Showing posts from September, 2016

FM 94/9 Names Midday Host

By Joe Nelson

SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 — Entercom San Diego announced today the addition of Alyssa Haberman to host middays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on FM 949 (KBZT-FM 949) - San Diego’s Alternative. Her first shift with KBZT is scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2016.
“I’m excited for Alyssa to join the team at FM 949. Alyssa is a bright young talent with unique perspective and the desire to win,” said Kevin Callahan, Operations Manager, Entercom San Diego. “Her no fear attitude and vision are exactly what radio needs in 2016 and beyond! Welcome Alyssa.”

Alyssa earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism from Kent State University. Her 5 year radio career began in college radio at Black Squirrel Radio - Kent State University in Ohio in 2011. She joined the iHeartMedia promotions team during the Summer of 2014 and 2015 in Cleveland. And in September 2015, she became the night jock at Q92 (WDJQ) in Canton, Ohio for one year.

“I’m extremely excited to start my journey with FM 949! Alternat…

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

Local Media San Diego and KFMB Partnership to End

By Joe Nelson

   Almost a year ago SanDiegoRadio reported the partnership between Local Media San Diego and KFMB.

   That deal will end on Dec. 31.

When I know more, I will post it here.

Here is the Oct 5, 2015 story:

91X Wrex the Halls LineUp Announced

By Joe Nelson


(San Diego, CA) San Diego’s iconic alternative radio station 91X announced today details for the station’s annual Wrex the Halls concerts. The event will span two nights, Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, at Valley View Casino Center.

Saturday night, 91X presents Beck, Band of Horses, Local Natives, Glass Animals, and Bishop Briggs. On Sunday, 91X presents two of San Diego’s breakout bands, local punk legends Blink-182 and Pierce the Veil, plus Jimmy Eat World, Kaleo, and an opening spot for a local band to be determined by means of a competition hosted by the station.

Tickets for both concerts go on-sale this Friday at 10:00 AM. An Internet pre-sale on Wednesday will give 91X listeners the first chance to purchase tickets.

“These concerts are over 20 years in the making,” said 91X Program Director Mike Halloran. “91X played Beck first in 1994, when a former phone op sent us a white label 12” titled ‘Loser.’ Less than a year…

A Story to Help a Friend

By Joe Nelson

   On occasion I like to use this forum to help people, charities, etc. Today is one of those times.
   I have a friend who lost her son. To be honest, in the most brutal of ways. Her son was murdered. I am here to provide some media attention to this. There is a fundraiser scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday the 24th. That info will be posted below.
   My friend Cyndi had a son named Brandon. He was murdered by his wife's friend and I really can't, for legal reasons, go into the gruesome details, but it is pretty horrific. Some details are provided in the GoFundMe link below.
   In addition to the legal battle over the murder, there is a seemingly endless custody case over his son, Cyndi's grandson that is adding to the mounting costs. Hence the reason for tomorrow's fundraiser.

   If there is any way to get this some further media coverage, I would be forever grateful. These are very good friends and really good people going through a very difficult situatio…

R.I.P Nicole Pearson

By Joe Nelson

   SanDiegoRadio has learned of the passing of one of our radio friends.

Nicole Pearson Piner , formerly of Metro Traffic as well as Airwatch Traffic.

Out of respect for her family, I will not go into detail as to the reason of her passing, but friends close to her were aware and helped her along to the end.

   She was well loved, she was born in New York, lived in the Middle East, then to Las Vegas, and finally back to San Diego, Nicole made many friends along the way.

   Nicole left the insurance industry and moved to radio in 1990.

R.I.P. Nicole, and best regards to her family.


I Retract my Gary Buzel Story

By Joe Nelson

Well, this is a first. I am gladly redacting a story. Just last Friday I reported the news that Gary Buzel of CW6 is departing the station and leaving for Las Vegas in the Drone Technology industry.

Gary and his wife Jennifer have decided that is not the right move to make at this time. Gary returned to the TV station and picked up his badge and gear.
Gary, welcome back. See you on TV this weekend!  -Joe

Dave Mason Exits MAX - And Talks to SanDiegoRadio

By Joe Nelson
   Veteran radio personality Dave Mason has left 105.7 MAX FM.

   JJ will handle the midday duties at MAX until further notice, but Dave did send me the following text today...

   "They (BCA) have to do what they can to stay competitive. Cutting corners is never easy and when it's my corner it's even worse. I still have the utmost respect for Shep and Glick and hope things work out for them."

   Dave Continues: "It's not easy in the market for music of our style. I'm looking for an opportunity where we can win big. I know how it's done"

   Dave tells me he will keep me in the loop, so watch for that here.

I wish you the best of luck, Dave Mason! You are a good man.

Joe Nelson

Josh Board's 100 Best Movies of the 21st Century

By Joe Nelson

   Radio/TV Film critic Josh Board has compiled his list of the '100 Best Movies of the 21st Century.

   Josh states on his FOX 5 website:

"I hate making lists, unless there are some ground rules. For example, in the movieHigh Fidelity, they don’t just name the five best songs. It’s the “five best ‘break-up’ songs.” That’s a lot more fun and a lot less subjective.
Yet I had to write this list, because when the BBCcame out with a list of the top 100 movies of the 21st Century (by asking 177 film critics across the world), I couldn’t control my rage. It’s baffling to see movies like Tree of Life, Shame, Inherent Vice, Carol…just pretentious garbage. Movies that had a few great scenes, but weren’t great films (Moulin Rouge, The Grand Budapest Hotel). And how in the world can Mad Max be on such a list? It was a bunch of cars and guns in the desert, with no plot. Other movies, like Inside Llewyn Davis, were okay. I just couldn’t help but think it made the list because i…

Farewell to a Great Reporter and Friend

By Joe Nelson

   As I began to incorporate local TV News into SDR, the timing couldn't have been any better for meeting Gary Buzel.

   I was visiting 107.9 Mountain Country in Alpine talking to owner Chris Torrick and he had a guest. Gary was doing a report on the small town radio station.

   Time went on and Gary became a trusted friend. I would go out on the town helping him with stories for the evening news for CW6. We went to a house fire, interviewed lifeguards for Summer safety, out to Jacumba when they were being awarded a skate park.

   He taught me a lot about the TV side of media. My favorite moment was when I did a story where we followed both Mayoral candidates David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer, went back to the station and I did my own story on how a reporter gets his segment ready for the telecast.

   Gary then became involved with 'droning'. He bought a drone and we went to several l…

Sky Show 41 Wrap Up

By Joe Nelson
   Saturday KGB FM held its 41st annual Sky Show and what a sight it was!

   Here is the gallery of the post-Aztec win fireworks

*Photo album credit: Brandon Means

"Strut for Society"

By Joe Nelson

'Little Tommy' Sablan asked me to pass this along...

(Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Gretchen Burns Bergman 8/25/16 619-670-1184 or

A New PATH Announces the PATH to Recovery Honorees who will be recognized at the 12th annual “Strut for Sobriety!” celebration of recovery on Saturday September 10, 2016.

What: A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing) will present the 12th annual

Goodbye Marty

By Joe Nelson

   SanDiegoRadio has learned Marty, from Rock 105.3 is headed to LA.

   iHeart Media Alt KYSR 98.7 pulled Marty away to become their new Midday Host.

   Mary will keep his night gig on Rock and starts his new shift on Tuesday Sept. 6.

Congratulations and good luck!

Happy Birthday!

By Joe Nelson
   The entire staff at would like to wish a VERY Happy Birthday to Channel 933! 
   20 years old and going strong! How 'bout another 20?!?
Cheers, Joe
Photo credit: Linda Irwin

Maximum Monkees on the Rez

By Joe Nelson

September is Maximum Monkees Month on Rez Radio.  All month long, Rez Radio 91.3 recognizes Davy, Micky, Mike and Peter and The Monkees music and marketing juggernaut on its 50th anniversary. 
September 12, 1966, the NBC network debuted The Monkees television show.  Almost a month prior, the first single by what critics called The Pre-Fab Four was released on the Colgems label.  Within weeks, “Last Train to Clarksville” was #1.  The following year, the Monkees outsold every other musical act, including the Beatles thanks to songs written by Neil Diamond, Carol King and Gerry Goffin, Harry Nilsson, and Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – and, at first, played mostly by studio musicians.  Were they a real group?  Were they just actors?  Was it mainly a TV show or an actual musical group?  The answer is, The Monkees were a phenomenon. 
Beginning today and lasting all month, Rez Radio will have Multiple Monkees Music every hour, all day  – one familiar and one not so familiar Monke…