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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Slow Down a Little

By Joe Nelson
   A few weeks ago I wrote that a flip would be coming to a local station. While I trust my birdies, I am here to put that on hold for a bit. 
   Although it still holds true, I am all about being responsible. So until I hear anything further I am tabling this conversation. I have received many comments and emails on the matter. 
   If, but more than likely when, I hear more you will have it here. 

Thanks and have a great weekend!


Friday, August 28, 2015

KyXy Loses its Boom - Layoff at CBS San Diego - More

By Joe Nelson
   Kevin Dean, co-host of KyXy's Afternoon Ride has been let go.
   Word has it this was a layoff, I am not sure if anyone else was affected. I will stay on this if anything changes.

   Editor's Note: Kevin, you are a good man and I am sorry to hear this. Thanks for all you have done for me.

NEW: Kevin spoke to SanDiegoRadio minutes ago and has this to say: "Well... I've been on the air here every day since I was 23.. This will be hard but I got the chance to work with the best in the business @ KyXy and God willing I will work some more! Boom"


Fifth Anniversary of the KCBQ Monument in Santee

By Joe Nelson

August 28th marks the 5th anniversary of the unveiling ceremony of the KCBQ monument.

It's located along the north side of Mission Gorge Road in the San Diego suburb of Santee, directly in front of an In & Out Burger, which was not there five years ago!  The monument features the names of all of the air talents who worked at the station from the 1958 through 1978. 
The project was spearheaded by several past employees who wanted the former transmitter and studio site of this legendary radio station commemorated.  KCBQ blasted out with 50,000 watts on 1170 AM.

Pictured is "Shotgun Tom" Kelly along with 97 year old Jack Vincent,  former all night air personality (1955-1968) and the oldest living DJ of the top 40 era!  

The official KCBQ unveiling video (posted by Bobby Ocean) is on YouTube.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sad News to Report

By Joe Nelson
   Sue Delany (Leighton) (KGB) has passed away. She had been battling some unknown health issues. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and those close to her.

   Please also keep Coe Lewis in your hearts as, of course, they both were very close. Coe has also been dealing with other losses so this just adds to it.

Sue, I never met you, but from all accounts you were a very sweet person. 


"Sully" Leaving Kogo Afternoon Show

By Joe Nelson
   Bob "Sully" Sullivan is leaving his afternoon show he shares with Carl Demaio. Carl will stay on in the 1-4 slot.
   This from Sully's FB page:

I am leaving "The Demaio/Sullivan Report" as of today...
So here's some pretty big news and I wanted my friends to be the first to know -
Today is my last day on the afternoon show on NEWSRADIO 600 KOGO from 1-4PM. I made the decision to move out of the show for a number of reasons:
First, I am focusing my media efforts on my 2 national television programs that I do weekdays - The Big Biz Show and Sully's Biz Brew.
Secondly, I am in final development of a new weekend topical news television show that features the best and the brightest in San Diego and puts them in a roundtable environment with a weekly rotating cast of San Diego media types in print, television and radio.
Additionally my television studios and production company [Jump Television Studios -] are currently in production and distribution of 4 cable reality shows as well as being the west coast studios for The YOUToo America Television Network and Biz Television Network reaching close to 100 million broadcast homes.
Further, I have reactivated my management consulting practice that focuses on capital formation and surrounding duties including deal structure and negotiation metrics and am currently knee-deep in 3 projects.
Moreover, I wanted to further focus on doing the radio that I am most passionate about and I have been asked to take over the role as Afternoon Business Editor at Newsradio 600 KOGO as well as provide content for the other IHeart Media (formerly ClearChannel) cluster stations in So Cal.
Lastly, I will also be the in-studio fill-in host for KOGO.
You know, I fell into radio almost 20 years and have had a wonderful relationship with KOGO for the better part of the last two decades. I’m really proud of the role I’ve been able to play, and will continue to play, as part of the KOGO family.
The afternoon show obviously takes a lot of time to prepare and host and scaling back my role to makes it much easier to focus on other projects I’m developing.
In the end - this outcome is a great way to continue to be a voice on the most influential talk radio station in the region but also start the next chapter of my career.
I used to love listening to you too,

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Approved Home Show Now Also on TV

By Joe Nelson

San Diego’s Home Improvement Resource launched a New Show Last Friday, Will Air Every Friday

SAN DIEGO, CA  — The Approved Home Pro Show, San Diego’s local home improvement resource, adds a 30-minute live weekly television series to complement its hour-long radio show on News Radio 600 KOGO. The new series, airing Fridays at 9:30 a.m. on Channel 6 (XETV), will feature even more of the home improvement inspiration and guidance that viewers have grown to love during the show’s two year tenure as resident home experts on San Diego Living on Channel 6.  Hosts Clint August (known for his popular show on KGB radio), and Gregg Cantor (owner of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel) will head up the show with help from new resident design pro Robin Wilson Carrier, past local president of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). 
               “This expansion is the logical next step as our network continues to grow,” says Gregg Cantor, the Approved Home Pro Show’s resident home improvement expert and owner of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel. “We now have 20 additional minutes each week to inspire and educate viewers, and connect them with San Diego’s best home improvement pros.” 
               Each week the show will feature live in-studio interviews with pros from the Approved Home Pro network.  As well, the show will debut new “in-field reports” filmed on-site at locations around San Diego.  These new in-field reports not only help viewers see great home improvement options, but also showcase the expertise of pros in the network.   The show will also feature regular HERO Highlights, featuring HERO Registered Contractors who are experts in various areas of energy savings and water conservation.
About Approved Home Pros & The Approved Home Pro Show
               For over 3 years, Approved Home Pros has been San Diego’s only fully integrated home improvement resource, providing property owners a free and trusted source to connect with best local pros in every category.  All pros in the network have been thoroughly vetted prior to receiving certification as an Approved Home Pro. 

Mike Zuccaro's KCBQ Saturday Night Sock Hop 5 Year Anniversary

By Joe Nelson

KCBQ's Saturday Night Sock Hop celebrated 5 years on August 13th! Congratulations! Here are some words from Mike Zuccaro himself...

You know the format, 50's and early 60's rock and roll, R&B, vocal groups, jumping instrumentals, etc. Based on the old Saturday Night Sock Hop that I listened to Jack Spector do for 8 years on WCBS-FM back in NY from 77-85,and also based on what I heard Dan Ingram do on WABC for many years.What little I know I learned from very carefully listening to the top guys on the top network flagship stations in the #1 market.I'm a rank amateur compared those masters, but I try. 

  Show seems to be going well, please mention it's largely sponsored by McDinis restaurant, if you can. They, and some listener donations, are what are keeping me going.

   Got expanded to 3 hours about 2 years ago,thanks to Ron Babirz, our sales manager (give him a call, if you'd like to verify anything) , who made that extra hour possible.I try to earn that hour every week by making the show as good as I can.I do not take that time for granted-they could pull me off at any time and replace me with anything else that would pay just as much, if not more. That would be Rons decision and I dont want that to happen.He's been remarkably tolerant. 

. I"d LOVE to know how many other shows there are like this -especially on AM stations-left on the air. Very few, I"d bet. You can also quote me as saying that , in my opinion, this is what music radio should be like-fun to listen to, live, taking requests on the air and talking to your listeners. And by all means add that the show has been 100% program director free since day one-I"ve never had our PD tell me-or even suggest-what to play.Lotsa big money DJ's cannot say that.

 And unlike all the college stations, I front and back announce EVERY tune.

 Thats how radio can be when you dont have marketing people, researchers, focus groups, and computer generated playlists  running radio.It took someone with zero radio experience to figure that out, apparently.  Exactly the opposite of KRTH, for example .

If I couldnt do it live, talk to my listeners and play what I wanted to, I wouldnt want to do it. I hope to keep it going as long as the station will have me, and I can keep sponsors on.

And I'd like to mention that  my board op, Nick Lane, has been with me for 4 of those years. A remarkably patient guy, believe me. He digs (or at least tolerates) the music, which helps tremendously. Those board ops are the unsung heroes of KCBQ, take it from me.

Just my .02,
Mike Zuccaro