Showing posts from September, 2013

There's a New Country Station in Town

By Joe Nelson

KRLY-FM in Alpine re-branded and changed formats over the weekend. 

Station Manager Chris Torrick told SanDiegoRadio that they had a perceptual study in hand for a few months. "We got quite a large sample, and these participants were handpicked because they were Alpine residents that could pick us up on the FM dial. We waited on pins and needles for the results which we expected to lean toward country but we did not expect the number to as big as it was. When David (Manzi) and I got involved with this station we wanted to mirror the community that we serve. We think we have found our niche and are pretty excited about the future for the station and this incredible community." 
KRLY is one of two LPFM stations in the County built to serve a specific community. KRLY was recently given the OK from the FCC to double it's output power. I asked Chris how that came about. "When our engineer was going through a technical inspection he discovered that some o…

Clint August - September 2013 Spotlight

By Joe Nelson
   The September 2013 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features KGB's Clint August.
Clint, thanks for taking the time for the SanDiegoRadio Spotlight feature.
Joe: Clint, what is your current position?
Clint: On air afternoon drive on 101.5 KGB FM San Diego and Saturday mornings from 9-10 AM on News Radio 600 KOGO (My Home Improvement)

JN: What are your favorite parts of the job?
CA: Meeting listeners and having the opportunity to thank our military heroes every day before I sign off. I think it's very important to let them know how much we appreciate them for their sacrifice. PAST AND PRESENT!!

JN: Who are your favorite musical artists?
CA: Guns N Roses, Van Halen (David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar), AC/DC, Scorpions, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, U2, Blind Melon, Dean Martin... the list goes on, but those come to mind as of now.

JN: And your current favorites?
CA: The same... I keep finding a reason to enjoy classic and new artists every day. It really depends on my mood.

JN: Tel…

Z90 at Scream Zone

By Joe Nelson
   Tonight marks the opening of the Del Mar Scream Zone!
Join Z90's Raymond T and the Street Team as they kick off the new season!
More info HERE


KSON Listener To The Rescue!

By Joe Nelson

Here is an e-mail from Chris Turner, KSON-98.1-94/9 Promotions & Marketing Director:

Thought I'd share a quick story.  Last Friday morning KSON Loyal Listener Kathy Bateman was driving to work when she noticed that the 3 Rascal Flatts tour buses were stopped on the side of Interstate 8.  Kathy pulled over to help.  Turns out the tour bus has blown a hose and need a hose clamp. Kathy offered to go to the auto parts store to get them a new one.  Sadly, when she returned with the clamps~~the driver had fixed the problem and they had gone on their way.  
Kathy called us and told us the story~~so KSON stepped up to the plate and offered Kathy two premium tickets to the show that night.  She was excited to say the least.  
The story doesn't there......with the quick thinking of John D'Angelo.....John got the package of hose clamps from Kathy....then took them to the meet-n-greet and told the band the story...where they sent Kathy an apology, a thank you and aut…

FM 94/9 Independence Jam Wrap Up

By Joe Nelson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FM 94/9 Independence Jam 2013...A Complete Success!
Oceanside, CA - September 23, 2013 - Yet another sold-out FM 94/9 Independence Jam was a huge success at Oceanside Pier's Junior Seau Amphitheater on Saturday, September 21st. Seven bands played to over 3000 happy fans while the perfect San Diego weather inspired various band members to call the waterfront venue "the most epic place we've ever played!"
Local favorites Dead Feather Moon kicked things off on the Miller Lite main stage while The Colourist, American Authors, and Smallpools lit up the Boom Movement stage. Royal Teeth flew in from New Orleans for the show and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. had the entire crowd clapping and dancing as soon as they hit the main stage. Headliners Cage The Elephant brought the house down with their thrilling live show that included frontman Matt Schultz walking upright on the crowd's hands and shoulders. 
FM 94/9 hosted a live broadcast at the…

91X X-Fest Wrap Up

By Joe Nelson


CHULA VISTA, CA - All seats were sold out at the 91X "X-Fest" concert last night at Sleep Train Amphitheater, with headliners Blink-182, 30 Seconds to Mars and the Offspring performing to over 19,000 fans.
91X, celebrating its 30th Anniversary of broadcasting this year, packed the X-Fest line-up with a total of 11 bands, also including Jimmy Eat World, Silversun Pickups, the Dirty Heads, Wavves, Atlas Genius, New Politics, and IAMDYNAMITE.
Also scheduled to appear, Fitz and the Tantrums needed to cancel at the last minute due to the birth of a son to lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick.
Almost all bands came out in front of fans to interview live on 91X and sign autographs.  Listeners also collected an estimated 500 pounds of clothing for Father Joe's Villages. Anyone who made a donation received a free 18" x 24" X-Fest 2013 poster from 91X.
“It’s been an exciting year…

KOGO's My Home Improvement/LaDona Harvey

By Joe Nelson

MY HOME IMPROVEMENT on KOGO is giving away free cash at one local Ace Hardware location this Saturday.  
Just listen to MY HOME IMPROVEMENT Saturday morning at 9AM on KOGO AM 600 for the Ace Hardware RACE TO ACE location of the week.  Go to that Ace store and tell them My Home Improvement sent you.  The first ten people get an envelope with at least $5, but up to $100!  No strings attached.  
Fans on Facebook or Twitter get a head start with daily clues to the week's secret Ace location.  That head start can help you be one of the 10 lucky fans to get a cash envelope!  Facebook: Twitter: @myhome_SanDiego
Even if you are not there in time to get a cash envelope, there are second chance contests for cash prizes. 
Don't let someone else take your money. Get ready to Race to Ace with My Home Improvement this Saturday.  Get Ready...Get Set...Go!
The second Race To Ace event is Saturday, 9/21/13. They run until 10/5/13, b…

FM 94/9 Promotions

By Joe Nelson

The Attack is coming back with FM 94/9’s Attack of the iPad 3: Bride of iPad
San Diego, CA – September 19, 2013 - FM 94/9 brings back iPad giveaways with Attack of the iPad 3: Bride of iPad! The attack is coming back AGAIN, and this time with a triple threat vengeance - 13 chances a day to win an iPad Mini!
Listeners have 13 chances a day to win an iPad Mini by signing up at and listening for their name weekdays at7:10am, 8:10am, 9:10am, 10:10am, 11:10am, 12:10pm, 1:10pm, 2:10pm, 3:10pm, 4:10pm, 5:10pm, 6:10pm and 7:10pm.
Listeners also have additional chances to win by texting ATTACK to 61749 AND following FM 94/9 on all social media.
Attack of the iPad 3: Bride of iPad on FM 94/9 - It's About The Music!
KBZT ______________________________________________________________
FM 94/9 is California Dreamin' with Alaska Airlines

San Diego - September 19, 2013 - FM 94/9 is California Dreamin' with A…

Coe Lewis Request

By Joe Nelson
   I think it would be difficult to find a person sweeter then Coe Lewis. People-lover, animal-lover. Which leads me to this. Perusing Facebook, I see Coe sends out a request for an event for Friends of Cats.

   I wanted to share this in case someone wanted to help. Oh, you don't work in the same building? Send it anonymously! (For the record, Coe did not ask me to run this, I just wanted to help a bit)
The post:
hey sweet friends...i have a huge favor to ask. i am hosting an event at Friends of Cats on Sept. 28 and I am trying to get some door prizes, raffle prizes, and silent auction items together to help make it successful. They are a humble and wonderful no kill shelter in Blossom Valley. Can you or your company help in any way? You will get special "Coesty promo love" for your generosity of course, and eternal gratitude from a great organization doing wonderful things 24/7. Pls email me at if you can help. And please come out! thanks so …

Walrus Names New Midday Host/APD

By Joe Nelson

For Immediate Release:

San Diego’s 105-7 THE WALRUS Welcomes Jay Coffey
as Midday Air Personality and Assistant Program Director.
San Diego, California (September 2013)  Classic Hits veteran Jay Coffey joins BCA radio’s 105-7 THE WALRUS for middays (9am-2pm) and Assistant Program Director effective October 14th.   Jay most recently served as midday air personality for Dial Global’s nationally syndicated Classic Hits format.  Prior to that Coffey served as on-air personality at  K-EARTH in Los Angeles and KFRC in San Francisco as well as Program Director for KBSG in Seattle.  “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Norm, Mike and the outstanding team at The Walrus.  The station is a proven winner and I look forward to helping Mike achieve greater success.  Besides it’s ‘San Diego’ it doesn’t get any better!  Definitely a dream job,” says Coffey. 
BCA Programming / Operations Manager Mike Shepard commented “Jay’s strong on-air work coupled with his experience and und…

Jo Eager's Book Signing in Santee

By Joe Nelson
   Tonight KFMB's Jo Eager held her book signing for her contribution in 'Chicken Soup for the Soul - From Lemons to Lemonade'. Jo's story of her encounter with a rattlesnake successfully made it into the popular book and now she is doing book signings in east county.
   More photos are available on the SanDiegoRadio Facebook page HERE


Cantore on Rickards

By Joe Nelson
   I could try to write my own story on Dave Rickards' return to Jack 100.7, but I think Chris Cantore nailed it. I decided to share his story from the UT. Well done, Cantore.

   Click HERE for the story


This Just In

Longtime radio/tv man Jerry G. Bishop has passed away according to local news reports.  More to follow.

Allison Ross - SanDiegoRadio Bonus Spotlight

By Joe Nelson
   Growing up in San Diego, I was fortunate to see some great news people come into our home every night as I would sit and watch the newscasts with my parents. There were many that were here for a while and left, but there were staples, anchors you could count on year in and year out. One such anchor was Allison Ross.
   Recently I was able to catch up with Allison and have coffee with her near her home in La Jolla.
   Allison spoke of her days in the news, on the radio and her life today. She is truly a kind spirit who, even after going through a very rough patch in her life, loves life, loves living, and is enjoying spending a lot of her time as a musician.
   Allison was with KFMB TV from 1978-1989 and then with KNSD 7/39 for two years. She then worked in radio as a reporter until 2001.
Classic KFMB Jigsaw Puzzle Allison interviewing James Earl Jones Allison has not given up on returning to TV or radio, "I would hate to waste the assets and skills I hold" &quo…

Congratulations Nick Irwin!

By Joe Nelson
   SanDiegoRadio sends out a HUGE congratulations to Nick Irwin, son of 'Shotgun' Tom Kelly and Linda Irwin, as this week he was made Chief Petty Officer.
   The event was held aboard the USS Mount Whitney in Gaeta, Italy and his mom Linda was on hand for the pinning ceremony. Shotgun tells SanDiegoRadio "Linda and I are so very proud of our son Nick making Chief in just 11 years of his service. CPO Nick Irwin, Congrats"
Congratulations, Nick! San Diego is proud of you and thank you for your service!
(Photos courtesy of Nick's FB page)

Book Signing

By Joe Nelson
   What are you doing this Tuesday the 17th? Well hopefully you are heading to the Santee Library at 6:30 PM.
    Clear Channel/Total Traffic's Jo Eager will be signing "Chicken Soup For The Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade" as her submission was one of 101 to make it into the book from 3,000 submissions!
   Jo's story is 'Rattled' and is about her encounter with a rattlesnake.
The Santee Library is located at 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd., right next to Mast Park.
If you cannot make this one, Jo will be having another book signing Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 PM. That one will be held at the Lakeside Library - 9839 Vine St.

Hope to see you out there!

Mario Lopez Joins Star 94.1

By Joe Nelson
San Diego, Ca. – September 13, 2013 – KMYI FM Star 94.1, San Diego's Best Variety, today announced that Mario Lopez will now join its programming lineup, effective Monday, September 16, 2013. On with Mario Lopez will air weeknights from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. 
Mario Lopez is a successful actor, author, producer and entertainer with a lifelong love for sports and fitness that began in his hometown of Chula Vista in San Diego County where he was born and raised.  On with Mario Lopez will feature interviews with the hottest celebrities, plus news and gossip from Hollywood. 
Star 94.1 is the market leader in adult contemporary music and entertainment – the station's weekday programming lineup will feature:
Jesse Lozano in the Morning from 6-10:00 a.m. On Air with Ryan Seacrest from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Delana from 2-4:00 p.m. Haze from 4-8:00 p.m. On with Mario Lopez from 8:00 p.m. to midnight
Fans can listen to Star 94.1 FM, on the station’s website at, …

Dave Mason Lands in Los Angeles

By Joe Nelson
 Dave Mason, formerly of 105.7 The Walrus, has made it to Los Angeles today.
   Mason begins his new position at K-Earth 101, joining legendary San Diego/SoCal 'Shotgun' Tom Kelly. Mason and Tori Peck at a recent media event    When asked, Dave tells SanDiegoRadio "Are my feet supposed to be touching the floor? I am on cloud 101." He adds.. "It's very cool here, and Shotgun is a trip and a half"
Visit K-Earth's page HERE
Have fun, Dave! San Diego will miss you! -Joe

MAJOR Line Up Changes at AM 600 KOGO

By Joe Nelson
In a press release just received by SanDiegoRadio, KOGO AM 600 announces a major shakeup to their lineup. Out is Chip Franklin, as Chris Merrill and 'The Voice of Merrill' assumes the morning shift. Franklin's former partner LaDona Harvey moves to mid days. And Bob "Sully" Sullivan takes the afternoon slot. Press release is as follows...

San Diego, Ca. – September 13, 2013 –Newsradio600 KOGO, San Diego's leading news and talk station, announced a new weekday programming lineup effective Monday, September 16th. The new lineup features KOGO talk show personalities Chris Merrill in the morning, LaDona Harvey in the midday, and Bob “Sully” Sullivan in the afternoon. "Our goal is to inform and entertain in a way that connects with our listeners and this lineup adjustment helps us accomplish that,” said Program Director Cliff Albert. Full Weekday-programming Lineup: 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. Chris Merrill 9 a.m. – 12 Noon Rush L…

Dave Rickards returns to 100.7 Jack FM

By Joe Nelson
Dave Rickards, if 100.7 Jack FM's "DSC Show", will return to The Big Chair shortly.
   Rickards has been absent from his post for about 4 weeks now, tending to undislosed matters. Jack FM today released a statement exclusively to SanDiegoRadio stating Rickards will return Monday, September 16 and rejoin his team of Shelly Dunn, Cookie 'Chainsaw' Randolph, Chris Boyer, Ruth 66, and Emily Maguire.

   In Dave's absence, Fellow KFMB teammates have stepped in nicely to fill the void. Program Director Mike O'Reilly, Sam The Cooking Guy, Larry Himmel, and this week, News 8 anchor Phil Blauer.
   Listen to 100.7 Jack FM today as the station will begin airing promos for his return. Check out their website HERE

As always, thanks for tuning in to for all your radio information


August 2013 Ratings

By Joe Nelson
The following are the ratings for San Diego, August 2013: (I also included the previous month, for comparison)

Letter From the Editor

By Joe Nelson

 "Integrity" "Trust" "Reliability"    These are three words words I want associated with SanDiegoRadio, and  myself.

   Over the last few weeks I have received dozens of comments, messages, and e-mails regarding the absence of a morning show host. I made it a point not to publish anything until I have verified the information as accurate.

   I received three comments today and I chose not to publish them due to their cruel nature. This column is not for mean spirited 'humor'. It was then I decided I should run this letter, explaining why there has been nothing. I am not going to run on speculation or rumors.

   Once this is worked out, you can bet I will have the information here. But until the time is right, I'd rather just run with the facts I know.

   PD Mike O'Reilly, Sam The Cooking Guy, and now Larry Himmel have done a gallant job filling the big chair (With Phil Blauer next week), the team has really stepped up their g…

SanDiegoRadio Job Board

By Joe Nelson
This one comes from Roy Robertson, former KFMB employee of 30 years... MBLN, the Money Business Life Network, has an immediate opening for part-time board operators and audio producers to assist with programming and production operations.  The network needs a producer for our three-hour programming block as soon as possible.  The shift will initially be 20 hours a week, with the possibility of expanded hours and responsibilities in the near future.  MBLN programming airs on a network of radio affiliates nationally, distributed by GAB radio, and also airs shows which are televised on the BizTV network nationally.  We are looking for candidates who have experience running live call-in talk shows for major market radio stations, and can manage running a board with multiple talent sources, pre-produced elements and phones.  Other responsibilities may including running studio operations for other programs, running commercial client sessions, training for TV studio operations, …

KGB Sky Show 38

By Joe Nelson
   Last night following the SDSU Aztecs football game, the lights went out and the sky erupted into a fifteen minute barrage of fireworks synced to the KGB Sky Show soundtrack with the theme of "Cops and Robbers".
   The afternoon started off with Bob & Coe broadcasting from KGB/Aztec Village. Listeners were treated to a GREAT set by guitarist Stefanos Alexiou. This guy tore it up with his guitar and the fans loved it! I do see a bright future for him, and hope to see him perform again. And he is only 13!! By the way, he plays more than just guitar, he can play many more instruments as well! Check out some of his videos at
   Clint August joined the broadcast talking about recent Sky Shows and building anticipation of the night's events to come.     The Aztec Marching Band came through the Village and played a couple songs.    It was a real treat to see one of the Eastlake Little Leag…