Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jack Vincent Tribute Video

By Joe Nelson

   On January 29, KCBQ legend Jack Vincent left us at the age of 99. He was easily one of the more interesting people I have met in the business.

   He may have been nearly 100 years old, but you could never let that fool you. If you held a conversation with Jack, you could quickly see the man was incredibly smart, very witty and the stories of his nearly century-long life were captivating. He never seemed to tire of taking about his life experiences, be it from his years in the service, on the radio, or just life itself. If you played against him at Shotgun Tom Kelly's Pool Hall, you were up against a serious challenge, the man was skilled in the game. Even if he was simply an observer, he would suggest, no, not suggest, he would tell you what to do to sink the ball. And you know what? He was pretty much always right.

   I spoke to Shotgun today and he told me of this tribute video put together by 'Radio's Best Friend' Art Vuolo.

   Jack was buried at Miramar National Cemetery with full military honors.
Photo Credit: Karen Pearlman

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
KHTS-FMPop CHR4.75.75.3
KMYI-FMHot AC4.44.35.0
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
KLNV-FMMexican Regional4.24.14.7
XHTZ-FMPop CHR5.14.64.5
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC4.34.24.4
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits3.64.23.6
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
KEGY-FMPop CHR2.72.93.2
KFMB-FMMainstream Rock2.32.83.2
KGB-FMClassic Rock3.63.53.0
KIOZ-FMActive Rock3.33.12.7
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
XPRS-FMClassic Hits2.41.81.8
XHTY-FMMexican Regional1.11.11.6
XPRS-AMAll Sports1.31.51.1
KLSD-AMAll Sports0.91.20.7
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
XEMO-AMMexican Regional*0.10.2
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits0.30.20.2
XHA-FMMexican Regional*0.10.1
XEPE-AMAll Sports0.1**

Sunday, March 12, 2017

CW6 Weekend News

By Joe Nelson
   Today marks the final weekend news broadcasts for San Diego's CW6.

   Just a little reminder, tune in if you can.

Thanks and best wishes to all the great friends I have made there over the years. Carlos Delgado, Gina Daos Welker, Gary Kelley, Lee 'Hacksaw' Hamilton, and especially Gary Buzel. Here is a photo of Gary and I from a trip we took to the desert for checking out abandoned buildings and flying his drone.

   A couple years ago, Gary let me tag along and do a story on how their reporters put a story together for the evening news. It's not nearly as easy as one might assume.

   Check this story out, filed one day before the last Mayoral election between Kevin Faulconer and Davis Alvarez.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

FM 949 Adds Dana and Jayson to Mornings

By Joe Nelson


 SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 9, 2017 – Entercom San Diego today announced the debut of “Dana and Jayson” on KBZT FM 949. The program will air Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and will be hosted by Dana DiDonato and Jayson Prim. DiDonato, a reformed sorority girl and married mother of 3, and Prim, the gay son of a Baptist preacher, bring their unique relationship as two unlikely best friends to morning drive on San Diego’s number one Alternative station, FM 949.

Each show takes listeners on a ride through vulnerable, awkward, and hilarious conversations that would usually be saved for happy hour with your closest friends. “It’s a really exciting day for FM 949 and Entercom San Diego to be able to add such dynamic personalities to San Diego’s Alternative,” said FM 949 Program Director and Entercom San Diego Operations Manager Kevin Callahan, “They made me laugh.

After this many years in radio that’s not easy to do.” DiDonato is one of the few lead female hosts in morning radio. She joins Entercom from WBLI (Nassau/ Suffolk County, New York) where she hosted morning drive for 11 years and won two Gracie Allen Awards. “It’s always been a gift to laugh and hang out with people each morning. We are so excited to invite the San Diego community into our lives, and we hope they make our show a part of theirs,” said DiDonato.

“Thanks to Kevin Callahan, Pat Paxton and everyone at Entercom, your belief in us is humbling. We are so ready to do this.” Prim joins the company from WBLI after co-hosting for 3 years with DiDonato. Prior to joining WBLI, Prim worked as a performance artist in New York City. He is a graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. “I’m just happy that instead of talking to myself every morning, I finally get to have human interaction again,” said Prim. For more information about the show or to listen live, please visit

To join the conversation follow “Dana and Jayson” on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sunny 98.1 Ed Sheeran Contest

By Joe Nelson


FEBRUARY 27, 2017 - Entercom is giving a lucky fan and a guest the opportunity to attend global superstar Ed Sheeran’s concert in Amsterdam on Monday, April 3rd. The contest kicks off on Monday, February 27, when fans can tune into their local Entercom station and listen for the code word for a chance to win a trip to Amsterdam and tickets to the concert. 

Entercom radio stations in 22 cities across the U.S. will reveal the code word at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. local time. Fans who enter the code word on their station’s website within 15 minutes will be entered for a chance to win. 

The contest ends on Friday, March 10th, and the lucky winner will be announced on Monday, March 13. The prize includes round trip airfare to Amsterdam, Netherlands, hotel accommodations for 3 nights and tickets to Ed Sheeran’s concert for the winner and a guest. For the last two weeks, Entercom has been publishing exclusive Ed Sheeran interviews across all participating stations’ platforms. Ed Sheeran’s anticipated new album “÷” (pronounced divide) will be available everywhere on March 3rd. For more information and a list of participating Entercom stations, visit 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Zach Van Lue Takes 91X Afternoon Slot

By Joe Nelson


SAN DIEGO, CA – San Diego’s alternative 91X (XTRA-FM) has announced Zach Van Lue as the new host of “afternoon drive” on the station, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.

Zach spent the last three years hosting nights at 107.7 “The End” (KNDD-FM) in Seattle, WA.  In addition, Zach programmed, hosted and mixed the Saturday night Electronic specialty show “Subtronic End.”  Prior to his time in Seattle, Zach spent five years with Nile FM in Cairo, Egypt, hosting morning drive and specialty radio programming.

Zach grew up in the Pacific Northwest as an avid skateboarder and snowboarder, while completing his studies in music and Spanish at Western Washington University. Now in San Diego, he is happy to reside in a city rich in music and Spanish culture, where you can skate, surf and snowboard all in the same day.

“It truly is an honor to be a part of 91X. I am right at home with the history and heritage of this iconic station, which continues to pioneer the future of Alternative radio and enrich the region’s lifestyle," says Zach.  “And living in San Diego doesn’t suck.”

"Zach’s diverse background, deep knowledge of music and digital aptitude make him an ideal addition to the 91X team,” said 91X General Manager Gregg Wolfson.

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).

Monday, February 27, 2017

iHeart Media San Diego/Riverside Names New SVP and PD

By Joe Nelson

San Diego, Ca. – February 27, 2017 – iHeartMedia announced today that Rob Scorpio has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the San Diego/Riverside region, and that Kid Jay has been named Program Director of KGGI-FM in Riverside, effective immediately.  iHeartMedia’s San Diego/Riverside region has a strong cross-platform presence, massive consumer reach and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises – both broadcast and digital, encompassing 13 radio stations comprised of music, talk and news formats. 
Currently, Scorpio oversees iHeartRadio’s six stations in Riverside/San Bernadino, while also acting as program director of KSSX-FM in San Diego and KGGI-FM in Riverside. In his newly expanded role, Scorpio will now oversee both markets, working closely with the programming, digital and promotion teams to develop and execute strategies that increase audience and ratings.
 “Rob has successfully lead iHeartMedia’s Riverside stations for the last 4 years, and I’m thrilled that the entire San Diego market will now benefit from his tremendous programming experience and management insights,” said Melissa Forrest, Region President iHeartMedia San Diego/Riverside. 
Scorpio brings more than 15 years of radio industry experience to his new position. As Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Riverside/San Bernadino region, he managed multiple formats including CHR, Rock, Spanish, News-Talk and Sports. Prior to joining iHeartMedia in 2013, Scorpio worked as a media consultant and served as Operations Manager in Washington DC, and Vice President of Programming in Los Angeles, CA for various radio groups. Scorpio has also programmed top stations in Washington DC, Los Angeles, CA and Houston, TX.
“I’ve developed a great relationship with the team in San Diego over the last year and I can’t wait to be engaged with them on a daily basis,” said Scorpio.  “John Peake is a hard to act to follow but I’m up for the challenge.”  

Kid Jay, has enjoyed a successful career as a professional club and concert DJ.  He joined KGGI-FM in 2003 and is currently the station’s nighttime host.  Kid Jay will continue his on-air role at KGGI-FM while also assuming day-to-day programming operations of the station, which is a consistent ratings leader for the Riverside-San Bernadino market.  

iHeartMedia is a leading media outlet in the San Diego/Riverside region.  Its radio brands and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio, the all-in-one streaming music, podcasting and live radio service.

About iHeartMedia San Diego:
iHeartMedia owns and operates KGB-FM; KHTS-FM; KIOZ-FM; KLSD-AM; KMYI-FM; KOGO-AM; KSSX-FM in San Diego and KFNY-AM; KGGI-FM; KKDD-FM; KMYT-FM; KTDD-AM; KTMQ-FM in Riverside and is part of iHeartMedia. With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 85 million social followers, 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 900 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 95 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. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (OTCBB: IHRT). Visit for more company information.