Showing posts from September, 2015

Comment Section is on Fire

By Joe Nelson
   Early on in SanDiegoRadio's life, the only comments my stories ever got were spammy junk.

   But fortunately there has been a nice change. Over the last several months the comments section has come alive.
   The only real reason behind this story is to notify you, if I have done a story on you, or one that interests you, check it out. There could be some interesting commentary under there.

Have a great evening!

September SanDiegoRadio Spotlight Juliette Vara

By Joe Nelson

September SanDiegoRadio Spotlight 

   This story is a bit dated, but to me it's still important. The delay is a long, boring story, but hope you still enjoy this story as much as I did

   Juliette Vara, formerly of Fox 5 San Diego and 107.9 Mountain Country recently landed a pretty nice gig after rolling the dice and moving to Nashville.

   Juliette was named as the 'Show Host' for The Grand Ole Opry! She tells SanDiegoRadio "Well, it's official -- God pulled this one off - I'm part of the Opry Family. I'm the new Show Host for the iconic Grand Ole' Opry. I'll be in charge of entertaining & hosting 4,400 audience members during the nightly shows, warming up the crowd, popping on stage in between acts to engage the audience, host games, manage prize giveaways. I'll be standing right on the very same stage as country music legends do every night & I'll be the first person to introduce and welcome people from around the world…

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)
SUBSCRIBERFORMATJUL 15AUG 15SEP 15XHRM-FMRhythmic AC5.65.35.4KHTS-FMPop CHR4.95.55.2KSON-FMCountry4.44.85.1XHTZ-FMPop CHR4.34.24.6KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits3.64.24.5KIFM-FMAC5.84.74.4KMYI-FMHot AC6.14.44.4KPBS-FM

RIP Rick Hill

By Joe Nelson
Rick Hill, veteran of San Diego Radio, passed away Tuesday evening at 6:30.
Rick and Phillip Gaughen    Rick was suffering with Pancreatic Cancer and was recently hospitalized from its complications.

   I have feelers out trying to obtain information as to where those can contribute to funeral costs and service details.

Condolences from SanDiegoRadio


"El Gallo" Returns to San Diego

By Joe Nelson

Spanish Language Radio Legend Jose “El Gallo” Gadea returns to San Diego
PRESS RELEASE Without a doubt Jose “El Gallo” Gadea is one of the most well known and popular radio personalities in the San Diego Hispanic community.  “El Gallo” gained his tremendous following with his successful morning show of more than 7 years called “El Gallo y la Bola” in which he stared and produced. “El Gallo” arrived in San Diego in 1998 and with his charisma and hard work was able to leave his mark in the Hispanic Community.  As a familiar household name “El Gallo”  will once again be heard in the San Diego airwaves starting Monday October 5th  on 99.7 La Invasora (XHTY). The “El Gallo” show will be San Diego’s ONLY live and local morning show broadcasting from San Diego. Live and Local each weekday morning from our Mission Valley studios. Monday-Friday 5a-10a BIOGRAPHY Jose “El Gallo” Gadea started his broadcasting career in1983 in Tijuana Baja California as an On-Air DJ for several radio st…

We Have a Radio Station Sale

By Joe Nelson has just learned in the last few minutes that 102.1 KPRI has been sold.

   A source very much 'in the know' has informed us KPRI has been sold to EMF Broadcasting. Not much more than that is known at this time, but I will publish more as it becomes available.
   EMF Broadcasting is  "Educational Media Foundation, a not for profit organization based out of Rocklin, CA.
   Word has it that the building has been cleared out and a flip is on the way.

Thanks for tuning in to Joe

There is a Rumble on the FM Dial

By Joe Nelson
   Today SanDiegoRadio learned there could be a big change coming to a morning show in the very near future.
   The FM dial has already seen a lot of change, most notably with Jeff and Jer's announcement of Jer's retirement less than two weeks ago.
   It's my understanding that it's just a matter of crossing the T's and dotting the I's and it will be a done deal.
   For legal reasons I cannot divulge more than this, but I have been assured SanDiegoRadio will have the scoop!

Have a great weekend, my radio friends, and thanks for tuning in!


91X Adds One More to its Homecoming Lineup

By Joe Nelson

SAN DIEGO, CA – Local radio station 91X announced today that ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT has been added to the “91X Homecoming” concert.

RFTC joins PINBACK, FINCH, PEPPER and COLD WAR KIDS performing live on Friday, October 2 at Oceanside Pier Amphitheater.  “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Homecoming then with all this amazing local talent in one place,” said Halloran, 91X Program Director.  “Plus, we have one more band to announce, we are waiting for their kids to give the Dads, who are in the band, the OK.”

Tickets cost $30 plus service fees.  Full concert details and a link to purchase tickets is at

91X (XTRA-FM) is owned and operated by Local Media San Diego, LLC, a privately held San Diego-based company.  LMSD also operates Z90 (XHTZ-FM) and Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM).

Helping a Friend - Entercom's Gary Lee

By Joe Nelson
   I always like to help my friends. Here is one of those times. Each year I run this for Entercom's Gary Lee.

   It's for a great cause and I love doing my part! Best wishes, Gary!

From Gary... "I was wondering if you could help me out. As you may have seen already on my FB page, my family and I will be walking in AIDS Walk San Diego, as we do every year. The walk is just about two weeks away, on the 26th. As always, we’ll be walking in my brother’s memory! We are very proud to once again be a part of this huge event. As with every year, the money raised will go to support critical services for those with AIDS and HIV in San Diego County. Last year we were able to raise over $2,000. We’d love to be able to raise at least that again this year. If you could help out with a donation to support us in our efforts to help others, that’d be greatly appreciated. Whatever you can do would be great...every little bit counts!"


The website: Aids Walk & Run

Jerry Cesak to Announce His Retirement

By Joe Nelson

This morning be sure to tune your radios to KyXy 96.5 as an announcement will mark the end of an era.

From Chris Patyk, PD at CBS Radio San Diego:

"This morning Jerry Cesak, one half of the Jeff & Jer Showgram is announcing he is leaving morning radio at KyXy 96.5."

“The reason I’m leaving radio can be told in 2 simple words,” Cesak wrote in a post to listeners on Facebook, “It’s time.”
“Life, I think, comes in chapters, and in my life, the radio chapter is over.  I still love what I’ve done every morning in San Diego for 27 years. I still love the show and my family who does it with me. I’ll miss them terribly and I’ll certainly miss our marvelous audience. So part of me is sad for sure.”
The Showgram will continue after Cesak’s departure as Jeff Detrow, Jerry’s radio partner for over three decades, will carry on with producer Tommy Sablan, co-hosts Laura Cain and Emily Griffiths.
“After thirty-three years, Jerry's not just my radio partner, he's my broth…

91X Homecoming Concert

By Joe Nelson
SAN DIEGO, CA – Heritage local radio station 91X has announced the “91X Homecoming” concert, happening Friday, October 2, at Oceanside Pier Amphitheater.
Bands PEPPER and COLD WAR KIDS will perform live, with more to be announced.  All artists on the bill will have local ties.
“It’s amazing how many bands and their members start and stop here in San Diego,” said Halloran, 91X Program Director.  “PEPPER, originally from Kona, moved here over 10 years ago, and is now one of the biggest bands from this area.  COLD WAR KIDS drummer Joe Plummer has been involved in local projects for many, many years, includingBlack Heart Procession, plus his work with national acts like the Shins and Modest Mouse.  We are pleased to have his homecoming.  More bands with San Diego ties will be added, I can’t wait to share who they will be.”
91X listeners who subscribe to station c…

Lineup Change at 1360

By Joe Nelson

   XTRA 1360 / Fox Sports San Diego announced a lineup change today. Described as "Giving San Diego the best live NFL coverage", the changes are as follows:

RIP Martin Milner

By Joe Nelson
RIP Marty Milner. Not only one of my favorite actors (Adam 12) but also a radio host.

Marty co-hosted "Let's Talk Hookup" on The Mighty 690 starting in 1993. Thank you for the memories, Officer Pete Malloy.

Milner passed away Sunday night at his home in Carlsbad at age 83. In addition to Adam 12, Milner was known for his roles in Route 66, Dragnet and multiple guest starring roles in many 80's TV shows.

KGB Sky Show 40

By Joe Nelson

Today is KGB Sky Show 40!!!

   40 years of explosive pyrotechnic entertainment. Unquestionably the greatest fireworks display this side of the Mississippi!

   Tonight following the SDSU Aztecs/USD Toreros football game. Join KGB Radio in Sky Show Village and for the kickoff at 5, with Sky Show following the game!

SanDiegoRadio Job Board

By Joe Nelson

Local Media San Diego, LLC has an immediate opening for a bus driver to drive/operate our 45 foot Freight Passenger Bus.  Driver will be responsible for driving the bus to locations throughout San Diego for fifteen (15)  to twenty-five (25) hours  per week.  Driver will interact with clients and public, so good attitude and positive attitude is a must.

Bus Driver requirements: Class A license with airbrake and passenger endorsement
Experience driving buses
Must have flexible schedule
Good communication
Positive attitude
Understand basic mechanics of bus
Team player
Clean driving record, provide DMV driving history record
Pass drug screening Compensation: Hourly Rate , 15-25 hours per week.  Please send resume to

Job Description: Specific duties include, but are not restricted to, the following: ·Coordinate with department to oversee promotional calendar of appearances and giveaways, f…

Peter Schwartz Returns to San Diego

By Joe Nelson
September 2, 2015

            Peter Schwartz was named Senior Vice President, Market Manager and Director of Sales, CBS RADIO San Diego, it was announced today by Scott Herman, COO, CBS RADIO.  The appointment is effective onMonday, Sept. 14.

            Schwartz previously worked for CBS RADIO San Diego as General Sales Manager and then later Market Manager, spending 10+ years with the cluster.  In this role, Schwartz will manage all operations and sales for KEGY-FM (Top 40) and KYXY-FM (Adult Contemporary).
            “It’s a great day for CBS RADIO when Peter Schwartz returns to the market where he had so much success for us in the past,” said Herman. “I’m extremely excited and happy for our employees in San Diego as they welcome back one of the smartest and most dynamic leaders I’ve had the opportunity to work with.  They’re in very good hands.”

SanDiegoRadio adds the San Diego Chargers

By Joe Nelson
UPDATED- Thanks to reader Dennis on this!
I was just reading about your new press releases coming from the Chargers. I wanted to let you know that while it’s true that the Chargers will air live on Thursday on NFL Network, that’s not the case in the San Diego market. The game will be blacked out on NFLN and alternate programming will be broadcast by the network instead. However, the game will be carried locally on KFMB. This is usually the case on these pre-season games.

The original:  

I am very excited to share this news with readers. has been added to the San Diego Chargers Press Release list! One way or another, we are all tied into the bolts and as a native of this city I am proud to share their releases.

   A special thanks to Bill Johnston, Jennifer Rojas and Scott Yoffe for making this happen.

   My first release came to me today and is as follows...

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