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Monday, February 5, 2018

'Little Tommy' Joins The Bob and Coe Show as Senior Producer

By Joe Nelson

Legendary 101.5 KGB-FM Adds Tommy Sablan To Bob and Coe Morning Show Team

iHeart Media San Diego and 101.5 KGB-FM are excited to welcome Tommy Sablan as Senior Producer of the Bob and Coe Morning Show.

Tommy is a San Diego County native who grew up in Chula Vista as an avid KGB-FM listener. "It's a dream come true to be able to work with Bob and Coe on a legendary station like KGB" Tommy said. "Coe Lewis is the Queen of Rock and Roll and the First Lady of KGB. I have idolized her for decades and it's a trip I get to work with her, Bob, and Anna their producer.

Prior to joining 101.5 KGB-FM, Sablan was the Executive Producer of legendary Jeff and Jer Showgram, where he was known on-air as “Little Tommy”. During his many years with the Showgram, Tommy was instrumental in creating promotions like the “Breaking and Entering Christmas,” and finish “Chelsea’s Run”. In 2016 Tommy was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 - he’s the first, and only producer to receive this honor.

About iHeartMedia San Diego:

iHeartMedia San Diego owns and operates KGB-FM; KHTS-FM; KIOZ-FM; KLSD-AM; KMYI-FM; KOGO-AM; KSSX-FM and is part of iHeartMedia. With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques, over 75 million social followers and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company's radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at and on the company's radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia's digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 700 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 70 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook. The company's operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Goodbye to FM 94/9

By Joe Nelson

Hot off the Press!


The Station will now go by ALT 949

SAN DIEGO, CA – FEBRUARY 1, 2018 – Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) today shared new name for FM 94/9. The alternative rock radio station will now be known as ALT 949. After sixteen years, KBZT continues to define the format and the addition of the ‘ALT’ to the moniker solidifies its place in the market as the Alternative Music leader.

Entercom is a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the top two radio broadcasters in the country. Entercom is now the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. With a nationwide footprint of 235 stations, Entercom will engage over 100 million people weekly with a premier collection of highly-rated, award-winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events.


Bob Bolinger

VP/Market Manger Entercom San Diego


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).

Entercom Action - And There's Lots of It

By Joe Nelson

Lots of movement today at Entercom San Diego, I worked a long day, so I will just lay it all out here. It may not look pretty, but this is the nuts and bolts of it.

From Entercom:

We’re excited to introduce you to the newest members of the Sunny 98.1 team, AJ & Sara in the Morning, beginning tomorrow, February 1st from 5am – 9am on the New Sunny 98.1! 

We couldn’t be happier to have AJ, Sara, and their producer Hula join us! 

After AJ & Sara in the Morning, Dave Mason will keep you company during the midday from 9a-2p and he’ll have your favorite Greatest Hits with the Sunny 12 Noon Commercial Free Music Hour! 

Gene Knight maintains your afternoon-drive from 2pm to 7pm and Brooks O’Brian will round out your evenings from 7pm to midnight.


Our New KyXy line up will be: 

Susan D – Mornings 
Dorothy Tran - Midday 
Joe Rosati Afternoon Drive 
Sherry Knight Evenings


FM 94/9 will see a slight line-up change as Alexia Gloria pulls double duty. She will continue to do Midday on Energy as well as do Nights on FM 94/9! Hamby will move to overnights


There will be another update for Entercom and it will be published at 6PM today.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Failure to Publish a Story

By Joe Nelson

   A couple weeks ago, 105.7 MAX FM released their morning show. 'Kim and Sammy Jo'. I failed to report on this because by the time I got my new computer up and running and especially because of some medical stuff I have going on, I dropped the ball. By the time I got it all up and going, a significant amount of time had passed and the word was most certainly around town.

   This was no slight to either Kim or Sammy Jo, it was just how I explained it, and I hope they return to the air very soon!

As always, thanks for your support in this tough time and thanks for sticking with me.


Max Cares Starts Thursday

By Joe Nelson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 105.7 Max FM Launches “Max Cares- Taking Care of San Diego Together” 

San Diego, CA- 

105.7 MAX FM is proud to launch “Max Cares – Taking Care of San Diego Together”- a media outreach program that brings one local charity a month to the forefront with the goal of educating the community about the organization and the work they do in the community. The “Max Cares” initiative will inform listeners how they can become involved or volunteer with the organization, as well as how to tap into the charity’s resources if needed and how to donate or participate in their events or programs. 

Max Cares kicks off February 1st with Veterans Village of San Diego and will be supported by PetersenDean Home Improvement Contractor, with more participating charitable organizations to be announced shortly. President and Market Manager Mike Glickenhaus states “We feel a very strong obligation to help support and give back to the San Diego community. 

The goal with our “Max Cares” initiative is to help our audience learn more about the great work being done by numerous charitable organizations and how they may be able to get involved in those efforts. The work these organizations do and the people behind them is critical to so many San Diegans” 

Max Cares will also be supported by Mighty 1090 and ESPN 1700 as well as all BCA digital and social media platforms Broadcast Company of the Americas (BCA) operates The Mighty 1090 AM ( 105.7 MAX-FM ( and ESPN 1700 AM and holds the radio broadcast rights for the San Diego Gulls Hockey as well as the flagship for USD Football and Basketball. Visit our websites at,

Phil Farrar Takes Home the Gold

By Joe Nelson

National Award-winning San Diego and KOGO Radio broadcast journalist Phil Farrar has added some more hardware to his ever growing list.  This past Saturday on January 27th, Farrar received the Southern California Radio Television Golden Mike for a story he wrote, produced, voiced and edited in the 'Best News Serious Feature' category.  Phil talked to SanDiegoRadio about how the story came to be. Phil, thanks for your time.

The story was about the first student shot and killed at Columbine High School in Colorado back in 1999.  Rachel Joy Scott was gunned down while having lunch with a friend outside on school grounds.  She was posthumously honored last May during the National Conflict Resolution dinner held at the La Jolla Aventine.  Her parents were in attendance and received the San Diego Peacemaker award for the non-profit organization named after their daughter, 'Rachel's Challenge.'  Farrar says, "I was invited at the last moment to the dinner by Jessie Knight, Jr. and Joye Blount who are both advisory board members for NCR.  When they presented the award, I knew I had to tell this story about anti-bullying and how a grass roots non-profit organization has helped reduce teen suicides, depression, anxiety, school violence and may have helped prevent several school shootings around the world."

KOGO allowed Phil to do the story.  San Diego Unified School District has a direct partnership with 'Rachel's Challenge.'  The organization is testing a pilot program by allowing a member of the group to go to middle and high schools to talk with students.

This is Farrar's 3rd Golden Mike.  "It's an honor and a privilege to be recognized among the very, very best throughout Southern California." Phil says, "We are competing against San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura County and stations from Los Angeles."  Phil says any win is always a team effort.  "I received technical advice and help from producer/director Kevin Finnerty."  News Director Cliff Albert also reviewed the story before it aired and it was heard by thousands of listeners.

Phil has been honored with more than 70 awards during his twenty-plus years in radio and television here in San Diego for breaking news, military and sports reporting and anchoring.  He says, "You never set out to 'win' an award.  You do the best job you can to present the story in a unique, relevant and engaging manner.  I just want to provide and inform listeners and viewers with the best possible content so they make decisions or learn something from my stories."   
Congratulations, Phil!!
For a link to the story,  click here:    

Monday, January 29, 2018

SanDiegoRadio Job Board 1-29-18

By Joe Nelson

Digital Marketing Strategist

Key Responsibilities:

Ø Work with Director of Event Marketing & Digital Sales and the Director of Digital to create the Digital Sales Strategy for LMD (Local Media Digital, company’s in house digital agency), 3 radio stations and 40+ signature festivals, concerts and events

Ø Help drive innovation by supporting 9 Account Executives generate creative ideas for digital client proposals and presentations.

Ø Must be able to see the big picture of how to combine radio, digital and events to help businesses find customers/grow their revenue

Ø Oversee digital inventory for all LMSD assets

Ø Manage the set-up, implementation, and delivery for Digital Audio Streaming, Display Advertising, Email Marketing & Paid Social Campaigns

Ø Optimize campaigns to meet client goals with maximum results

Ø Create reports, delivery analysis and recaps for all digital campaigns

Ø Respond to day-to-day client requests and questions

Ø Ensure positive and long lasting relationships with both clients and internal teams


Ø Bachelors Degree or equivalent preferred

Ø Minimum of 3-5 years of digital agency or ad operations experience

Ø Must have a passion for digital media and a deep understanding of the digital media landscape and campaign best practices

Ø Strong Excel skills required. Experience in Google Analytics, DFP, Social Media Ad Placement & Targeting, Wordpress, 3rd Party Targeting, Programmatic, and Media Ad Operations a plus.

Ø Excellent problem solving and analytical skills needed with a demonstrated ability to manage deadlines while multi-tasking.

Ø Ideal candidates are detail oriented, creative, and able to interact with both sales and content creators, while meeting the demands of clients.

Ø Looking for someone who prides themselves on their work ethic, believes in integrity, values relationship building and has a great “must win” attitude

To apply, send cover letter and resume to – Please specify the position you are applying for in the subject line. Local Media San Diego, LLC owns and operates Radio Stations in San Diego, CA. We offer a competitive benefits package and are an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls, please.