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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

RIP Ian Rose

By Joe Nelson
RIP Ian Rose, A true San Diego Radio Legend

A Note from Cathryn Beeks

By Joe Nelson

 Happy New Year's Eve, radio friends. I received this note from Cathryn Beeks and wanted to share it here. Thanks Cathryn, I appreciate your kind words!

Hello and happy new year,

I just wanted to send well wishes and a salute to our San Diego broadcasters and a big thanks to Joe for all of his hard, important work. May you all stay healthy and happy in 2015.

In July of this year I had the opportunity to interview Jim McInnes, George Varga and Jack Tempchin all at one time for a 4 part series I did during my time on terrestrial radio. I've re edited the shows down to 2 interesting/entertaining hours with these San Diego legends for my new internet radio show The Listen Local Show on 

If you get a chance, please enjoy!

Cathryn Beeks
Hear San Diego Here!

Ian Rose Update *Updated 12/30/14*

Ian Rose Update *Updated 12/30/14*

UPDATE: 12-30-14
From Jo Eager:
I talked to Ian's nurse the past couple of days. She said he'll most likely be in ICU for a week. I talked to Ian on Christmas and as of that day, he'd been in the hospital for six week and four days waiting for a heart!

Thanks Jo, and Steve! Ian is getting tons of support!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December 2014 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight

By Joe Nelson

The December 2014 edition of the SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Bromo Abromowitz! Currently on air both at 101.5 KGB FM on the weekend, and every weekday morning on Fargo's 103.9 The Truck with Ben Ziegler and Jim Babbitt.

Joe: What is your current position?
Bromo: My official title is 'Producer'.... But I am not great at it, Ben and Jim make me feel like all three of us are a team... I do the news, sports, weather, and try to book the guests.

JN: What are your favorite parts of your job?
BA: The sole reason I rise at 3:30AM is the thought of putting good theater on the air... sure, there are plenty of prep services available, that most morning shows turn to, I believe we are at our very best when real life incidents come to play. I am used to about 99% of my life exposed. To me, it's part of the job.

JN: Who are your all time favorite musical artists?
BA: I have all of Zamfir's albums, and have started a Zamfir Museum here in Fargo

JN: Tell me about your personal side
BA: AA will always come first for me, I do leave that part out of my personal life, when we are on the radio. NOT because I am embarrassed, but our show is designed to entertain, not to have anyone feel sorry, or threatened by it. It's a tricky slope. I goof around too much, and attempt, key word 'ATTEMPT' to make people laugh, but I am very serious about helping someone whom may need it... anyone.

JN: What are your favorite restaurants?
BA: I haven't really found a favorite place to eat out here (Fargo). I usually love to cook for myself. The Brigantine in San Diego is a great spot.

JN: What are your movie interests?
BA: Lately, my favorite movies are from real life events, of course any movie with Mark Wahlberg, Steve Carrell, and Zamfir are no brainer entertainment.

JN: What are your favorite parts of our city?
BA: My favorite place is about 35 miles East of Alpine, a bit of heaven called Freedom Ranch. Saved my life, and I say prayers every morning to it.

JN: Do you have any hobbies?
BA: Hobbies are slim, my life is simple. I am doing a job that I love so much. Every minute... nothing is worse than doing something you hate, feeling trapped, and not taking risks... before I moved to Fargo, last March, I had never seen snow fall. Coldest weather I was ever in was 26 degrees. Thanksgiving morning here was 17 below, minus the wind chill factor! People still tell me "Man, you haven't seen anything yet" Where last winter they had temps at 50 below. I still get that perplexed look.. "YOU moved from San Diego to Fargo.... WHY???" Because what I do is simple, I get to work with two creative guys, Ben and Jim and put theater in listener's minds. I even hum along to a country song now and then.

***Editor's Note***
I have come to know Bromo pretty well over the last few years. I can tell you this man's life was literally on the edge. I went with him to watch him speak once at Freedom Ranch and have included the article I wrote from that night here. Also I can tell you he lives, eats and breathes radio. He is exactly the type of person radio is fortunate to have. Before he went to Fargo, he was also working in an office building doing collections! He found an opportunity with Ben and Jim and snagged it!

Article can be found HERE

Thanks Bromo, and thanks for tuning in to!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nominate a Local Country Format PD

By Joe Nelson

   Every year, Radio Ink magazine and SONY present the Best Country Program Directors at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville (Feb 25-27). 

   Each PD is honored with a profile inRadio Ink magazine and special pullout issues of those profiles are put on display at CRS. We are now accepting nominations for those awards. 

 To nominate your PD CLICK HERE

Deadline to submit is January 8.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ian Rose Update *Updated 12/30/14*

UPDATE: 12-30-14
From Jo Eager:
I talked to Ian's nurse the past couple of days. She said he'll most likely be in ICU for a week. I talked to Ian on Christmas and as of that day, he'd been in the hospital for six week and four days waiting for a heart!

Thanks Jo, and Steve! Ian is getting tons of support!


Thoughts and Prayers Requested For Ian Rose

By Joe Nelson
   Longtime radio friend of ours Ian Rose underwent an 8 hour heart transplant surgery last night.
Marilyn Hyder's Radio Reunion 2012

   Via Facebook, Steve Dolan has been keeping us updated on his status. No word yet on how he is doing post-op. If anything comes up, I will update this article.

Thinking of you, Ian


Friday, December 26, 2014

Christy Taylor Lands Back on the Air

By Joe Nelson
   Former 91X'r Christy Taylor has joined the CBS team over at Energy 103.7. I hope to catch up with her soon for comments.
 Congratulations Christy!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Latest Nielsen Ratings

By Joe Nelson

Below are the latest Nielsen ratings. Previous months included for comparison.
Happy Holidays! -Joe

Friday, December 19, 2014

Letter From the Editor

By Joe Nelson

   This time of year, radio slows to a crawl. Maybe there are a couple stations temporarily flipping to holiday format, perhaps some staff changes. It is nice to take a breather for a few weeks.
   This year I welcome it even more as it has been a true struggle for me, possibly my most challenging yet. I am writing this letter to explain the little extra lull on SDR than normal.
   Without getting into every minute detail, I had major financial issues, some health concerns, some problems with my own family, work has been more difficult than ever before and I must give that one my 100%, of course. First and foremost, my mom fell a couple months ago and broke her hip. That, coupled with her on oxygen 24/7, emphysema, and COPD, it was just too much and she has been placed on hospice. She is relaxing comfortably at home now, happy and contend, but bed-bound. This has been incredibly pressing on me, my own family, my three siblings and of course my dad.

   I write this not as a 'give me sympathy' letter, but just so everyone knows where I am. I will continue to do SDR, I will give it everything I have, as I always have. Your contributions are important to me as well, sending me information, press releases, etc.
   2015 will be huge for SDR as I am currently working with an IT pro and we will be moving it to WordPress. This will allow a multitude of features that Blogger did not support. There will be tabs for different categories, stations, and personalities and much more.
   I wish you all a Merry Christmas, or however it may fit your preference. A Happy New Year as well, next year will be much better!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CBS Radio/Rady Holiday of Miracles Wrap-Up, Part Two

By Joe Nelson

Two-Day Radiothon Raised $284,500 for Hospital

San Diego - Dec. 17, 2014 – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and San Diego’s KyXy Radio 96.5 just completed their 5th Annual Holiday of Miracles Radiothon, which helped raise the highest amount of money - $284,500.  For two days, KyXy radio personalities broadcasted live from Rady Children’s and shared special stories, interviewed 28 patients and families live on the radio and provided the community with important and valuable information about Rady Children’s.
            “KyXy Radio has been a valued supporter and advocate for Rady Children’s over the years, that we are excited to continue this long lasting partnership with one of San Diego’s best radio stations,” said Carol Damon-Scherer, Vice President of Development for Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The radiothon allows us to share patient stories of hope and healing while giving the community the opportunity to show their support for the region’s only children’s hospital.”
            CBS Radio, through the radiothon, has raised $1.3 million since 2009.
Last year’s radiothon brought in more than $250,000 for the Hospital.
The 2014 Holiday of Miracles Radiothon was powered by Wells Fargo and the phone bank was sponsored by Illumina, Inc. Other local sponsors included: Cox Communications, Honda Dealers of San Diego County, Mission Federal Credit Union, The UPS Store, Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Hazard Center, GEICO and Phil’s BBQ.
            KyXy listeners can still make a tax-deductible donation by calling, 800-258-0007 or by making a donation online at

Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego is a 520-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all 10 pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed.  For more information, visit


Carlos F. Delgado
Media Relations Officer | Media Relations
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
P: 858-966-4901 | C: 619-261-8392
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KyXy Holiday of Miracles Wrap-Up

By Joe Nelson



December 16, 2014 - San Diego’s KyXy 96.5 radio station broadcasted live from Rady Children’s Hospital on December 10th & 11th from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. to raise funds for Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. The two-day broadcast featured patient stories, live interviews and insight about the facility and was the most successful radiothon in KyXy’s five year partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, raising more than $284,000.

For the past five years combined, KyXy 96.5, in partnership with sponsors and the San Diego community, raised over $1,384,000 which will be dedicated to the highest and greatest needs of the hospital which include patient care, technology, equipment and research at Rady Children’s Hospital.

The 2014 KyXy 96.5 Radiothon was presented by Illumina, Inc. and powered by Wells Fargo. Additional sponsors included: COX San Diego, Honda Dealers of San Diego, Mission Federal Credit Union, The UPS Store, Phil’s BBQ, Geico, Harrah’s Resort Southern California and Hazard Center.
Donations can still be made by calling 800.258.0007 or visiting 
About KyXy 96.5: Owned and operated by CBS RADIO, KyXy 96.5 (“Kicksy”) is San Diego’s heritage station, playing Adult Contemporary music for thirty plus years. CBS RADIO is one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States, delivering original local audio and video content, events and on-demand programming across a variety of on-air, digital and mobile platforms.  The division of CBS owns and operates 126 stations in 27 markets, including all of the Top 10, covering news, sports, talk, rock, country, Top 40, classic hits, and urban formats, among others. CBS RADIO also reaches audiences through CBS Sports Radio, and CBS Local Digital Media.

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:
Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego is a 475-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed.  For more information, visit and find us on Facebook.comTwitter, Vimeo and YouTube.

Monday, December 15, 2014

FM 94/9's Can Diego Wrap-Up

By Joe Nelson

FM 94/9's Can Diego Was A Huge Success Thanks To YOU!

San Diego, CA - Monday, December 15th, 2014FM 94/9  completed their annual Can Diego food drive, raising just under 7,000 pounds of food for the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank on Thursday and Friday, December 11th and 12th. 

The 28 and 1/2 hour event was hosted by morning show host Steve Woods, who broadcast his show both Thursday and Friday live from Dave and Buster's in Mission Valley and spend the entirety of the food drive at the Mission Valley hot spot, even spending stormed-filled Thursday night in a Big Box Storage unit on-site. "It's wonderful to see the city of San Diego come out and support such a great cause," said Woods "Having the chance to put on an event like this and help those who have less this time of year is incredible. I'm so proud of our city, our radio station and our amazing listeners for helping to crush last year's total of 5,000 pounds."

The annual food drive was supported by local businesses including Big Box Storage, Car2Go, Sea World, the San Diego Scale Company and the host site, Dave & Buster's in Mission Valley and benefited the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

"At the end of the day, it's about what we can do for the city of San Diego," said FM 94/9 Program Director Kevin Callahan "We're always blown away but never surprised by the generosity and compassion of our listeners and we can't thank them enough for helping us raise nearly 7,000 pounds of food for families who really need it in San Diego."

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FM 94/9 Is Fighting Hunger This Holiday Season

By Joe Nelson


FM 94/9 Is Fighting Hunger This Holiday Season

San Diego, CA - Monday, December 8th, 2014: FM 94/9 is teaming up with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank,Car2Go, Big Box StorageDave & Buster'sThe Lafayette Hotel and SeaWorld for our 28 1/2 hour Food Drive!

Here are details:

Can Diego
28 1/2 Hour Food Drive
Presented by Car2Go and Big Box Storage
Hosted by Woods
When: Thursday, December 11th (5:30am) - Friday, December 12th (10:00am)
Where: Dave & Buster's Mission Valley

Bring any non-perishable food items for donation benefiting the San Diego Food Bank.

Everyone who donates will be entered for a chances to win a grand prize of a $500 Visa Gift Card, SeaWorld and concert tickets, artist signed merch, as well as other prizes.

Simultaneously, we'll also be hosting a very special Loud @ acoustic performance with Gavin Rossdale, lead singer from Bush.

Can Diego: Cans 4 Bush
When: Thursday, December 11th at 6pm
Where: Lafayette Hotel Ballroom 
Free Admission. Must donate at least 1 pound of non perishable food items benefiting the San Diego Food Bank . Limited capacity. First come, first served.

We appreciate your help in advance and can't wait to knock this out of the park and help feed the hungry this holiday season.

Monday, December 8, 2014

KIOZ Military Christmas Bonus 2014

By Joe Nelson
   From Eddie Pappani, Rock 105.3
Fourth year running this....
Keyword: "Bonus"

Lincoln Financial Media Sold to Entercom

By Joe Nelson

Entercom Communications Corp. Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Lincoln Financial Media from Lincoln Financial Group for $105 Million

December 08, 2014 08:55 AM Eastern Standard Time
BALA CYNWYD, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Entercom Communications Corp. (“Entercom” or the “Company”) (NYSE: ETM) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Lincoln Financial Media (“LFM”) from Lincoln Financial Group (“Lincoln”) (NYSE: LNC) for $105 million plus working capital. The transaction is subject to FCC and other customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. The Company expects that the deal will close in the second quarter of 2015.
“Not only will this transaction allow Lincoln Financial Media to align itself with a well-respected media organization, but it also enables Lincoln Financial Group to focus on its strategy to grow its core lines of business.”
The agreement includes fifteen radio stations in the Atlanta, Denver, Miami and San Diego markets, and it will expand Entercom’s station portfolio to more than 130 stations in 26 markets.
Commenting on the agreement, Entercom President and CEO David J. Field stated: “We are excited to announce the acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media and welcome the addition of their outstanding brands and talented broadcasters to Entercom. LFM is a great organization that has done an excellent job serving its listeners, customers and communities over many years and we look forward to building on that tradition. LFM is a perfect fit for us as it bolsters our position in Denver and expands our footprint into Atlanta, Miami and San Diego with terrific brands that have significant growth potential. Furthermore, it fulfills our disciplined acquisition criteria as it enhances our company’s competitive position and growth and should be accretive to shareholders in 2015 while having a minimal impact on leverage.”
"We are pleased to reach an agreement with Entercom Communications to sell Lincoln Financial Media," added Dennis R. Glass, president and CEO of Lincoln Financial Group. "Not only will this transaction allow Lincoln Financial Media to align itself with a well-respected media organization, but it also enables Lincoln Financial Group to focus on its strategy to grow its core lines of business."
The transaction is structured as an acquisition of the stock of LFM with a tax election that allows Entercom to receive a step-up in the tax basis of the station tangible and intangible assets providing additional future tax shields and enhancing future free cash flow.
The $105 million purchase price will be paid in the form of $77.5 million in cash and $27.5 million in new perpetual cumulative convertible preferred stock that will be issued to Lincoln. Entercom expects to finance the cash portion of the purchase price through a combination of its existing $50 million revolver, cash on hand, and through other financing sources, if necessary.
The convertible preferred stock will not count as debt under the Company’s debt agreements. With the use of convertible preferred stock and adjustments for pro forma cost savings reasonably expected, the transaction will have minimal impact on the Company’s leverage as defined under its credit agreement.
Entercom anticipates that it will begin operating the LFM stations under a time brokerage agreement which is expected to commence in late January following the usual Justice Department regulatory review. In order to comply with the FCC’s station ownership limitations, the Company plans to divest one FM station in the Denver market.
Complete List of Stations to Be Acquired
Lincoln Financial Media Radio Stations to be acquired by Entercom
AtlantaWSTR-FMHot Adult Contemporary
WLYF-FMAdult Contemporary
WMXJ-FMClassic Hits
San DiegoKBZT-FMAlternative
KIFM-FMAdult Contemporary
About Entercom
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), led by President and CEO David Field, is one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, with a nationwide portfolio of over 100 stations in 23 markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento and Kansas City.
Known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, Entercom is home to some of radio's most distinguished brands and compelling personalities. The company also is the radio broadcast partner of the Boston Red Sox, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Kansas City Royals, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders and San Jose Sharks.
Entercom focuses on creating effective multi-platform marketing solutions for its customers, incorporating the company's audio, digital and experiential assets. Additionally, the company has a long-standing commitment to responsible corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship. Entercom stations play a vital, hands-on role in improving their communities, providing over $100 million in annual support for local charitable organizations.
The company's radio stations have received numerous awards, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, as well as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Award for excellence in radio broadcasting. In 2012, Entercom was named by Information Week as one of the Top 500 Technology Innovators in the United States.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower Americans to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $215 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2014. Learn more at: Find us on FacebookTwitter (@lincolnfingroup), LinkedIn andYouTube.
This news announcement contains certain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations and certain unaudited pro forma information that is presented for illustrative purposes only and involves certain risks and uncertainties within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Additional information and key risks are described in the Company’s filings on forms 8-K, 10-Q and 10-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers should note that these statements may be impacted by several factors including changes in the economic and regulatory climate and the business of radio broadcasting.


Entercom Communications Corp.
Investor Contact:
Steve Fisher, 610-660-5647
Media Contact:
Greg Kaufman, 415-546-8503
Lincoln Financial Group
Investor Contact:
Chris Giovanni, 484-583-1793
Media Contact:
Michael Arcaro, 484-583-1799

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Another change at 91X

   SanDiegoRadio.Org has learned Oz has departed 91X. No reason is know as of yet or whose decision it was.

   More to come as soon as I know.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Music on the Way

By Joe Nelson

   Kyxy will flip to Christmas music for the season at 12:00 today.