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October 2014 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight

ByJoe Nelson   The October 2014 edition of the SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Dave Rickards!    I had the pleasure of being invited to 100.7 JACK FM's Dave Rickards' home to interview him for this Spotlight Feature. 

   I arrived and was welcomed at the door by Dave and was instantly warned of his ferocious canine, Frankie. After Frankie thoroughly checked me out, I assumed he and I were cool. A very sweet dog! We cut through the house and headed to the back patio and perched ourselves on the couches with the incredible view of the valley to the left and right of us. As the cigar smoke filled the air, Dave patiently answered every question I threw at him, in full detail and great clarity. 

   The talk started out getting to know each other, our personal lives and where life finds us both these days.

   The conversation moved on to former DSC cast member Elaina Dore Smith, how great it is that she went from fill-in work while Shelly was out, to Florida and now co-hosting 'Nas…

Marty and Danielle - 91X Mornings

By Joe Nelson


(San Diego, CA - October 4, 2019) Local heritage alternative rock station 91X announced today that Marty Whitney will join the station for morning drive, weekdays 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  Marty partners with Danielle Stuht, their first day on the air together will be this Monday, October 7th.
Marty brings over 20 years of experience in his return to 91X, during his original stint in the early 2000’s, he served as 91X Music Director and on-air Nights.  Since then, Marty has hosted Middays at ALT 98.7 Los Angeles, Nights at KIOZ San Diego, Mornings at KRZQ Reno, and most recently served as Special Programming Producer for Apple Music Beats 1.

“The kook has come home to roost!” said Marty. “This legendary little station in TJ that hits all of SoCal is once again my home, and I’m overwhelmed to join the great family at Local Media SD.  Also, please don’t describe my position a “Wake-ups” as it’s dated.  Call me the Morning Dude. Or, Hi…

100.7 Promotes Karen “Cha Cha” Harlow to Afternoons

By Joe Nelson

September 24, 2019

SAN DIEGO, CA – 100.7 San Diego announced today that Karen “Cha Cha” Harlow is being promoted to do the afternoon show full-time, effective immediately. She will be on Weekdays from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cha Cha first started in San Diego radio in the 80s, crossing the border to the XHTZ studios in Mexico. She then joined KHTS/San Diego in the afternoon before leaving to fulfill her LA dreams where she worked as a news anchor and reporter at KNX/Los Angeles. She did afternoons at XHPRS/Tijuana-San Diego until that station was taken off the air in December 2018. She has been a part of the KFMB-FM team since July and now increases her duties with this promotion.

Director of FM programming, Mike V. Vasquez, said, “Cha Cha has added so much energy to our team, while filling in on a part-time basis, and we’re excited to now have her on-air every day. Her passion is contagious to the staff and the…

91X Raises Thousands for Local Schools

By Joe Nelson



(September 16, 2019, San Diego, CA) Local alternative rock station 91X announced today a cumulative donation of $16,359 to the San Diego County Office of Education, raised from the station’s “Inspired By Music,” concert series.

The program stems from a partnership started in 2018 between 91X, Belly Up Entertainment and the SDCOOE. The core method of fundraising comes from a commitment of $1.00 of every ticket sold to “Inspired By Music” concerts held at the Music Box in downtown San Diego.

Local craft brewer Green Flash Brewing Company joined the program this year, and pledged to match the $1.00 per ticket donation for all 2019 IBM shows, as well as additional funds from events at their Mira Mesa facility. As word of t…

Jagger and Kristi Announce Their New Producer

By Joe Nelson

(September 13, 2019, San Diego, CA) Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM) Morning Show duo “Jagger & Kristi,” announced Samantha DeJesus, nicknamed “Sam” on-air, as new producer for their highly rated program

DeJesus stepped in the producer role in the interim following the departure of Sheryl Love in July, and will now take on the role full time.

The San Diego native started as an Intern at Local Media San Diego in the radio promotions department while studying at Communications at Miramar College.  She quickly joined the production and programming departments working as a Board Operator, doing spot production, voice-over work, as well as on-air roles on Magic and sister station 91X.

“I cannot fully express the amount gratitude I have to be given such an amazing opportunity,” said DeJesus.  “Along with the rest of the city, I grew up listening to Jagger and Kristi, so I feel like I’ve known them all my life. To be working alongside such an iconic radio duo, who are legends to the San Di…

LaDona Harvey Extends Contract at KOGO

By Joe Nelson

LaDona Harvey of Newsradio 600 Extends Contract

SAN DIEGO, CA – August 22, 2019 –  KOGO and LaDona Harvey, co-host of San Diego’s Morning News, have agreed to terms on a new contract that extends her role on the most popular local news and information program on San Diego radio.

For the past five years, veteran news personalities LaDona Harvey and Ted Garcia have helped San Diegans start their day with breaking news and the information important to their world. With both under multi-year contracts, listeners can be assured that LaDona and Ted will be there with their trusted presentation of news, weather, traffic and information uniquely designed for San Diego for many years to come.
San Diego’s Morning News also features Real Time Traffic reports with Kevin Dean, up to the minute Business News with Robert “Sully” Sullivan and of course the award-winning KOGO News reporting team.
LaDona and Melissa Forrest
“I am delighted to continue to be a part of the News Radio 600 famil…

Derek Staahl is Back in San Diego

By Joe Nelson

Derek Staahl is coming back to San Diego. Staahl spent the last 4 years in Arizona and says he is very excited to be back.
Staahl will join the 10News team as an anchor and reporter.

Congratulations Derek,

Here is his post from Facebook:

CAREER NEWS! New job, favorite city. After four years in Arizona, I’m beyond excited to be heading back to San Diego!! I’ve accepted an anchor/reporter role with 10News, the ABC affiliate. I have long admired the quality journalism 10News produces. I worked closely with them during my four years at San Diego 6 and I’m thrilled to be part of this exceptional team! In my new role, I’ll be reporting daily and anchoring in the Live Center, providing breaking news updates during the early evening M-F newscasts. I grew up in SoCal, my family lives here, and I feel so privileged to be back in the place my heart never left.

To my friends in Arizona, it was such a pleasure working with you. I learned SO MUCH from Arizona’s Family. I got to do the m…

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - Steven Woods

By Joe Nelson

This edition of the SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Steven Woods, the 97.3 The Fan co-host and I sat down a few years back, but so much has changed I figured it was time to check in with him again and see what's new.

What is your current position?
Co-host of Ben & Woods on 97.3 The Fan
How are things with you right now? Life, work…..Life honestly couldn't be better. My wife, Hannah and I are extremely blessed with a healthy and very active baby boy, Beau. Work is going really well too. Our show is really firing on all cylinders and we're working hard every week to bring our listeners along for the ride.
Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from radio? Most of my radio stories I won't be able to tell until I'm retired, lol. That said, it's been one hell of a ride. February of 2020 will be TEN YEARS on the air in San Diego, which still blows my mind.
San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit? Petco Park, no …