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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson
Below are the latest ratings, included are previous months for comparison.

San Diego (#17)
KHTS-FMPop CHR5.85.85.8
KMYI-FMHot AC5.05.25.8
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC5.15.35.1
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
XHTZ-FMPop CHR4.24.74.6
KYXY-FMHot AC4.34.04.1
KGB-FMClassic Rock4.34.63.9
XPRS-AMAll Sports3.63.73.8
KIOZ-FMActive Rock2.73.33.6
KEGY-FMPop CHR3.33.33.3
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits2.82.93.2
KLNV-FMMexican Regional2.52.93.0
XPRS-FMClassic Hits3.53.43.0
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
KFMB-FMHot AC2.42.42.7
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
KSSX-FMRhythmic AC2.22.32.2
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
KLSD-AMAll Sports1.61.11.2
XHTY-FMMexican Regional0.80.71.0
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits1.00.91.0
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
XEPE-AMAll Sports0.20.20.2
XGLX-FMSpanish Contemp.

Monday, April 13, 2015

SanDiegoRadio Job Board

By Joe Nelson

   Local Media San Diego, LLC has an immediate opening for a bus driver to drive/operate our 45 foot MCI mobile studio.  
   Driver will be responsible for driving the bus to locations throughout San Diego for fifteen to twenty-five  hours a week.  Driver will interact with clients and public, so good attitude and positive attitude is a must.

Bus Driver requirements:
Class B license with air-brake and passenger endorsement
Experience driving buses
Must have flexible schedule
Good communication
Positive attitude
Understand basic mechanics of bus
Team player
Clean driving record
Pass drug screening

Hourly/15-25 hours per week

Sunday, April 12, 2015

SanDiegoRadio to Return Monday

By Joe Nelson

   SanDiegoRadio will return to full strength on Monday. Thanks to everyone for their support throughout this time.

   Please remember if you need anything, you can always reach me via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.

Search: "SanDiegoRadioJo"

Thanks for tuning in to SanDiegoRadio

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hal Brown Passing

By Joe Nelson
   Sad to hear about the passing of veteran newsman Hal Brown. I received this message from Mark Jeannette in my email. I wanted to share it. Thanks Mark.

Hal Brown former KSDO, KOGO, WTOP, KMPH-FM, BCA ,Passed away on March 15th from a sudden illness in Las Vegas NV. Has was on the air at KSDO-1130 Newsradio in 1978 when a PSA jet collided with a small plane over North Park in 1978. He was part of the first KOGO-NewsRadio team in 1983-84. He was the North County Bureau Chief for KGTV-10, Program director of the very first all news FM station KMPH-FM in Fresno. Hal was also the News Director of WTOP-AM in Washington DC during the Mid 90’s. Recently Hal was with BCA 1090am etc.

A Memorial Service / Surf Paddle out will be held on Apr 11 at Wind n Sea beach in La Jolla at 1pm
He is survived by his wife Joanne, Daughter Toni and his son’s Mark and Derek.


Clips of work
“We heard this huge explosion,” says Hal Brown, the announcer on KSDO’s morning news program. “I ran to part the curtains, and I caught a glint of falling metal out of the corner of my eye. Seconds later, we heard this tremendous explosion. Somehow, I knew there had to have been a midair collision. I interrupted CBS News to say there was a tremendous explosion in the North Park area. I said something like it was a midair collision and we’d get back with more details. That report hit the airwaves about 30 seconds after the crash.”

KSDO’s news director, Joe Gillespie, did something he knows is against unwritten broadcasting rules: He left his on-air post. “I heard the crash, and next thing I know, I’m looking for the keys to a station car,” he says. “I knew I had to get to the scene, and I knew the car had a radio. Before I delegated anything, I realized that I could probably do it faster myself. [Gillespie was the only one who knew where the car that had the transmitting radio was parked, and he had the keys in his possession already.] I knew we had to get something on the air. That was my goal. I didn’t want to be there just for the sake of being first.”

Gillespie believes he was at the crash site at Dwight and Boundary—tapes have him calling it Dwight and Boulevard—at the west side of the devastation. Channel 39 was at the east end. Neither Gillespie nor Britton remembers seeing the other. “My main focus was to see what was going on, then run back to the car radio to file my dispatch,” says Gillespie. By the time he reached the area of the crash, Gillespie had a live feed back to Brown, who was now running solo at the microphone, with sportscaster John DeMott working the phones.

Remarkably, Brown and DeMott were able to get San Diego Airport manager Maurice “Bud” McDonald on the phone to confirm that a PSA jet had crashed on approach to Lindbergh Field. Soon, CBS News was carrying KSDO’s reports live to the nation and the world.

BROADCAST COMPANY OF THE AMERICAS (BCA) VP/Programming HAL BROWN has announced his retirement effective JUNE 30th, 2009. Filling the shoes of the 40-year broadcasting vet with JACK EVANS. EVANS boasts 25 years in radio, six of those years in SAN DIEGO, including some time as SVP/Midwest and Rocky Mtn. Regions for CLEAR CHANNEL.
BROWN was named VP/Programming in OCTOBER, 2008. "In late 2008, BCA was struggling from a programming standpoint," BCA Pres./CEO JOHN LYNCH said. "Ratings had declined and the programming department was lacking leadership. HAL came in, righted the ship and his leadership and direction immediately reaped benefit ... I attempted to dissuade HAL from his retirement, but he was very clear when he took over the leadership of the programming department, that he wanted to retire soon ... I am pleased that Hal will continue to advise me and play a part-time role on XX [XEPRS] and provide content to the expanding XX website.
"HAL BROWN has provided a solid base from which to grow the BCA stations. I am saddened to see HAL retire," LYNCH continued. "However, JACK EVANS is one of the top programmers in the country. I have competed against JACK for many years and his intensity, his creativity, and commitment to winning is second to none. HAL leaves things in good hands with JACK EVANS."
"I'm truly honored for the opportunity to work with JOHN LYNCH and the team at BCA," EVANS said. "Looking at the successes Mr. LYNCH has had over the years, I am comforted to know there is still an owner of radio stations committed to local content for communities."

Carl DeMaio Co-Host of Afternoon Talk Show

By Joe Nelson

(This publication is a little delayed due to my bereavement hiatus)

San Diego, CA – April 1, 2015 – News Radio 600 KOGO announced today that one of San Diego’s highest profile political leaders, Carl DeMaio, will join the station.  DeMaio will along with Bob “Sully” Sullivan will host the DeMaio-Sullivan Report every weekday from 1-4:00 p.m. beginning Thursday, April 2, 2015.

The DeMaio-Sullivan Report will combine investigative journalism with inside knowledge of politics and an eye on advancing solutions.  While the show will focus primarily on local topics, it will also weigh in on national stories that have particular impact or relevance to San Diegans.

“We are thrilled to welcome Carl DeMaio to our lineup and I have no doubt that with his experience as a government watchdog and his inside knowledge of politics that this will be the most talked about show in San Diego,” stated Brian Long, Program Director for KOGO.

Veteran broadcaster Cliff Albert predicted DeMaio’s show will not be your standard talk show. “I have watched Carl DeMaio for years and he defies stereotypes by being willing to take on powerful special interests on both sides of the political spectrum. Add that to the balanced view and business savvy that Sully brings and you get something unique that you don’t see in typical talk-show fare."

DeMaio served four years on the San Diego City Council and is credited with helping reform city finances during one of the most turbulent times in the city’s history.  At times both big business and big labor opposed his ideas, but in the end the vast majority of his prescriptions were adopted.  DeMaio also garnered national media attention as a gay Republican willing to take on his own political party and challenge it to change. 

“I want to use this show to give San Diegans a vehicle to not just learn about important issues but to get involved in making a difference and advancing solutions,” DeMaio noted..

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 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 859 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 iPads and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia's digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 345 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 50 million users faster than any digital music service and even faster than Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  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, April 1, 2015

March 2015 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight

By Joe Nelson
   The March 2015 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features 101.5 KGB's Marc Coppola.
Marc, thanks for your time...

Joe: What is your current position?   

Marc: I work 10-3, which is considered “At work listening.”  I’m on the same schedule as everyone else who’s working so I can feel the ebb and flow of the day.  Or ups and down.  I’m takin’ coffee breaks when everyone else is. 

Joe: How are things with you right now? Life, work…..  

Marc: Things are good, I’m enjoying celebrating my 5 year anniversary with KGB. It’s a station I always wanted to work at having listened to it since I was in the single digit age range.   Wasn’t easy to get a job here, though.  This last go ‘round,  I had to work the boss over pretty good for a year and a half almost to convince her to hire me.  You know,  monthly emails, quarterly follow ups, using any connections to put in a good word for me.  Even calling her Assistant PD,  who I knew,  to have a sit down with her.   Very picky and careful.  But when she finally makes a decision she sticks with it for the long haul. 

Joe: San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit?    

Marc: I hang at Coronado, the beach there.   Spend time in the Gaslamp. 

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

Marc: More so these days.  My flagship station is KGB, but through modern technology I also do a few other things for the company.   I do a few different formats for I Heart Radio.   Besides specializing in Classic Rock, I also do Classic Hits, Oldies and Adult Contemporary formats.  So with the different approaches to each format you could never get bored.

Elizabeth, Marc, Nikki Sixx, Cope's daughters Natasha and Cayley

Joe: Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?  

Marc: I’m “In And Out” burgers all the way with See’s candy for dessert.  Not exactly the healthiest.  I do all the restaurants in the Gaslamp, too.

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

Marc:  I play the cello.  I was trying to do, back in the day, what the group “2 Cellos” finally accomplished today.  I’d like to jam with them once.  Also play electric guitar.  One of my things I came up with as a DJ was to, instead of just introducing bands at clubs, actually jam with the bands to make it more interesting.  I did a short stint with “Twisted Sister” as guest guitarist.  Also played with Foghat,  Zebra and a few others.  I have an alter ego, “Billy Smash” wear a platinum blonde wig and fake red snakeskin suits.  Another alter ego is LMFACope where I kind of dress like Red Foo (isn’t he on Dancing With The Stars this season?)  I do both comedic and dramatic acting (Most recently seen in “The Bling Ring” and a TV pilot “Hitting Home” (you can see that on You Tube right now.) Did a couple of “Law And Order” episodes.  Used to have a lot of lizards as pets. 

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

Marc: Now we have a variety of ways to listen.  We have a lot of different social networking sites to communicate on.  That’s all great and fun BUT if all hell broke loose and another blackout happened, the last one standing would be the good old fashioned radio.  That’s where everyone goes to get their info in times of emergency.   I was working in New York City with Bob Buchmann when 9/11 happened.  We were there and still went in to work to communicate with our listeners.  I have the tapes of those shows,  I haven’t listened to them but they were heartfelt and we played anything we wanted that fit with what the city was going through.  You know, things like Supertramp “Crime Of The Century.”  We’d take calls and commiserate for days.   That was some experience.

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

Marc: It’s everything!  We’re trying to communicate information about songs, bands, lifestyle, entertainment news, surveys that are interesting and other topical stuff.  We communicate as DJs you’d want to grab a beer with.  We’re one on one in most cases and even though we may be educating the listener on some cool info about the music, it’s done in a way that doesn’t come off as talking down to anyone.  We’ve had to perfect this over the years.  Some disc jockeys would talk at you, shout at you, talk down to you etc.  Most don’t anymore.  It’s evolved to real people communicating with real people.  Yeah, we may get a seasoned radio voice from chronic usage of the chords (can’t really be helped, the voice settles in), but the content and way it’s stated should be like everyone else.   Sometimes we may put forth a little more energy like over a song intro, but we’re trying to match the music intensity in those cases.  That stuff makes radio fun and infectious.

Joe: What is your favorite movie?  

Marc: I don’t have one.  But I do like “Raiders Of The Lost Arc”  That’s the movie that made me want to act.  I liked “The Matrix.”  The Godfather 1 and 2, of course.

Joe: What is your favorite radio moment?  

Marc: I would have to say both being on the air for 9/11 and the blackout here and in New York.

Joe: How long have you been in radio?  

Marc: That would be telling!  But, Bob Buchmann and I were born in the same hospital like only 11 days apart.  I’ve worked with him on and off since 1979 we have 5 stations in common.  40 years is a safe bet, but I started real young in early high school here in Southern California.  I went from Kindergarden through first year college in SoCal and I listened to The KGB the whole time, both AM and FM.

Joe: Is there anything in particular you like about the San Diego market vs other markets you’ve worked in?  

Marc: Well, you have to remember that this market was the original test market for just about every format.  The “Q” format, The Drake format, etc.  So ideas would start here and then branch out to the rest of the country.  Radio always was very exciting here and a bit different than anywhere else.  LA also was very influential with KMET, KLOS, KPPC, KROQ in the rock formats and KHJ and KRLA in the Top 40 formats.  I also like the fact we have a strong military base here.  I was disturbed as a teen in the 70s how the Viet Nam vet was treated.  You serve your country, you come home you ‘d think you might get treated like a hero and then you get spit on or turned away from.  I’ve been trying, in my own ways, to right that wrong.  Throughout my career I’ve done special sets of music for Vets.  I’ve gotten calls of appreciation. I’d been doing that for a long while. 

Joe: How about any you may dislike?  

Marc: Well we are the world’s largest small town.  So everybody might know everybody’s business. But I don’t necessarily dislike that. 

Joe: What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?  

Marc: In Radio?  KGB and some of the stations back east were highlights.  I was a Kentucky Fried Chicken Fryer for a few days.  Ran a couple of stations (Gas Stations) when I was a teen.  I was trying to figure out how to get work at a radio station and ended up at 2 or 3 stations but they sold gas.  Oh well.

Joe: What broadcasters do you look up to?   

Marc: I liked Jesse Bullet, Ern Gladden, Gabriel Wisdom, Shotgun Tom Kelly.  Out of the city I liked the late Larry Lujack (probably the biggest influence on me), John Landecker, The Real Don Steele,  Shadoe Stevens, Jim Ladd and Bob Coburn.  There’s a lot more. 

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

Marc: I was too young to be a boss jock, so for Top 40 I’d do that and then do some real progressive rock radio as well.  Two ends of the spectrum but both ends influenced me greatly and I try to do a little bit of both on the air. 

Thanks Marc, I appreciate your time!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stacy Taylor is Alive and Well

By Joe Nelson
   A few weeks back, I received an email from a reader titled "Is Stacy Taylor Dead"
   I simply replied "Nope. Alive and well. He is taking a Social Media respite"
   I received another email yesterday asking if I 'was sure'.

Well, after contacting Taylor, here is proof that the former SD talk show host is just fine.
 Dated March 26, 2015

   You may rest well tonight, thanks for reading SanDiegoRadio!