Monday, February 29, 2016

Charlie Tuna has Passed Away

By Joe Nelson
SanDiegoRadio.org has learned today of the passing of long time radio and television personality Charlie Tuna.

Tuna's website http://www.charlietuna.com/ has verified this sad news. The reason for his death is unknown at this time. All is known is that he died "peacefully in his sleep on February 19". Charlie was 71. His real name was Art Ferguson 

Condolences to his entire family.

-Joe 
SanDiegoRadio



Sunday, February 28, 2016

February SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The Radio Edition

By Joe Nelson



SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The Radio Edition


February 2016

Steve Kramer

Steve, welcome to San Diego and thanks for your time.

Joe Nelson: What is your current position?
Steve Kramer: Channel 933 Morning Show

JN: How are things with you right now? Life, work…..
SK: Settled is probably a good word. 90% of the moving boxes are unpacked, I can get to the station without a GPS anymore, the studio is starting to feel like home.

JN: Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from radio?
SK: Tons. I always say that radio would be the BEST reality show because of all the crazy characters and situations. I'll share a recent one. When I was in Phoenix, we thought it would be a good idea to send a listener with their grandma to see Magic Mike 2, and then the grandma would call us and give us a review. We set it up, bring the granddaughter on, she was so excited to do it. I wake up the next morning with a text from the granddaughter saying the grandma DIED right after the movie!! How terrible and awkward to have to explain on the air!

JN: San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit?
SK: The zoo is amazing. I know it's a generic tourist answer, but I love it!

JN: Is your job still as exciting like it was day one?
SK: More. I feel like every day gets a little more exciting. You've got more confidence as you go, you've learned what works, what doesn't, and always crafting better ideas.

JN: Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?
SK: Everywhere! That's the problem. I have gained 10lbs since I've moved here. I don't even know where to start. Slaters 50/50, Jinya Ramen Bar in PB (I'm on a ramen kick right now) Hash house in Hillcrest is really good. My wife is a really good cook to. I love food.

JN: What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting?
SK: I was on an episode of Conan last year! That's like my only claim to fame.  Read the brutal comments, they're lololololol


JN: How do you view radio now, compared to the past, then looking to the future?
SK: I think radio in the past was awesome. And San Diego has had some amazing shows. It took a weird side step about 10 yeas ago with PPM and we were all told just to "play the hits" and stop talking. But the last few years, personality radio has found it's place again. I think personality radio IS the future. It's going to have to be. The more digital options that become available, it's going to make personality radio even more important. I am really excited for the next 10 years in radio.

JN: How vital is the connection between an on-air personality and the listener?
SK: Is there another option? lol. It is the MOST vital thing there is in 2016 radio. And that's why you're seeing so many of the "bits" of morning show yesteryear being replaced with personal stories. That's the stuff they remember. It's what they connect to.

JN: What is your favorite movie?
SK: Big Fish

JN: With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your listeners...
SK: It's like having a 24/7 radio station in the palm of your hand, which is a blessing and a curse, right? So many chances to make impressions and connect with your listeners. But you've also got to step your game up too. There's a whole new expectation from listeners to extend your show after 10am. I love it though. We're able to do so much more with it. It's a visual for your morning show.

JN: What is your favorite radio moment?
SK: Plenty of them. My most recent would be getting this job! Coming to San Diego to be on one of the most recognizable CHR stations in the country with Geena The Latina?! Stop it. Still pinching myself.

JN: How long have you been in radio?
SK: Started college radio at Georgia Southern in 2004, commercial radio at WAEV Savannah in 2006.

JN: Is there anything in particular you like about the San Diego market vs other markets you’ve worked in?
SK: Um, yes. Everything. The people here are absolutely incredible. The weather?! If we could just find a way to make my rent less, this place would be paradise. lol

JN: What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?
SK: I used to DJ for singles parties in Atlanta. I'm not talking about sexy club nights, I mean like 50, 60, 70 year old singles nights. Weird stuff man.

JN: What broadcasters do you look up to?
SK: I don't want to leave anybody out, because truly I look up to a ton. Bert Weiss (a San Diego native) and his crew, Jeff Dauler, Melissa Carter, and Jenn Hobby is where I got the bug to do morning radio. They were truly pioneers in the share your life radio. Ace and TJ in Charlotte are 2 of the most creative minds in the business. I've always looked up to Jeff and Jer. You've got to give love to Kidd Kraddick. Dave Ryan at KDWB is great. And I really admire Geena too. Have for many years now. She's really made a name for herself in radio world. She works hard, creative, talented. It's been really cool to work with her.

JN: If you could go back in time and work during any era of radio for a few days - which would you choose?
SK: The day of the giant paychecks. lol Truly though, radio in boy band era looked really fun!

JN: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
SK: I appreciate Joe for keeping up with San Diego radio. It's really nice to have a go to place to see whats going on locally in the business. Because I am lazy, and this makes it so much easier! Thanks Joe!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

February SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The TV News Edition

By Joe Nelson

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The TV News Edition

February 2016
Joe Little

Joe, thanks for your time!

Joe Nelson: What is your current position/Channel/Shift?
Joe Little: I am a News Reporter at KGTV, 10News in San Diego. At least that’s what they public sees. Inside the industry, I’m a Multimedia Journalist, better known as an MMJ. I work the day shift Monday through Friday.

JN: How are things with you right now? Life, work…..
JL: It took me a while to figure out the balance between life and work. It’s hard to realize there needs to be a balance between the two while realizing you can’t separate the two. I am very close to figuring out that balance but things overall are really good for me.

JN: Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from TV News?
JL: That’s the broadest question. You might as well ask, “What’s up?” But since you left the mic open… I am discouraged by the quality of news being pumped out there these days. Social media has diluted our ability to produce quality stories. There is such a rush for NEW and NOW that we often forget about ACCURATE and HIGH QUALITY. I also hate stick mics and mic flags. Those are the microphones most reporters use: The big mic in their hands with a big plastic box on the top with the station’s logo. IT’S UGLY and distracting. I haven’t used one for a story since 2013. Since you asked.


JN: Do you have a previous career not associated with TV News?
JL: I have been on this path since college. I left the business for a week to try and make money in sales. I cried three of the five days I was in sales. Literally cried. I’m a storyteller. I don’t know how to do anything else.


JN:
San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit?
JL: I love visiting my couch when I’m tired. I love going to Hamilton’s or Stone when I’m thirsty. I love Belmont Park with my kids.


JN: Is your job still as exciting like it was day one?
JL: No. It’s better. I sucked when I started in this business and I had no idea what I was doing. I really didn’t figure it out until a few years ago. Now I love coming to work (most days) and going out to tell a story.


JN: Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?
JL: I love The Neighborhood in the East Village. I love Pizzo’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar near my home in Chula Vista.

                
JN: What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting?
JL: I played basketball at George Mason University…before they were good. And I mostly sat the bench. But I love George Mason. I love the history behind the school’s namesake and the school itself.  I named both my children after the school (Mason and Tyler George). I even tattooed the school’s logo on my right shoulder.

JN: How do you view TV News now, compared to the past, then looking to the future?
JL: I was trying to get through my day when I was a kid. I don’t know how I viewed TV News back then. Today, I’m terrified about the future. So many people turn to social media for information. They’re not tuning in to the news at 5 PM anymore. We need to evolve but no one has the right formula. Someone is going to be filthy rich if they figure out how to monetize the news across the platforms.

JN: What is your favorite movie?
JL: This is an impossible question for someone like me to answer. I LOVE going to see big blockbusters. I can’t stand MOST of the films nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Birdman was garbage. A quick list of movies I will stop to watch any second: Braveheart, Aliens, JFK, Ironman, Glory, Star Wars, etc.

JN: With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your viewers.
JL: Facebook is king and if you think otherwise, you’re fooling yourself. Facebook and all the social media reach people instantly. Now. No waiting. Which is great. However, a tweet doesn’t pay the bills. We need to figure out how to make money off the tweet, or better yet, craft a brilliant tweet that is interesting and gets people to watch the broadcast on ABC10. Television is still king when it comes to ad revenue.

JN: What is your favorite TV News moment, involving yourself?
JL: I was one of the first reporters at the crash site of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA on September 11. Most reporters go a career without being involved in a moment that changes history: JFK assassination, Apollo Moon landing, 9/11. I got it two years into my career.
JN: Is there anything in particular you like about the San Diego market vs other markets you’ve worked in?
JL: Let’s be honest: Nothing beats working in San Diego. We never work in the snow. We barely work in the rain. That alone is worth the price of admission. However, the cost of living sucks. California and San Diego are brutally expensive and reporters don’t make as much money as you may think. If circumstances were right, I’d move. Sadly, I’d move. It’s too damn expensive here.

JN:
What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?
JL: You can’t top being a news reporter. The crappiest job I’ve ever had was as a line serve at BBQ Jamboree in Northern Virginia while in high school. That sucked.

JN: What broadcasters do you look up to?
JL: I am blessed to be a part of this great faculty with the NPPA News Video Workshop. The people I look up to are literally my friends or they KNOW the people I admire. John Larson, Les Rose, John Sharify, Matt Mrozinski, Brett Akagi, Greg Vandergrift, Mike Schuh, Julie Jones, Stan Heist, Lisa Berglund, Joe Mahoney, Tim Underhill, Kevin Hartfield, Adam Vance, Dave Wertheimer, Josh Maranhas, Steve Hooker, Charles Hadlock, Sharon Levy, & Evelio Contreras.

JN: If you could go back in time and work during any era of TV News for a few days - which would you choose?
JL: One where reporters and television were still king. Back when TV stations were printing money in the basement. Those days are OVER.

Thanks again for you time, Joe!

Joe Nelson
SanDiegoRadio

Monday, February 15, 2016

Co-Host Named for Morton in the Morning

By Joe Nelson


CO-HOST NAMED FOR “MORTON IN THE MORNING” ON Z90


San Diego, CA (February 12, 2016) – The search for a co-host to join Rick Morton on “Morton in the Morning” on Z90 (XHRM-FM) has ended, with Edina Macic landing the job.  Her first day on-air will be February 22.

Edina will move from the “Potato State,” where she spent five years as co-host on the “Wild 101” (KWYD-FM, Boise, ID) Morning Show, to the “Golden State” working alongside Rick Morton and producer D-Rock.

"I am thrilled to be heading to San Diego and having the opportunity to do what I love!” said Macic. “Having the chance to work with a successful industry veteran like (Z90 Program Director) R Dub, being a part of the family environment he has created at Local Media San Diego and reuniting with my good friend Rick Morton is really what you dream of in radio. I can’t wait to start!"

Edina left radio in early 2015 to work as a TV morning show news producer in Boise, but returns to radio because, “I missed that fun energy you only get from your favorite radio station.”

“We had the good fortune to meet with a handful of super talented people for this role, but Edina stood out,” said Program Director R Dub!  “Her unique story, her different perspective on life, and the already amazing chemistry between her and Rick made Edina our obvious choice. What a great addition to Morton in the Morning and the Z90 brand and lifestyle.”


Z90 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 Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM) 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).

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Josh Hammond
Promotions & Marketing



SanDiegoRadio Job Board 2-15-16

By Joe Nelson

On-Air (PT)


San Diego’s new radio station, 100.7 KFM-BFM, is seeking experienced on-air pros to help with and/or be available to work weekends, nights, holidays and the occasional weekday fill-in shift. 

Position requires someone that is available to work up to 20 hours/week, has a flexible schedule, can take direction from the Program Director and that has a complete understanding of how to communicate effectively through Social Media. 

Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years of on-air experience as well as experience with on-air board work and ENCO, NexGen, WideOrbit, AudioVault or other digital delivery platforms. We are searching for a passionate rock-n-roll fan with broad music knowledge that can authentically deliver that passion on the air. Ideally, we would like someone that is familiar with the culture and lifestyle of San Diego. 

When submitting resume, please be sure to include an air check. No phone calls, please. Apply via e-mail to jobs@kfmb.com.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Carl DeMaio to Moderate Republican Debate Monday

By Joe Nelson

Republican US Senate Candidates to 

Debate Feb. 8 on the DeMaio Report




WHO:
Republican US Senate Candidate debate moderated by KOGO’s Carl DeMaio and Cliff Albert:
·         Rocky Chavez, State Assemblyman
·         Tom Del Becarro, Businessman
·         Duf Sundheim, Businessman


WHAT:
With the retirement of US Senator Barbara Boxer (D), California will see a hotly contested U.S. Senate race in 2016.  Three Republican candidates are vying to consolidate the support of GOP voters to secure a spot in the November runoff to face either Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D) or State Attorney General Kamala Harris (D).  At this point political observers consider the race wide open. 

WHEN:
Monday, February 8, 2016 from 5-6 pm

WHERE:
iHeart Media San Diego Studios, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego CA 92123

STUDIO AUDIENCE:
Up to 50 tickets will be issued for the debate for studio audience members.  Tickets will be given away on-air during the DeMaio Report the week of February 1-5, 2016. For more information, go to www.KOGO.com/Debate


MEDIA:
Press are invited to cover the debate but are asked to RSVP in advance to secure credentials. To confirm space please contact Bill Lennert, Senior Director, Promotions & Events, at BillLennert@iHeartMedia.com or cell at 619-717-1914

LISTEN LIVE
On radio at NewsRadio 600 KOGO, online at KOGO.com OR on iHeart Radio App

CONTACTS:
Media Relations: Bill Lennert, Senior Director, Promotions & Events, BillLennert@iHeartMedia.com or cell at 619-717-1914
Programming, Mary Ayala, Executive Producer, Mary.Ayala@IHeartMedia.com or 858.715.3318

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SanDiegoRadio Job Board - Feb. 4, 2016

By Joe Nelson

105.7 MAX-FM  MORNING SHOW PRODUCER

105.7 MAX-FM is looking for a highly motivated Morning Show Producer with a very particular set of skills. 

Candidates must be well organized, up on current events and pop culture, proficient in audio editing, experienced in all social media platforms, outgoing with a dynamic personality a plus, previous on-air experience and audio board operations will definitely come in handy. Broadcast background crucial. 

Please send resume, salary history for immediate consideration to hr@bcaradio.com. EOE.

Lenny B is Back!

By Joe Nelson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: Joe Lindsay (858) 888-7070 
jlindsay@lmasandiego.com 

MAGIC 92.5 TAPS LENNY BALISTRERI FOR MUSIC DIRECTOR 

San Diego, CA (February 4, 2016) – San Diego native and industry veteran Lenny Balistreri, aka “Lenny B” has been named Music Director on Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM). Lenny B has worked in the radio broadcast industry since the mid-90’s and will now be part of the programming team on the Rhythmic A/C station working closely with Program Director R Dub! Lenny B will also serve as “Executive Morning Show Producer,” for Local Media San Diego stations Magic 92.5, Z90 (XHTZ-FM), and 91X (XTRA-FM).

   "I'm a broadcasting fan and a marketing geek who thrives in a creative environment,” said Lenny B. “Having the opportunity to incorporate all of these passions into one position is a dream come true. I'm thrilled to be a part of this legendary group of heritage San Diego radio stations." 

Lenny B’s radio roles have spanned from Morning Show Host to Imaging Director, and accomplishments include songwriting and vocal credits in commercial jingles for national TV and radio campaigns, and being managing partner of a marketing and consultant firm, “Big Loud Ideas.” “To find someone as multi-talented as Lenny is rare,” said R Dub. “He’s an expert on the music, one of the most creative producers I’ve ever met; he even writes music and sings! I’m looking forward to seeing Lenny’s many talents contribute to these legendary radio stations in so many dimensions…and looking forward to having my own personal jingle that will play whenever I enter the room!” 

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 Z90.3 (XHTZ-FM) 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).