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October 2014 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight

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ByJoe Nelson   The October 2014 edition of the SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Dave Rickards!    I had the pleasure of being invited to 100.7 JACK FM's Dave Rickards' home to interview him for this Spotlight Feature. 

   I arrived and was welcomed at the door by Dave and was instantly warned of his ferocious canine, Frankie. After Frankie thoroughly checked me out, I assumed he and I were cool. A very sweet dog! We cut through the house and headed to the back patio and perched ourselves on the couches with the incredible view of the valley to the left and right of us. As the cigar smoke filled the air, Dave patiently answered every question I threw at him, in full detail and great clarity. 

   The talk started out getting to know each other, our personal lives and where life finds us both these days.

   The conversation moved on to former DSC cast member Elaina Dore Smith, how great it is that she went from fill-in work while Shelly was out, to Florida and now co-hosting 'Nas…

LaDona Harvey Extends Contract at KOGO

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By Joe Nelson

LaDona Harvey of Newsradio 600 Extends Contract

SAN DIEGO, CA – August 22, 2019 –  KOGO and LaDona Harvey, co-host of San Diego’s Morning News, have agreed to terms on a new contract that extends her role on the most popular local news and information program on San Diego radio.

For the past five years, veteran news personalities LaDona Harvey and Ted Garcia have helped San Diegans start their day with breaking news and the information important to their world. With both under multi-year contracts, listeners can be assured that LaDona and Ted will be there with their trusted presentation of news, weather, traffic and information uniquely designed for San Diego for many years to come.
San Diego’s Morning News also features Real Time Traffic reports with Kevin Dean, up to the minute Business News with Robert “Sully” Sullivan and of course the award-winning KOGO News reporting team.
LaDona and Melissa Forrest
“I am delighted to continue to be a part of the News Radio 600 famil…

Derek Staahl is Back in San Diego

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By Joe Nelson

Derek Staahl is coming back to San Diego. Staahl spent the last 4 years in Arizona and says he is very excited to be back.
Staahl will join the 10News team as an anchor and reporter.

Congratulations Derek,

Here is his post from Facebook:

CAREER NEWS! New job, favorite city. After four years in Arizona, I’m beyond excited to be heading back to San Diego!! I’ve accepted an anchor/reporter role with 10News, the ABC affiliate. I have long admired the quality journalism 10News produces. I worked closely with them during my four years at San Diego 6 and I’m thrilled to be part of this exceptional team! In my new role, I’ll be reporting daily and anchoring in the Live Center, providing breaking news updates during the early evening M-F newscasts. I grew up in SoCal, my family lives here, and I feel so privileged to be back in the place my heart never left.

To my friends in Arizona, it was such a pleasure working with you. I learned SO MUCH from Arizona’s Family. I got to do the m…

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - Steven Woods

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By Joe Nelson

This edition of the SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Steven Woods, the 97.3 The Fan co-host and I sat down a few years back, but so much has changed I figured it was time to check in with him again and see what's new.

What is your current position?
Co-host of Ben & Woods on 97.3 The Fan
How are things with you right now? Life, work…..Life honestly couldn't be better. My wife, Hannah and I are extremely blessed with a healthy and very active baby boy, Beau. Work is going really well too. Our show is really firing on all cylinders and we're working hard every week to bring our listeners along for the ride.
Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from radio? Most of my radio stories I won't be able to tell until I'm retired, lol. That said, it's been one hell of a ride. February of 2020 will be TEN YEARS on the air in San Diego, which still blows my mind.
San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit? Petco Park, no …

Telemundo 20 San Diego Names Anchor

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By Joe Nelson


TELEMUNDO 20 SAN DIEGO NAMES RIGO VILLALOBOS ANCHOR/REPORTER



SAN DIEGO, CA – (August 19, 2019) – Telemundo 20 San Diego / KUAN today named Rigo Villalobos anchor/reporter for the station’s newscasts that air Monday to Friday at 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM and 11:00PM. He will join co-anchor Lizzet Lopez. Telemundo 20 serves the Spanish speaking community on the border between Tijuana and San Diego in southern California and Baja California, Mexico. 

TELEMUNDO 20 SAN DIEGO NAMES RIGO VILLALOBOS ANCHOR/REPORTER



SAN DIEGO, CA – (August 19, 2019) – Telemundo 20 San Diego / KUAN today named Rigo Villalobos anchor/reporter for the station’s newscasts that air Monday to Friday at 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM and 11:00PM. He will join co-anchor Lizzet Lopez. Telemundo 20 serves the Spanish speaking community on the border between Tijuana and San Diego in southern California and Baja California, Mexico.

“Rigo has proven to be an outstanding journalist in and out of the studio. He’s cov…

More Changes at KOGO

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By Joe Nelson

News Radio 600 Adds Darren Smith to KOGO Weekday Line-up

SAN DIEGO, CA – Effective Monday, August 19, 2019, Not Sports withDarren Smith and Jack Cronin will debut weekday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on News Radio 600 KOGO.

Smith currently hosts the popular Darren Smith Show, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., on XTRA 1360 and now joins the line-up on iHeart San Diego powerhouse News Radio 600 KOGO, alongside Cronin, co-host of San Diego’s Evening News.
Smith has been a prominent voice in San Diego sports radio since 2004. For the past 15 years, Darren has delivered sports fans with a unique opinion, topical interviews and breaking news coverage. 
“When Darren chose to join us at iHeart Media San Diego, it was clear that he was an exceptional talent with something to say on a variety of issues both inside and outside of the world of sports,” said KOGO and XTRA 1360 Program Director Brian Long. “This is an exciting opportunity for KOGO listeners to experience a new voice and perspective on …

iHeart San Diego Announces 'Jesse & Tati in the Morning'

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By Joe Nelson

iHeartMedia San Diego’s Star 94.1 FM Announces the Debut of the New “Jesse and Tati in the Morning”
SAN DIEGO – August 16, 2019 – Star 94.1 FM, San Diego’s More Music, More Variety Station, announced today the debut of “Jesse and Tati in the Morning,” effective August 26. “Jesse and Tati in the Morning” will broadcast weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.


The show brings popular San Diego on-air personalities Jesse Lozano and Tati Santiago together as co-hosts. They will bring a fresh new perspective and energy to listeners every morning by discussing the latest celebrity headlines while airing music from top artists including Pink, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Shawn Mendes.
“‘Jesse and Tati in the Morning’ will be an entertaining, San Diego-centric morning show that focuses on relatability, giving listeners a great variety of music to get their day started,” said Joe Haze, Program Director for Star 94.1 FM and Channel 93.3 FM.
Tati began her radio career i…

Delana Bennett Shifts Shifts

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By Joe Nelson

iHeartMedia San Diego’s Star 94.1 FM Announces Delana Bennett as New Afternoon Drive Host
San Diego, Calif. – August 15, 2019 – Star 94.1 FM, San Diego’s More Music, More Variety Station, has named Delana Bennett as Afternoon Drive Host, effective September 3. Bennett will broadcast weekday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to hosting afternoon drive, Bennett has also been named Assistant Program Director for Star 94.1 FM.

Bennett has been a familiar voice in San Diego for almost 20 years. She is known for her fun, outgoing personality and the ability to make people smile with her unique brand of humor. As afternoon drive host, Bennett will provide entertaining features that focus on celebrity gossip with “Delana’s Dish,” heartwarming and inspiring stories with “Good News,” and crazy headlines and happenings from the great state of Florida with “WTF: What The Florida.”
Bennett, who previously served as an on-air personality on “Jesse Lozano in the Morning” on St…