Friday, April 29, 2016

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The TV News Edition




SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The TV News Edition


April 2016

Jason Austell

NBC 7



Jason, thanks for your time!


Joe Nelson: What is your current position/Channel/Shift?
Jason Austell: Co-Anchor of NBC 7 News Today



JN: How are things with you right now? Life, work…..
JA: Things are going great right now. My wife and I will be married 10 years next March. We live in La Jolla where my wife has had a Pilates studio for 20 years. Two great dogs and a 1 year old granddaughter who I can’t get enough of. Work is great too as we are just settling in to our new building which is pretty amazing.


JN: Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from TV News?
JA: Right now it’s all about the NFL draft. I’m a football nut, a lifelong Chargers fan and I can’t wait for the season to start. I do a weekly Chargers segment for NBC 7’s “Sportswrap” during the season and it’s still amazing to me that I get to interview players in the locker room after practice. Just great experiences to be able to talk to the players and get insight from them as the season goes on.


JN: Do you have a previous career not associated with TV News?
JA: I quit college after my freshman year and got my first radio job in Montana. Came back to San Diego after a couple of years and got a job as a traffic reporter on the radio. Flew in little airplanes during commute times. That eventually led to a decade in news helicopters as a reporter/photographer. Had the best seat in the house for thousands of San Diego sunrises and sunsets. I’ve seen some pretty remarkable things in this county from the air.

JN: San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit?
JA: For the best views (without a helicopter) definitely the top of Mt. Soledad and the top of Cowles Mountain. Nothing like those sweeping 360 degree views from the highest point of land in the city. Horseshoes beach in La Jolla is my favorite place to spend summer afternoons.

JN: Is your job still as exciting like it was day one?
JA: I wouldn’t use the word exciting, but it’s every bit as enjoyable. I’ve always liked being a part of morning TV. Being there as people are starting their day and, hopefully, helping them feel good about the day ahead.

JN: Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?
JA: Any Persian restaurant. My wife is originally from Iran and I’ve really grown to love both the culture and the food. Bandar in downtown San Diego is a fantastic restaurant for Persian food.


JN: What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting?
JA: I spent a lot of my childhood growing up on the base that was then N.A.S. Miramar. My dad was a fighter pilot and was the Commanding Officer of one of the early F-14 squadrons. The VF-2 Bountyhunters. Growing up on that flight line was amazing. It’s where I really developed a passion for aviation. As a member of the media I’ve had the opportunity to fly with the Blue Angels on a couple of occasions. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!


JN: How do you view TV News now, compared to the past, then looking to the future?
JA: Knowing all that goes on to put a broadcast together I can appreciate what goes in to the shows. I can tell when a teleprompter fails and I always feel for whoever’s in front of the camera because it’s happened to all of us at some point. But overall I watch the news same as anyone else.


JN: What is your favorite movie?
JA: You gotta give me two answers here. The Godfather and the Godfather part 2. In my mind there’s no way to separate the two.


JN: With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your viewers (if it applies to you)
JA: We’re all encouraged to be active on Facebook. I tend to use that more than any of the other platforms. It’s a great way for people in the media to connect with the public.

JN: What is your favorite TV News moment, involving yourself?
JA: So many that happened in the helicopter. To narrow it down to just one, I was on a morning flight over Torrey Pines just kind of shooting the surf right before the anchor tossed to me for my report. As I looked down at my monitor I thought I was seeing things. But I wasn’t. A gray whale had come so close to the beach that it got into the break zone. On that morning, on live TV, viewers got to see a wave break over that whale and nearly beach it. It was that close. Just an amazing moment captured live. I still have that report on tape (this was about the year 2000. Nobody uses tape anymore). The memory is especially sentimental to me because the anchor who tossed to me was the late Larry Himmel who was filling in as the weather anchor that day. We had a great time describing what was happening. I’ll always miss Larry.


JN: Is there anything about San Diego that you may dislike?
JA: I wish it would rain here more.


JN: What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?
JA: Back when I was a traffic reporter and doing a lot of stand-up comedy I worked as an instructor for the Improv Comedy Club’s traffic school. I met a lot of people who thought they were in for a miserable day. I made sure that didn’t happen. I really enjoyed the 5 years I did it and I think the people who attended the classes enjoyed them too.


JN: What broadcasters do you look up to?
JA: Stephen Colbert and Greg Gutfeld.


JN: If you could go back in time and work during any era of TV News for a few days - which would you choose?
JA: I wouldn’t want to go back. News is about what’s happening now and today we have more resources than ever in history. News traveled more slowly in the past. Today it’s almost instantaneous.

JN: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
JA: Just bought a new pack of gum. Anybody want a piece?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

TONIGHT! Rich Singley's 70s Party

By Joe Nelson


This is tonight... Hope to see you at The Music Box.


   Rich Singley, KRLY 107.9 Alpine wanted me to share this... Good stuff, Rich!

   It starts by picturing a guy talking in a Twilight Zone Rod Serling voice:


   "Imagine a world where everything is psychedelic, colorful and trippy. A world where a large gong instrument can end it all for aspiring stars. Where dress and fashion is so far out and groovy that it extends well passed the normal and practical..AND with a tribute band that is so incredible that even the band it honors comes to listen"

   Our world of fantasy and fun starts with the sobering message that cancer kills hourly and that we need science to stop this disaster. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is set up to collect funds from this show that go directly to research, care and treatment with amazing prolific results. While this event will be fun, exciting and memorable, your attendance will provide monies to the people at war with cancer.

   Our back to the 70's party will start with "The Gong Show" (remember that show?) with a comedy competition between many of San Diego's brightest and funniest, judged by a panel of San Diego's favorite celebrities. Then we will complete this journey, after many fun-filled surprises and prizes, with a fantastic tribute band "Space Cowboy" with the lead guitarist from the Steve Miller Band, Hall of Famer, Greg Douglass

  "Yes you have entered the 70's Zone ....and let us all GONG the crap out of cancer"

Get Tickets here!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1079s-rich-singleys-70s-party-featuring-space-cowboys-a-steve-miller-tribute-band-tickets-24046991198

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SanDiegoRadio Job Board 4-26-16

By Joe Nelson

Multi Media Account Executive
BCA Radio is looking for an aggressive and enthusiastic sales executive to develop new multi-media advertising campaigns for BCA Radio – which includes The Mighty 1090 and 105.7 MAX FM as well as multiple digital platforms and events.   
Candidate must be able to strategically assess client/consumer needs and implement a plan to boost the revenue that they manage as well as that of the company’s overall revenue. 
Candidates will have monthly sales goals and will be compensated accordingly.  Please send  resume and email to hr@bcaradio.com and let us know why you think you are a strong candidate for the job!

Preferable experience:
-          1-2 year experience selling media (traditional or digital)
-          Strong knowledge of digital marketing platforms
-          Strong understanding of advertising and how to connect audience with an advertiser.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

UPDATED: Prince Remembered on Magic 92.5

By Joe Nelson

MAGIC 92.5 REMEMBERS PRINCE


UPDATED 12:13PM:
Sheer madness around here, as you can expect...no time for a formal press release, but here's the memo sent to staff just now.

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As you can expect, the staff at Magic 92.5 and our listeners are devastated at the loss of Prince. He was Magic’s BIGGEST living artist. Whenever we defined Magic, Prince was included. He was (and still is) part of the FABRIC of Magic 92.5.
 
As a tribute, starting today, Magic morphs into Purple 92.5.  All Prince. Every song. All day and night. Today, tomorrow and over the weekend.
 
Please share with your friends, staff and clients.

 
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Original Publication......

San Diego, CA (April 21, 2016) – Following the news of the death of the pop star, Magic 92.5 will be playing Prince on-air all day today, and encourages listeners to call in to share their grief.


“Today is a hard day.  Prince is an icon to our audience,” said Magic 92.5 Program Director and afternoon host R Dub!  “The best thing we can do now is play his massive library of hit music and remember what a creative and inspirational legend he is."

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 100.7 KFM-BFM (KFMB-FM) and AM 760 (KFMB-AM).

SDR EXCLUSIVE: We Have a New Station in Town, and it's About to get Sunny!

By Joe Nelson

Hot off the presses, this just in to SanDiegoRadio.org!



For Immediate Release                                                                                                Contact: Jenny Nelson
April 21, 2016                                                                                                     Phone: 650-906-7112
                                                                                                                Email: jenny.nelson@entercom.com

Entercom San Diego Introduces the New Sunny 98.1!
Bringing San Diego Better Music for a Better Workday

San Diego, CA – At 5:00 PM Pacific Time today, Entercom introduced Sunny 98.1! to San Diego.  The New Sunny 98.1 will deliver a contemporary playlist of stand-out hits from the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s and today. 
“A lot has changed in the past three years and we felt that there was something missing in the current media landscape in San Diego,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming. “We brought the best and brightest in to do research. The research unequivocally showed that young 30-40 year olds and our die-hard 40+ fans want a more current and contemporary music mix.”


The new station has been three years in the making. In 2013, Easy 98.1 launched in San Diego and it soon became a market leader, hitting the #1 spot in total audience shortly after the launch, seeing continued success over the past three years among all audience groups. 

“Sunny 98.1 is the right station for San Diego…It is fun, upbeat and will feature music that engages listeners by evoking memories and connecting with fans,” said Bob Bolinger, Vice President/Market Manager of Entercom San Diego. “Sunny 98.1 will offer listeners and advertisers tremendous ways to connect with audiences on air, online and at events throughout San Diego.”
The New Sunny 98.1 is positioned and poised to make a huge splash in the market:

·         Local Connection: Irresistible live and local personalities and local events
·         Community First: A Commitment to social responsibility, cause marketing and making San Diego a better place
·         Owning the workday: 10 songs in a row every hour, every day 
·         Dynamic Format: Up tempo, bright and fun presentation
·         High Impact Brand Environment: Less Commercial load more music, great integrated opportunities

“Sunny 98.1 is programmed in San Diego for San Diego,” said Brooks O’Brian, Program Director for Entercom San Diego. “We are excited to bring our listeners live and local personalities and world class events in an up-tempo, bright and fun presentation that only Sunny 98.1 can.”
Look for the Sunny 98.1 to announce its programming lineup, compelling on air personalities in the next phase of the All New Sunny 98.1!
For more information visit: www.Sunny981SD.com

About Entercom
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) founded in 1968 and Philadelphia based, is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the US with a portfolio of 124 highly rated radio stations in 27 top markets across the country. Laser focused on investing in local communities, content and talent, our brands reach and engage with 40 million people a week.  We are known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, delivering a curated mix of outstanding local personalities and a broad range of compelling music, news, talk and sports content. 
With the integration of SmartReach Digital into our product suite, we deliver unparalleled ROI by connecting brands to audiences through our branded sites and over 1,000 events a year. More information is available at www.Entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@entercom).
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Z90's Epic 48 - The Final Cut

By Joe Nelson
This is the finished product for Z90's Epic 48.
I can't remember a promotion this detailed or exciting. R Dub and his team should be very proud of what they pulled off! From start to finish it was nonstop excitement and the winners had NO idea what was next for them.
I can't wait to see the next EPIC 48!
Well done, team!


Here is the FINAL, full-length EPIC 48 hours video. The final, 4-minute video is now LIVE!

You can see it at: http://www.z90.com/epic48/
The direct youtube link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OC94lW_u-I


R Dub adds: "This was THE biggest (and hardest) promotion I've ever been a part of and took MONTHS of planning and GREAT teamwork by DOZENS of staff members here."


R Dub!
President l Host: Sunday Nite Slow Jams
Fusion Radio Networks
San Diego, CA I Tucson, AZ I Recife, Brasil
Sunday Nite Slow Jams - now heard on 104 radio stations worldwide!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Rich Singley Brings you the 70s - And for a Great Cause

By Joe Nelson

   Rich Singley, KRLY 107.9 Alpine wanted me to share this... Good stuff, Rich!

   It starts by picturing a guy talking in a Twilight Zone Rod Serling voice:


   "Imagine a world where everything is psychedelic, colorful and trippy. A world where a large gong instrument can end it all for aspiring stars. Where dress and fashion is so far out and groovy that it extends well passed the normal and practical..AND with a tribute band that is so incredible that even the band it honors comes to listen"

   Our world of fantasy and fun starts with the sobering message that cancer kills hourly and that we need science to stop this disaster. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is set up to collect funds from this show that go directly to research, care and treatment with amazing prolific results. While this event will be fun, exciting and memorable, your attendance will provide monies to the people at war with cancer.

   Our back to the 70's party will start with "The Gong Show" (remember that show?) with a comedy competition between many of San Diego's brightest and funniest, judged by a panel of San Diego's favorite celebrities. Then we will complete this journey, after many fun-filled surprises and prizes, with a fantastic tribute band "Space Cowboy" with the lead guitarist from the Steve Miller Band, Hall of Famer, Greg Douglass

  "Yes you have entered the 70's Zone ....and let us all GONG the crap out of cancer"

Get Tickets here!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1079s-rich-singleys-70s-party-featuring-space-cowboys-a-steve-miller-tribute-band-tickets-24046991198

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tonight in San Diego Season Premier Details

By Joe Nelson


TONIGHT IN SAN DIEGO’S KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FUNDS SPRECKELS RAW SPACE THEATRE RENOVATION




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


San Diego, CA (April 6, 2016) — Local variety show Tonight in San Diego and Spreckels recently announced their partnership to raise $15,000 in an effort to renovate Tonight in San Diego’s new home, the Raw Space Theatre.

The collaborative group launched a Kickstarter campaign in February and successfully raised $15,773 in just 21 days.

“We have a lot to do, including paint, bathrooms, the electrical grid, air conditioning, new lighting, and installing a sound system,” said Executive Director, Fale Luis. “It’s a fixer-upper, but the best kind, where you can clearly see the end result and know it’s going to be beautiful. All we need is some help to bring in the equipment and supplies and a little bit of elbow grease.”

"There is a ton of excitement with the renovation and our Season Premiere Live Taping, kicking off on Monday, April 11th at 7:30pm. “ added Luis. 




New Host, Jesse Egan and Co-Host, Keith Foster will set the stage for some comic relief while showcasing the fantastic talent of San Diego.Upcoming guests in Season four will include Casbah owner, Tim Mays; World-renowned photographer, Aaron Chang and San Diego Magazine’s food critic, Troy Johnson.

To purchase Tonight in San Diego tickets visit tonightinsandiego.com




Scheduled Guests to appear this season:


Rock 105.3 morning show (Ashley, sky, Thor and Eddie)

Billy Bushwalla

Lisa Bruce - film producer "the theory of everything"

Allie Wagner - KUSI News Correspondent

County Supervisor Dave Roberts

Mike Pinto band




About Spreckels Theatre

A jewel in the crown of San Diego’s cultural institutions, the National Historic site Spreckels Theatre has come to epitomize the pinnacle of artistic excellence, endeavor, and achievement. Located in the heart of the downtown Theatre District on Broadway, the Spreckels Theatre opened its doors in 1912. The magnificent 1,463 seat theatre has played host to San Diego’s finest attractions; first as a vaudeville house; then as a movie palace of the motion picture hey-days; and now, again as a live presentation venue. Spreckels has hosted world renowned soloists; top theatrical productions; star attractions; first run films; touring acts; international companies for music, theatre, and dance: celebrated comics; and even the Chinese Circus have all graced this elegant venue for 100 years. For more information visit Spreckles.net.



About Tonight in San Diego

Founded in 2013, Tonight in San Diego is America's Finest City’s take on the classic variety, late night talk show, featuring San Diego personalities and the best of the best from its music scene, including broadcast digital episodes and live studio tapings on Monday nights at the Horton Grand Theatre. Recent guests have included 2015 MasterChef winner, Claudia Sandoval; 2015 Project Runaway winner Ashley Tipton, local media personality and philanthropist, Lena Evans and NBC’s SoundDiego, host, Daye Salani. Episodes and segments can be viewed on TonightinSanDiego.com.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Two Familiar Voices Return to Radio

By Joe Nelson
 
   Welcome back to the radio, these two fine folks!


Rick Lawrence will take the mic at KFM-BFM Thursday at 7PM filling in for Mike V as well as Friday 7-Midnight and then his regular shift Saturday and Sundays 10AM-2PM. Rick tells SanDiegoRadio "I can't express how truly thrilled I am to be part of this company and working with people I have loved and admired and worked with throughout my radio career." Rick adds: "I feel like this is a homecoming and Kismet with the talent and the music all in sync... are you ready to rock with me? Let's kick it starting this Thursday from 7 to midnight!"


Also, hot off the presses is Sarah Beebe, formerly of Z90 will work fill ins at KSON! Sarah tells SDR she is 'ecstatic' about this opportunity.

Congratulations, Rick and Sarah! Now I have to go Google 'kismet'...

-Joe




Jer Returns for 'San Diego Tonight'

By Joe Nelson


   San Diego Tonight is coming this summer to KUSI TV.


   Veteran radio personalities Jerry Cesak and Anita Rush are coming out of retirement!

   'Jer', formerly of Jeff and Jer will team up with Showgram producer 'Little' Tommy and Anita Rush for "San Diego Tonight".

   San Diego Tonight will tape on May 10 and premier June 3 on KUSI and will run on Friday nights throughout the Summer.

   It will be taped in front of a live audience at the Lyceum Theater.

   The template for the show will be similar to The Tonight Show, with Jer as the host, Anita as the booth announcer and Tommy handling the on-camera producing duties. The house band will be The Heroes.

   Guests will be local as well as national celebrities.

   While this is a new project and a new direction, this changes nothing about the radio show. I know Tommy is 100% dedicated to the show, now about to enter its 28th year.

Friday, April 1, 2016

SanDiegoRadio's Favorite Radio April Fools Prank

By Joe Nelson

   Today is the annually dreaded "April Fool's Day". Not my favorite day, but it can produce some pretty good material for radio.

   I wanted to share what I consider as MY favorite April 1 joke...

Dave Rickards of the DSC orchestrated a brilliant bit that fooled many.


He 'landed' the Space Shuttle at Montgomery Field.

For the audio clip from the actual bit, scroll about halfway down in this interview with Dave from Oct. 2014.

Click HERE

I will give an honorable mention to another good one, I was working at KSON when Bert and Lisa told the listeners there was an ATM spitting out bills and wouldn't stop. The great part was, it was in front of the grocery store within view of the studio. The parking lot filled real fast!


Be careful today!
Joe