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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Phil Konstantin on John Coleman's Passing

B Joe Nelson

   My friend Phil Konstantin had a very nice tribute to his pal John Coleman, who passed away Saturday in Las Vegas. I wanted to share it here. Thanks Phil. Very nice.

Legendary TV personality John Coleman passed away January 20, 2018. He spent most of his 61 years in broadcasting as a weather forecaster. 

------Some of his accomplishments include using the first Chroma Key for weather forecasts (that's the special set up where the forecaster can stand in front of a changeable map due to special processes-see the attached photo). John was the original weather guy for ABC's Good Morning, America. He was one of the founders of The Weather Channel on cable TV. 

------John's last 20, or so, years on TV was at KUSI in San Diego. I had the pleasure of working with John at KUSI. He was a professional, and yet he could be fun and silly, too. His famous "K-UUUUUUU-S-I" was because the station owner once told everyone to emphasize the U in KUSI. John REALLY did that. 

-----I have posted 3 photos of John. The group shot is from 1972. John is on the bottom row on the left. Another photo is John standing in front of a Chroma Key or "green screen" at KUSI. The third photo is a picture I took on September 24, 2006 when a bunch of us went on a behind the scenes tour at the San Diego Wild Animal Park (now called Zoo Safari Park). John was feeding one of the giraffes. The giraffe was literally John's biggest fan.

-----Here are 3 video clips which feature John Coleman. One is from 1968 in Chicago and shows John as part of the news team. The other two clips are when John was at KUSI in San Diego. In case you didn't know, "SOSA" stands for a "Sort Of Santa Ana" when dry winds blew in from the east. . . . .
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KUSI with many of his trademark comments: - - -
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KUSI: It's Friday - - -
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-----We'll miss you, John.

John Coleman 1934-2018

By Joe Nelson has learned of the passing of yet another San Diego icon.

John Coleman, long time KUSI meteorologist has passed away at the age of 83.

John is obviously known around town as the KUSI weather man, but prior to that he was widely known as the co-founder of The Weather Channel.

John was also a part of the Joan Lunden and David Hartman team on the original Good Morning America. extends its condolences to John's entire family as well as the KUSI team.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

C.S. Keys Has Passed Away

By Joe Nelson

   SanDiegoRadio has received some very sad news.

Long time broadcaster (TV & Radio) C.S. Keys has passed away.

Keys arrived in San Diego in 2000 and quickly gained the respect of his fellow broadcasters and viewers.

This from Keys' online bio: "Recognized by the California State Assembly for his tireless efforts to help San Diego youth, Keys started his own foundations, C.S Keys’ KIDS with Athletes for Education Foundation, to help those in need. C.S. is a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina with a B.A. in English/Media Journalism. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and raised in the Philadelphia area, C.S. is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the National Weather Association, the NAACP, the National Association of Black Journalist, the San Diego Urban League and 100 Black Men of San Diego. A spokesperson for many worthwhile causes and a much sought after motivational speaker, C.S. is proud to make San Diego his home."

SanDiegoRadio extends their condolences to the Keys family.

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight

By Joe Nelson

This edition of The SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features JAM'N 95.7's Frankie V

SanDiegoRadio has the V-Bros Spirit!

Frankie, thanks for setting time aside for this interview, it's greatly appreciated

What is your current position?

I am currently the co-host of "Frankie And Tati" weekday mornings on JAM'N 95.7 as well as the Assistant Program Director and Music Director. I handle the afternoon show on 102.3 The Beat in Austin TX, weekends in LA at 102.7 KIIS-FM, in Boston on KISS 108, in Portland OR on JAM'N 107.5, and in Seattle on POWER 933! I am also heard nationally on many iHeart Radio stations throughout the country on the RCHR channel.

How are things with you right now? Life, work!

Life has been a rollercoaster for me the past couple years. From losing my dad, to moving to Boston, to moving back to San Diego, to moving back into morning drive... but life is starting to settle back in. I am fortunate that San Diego has accepted me as one of their own since 2006! The friends that have turned into family, co-workers that have been there for me, and beyond... shows me how lucky I truly am! Getting to wake up this city each morning is amazing, life is great!

San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit? Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?

It depends on my mood and there is SO much to do in this city. If I am looking for a good dinner with great people I love going to BARBUSA in Little Italy! They always treat me like family when I walk in the doors. If I am headed downtown for some drinks and a hang, I love to spend time at Rustic Root!! The team running that venue make for an amazing experience every time. I lived in Pacific Beach for 8 years of my life, so if I am feeling nostalgic and in the need of the beach... I return to the old stomping grounds! Big Bear, Palm Springs, Coronado, Del Mar Fairgrounds, and beyond... just so much to do and drive to from San Diego its amazing.

Is your job still as exciting like it was day one?

I get just as excited today as I did the first time I turned a mic on 16 years ago!

How do you view radio now, compared to the past, then looking to the future?

I view radio as a medium that people will always need! Sometimes I look at it as an even more important piece of media than ever. The connection we get to make with listeners, the companion we become on their ride to work, the new music we help them discover... it all happens because of radio!

How vital is the connection between an on-air personality and the listener?

That is key!! My favorite thing to hear from people is "You made me laugh on my way to work"! It is amazing that we speak into a microphone and hundreds of thousands hear it in their cars and beyond. That one on one connection is what makes this medium such a great one.

What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting?

I played college football at Hamilton College in New York and am a member of the fraternity Delta Upsilon. I grew up in Framingham MA, which is 15 miles west of Boston. My younger brother also works in this business! He is the night host, assistant program director, and music director at KISS 108 in Boston!!! My sister is a cop and would arrest me and my bro if she had the chance lol!

What is your favorite movie?
Major League

With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your listeners

Social media is an extension of our brand! It is a way to keep connected with our amazing listeners even after we are off the air! I love to learn about our audience via their social media and I enjoy keeping them connected to my life outside the studio as well!

What is your favorite radio moment?
Getting the call for my first full time radio gig, I will always remember it. I was substitute teaching to pay bills and was in the middle of 7th grade math class. My phone rangl, told the students I had to take the call, it was the program director at WJBQ in Portland Maine offering me the night show!!

How long have you been in radio?

My first part time air shift was in 2002

What broadcasters do you look up to?

The first person in media I looked up to was Steve Burton. He is the sports director and anchor at the station in Boston I grew up watching. He grew up on my street, went to the same schools as I did, and I would say to myself "if he did it, I can too"! Steve took me under his wing early in my career and taught me lots. I will always look up to him and many other broadcaster that took the time to guide me

If you could go back in time and work during any era of radio for a few days - which would you choose?

I enjoy this era of radio! It is such a 360 degree medium now. On the streets, in the studio, on your socials/websites! Technology has made this era a great one.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I'd like to give a big thank you to the amazing listeners in San Diego that have made this city home for me since 2006! Thanks to all the other media members in this market as well, we are all in this thing together!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Program Director Named at FM 94/9

By Joe Nelson

Congratulations Chris!

For Immediate Release Contact: Kevin Callahan



San Diego, CA – Entercom San Diego announced today that Chris Patyk has been named PD of Alternative FM 94/9 (KBZT FM)

Chris has had a long and solid career working and programming in Los Angeles (KYSR-FM/Star 98.7), Phoenix (the Edge and KZON-FM) and Portland (KUFO). In 2013 Chris moved to America’s Finest City to program KEGY-FM (Energy). Three years later, he took over programming duties for A/C KYXY-FM. Chris was named PD of KBZT when Kevin Callahan (Entercom San Diego OM/PD KSON) took over interim PD duties at KYXY-FM after the recent Entercom/CBS Radio merger was complete.

“It was a no brainer to elevate Chris Patyk to this role based on his experience” said Entercom San Diego OM Kevin Callahan. ““I’m thrilled, excited and about every other adjective you can think of to be part of this amazing Entercom alternative team that loves radio and the music. Working alongside of our APD/MD Jeremy Pritchard and massively talented on-air and promotional team is going to be a lot of fun!” said Chris recently. “Thank you to Bob Bollinger, Kevin Callahan, Pat Paxton and Chris Oliviero for giving me the keys. Let’s take over San Diego!”

Chris Patyk can be reached at

**Note: Chris is also still PD for Energy 97.3

About Entercom Communications Corp:

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a leading American media and entertainment company reaching and engaging over 100 million people each week through its premier collection of highly rated, award winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events. As one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters, Entercom offers integrated marketing solutions and delivers the power of local connection on a national scale with coverage of close to 90% of persons 12+ in the top 50 markets. Entercom is the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).

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Program Director Named at 91X

By Joe Nelson

From 91X...

Congratulations Garett!!


 January 9, 2018 
Contact: Joe Lindsay 


Veteran radio programmer and consultant Garett Michaels has been named Program Director of 91X (XTRA-FM). Michaels’ San Diego radio roots date back to 2002 as the founding Program Director of KBZTFM, a position he held for nearly a decade. After spending two years as the Program Director of KNDD-FM “107.7 The End” in Seattle, Michaels returned to San Diego in December 2015 to become Program Director of KFMB-FM, and was responsible for the rebrand of JACK-FM to the highly successful launch of 100.7 KFM-BFM. 

In January 2017, following the end of the joint operating agreement between Local Media San Diego and Midwest Television, Michaels decided to exercise his option to leave the KFMB Stations, and has been serving as consultant to 91X ever since. “After spending the last year consulting and working with the team, I couldn’t be more excited to officially join Local Media San Diego”, said Michaels. “It's an honor to be a part of 91X, a station that represents the San Diego lifestyle, has deep roots serving our local community, and is truly one of the icons of the Alternative format. 

I’m thankful to Gregg Wolfson, Norm McKee and the LMSD Board for making this possible.” “Garett is the best man for the job,” said LMSD Vice President / General Manager Gregg Wolfson. “His knowledge of San Diego, expertise in alternative radio, and leadership skills provide us much confidence as we celebrate 91X’s 35th birthday.” 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).

Sunday, January 7, 2018

KFMB Raises Over 1M for Charity

By Joe Nelson


Contact: Dave Sniff


(San Diego, CA) AM 760 KFMB collected over $1,000,000 during their annual radiothon fundraiser to benefit the Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station, a San Diego charity helps veterans recover both physically and mentally from service injuries.

The funds raised enabled the Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station to purchase airline tickets for injured military veterans, so they can spend the holidays at home with their families. During the month of December AM 760 encourages listeners to donate on-line with the highlight of the campaign happening on December 8th when the station conducts the annual “radiothon”, a full day of phone and on-line donations. The current total collected for the entire month of December was $1,107,245.00.

“I’ve never seen such an overwhelming response like this before” said Sandy Lehmkuler, president and founder of the organization. “Our heartfelt thanks to AM 760 for their continued support of our troops.”

“We are honored to tell the story of the amazing work the Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station does here in San Diego” said KFMB-AM Director of Programming Dave Sniff. “Our listeners hear the message, they want to help they and generously donate to this worthy cause.”

In addition to providing holiday transportation for injured veterans the funds raised will help build Freedom Station 2, a multi-unit housing facility that assists injured veterans transition to civilian life.

Individuals can continue to donate to the Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station by visiting

Midwest Television, Inc. is San Diego's leading multimedia company, operating CBS 8/KFMBTV, CW San Diego, AM 760 KFMB, 100.7 KFM-BFM and KFMB Interactive, the market's only television/radio/digital/mobile media powerhouse serving the community round-the-clock.