board and a pioneer in the field of writing and producing broadcast editorials died last week. This is the day of his memorial service.

We speak of Wes Bowen.

During the sixties and most of the seventies, Wes was the driving force in the KSL Editorial effort. He researched and wrote literally thousands of editorial opinions to help guide community discussion on the key issues of that period

In the public's recollection, though, Wes will be best remembered for other broadcasting endeavors. He pioneered and hosted a talk show program for KSL Radio called Public Pulse. Each night at 9, listeners would call in to express their views on-air, live, on a variety of topics. It became a prototype for today's popular talk radio format.

Wes also loved jazz. He translated that passion into a popular ongoing program on various radio stations. Indeed, he became a recognized expert on the jazz genre.

In every venture, a certain charm and air of sophistication, undoubtedly the result of his birth and upbringing in England, endeared him to his fans.

The KSL Editorial Board acknowledges the ongoing influence of Wes Bowen in the work we do. We honor him for the standard he set.

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