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Friday, September 19, 2014

98.1 Names New Nighttime Host

By Joe Nelson



   San Diego, CA – Lincoln Financial Media adult contemporary station KIFM (98.1 FM)
announced the addition of popular nationally-syndicated personality Delilah to its
weeknight lineup.

The top-rated show features Delilah's blend of story-telling, sympathetic listening and
encouragement - all scored with Easy 98.1's musical artists. Often referred to as the
"Oprah of Radio," Delilah attracts millions of listeners on more than 150 radio stations,
making her the most listened-to woman on radio in the U.S.

"Easy 98.1 has become a top station for at-work listening and now we want to allow our
fans to connect with Delilah when they're unwinding at night," said Mike Vasquez, KIFM
Program Director. "Her positive and authentic approach is compelling and comfortable,
making her show the perfect addition to our on-air lineup."
Delilah airs from 6 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, beginning September 22.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Steve West Returns

By Joe Nelson
   Legendary jock Steve West tells in an exclusive interview that he will return to radio this Sunday on a new station, with the same show but a different name.
   Steve joins the FM 94/9 team and will do his Sunday show, now called "Legends of Alternative". It will air 6-10AM.

   Steve will also perform fill-in work at the station.

Congratulations Steve!

SanDiegoRadio Job Board

By Joe Nelson


Part Time Per Diem Promotions Assistant

BCA Radio San Diego is seeking experienced per diem promotions assistant.  Candidate will be responsible for planning, setting up/breaking down, and executing

Candidate should be able to lift 30-50lbs on occasion.  Candidate will be expected to drive station vehicles, therefore excellent driving record will be required. 
Candidate will work within multiple departments and be an effective, proactive communicator. 

Candidate will possess excellent organization, strong computer skills,
multi-tasking, superb customer service.  Candidate will be coordinating with customers and listeners.  Candidate will work independently, often times in high-stress,
time-critical situations, and be adaptable to change. 

An entry-level part time position, with compensation based on experience, and will include nights, weekends and
holidays.  Please send resume, salary history for immediate consideration to  EOE.

SanDiegoRadio Exclusive Coming Soon

By Joe Nelson will have the exclusive story on where and when Steve West lands. Story coming any hour/day.

Stay Tuned!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Guest Column

By Joe Nelson
   Last week I suggested if anyone would like to write a guest column expressing their views or ideas on radio, they can have this forum. Here is the first.

David Tanny

     There has been a longtime absence of funny music as a regular genre on the San Diego airwaves. The exceptions are 
when sometimes they can be found on some of  the morning drive time shows or on some of the AM talkers such as
Rush Limbaugh (where Paul Shanklin's satirical works can be heard).
     Yes, we can sometimes hear the funny songs during those times if we're lucky, but how about thinking of
playing them during the other day part hours such as middays and afternoon drive and on the FM side of the dial.
     Since about 1997, I've been experiencing the evolution of funny music since the Internet became the place
where new and emerging funny music artists can be discovered at the same time that commercial radio has
decided to take far fewer chances on funny music as a regular part of their playlists. The lyrics are smart,
make commentaries on geek culture, and make satirical jabs at pop music artists and other figures just to name
     A whole culture of funny music has evolved over the past two years mostly on the Internet-only side.
There's a 24/7 stream called that plays funny music. There's The Fump at
that features almost 2,000 funny songs you can stream and buy featuring some of the biggest names
in the genre of funny music, aka dementia, named for Dr. Demento (found at 
   There's even a weekly Top 20 survey that counts down the most popular funny songs of the week,
and it's been on since January of 2005 when yours truly created The Dementia Top 20, programmed, 
and hosted it until 2007 when I retired, and its successor, DJ Particle, has been running the DT20 
since then; it's now part of her own show as "Mad Music Top 20 Revenge" where she plays most 
of the newer funny songs and counts down the Top 20. 
    Lastly, but now least, there's another website run by Captain Wayne called where
listeners can stream over 1,600 episodes of funny music shows on demand.
   With all of this rich amount of funny music totaling into the low tens of thousands of recordings as
of 2015, as 24 hour funny music format for broadcast radio should be considered as at least an offering
on an HD2 or HD3 sub-channel to test the idea out (also made available on streams via the station's
websites), and if they prove popular, they can graduate onto a main HD1 (and analog) channel.
   With geek culture a part of everybody's lives, and there's no sign of Comic Con, Star Trek, 
Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, cosplaying, and others fading away anytime soon, radio should take
a chance on a 24/7 funny music format. The listeners buy the same things non-geeks buy: cars,
insurance, etc. etc.
    Dementia. The final frontier. What radio station could go where no other has gone before?

Thanks for this, David.

If you are interested in doing the same, email me at

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Have Your Say in Radio

By Joe Nelson
(This is directed at those in radio as well as listeners)

   Have you ever been thinking 'Man, if only radio would do this, or that...' 'Radio would be better if....' Etc.

   You now have your chance for your voice to be heard. I am offering to anyone who would like to be a guest columnist. This is your chance to say what is on your mind.

   If you are in radio, you can sign it anonymously. If you are a listener you can have your voice heard by every station in town.

   I welcome all emails, the only stipulation is that it be respectful and on point.

   Please email me if interested!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Where Radio and Football Legends Collide

By Joe Nelson
   Monday night marked the beginning of the Chargers 2014 football season. There were a few radio personalities out around town, I went to Sycuan Casino where in addition to the football game, Sycuan was hosting an autograph session with several players from the Bolts' past.
L-R: Anthony Miller, Wes Chandler, HOF Charlie Joiner, Lorenzo Neal, Martin Bayless and Billy Ray Smith

   While 1090's Scott and BR were broadcasting from the Game Day Sports Bar, the other players shook hands and posed for photos while DSC's Cookie Chainsaw Randolph was the emcee.

   Following Scott and BR's show, Billy Ray Smith joined the other players and Scott emceed  the remainder of the event.

   After the autograph session concluded, the group moved to the Sports Bar and enjoyed dinner while watching the Chargers game.
   A special thanks goes to Scott Kaplan for inviting me to the dinner. It was very surreal being surrounded by the players I grew up watching, including a Hall Of Famer in Charlie Joiner. It was great hearing their takes on the plays on the TV, and hearing stories of their playing days. Thanks Scott!

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(Some photos courtesy of Sycuan Casino. Thanks Sycuan)