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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mike V Named APD at KFM-BFM

By Joe Nelson

(San Diego, CA) - San Diego’s new 100.7 KFM-BFM announces that Mike V. Vasquez has been hired as the station’s Assistant Program Director.

In addition to his APD duties, Mike V. will also host the evening show from 7:00pm to 12:00am.

His radio career began in Fresno at KEZL back in the mid-80s. He was named Program Director in 1993 and, after taking that station to #1 in the ratings, was offered the PD job at KIFM/San Diego in 1998. During his 16 year tenure at KIFM, he led the station to #1 in the ratings dozens of times. KIFM also won the coveted “Marconi Award” in 2005 for Station of the Year under his leadership.

“SDLocal has become a force to be reckoned with and I’m so pumped to be joining the KFM-BFM team!” said Vasquez.  “There’s a winner’s mentality here and everybody brings their A-Game on a daily basis. I thrive in this type of environment and look forward to contributing to our team’s success!”

KFM-BFM Program Director Garett Michaels said, “With Mike’s deep knowledge of the San Diego market, his strong record of ratings success, and his unbridled passion for rock-n-roll, he is the outstanding choice to join KFM-BFM as our APD.  I’m stoked to have him as a collaborator and teammate!”

KFM-BFM 100.7 “variety rock” format has already become the top ranked rock station in San Diego.

SDLocal is a joint operating arrangement with Local Media San Diego, LLC, operators of radio stations 91X (XTRA-FM), Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM), and Z90 (XHTZ-FM), and Midwest Television, Inc., licensee of KFMB radio stations 100.7 KFM-BFM, AM 760 KFMB, and television station CBS 8.

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The Radio Edition

By Joe Nelson

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The Radio Edition

May 2016


What is your current position? On air (middays) and Music Director at 91X

How are things with you right now? Life, work….. CRAZY. I just moved from Cardiff to north PB, got the stomach flu, and left FM 94/9 & started at 91X all within the same week! I need a nap.

San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit? I grew up at the beach so the beach is my favorite spot, with hiking local trails (Elfin Forest, Iron Mountain, Torrey Pines) a close second.

Is your job still as exciting like it was day one? YES. I still feel the need to pinch myself regularly. I still can't believe I get paid to do what I love!

Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? I have so many!! Current favorites include Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, URBN pizza, Taco Surf, Moto Deli, Best Pizza & Brew, Rimel's, & The Orient Thai in PB.

What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting? My first concert ever was TSOL, but it was at a water park in Palm Springs and the only reason we went was that you got free admission if you had been at the waterpark that day. I was 13!! My mom had no idea what she was letting us do. It was gnarly & it was the first time I ever saw a moshpit! My mind was blown.

How do you view radio now, compared to the past, then looking to the future? I still love the essence of the medium and I always will: sharing music with people, sharing live music experiences, trying to spread a little joy... a lot has changed and radio will continue to evolve, but the core of what it means to me remains the same (like the song does, but different).

How vital is the connection between an on-air personality and the listener? To me it's important - I grew up (in L.A.) feeling a strong connection to the jocks on KNAC and KROQ, so what they said about bands, etc. really mattered to me. Now that people can stream music anywhere, so that "real person" connection seems even more vital. But that may just be wishful thinking!

What is your favorite movie? Singles

With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your listeners - It's HUGE! It's the way I mostly connect with listeners now! In the old days, our request lines would be ringing off the hook all the time. Now, 99.9% of our interaction with listeners is online. It's trippy but certainly has some advantages.

What is your favorite radio moment? Oh gosh, I have a million! The time I asked Beck to sing "Debra" in the 91X studio and he busted out an incredible falsetto a capella version for me, or having Coldplay dedicate "Green Eyes" to me onstage, or watching Jane's Addiction play backstage for about 30 of us, or the whole Jack Johnson thing...

How long have you been in radio? Since I started in college radio in 1992, so... 25 years? HOLY SMOKES!

What broadcasters do you look up to? Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw, Kevin & Bean, Tami Heide, Jesse Lozano

If you could go back in time and work during any era of radio for a few days - which would you choose? The 70s! Not sure how long I could keep up with the lifestyle, but I heard some crazy stories...

Is there anything else you’d like to share? Just that I am so, SO grateful to get to return to 91X and be on the air in San Diego for almost 20 years now. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!

Monday, June 27, 2016

It's Official: Hilary Returns to 91X

By Joe Nelson

(San Diego, CA.) – San Diego’s number one alternative rock station* 91X (XETRA 91.1 FM) announces the return of highly esteemed, totally adored, truly cherished, oft idolized, and much admired radio personality Hilary Chambers to the station.

Hilary will be 91X Music Director, and host the midday show from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Her first day on-air will be Thursday.

Hilary’s radio career started on college radio at KUCI at the University of California at Irvine in 1992 (“Go Anteaters!”).  Following part time work at KNAC Los Angeles and then 92X in Denver, Hilary returned to California to host afternoon drive on 91X for almost a decade.  After taking her talents to other stations and formats, she returns now to 91X.

“I am so stoked, so grateful, and so fired up to get this party started and to come full circle back to the station that has my heart!” said Hilary.

“All of us here at 91X are equally as stoked as Hilary,” said 91X Program Director Michael Halloran.  “We hope we are invited to whatever party she’s talking about, and are thrilled to help her complete that circle.  We have enjoyed looking after Hilary’s heart while she ventured away from it’s home.”
91X 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 Z90.3 (XHTZ-FM) and Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM) as a member of SD Local, a joint operating arrangement between LMSD and Midwest Television, Inc., operators of 100.7 KFM-BFM (KFMB-FM) and AM 760 (KFMB-AM). 

*Editor's Note: According to the last ratings released, KBZT-FM (2.3) was slightly ahead of XTRA-FM (2.1)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

SanDiegoRadio Job Board 6-25-16

By Joe Nelson


KFMB Stations is looking for an exceptional receptionist. This position is the first point of contact to our viewers and listeners, as well as advertisers, clients and the general public so a pleasant demeanor and excellent communication and people skills are a must. 

Responsibilities include greeting the general public, visitors and customers; answering phones; scheduling appointments, handling the distribution of packages and/or mail; maintaining an organized reception area; as well as other general administrative tasks. Responsibilities will also include providing administrative assistant support to other departments as needed. 
Experience using Microsoft Office Excel, Word and Outlook, as well as Adobe experience, is required. Good organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks is also required. Previous receptionist and/or administrative assistant experience is also required. Experience working in a television station or media company is preferred. Interested candidates should submit their resume via e-mail to


By Joe Nelson
San Diego, CA: San Diego’s #1 Alternative Station, FM 94/9 (KBZT FM) has announced the lineup for Independence Jam, Saturday, September 10th at the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, presented by Miller Lite and Subaru.
The lineup includes 7 bands on two stages, toasting the coast in Oceanside:
X Ambassadors
Broods  | Kaleo  | Pop Etc
Bishop Briggs | Barns Courtney | The Wind + The Wave
“SPF 94/9 was so much fun, we can wait to do it again for Indie Jam,” said one half of the Cantore + Woods morning show Steve Woods “A beautiful Saturday in Oceanside with FM 94/9, these awesome bands, and a few thousand of your smiling faces. Let’s do it!”
The Oceanside Pier Amphitheater has served as the backdrop to many previous FM 94/9 concerts, which have included such acts as Cage the Elephant, The Black Keys, Imagine Dragons, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santigold, Fiona Apple, Cold War Kids, Phantogram and most recently SPF 94/9 2016 headliner AWOLNATION.
“It’s not a coincidence that people that have been to our Oceanside shows keep coming back,” said Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Afternoon host Jeremy Pritchard “It’s an amazing venue, an amazing backdrop, and we’ve booked some amazing bands just for you.”

Tickets for FM 94/9’s Indie Jam are available now. Details and purchase info can be found on the station’s website at
About FM 94/9: Owned and operated by Entercom Communications, KBZT is San Diego’s highest rated Alternative Rock station.

Longtime News Anchor Switching Stations

By Joe Nelson

   SanDiegoRadio has learned a popular morning anchor is moving to another station.

   Jason Austell, morning anchor for NBC 7 News Today has been in that position since 2007, and 15 years before that in the helicopter doing traffic.

   Jason will be moving to CW6 as the anchor of the 4 and 10 PM news. His first telecast will be July 11.

Congratulations Jason!

Joe Nelson

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

R Dub! Visits North Korea - See in on TV Tonight

By Joe Nelson

   If you follow nearly any form of social media, you know R Dub! of Magic 92.5 is well known for his travels around the globe. He has been to over 50 countries so far and he said he will not stop anytime soon.

   Recently R Dub! (Randy Williams) visited North Korea and his stories and photos are incredible. His journey will be featured on Channel 8 Wednesday night at 5:30 with Jeff Zevely.

The following is the release sent to me highlighting his trip.

Good afternoon,

R Dub!, Creator, Host and Producer of Sunday Night Slow Jams -- now in three different formats and reaching over three million consumers a week and heard on 122 affiliates around the world; a weeknight version of Sunday Night Slow Jams, and R Dub!’s All-Slow Jams online channel -- has taken the ultimate radio peace-keeping trip this summer, traveling to North Korea, South Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan from May 27-June 7. And now he's back with photos and the REAL STORY.

An international traveler and student of global cultures, R Dub! has visited more than 50 countries to date.Attached are three photos from his visit to North Korea. In addition, please share the link to R Dub!'s fascinating and highly readable travel blog with your readers, which features interesting details and additional photos from his trip to North Korea, as well as other countries he has visited:

R Dub!, Creator, Host and Producer of Sunday Night Slow Jams said: "My love for radio transcends all borders, oceans and languages. Every radio station in the world is special in its own way and I am so thankful to have met so many people passionate about radio like me, all around the world." He added: "I entered North Korea with 100 questions and left with a 1,000. It was sensory overload in every respect."

Slow Jams is heard around the globe on stations in Mexico, Cyprus, Bonaire, the Bahamas and Suriname.

Photos from the trip...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nathan Fast is a Dad!

By Joe Nelson
   The entire staff at SanDiegoRadio wishes Channel 933's Nathan Fast and Rebecca a HUGE congratulations on the birth today of their first child, a daughter, Scarlett!

Fines Levied on KURS

By Joe Nelson (With help for Tom Taylor of "Tom Taylor Now" Newsletter)

As shown below, KURS  has been levied fines as stated below, with newer information after this section:

Daily Digest 

Vol. 35 No. 117                                                  June 21, 2016



                    PUBLIC NOTICES


Report No: SCL-00184 Released:  06/21/2016.  ACTIONS TAKEN UNDER CABLE LANDING LICENSE ACT. (DA No.  16-703).  IB

Report No: 48760 Released:  06/21/2016.  BROADCAST ACTIONS.  MB

Report No: 28760 Released:  06/21/2016.  BROADCAST APPLICATIONS.  MB

Released:  06/21/2016.  FEE DECISIONS OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR. (DA No.  16-576). (Dkt No 86-285 ).  OMD




QUETZAL BILINGUAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.   Issued a $12,000 monetary forfeiture and short-term renewal for Station KURS(AM), San Diego, CA for failure to prepare issues and program's lists in the Station's public file and to file biennial ownership reports. Action by:  Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau. Adopted:  06/21/2016 by Forfeiture Order. (DA No. 16-704).  MB

APPLICATION FOR REVIEW CONCERNING STATION DK15CC, SAN ANTONIO, TX.   Denied the Application for Review by Ms. Gwendolyn May, former permittee of deleted low power television station DK15CC, San Antonio, TX, seeking reinstatement of construction permit and assignment and modification applications. Action by:  the Commission. Adopted:  06/17/2016 by MO&O. (FCC No. 16-77).  MB

This is a new fine in addition to one in April Tom Taylor reported on, this is his article from Apr 22:

San Diego’s KURS/1040 is also slapped with a $12,000 fine and a four-year license renewal due to violations of the public file rule (missing quarterly lists) and failing to file several biennial ownership reports. Like Rhode Island’s WJMF, KURS essentially turned itself in by checking “No” on the certification box for the quarterly filings. The FCC also finds that KURS “incorrectly certifies that all biennial ownership reports had been filed,” since it missed filing in 2007, 2009 and 2011. KURS has failed to clean up that problem, or to supply the FCC with a “detailed listing of the missing issues and programs” quarterly lists it re-created. Like WJMF in the previous story, the FCC says the conduct by KURS has “fallen far short of the standard of compliance.”

Thanks Tom!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)
KMYI-FMHot AC5.45.56.0
KHTS-FMPop CHR5.25.55.3
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC5.55.15.1
KYXY-FMHot AC3.43.54.5
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
KLNV-FMMexican Regional5.25.24.2
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits3.63.44.2
XHTZ-FMPop CHR4.44.04.1
KGB-FMClassic Rock3.83.63.7
KFMB-FMMainstream Rock3.53.73.5
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
KEGY-FMPop CHR3.12.73.1
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
KIOZ-FMActive Rock3.33.23.0
XPRS-FMClassic Hits2.52.22.5
KSSX-FMRhythmic AC2.62.42.3
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
XPRS-AMAll Sports1.81.91.6
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
XHTY-FMMexican Regional1.31.31.3
KLSD-AMAll Sports0.60.60.6
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits1.31.10.4
XGLX-FMSpanish Contemp.
XHA-FMMexican Regional0.30.30.2
XEMO-AMMexican Regional**0.1
XEPE-AMAll Sports*0.10.1
XTIM-FMMexican Regional*0.10.1

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SanDiegoRadio Job Board 6-8-16

By Joe Nelson


San Diego’s new radio station, 100.7 KFM-BFM, seeks an experienced, highly organized and detail-oriented Assistant Program Director/On-Air Talent to: Assist and work with the Program Director (PD) to execute daily tasks related to station programming and operations; Assist in the scheduling and editing of daily music logs; Collaborate with PD and Creative Services Director on the writing of station imaging/promos; Coordinate and schedule image production/promos as needed; Coordinate weekly on-air schedule as well as perform a daily on-air shift. 

This position will also serve as a back-up to Program Director and other on-air staff as needed and will act as a liaison between Programming and other station departments. Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience as a PD or Assistant PD, a strong familiarity and understanding of MusicMaster and/or Selector and experience with ENCO, NexGen, WideOrbit, AudioVault or other digital delivery platforms. 

Candidates must also have a complete understanding of how to communicate effectively through Social Media and be a passionate rock-n-roll fan with broad music knowledge (and that can authentically deliver that passion on the air). 

Please send air-check when submitting resume. No phone calls, please.  Interested candidates should apply via e-mail to

Sunny 98.1 Lineup

By Joe Nelson

   Word around the Sunny 98.1 (Which if you missed it is no longer KIFM, it is now KXSN) has it that this will be the new lineup starting on Monday.

Mornings:    To be determined
9-2:              Dawne Davis
2-7:              Gene Knight
7-Midnight: Nick Upton

Also, longtime radio personality Jane Asher will be heard weekends and fill in.

SDLocal Presents Chula Vista 4th Fest

By Joe Nelson


(June 6, 2016) San Diego, CA – Today, media group SDLocal and the City of Chula Vista announced “Chula Vista 4th Fest,” a free Fourth of July fireworks show at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

A custom music soundtrack synchronized to the fireworks will air on the five SDLocal radio stations; Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM, 92.5), Z90 (XHTZ-FM, 90.3), 91X (XTRA-FM, 91.1), AM 760 (KFMB-AM), and KFM-BFM (KFMB-FM, 100.7).

This will be the first public fireworks show in the City of Chula Vista since 2008. SDLocal is working with the City of Chula Vista to pool resources to bring back the holiday celebration.

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas presented the idea to the Chula Vista City Council which unanimously voted to support the fireworks show. The Mayor, along with Deputy Mayor Steve Miesen, are working jointly to fundraise for the project.

“The City of Chula Vista is thrilled to bring back the 4th of July fireworks,” said Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “Thank you to the U.S. Olympic Training Center and our sponsors who are helping to make this event possible.”

“We are proud to partner with the City of Chula Vista to bring back the fireworks,” said Gregg Wolfson, SDLocal Vice President and General Manager.  “This will be a great event on a special day to unite the local community and provide a one-of-a-kind fireworks show, with a soundtrack you can only hear on our five stations.”

The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m., gates to the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) will open at 6 p.m. for cars and pedestrians.  Parking at the OTC will cost $10 per vehicle. Street parking (including along Olympic Parkway) and at New Hope Community Church is free. Other locations in the area with a view of the show include Mountain Hawk Park and along Hunte Parkway.

SDLocal is a joint operating arrangement between Midwest Television, Inc., operators of KFM-BFM 100.7 and AM 760, and Local Media San Diego, LLC, operator of 91X, Magic 92.5 and Z90.