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Saturday, May 30, 2015

2015 San Diego County Fair Media Preview Night

By Joe Nelson
   Friday night members of the media were invited to the annual Media Preview Night for The San Diego County Fair.

   This year's fair theme is "A Fair to Remember: A Celebration of World's Fairs and Balboa Park"

   The Fair will open Friday, June 5 at 4PM and will run through Sunday, July 5. The Fair will be closed Mondays and the first two Tuesdays.

   Here are some photos from last night, more can be found on SanDiegoRadio's FB page at

 Rich Singley, Joe Nelson and Josh Board

 Deep Fried Slim Fast Bar (It was delicious!)
 Deep Fried Peanut Butter Pickle
 Triple Cheeseburger with Krispy Kreme Donuts
 Big Jon and Monique
 Tony Gonzales and Crew
 Chris Torrick and Pam
 Joe, Beto Perez and Steve West

 Gary Lee, John Kobik and Jo Eager
 Todd Williams and Roy Robertson

 Jonah Price, Heather Myers and John JJ Dixon
 Jeff and Marsi Latimer with Kelly Danek
 Marsi Latimer, Frankie V., some guy and Nathan Fast
 Greg Cook
 Jack Taylor
Jennifer Douillard

More photos HERE

The San Diego County Fair website HERE

Thanks for tuning in to SanDiegoRadio!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Reggae on the Coast

By Joe Nelson


San Diego, CA: San Diego’s #1 Alternative Station, FM 94/9 (KBZT FM) and HD sister station Bob Radio SD (KBZT HD2) has announced the lineup for the 1st Annual Reggae on the Coast, to be held Saturday, August 29th at the beautiful Oceanside Pier Amphitheater.

The concert lineup includes 4 great reggae acts, Collie Buddz, Don Carlos, Marcia Griffiths and Inna Vision, and the event will be hosted by DJ Carlos Culture.

“Just like FM 94/9, our HD2 station Bob Radio SD is all about bringing the people of San Diego the music they love. We know how much our listeners have bonded with Bob and what an amazing backdrop the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater will make for our inaugural show” said KBZT Program Director and LFMSD Operations Director Kevin Callahan.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, May 26th  and will be available at information can be found on the station’s website at

Sunday, May 24, 2015

SanDiegoRadio Job Board

By Joe Nelson

Part Time Board Operator

BCA Radio San Diego is searching for a Part Time Board Operator for both Mighty 1090 AM & ESPN Radio 1700 AM.  The candidate will be responsible for producing live and taped broadcasts, on site, in studio and off satellite while editing audio, screening calls and other duties as assigned.  This is an entry-level part time position, and will include nights, weekends and holidays. Please send resume, cover letter and salary history for immediate consideration to  EOE.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Scott and B.R. Go National (For a Day)

By Joe Nelson
   The Mighty 1090's Scott and B.R. will go national Friday. Well, for a few hours anyway...
   The guys will be filling in for Jim Rome Friday from 9AM - Noon.
   See Scott and B.R.'s page HERE for more info.

Thanks for tuning in to SanDiegoRadio

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - May 2015

By Joe Nelson

   May's SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Lincoln Financial Media's Nick Upton.

What is your current position?

Afternoons on Easy 98.1, 3PM - 6PM weekdays, plus Interactive/Digital Director for the Lincoln Financial Media Stations.  AKA, Web Site/Social Media wrangler.

How are things with you right now? Life, work…..

Can’t complain!  With the new afternoon position, I’ve again been given a chance to start a new chapter, but continue with a company and group of people that I deeply admire and truly enjoy working with.

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

In my many years at KSON --14 of those years as Music Director of the station – I’ve had a chance to meet a lot of interesting, talented artists.  Some who became monumental stars, others who were never heard from again.  One of the moments I remember was sitting on Garth Brooks’ tour bus behind the now-defunct Bacchanal club on Clairemont Mesa Blvd.  It was 1990 and Brooks’ was preparing to release his second album, No Fences.  He – not his record rep -- played a few tracks from the album for me and said he had high hopes for its success.  Today, he’s in the middle of one of the biggest tours in the business.

San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit?

There are many, but two come to mind.  I really love our downtown.  Being in San Diego as long as I have, I remember what our downtown used to be like. Now, there are so many great restaurants, music venues, the Embarcadero – and PETCO Park!  The other would be ​the largest State Park in California, our Anza Borrego Desert State Park. I'll take any chance I get to take my RV out to the desert for a week or a weekend.

Is your job still as exciting like it was day one?

If I said ‘yes,’ I’m sure the reader would get a real chuckle outta that.  As exciting as day one?  Probably not, considering I was nervous as hell and couldn’t believe I was finally getting to do what I had dreamed about since grade school.  Nevertheless, I do still find it exciting.  Even after 37 years for this company, I remember feeling quite excited when I was asked to go back on the air full time with Easy 98.1  Is the job still as REWARDING?  Yes, and probably more so now, because I know so much more about what it takes to sustain a career and make a station successful.

Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?

For a really nice dinner, The Prado in Balboa Park has been a favorite for a long time, or La Casa Del Zorro, Borrego Springs.  Favorite hamburger?  Rocky’s in PB or Fred’s in Alpine.  Favorite Mexican Food?  Hacienda Casa Blanca (formerly Antonio’s) in El Cajon, or Carmelita’s in Borrego Springs.

What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting?

I always lived in Southern California while growing up – but in over 15 different cities.  Almost a different location every year, including Riverside (where I was born), Canoga Park, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, San Bernardino, Bloomington, Pomona, Green Valley Lake, Blue Jay, Lake Arrowhead, Palm Springs, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana and Escondido.  It’s one of the reasons I’ve been in San Diego my whole career.  I didn’t want to move around any more.
Also, I’m not only on the radio at work, but also at home.  I’m a Ham Radio operator and will spend time talking to stations around the country or around the world.

How do you view radio now, compared to the past, then looking to the future?

We have to see beyond technological changes and realize that radio is, or should be, what it’s always been.  A LOCAL connection between a listener and their community.  It’s music, entertainment, comedy, emotion – and all usually delivered one to one.  Sometimes, old-timers like me think back to the days of turntables and carts and lament that computers handle it all now.  But, do we have more time in the studio?  We’d better not.  We’re interacting on social media, creating web site content and (hopefully) using the time we used to take to cue records and pull carts – planning our next break!  Undoubtedly, technology will continue to change.  I thinkradio will survive if it stays local and relevant.

How vital is the connection between an on-air personality and the listener?

Pandora may have the music thing down, but it will never be a morning show like KSON’s John & Tammy in the Morning.  Real, personable people.  Spotify can’t relate to you and understand what’s it’s like to navigate the 5/805 merge at 4:40PM. Beats Music doesn’t know or care who is coming to Humphrey’s this Summer or why a new band is a must-see at The Observatory in North Park.  When personalities know and understand their listeners’ thoughts and concerns, the listener knows it.  That’s a special connection​ that only radio has​ and we’re all ​just​ trying to get it right.

What is your favorite movie?

All-time fave: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.  Probably because I saw it in Cinerama, in Hollywood, when it was released in 1963.  Also because it’s damn funny.  More recently: The King’s Speech.  Hey, it was sort of about Radio!

With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your listeners

To me, it’s what the “phones” were to Top 40 radio some years ago, but much more.  Not only is it the preferred way our audience has to connect with us now, but it’s also our connection back to them.  It’s no longer just about them listening to us, but about us hearing what they have to say and acknowledging it.  It makes them more of a participant.  Now, a listener can be your concert photographer and when you like, comment on and SHARE what they have done, you better believe that’s special to them. Remember what it was like when the DJ played your call on the radio?  It’s not much different.

What is your favorite radio moment?

For more than 20 years, KSON has been involved in the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® Radiothon.  Every year when we wrap up the Radiothon, the entire staff gathers​​ as our final total is read and it's always an exciting and special moment.  It's a moment when radio becomes so much more than it usually is - educating and encouraging people to support a wonderfully vital cause.  Over the years, our listeners have raised well over 10 million dollars for St. Jude.

How long have you been in radio?

40 years.  Although, in about 1982, I was told I was “this close” (makes gesture with thumb and forefinger indicating about one-centimeter in distance) to being gone.  By the way, many people ask why I’ve stayed at one station as long as I have.  Truth is, when I came to KSON, Roy Stingley, the Program Director at the time, told me he didn’t want this to be just my “stepping stone” into San Diego radio.  I said it wouldn’t be.  Well, I couldn’t go back on my word, could I?

What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?

Around the time I left high school, I was a bouncer at a couple theaters in Escondido.  That was a lot of fun and I saw some really good movies for free.  A lot of garbage, too.  Plus, there were some interesting moments, like the time I was on a break, sitting down front in the theater and a guy came running down the aisle, screaming, apparently having an LSD flashback, and jumped at the screen.  It was during The Sting.  I don’t know, maybe he thought he knew Paul Newman.

What broadcasters do you look up to?

There are certainly great broadcasters today, but I look back most fondly on my formative years and the big personalities of the time.  In the 1960’s, I was lucky enough to be able to hear the Boss Radio jocks of 93 KHJ in Los Angeles, like The Real Don Steele, Bobby Ocean and Robert W. Morgan.  In the 60’s and 70’s, I listened to a phenomenal team in Los Angeles called Lohman & Barkley.  A more recent name would be Bobby Rich.  He’s worked many places, but I enjoyed his work in the 70’s and 80’s in San Diego radio, first as Program Director of B-100, and later as host of The Rich Brothers B Morning Zoo.  I even remember hearing him for a time on KFMB-AM.  Today, Bobby works in Tucson, AZ and was inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2013.  Our Operations Manager, Kevin Callahan, is a pretty smart guy too.
​ And I don't have to say that.​
If you could go back in time and work during any era of radio for a few days - which would you choose?

I think it would be in the heyday of Top 40, working for a Bill Drake-programmed station such as KHJ, WOR-FM New York, KFRC San Francisco or even KYNO in Fresno.  It was a very innovative time for radio.

Nick, thanks for your time!

(By the way, Nick and I were actually co-workers for a while when I worked in that same building. Then it was owned by Jefferson Pilot Communications, Nick has always been a great guy!)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Adam Lambert Visits Jack FM

By Joe Nelson
   Recently Adam Lambert stopped by the Jack FM studios. PD Mike O'Reilly Sent me this photo of Lambert and Sara Perry.
   Click HERE for audio of Adam giving a fan a huge surprise

Thanks for tuning in!

FM 94/9's Steve West to Pay Respects to BB King

By Joe Nelson
   The music industry lost a legend this week, BB King passed away at age 89 from complications associated with diabetes.
   To honor King, FM 94/9's Steve West will pay tribute to the blues icon during his show Sunday morning.
2014 San Diego County Fair Media Party

   Steve tells there will be an entire half hour devoted to King.

   "Legends of the Alternative" will air on FM 94/9 Sunday morning.

   Steve's 94/9 page:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)
KHTS-FMPop CHR5.85.85.7
KMYI-FMHot AC5.25.85.7
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC5.35.15.0
XHTZ-FMPop CHR4.74.64.6
XPRS-AMAll Sports3.73.84.2
KIOZ-FMActive Rock3.33.64.1
KYXY-FMHot AC4.04.13.9
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
KGB-FMClassic Rock4.63.93.6
KEGY-FMPop CHR3.33.33.4
KLNV-FMMexican Regional2.93.03.4
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits2.93.23.0
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
XPRS-FMClassic Hits3.43.02.9
KFMB-FMHot AC2.42.72.7
KSSX-FMRhythmic AC2.32.22.5
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
KLSD-AMAll Sports1.11.21.1
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits0.91.01.1
XHTY-FMMexican Regional0.71.00.8
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
XEPE-AMAll Sports0.20.20.2
XGLX-FMSpanish Contemp.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Palomar College Radio Station Honored

By Joe Nelson

(SAN MARCOS, CA) Palomar College’s radio station, KKSM, is in the groove these days. May 5 was designated as “KKSM Palomar College Radio Day” in San Diego County by the San Diego Board of Supervisors. This honor follows the radio station being named “Best Community College Radio Station” in the nation earlier this spring at the 2015 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Golden Microphone Awards in New York City.
According to Zeb Navarro, KKSM station manager, the Board of Supervisors issued an official proclamation at their meeting on the morning of May 5. Navarro planned to attend along with Jim Odom, Manager of ETV and KKSM Radio Operations.
Palomar College Superintendent/President Bob Deegan said, “We’re very proud of everyone involved with KKSM – our fine instructors, staff, and of course our very talented students.”
In addition to receiving the award for Best Community College Radio Station at the IBS Awards, KKSM also received finalist honors in this national competition in the following categories: Eric Rallos for Best On-Air Personality, Serena Reid forBest Program Director and Best Public Affairs Program, Brianna Harley for Best Liner, Lilly Lopez for Best Specialty Music Show, and Zeb Navarro for Outstanding Advisor. KKSM broadcasts 24/7 on AM-1320, Cox Cable 957, and online
This recognition from the Board of Supervisors is a great honor. This, on top of the IBS awards, validates all the hard work and effort our students put in, and the educational direction we pursue at Palomar, preparing students for careers in the broadcast industry.”

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Jesse Lozano And Delana Bennett Build A Home

By Joe Nelson

iHEARTMEDIA Hot AC KMYI (STAR 94.1) SAN DIEGO morning show hosts JESSE LOZANO and DELANA BENNETT will join 30 of their listeners in ESCONDIDO this SATURDAY to help build a home alongside HABITAT FOR HUMANITY's WOMEN BUILD. The STAR 94.1 team will be at the building site on 537 North Elm Street, ESCONDIDO 92025 from 8a to 3:30p (PT).

In addition to donating their time and labor, each member of the station team has made a financial contribution to the organization in support of their efforts to provide affordable home ownership opportunities for hardworking local families. Activities will include framing and siding installation on a house at HABITAT’s 11-home community on Elm Street.

“We are in awe of the services that HABITAT FOR HUMANITY provides to the SAN DIEGO community and we’re thrilled to join our listeners this SATURDAY to support their efforts in building a home for a deserving family,” said LOZANO. “Like HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, STAR 94.1 and its listeners have a strong connection to the communities we serve, and we look forward to making a positive impact in the ESCONDIDO area.”

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

SanDiegoRadio Exclusive - Local PD Steps Down

By Joe Nelson

Sent on behalf of Bob Bolinger:
It is with much sadness that I tell you Charlie Quinn is resigning as Program Director of KyXy to devote more time and attention to his family in Florida. For the past 16 years, Charlie has been our leader in stewarding and evolving the KyXy brand. He has been a terrific strategist, coach and most of all friend. All with tremendous effort, enthusiasm and class.

Charlie asked that I forward the attached personal note he wrote to all of you. We’re planning on giving Charlie a proper send off one evening, details to follow. In the meantime, join me in thanking Charlie for all he has done for us and CBS San Diego.

Moving forward, I am asking Chris Patyk to oversee both KEGY and KyXy, while looking to Mark Blackwell to take on an even greater role in the day to day programming of KyXy.


SanDiegoRadio wishes Charlie all the best in his future and thanks him for his contributions to local radio!

PD Stepping Down - Who Will It Be?

By Joe Nelson
   SanDiegoRadio has just learned a local long-time Program Director will be stepping down. Who will it be?

Stay tuned.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Take the Money

By Joe Nelson


San Diego, CA: San Diego’s #1 Alternative Station, FM 94/9 (KBZT FM) has announced their next station contest: FM 94/9’s TAKE THE MONEY.

 “We always try to give our listeners what they want, from iPads to sold out Coachella wristbands,” said Program Director Kevin Callahan “This time, we figured we’d just let them take the money!”

Starting today, listeners can register on the station’s website for one of 13 chances every weekday to win $500. Beginning next Monday, May 11th, the station will call out names every hour between 7:10am and 7:10pm. Listeners need to simply listen, hear their name on the air, and call 619.570.1949 within 9 minutes and 49 seconds to win!

“We love our listeners, and we want to do everything we can to make sure they know it,” said morning show host Steve Woods, “We’re begging them, we’re pleading with them… TAKE THE MONEY!!!!”

More information can be found on the station’s website at
About FM 94/9: Owned and operated by Lincoln Financial Media San Diego, KBZT is San Diego’s highest rated Alternative Rock station and was named San Diego City Beat magazine’s Best Local Station in 2014.

Media Requests- Promotions Director Ciro Sepulveda or 619.718.7204