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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Channel 933 Announces Summer Kickoff Concert

By Joe Nelson

   Joe Haze, PD Channel 933, sent information on their Summer Kickoff Concert over. I will share it now!

We released the lineup for Channel 933’s Summer Kick Off Concert!

If you were in San Diego when we had our first one at the SDSU Open Air theater in 1998,  then you enjoyed the likes of Candyman & 98 degrees.

Fast forward to 2016, I think it’s safe to say we have grown since then!

This year we have Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, Flo-Rida, Fifth Harmony, Iggy Azalea, Mike Posner, Alessia Cara, Melanie Martinez, and more to be announced!

The presale code is 933 and can be activated at which goes until Thursday at 10pm. The general on sale is Friday at 10am.  I expect it to sell out.

If you can share the links below on your social media and with your friends to help get the word out, I would greatly appreciate it!   #933Summer

Slow Jams First Quarter of 2016 A Huge Success

By Joe Nelson

PRESS RELEASE                               CONTACT: Lisa Dollinger
Dollinger Strategic Communication

FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION         (512) 633-4084

Sunday Night Slow Jams Brings Format-Specific Shows to Nine New Markets; Grows to 123 Affiliates in Q1

BURBANK, CA, March 30, 2016— Benztown’s internationally syndicated hit weekend radio show Sunday Night Slow Jams announces that it has expanded to nine new markets in the first quarter of 2016, bringing its total affiliate count to 123 stations. The growth was ignited as Sunday Night Slow Jams, the #1 weekend radio show in America, kicked off 2016 by making the show available to a wider variety of stations through three different formats: Rhythm/Urban, Top 40/Mainstream and the all-new Throwback edition.

On Sunday, March 27, the new Throwback edition of Sunday Night Slow Jams debuted on the show’s new affiliates in Seattle, WA (KHTP-FM, HOT 103.7) and  in Minneapolis, MN (WGVX-FM/WGVX-AM/WRXP-FM trimulcast, 105 THE VIBE). The Throwback edition will debut in Tampa, FL (WTMP-AM, BOOMIN’ 1150) this Sunday, April 3. Also in Q1, Ocean City, MD’s WOCQ-FM and Gallup, NM, station KXTC-FM signed on to carry the Rhythm/Urban edition of Sunday Night Slow Jams. Rounding out the quarter, four additional markets signed on to air Sunday Night Slow Jams’ Top 40/Mainstream edition in Q1: McAllen-Brownsville, TX (KHKZ-FM and KQXX-FM); Rockford, IL (WZOK-FM); Montgomery, AL (WHHY-FM); and Charleston, SC (WMXZ-FM). 

R Dub!, Creator, Host and Producer of Sunday Night Slow Jams said: "What an honor it is working with such fantastic radio stations and their respective PDs. Serving up three distinct versions really helps hone in on each station's particular format and demo. Whether it's The Weeknd, John Legend and Usher featured on the original Rhythm version; Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez and Zayn on our Top 40 version; or Boyz II Men, LL Cool J and Keith Sweat on the Throwback edition, we continue to bring monumental passion to radio listening every Sunday night.”

Mark Wilson, Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Fusion Radio Networks said: "Sunday Night Slow Jams is without a doubt, one of the most formidable syndicated programs on the market. Its ratings are proven across multiple dayparts and formats in various regions of the country. Examine the landscape of all the current available network products and you'll find none with the mass content appeal of Sunday Night Slow Jams. I'm proud to be afforded the opportunity to contribute to this established brand’s continuing growth."

Mike Preston, Program Director of KHTP-FM in Seattle, said: “Sunday Night Slow Jams is an excellent complement to Hot 103.7, especially since the Throwback Edition fits us PERFECTLY. R Dub! not only crafts the show, but does a great job giving us custom whatever-we-need!"

Billy Santiago, Senior Vice President, Programming, KHKZ-FM and KQXX-FM, in McAllen-Brownsville, TX, said: "Great to hear Sunday Night Slow Jams on KISS FM!  We're looking forward to an awesome year with R Dub!; great way to wrap up the weekend with Slow Jams and Oral Expressions!"

Now with 123 affiliates across diverse markets around the world, a weeknight version of Sunday Night Slow Jams, and R Dub!’s All-Slow Jams online channel, Slow Jams currently reaches over three million consumers per week. In addition to Sunday's three format choices, R Dub! produces a weeknight version of Slow Jams, which airs Monday through Thursday from 10PM-12M.

For more information, visit or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at or (818) 842-4600.

About Benztown
Benztown is an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 1,900 affiliations on six different continents. In August, 2015, Benztown was recognized for the third consecutive year by Inc. magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies, ranked at No. 1364 on the exclusive Inc. 5000. With offices and studios in Los Angeles, New York, and Stuttgart, Benztown offers the highest quality imaging workparts for 20 libraries across 13 formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Urban, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports and JACK. Benztown’s industry-leading technology and proprietary web-based imaging solution, “Benztown Branding”, is used daily by nearly 1,200 broadcast radio stations and digital services worldwide. Benztown also provides custom voice-over and imaging services across all formats, including commercial voice-over and copywriting services. Benztown Radio Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hollywood Radio Networks, is an international media syndication company providing unique, first-rate programming and features to radio stations and media companies around the world, including The Todd ‘N’ Tyler Radio Empire, Hot Mix, Slow Jams with R Dub!, Remote News Service, Vipology and Flashback. For more information, visit

SanDiegoRadio Job Board - 3-30-16

By Joe Nelson

Part Time Promotions Assistant
BCA Radio San Diego is seeking experienced part time promotions assistant.  Candidate will be responsible for planning, setting up/breaking down, and executing events.  Candidate should be able to lift 30-50lbs on occasion.  Candidate will be expected to drive station vehicles, therefore excellent driving record will be required.  Candidate will work within multiple departments and be an effective, proactive communicator.  Candidate will possess excellent organization, strong computer skills, multi-tasking, superb customer service.  Candidate will be coordinating with customers and listeners.  Candidate will work independently, often times in high-stress, time-critical situations, and be adaptable to change. An entry-level part time position, with compensation based on experience, and will include nights, weekends and holidays.  Please send resume, salary history for immediate consideration to  EOE.

Arctic Monkeys Love Them Some FM 94/9

By Joe Nelson


San Diego, CA: San Diego’s #1 Alternative Station, FM 94/9 (KBZT FM) was included twice on’s list of Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner’s ‘Top 10 Acoustic Moments,’ including the #10 and #1 spot on the list.

The FM 94/9 Loud@ concert series has brought some of the biggest artists in the alternative world to small, intimate, up close environments, and the over 60 year heritage music magazine noticed, including ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ as the #10, and ‘Snap Out Of It’ as the #1 acoustic moment for the British rocker, both recorded at San Diego’s Studio West for a 2014 session with station staff and lucky listeners.
“We know FM 94/9 does it best. We love music, and we know how fortunate we are to bring people face to face with some of the biggest artists in the alternative landscape,” said FM 94/9 Music Director, Assistant Program Director and afternoon guy Jeremy Pritchard, “It feels wonderful to have an institution like NME recognize the incredible things we do, and the amazing experiences we get to provide for our listeners, and music fans everywhere.”
Other performance videos and photos from the FM 94/9 Loud@ series, including three acoustic tracks from Arctic Monkeys,  can be found on the station website at
About FM 94/9: Owned and operated by Entercom Communications, KBZT is San Diego’s highest rated Alternative Rock station.

About Entercom
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the United States, with a portfolio of 125 highly-rated radio stations in 27 top markets across the country. Known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, Entercom’s brands reach and engage close to 40 million people each week, delivering a curated mix of outstanding local personalities and a broad range of compelling music, news, talk and sports content.
Founded in 1968, Philadelphia-based Entercom also operates hundreds of events each year attracting millions of attendees, and provides customers with a broad range of digital marketing solutions through its SmartReach Digital products. More information is available at, Facebook, and Twitter (@entercom).

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

March SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The TV News Edition

By Joe Nelson

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The TV News Edition

March 2016
Gary Buzel

Gary, thanks for your time!

JN: What is your current position/Channel/Shift? 
GB: I am a multimedia journalist on CW6 News San Diego, I work weekends for the 10pm newscast.

JN: How are things with you right now? Life, work…..
GB: After the crash of 2008, I learned the hard economic lesson to be multifaceted. When I am not on television, during the weekdays, I work part time at a flight school inside Gillespie Field in El Cajon as a pilot/flight instructor. I teach aspiring commercial pilots transitioning to multi-engine airplanes from single engine trainers. I also do freelance video production, drone video and photography services, and drone flight training. And once and awhile freelance traffic crash investigation analysis and reconstruction, I kept up and maintained my national certification back from my prior law enforcement career.
              Gary and his Emmy for 2014 Breaking News Coverage
JN: Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from TV News? 
GB: Working in TV news gets me in the action, the kind of action I enjoyed back when I was a cop, chasing crooks and fire trucks. But now I have the benefits of not having to make arrests, touching gross people, and having to go to court to be scrutinized. I developed a love of storytelling that taps deep into our human spirit, it’s the foundation of why we do what we do as people. I am always looking for new improved ways to tell the same story other reporters have told in the past.

JN: Do you have a previous career not associated with TV News? 
GB: I started as a board operator and weather announcer for a small 1000 watt AM radio station in Connecticut. I then had some other brief careers as a General Manager for Radio Shack, a corporate sales rep for Bell Atlantic Mobile (now Verizon). Later, I became a full time police officer (following in both my parents footsteps) in Connecticut and served for almost 10 years. I got my first taste of TV doing law enforcement commentary and analysis for a local cable news network back home in DMA market 1 (NY metro). Back east there are few civilian (non-sworn) PIO’s like we see so much here in SoCal. I got to see some historically profound things up close with my own senses, like ground zero at the WTC site in Manhattan, just hours after the attack. I decided to take an early retirement, and stop driving “crown vics” and moved on to aviation as at the time I had all my FAA pilot rating to fly jets, which I was doing part time and for fun when not on duty. I then became a corporate jet first officer (co-pilot) and then later promoted to captain (pilot in command) flying for a charter company out of Long Beach. I then moved down here flying a citation jet for a San Diego air ambulance company primarily picking up injured and sick tourists in Mexico that weren’t healthy enough to fly back on the airlines. We had a doctor and nurse onboard caring for these patients, some were on life support.. It was going well until 2008, when I lost it all, my job, house, car, 401K, everything but my dog. Thanks big banks…. Thats when I went back into broadcasting and moved into TV News, I was picked up at KSWB Fox 5, and fast forward several years later, I am still at it now at CW6 News. 

JN: San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit? 
GB: So much to list, I love Mission Bay, and I really love our east county mountains. Sunrise Highway I drive at least once a week…. I go there to get away, to zone out, to recharge. 
             Gary and Mayor Vaus of Poway holding Gary's drone
JN: Is your job still as exciting like it was day one? 
GB: Like anything in life, we strive to make things routine, but the side effect of that is diminished excitement to a degree. To keep things interesting, I am always thinking of new ways to tell the same old story reporters have told before me. I also stay close to the curve of new technology, and try every way to incorporate what that can do to enhance my stories. 

JN: Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? 
GB: I’ve been a vegan since 2011. I don’t drink alcohol either. (Yeah, I’m a party pooper because of my strict health conscious diet) so you won’t find me at any of these microbreweries in town that people are raving about. I like Japanese food at Tajima, a Japanese restaurant in Kearny Mesa, not far from our station..

JN: What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting? 
GB: I have flown former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld, and actress Charlize Theron in private jets. I did a year of law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law here in San Diego. It was too much work juggling these jobs, law school, and 2 toddlers, so I put this on hold for now. 

JN: How do you view TV News now, compared to the past, then looking to the future? 
GB: Its changed a lot from back in the 80’s when my parents and I would watch the 5pm news while having dinner at home. Back then, it seemed the local news broadcast was “the source” to find out what's going on around your neighborhood. I find it very surprising how many people I run into on the road that tell me they don’t watch TV anymore. Many of them are “cord cutters” and only have internet at home and no cable or satellite TV. This is when I try to promote our stations web presence, which traffic seems to be increasing in leaps and bounds. 

JN: What is your favorite movie? 
GB: Spaceballs…. I love anything Mel Brooks! 

JN: With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your viewers. 
GB: Coming out of law enforcement, I kept a very private life and stayed off social media which many cops do for safety reasons. So reversing that and becoming more public as a TV personality was an adjustment for me. Social media is a great way to get feedback and interactivity from your audience. The way our viewers see us versus people within our own industry see us can be different perceptions. Social media is a great way for on-air talent and stations to promote themselves and connect with others. I really like twitter for news updates and use it often. Recently, I did some work with my personality Facebook page and that’s been receiving more traffic. So far the results have been positive all around. 

JN: What is your favorite TV News moment, involving yourself? BG: Recently seeing my story I did on the 1930’s SS Monte Carlo shipwreck becoming exposed off Coronado on CNN’s morning show. I was getting calls from friends and family back in Connecticut who saw it on TV there. 

JN: What broadcasters do you look up to? 
GB: Bill Buetel at WABC channel 7 in New York City (he’s dead now). I remember how stoic and solid he was, telling New York City the good and bad every night, definitely a time and generation now gone. I also admire many of the crew at Dateline NBC, like Keith Morrison, Josh Mankiewicz and Erin Moriarty on 48 hours. To me i’m all about the power storytellers, like good old Alfred Hitchcock, i’m not about the glitz, and fashion, that seems to be the new priority in some markets. It's all about quality story telling if you ask me. 

JN: If you could go back in time and work during any era of TV News for a few days - which would you choose? 
GB: I would say the 70’s, it would be a balance between better technology (then say the 50's) and old school broadcasting. 
Is there anything else you’d like to share? Back in August 2015, I received a section 333 waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly drones (UAV/UAS) commercially for TV news operations. I was the first in the San Diego TV market to accomplish this. Presently, TV stations cannot use drones commercially without this permit. The permit petition process requires you to be a licensed pilot to obtain the waiver. So, having these stated requirements, I teamed up with a lawyer and we got our application approved. We are looking forward to incorporating more low level aerial video as a powerful tool in our story telling arsenal. Drones are fun to fly, and don’t cost nearly the price to operate compared to news choppers. Drones give a more intimate aerial view as they are lower to the action than a chopper.

JM is Back in the PM on the KGB!

By Joe Nelson

   I am really trying to hold back the excitement on this one, as I am supposed to be neutral. But when really good things happen to really good people, It is hard to contain the joy.

   SanDiegoRadio has been told in that Jim McInnes is returning to 101.5 KGB!

In an email I just received I am told Jim will be doing a Saturday shift from Noon to 6 PM AND will handle fill-in work!

   KGB PD Shauna Moran tells SanDiegoRadio "We are happy to have Jim back home where he belongs!"

Congratulations Jim!!

Joe Nelson
Shauna, thank you for sending to me first!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Z90's 'Epic 48' Wrap Up

By Joe Nelson

In what is the most exciting promotions I have ever seen in radio, I give you the wrap up of Z90's "Epic 48".

Here is Randy "R Dub!" Williams' description of the events of this past weekend.

First, five weeks of heavy on-air, online, and televised promotion; and thousands of entries.  All of the entrants had NO IDEA what #EPIC48Hours would consist of—we gave ZERO details except these three rules: 1) Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice, 2) Be ready to go ANYWHERE, 3) Be ready to do ANYTHING.  And one guarantee: THE most #EPIC48Hours of your life. The MYSTERY and SUSPENSE of #EPIC48Hours was unreal.  Everyone was talking about it: clients, listeners, people on the street.
 The day finally came. On Friday, we selected a winner and headed to their place of work. Melissa Hill and her guest Jamie of Santee not only had no idea they’d win, but they had no clue what was in store if they won.  Like thousands of others, they came to work with their bags packed and let their boss know that they “may need to take a half day.”

At 12Noon, a luxury Mercedes Sprinter van with Morton in the Morning and our camera crew arrived at Melissa’s work, followed by a convoy of Z90 SUVs, vans, our Z90 MEGA-BUS and staff dressed as secret service, complete with black suits, mirrored glasses and earpieces.

Rick bum rushed the hysterically excited winners inside, and in less than two minutes we were heading North on the 5, destination unknown. The winners had NO idea what was to come…their co-workers still in shock as to what just happened.

Next, we exited the freeway in Anaheim, where we pulled up to the entrance of Disneyland where Melissa and Jamie were handed their personalized monogrammed Mini-Mouse hats and then rushed to the front of the line to experience Star Wars Hyper Space Mountain—no waiting—a true VIP celebrity experience.
After the ride, it was back in the Mercedes onto the 5 North again, only pulling over to the shoulder to be handed their order of In-N-Out Burger like a BOSS.

Next, the Mercedes pulled into the valet of The Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, among Rolls Royces and Aston Martins, just long enough for the door to open and Nick Jonas to jump in. When the girls stopped screaming, Nick handed over a wrapped gift box, which contained two personalized Lakers jerseys; then Nick handed the girls his tickets to sit courtside at the game that night.

Next, check-in at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood where the girls were presented their corner suite with cocktails waiting in room.

Then, off to Staples Center for entry into the exclusive “Chairman’s Club” to hob-knob with celebrities and some of L.A.s biggest movers and shakers, before enjoying the game from their courtside seats.
A quick change back at the hotel before being ushered off to dinner at the famous PUMP Restaurant (from TV’sVanderpump Rules), where our winners were seated next to Lisa Vanderpump and Lance Bass from *NSYNC for a delicious meal.

Next, we rolled VIP to OHM Nightclub, situated above The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood for a true VIP club experience, complete with tables and bottle service, where the ladies danced the night away. It was back to the hotel just before sunup to get some rest for what was next.

Awakened at 8AM with breakfast in bed, Melissa and Jamie were off to the airport where things got just a little more EPIC…as they boarded their own private plane and were soon soaring through the clouds to another destination unknown. 
After landing in Vegas, a black car met them to take them to a private recording studio at The Palms, where platinum artistDJ Mustard was waiting to play the girls’ new, never-before-heard tracks from his forthcoming album. Mustard asked the ladies their opinions on the new tracks—which songs should be released and in which order—and signed and presented official DJ Mustard hats for the girls.

Next was a shopping spree at The Forum Shops, accompanied by the winners’ very own private stylist, before heading to their hotel room at Planet Hollywood, where they were already unpacked by our crew, served lunch in the room, and made up by their own private Glam Squad: hair and makeup to take on the night in Vegas.

At 4PM it was another Epic surprise, when the ladies were brought to The Foundry for a VIP private sound check with X-Ambassadors, who, after the performance, hopped off stage to present a signed guitar to Melissa and Jamie.

Next stop was to the LINQ hotel where Melissa and Jamie boarded their very own private car on the enormous High RollerFerris wheel for a half-hour ride full of panoramic views of Las Vegas while watching the sun set.
Next, a 5-star dinner in their own private dining room at BLT Steakhouse where they wrapped up dessert just in time to be rushed over to AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood, where they were taken backstage and asked to knock on a door…and who opened that door? None other than Mr. 305 himself, Pitbull! The ladies hung out with Pitbull in private and enjoyed conversation, jokes, hugs and pictures—and what a surprise when Pitbull pulled a $1000 chip out of his pocket, handed it to Melissa and told her to “bet on black, to match my suit!”

After the ladies said goodbye to Pitbull, it was time to watch his show—from the floor! The energy was full-throttle as Pit delivered his last Vegas show of the year, complete with a full squad of amazing backup dancers, video and confetti cannons.

The night had just begun, as Melissa and Jamie headed to OMNIA at Planet Hollywood, only to be ushered right in, bypassing the entire line of hundreds, and spending the rest of the night dancing and partying like there was no tomorrow.

But there was a tomorrow…and it started with a full body massage session at Spa by Mandara at Planet Hollywood where the ladies were pampered and brought back to life my the talented therapists at Mandara.

A quick bite, and a cruise down the strip to hang out of the sunroof and take in the sun; and then it was off to their private plane again, where they sipped champagne upon arrival back to San Diego.

Every step of the way was carefully choreographed by a team of a dozen runners and assistants, which made for a truly VIP experience for the ladies that money could not buy—aside from the celebrity encounters and luxury treatment, there was never any “waiting,” or standing in line—a crew was always one step ahead of Melissa and Jamie, catering to their every need and want, and our film crew was right there capturing every moment on tape.

Truly, an #EPIC48Hours.  Wait ‘til you see the next one.


You can see the TEASER video below

We’ll have a fully produced, detailed video of #EPIC48Hours next week.

We’ll promote this on air for months to come, and use this example when we are selling the next one on air. Of course the next one will be completely different in every capacity.

Feel free to share this with clients, friends, listeners, associates, etc…

A huge thank you to the DOZENS of people who made #EPIC48Hours truly “Epic,” including EVERY department here atSDLocal, our record label partners, and valued clients.  Too many people to thank individually, but each was INSTRUMENTAL in pulling this off.

THIS is how radio is done.

R Dub!
Director of Programming
Z90 / Magic 92.5
San Diego

Friday, March 25, 2016

CW6 Hires News Director

By Joe Nelson has learned CW6 has found their News Director.

Jon Brady will come to San Diego from Seattle where he is currently with KING 5 News.

Jon fills the position that was vacated when former News Director Don Shafer exited the building in early December 2015.

Jon will start April 25, 2016.

Welcome to San Diego, Jon


Thursday, March 24, 2016

We Have an HD Flip - Time to Get JAM'N!

By Joe Nelson

   iHeart San Diego's John Peake just sent me news of a flip.  HD 95.7 KISS FM is no more. Welcome "JAM'N 957" to the HD dial.

This, from John:

Today we launched a new station in San Diego!  It was time to bring Hip Hop back to the market so we did.  Please welcome the new, JAM’N 957 on KSSX-FM HD3! 
This is a station dedicated to San Diego’s best Hip Hop and part of iHM’s new Multi-Cultural initiative.  The new station will start thumpin’ tonight at midnight with San Diego’s Hip Hop on 95.7 HD3.
Please give it a listen and let us know what you think.  
Spread the word about San Diego’s new JAM’N 957.
Hoppy Easter Weekend

Thanks John!

Monday, March 21, 2016

"The Fast Crusade" - An Announcement

By Joe Nelson
   I enjoy sharing news like this. Channel 933's Nathan Fast and his fiancee Rebecca have made an announcement. And they have done so in the most spectacular way!

Maybe I am biased because I am such a huge Indiana Jones fan, but they chose the iconic character's likeness, Balboa Park, and ROCK 105.3's Marty Whitney as a VO for this fantastic video.

Check it out HERE

Congratulations Nathan and Rebecca! This made my day!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Ernie Myers Funeral Arrangements

By Joe Nelson
   I wanted to share information on the funeral arrangements for legendary radio man Ernie Myers.

   Shotgun Tom Kelly was interviewed by The San Diego Union Tribune's Christine Huard and her article will also provide details on Ernie's funeral arrangements.

From Christine Huard,
Ernie Myers went on the air in an era when being a disc jockey was second only to being a movie star, though he took a shot at that, too. And while the business would change as much as the music by the time he retired more than 15 years ago, one thing would remain the same for the mellow-voiced morning radio man — his passion for horse racing.
Mr. Myers, who debuted in San Diego in 1954, died March 8 at his home in La Mesa. He was 86, and had been suffering the effects of Parkinson’s disease the past four years. 
For more, including funeral details, click HERE

Friday, March 18, 2016

March SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The Radio Edition

By Joe Nelson
SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The Radio Edition

March 2016

Ryan Hunter

Editor's Note: While this is an unusual Spotlight only due to the fact that Ryan is leaving San Diego as he has accepted a position in AZ, I promised him a Spotlight, and I always keep my word. 

What is your current position? 
Well, that depends on what day of the week it is... Like most people in modern radio I wear a number of hats, but I've always been happy to take on anything the cluster needs. Lately I've been spending most of my time hosting the morning show on Easy 98.1. Sometimes it's Traffic Reporter & Producer when the amazing Kelly Danek is unavailable, behind the scenes it's Production Assistant and editor of David Boylan's Lick the Plate which came to Entercom after KPRI flipped. I've had a few other titles over the past six years, most notably the afternoon host on "Smooth 98.1" in 2012 after the station flipped from smooth jazz and Intern Director which is one of the things I'm most proud of. I only took on one or two students at a time which allowed me to focus on mentoring then on a much more personal level. Here soon though it will be Promotions Manager and Mid Day Host for a country station in Flagstaff Arizona.

How are things with you right now? 
Life, work….. I'm not gonna say life is perfect but I'm also not in a position to complain either. I've got a roof over my head, I have loving and supportive people all around me, and I'm about to start a whole new chapter in my career. I'm pretty proud of the fact that I've made good on some promises I made to my mom last July before she lost her year long battle with cancer. I really wasn't sure if I was going to continue my radio career hen she died, as silly as this sounds now I didn't think I could do a show without getting that text message after my last break saying "Excellent Show! I love you!" The amount of love and support that came from radio family during that time meant more than I can ever explain, such an amazing group of folks.

San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit?
I have a quite a few spots I love to visit in the county, most importantly is Tamarack State Beach in Carlsbad which is what sparked us to move here in 2010. My wife and I were married on that beach in 2008, my moms ashes are a mile out from there, it's an emotional and sacred place to me. Some of my other favorite spots are the beautiful and historic Missions in Oceanside and San Diego, I love going to games at Petco Park, the free Tuesdays at the museums in Balboa Park, all the little pubs on PCH in South Oceanisde... There's lot of places I love in San Diego County, certainly no shortage of awesome stuff to do in San Diego. I wish I would've had more free time to enjoy it all but like many people here I had multiple jobs and days off frequently were dedicated to sleeping or catching up on bills or laundry. Living in Paradise doesn't come cheap.

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

Oh hell yes. But I'm also fairly nuts and genuinely enjoy just about every aspect of radio. Even the mundane stuff like dubbing in barters or playing board op. It's the knowledge that what you are doing will go out to the masses, that spot you in ingest is possibly going to influence someone, if you screw up while board oping thousands of people might hear your screw up. Plus it's been my only dream since I can remember, had you interviewed me at 8 years old I'd have told you I wanted to be a DJ when I grew up, I'm almost 35 now and I still feel just as passionate about radio.

Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?
People are going to laugh at me for this but it's Del Taco. Don't get me wrong, I love real, authentic, Mexican food and I give a good portion of my paycheck to Robertos, but if it's just about guilty pleasure and my favorite place to eat than it's all about Del Taco... Im at the one in Mission Valley often enough that I'm on a first name basis with the overnight people. Roy and Hortencia, thanks for making my burritos! By the way, both of them work way harder than I ever have. If anyone reading this has a restaurant you should go grab these two and give them better jobs.

What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting?
I have a serious obsession with ceramic chickens. I've been an ordained minister since 2007 and officiated a wedding as recently as December 2015. I had a old Shure school microphone tattooed on my arm immediately after my very first shift on the radio. Before I worked in broadcasting I had a career with animals and once made my living teaching exotic birds to speak and do tricks. I'm a pretty skilled baker, if I left radio I'd probably do it for a living. Want a homemade NY style cheesecake? Just give me an hour in the kitchen and another 20 to make sure it cooled and set properly. My grandma and great grandma taught me almost everything I know in the kitchen, if it isn't from scratch I didn't really make it.

How do you view radio now, compared to the past, then looking to the future?
It's a completely different thing than it was 10 or even 15 years ago and if you don't change with it you're not going to survive. We already live in an era where 75% of radio is voice tracked. The days of being able to make a living as just a jock are long dead and currently we are still in this awkward, traditional phase. If you listen to the radio 25 years ago everyone sounded like an announcer, today anyone with that delivery just sounds sad and outdated. I don't envy anyone in school for broadcasting right now, it's going to take some years before what's being taught in classroom to catch up to with what will get you hired in the real world. The reason that happens is many of the folks teaching it are from a previous generation that is no longer marketable. If I were coming in now I'd focus more on social networking and web content than inflection or worry about how smooth your voice is. One thing that scares me about the future of radio is the lack of part time, entry level, on air positions. I really think radio has shot itself in the foot in that regard, part timers are future full timers. With fewer and fewer entry level part time gigs I don't see how younger folks coming into the game will polish their craft or how stations will fill spots as people retire or move on to other things.

With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your listeners...
The benefits outweigh the negatives for sure, but there is a ton of pressure on jocks to be automatically Facebook stars. I think there is an assumption that if a jock is great on air they'll have the same reception on Facebook which isn't always the case. But like it or not social networking is here to stay and you have to embrace it if you want to succeed, it's been a lot on easier on the younger folks in radio. Well, except for one of my radio heroes Nick Upton, he could run circles around my 12 year old nephew when it comes to that stuff. I've really been enjoying making videos for our Facebook page, I worked behind the scenes in television for more than ten years so it feels good to put a little bit of that experience to use. 

Kelly Danek & Ryan

How vital is the connection between an on-air personality and the listener?
Connecting to the listener is everything, it's why I chose this crazy career path in the first place. I was an only child raised by a single mom, I was shy, overweight, and got picked on bad enough where my mom put me in independent study or home school. From 7th grade on most of my childhood was spent listening to the radio, I remember waiting on the phone or calling over and over again to put in my vote for the most requested song that night, the excitement I felt when the DJ would play my call back on the radio. I've established some real friendships with listeners, answering the phones is one of my favorite parts of the job because a conversation is still the best way to communicate, the world would improve if all did more it actually. I am grateful it was still mostly live radio back in the 90's when I was a kid, that's why I try really hard to answer every call, I'm paying it forward... or t least trying to.

What is your favorite movie?
I have two, first one is a move most people haven't heard of called "Wrist Cutters - A Love Story". It's a beautiful, dark, almost comedy maybe. Struggling with anxiety and depression my entire life it really spoke to me, plus Tom Waits plays God so what else do you need? And second is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I've been obsessed wth Hunter S Thompson since I was about 16, I've read damn near every word the man ever wrote and Fear and Loathing is easily my favorite of his works. I feared the adaption would butcher the pictures in my mind but it was quite the opposite.

What is your favorite radio moment?
I've got so many great memories in radio it's hard to narrow it down to just one. One of my earliest moments was back in 2008 or 2009 in Las Vegas, I'd just started dating my wife Rachel and she came with me to introduce Heidi Newfield from Trick Pony on Fremont Street. I was crazy in love, I was seeing my radio dreams become reality, and I was in that magical new love haze. As soon as I walked out on stage I noticed my ex girlfriend right up front in the crowd, this is the same woman who once convinced me to give up pursuing my radio dreams to take a job delivering furniture. She always told me I didn't have the voice and for whatever reason I believed her, the look on her face when I was on stage was unforgettable... I truly believe that people come in and out of your life for a reason, I wonder sometimes if I'd have worked so hard for it without that drive to prove her wrong. Another weird day in radio was playing board operator for Rev. Jesse Jackson once in Vegas. He was in town for whatever reason and used our studios for a broadcast back East, he was one the most friendly and approachable famous people I've ever met.

How long have you been in radio?
My first paid shift in radio was Christmas Eve of 2005 with Sunny 106.5 in Las Vegas. I had played intern for well over a year at that point and was disappointed that no positions were available there with Clear Channel. Suddenly a board op quit with no notice because he had asked for the holiday off but didn't get it. Even though mom had already bought me a plane ticket home I knew it was a rare chance and I had to jump on it. Just six months later I was on the air with the sister station playing country everySaturday night, all these years later I still play country on the weekends but now it's for KSON. On a side note to younger people coming in the game, don't expect weekends or holidays off and try like to never say no when opportunity comes your way.

Is there anything in particular you like about the San Diego market vs other markets you’ve worked in?
There's no other market quite like San Diego, the thing I like most about it is the same thing that I like the least about it, nobody ever wants to leave. I've never met so many radio people who have stayed here long term, to have jocks in the same position for 15, 20 years or more is almost unheard of anywhere else. It's also odd how talent seems to rotate around town from station to station, I know people who've worked for damn near every group in town. I've always been pretty happy at KSON & Easy so I've never really tried to go elsewhere within the market.
That full time radio will never happen for me in San Diego. I've spent six years working towards one single goal, a full time position. I don't think there's many people who worked with me that would say I didn't give it everything I had. I worked as many as four jobs to keep the dream alive, I worked 48 hours back to back every weekend between them the first few years in town. I lived in my car at times, lost friendships, missed every holiday, I have family that won't speak to me for not showing up for a funeral or wedding... If anything pisses me off more than anything it's this one old hold out from the so called "golden days" in radio that run into every so often. Every time I saw this guy he'd remind that no matter how much experience I have, no matter how good I was on the air, no matter how many awesome ratings books I gave them, that they would never give a part time jock a full time job. I hate that he was right. Another thing that makes me just straight up angry is when one of those lucky few who have a full time job complain about how much they don't like what I'd give everything for. I know mostly industry folks read this so if you have a full time gig here and you are miserable please move on, there's someone who'd love and appreciate your job and probably do it for half what you get it paid.

What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?
I almost feel bad saying this but it's broadcasting, it's a toss up between my first job at 14 taking care of animals for a small farm and dog boarder and bird trainer. At the farm I learned how to tell if a dog was going to bite me or not when I approached, I learned how to care for goats, chickens, cows, and even a dozen or so desert tortoises because the place was a state licensed rescue center for the awesome creatures. I stayed working with animals for a long time, that ended was about 19 or 20 when I was fired from a bird trainer position with Rain Forest Cafe in Las Vegas. I got the boot for a uniform violation, my tongue ring. I sure was an idiot back during the age I knew everything.

What broadcasters do you look up to?
There's a bunch of them and right on top of the list is Brooks O'Brian. Not only did she give me a chance on KSON, she was also the PD of KWNR in Las Vegas and is the woman who gave me a chance to go from board op to part time jock. She's also the one who let me fill in on the morning shift for the past few months. If not for that one ratings book I'd probably not have got this new opportunity in Arizona. Nick Upton has been one of radio heroes since I was kid, I'd always listen to him on the mid days on family trips to the beach. Kimo Jensen is another one who made me want to do this for a career, Steve West as well, those three especially still kinda make a bit star struck. I have a lot of respect for Mookie, Tim Pyles, From my early days in Vegas a shout out to my mentor Tom Chase. Here in town other folks I look up include Tommy Hough, Tayari Howard, JR Rogers, Rick Jackson, Kelly Cole, Steve Woods, Debbie Cruz, Dawne Davis, Mike Hansen, Hilary Chambers, Lenny B., Kelly Danek, and so many others. There's so many wonderful people have been so kind to me in my time here and I've learned a lot from them all. Special mention of KSON PD Kevin Callahan for always being helpful, honest, and straight forward and Entercom Chief Engineer Bill Eisenhamer for building the most beautiful and functional studios I've ever had the chance to work in.

If you could go back in time and work during any era of radio for a few days - which would you choose?
Somewhere between the late 1930's to the mid 1950's but as an actor instead of a jock. I would love to go back in time and have a role on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar or Dragnet, especially as a bad guy. That was a time when radio stars had the type of fame movie and TV stars have today. Look up Greg Bell Media if you're into that stuff, the guy has best collection around.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Yes, thank you to you, Mr. Joe Nelson for this website, for your support, and friendship. When I first came to San Diego this site was an awesome bit of insight entering the market. I appreciate your work very much and I only wish there was a site like in the market I'm heading to next. I've got more than deep ties to San Diego, I have roots going back generations, my departure is merely a temporary side step, a needed notch in my belt to be able to come back and land a full time job in town. To be able to support my family in San Diego remains my long term goal. 

Thanks Ryan, best wishes on your new adventure and if anyone asks me who may fill a full time role here, You know I will be saying your name!  

Jagger & Kristi Announce Sheryl Love as Their New Producer

By Joe Nelson


San Diego, CA (March 17, 2016) – Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM) announced that Sheryl Love will join morning drive team “Jagger & Kristi in the Morning,” as producer.

Sheryl Love Mills started in radio in 2006 as a Promotions Assistant for Z90.3 (XHTZ-FM), and Magic 92.5.  She moved into the Programming Department as a Board Operator in 2009, then took on the challenge of being an on-air personality. Sheryl became a part-time on-air talent for Z90 in 2010, and since then has filled in for all day parts, including morning drive. 

Sheryl grew up a Navy brat, living in Hawaii and Virginia, eventually making her way back to San Diego. She is a graduate from Morse High School and San Diego State University.

“Sheryl Love is a perfect fit for us!” said host Mark Jagger.  “We were so excited to be able to bring her on board to produce our show.  She is funny, a Mom, a great person and as a San Diegan she loves this town as much as we do.  She will bring so much to our show and we know you will LOVE Sheryl Love!”

“Sheryl comes to us from our sister station Z90, and we are beyond thrilled to welcome her to the Magic Mornings team,” added Kristi.  “She is so talented, organized and fun, it kind of feels like, on The Voice, and we hit the ‘steal’ button!”

Sheryl can be contacted at for booking and related matters.

Magic 92.5 is owned by Local Media San Diego, LLC; a San Diego-based broadcasting company backed by private equity firm, Thoma Bravo, LLC.  LMSD also operates Z90 and 91X (XTRA-FM) as a member of SD Local, a joint operating arrangement between LMSD and Midwest Television, Inc., operators of KFM-BFM 100.7 (KFMB-FM) and AM 760 (KFMB-AM).