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The Miracle Of The Gulls And Other Utah Legends

Kelsie Moore


One of Utah’s many oddities is its state bird: the California Gull. But did you know that the humble gull is the hero in its own miracle tale?

This Friday, we’re looking at the story that made Utah – a landlocked state – honor the gull, along with other folktales from our state’s history. Whether you’re celebrating Pioneer Day or Pie and Beer Day this July 24, join us at 11 a.m. for stories from Utah’s rich cultural past. We’ll also talk about what folklore is and examine its purpose and importance within a community. 


  • Dr. Lynne McNeill, assistant professor of English in the Folklore Program at Utah State University AND cofounder of the Digital Folklore Project. She’s the author of Folklore Rules: A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies.
  • Dr. Christopher Blythe, research associate with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, author of Terrible Revolution: Latter Day Saints and the American Apocalypse.
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.