Showing posts from October, 2013

Lincoln Financial Media Names Director of Sales

By Joe Nelson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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 winne…

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 Indi…

October 2013 Spotlight

By Joe Nelson
Ashlee Rock - October 2013 Spotlight

The October 2013 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight featuresRock 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.

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.

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 w…


By Joe Nelson
TO ENERGY 103.7 – KEGY- FM 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…

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: "SanDiegoRadioJo"
And as always, you can e-mail me: ""
Thanks for tuning in! -Joe

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. << RELATED STORY: DUB IN DEEP WATERS: TALES FROM THE SHARK TANK >> 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, …

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 webs…

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, tre…

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 implemen…


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…

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 Kel…