Our Mission & Vision
We work hard to service the citizens of our area with timely, relevant information in a format that is easy to access and navigate. We know you need information you can trust, and you don’t have time to hunt for it. Our job is to put all the important facts you need right here, in a format that doesn’t try to tell you what to think.
We’d like to see a world where everyone unites and connects with each other through love and harmony. Our way of working toward that world is providing unbiased information and opportunities for inclusive community events and then allowing our audience to use their knowledge and wisdom to unite with one another in meaningful ways.
We believe that credibility, integrity, trust, and charity matter; that’s why we’re committed to diligent research, honest and fair reporting, following through with our promises, and serving those who need our help. We’ll do all that we can to live up to those values each and every day.
Why We Care
Basin Now is locally owned and operated by Evans Family Media. Our employees and our clients are part of our family, because family is about more than just biology–it is about human connection.
The people we interact with every day bring value and meaning to our lives, so it’s important to us that we offer the same to them in return. We know that information, engagement, and entertainment can unite people and communities, even across barriers that can be created by politics, ideals, religion, age, race, gender, and more. In spite of our many differences, we have more in common than we realize or acknowledge. If we will focus on those commonalities, our community can be a united force for good.
BasinNow.com is the Uintah Basin’s hometown online newspaper. Our site provides users instant access to local news headlines, current events, and hometown features. Our articles are concise and easy to read so that users don’t need to spend a lot of time or energy to stay connected and informed. We focus on bringing the community together through information, entertainment, and engagement.
Newstalk 104.5 FM and AM 920 KVEL is the Region’s Information Powerhouse!
With a full-time local news director and local correspondents, KVEL provides the region’s only daily source of local and regional news.
KVEL has the nation’s best rated talk show hosts including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and others coupled with local community events and features, promote active listening and exceptional branding opportunities for advertisers.
Newstalk KVEL is a Utah Jazz affiliate and provides local play-by-play sports coverage for local high school teams.
Primary Target Audience: Adults 35 plus – 70/30 Male/Female
KIFX 98.5 The Fox – The Basin’s Best Music.
To keep the music fresh and the audience listening longer, we play a popular blend of well researched adult contemporary hits from three generations. Live and local personalities add local charm to the programming day. 98.5 The Fox is the Basin’s “at work” station that everyone can agree on.
Primary Target Audience: Adults 25-49; Secondary, 18-34. 70/30 Female/Male composition.
Eagle Country 105.5 KLCY is Northeastern Utah’s Heritage FM Country Station.
Mainstream Country. Locally owned, locally programmed and locally managed. The community comes to KLCY to be entertained and made aware of local news and events. Live and local personalities provide a perfect balance of entertainment and local charm. A careful blend of well researched music and promotion keeps the audience listening longer.
Primary Target Audience: Adults 25-49; Secondary 18-34. 60/40 Female/Male Composition.
Steve Evans (President/Owner)
Steve’s Broadcast Career began in 1985. He has experience working in markets like Salt Lake City, Springfield Mo, Albuquerque N.M., Wichita Ks, and Saint George Utah. Since 1994 Steve has raised a family and lived in Vernal and is proud to call North Eastern Utah home. A Reagan Republican since 1980, Steve is a champion of conservative values both social and political. Holding firm to these values in business has been a philosophy that has served Evans Family Media and the communities it serves well.
Justin Taylor (On Air Personality)
Originally from Iowa, Justin moved to Utah in high school and attended Murray High, it was then he started an internship at a station and fell in love with radio. Over the past 25 years, he has worked at stations across the country and now Vernal is his new home. When not on the air you can catch him boating at Flaming Gorge every chance he gets. Justin loves cooking on his smoker, building things in his garage, anything to do with his truck and to hang with friends and his dog Oakley. Listen to Justin weekday afternoons on KIFX 98.5 The Fox and mid-days on Eagle Country 105.5 KLCY.
Having spent nearly 20 years as a manager in the retail trade industry and 10 years in the restaurant and catering business, Lisa provides a wealth of information to local merchants seeking better ways to brand, merchandise and market their products and services. Her positive and fun personality make working with her a delight. She is a mother, grandmother and a hometown native of the Uintah Basin.
Janet Crinklaw (Business Manager)
Having retired after a career with the telephone company, Janet brings a myriad of experience to her position as office manager. Her organization skills, knowledge of software and accounting keeps our business office running smooth and efficient. Having spent over 10 years in this position, Janet is the go to person to find a solution to nearly any office or operational problem.
Barry Johnson (Marketing Consultant)
With a background in broadcast and digital marketing, Barry helps clients develop local marketing strategies that yield results. His strong listening and communication skills serve to identify customer needs and suggest an effective marketing solution. Integrity and empathy for his client’s needs establish his reputation as a strong leader in the local marketing industry.
Michael Evans (Partner/Manager)
Partner Voicing and helping to write radio commercials since he was 7, Michael has grown up in the broadcast communications business. Growing up in the Uintah Basin, he understands the impact local media can have on a community. His vision, strong communication skills and lifetime of experience helps build a product platform which helps to better showcase our client’s marketing message.
Matt Wilber (Operations Manager and Programs Director)
Matt started in radio during his senior year in high school at KISN 97 in Salt Lake City, then went to 94.9 KZHT after high school. During one of his early jobs in radio, he was the “stunt boy” for the morning crew. Fun times! After moving around the SLC radio market for a few years he moved to St. George as a morning show host for 6 years at STAR 98 FM. He then went to work at Planet 105.1 as a morning show host. Matt is now serving as the Operations Manager for Evans Family Media, 98.5 The Fox, Eagle Country 105.5 and Newstalk 104.5 FM and AM 920 KVEL in Vernal. Matt has a passion for small town radio and loves to be involved with the community. If you see him and his 4 French Bulldogs, Taz, Trixie, Taffi and Katie around town, be sure to stop and say hi! You can listen to Matt weekday mornings on 98.5 The Fox and afternoons on Eagle Country 105.5 KLCY.
Sheri Remington (Sales Manager)
Sheri Remington has been in broadcast sales for 17 years having worked representing a variety of formats and markets. Sheri is especially skilled in customizing advertising campaigns for businesses in variety of product categories. Let her go to work for you building an advertising campaign that get results. Call Sheri at (435) 790-6104
Amy Richards (Mornings on KLCY and Afternoons on 98.5 The Fox)
Amy is a broadcast veteran with over 15 years in the business. Amy produces a live morning show on Eagle Country KLCY and afternoons on 98.5 The Fox. She is fantastic as the personality for live radio broadcasts and community and station events. Contact us to have Amy produce an imaging ad for your business. (435) 789-0920
Kristin Forbis (News Reporter)
Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom. While Kristin had never heard of Vernal, she was excited when Brian took a job in the area in 2007. As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.
Barbra Collins (Traffic Director)
A native of Scotland, Barbara greets callers with a friendly Scottish brogue. Her lively personality and passion for her work make her a valued member of our team!
Jaisha Evans (Partner/Website Editor)
An English major student from Uintah Basin’s own Utah State University, Jaisha enjoys expanding her writing and editorial skills into digital media. She was introduced to radio when she married Michael Evans, and has been grateful for the opportunity to work from home while being a stay-at-home mom to two young children.
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