Search This Blog

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lincoln Financial Media Names Director of Sales

By Joe Nelson

October 23, 2103
Contact:  Rick Jackson, Sr. VP/General Manager – Lincoln Financial Media/San Diego
               (619) 718-7110 / Email:


San Diego, CA – Lincoln Financial Media announced today that Dan Austin is the new Director of Sales at its San Diego cluster of stations.  He will supervise sales efforts at KSON-FM, KBZT-FM and KIFM-FM.

Austin's radio career spans at least 20 years and includes sales, management and on-air broadcasting.  He comes to LFM from Townsquare Media, where he was VP/Market Manager in Albany, NY.  Austin's experience also includes positions with CBS Radio in Seattle, Citadel Radio in Syracuse, Clear Channel and Cox Radio stations.

"We looked long and hard for the right person for this job," said Rick Jackson, Senior VP/General Manager of LFM/San Diego.  "I've known Dan for years.  He's a proven winner and will fit right in with our team."

"I'm very excited about joining Lincoln Financial Media in San Diego," said Austin.  "I look forward to continuing the success that Rick Jackson and his amazing team have built.  With such strong brands, the future looks very bright."

Austin begins his new position on November 11.

About Lincoln Financial Media

Lincoln Financial Media Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, owns and operates radio stations in Atlanta, GA (WQXI-AM, WSTR-FM); Denver, CO (KEPN-AM, KKFN-FM, KQKS-FM, KRWZ-AM, KYGO-FM, KYGO HD2/103.1); Miami, FL (WAXY-AM, WAXY-FM, WLYF-FM, WMXJ-FM); and San Diego, CA (KBZT-FM, KIFM-FM, KSON-FM, KSOQ-FM).

Pala Rez Radio Honored

By Joe Nelson

Pala Rez Radio 91.3 was honored again this year at the annual San Diego Press Club awards, held Tuesday, October 29th at the Jacobs Center in San Diego.  Building on last year’s solo award in the Best Radio Newscast category, Rez Radio’s “Pala Today” news at noon with John Fox this year took first place for Best Radio Newscast, and the “Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site” show hosted by Gilbert Smith and Mike Bragg took both first and third place awards in the Radio Interview show category for episodes featuring Ken Kramer and Shotgun Tom Kelly.  That’s a total of four Press Club awards in the station’s two years on the air.  

Pala Today airs daily Monday through Friday at noon and Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site airs weekly on Wednesday at 12:30 following Pala Today with a repeat Sunday afternoons at 1:30 between Old Time Radio Hour shows “Gunsmoke” and “My Favorite Husband”.

Station Manager, John Fox gratefully acknowledges the support of the station by the Pala Band of Mission Indians.   “The challenge of providing daily sustaining local coverage of events and public safety information in a rapidly changing economic model has left the public with fewer choices than even just in the last year … particularly those who either by choice or geography aren’t into social media and the Internet.  Local, small scale, low budget media balancing traditional broadcast reliability with new media innovations and up-to-date technology seem to be the best way to serve rural areas like Pala while allowing access to anyone anywhere interested in Pala.  We have the added bonus of supporting, promoting and documenting an entire culture with our local native programming elements.”

Pala Rez Radio is owned and operated by the Pala Band of Mission Indians as a class A FM station operating at 91.3 Mhz in the community of Pala, CA.  Rez Radio operates 24 hours a day with a daily weekday block of news, talk and public affairs from 9a to 1:30p, including the award-winning “Pala Today” at noon.  All other hours feature a music mix of rock, country, reggae, soul, native, blues and oldies.  Other daily programming includes an hour or more of reggae every night at 7 and complete old-time radio shows from the 1930’s-50’s every night atmidnight and Sunday afternoons.  Volunteer programmers host various music and entertainment shows and Rez Radio is proud to be the home of “Brunch With Bob and Friends” with Tommy Hough every Sunday from 9 to noon.  Rez Radio also airs programming from the Native Voice 1 and Pacifica networks and relays selected shows produced by KCRW, Santa Monica.

A complete list of all programming is available at and a subscription to the daily e-mail update from Pala Today is available by request at

24/7 live streaming of Rez Radio 91.3 is available on iHeartRadio and or by direct link,

contact:  John Fox, station manager  760 742 4200

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 2013 Spotlight

By Joe Nelson

Ashlee Rock - October 2013 Spotlight

The October 2013 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Rock 105.3's Ashlee Rock.

What is your current position/title?  I am the assistant producer/on air for "The Show", 

mornings on Rock 105.3 6-10am.  I also host our Best Of show every Saturday, 6-

10am, and am on 10a-2p Saturdays and 1-9pm on Sundays on Rock 105.3.  You 

can also catch Sky (news girl extrodinare for "The Show") and me on the 

CW6 morning show "Wake Up San Diego" Thursday mornings in the 8am hour 

for a segment called "Out & About," where we fill you in on fun things coming up 

that weekend!   

What are your favorite parts of the job?   Everything.  This is my dream job, being able to 

entertain and uplift people, and have a platform where I can make people smile, 

inspire them, and perform, in any capacity.  This truly is my passion and I feel very

grateful to be able to call it my job. 

Who are your all time favorite musical artists?   Haha.  You are going to laugh.  I love ALL 

music, hence why I work in radio, but my all time artists definitely vary.  I would 

say Michael Jackson, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, the Beatles, 

Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Tom Petty, Green Day, Tupac, Notorious 

B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Gwen Stefani, Fergi, Britney 

Spears...I can keep going. ;) 

And your current favorite?  Lil Wayne!  I love him so much!  Also Nicky Minaj, Big Sean,

Tyga, 2 Chainz, Drake, and any and all EDM.  Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, 

Zedd, Krewella, Avici, Benny Benassi, DeadMau5, Kaskade...again, I could keep 

going.  I love music!  I go through phases but am always listening, signing, and 

dancing to music!   

What are your favorite restaurants?  Oh my gosh.  Don't even get me started on food.  

And don't make me pick which one I like more, food or music!  I would say some of

my all time favs in San Diego are George's at the Cove, Blue Boheme, Urban 

Solace, any taco shop...I have probably been to them all :)  Can I just say Little 

Italy as a whole?  Also, Old Town as a whole? ;)  I also LOVE Royal India, Burger 

Lounge, Cali Comfort...there is just not enough time.  One of my favorite parts of 

San Diego is I have lived here for 12 years, and still continue to find amazing 

restaurants of all sorts.  It's outstanding.  

What are your movie interests?   I am a girl, so I love Rom Coms...I just can't help it.  I 

love to bawl my eyes out to sappy love stories that go straight to my soul.  I also 

love comedies and thrillers, though.  I can be tough!  Dimb & Dumber is hands 

down my all time fav.  Like, I know every word.  I also absolutely love The 

Notebook, Love Actually, Pretty Woman, Anchorman, Ace Ventura 1 & 2, Kill Bill 1 

& 2, True Romance,  Way of the Gun, and Grease (which I also know every word 

to). ;)

Do you have any hobbies?   Can my job be my hobby?  :)  Besides that, I love yoga, I 

have done it for the past 6 years and it has changed my life.  And gotten rid of the 

majority of my cellulite. It's amazing!  ;)  But it really does keep me centered, and 

strengthens my mind, body, and soul all at once.  I am obsessed.   

What are your favorite parts of the city?   Anywhere by the water, and I am a happy girl.  

Normally I will venture out to Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla...any 

place by the water that includes a view, a cocktail, and some delicious apps or 

perhaps a cheese plate, and I'm there!   

Is there anything else you'd like to share?   I believe everyone has a purpose in life.  And 

everyone deserves to be happy.  These are two things I strive for on a daily 

basis.  I believe God put me (and everyone) here for a reason, and there is 

nothing I would love more than to be on a big enough platform one day where I 

can truly make a difference.  I want to help others, and am super grateful to have 

been able to run the Rock & Roll half marathon the past 3 years with the 

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, raising over $51,000 total.  I 

want to bring people up, make them laugh, and spread the message that you are 

worth it!  My Mom taught me that.  She got it from Oprah.  I'm not trying to steal 

her swag or anything...just trying to continue the message. ;) 

Ashlee- Thank you so much for taking your time for this Spotlight!
Thanks for tuning in,

October 2013 Ratings

By Joe Nelson

The following are the ratings for San Diego, October 2013: (I also included the previous months, for comparison)

*Apologies for the blur. Problem with my software. My entire crew is all over this now.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

95.7 KISS FM DJ On The Move

By Joe Nelson
   95.7 KISS FM night jock Sean Sarille is packing up.
Sean pictured with Chio -left- (95.7) and Chris Merrill -right-(KOGO)
   Sean will be moving his great voice, natural talent, and energetic personality to Los Angeles where he will be joining 94-7 "The Wave"
   Sean has also been spending his Saturday nights in east county at Sycuan for their 'Binglo' nights. Sean will still come down to work certain events for the casino.

   Sean's bio, nabbed from his 95.7 page: "Sean is originally from Oakland, Ca where he was born & raised. From an early age Sean had always been into music. He was heavily influenced by Bay Area Mixmaster Michael Erickson. Dj Jazzy Jeff and a host of others. While in high school Sean saw his mentors live for the first time and decided that's what he wanted to do. Sean Dj'd all through high school & college. Hit the road with the US Navy traveled & ultimately did gigs overseas. While still in the US Navy he was station in San Diego. Where he interned for local radio station XHRM Magic 92.5. He landed a job there after the military. He sharpened his skills as a producer and worked his way up to Imaging Director and On air Dj for XHRM Magic 92.5 & XHTZ Jammin Z90. 

   Good luck, Sean... I will be following your new adventure!
Thanks for tuning in,


By Joe Nelson
San Diego, CA – The 12th Annual AJ’s Kids Crane returns Friday, November 8th to the IKEA parking lot located at 2149 Fenton Parkway in Mission Valley.  San Diegans are encouraged to donate toys in exchange for various prizes and/or activities.   The event, created by ENERGY 103.7 personalities AJ Machado and Hula Ramos, will feature AJ living atop a 30-foot “crane” – rain or shine – until the goal of collecting 100,000 toys is reached.   All event toys and proceeds benefit AJ’s Kids Fund for Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.     
The toys are collected and donated to help the young patients feel more at ease while undergoing procedures or a stay at Rady Children’s Hospital.  "It's been incredible watching the community of San Diego grow this annual toy drive over the course of a dozen years. I have faith that we'll have another great event benefitting the amazing patients at Rady's Children's Hospital” says Machado.  To watch a video about what inspires The AJ Show to continue AJ’s Kids Crane visit
ENERGY 103.7 Program Director, Chris Patyk adds “This event is a humbling experience as it shows us how much our listeners care about our community and kids.  The overwhelming support they provide to Rady Children’s Hospital and to AJ is a reminder of what we can do when we all work together.”
The event kicks off Friday, November 8th with interim MayorTodd Gloria proclaiming AJ’s Kids Crane Day.  Event theme days will include the Taste of the Crane featuring over a dozen San Diego restaurants, Mommy & Me Day with a morning fitness walk and dance instruction, hair styling and massages, San Diego Zoo & Safari Park Day with ticket giveaways and the interactive Robert the Zebra display, Toyota San Diego Movie Night, Kids Day, Luau Night and a Food Truck Round Up.  Some of the ticket giveaways include LEGOLAND®California, Hornblower Cruises & Events Whale Watching passes and tickets to an exclusive ENERGY 103.7 SeaWorld® Night.  Beginning Monday, November 4th visit for a complete list of events.
The AJ Show can be heard weekday mornings from 6-10 a.m. on ENERGY 103.7.
Some photos I took at last year's event:

About Energy 103.7 (KEGY-FM)Owned and operated by CBS RADIO, Energy 103.7 is San Diego’s new hit music radio station that launched March 29, 2012. CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States is a division of CBS Corporation. CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. In San Diego, CBS RADIO also owns and operates KYXY-FM.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

SanDiegoRadio and Social Media

By Joe Nelson
   Great Sunday afternoon to all of you! This is just a friendly note to remind you that SanDiegoRadio is also on Social Media.

You can 'LIKE' SanDiegoRadio on Facebook:

And follow on Twitter:

And as always, you can e-mail me:

Thanks for tuning in!

Sunday Night Slow Jams–the CD–to be carried in-stores

By Joe Nelson

OCTOBER 25, 2013, SAN DIEGO, CA  —  Sunday Night Slow Jams creator/host and Fusion Radio Networks president, R Dub!, has signed a deal with Wal-Mart and Universal Records that rolls out a new line of “best-of” Sunday Night Slow Jams CDs available at Wal-Mart and  The deal marks R Dub!’s first partnership with the retail giant and the timing is no coincidence–hot off the heels of his prime-time television debut on ABC’s Shark Tank, the Wal-Mart deal was just one of a string of post-Shark Tank slam dunks for Dub.
R Dub! said, “We’ve had tremendous growth this year, expanding the show into dozens of new markets.  Now, with our music available in every Wal-Mart in the country–every Slow Jams fan, in every city can enjoy the music.”  Adding to the inevitable question–why not just download the music–R Dub! responds: “There’s something special about a well-put together CD. The packaging, the insert, the notes, the graphics…there’s even a special message to Slow Jams listeners inside. Downloads are nice…but now and then there’s that special album that comes along that just deserves to be purchased in the physical form. This is it.”
R Dub! hand-picked each and every song on the album–songs he said, “were the most request on Sunday Night Slow Jams over the years…these are the songs that touch peoples lives.”
The project was produced by Thump Records’ Bill Walker, who worked with R Dub! on assembling the song selections, their order on the CD, artwork and liner notes.
Sunday Night Slow Jams–the CD features 13 amazing Sunday Night Slow Jams classics:
K-Ci & JoJo – All My Life
Immature – Never Lie
Georgio – I Don’t Wanna Be Alone
Jodeci – Stay
Tony! Toni! Toné! – It Never Rains In Southern California
New Edition – Can You Stand The Rain?
Bobby Brown – Rock Wit’cha
Ralph Tresvant – Do What I Gotta Do
Boyz II Men – End Of The Road
Case – Missing You
Jodeci – Come & Talk To Me
DeBarge – Let’s Chill
Sisqo – Incomplete
Supplies are limited…so pick up this collectors’ CD before it’s gone.
- See more at:

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Chris Cantore and U-T TV

By Joe Nelson
   Friday I decided to check in with longtime radio guy Chris Cantore who now works as the UT's Director of Lifestyle and Entertainment.

   Of course Chris is known for his many years on the radio, from Star 100.7, Q106, 102.1 KPRI, and his 11 years at 91X.
   Chris is also credited with conceiving and launching NBC San Diego's music platform sounddiego.
   As part of Chris' leadership, he oversees content for Night & Day, Style and DiscoverSD.
   Chris took over in March of last year and U-T TV now boasts an impressive daily line-up. Here is a list of the current shows.
   San Diego Radio is well represented by Scott Kaplan of The Mighty 1090, and Roger Hedgecock from 760 KFMB.
   As we finish off 2013, and head into the new year, it sounds like Chris has some really great hopes and ideas for 2014.
   SanDiegoRadio will closely follow the exciting changes.

 Check out this hilarious video from Cantore's visit to Comic-Con....

You can visit the U-T TV website HERE

Thanks for tuning in!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

30 Days of Giving

By Joe Nelson
JACK FM’s "30 Days of Giving"Kicks OffJACK FM and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation to give $30,000 away in 30 days!
(San Diego, CA) – Starting Wednesday, October 23, 100.7 JACK FM and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation will be teaming up to give away $1,000 each day during their 30 Days of Giving in a salute to recognize the efforts of our military.  30 Days of Giving will conclude on day 30 of the 30 Days of Giving when the DSC Morning Show will randomly choose one of the recipients to win $10,000!  Active or inactive duty military personnel or their families can enter to win by submitting a 100 word nomination.  
                The DSC , San Diego’s own Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw Morning Show, will be giving away $500 weekday mornings at 8:20am and Sara, host of "No-Request Ride Home,”  will bestow another $500 to a lucky winner weekday afternoons at 5:20pm.
                Whether it is using the extra cash to pay a bill, buy a new wardrobe, treat your family out to a weekend getaway or to get groceries for the month, JACK FM and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation look forward to giving back to our Nation’s heroes to show a small portion of our gratitude.  “This will be the first time I am in the mix giving away money to members of our military and their families,” said afternoon show host Sara Perry.  “I couldn’t be more excited!”
For more information about 30 Days of Giving, please visit   

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Time, A Whole New Way

By Joe Nelson

   Pala Rez Radio 91.3 will introduce a new service to listeners beginning Sunday, November 3 when the local time changes from Pacific Daylight to Pacific Standard Time.  We’ll begin announcing the current time on the air.  OK, sure.  It’s appropriate to remind people what the time really is if they’ve forgotten to spring forward, fall on your face … or backwards … or whatever.  But what’s so new about announcing the time?  Radio stations have been doing that for over 90 years.  What’s new is how we’re going to do it.  As part of Rez Radio’s efforts to preserve and revitalize local culture, our time checks will be spoken in Pa’enexily, the traditional language of the Cupeño people, who make up the majority of the Pala tribe.

   The last person raised in the traditional language of the people from Cupa, Rosinda Nolasquez passed several decades ago.  In her childhood, telling time wasn’t very important other than to refer to noon, sunset, etc.   This innovation being implemented at Rez Radio brings with it the challenge of finding a way to say something that was never said back when the language was in regular daily use.  Through consultations with linguists, elders and other interested tribal members, we’ve come up with a format for telling digital time in Pa’enexily.  When you hear, for example, “Ivi suplewit me wichu Pala aw”  what you’re hearing is “It’s one and four (or 1:04) in Pala”

   Paul Miranda, local birdsinger and one of a handful of fluent Pa’enexily speakers in Pala has recorded all the elements that will allow us to assemble the announcement of the correct current time 24 hours a day.  These time check announcements will happen without any fanfare or translation.  Just as when learning any language, those who don’t already know it will come to recognize it through repetition. 

   Rez Radio is already the only radio station in the world where Pa’enexily is spoken on the air.  You’ll hear it in our weekly “Pala Life:  Past and Present” program, our several times daily “Word of the Day” feature, and at the top of every hour in our Legal ID.  Now, we’ll be giving the current time in traditional language as well.  Listen for time checks in Pa’enexily up to several times an hour beginning November 3 on Rez Radio 91.3.  Our 24/7 live stream can also be heard on iHeartRadio, and at our own website .

   Pala Rez Radio is owned and operated by the Pala Band of Mission Indians as a full service Class A non-commercial-educational FM station licensed by the FCC.  For more information, please reply to this email or contact Station Manager, John Fox at the address and phone number below.


By Joe Nelson

- New Affiliates Added Coast-to-Coast in the Week Following “Shark Tank” Appearance -

OCTOBER 22, 2013, BURBANK, CA — Benztown Radio Networks announced today that nationally syndicated radio show, Sunday Night Slow Jams, has a major new sponsor, legal services firm Jackson and Associates Law Centers, as a result of the show’s exposure on the October 11th episode of “Shark Tank” on the ABC Television Network. Bakersfield-based Jackson and Associates contacted the show’s creator and producer, R Dub!, the Monday after the “Shark Tank” episode aired, and signed a one-year digital sponsorship deal for $75,000 last Friday. Sunday Night Slow Jams is a four-hour weekly radio show that airs in over 70 markets and features Rhythmic and Pop love songs and listener dedications called “Oral Expressions.”

Jackson and Associates will sponsor Sunday Night Slow Jams’ digital initiatives for one year, including, the launch of the new Slow Jams App, Slow Jams’ streaming and social media platforms, texting campaigns and dedication and request telephone lines and digital entry submissions.

Sunday Night Slow Jams also welcomed a bonanza of new affiliates in the week following R Dub’s “Shark Tank” appearance, including: KKWD-FM, Oklahoma City (Rhythm); WWZY-FM, Jersey Shore (Hot AC); and KKBB-FM, Bakersfield (Rhythmic AC).

R Dub!, Sunday Night Slow Jams Host and President of Fusion Radio Networks, said: “Being one of 40,000 applicants to appear on ‘Shark Tank’ was a dream come true for me! The opportunity to market the Slow Jams brand to 6.5 million potential new customers and meet the Sharks while appearing on one of my favorite television shows was one of the best experiences of my life. I’m so happy that the folks at Jackson and Associates understand the value of the Slow Jams brand and community of listeners across America-- and the power and effectiveness of radio. I’m also thrilled to welcome these great new affiliates to the Slow Jams family. I’d like to thank all of our radio station affiliates and program directors, my partners at Benztown and Compass Media, and our listeners, whose belief in the show makes Slow Jams successful, book after book.”

Steven Thompson, Firm Administrator/Attorney for Jackson and Associates, said: “We’ve been fans of R Dub! and Sunday Night Slow Jams for some time now. After seeing him on Shark Tank, the staff and I got together and realized Slow Jams would be the perfect medium to deliver our message to potential

new clients.”

Sunday Night Slow Jams ( and the nightly version, Slow Jams with R Dub!, feature the hottest love songs from today's biggest artists. The show comes in different versions and can fit any format. R Dub! created Sunday Night Slow Jams in 1994 at the age of 17, at a tiny AM radio
station in the middle of the Tucson desert. Today, Sunday Night Slow Jams can be heard in over 70 cities across the U.S. and around the world. The show is syn1dicated by Benztown Radio Networks. R Dub! also heads up a 24-hour all-Slow Jams channel on the iHeartRadio network.

For more information and to get Sunday Night Slow Jams in your market, visit or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at or (818) 842-4600.

About Benztown

Benztown is an international radio imaging, production library, programming, and voiceover services company with over 1,900 affiliations on six different continents. In August, 2013, Benztown was recognized by Inc. magazine as one of America's Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies, ranked at No. 983 on the exclusive Inc. 5000. With offices and studios in Los Angeles, New York, and Stuttgart, Benztown offers the highest quality imaging workparts for 20 libraries across 13 formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Urban, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports and JACK. Benztown’s industry-leading technology and proprietary web-based imaging solution, “Benztown Branding”, is used daily by nearly 1,200 radio stations worldwide. Benztown also provides custom voice-over and imaging services across all formats, including commercial voice-over and copywriting services. Benztown Radio Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hollywood Radio Networks, is an international media syndication company providing unique, first-rate programming and features to radio stations and media companies around the world, including The Melissa Etheridge Radio Show, Your Weekend with Jim Brickman, The Todd N Tyler Radio Empire, Hot Mix, Slow Jams with R Dub!, The Dr. Bruce Hensel Show, The Storm Report, The Old Farmers Almanac Report, Round Trip with Dave-O, and Flashback. For more information, visit or call Masa Patterson at (818) 842-4600.

Monday, October 21, 2013

2013 Brand Diego Awards

By Joe Nelson (
San Diego Radio Was Well Represented at the 2013 Brand Diego Awards
The San Diego radio industry was well represented at the 2013 Brand Diego Awards, with several individuals winning top honors at the inaugural event presented by the San Diego Ad Club. Bob Bolinger was awarded the Paula Sullivan Outstanding Achievement Award, an award presented to individuals who have continually demonstrated their active involvement and dedication to the San Diego advertising and graphic design community and share their abilities, resources and inspiration for the betterment of our industry and/or the San Diego community at large. Star 94.1’s Delana Bennett won Media Professional of the Year, and KPBS took home the Media Company of the Year.
The 2013 Brand Diego Award Honorees are:
• Media Company of the Year – KPBS • Finalists: Cox Media, NBC San Diego • Media Professional of the Year – Delana Bennett, STAR 94.1 • Finalists: Chuck Dunning, San Diego 6; Dick Kelley, NBC San Diego; John Lynch, UT San Diego • Paula Sullivan Outstanding Achievement Award – Bob Bolinger, CBS Radio • Finalists: Gloria Valenti Gerak, Media Planning & Placement; Bennett Peji, Bennett Peji Design • Young Achiever Award – Marybeth Kneussel, NBC San Diego • Finalists: Stephanie Garcia, i.d.e.a.; Yichen Liu, IMI; Ciro Sepulveda, Lincoln Financial Media • Brand of the Year – San Diego Zoo • Finalists: BBB San Diego, Make A Wish, San Diego County Credit Union • Agency of the Year – Digitaria • Finalists: Covario, Mindgruve • Hispanic Marketing Visionary Brand of the Year – Del Mar Fairgrounds • Finalists: Jerome’s Furniture, Univision Radio • Hispanic Marketer of the Year – Al Delino, Al Delino Design • Finalists: Ivan Jurado, Univision Radio; Phillip Wilkinson, Entravision • Emerging Brand of the Year – Dive at Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort • Finalists:, GovX • Industry Affiliate of the Year – The Henley Company • Finalists: FortyOneTwenty, Frank Rogozienski Photography • Leadership Award – Andreas Roell, Katana • Finalists: Frank Cowell, Elevator; Brandon Fishman, IMI • Brand Professional of the Year – Ted Molter, San Diego Zoo • Finalists: Darrell Pilant, Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort; Kat Smith, Petco • Agency Professional of the Year – Lauren Komrosky, Business Online • Finalists: Megan Rozo, IMI; James White, i.d.e.a. • Corporate Responsibility – Hansen Surfboards • Finalist: Adconian Direct
In addition, the San Diego Ad Club Board of Directors presented the AAF Silver Medal Award to Jonathan Bailey, i.d.e.a. and Melissa Lopez, Mindgruve for their leadership and service to the club. The Sheila Fox Scholarship was awarded to Lisa Papada from the Art Institute of CA, San Diego. The Brand Diego Awards highlight the club’s ongoing commitment to the San Diego business community and in support of the advertising and marketing industry in our region. There were 70 nominees for 14 Brand Diego Awards.
According to Tonya Mantooth, executive producer at Mantooth Studios and 2013/14 president of the San Diego Ad Club, “We are so proud of the honorees for our inaugural Brand Diego Awards. It’s a great representation of the amazing talent in the San Diego ad community.” Co-chairs for The Brand Diego Awards are also co-chairs of the San Diego Ad Club Board of Directors Jonathan Bailey, i.d.e.a. and Melissa Lopez, Mindgruve. “It was a great evening for our industry. There’s so much talent here in San Diego,” said Bailey. “We appreciate the opportunity to recognize the great work produced right here in San Diego,” added Lopez. The Brand Diego Award judges include: Mickey Belch, San Diego State University; Vicky Carlson, LEAD San Diego; Molly Cartmill, Sempra Energy; Robert Gleason, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; Chris Haley, US Navy Region Southwest; Greg Joumas, Consultant / Professor; Robert Marlborough, Fandom Marketing; Margaret McAllister, Marketing Consultant; Judy McDonald, The Parker Foundation; Kris Michell, Downtown San Diego Partnership; Ted Owen, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce; Andreas Roell, Katana; Sam Ross, Visit Carlsbad; Doug Sawyer, United Way of San Diego County; Mari Smith, Mari Smith International, Inc.; Joe Terzi, San Diego Tourism Authority. The San Diego Ad Club was founded in 1911 when the city officials were seeking promotional assistance for the upcoming Panama California Exposition in 1915. Today the San Diego Ad Club and its young professionals group, Ad 2 San Diego, boast 750 members and are affiliated with the American Advertising Federation.
Congratulations, Delana... And all the other winners.