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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Updated: Sudden Morning Show Opening at MAX FM

By Joe Nelson
   If you saw my article Friday, you'd notice MAX FM is looking for an addition to their morning show. Article Here
   Jack Diamond was hired August 18, and he quits after one week. I can't recall that ever happening before. UPDATED: SDR Source tells me Jack Diamond has accepted an offer at WLS Chicago.

   Where will they go from here? In the interim Frank Anthony will fill the role along with Kim Morrison.

   Maybe the next morning show host is you? Click here for details.

Thanks for tuning in to SanDiegoRadio

August 2014 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight

By Joe Nelson
The August 2014 edition of the SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Marsi Latimer!
Marsi, thanks for taking the time for

What is your current position/title?

 Traffic and Weather Anchor/Reporter/Producer for Total Traffic and Weather Networks ( heard on 15 different stations locally)

What are your favorite parts of the job?

  I really enjoy hearing from listeners who tell me I helped them out of a bad traffic situation and they are thankful for all that I do to help detour them on the roads!

Who are your all time favorite musical artists?

  I love most 80s music and had a blast this summer seeing so many of my favorite artists in concerts, including The FIXX, Huey Lewis and the News, Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, and Def Leppard!  Current favorite artist would have to be Katy Perry-- she's a doll!

Tell me about your personal side

  I am a third-generation native San Diegan who has worked in this capacity at ClearChannel since January of 2000.  Prior to that, I was a TV news anchor/reporter/producer in several other markets, after obtaining my BA degree in broadcast journalism from SDSU.  I also worked briefly for AirWatch in the mid- 90s (providing overnight radio newscasts for 760 KFMB ).

What are your favorite restaurants?

  I enjoy dining out quite often and especially love Casa de Pico in Grossmont Center, The Tequila Factory in Old Town, and Old Venice in Point Loma. The list could go on and on... 

What are your movie interests?

  I enjoy comedy and/ or adventure movies -- ones that make me laugh and sit on the edge of my seat! ( No horror though-- I Hate scary movies!).
Some of my all time favorite movies include Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Indiana Jones (complete collection), and Back to the Future (the first one).

Do you have any hobbies?

  Hobbies of mine include volunteering for Empty Cradle organization (in memory of my daughter Alexis Michelle Latimer ) and being a Deacon at my church (Fletcher Hills Presbyterian Church).  I also enjoy working out, playing tennis, swimming, snorkeling, and spending quality time with my family, especially my 8-year-old son Dallas.

What are your favorite parts of the city?

  My favorite parts of San Diego are all the beautiful beaches-- everywhere from Coronado to Carlsbad and especially La Jolla!
We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place!

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

  Not only do I work on radio, but I also work for the San Diego Unified School District as a Special Education Assistant.  
I also sell Cookie Lee jewelry and have a website if you care to check it out:
( My husband, Jeff Latimer, broadcast engineer and facilities manager at XETV SD 6 jokes  "I have more jobs than a Jamaican!")

... Did I mention I'm also a property manager and Realtor?! ;)

Marsi, thanks for your time!


Friday, August 29, 2014

San Diego Radio Job Board

By Joe Nelson

San Diego’s  105.7 MAX-FM is seeking our next morning show superstar.

If you:
·         Prep like your show depends on it (by the way – it does)
·         Understand How to entertain in a clever, concise manner
·         Want to grow an audience of fans, not just listeners
·         Are willing to put in the effort in all areas:  on-air, socially and in person.
Then this is a prime major-market opportunity in a beautiful city.  Rush resume, samples, salary requirements, references to  EOE.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DSC 25th Celebration

By Joe Nelson
   Last night Jack FM hosted approximately 250 listeners to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of the Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw Show. The private, invite only event was held at Vintana, a restaurant located on the Penthouse floor of Lexus Escondido.
   The night started off with drinks and appetizers followed by the introduction of the DSC to the stage. The roast masters were resident DSC cook and TV host Sam the Cooking Guy and comedian Mal Hall.
   After the great round of good natured barbs thrown at the morning show, there was a terrific video displayed, messages from those who could not be in attendance. Most notably two former members of the show, Bromo Abromowitz and Elaina Dore Smith. 

   After the roast, music group O A R performed, then followed by a surprise performance by local band Switchfoot.
There was a meet and greet complete with red carpet, including a chance to have a rare photo-op with the whole team. 
   The event was top notch and certainly fitting for a morning show that has stood the test of time. 25 years in one market? A great testament to the chemistry and hard work of the entire Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw show.
   A special thanks to JACK FM for allowing SanDiegoRadio to attend.

Photos from the event:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

National Radio Day - Message from the Editor

By Joe Nelson
   As we celebrate National Radio Day today, I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you for your support. I have met some tremendous people through the years and am very grateful! I appreciate you letting me back in radio and helping to share the news. SanDiegoRadio is here for YOU. 

Thanks again! -Joe

Friday, August 15, 2014

We Have a Flip!

By Joe Nelson



San Diego, CA, August 15, 2014 – After six years on the air as the Walrus 105.7 FM, Broadcast Company of the Americas is re branding the station as 105.7 MAX-FM.
The idea of re branding was to bring ‘Maximum’ music, ‘Maximum’ variety, ‘Maximum’ fun and ‘Maximum’ audience. “It’s an exciting time for us at BCA Radio as we unveil our new logo and re branded name and the final evolution of our musical recipe,” Mike Shepard, Programming-Operations Manager explained.
Shepard continues, “The Classic Hits format has evolved over the years from 60s-70s to 70s-80s. Based on extensive market research in San Diego, we saw a demand for a fun, upbeat station focused on the biggest hits from the late 70s all the way through the early 90s, ‘songs that make you feel good!’”
“While our music mix had already progressed to that point, our research also indicated that the ‘Walrus’ brand was primarily associated by the market with 60s music. Thus, the re branding to 105.7 MAX-FM.”
With the re branding comes an exciting announcement of Radio Legend, Jack Diamond returning to the San Diego airwaves, joining co-host Kim Morrison and producer Kayla Yap in the mornings, Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. The new show will be known as "“The Jack Diamond Morning Show", with Kim and Kayla."
Diamond has worked in radio on both the East and West coasts for over 25 years. His extensive experience includes legendary call-letters such as KNBR San Francisco, WABC New York, WQXI “94-Q” Atlanta, and WRQX Washington, where Diamond has hosted one of DC’s top-rated morning shows for over 24 years.
Jack returns to the San Diego market where he hosted KSON’s top rated morning show in the early 1990s, and also appeared nightly on KNSD-TV doing weather and entertainment reporting. “We are thrilled to welcome him back home,” Mike Shepard added.
Diamond has also performed as a stand-up comedian and opened for comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Tim Allen. Jack's band has shared the bill with national touring acts such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, The Moody Blues, and Elton John, as well as headlining their own shows.
“We are thrilled to have such an exciting and talented entertainer join the newly re branded 105.7 MAX-FM. Jack brings an added dimension to mornings in San Diego, with energy, humor and passion,” Norm Feuer, Vice President-Market Manager said when asked about the addition of Diamond.
The new MAX line-up includes Diamond from 6-9am, Jay Coffey 9am-2pm, and Christina Martinez joins MAX for afternoon drive 2-7pm.
Diamond explained how he was feeling about his move back to San Diego, “When I left San Diego before my 24-year run with ABC radio in Washington, DC, I told my KSON PD, Mike Shepard, that I'd be back. He said, ‘Great, when you're ready call me!’ and I did. California Dreamin' has once again become a reality. Shepard and Market Manager Norm Feuer have a great strategic plan, and we have two great partners in place in Kim & Kayla. Let the games begin!”
Thanks for tuning in!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tim Virgin Moves On

By Joe Nelson
(From Chris Patyk, PD - ENERGY 103.7)
   "Yesterday we announced Tim Virgin will be moving on to a new opportunity. This leaves us with an opening and we have posted a full time position on our Career Center."

   "Tim was one of the first hires at ENERGY and a major part of the outstanding success we have experienced to date. While it's sad to see him leave our CBS Radio family, we know this next chapter of his career will be absolutely fantastic"
Congratulations, Tim!