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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

'Shotgun Tom' Gets his Star

By Joe Nelson
   "You better believe it, baby!" Shotgun Tom Kelly today received his star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.

(Photos courtesy of Phil Blauer)

   KFMB News 8's Phil Blauer was on hand and put together this great story...
San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 -
And another from Phil, this one includes an interview with Shotgun's daughter, Melanie.
San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 -
   Hundreds of fans, including family and close friends were on-hand for the ceremony. Even Johnny Mathis was in attendance. The area was jam packed of people excited to see Shotgun get his star on Hollywood Blvd at La Brea Ave.
(Photo Courtesy of Marilyn Hyder)
   Speaking at the event was K-Earth 101's Program Director Jhani Kaye and the one and only Stevie Wonder, who sang a quick line for Shotgun.
(Photo Courtesy of Marilyn Hyder)

   Diane Bell of the UT did a great article Monday, you can read that HERE

Congratulations Shotgun, from

Monday, April 29, 2013


By Joe Nelson

(San Diego, CA) – 760 KFMB is proud to announce the arrival of San Diego’s newest morning radio program, “The Armstrong & Getty Show”.  The popular program, featuring Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty, makes its San Diego debut at 6am on Monday, June 3rd 2013.

A twenty-year team, Jack and Joe have been known for years as one of California’s most popular and funny morning shows.  “We’re a couple of white men who occasionally get angry, but we’re not two angry white men,” says Getty.  Armstrong adds that the show is based in humor, “it’s hard to be too serious, for too long.”  Both men have families with kids, and they spend their time on the air equally talking about their lives, pop culture and occasionally politics.  Getty says that San Diegans can expect the pair to “skewer the news, and we’re quite proud of the fact that there are a lot of laughs on this show in any given hour”. 

“Like any great radio morning show, Armstrong and Getty have that unique ability to not only connect with the listener but to become their companions,” says 760 KFMB Program Director Dave Sniff.  “They fit-in amazingly well among the great story-tellers that are part of 760 KFMB’s character and lineage.  They’re not so much a “talk show” as a “mock show”.    

KFMB Radio’s Vice President and General Manager, Gina Landau says, “I’m so excited to welcome Jack & Joe to 760 KFMB.  What I’m going to love the most is the laughter, the fun and the smart way in which they deal with every day events.” 

On June 3rd, Armstrong and Getty join 760’s line-up, which includes: The Mike Slater Show (9am-Noon), Sean Hannity (Noon-3pm), San Diego’s longest running talk show--The Roger Hedgecock Show (3pm-6pm), the Glenn Beck Program (6pm-9pm) and Brett Winterble (9pm-Midnight).   For more information visit 

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For Armstrong and Getty inquiries, please contact Dave Sniff at 858-495-7536.

100.7 Jack FM - For Immediate Release

By Joe Nelson


Tourism Australia is currently running The Best Jobs in the World campaign, for a chance to win one of six dream jobs in Australia.  The first round of the competition had over 600,000 applicants from every country in the world.  Jack FM's own Emily Maguire has made the cut and is now in the top 25 for Chief Funster for New South Wales, based in Sydney.

In 2009, Tourism Queensland hosted the original Best Jobs in the World campaign. It resulted in one man being given his own island for six months and sharing his experiences with the world. He and the campaign received so much press about living the ideal lifestyle that the campaign has been brought back.

This time around the jobs being pursued by the lucky 150 applicants who were shortlisted are as follows: Lifestyle Photographer, Outback Adventurer, Park Ranger, Tastemaster, Wildlife Caretaker and Chief Funster.  The Chief Funster position will entail travel throughout the state as the social media commentator for NSW, appearing at all the major tourism launches, PR events and industry functions. Emily would also work behind the scenes of Sydney Festival, Mardi Gras and Vivid Festival, all leading up to the spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks on Sydney Harbour.

In order to advance to the final three and be flown to Australia, Emily has been tasked with generating advocacy and media attention about why she is the right person for the job. This portion of the contest has to be executed by May 7th.  On May 15, Tourism Australia will announce the top 3 candidates for each position.

"Making the top 25 on a global scale is no small feat.  No matter the outcome, it's exciting to see Emily and America's Finest City in the spotlight worldwide in such a positive way!” said Mike O’Reilly, program director for JACK FM. “Stay tuned to the DSC and Jack FM for updates as Emily's journey continues to evolve.”

For over a decade, Emily has been the producer of San Diego's longest running, top rated morning radio show, Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw. While she loves her job and San Diego, she’s long dreamed of living down under.  “We get one life to live to the fullest and I’ve only ever regretted things I didn’t do,” Maguire said,  “To stay true to myself, I had to chase this once in a lifetime opportunity.” You can follow her on this once in a lifetime journey at

Thanks for tuning in to!

Shotgun to get his Star Tuesday

By Joe Nelson
   Legendary San Diego/Southern California radio personality "Shotgun Tom" Kelly will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday.
   Shotgun's star will be located right next to "The Real Don Steele" at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and LaBrea. Shotgun is currently on K-Earth 101, 3-7 PM in Los Angeles.

   Festivities begin at 11:30AM and special guest speakers will be K-Earth 101's Program Director Jhani Kaye and  none other than Stevie Wonder!

   If you cannot make it to the event, you can watch the live stream right HERE

Congratulations, Tom!

The Mayor is in the House

By Joe Nelson
   San Diego Mayor Bob Filner stopped by 102.1 KPRI today!
Bryan Shock, Bob Filner and Haley Jones


Friday, April 26, 2013

San Francisco just got a little Rosey-er

By Joe Nelson
   Josh Rosenberg, recently with XX 1090 and before that with XTRA Sports 1360 just notified SanDiegoRadio he is leaving town after 14 years in San Diego.
   Josh says he has accepted a position with 95.7 The Game. Home of the A's and the Raiders.
   In an interview with SanDiegoRadio, Josh says "I'll be doing weekends and weekday fill-in work at first, plus some updates." "I couldn't pass up a chance tp join a top 5 market." "I'm excited for this opportunity to join 95.7 The Game and grow with a great new station in the Bay Area. The journey continues in this wild radio world. I loved my time in San Diego and developed a lot of great relationships with quality people."

Best wishes to you, Josh!

KSON at Stagecoach

By Joe Nelson
   Stagecoach 2013 is under way and KSON is representing nicely.  Morning show team John and Tammy are hanging backstage with the artist and the promotions team are out meeting fans and taking pictures.
SanDiegoRadio is on location.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Stagecoach 2013

By Joe Nelson
   Now that Coachella is over, The country version, "Stagecoach" starts Friday in Indio, CA. It will feature acts from A-Z (Lady Antebellum to Zak Brown Band) will take the three stages over the coarse of three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
   KSON 97.3/92.1 will be there for all these great acts.
   KSON just topped the March Arbitron ratings for San Diego by taking the #1 spot overall yet again. Great job! San Diego Radio will be in Indio and will report as best as possible, if not trampled!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013


By Joe Nelson

FM 94/9's SPF (Sandy Parts Festival)  94/9

Oceanside, CA - Tuesday, April 23 – FM 94/9’s SPF (Sandy Parts Festival) 94/9 presented by Bud Light.

When: Saturday, June 8 - Doors 3:00pm Show: 3:30pm
Where: Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre
7 Bands playing two stages - The FM 94/9 Main Stage and the Red Bull Tour Bus Stage:
-And UCSD Battle of the Bands winner SODA PANTS

Regular On Sale: $15 and will go on sale this FRIDAY, APRIL 26 AT 10AM
Pre-Sale: Available only for Tribe 94/9 members for $10 tickets (only 949 tickets available) this Wednesday, April 24 10am - Thursday, April 25 10pm. Sign up to be a Tribe 94/9 member here
Bud Light Platinum VIP Packages: Available for a $10 upgrade and will include reserved seating, exclusive beverage line and exclusive restrooms.
Tickets will be available for purchase at

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Jerry Coleman - SanDiegoRadio Spotlight

By Joe Nelson
   This edition of the monthly SanDiegoRadio Spotlight is very special to me. I remember as a kid listening to Jerry Coleman late into the night calling the Padres games on my little radio. I owe a big thank you to my friend, Petco Park PA Announcer Frank Anthony for helping me get this interview.
   Jerry invited me into his home, made me coffee and we sat in his living room which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and we chatted for almost an hour and a half. We covered a little radio, but as you know, his life is so full of events, it was hard to stay on one topic.

Joe: Jerry, how are you these days?
Jerry: Well, I'm 88 now. This eye went on me (points to his eye), and I'm in my second operation and it's coming along fine. When you are my age, and I am the oldest broadcaster in baseball, sorry to say, the eyes can give you trouble.
JN: How did you come to work in San Diego?
JC: I tried to get the job with the Padres when they came into the league in 1969, but no luck there. But then I had a meeting with Buzzie Bavasi in 1971 and became the Padres play-by-play announcer in 1972, and been there ever since.... except one year when I managed the club in 1980. Worst mistake I ever made. Terrible mistake. But I have been here ever since, very lucky. The people here like me, and if I finish my contract I will be 91.

JN: When will you get back into managing?
JC: Never, ever. (Jerry answered that very quickly!) Well see, when I joined they didn't know who I was. 'where did this dumb broadcaster come managing this club?' And I had a lot of people working against me on the club. I look back now, I should never have taken the job. I only did it because my best friend, Bob Fontaine (first scouting director of the Padres and their third general manager), I grew up with him in the Bay Area, he says "Why don't you manage the club?" I said 'OK, if you are my pitching coach, I'll do it' I thought he was kidding me, this was like July, but we talked about baseball all the time.So September came around and I asked Bob if he was serious about it and he said yes he was. We were rotten... maybe a change of pace couldn't hurt. I shouldn't have taken it because the players have a feeling about their manager that I couldn't give them and I didn't know what the hell I was doing anyway. We didn't have a good ballclub, a lot of things went against it. It was a great experience because it taught me a lot about players. My deal was, that when I was done, I'd come back to the broadcasting booth, and I've been here ever since.
JN: As far as broadcasting, what are you most proud of?
JC: Tony Gwynn's 3,000th base hit, that was a great experience. not many people can do that. Nate Colbert's 5 home runs in a double header in Atlanta. Things that really impacted the game itself.
JN: Do you still talk to your Marine buddies?
JC: Oh would I see them all the time, but they are all dead. This is World War II. We would play Bridge every day. I was not a card player. Bud, Bob, Art, and myself. They taught me how to play. We were all in the same tent for a year. And Art has passed, Bud has passed, Bob has passed. Those were my best friends, and really the only ones I saw after WW2. And in Korea, in my latest one, Curly died several months ago. In fact, I talked to his wife the other day. Curly and I roomed together. In Korea, I had a friend, Max Harper, and he blew up right in front of me. That was probably the worst day of my life. When I came home, they had a day for me at Yankee Staduim. About 7:00 that morning, my hotel phone rang, 'Hello, I am Max Harper's brother in law, his wife is here and would like to talk to you."  Well, in Korea a lot of people disappeared and were found months later. We met up with them. His wife wanted to authenticate his death. She asked me 'Is he dead?' I never saw the look in someones face like I saw on this tragic woman's face when I said yes he is gone, I was there, and I saw it. I had to sign some papers to authenticate his death for his family. But that really was the worst thing to happen to me, both seeing him die and having to tell the family.
JN: As a pilot, during the wars, did you have any interesting moments while in the planes?
JC: Yes, I was taking off in Korea with a full load, 3,000 lbs of bombs on a single-engine airplane, an F4U Corsair. When you get off the ground, your plane is staggering (shakes his hands) and the flaps are at 90 degrees, so I am at K6 (a runway distance marker, I think they lift at K9) and there was a bump in the runway. It popped me up, I came down and I noticed the short runway and knew I wasn't going to make it. I braked, and screeched. I let my bombs go, the bombs have  little propellers on the front and back, and a wire that goes through the propellers. If the wire comes out and the propellers revolve so many times, the bomb will arm themselves. And I just let mine go, if I burn, I will blow up the base and myself too. So I went down the runway and next thing I know, I am upside-down, and buried in the dirt. I will say one thing about the crash team, they were right after me. Dodging the bombs that were rolling down the runway. They pulled me out, I was knocked out. I was covered in mud and dirt. They took me to the hospital and next morning at 5AM, I was up again.

JN: Who were you closest to on the Yankees?
JC: Vic Raschi. A right handed pitcher, he and I started together. he won 20 games 3 or 4 years. A great guy. Our wives were very close to each other as well. He ended up getting traded to St. Louis eventually. Then of course Mickey Mantle. I roomed with him for two years.
JN: Tell me about rooming with Mickey Mantle.
JC: When Mantle came up, he started with the Yankees at 19. They sent him down, he came back up and he got his foothold. He was very close to Billy Martin. Martin liked to have fun on the town, so when Martin was traded the Yankees wanted me to room with him because I was older and more mature. I found him to be a delightful person. People don't know, but when we'd get into a hotel, our luggage would be down in the lobby. Next thing I knew, he was bringing it up to my/our room. Always asking if there was anything he could do. What a delightful man.

JN: How has being a Hall of Famer changed your life?
JC: I don't even think about it. I wonder how it happened. I've got High School Hall of Fame, Bay Area Hall of Fame, MLB Hall of Fame as a broadcaster, the National Radio Hall of Fame, and honor I really do accept. I don't think about it really. I wonder why. I am in the Marine Corp Hall of Fame, which I recognize as having a nice thing to happen to you. When I went into the National Radio Hall of Fame, I went in with Franklin D. Roosevelt. I remember, you are putting me in with the president? Not too bad.
JN: We just had Jackie Robinson's Day, tell me what it was like playing against #42
JC: He was the guy, when I played against him in '49, 55, 56 (he missed time with Korea when they called him back) He was the guy, when we had meetings, Casey Stengel told us there were two guys to focus on were Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. We really concentrated on Jackie. He was a difference maker. I was looking at Robinson's numbers, I outhit him in the World Series. I hit .275, he only hit .230. But we really concentrated on him, when he got on base, he drove the pitchers crazy.
JN: Who was the toughest pitcher you ever faced?
JC: All of them! Don Newcombe. Brooklyn Dodgers. At Yankee Stadium, they had a tarp, when the stadium would get full they would lower that tarp. They would put 70,000 people in there. They don't even have stadiums like that anymore. I remember Newcombe, we beat him this day 1-0, we really wiped him out that day. Well, all the white shirts in the crowd made for a tough backdrop. Hitting against him was not a pleasant experience. But I think the toughest guy of all of them was Bob Lemon. He had this slider that was a new pitch after WW2. Man, he won 20 games 7 or 8 years in a row. For a right-handed batter, he was not a happy time.
JN: What is your favorite 'Colemanism'?
JC: Well, I'd have to say "Oh Doctor" and "You can hang a star on that baby". Casey Stengel would always say 'you got me, doctor?' 'can you hear me doctor?' And I didn't think of it when I used it, the phrase just came up. And in the 5th or 6th grade, we would have a spelling test, and if you got all 20 questions right, you got a star. Man, I never got a star. Sometimes I would get 18, or 19 correct. But I never got one. So that's where 'you can hang a star on that baby' came from.
JN: If you had not pursued being a broadcaster, what else might you have done?
JC: Well, I really wanted to be a general manager, when I was personnel director for the Yankees, I had 8 or 9 minor league teams. I thought that might work up to something.
JN: One last question, how do you view radio through the years?
JC: I think radio is a much more descriptive forum. Television is more visual. But with radio, the announcer has to paint the picture for the listener. Radio, you have to describe every 10 feet of the ball traveling. Radio is three times more descriptive than television. On radio, the guy has to make you see the action with his words.

   Jerry, thank you for giving me your time, inviting me to your house and for the coffee. You are a treasure in San Diego and there will NEVER be another like you!

   The following are photos of the very few memorabilia he has in his office. Enjoy.

Thanks for tuning in to SanDiegoRadio,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

SanDiegoRadio Job Board

By Joe Nelson

91X| 91.1 XTRA-FM

Job Description:
Specific duties include, but are not restricted to, the following:
  • Draft proposals with concert venues and 3rd clients for promotional opportunities, including product giveaways, local concerts and events.
  • Regularly update station website events, concerts, contests, and photo galleries on a daily basis and additional content as needed.
  • Coordinate with department to oversee promotional calendar of appearances and giveaways, following up on details for activation (confirmation, promotion activation, delivery of prizes for winners).
  • Organize event folders with updated information mirroring the promo calendar as it develops, communicating pertinent information to street team and jocks.
  • Focus, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • Assist with general overall department duties to the Promotions Director, Promotions Coordinator and other station personnel
  • Office duties may include: working with clients on pre-event preparations, listener correspondence, social network updating, filing, and other duties as needed.

  • Must be able to work at least 10-15 hours a week, including nights and weekends as needed.
  • Reliable, punctual and possess strong social skills
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Position requires a positive attitude, strong customer service and organizational skills
  • Candidate must be a self motivate, creative thinker
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent Required
  • Two-Years College Preferred
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Website and Internet experience
  • Knowledge of San Diego and surrounding area is a plus
  • Knowledge of broadcasting equipment is a plus
  • 18 years old
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with knowledge of music formats and relevant artists

To apply, send cover letter and resume to – Please specify that you are applying for the position in the subject line.  No phone calls, please

LIVE talk shows at Balboa Park

By Joe Nelson  
   SanDiegoRadio is on location at Balboa Park as  talk show hosts Mark Larson,  Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Craig Sewing  conduct their shows LIVE at San Diego Hall of Champions.
   1170 KCBQ has a nice set up in the museum and there are hundreds of people seated listening to the live broadcasts.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Easy Rider

101.5 KGB's Clint August and his sporty helmet.

Another KFMB AM Hire

By Joe Nelson
   Monday I reported the hiring of production assistant Jeff Moore at KFMB AM. Also hired on was Daniel Noon as technical producer.
   Noon was previously at BCA Radio as a technical producer/studio coordinator, Fox Sports Radio as an editor, and a researcher, logger and production assistant at DirecTV.

   Noon has over five years experience in the radio & television industry.

Thanks for tuning in to SanDiegoRadio

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

March Ratings

By Joe Nelson

The following are the ratings for San Diego, March 2013:


Monday, April 15, 2013

Channel 933 Listener Appreciation Day

By Joe Nelson

Today is Channel 933 Listener Appreciation Day!
As a special thanks from Channel 933 for your continued support throughout the years, we would like to offer you a chance to pick ANY available seat at Channel 933's Summer Kick Off Concert for $30!
This special offer expires at 10 PM (PST) tonight (4/15)!

KFMB Hires New Production Assistant

By Joe Nelson
   Congratulations to Jeff 'Slash' Moore who today was hired on at KFMB 760 AM as production assistant!
   'Slash' was previously LaDona Harvey's producer at KOGO.

-Joe Nelson

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Versitile Pala Rez Radio 91.3 FM

By Joe Nelson
   This is one of the great things about community radio, Pala Rez Radio broadcasting softball games! This is from their Facebook page:

Our thanks to the Rincon Tribe and sport director Alfonso Kolb for another great season of Rez League softball. We broadcast four tournament games today including an exciting championship game with the lead changing three times before a new team this year, the Aztecs pulled out a come-from-behind win over Baad Medicine. We look forward to broadcasting lots more future league and tournament games from Rincon.

See their website HERE

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Garett Michaels to Seattle

By Joe Nelson
   Former FM 94/9 PD Garret Michaels was just hired on at 107.7 THE END in Seattle, also as program director.
    For Michaels, this is not his first go-round in Seattle. He worked at KYPT Seattle, as well as in Detroit and Philadelphia.
   Michaels starts Monday, April 15.


Ciara visits Jammin' Z90-San Diego

 By Joe Nelson
Pictured L to R: Morning show host Tati, Music Director Kat San Andres, Ciara, Director of Programming & Sunday Nite Slow Jams host R Dub!, Afternoon driver Tre and mixer DJ Mission!