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SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - December 2015

By Joe Nelson

The December 2015 Spotlight features Jeff Hamby, or simply 'Hamby' on FM 94/9

What is your current position? On-Air Personality, nights 7pm - Midnight on FM 94/9 (KBZT)
How are things with you right now? Life, work…..  Life is good! Really good. I've got an amazing girlfriend and family and friends that support me. The struggle is still there, but life is good and work inspires me to create more. My biggest complaint is that I have too many ideas and not enough ability to make them happen as fast as I want.
Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from radio?  My first ride with radio was 2000 - 2009. When I got laid off I thought, "well, that was fun, but now what?" I really thought I was done with radio as a platform, because there were too many talented people available and not enough positions for all. Amazingly branching out and doing other things for a few years, built up my network, finished my degree, and all of that brough…

To Flip or Not to Flip?

By Joe Nelson
   Since 100.7 Jack FM went Christmas, rumors have been running rampant on if they will flip... Country to take on KSON? Classic Rock to battle it out with KGB.

   I have been told listeners should tune in to Dave Rickards on 100.7, Saturday at 10:00AM.

   My inside source said "This will be fun"

-Joe Nelson

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By Joe Nelson

R.I.P. Ted Tillotson

By Joe Nelson
   I was notified of the passing of Ted Tillotson this morning. I did not know him, but Gary Kelley sure did.

   Gary allowed me to use his Facebook posting to spread the sad news here.

"I'm saddened to write this post and will admit it took me some time to get up the courage. Ted Tillotson long time radio sidekick, radio news anchor, writer, instructor and tremendous friend passed away last Friday night. Ted was an instrumental force in the KGB Boss Radio Era of the 60s and 70s. His name is etched in stone on the KCBQ monument in front of the In & Out Burger in Santee along with other greats from San Diego Radio. For me personally Ted was my sidekick and friend on the original KPRI San Diego's Best Rock from 1977 to 1984, and again at The Eagle in the late 90s. I used to tease him that he graduated high school the same year I was born. It was that kind of friendship and his creativity that made KPRI a force in San Diego Morning Radio market for many year…

December 21, 2015 is Declared "Traffic Reporter Day" in San Diego

By Joe Nelson
   Growing up in San Diego I listened to a lot of radio, of course I enjoyed the music like all the other kids, and the jocks were always entertaining with the bits and fun that they brought to radio.
   There was always that geeky side of me that loved something else on radio, the traffic reporters. I still really don't know why. Maybe it was the technical aspect of airing the reports. But that appreciation never faded.
   Even today I have a special place in my heart for traffic reporters. I know it is not the easiest job as most have to get up early, work several hours, only to return for drive time.
   I know they are appreciated by management, I don't doubt that. But I wanted to do something more.
   For the last several months, I have been working with Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office to arrange a special day for San Diego Radio's traffic reporters.

   That day came to fruition today as Mayor Kevin Faulconer himself presented those who could attend wi…

91X Brings The Death Star to The Force Awakens

By Joe Nelson


SAN DIEGO, CA – Radio station 91X and local apparel company J!nx are making opening night of the blockbuster movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens even more memorable with dozens of characters in Star Wars ‘cosplay’ and a set piece from the original Star Wars.
Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, the San Diego Star Wars Society will be at CinĂ©polis Vista with J!NX and 91X with 25 members/cosplay characters from episodes 1-7.  Attendees can take pictures with San Diego Star Wars Society cosplay characters in front of a 20ft X 8ft Death Star door set piece from the original set of Star Wars.
During this special event, Star Wars figures, artwork, collectibles and official Star Wars app posters will be up for silent auction for the Make A Wish Foundation to benefit children with terminal illness.  Lee Kohse, official artist/designer/illustrator for Lucasfilm Ltd., will a…

Channel 933 Names New Morning Show Co-Host

By Joe Nelson

Steve Kramer Joins “Geena The Latina” for New Morning Show on Channel 93.3
Frankie Returns to Hometown of Boston
SAN DIEGO, CA – December 10, 2015 Channel 93.3 (KHTS-FM) announced today that Steve Kramer will join “Geena the Latina” to debut “Kramer & Geena,” the new Channel 93.3 morning show heard weekdays from 6-10:00 a.m., beginning January 4, 2016. 

Kramer is a popular morning show personality who has previously entertained audiences in Panama City, Tampa Bay and Phoenix. During the past 10 years, Kramer has produced Top 5 ratings success in every market he worked. "It’s an honor to join Geena on the No. 1 listened to radio station in San Diego,” said Kramer. “I have some big shoes to fill, but with Geena’s help, I hope to come close.”
“Kramer’s personality and experience are a natural fit with our programming line-up,” added Joe Haze, KHTS Program Director. “I’m confident our listeners and advertisers will agree.”
Kramer will replace Frankie V, who recently retu…

KOGO's Annual Toy and Food Drive

By Joe Nelson
   This Saturday KOGO AM600 will be holding their annual East County Toy and Food Drive in the Target parking lot on Broadway.
2014's Toy and Food Drive
   This, from Cliff Albert:

LIVE BROADCAST DEC 12TH 9 AM-NOON Join Ted Garcia, LaDona Harvey and Cliff Albert along with the Salvation ArmyStoney's Kids and dozens of volunteers for the annual East County Toy and Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Target store parking lot on Broadway at Highway 67 in El Cajon.   You can drop off your donation of new unwrapped toys or cash during our live broadcast that day which includes a Fire Truck Parade and an appearance by Santa Claus. You also can drop off toys at any of the Heartland Fire stations in the El Cajon area. We are trying to collect enough new unwrapped toys for 3-4-thousand kids this year.  Please help us make their Christmas a happier one.

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News Director Exits SD6

By Joe Nelson
   Not too much is known as to why, but Don Shafer, News Director at SD6 has exited the building.

   Don made news on his own recently when he disclosed he worked with Vester Lee Flanagan, the Virginia gunman who shot and killed a reporter and her MMJ while the camera was rolling.
   When SanDiegoRadio learns more, I will publish the details here.


Welcome Back Garett Michaels

By Joe Nelson

SAN DIEGO, CA – Veteran radio programmer and personality Garett Michaels has been named Program Director at KFMB-FM.

Michaels’ San Diego radio roots date back to 2002 as the original and founding Program Director of KBZT-FM, a position he held for nearly a decade.  He most recently spent two years as the Program Director of KNDD-FM “107.7 The End” in Seattle.
“After spending the last few months exploring my strategic options, I couldn’t be more excited to return to San Diego,” said Michaels.  “It's an honor to be a part of KFMB, call letters that have such an important history and heritage here.  Also, I’m stoked to be working with the legendary Dave, Shelley and Chainsaw, San Diego’s best and highest rated morning show.  A huge thanks to Elisabeth Kimmel for making this possible.”
“We welcome Garett back home to San Diego,” said SDLocal Vice President / General Manager Gregg Wolfson.  “With his large m…

91X Names New Morning Drive Host

By Joe Nelson
(San Diego, Calif.)  –  SDLocal announces the addition of longtime San Diego radio personality Tommy Hough to the Morning Drive on-air shift at 91X XETRA (91.1 FM).

Best known in the San Diego market as part of the original FM 94/9 airstaff, Tommy was recently heard on weekends at the now-defunct 102.1 KPRI, and as the host of the Mandatory Marley segment on the KPRI morning show.

“It’s pretty unbelievable to be coming to 91X,” says Hough. “This is the station that’s been tenderizing the ears of San Diego since 1983, and has played a large part in molding the tastes and musical vibe of the San Diego community with a sound we take for granted today. 91X has been the region’s ears, musical conscience and tastemaker for three decades, and continues to play that role.”

One of the first San Diego broadcasters to embrace the region’s exploding craft beer scene on the air, Tommy has recently been the host of the craft beer and conversation …


By Joe Nelson
The annual Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station Radiothon took place today on AM760 KFMB.  
The live, twelve-hour on-air event was once again dedicated to raising money to help our injured warriors, many of whom are going through rehab here in San Diego.  Through the generosity and kind spirit of our community, this year's Radiothon raised $429,175 to help send those military heroes home for the holidays.  
In addition to sending our warriors home for the holidays, The Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station helps transition our military men and women back to civilian life.  
One of those warriors is Ray Seismore, who told AM760’s Armstrong & Getty, “they actually helped me a lot more than I ever helped them.”  Seismore served as an Army warrior in Iraq, returning home five years ago.  Suffering from PTSD, he started working with the staff at the Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station, who helped h…

Sam Bass and Sycuan 'Play it Forward"

By Joe Nelson

   Thursday SanDiegoRadio met up with KyXy's Sam Bass and the KyXy Street Team at the Chevron on University at the 805.

   Sam was there to surprise four people with empty gas tanks and hand them each gift cards to fill their tanks in hopes it may help some this holiday season. It's a promotion called "Playing it Forward" co-sponsored by Sycuan Casino. The winners were also encouraged to "Play it Forward" as well.

   The folks seemed nervous at first but eased up and were very appreciative as they filled their tanks.

Great seeing you Sam!

Big Sonic Chill Returns to the Airwaves

By Joe Nelson


San Diego, CA: San Diego’s #1 Alternative Station, FM 94/9 (KBZT FM) has announced the return of specialty program ‘Big Sonic Chill’ to sister station starting December 25th, and a special 24-hour return to FM 94/9 starting at 5pm on Christmas Eve, December 24th. “Big Sonic Chill has always been in the fabric of FM 94/9,” said FM 94/9 Music Director, Assistant Program Director and afternoon guy Jeremy Pritchard “We’re excited to bring it back for Christmas, and to a new home on” The show, an eclectic mix of low-tempo artists, with a chilled out vibe, will make a return to FM 94/9 for 24 hours, and then take a permanent place on, where starting December 25th,  it will be heard every night from 10pm-1am, and feature artists like Massive Attack, Jeff Buckley, The XX, Radiohead, Thievery Corporation, DJ Shadow, Zero 7,…


By Joe Nelson

23 Hours of Number 1 Programming, Monday-Friday (avg.)

(San Diego, California – November 30, 2015) – CBS NEWS 8/KFMB-TV continues to reign as San Diego’s most watched television news station, dominating first place in every local newscast during the November 2015 ratings "sweeps" period according to data released by the A. C. Nielsen Co.* In all head-to-head news time periods, more homes were turned to CBS NEWS 8 than any other station in the San Diego television market.

CBS NEWS 8 at 4:30 a.m. - #1 (.9 rtg/ 9 share)
CBS NEWS 8 at 5:00 a.m. - #1 (1.1 rtg/ 9 share)
CBS NEWS 8 at 6:00 a.m. - #1 (1.6 rtg/ 9 share)
CBS NEWS 8 at 11:00 a.m. - #1 (3.5 rtg/ 13 share)
CBS NEWS 8 at 5:00 p.m. - #1 (6 rtg/ 13 share)
CBS NEWS 8 at 6:30 p.m. - #1 (4.9 rtg/ 9 share)
CBS NEWS 8 at 11:00 p.m. - #1 (3.1 rtg/ 9 share)
CBS NEWS 8 at 5:00 p.m. Saturday - #1 (5.4 rtg/ 11 share)
CBS NEWS 8 at 5:00 p.m. Sunday - #1 (8.1 rt…

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - November 2015

By Joe Nelson

   The November 2015 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Ernie Martinez of iHeart Media San Diego.

Ernie, thank you for your time...

What is your current position?
   Producer, Senior Reporter, Host and anchor (Dave & Jeff on XTRA 1360 FOX Sports San Diego, KOGO 600 & 101.5 KGB FM. ROCK 105.3) I have made appearances on 9.33, Star 94..1 and KISS FM 95.7...and creator of creative graphics.

How are things with you right now? Life, work…..
   Life is quite busy. Husband, father of two as well as job roles. A producer job is ongoing...because sports is ongoing. The goal is staying on top of today's, tomorrow's and yesterday's stories. And with our radio team we are always thinking of the best way to deliver and utilize these stories in an informative and entertaining manner to our fantastic listeners. Stories and headlines always play a segment on the Show some how and some way.

Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from radio?
   My firs…

SanDiegoRadio Job Board

By Joe Nelson

We are searching for a Social Media Specialist to manage the social media and web presence for SDLocal’s five radio stations, which represents Local Media San Diego (91X, Z90 and Magic 92.5) and KFMB Radio (100.7 JACK FM and 760 AM). This position will report directly to the Social Media/Content Manager and will collaborate with the Sales, Promotions, and Production teams to develop marketing and communications plans that leverage the digital space for all five diverse radio stations. Candidates must have prior experience as a blogger or social media community manager and a solid understanding of current digital marketing best-practices and digital production processes. Candidates must also possess excellent grammar and writing skills, including a basic knowledge of AP style.  This position will require frequent evening and weekend work and/or occasional holidays and requires someone that is high-energy, LOVES music, and that can speak to …