April 2014 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight

By Joe Nelson
   The April edition of the SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features KyXy's Kevin Dean!

Kevin, thanks for taking the time for www.SanDiegoRadio.org

What is your current position/title?

Afternoon content disbursement at KyXy 96.5, a proud member of the CBS Radio family. I work with my sidekicks Sonny West and Susan DeVincent every day from 3p-7p playing the hits and keeping you happy. .

What are your favorite parts of the job?

Two part answer.

A. I would have to say the best part of the job is having a job.

2. Working with some of the best broadcasters in the business for the last 29 years here in SD (20 years here @ Kicksy). Every day I get to hang with Sonny West, Susan DeVincent, Sam Bass, Ralph Rodarte and Sherry Knight (new to our family). Together they have like 600 years of broadcast history. And I am lucky to work with great management too, our PD Charlie Quinn and GM Bobby Bolinger… the best.

Who are your all time favorite musical artists?

Wow so many. I always loved Roy Orbison. When I was working at KCBQ back in the day I met Roy before a concert. I asked him the secret to being so cool all the time and he told me to get some cool sunglasses and then he said “Be more like me and less like you”… so I got that going for me.

Also loves me some Culture Club… that Boy George can put some feeling in a song right? “Time Won’t Give Me Time, And You And Me Got Nothin’ But Time”… c’mon that’s poetic stuff. Genius.

And your current favorite?

I love “Happy”, heck sometimes I will play it 3 or 4 times in our show.

Tell me about your personal side

Born and raised here in SD. Married to my beautiful wife Kim for 24 years with and have 3 daughters and for that I feel like the luckiest guy in the word. I mean c’mon, look at me.

What are your favorite restaurants?

I’m a fan of good food. Not a foodie though… I hate that word, next person who says foodie should get punched in the mouth....but I digress.
Best Burger - Waterfront Grill, Best Pizza - Filippi’s, Best Steak - Lou & Mickey’s, Best Mexican Food - La Palapa, Best salad……..no idea.

What are your movie interests?

Movie interests? Well, I’d like to star in a radio rom-com about a DJ who falls in love with the overnight girl only to find out she is a voice track….wait you mean what movies do I like? I made an odd pledge to go a year without seeing any films with CGI. I like films with actual actors actually acting, it’s been hard.

Do you have any hobbies?

When you’re a professional broadcaster aka “DJ”  it takes up all of your time so there’s no time for other hobbies, I mean you’re “on” 24/7… (crickets)…

What are your favorite parts of the city?

I love going to Del Mar and telling folks who live in the Village that I grew up in Lakeside…. then spending 15 minutes explaining to them where Lakeside is.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Just thanks to you Joe for keeping the SD Radio thing going. You’re a real buddy to radio and that is pretty cool. In fact I should take you to dinner sometime to show my gratitude. Ever been to Café Coyote?


Kevin Dean

Thanks for your time, and the kind words, Kevin. I will get you that $5....



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