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Thursday, September 29, 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! Alternative music has always been a passion of mine and I’m looking forward to diving into the new format and learning from the Entercom team,” said Alyssa. “I can’t wait to see everything that San Diego has in store for me.”

Effective October 3, 2016, FM 949’s weekday lineup will be:

 5:30 - 9:00 a.m. Cantore + Woods In The Morning

 9:00 - 2:00 p.m. Alyssa

 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Jeremy

 7:00 - 12:00 a.m. Hamby

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By Joe Nelson

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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:

Monday, September 26, 2016

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 later, our local program 91X Loudspeaker first aired ‘Carousel,’ off a cassette made by some kids in Poway calling themselves ‘Blink.’ Here we are, after two decades and millions of records sold, those artists are now headlining our holiday concerts. We are beyond elated.”

Garett Michaels, Director of Rock for SDLocal, said “At 91X we’re proud to be the leader when it comes to new music discovery and supporting local. This year’s edition of Wrex The Halls certainly reinforces that. We’re honored to present two diverse nights that show the musical breadth and heritage of 91X.”

91X (XTRA-FM 91.1) 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 SDLocal, a joint operating arrangement between LMSD and Midwest Television, Inc., operators of 100.7 KFM-BFM (KFMB-FM) and AM 760 (KFMB-AM).

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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 situation right now.

Thank you,



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

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!

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

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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 movie High 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 it was a Coen brothers picture. Aside from an outstanding performance by Oscar Isaac, and some good folk songs, there wasn’t much there.
After I had a BBC radio station interview me to talk about this list, as well as a few other stations from around the world, from Australia to San Francisco, I thought I’d do my own list.
I decided not to put in documentaries. At least 10 spots would’ve been filled by those choices (I’m looking at you, Man on Wire and The Act of Killing).
And unlike other lists, I’ll start with the best first. I mean, you would’ve just scrolled to the bottom and seen it anyway."
Find this commentary and Josh's list right HERE

Friday, September 9, 2016

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 locations capturing aerial footage. Most notably an abandoned Air Force Base in Blythe. Everything was going great, until.. well I'll let the video tell the story.

That droning experience blossomed into something deeper and the reason he is leaving CW6.

   Gary, his wife Jennifer and two boys will be moving to Las Vegas and he will be working at 'Avisight'. He explains it as a company with 'trailblazing efforts' in the drone industry.

   Gary is already quite the accomplished person, while in Connecticut, he was a police officer. Then got his pilot's license. Then to San Diego as a TV News reporter. Quite remarkable to me.

Although I am saddened that a friend is leaving the area, I am excited not only for him and his next adventure, but that I will now have a place to stay in Vegas.

His last newscast is Sunday night.

Congratulations Gary!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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

“Strut for Sobriety!” luncheon, boutique and fashion show.

When: Saturday September 10, 2016 from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

Where: Hyatt Aventine La Jolla

This unique event, co-chaired by Liz Crocker and Colleen Ruis Ince, will feature a silent auction and boutique at 10:00am, followed by a luncheon, awards ceremony, entertainment and fashion show.

Dr. Florenza Krnich is the Honorary Chair. Geni Cavitt (TV personality) will serve as event emcee and Joe Bauer (Radio & TV personality) is the guest auctioneer. A theatrical and entertaining fashion show, produced by Gretchen Productions and featuring fashions from Macy’s, will feature fashions worn by professional models as well as guest models in recovery. Strut for Sobriety! received a S.D. Bravo Award in 2012 and in 2014 for Best Gala event using live performers.

A New PATH is proud to announce the 2016 PATH to Recovery honorees who are being recognized at the event for their efforts to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders:

Little Tommy Sablan, Julia Negron and Dennis Childs, Ph.D. Steve Garvey is a guest speaker.

September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month. “Strut for Sobriety” coincides with efforts made throughout the country to end discrimination against individuals who suffer from the disease of addiction. Substance use disorders is a public health problem that affects millions of Americans, regardless of age, cultural background, race or profession. The event benefits A New PATH’s efforts to reduce the stigma associated with addictive illness in order to increase access to quality addiction treatment services. PATH’s goal is to save lives, heal families and move towards a healthier society.

Topaz runway tables of 10 are $1250 and individual tickets are $85 each.

For ticket information or to schedule an interview, please contact A New PATH:

Gretchen Burns Bergman at 619-670-1184

Email: website:


Friday, September 2, 2016

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!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

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?!?


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 Monkees song along with fun facts.  And on Monday, September 12, Rez Radio will play nothing but Monkees music during all 19 of our regular music hours … The Monkees A to Z.

Rez Radio 91.3 can also be heard on iHeartRadio and  Anybody with a phone can hear us by calling 832 999 1123.