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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lee Baby Simms 1944-2015

By Joe Nelson

This information is from Claude Hall, former editor of Vox Jox at Billboard Magazine. has chosen to omit rumored cause of death until officially verified, out of respect for his family.

He was a veteran of KRLA, KROQ, and KMET in the 70s. This note is from Claude Hall
Lee Baby Simms
1944 - 2015
One of my best friends died yesterday. He was 72 and recovering from cancer.
Lee started his radio career at WTMA, Charleston, SC, a Top 40 radio station programmed by George Wilson.  They were friends for life, as was program director Woody Roberts (San Antonio and Hartford).
A book titled “Hitbound” about the exploits of Lee Baby Simms and Woody Roberts, is in the final draft by Dr. Robert Weisbuch, former president of Drew University.  Dr. Bob, as he is known by his radio buddies, had visited Lee several times, as well as Woody Roberts.
Like most Top 40 disc jockies, Lee worked at several radio stations.  These included KCBQ in San Diego and stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Matt Stone Officially Named 91X Morning Host

By Joe Nelson


SAN DIEGO, CA – San Diego’s alternative rock station 91X (XTRA-FM) has named Matt Stone host of the coveted ‘Morning Drive’ air shift, 6:00 to 10:00 AM.

Stone joined 91X in November 2014 as Assistant Program Director and on-air during the evening time slot. 

“Please no one pinch me,” said Stone.  “Working at 91X is a career pinnacle, and I am humbled to be given the opportunity to rise and shine every morning with San Diego and 91X listeners.”

To celebrate, Stone will hit the road tomorrow morning visiting various breakfast burrito shops, joined by local athlete and Olympic medalist Shaun White.

91X Program Director Halloran added.  “Matt knows what our listeners want, and has already worked tirelessly to deliver dynamic radio to the audience.  I am excited to see what this new chapter brings to 91X.”

91X is owned and operated by Local Media San Diego, LLC, a privately held San Diego-based company. LMSD also operates Z90.3 (XHTZ-FM) and Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jessica Chavez Gets a Co-Host Gig

By Joe Nelson

   Jessica Chavez  has accepted a position as co-host of a morning show in San Luis Obispo. I wanted to give you some background on Jessica, and then fill you in on the new position...

From Jessica:

*Started radio 2007, my senior year in High School at KPAT 95.7 The Beat in Santa Maria. Started in promotions and then bounced around filling in for on air hosts when they were out.

-2008 got the night gig on 95.7 The Beat M-F 7-midnight also did a live mix show Saturday 6p to midnight.. ( I missed my prom for that Saturday night show)

-2011 Moved to San Diego and started as an intern at Local Media of America where I soon became Kevin James producer for the Quiet Storm. Amazing to be around such a legend in Radio.

-2012 got involved in the production department and learned all about producing commercials.

-2013 Started as a traffic reporter for iHeart Media every morning from 5a-9a

-2013 got promoted to full time Production Assistant

My life= iHeart media from 5-9am then LMA from 11a-6pm then I come home and help produce Sunday Night Slow Jams for R Dub!

Starting on February 9, I will have a new job!

My new gig will be Co Hosting the morning show for a Hot AC station called Coast 101.3 part of El Dorado Broadcasters in San Luis Obispo. The station has been around forever I remember singing the station jingle when I was a kid. My co-host is Matt Thiel who has been at the station for 2 years. I am so grateful to Jagger and Kristi on Magic 92.5. They are an amazing example of a creative, passionate radio team.

Here is the link for COAST 101.3 Click HERE

Congratulations Jessica! SanDiegoRadio is proud of you!
Thanks for tuning in!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Question From a Reader

By Joe Nelson
   Occasionally I receive email from readers asking questions about radio. This one has me a bit stumped. The memory is not what it once was. Can anyone come through with an assist?

(You can email me, and I will forward it to him.)

Hi Joe,

My name is Philip (last name omitted for privacy), I live in Dallas Fort Worth and I found your website Sandiegoradio dot org

I'm looking for some information regarding the history of XHRM 92,5 FM San Diego when it was a CHR dance oriented radio known as "92.5 San Diego" and "Hot 92.5" in 1989/1990
I used to live in SanDiego between 1986-1990. I attended University of San Diego and graduated from USD in June 1990. I'd recorded several tapes of dance music/airchecks of  XHRM 92.5 back in 1989/1990 and I've converted them to MP3s and posted these recordings on my SoundCloud channel.
I'm trying to see if you might have any info as far as who was associated with XHRM 92.5 FM San Diego when it was a dance music station between 1989-1990
Thank you in advance!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

SanDiegoRadio Job Board

By Joe Nelson

Local Media San Diego, LLC is seeking individual with Commercial Production experience:

Commercial Production Opening

Job Description:
-Write, produce, and voice commercials
-Work with programming to produce station promos
-Ensure all commercials for the following day has been loaded
-Ensure all content follow FCC guidelines
-Be on call for emergency situations

Required Skills:
-Ability to write and produce effective commercials
-Excellent organizational skills
-Excellent communication skills
-Ability to multitask
-Effectively interact with Sales, Traffic, and Programming staff
-Assign commercial production as needed
-Familiar with digital editing and Nexgen

-Minimum two years of commercial production experience

To apply, please send resume to   We offer a competitive benefits package.  Absolutely no phone calls please.

General Summary
The Social Media Specialist role is responsible for the ongoing management and growth of Local Media’s social media and web presence in alignment with business strategies and goals. This person will collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop marketing and communications plans that leverage the digital space for three radio stations. This position will report directly to the Social Media/Content Manager.

Key Accountabilities

Content Creation:
·        Responsible for developing engaging content across social channels and brand websites. This content will include blog posts, tweets, Facebook status updates, pins, photos, and videos.
·        Aid on-air personalities in growing their personal blog traffic on,, and
·        Work with promotions and sales teams to promote upcoming events around San Diego.

·        Leverage measurement tools to provide monthly progress reports and insights while continually finding ways to improve on those metrics through testing and new initiatives.
·        Research competitor’s website and social presence, deriving value from their successful campaigns.

Community Management:
·        Engage with and reply to listener comments on all social channels in a timely manner.
·        Be an active part of the San Diego community, both online and at events.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
·        Excellent writer and editor with impeccable grammar
·        Real-world experience in planning, managing, and executing social media initiatives across owned and earned media
·        Knowledge of current digital marketing best-practices and understanding of digital production processes
·        Brand management expertise
·        Action-oriented individual who is comfortable working in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
·        WordPress experience a plus
·        Google Analytics experience a plus

         2+ years Marketing/Advertising experience in the digital space
         BA/BS with focus on Communications or related field

Please send resume to   We offer a competitive benefits package.  Absolutely no phone calls please.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pandar at Night

By Joe Nelson
From R Dub (Interoffice Memo):

After scouring the nation and the many stellar candidates inside our own building, I’m happy to announce Sean “Pandar” Yaghmaee as the official “nighttime” personality on Z90!

Over the years, Pandar’s efforts, hard work, team attitude and unbridled enthusiasm makes him the perfect choice for this very high-profile position.  Pandar will be on Monday-Thursday from 6PM-midnight and Fridays 6PM-10PM.

Please congratulate him when you see him in the hallways.  You may or may not see some farm animals in the studio on Wednesdays—this has been approved by Gregg and Angelique.
Congrats Pandar!
R Dub!
Director of Programming
Z90 / Magic 92.5
San Diego

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