Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lee Baby Simms 1944-2015

By Joe Nelson

This information is from Claude Hall, former editor of Vox Jox at Billboard Magazine. SanDiegoRadio.org has chosen to omit rumored cause of death until officially verified, out of respect for his family.

He was a veteran of KRLA, KROQ, and KMET in the 70s. This note is from Claude Hall
Lee Baby Simms
1944 - 2015
One of my best friends died yesterday. He was 72 and recovering from cancer.
Lee started his radio career at WTMA, Charleston, SC, a Top 40 radio station programmed by George Wilson.  They were friends for life, as was program director Woody Roberts (San Antonio and Hartford).
A book titled “Hitbound” about the exploits of Lee Baby Simms and Woody Roberts, is in the final draft by Dr. Robert Weisbuch, former president of Drew University.  Dr. Bob, as he is known by his radio buddies, had visited Lee several times, as well as Woody Roberts.
Like most Top 40 disc jockies, Lee worked at several radio stations.  These included KCBQ in San Diego and stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Matt Stone Officially Named 91X Morning Host

By Joe Nelson

MATT STONE WAKES UP SAN DIEGO ON 91X,
NAMED MORNING DRIVE HOST.

SAN DIEGO, CA – San Diego’s alternative rock station 91X (XTRA-FM) has named Matt Stone host of the coveted ‘Morning Drive’ air shift, 6:00 to 10:00 AM.

Stone joined 91X in November 2014 as Assistant Program Director and on-air during the evening time slot. 

“Please no one pinch me,” said Stone.  “Working at 91X is a career pinnacle, and I am humbled to be given the opportunity to rise and shine every morning with San Diego and 91X listeners.”

To celebrate, Stone will hit the road tomorrow morning visiting various breakfast burrito shops, joined by local athlete and Olympic medalist Shaun White.

91X Program Director Halloran added.  “Matt knows what our listeners want, and has already worked tirelessly to deliver dynamic radio to the audience.  I am excited to see what this new chapter brings to 91X.”


91X is owned and operated by Local Media San Diego, LLC, a privately held San Diego-based company. LMSD also operates Z90.3 (XHTZ-FM) and Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jessica Chavez Gets a Co-Host Gig

By Joe Nelson

   Jessica Chavez  has accepted a position as co-host of a morning show in San Luis Obispo. I wanted to give you some background on Jessica, and then fill you in on the new position...

From Jessica:

*Started radio 2007, my senior year in High School at KPAT 95.7 The Beat in Santa Maria. Started in promotions and then bounced around filling in for on air hosts when they were out.

-2008 got the night gig on 95.7 The Beat M-F 7-midnight also did a live mix show Saturday 6p to midnight.. ( I missed my prom for that Saturday night show)

-2011 Moved to San Diego and started as an intern at Local Media of America where I soon became Kevin James producer for the Quiet Storm. Amazing to be around such a legend in Radio.

-2012 got involved in the production department and learned all about producing commercials.

-2013 Started as a traffic reporter for iHeart Media every morning from 5a-9a

-2013 got promoted to full time Production Assistant

My life= iHeart media from 5-9am then LMA from 11a-6pm then I come home and help produce Sunday Night Slow Jams for R Dub!



Starting on February 9, I will have a new job!

My new gig will be Co Hosting the morning show for a Hot AC station called Coast 101.3 part of El Dorado Broadcasters in San Luis Obispo. The station has been around forever I remember singing the station jingle when I was a kid. My co-host is Matt Thiel who has been at the station for 2 years. I am so grateful to Jagger and Kristi on Magic 92.5. They are an amazing example of a creative, passionate radio team.

Here is the link for COAST 101.3 Click HERE

Congratulations Jessica! SanDiegoRadio is proud of you!
Thanks for tuning in!
Joe

Friday, January 23, 2015

Question From a Reader

By Joe Nelson
   Occasionally I receive email from readers asking questions about radio. This one has me a bit stumped. The memory is not what it once was. Can anyone come through with an assist?

Thanks
Joe
(You can email me, and I will forward it to him.) SanDiegoRadioJoe@gmail.com

Hi Joe,

My name is Philip (last name omitted for privacy), I live in Dallas Fort Worth and I found your website Sandiegoradio dot org

I'm looking for some information regarding the history of XHRM 92,5 FM San Diego when it was a CHR dance oriented radio known as "92.5 San Diego" and "Hot 92.5" in 1989/1990
I used to live in SanDiego between 1986-1990. I attended University of San Diego and graduated from USD in June 1990. I'd recorded several tapes of dance music/airchecks of  XHRM 92.5 back in 1989/1990 and I've converted them to MP3s and posted these recordings on my SoundCloud channel.
I'm trying to see if you might have any info as far as who was associated with XHRM 92.5 FM San Diego when it was a dance music station between 1989-1990
Thank you in advance!

Regards,
Philip 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pandar at Night

By Joe Nelson
From R Dub (Interoffice Memo):

After scouring the nation and the many stellar candidates inside our own building, I’m happy to announce Sean “Pandar” Yaghmaee as the official “nighttime” personality on Z90!

Over the years, Pandar’s efforts, hard work, team attitude and unbridled enthusiasm makes him the perfect choice for this very high-profile position.  Pandar will be on Monday-Thursday from 6PM-midnight and Fridays 6PM-10PM.

Please congratulate him when you see him in the hallways.  You may or may not see some farm animals in the studio on Wednesdays—this has been approved by Gregg and Angelique.
Congrats Pandar!
 
R Dub!
Director of Programming
Z90 / Magic 92.5
San Diego
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Brooke Landau Moves to the Co-Anchor Chair

By Joe Nelson
   San Diego 6 News recently announced their weekend newscasts will move from one anchor to two. They also moved from the upstairs news room to the main desk in the studio.

   SanDiegoRadio.org caught up with the newest addition to the broadcasts. Weathercaster Brooke Landau joins Derek Staahl at the news desk. Brooke's station profile can be found HERE



Brooke, thank you for taking the time to talk to us...

Joe: How do you feel about the two new anchor look at SD6?
Brooke: I'm thrilled to see so much growth at San Diego 6 News with our newly expanded  10PM Weekend show from a half hour to an hour. I've been at San Diego 6 for over six years now, and it's a wonderful feeling that my management team has such confidence in my diverse background and skills. At the very start of my career I began as a nightly anchor and spent several years in that role at both the local and national levels. And while I'm still a proud science/weather nerd, it's nice to be able to use all of my experience together here.

Joe: How do you feel you and Derek work together in regards to  'chemistry'?
Brooke: Derek and I have had very good chemistry from the start. I look forward to growing that even further. Already, the feedback from our wonderful viewers is that they love the way the two anchor team flows with Derek and me. That's so nice to hear.

Joe: Is it difficult to switch from weathercaster to anchor?
Brooke: It's definitely a unique skill to be able to switch between weather and anchoring in one show, but I love all things that challenge and stretch me. The part I love most is being able to use my ad lib and storytelling skills for weather, while also utilizing the craft of anchoring and reading prompter. These are two completely different skills in news.

Joe: How long have you been in San Diego altogether?
Brooke: I've been in San Diego for nine years. I am originally from New England, but I've been on the west coast for 15 years. I do NOT miss the northeast winters!

Joe: Is there anything else you'd like to share, either news related, or even personally?
Brooke: As many San Diegans know but some may not, life has never come easy for me. From the moment I was born I've had to fight and struggle to survive. I've suffered more health challenges than most will see in a lifetime. And still today, I face the inevitable fact that I will need two additional open-heart surgeries! My fight to survive has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Discovery Health, Mystery ER, Dr. Phil, EXTRA, and local affiliates across the country including San Diego 6 News. These challenges have taught me perseverance and strength, but also a unique sensitivity. I look forward to bringing even more of that to the news desk every weekend night.

Good Health to everyone reading this! Brooke

Thanks again Brooke!
Also, feel free to visit Brooke's personal website, for wellness, by clicking HERE

And thanks for tuning in to SanDiegoRadio.org
-Joe

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Let's Throw 'Hacksaw' a Party

By Joe Nelson
   When you think of Sports Talk radio, one name always comes to mind, Lee 'Hacksaw' Hamilton.
   Former radio producer Matthew Gulbransen and I decided we need to throw a little party for The Franchise.

   I sent several people messages this morning, but I do not have contact info for everyone. Please see the message I sent...

Hello,
Matthew Gulbransen and I did some talking recently and decided we need to show respect to the long career of Lee ‘Hacksaw’ Hamilton. He currently is not on air and not sure if/when he will be again.

We want to host a party, a chance to socialize, show our appreciation to Lee for being a pioneer in the sports talk field. We are shooting for a possible mid-late February (the 21st?) Saturday night, and are inviting you. I’d like to get a head count as soon as possible to reserve the appropriate sized room. Would you be interested in coming? If so, please reply here or email me at SanDiegoRadioJoe@gmail.com

I am also working on a couple surprises for Lee, hoping the plan comes together!

Thanks,
Joe, Matty
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   If you are interested in attending, I really do need a head count soon. The date is very flexible. Location will be Mission Valley.

Thanks and hope to hear from you, please spread the word!
-Joe

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ian Rose Obituary

By Joe Nelson
   I just received Ian's obituary via e-mail.

Dear Joe,

We thank you and you listeners for their kind words and prayers for our dear Uncle, Ian Rose.  At this sad time, it provides us much comfort knowing he had so many wonderful friends.
If possible, could you please post a copy of his obituary on your site?

Thank you,
Karl and Mary Anne Rose

Obituary below. Please notice editor's note at the bottom.

IAN ROSE OBITUARY  


Photo taken Oct 2014 at Marilyn Hyder's Radio Reunion

IAN ROSE, LONGTIME SAN DIEGO RADIO NEWSMAN AND IN‐STUDIO TRAFFIC REPORTER, PASSED AWAY DECEMBER 30TH, 2014 IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.

IAN WAS BORN IN NEW YORK ON JANUARY 28, 1947 AND GREW UP IN CENTRAL NEW JERSEY WHERE HE GRADUATED IN THE TOP FIFTH OF HIS CLASS AT SOMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL IN 1965.

HE ENJOYED THEATER ARTS WHERE HE SERVED AS THE LOCAL PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY AND PLAYED A LEAD ROLE IN HIS SENIOR PLAY.  

AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE SPENT A YEAR AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS IN
NEW YORK (1965‐66).  

IAN BEGAN HIS BROADCASTING CAREER AT WKZO TV IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN IN 1967, THEN JOINED THE US ARMY, WHERE HE WORKED AS A D.J. AT AMERICAN FORCES RADIO, FRANKFURT, GERMANY (1969‐70).  

AFTER THE ARMY HE RETURNED TO SCHOOL WHERE HE RECEIVED AN A.A. DEGREE IN JOURNALISM FROM PASADENA CITY COLLEGE (1971‐72).  

HE THEN WENT ON TO WORK AS A NEWS MAN AND D.J. FOR SEVERAL RADIO STATIONS BEFORE BEGINNING HIS WORK AS AN ANCHOR/FIELD REPORTER FOR KFMB RADIO IN SAN DIEGO WHERE HE SPENT THE REST OF HIS CAREER.

HE WAS VERY INTERESTED IN HISTORY ESPECIALLY HOLLYWOOD AND WWII.

IAN WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS FATHER, REGINALD FRANCIS; HIS MOTHER, EDITH JONES; AND A BROTHER, KARL ROSE.  HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS SISTER, LYDIA ANN ROSE OF FLORIDA; NEPHEW, KARL (MARY ANNE) ROSE JR OF NEW JERSEY; NIECE, CYNTHIA ROSE KEYS OF PENNSYLVANIA; NIECE, PAMELA ROSE
OF COLORADO; AND HIS AUNT, HILDA TROTTER OF ENGLAND.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO THE SAN DIEGO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY IN
HIS NAME. 

*Editor's note: The family has told me if there are any close friends interested in attending a Celebration of Ian's Life, being held January 31, to contact them at rosekmn@aol.com

Thank you, family... and condolences from SanDiegoRadio
-Joe

Sunday, January 4, 2015

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - A Year in Review

By Joe Nelson

   As 2014 is now behind us, I wanted to share all the Spotlights from each of the last 12 months.

   I head into the new year even more ready to cover radio and TV than ever. A new website will be launched just as soon as it is ready, it will be much more user friendly and will have many more options for doing even more.

A SDR Spotlight Year in Review:

January - Gary Lee
February - Chris Torrick
March - Gene Knight
April - Kevin Dean
May - AJ Machado
June - Dan Sileo
July - Sarah Beebe
August - Marsi Latimer
September - Beto Perez
October - Dave Rickards
November - Michael Halloran
December - Bromo Abromowitz

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Party Coming!

By Joe Nelson

   While golfing Wednesday, Matthew Gulbransen and I hatched an idea. There is a San Diego Radio Legend who is no longer behind the mic.

   I cannot reveal who that is but I can say they are labeled as a 'pioneer' in the industry. We will be assembling a party for them and everyone is invited to celebrate his/her career. Stay tuned, this will be fun! The location will be as centralized as possible, most likely Mission Valley. Shooting for mid-February.

Thanks for tuning in!
-Joe