Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bob O'Connor R.I.P. - Words From a Friend

By Joe Nelson

   As many of you already know, Bob O'Connor has passed away. While doing some research I came across the post of Bob's friend  Kenny Weissberg. With Kenny's permission, I wanted to share his words, as I feel they were very poignant.

Many people in the San Diego radio/music community lost a dear friend today with the passing of Bob O’Connor. Long time KiFM program director (before reinventing himself professionally many times during the past two decades), Bob was one of the most optimistic and gregarious people I have ever known. I will never forget him.
Bob O’Connor was one of the first new friends I made shortly after I relocated to San Diego in 1983, switching careers from radio/journalism to become the producer of a fledgling concert series called Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay. When I made an appointment to introduce myself and pick his brain about the San Diego market, Bob and I hit it off immediately and have been friends ever since. We were both East Coast transplants who shared a passion for music, radio, and sports . . . we never ran out of things to talk about.
During the early years of Humphrey’s, I relied on Bob for countless brainstorming sessions and long lunches to help me “sculpt” a full-fledged concert series. It was a huge boost to me to have the program director of the #1 rated station on my side. When I expressed doubts that Humphrey’s could compete successfully against the bigger, more established concert companies in town, Bob pooh-poohed my negativity and assured me that I could succeed.
Over the course of the next few years, Bob introduced me to every music promo person in LA and connected me to influential managers I might otherwise not have met. Largely due to Bob’s energy and collaborative spirit, I produced concerts by David Sanborn, Kenny G, Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, George Benson, Hiroshima, Earl Klugh, Grover Washington Jr., Larry Carlton, Bobby Caldwell, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Acoustic Alchemy, The Rippingtons, Wynton Marsalis, Stanley Jordan, Michael Franks, and countless others. Bob O’Connor and his wonderful staff at KiFM helped put Humphrey’s on the international map.
Even when I switched the direction of the concert series to include rock, blues, folk, comedy, country, and world music . . . which meant deemphasizing smooth jazz . . .Bob was still there for me, always offering encouragement and musical suggestions. He also doubled as my volunteer fashion consultant, insisting that I should have a more diverse wardrobe than jeans and t-shirts when I emceed the Humphrey’s shows. After many lunches at CafĂ© Japengo (Bob’s favorite restaurant near the KiFM studios in La Jolla . . . he knew every sushi chef and waitress by name . . .), Bob would drag me to GQ for an upgrade. The purple sports jacket that I wore several times in the late ‘80s is all because of Bob O.
Bob O’Connor also created the opportunity for me to return to my first love of radio. In 1993, KiFM was losing their long time “straight ahead” jazz specialty show host Ron Galon, who was relocating to Atlanta. Bob asked me to replace him, despite the fact that I hadn’t done a radio show in ten years. Not being an “expert” in jazz, I suggested a wide ranging show that incorporated jazz with world music, rock, blues, R&B, and all of the genres influenced by jazz. Bob immediately said, “Let’s go for it” and “Music Without Boundaries” was born.
How many program directors in the constricted world of commercial radio would have taken that chance? One. Bob O’Connor.
In 1996, KiFM was sold, the new owners cleaned house, and Bob was one of the casualties. I left KiFM shortly after Bob did, but I continued hosting/producing “Music Without Boundaries” for 14 years on five different San Diego radio stations. It was a soulful once-a-week endeavor for me and I owe it all to the vision of Bob O’Connor.
Although Bob moved to LA (to work for Norman Lear among other jobs) and we no longer collaborated professionally, we remained fast friends. Whenever I trekked to LA on concert business, Bob and I always made time for lunch at a trendy restaurant of his choice. We shot the shit about Bonnie Raitt’s latest album, the Chargers blowing fourth quarter leads, the Padres’ fire sales after San Diego built them a new stadium, and his love of the L.A. Kings.
I was so happy when Bob moved back to San Diego and reinvented himself as an Apple Certified Professional as well as an audio/visual consultant/installer. He became my go-to-guy for rewiring my media room, upgrading my computers and smart phones, and keeping me up to speed in the world of tech. The only downside was that when Bob would leave our home after six hours of work, all of my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were gone, devoured by Bob O!
As Bob has departed on his most adventurous journey, I wanted to express one friend’s love for him . . . and I’m just one of so many whose lives he has made more fulfilling. I will always treasure our 33 years of camaraderie, collaboration and laughter. My heartfelt condolences go out to his mom and his loved ones.
God speed, Bob O! Save me a spicy tuna hand roll on the other side!

Thank you, Kenny.

Kenny is the author of the award winning memoir "Off My Rocker" which includes several chapters involving San Diego radio.

He is also known as the former host of the award winning show 'Music Without Boundaries'


Friday, February 24, 2017

CBS San Diego Cuts Continue

By Joe Nelson

   In what has been a disturbing trend, CBS Radio San Diego has relived two more personalities.

Hula Ramos and Dorothy Tran, both from The AJ Show on ENERGY 103.7 have been let go.

Hula, Dorothy, and the others released, I am so sorry.

Please remember I post job listings here regularly and you can also post your resumes if you so choose.

Be well.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SanDiegoRadio Job Board 2-22-17

By Joe Nelson

Account Executive (Radio Sales)
KFMB Stations - San Diego, CA
KFMB Stations is searching for an advertising radio sales Account Executive for our AM News Talk station (760 KFMB-AM). We are looking for candidates that are familiar with the format of the station as well as the lifestyle of 760 KFMB-AM listeners and that can consistently develop successful new business marketing campaigns both “on-air” and “on-line” ( This position will be required to create and maintain strong relationships with clients, attend client/station promotional events and ensure daily prospecting and excellent closing skills to achieve monthly revenue goals. Additionally, this position requires the ability to successfully complete efficient “client needs analysis” interviews, craft effective proposals and client correspondence, present information to and interface with clients, as well as collect payment from clients. We can provide some one-on-one coaching and/or industry training; however, a minimum 3 years’ proven successful “sales experience” is required. Candidates must possess a current valid driver's license and can provide proof of current automobile insurance.
Job Type: Full-time

For more, click ------> HERE

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)
KHTS-FMPop CHR4.94.75.7
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
XHTZ-FMPop CHR4.85.14.6
KMYI-FMHot AC4.84.44.3
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits4.23.64.2
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC4.64.34.2
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
KLNV-FMMexican Regional3.94.24.1
KGB-FMClassic Rock3.83.63.5
KIOZ-FMActive Rock3.43.33.1
KEGY-FMPop CHR2.72.72.9
KFMB-FMMainstream Rock2.42.32.8
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
XPRS-FMClassic Hits2.32.41.8
XPRS-AMAll Sports1.31.31.5
KLSD-AMAll Sports0.70.91.2
XHTY-FMMexican Regional0.91.11.1
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits0.20.30.2
XEMO-AMMexican Regional**0.1
XHA-FMMexican Regional0.3*0.1
XEPE-AMAll Sports0.30.1*

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Why So Quiet?

By Joe Nelson

   Some have been messaging me where I went. I thought I'd jump on here and give a quick explanation.


   We all have it, sometimes it's busy, sometimes it's smooth. I have no words for what my 'real job' is right now in terms of the workload. I have worked here 20 years and I have never seen it this busy. We are working 12-14 hour days plus Saturdays. It's been a couple weeks of this so far.

   I am still monitoring everything radio, and you have my word I will get it on here if anything breaks.

   I don't believe I have missed anything big. I know the CBS/Entercom merger last week was HUGE, but before I could blink it was plastered all over social media, so I felt it took care of itself there.

   Have a great rest of the week, and an even better weekend!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jack Vincent 1917 - 2017

By Joe Nelson

  Sad news to report today.

Radio (KCBQ) legend Jack Vincent has passed away at the age of 99.

Jack recently came home to live comfortably after spending some time at the Grossmont Acute Care Center.

Jack was one of a kind, and I am honored to have been his friend.

What a great life this man had, he told many stories while we played pool at Shotgun Tom Kelly's house, I never once beat him in a game.

Condolences to Jack's family and friends.

He was a treasure, that is for sure.

Thanks to Owen 'Wes' Western, here is the Benny goodman clip Jack used to close his shows at KCBQ: Click Here

Here is a video from his birthday a couple years ago at Shotgun's house, courtesy of Terry Frost: Click Here

Friday, January 27, 2017

Brianna Avalos has submitted her resume for your consideration

By Joe Nelson

Brianna LuRee Avalos
2805 Adrian Street | San Diego, CA 92110
619.861.5034 |


San Diego State University                                                                                  San Diego, CA
Bachelor of Arts | Liberal Arts Communication                               August 2015 – December 2016
San Diego Mesa College                                                                                        San Diego, CA
Associate’s Degree | Applied Communication                                       January 2013 – May 2015


Music Submissions Director                                                                               San Diego, CA
KCR College Radio                                                                                        August 2015 - Present
·         Responsible of listening to all music submissions and compiling a FCC approved quality control rotation.  Worked mostly with Google Drive but also with physical submissions.
·         Collaborated and utilized written and verbal communication skills along with the management team to plan and run events, weekly meetings, giveaways, and concerts. 
·         Created and managed meetings for clients while delivering a dynamic presentation ranging perspectives of the station.
·         Managed the station’s blog (e.g. Wordpress) and social medias (e.g. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) by communicating effectively to readers and listeners.
·         Represented the station at various events including the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Convention in New York, New York 2016. 
·         Recipients of the best college station in the nation and best blog in the nation awards.

Morning Show / Promotions Intern                                                                 San Diego, CA
KPRi 102.1 FM                                                                                             May 2013 – June 2014
·         Assisted morning show crew with playlists, San Diego- related news stories and traffic updates, and call center.
·         Aided the promotions department with online activity including blogging and social media, mass emails to listeners, reaching out to winners, and distributing prizes.  Worked mostly with Microsoft Office.
·         Maintained a clean office environment including alphabetizing on-air commercials with outside companies, labeling submissions, and preparing to set up at events.


Student Nutrition Organization, San Diego State University              August 2015 - Present
PSFA Civil Core, San Diego State University                                         August 2015 – Present

Mama’s Kitchen, San Diego, CA                                                              April 2012 – May 2013