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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Mikey Show is Back

By Joe Nelson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

July 24, 2017 

Contact: Mike Vasquez 

“THE MIKEY SHOW” RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO RADIO ON 100.7 KFM-BFM

(San Diego) 100.7 KFM-BFM is thrilled to announce the addition of "The Mikey Show" with Mikey Esparza to its programming line-up in afternoon drive from 3:00 PM-7:30 PM beginning Thursday, July 27th. 

Esparza began his radio career 30 years ago at KFOX/Tucson and has cracked the mic in several other markets like Monterey, San Jose, Dallas and San Diego. He was last on the air in San Diego doing mornings at KBZT, which followed his run at KIOZ. After leaving KBZT he hosted a nationally syndicated show called "Rock All Night." 

Program Director, Mike V. Vasquez, says "Mikey's passion for creating compelling content and his love of rock and roll make him the ideal choice to entertain San Diego during the afternoon commute. With The DSC entertaining our fans in the morning, the legendary Robin Roth rockin' the workday and The Mikey Show on the drive home, KFM-BFM is committed to delivering quality programming." 

Esparza commented, "I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. I'm blessed to be a part of such a great station with such a cool staff! I can't wait to rock people on their drive home." 

Lastly, with The Mikey Show taking over the afternoon slot, Mike V. will move to nights from 7:30 PM-12:00 AM. 

100.7 KFM-BFM's "variety rock" format has already become the top ranked rock station in San Diego and includes San Diego's #1 morning show Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw. 

Midwest Television, Inc. is San Diego's leading multimedia company, operating CBS 8/KFMBTV, CW San Diego, AM 760 KFMB, 100.7 KFM-BFM and KFMB Interactive, the market's only television/radio/digital/mobile media powerhouse serving the community round-the-clock.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Robin Roth Named Midday Host

By Joe Nelson



ROBIN ROTH TO MID-DAYS AT 100.7 KFM-BFM/SAN DIEGO

 

(San Diego) 100.7 KFM-BFM has filled the vacated mid-day slot with Robin Roth, formerly the evening talent at the station.

 

Roth was named Assistant Program Director back in May and had been doing the night show. She has more than 25 years of radio experience and she knows how to rock the workday in San Diego.

 

Program Director, Mike V. Vasquez, says, “Robin Roth is a radio legend in San Diego and having her follow the best morning show on the planet (The DSC) is a huge win for us all.”

 

Roth stated, “I’m so excited to do what I love in middays and following The DSC is a dream come true. Taking the baton from them every day is going to be an honor. Plus, now I get to enjoy the San Diego scene at night again!”

 

100.7 KFM-BFM’s “variety rock” format has already become the top ranked rock station in San Diego and includes San Diego’s #1 morning show Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw.

 

Midwest Television, Inc. is San Diego’s leading multimedia company, operating CBS 8/KFMBTV, CW San Diego, AM 760 KFMB, 100.7 KFM-BFM and KFMB Interactive, the market’s only television/radio/digital/mobile media powerhouse serving the community round-the-clock.



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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Letter From the Editor

By Joe Nelson

   First off, thank you all for the love and support you have sent my way. the decision to shut it down was not easy as I really love and enjoy covering San Diego Radio.

   I wanted to explain my decision, just so it's off my mind and no one thinks it was a rash choice.

   The last few months my brain has been more full than it ever has been. There are many things contributing to that, not all if not any are all that interesting or worth sharing. But I had to step away from a few things. SanDiegoRadio was the most taxing to me. It may seem on the outside like a simple 'job'. But it actually requires a ton of listening, both to the radio and in person conversations. Having info sent to me via text/email/messenger. Constantly wondering what's next, how can I make it better? Who should be in the next Spotlight? Did I remember to do this, or that?

   I needed brain space.

   Here is the reason, my dad. Pops is a very strong man. Always has been. After a brief hospital stay, several appointments, it was clear to me I needed time with him. I will make time, and I did.

   Some of you know my 'real job' (hey today is my 20 year anniversary there!) will be moving locations next week. We are moving to Lakeside. No more spending almost 1 1/2 hours in my car every day. The new plant is just a few miles from my dad's house and will allow me to more easily hop over there after work and visit, or be there in a heartbeat if needed. I can't tell you what a relief this move will be. Both FINALLY packing up and ending the stressful migration, and to be so close to my dad.

   I will absolutely miss writing for SanDiegoRadio, I may or may not be back. Someone wrote to me hoping I'd still cover radio reunions and big events. That's a great idea as I could see from the readership people liked reading about those times a lot. Hey, if I am still invited to those times I would be happy to cover them and recap them on SDR.

   I cannot live with regret that I didn't do this, I need to do this and I want to do this. I am making pops a top priority.

   Thanks again for all the love. If you ever want to do lunch. Look me up.

Regards,
Joe Nelson

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thank you

By Joe Nelson

   I am shutting SanDiegoRadio down. There is an outside chance I will return, but as it stands now it's over.

   I'd like to thank all the wonderful people I have met along the way, really, you have improved my life. I can't think of what life would be like if I hadn't taken on this column.

   There will be one more article, a Spotlight already in the works. I just need to touch it up and it will be posted.


Thank you and I love you all,
Joe Nelson

Monday, July 10, 2017

Haze Named PD at KMYI

By Joe Nelson

San Diego, Calif. – July 10, 2017 – iHeartMedia San Diego announced today that Joe Haze has been named Program Director for STAR 94.1, San Diego’s Best Music Variety, Celebrity Gossip, Entertainment and Music News, effective immediately. iHeartMedia San Diego has a strong cross-platform presence, massive consumer reach and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises – both broadcast and digital – including Channel 93.3, STAR 94.1, KGB-FM, ROCK 105.3, JAM’N 95.7, KOGO: 600 AM, XTRA 1360 FOX Sports SD – and legendary on-air programming including Kramer and Geena, Frankie V, Shelley Wade and Jesse Lozano.


iHeartMedia has massive consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. Haze will work closely with on-air personalities and sales to oversee the station brand’s on-air and digital news programming, as well as local events and partnerships.

“Haze has been instrumental in the success of Channel 93.3 since its inception,” said Rob Scorpio, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s San Diego/Riverside Region. “His passion for CHR and Hot AC formats along with his knowledge and experience makes him the ideal choice to continue STAR 94.1’s dominance in the San Diego market.”

Haze currently serves as Program Director for Channel 93.3 and afternoon drive host for STAR 94.1. In his newly expanded role, Haze will serve as program director for both Channel 93.3 and STAR 94.1, while continuing to serve as afternoon drive host on STAR 94.1. Haze previously worked as night host at Channel 93.3. Before moving to San Diego, he worked at WAPE-FM and WJBT-FM in Jacksonville, FL, and KZZP-FM in Phoenix, AZ.

“I am very grateful to have the opportunity to program two powerful, iconic brands like STAR 94.1 and Channel 93.3,” said Haze. “This is exciting and to be able to further my career in a market like San Diego is amazing!”

iHeartMedia is a leading media outlet in the San Diego market and its content is available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio, the all-in-one streaming music and live radio service – with its more than a billion downloads and 100 million registered users.




About iHeartMedia San Diego

iHeartMedia San Diego owns and operates KGB-FM, KHTS-FM, KIOZ-FM, KLSD-AM, KMYI-FM, KOGO-AM, KSSX-FM and is part of iHeartMedia. With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 85 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leader in multiplatform connections, it also serves over 150 local markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets, wearables and smartphones, and on gaming consoles.



iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the fastest growing digital audio service in the U.S. and offers users thousands of live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist and the top podcasts and personalities. With over a billion downloads, iHeartRadio reached 100 million registered users faster than any other radio or digital music service.



iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lineup Changes at Jamn 957 - Frankie V Returns to Mornings

By Joe Nelson


San Diego, Ca. – July 7, 2017 – iHeartMedia San Diego’s JAM’N 95.7, San Diego’s Hip Hop and R&B station, debuted its new weekday programming lineup effective July 10, 2017.

The changes include: moving Frankie “V” Vinci from afternoon drive to co-host morning drive with Tati Pelegreen; the addition of Nina Chantele in middays; and moving Pablo Sato from morning drive to afternoon drive. The station will continue to play popular Hip Hop and R&B for San Diego music fans.

“In the last year JAM’N 95.7 has experienced significant growth but with Frankie and Tati in mornings, Nina in middays and Pablo in afternoons we expect to take over the market!” said Rob Scorpio, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Diego / Riverside.

JAM’N 95.7 Weekday Lineup:

Frankie & Tati in the Morning / 6 – 10 a.m.

Nina Chantele / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Pablo Sato / 3 – 7 p.m.

Beto Perez / 7 p.m. – 12 Midnight


Frankie “V” Vinci has been the afternoon drive host, Music Director and Assistant Program Director at JAM’N 95.7 (KSSX-FM) since the station launched in May of 2016. Prior to KSSX-FM, Frankie V worked at JAM’N 94.5 in Boston, MA, Channel 93.3 in San Diego, CA and KISS 95.7 in Hartford, CT.

Tati Pelegreen continues to co-host morning drive at JAM’N 95.7 (KSSX-FM) and will now be joined by Frankie V for the “Frankie & Tati in the Morning” show. Tati began her radio career in Honolulu, HI at KIKI-FM. She moved to the mainland in 2006 after accepting a position at XHTZ-FM in San Diego, CA and in 2013 Tati moved to Washington, D.C. to co-host mornings at WPGC-FM.

Nina Chantele is a media personality with more than 10 years of experience in entertainment. In addition to her new midday show on JAM’N 95.7, Chantele can be heard on Real 92.3 in Los Angeles, CA from 3 – 7 p.m. Chantele’s radio resume includes WGCI-FM and WKSC-FM in Chicago, IL as well as WMIB-FM in Miami, FL.

Pablo Sato is a Honolulu native whose radio career has taken him to some of the top Hip Hop and R&B stations in the country, including XHTZ-FM in San Diego, CA, KOHT-FM in Tucson, AZ, and WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C.

Beto Perez began his radio career in 2002 in San Diego, CA. He feels fortunate to enjoy a career that he loves (radio) in the city he loves (San Diego), where he has worked as a producer, on-air announcer and mixer at XHRM-FM, XHTZ-FM and KSSX-FM.

iHeartMedia is a leading media outlet in the San Diego/Riverside region. Its radio brands and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio, the all-in-one streaming music, podcasting and live radio service.




About iHeartMedia San Diego / Riverside:

iHeartMedia San Diego / Riverside owns and operates KGB-FM; KHTS-FM; KIOZ-FM; KLSD-AM; KMYI-FM; KOGO-AM; KSSX-FM in San Diego and KFNY-AM; KGGI-FM; KKDD-FM; KMYT-FM; KTDD-AM; KTMQ-FM in Riverside and is part of iHeartMedia. With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 85 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leader in multiplatform connections, it also serves over 150 local markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets, wearables and smartphones, and on gaming consoles.



iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the fastest growing digital audio service in the U.S. and offers users thousands of live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist and the top podcasts and personalities. With over a billion downloads, iHeartRadio reached 100 million registered users faster than any other radio or digital music service.



iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

SanDiegoRadio Job Board 7-5-17

By Joe Nelson



KFMB STATIONS


ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (RADIO SALES) *NEW!


KFMB Stations is searching for an advertising sales Account Executive for our radio stations (100.7 KFM-BFM and Talk Radio, 760 KFMB-AM) in San Diego. We are looking for someone with San Diego broadcast sales experience that can consistently develop and generate new business for the Station’s on-air and digital properties.

Position requires daily prospecting and excellent closing skills to achieve monthly revenue goals. Candidates must be able to write effective proposals and client correspondence, present information and interact with clients, create and maintain strong relationships with advertisers, attend client and station promotional events, and follow up with advertisers to ensure collection of and timely payment from clients, and supervise advertiser’s promotional events that they sell.

Minimum 3 years’ previous broadcast and digital sales experience required. Automotive category experience/success is also preferred.

Candidates must possess a current valid driver's license and be able to provide proof of current automobile insurance.

Magic 92.5 Firecracker 500 Countdown HACKED by the Russians

By Joe Nelson
Magic 92.5 Firecracker 500 Countdown HACKED by the Russians!




Each year Magic 92.5 (XHRM-San Diego) presents The Firecracker 500, the 500 biggest songs of all-time, as voted by our listeners! It's one of our most-listened to events on the radio station and this year received over one million votes!

But this year, while all the jocks were in the studio--just beginning to announce the number one song--we all started hearing weird sounds in our headphones, followed by our mics being completely shut off and our board being frozen (I warned IT about getting digital consoles!)

We were suddenly completely powerless and without any control of our studio, as audio from another site suddenly took over our frequency. Nothing we did to try to turn this pirate audio off seemed to work, so we frantically dialed our engineers and IT department for help. Meanwhile, Moscow radio took over our radio station and countdown, announcing their own #1 song, and it was bad. Really, really bad. Horrific. We even tried to turn down the monitors in the studio, but nothing worked!

Thankfully, after about four minutes, IT and engineering were able to help us regain control of our radio station, using some tricks they saw on a 1987 episode of MacGyver; involving paperclips, reel-to-reel tape, a stale box of bagels brought in by a local label rep, and an Iggy Azalea promo CD.

We apologize to our listeners, and are taking measures to ensure this never happens again, including upgrading all of our hardware from Windows Vista to XP; we think that will help, at least from the research we conducted using Ask Jeeves.

You can hear the actual audio of this hacked broadcast here, along with a video re-enactment: 


Saturday, July 1, 2017

KGB Sky Show 42 Announced

By Joe Nelson

   The iconic "KGB Sky Show" will be September 2, 2017. UC Davis will be the Aztecs opponent that night, with the fireworks show to follow.

   Last year the Aztecs hammered New Hampshire 38-0. The UC Davis Aggies went 3-8 in the NCAA FCS division.

   Come early and stay late, tailgating and plenty of KGB events to enjoy including Sky Show Village with live broadcasts featuring the on-air talent of 101.5.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Jeff & The Showgram Missing From KYXY

By Joe Nelson



   A birdie clued me in, and I double verified this. Jeff and the Showgram appear to be gone from KYXY.

No Reason was available, but more to come as it develops.

Friday, June 23, 2017

DSC now Airing on Saturdays

By Joe Nelson


100.7 KFM-BFM ADDS SAN DIEGO’S DAVE, SHELLY & CHAINSAW SHOW TO SATURDAY MORNINGS



Starting this Saturday, June 24, 2017, 100.7 KFM-BFM will begin airing “The Best of DSC” Saturday mornings from 6am-9am.



San Diego’s #1 morning show Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw (The DSC) have been a top ranked heritage radio show here in San Diego for over 25 years! The DSC Show is named for its three main hosts -- Dave Rickards, Shelly Dunn, and the “Dean of American Sportscasters”, Cookie "Chainsaw" Randolph. The show also features Chris Boyer, producer Emily Maguire, and Ruth 66.



For more info on Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw including podcasts, "best of" content and social media pages head over to www.kfmbfm.com/dsc. Love your show!



Midwest Television, Inc. is San Diego’s leading multimedia company, operating CBS 8/KFMBTV, CW San Diego, AM 760 KFMB, 100.7 KFM-BFM and KFMB Interactive, the market’s only television/radio/digital/mobile media powerhouse serving the community round-the-clock.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dave Mason is Back on Your Dial

By Joe Nelson

   SanDiegoRadio has exclusively learned that veteran radio personality Dave Mason is returning to FM radio!

   As of today, Dave is an employee of Entercom San Diego. Dave will work weekends and perform fill-in work as needed on Sunny 98.1

   Sunny's PD Brooks O'Brian tells SanDiegoRadio "We're excited to have Dave Mason join Entercom San Diego with Sunny 98.1! He's a market vet that brings with him top notch on-air skills. His programming knowledge and production skills are an added bonus! He'll be a welcome addition to the Entercom hallways."

   Congratulations Dave! This is GREAT news!

Thanks for tuning in,
Joe Nelson

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)
SUBSCRIBERFORMATMAR 17APR 17MAY 17
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.4.65.35.6
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.5.25.05.3
KXSN-FMAC5.36.05.3
KSON-FMCountry4.95.15.2
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC4.34.65.0
KHTS-FMPop CHR5.45.24.8
KMYI-FMHot AC5.24.94.8
KYXY-FMAC4.44.84.2
XHTZ-FMPop CHR5.14.14.2
KGB-FMClassic Rock3.63.44.0
KLNV-FMMexican Regional4.74.34.0
KFMB-FMAdult Hits3.33.13.3
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.2.92.63.2
KSSX-FMRhythmic2.83.13.1
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits3.83.23.0
XPRS-FMClassic Hits2.02.33.0
KIOZ-FMActive Rock2.72.42.5
KEGY-FMPop CHR2.92.52.4
XTRA-FMAlternative2.02.72.4
XHTY-FMMexican Regional1.82.01.7
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.2.21.81.6
KBZT-FMAlternative2.21.71.5
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.0.91.11.1
XPRS-AMAll Sports1.10.80.8
KLSD-AMAll Sports0.60.70.6
KSDS-FMJazz0.50.60.5
XEMO-AMMexican Regional0.10.30.4
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits0.30.20.2

Dave Mason Still Hard at Work

By Joe Nelson


I received this from Dave Mason, I wanted to share it...


Just wanted to let you know that while I'm on the beach (still), there's no-umm sand growing under my feet.


In June I'll be on NPR Television across the country hosting pledge breaks for "Ethan Bortnick-Generations of Music". At 9 years old, Ethan became the youngest artist to have his own National PBS Concert Special. He's now 17 and just completed another concert special which will be the focus of PBS programming in June across the country.


Recorded at KPBS, the special will feature Ethan and some of the most incredible musical friends who can be found. In the breaks in the show I'll be joined by Kathi Diamant and Maya Trabulsi to tell the story of Ethan, and to tell the story of Public Television and its importance in American Broadcasting.


The show will be available to all PBS affiliates across the country to showcase the talents of this now 17 year old musical genius.


Any mention you can give of this would be most appreciated. Anyone who'd like to reach out to a veteran broadcaster and now national tv host...
 davemason858@gmail.com.

Monday, June 12, 2017

SanDiegoRadio Job Board 6-12-17

By Joe Nelson





KFMB-FM


RADIO ON-AIR PERSONALITY (Part-Time)


San Diego’s radio station, 100.7 KFM-BFM, is seeking an experienced on-air pro to help fill in for weekends and/or vacations. We are looking for someone that is available on a part-time basis and that is available to work a flexible schedule (weekends, nights, holidays and the occasional weekday fill-in shifts). 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 and must be able to communicate effectively through Social Media. 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. Note: Please include air check when submitting resume. No phone calls, please.

Interested candidates should submit resume via email to hr@kfmb.com

OR via mail to: KFMB Stations, Attn: Human Resources 7677 Engineer Road San Diego, CA, 92111

Monday, June 5, 2017

The San Diego County Fair is OPEN

By Joe Nelson

   On Friday, The San Diego Fair held its 2017 Opening Day! With the theme "Where the West was Fun", fair-goers entered the gates kicking off yet another year of food, rides, concerts, livestock and tons more.

   Along with the opening, members of the media were treated to samplings of fair fare, and so much more.

   I will post some photos here, the rest can be found on my FB page. I am closing the SanDiegoRadio FB page as it really doesn't work as I hoped it would. If we are not currently friends, please send me a request along with a message, and we will connect.

   The concert series is always a favorite, the listings are HERE. For more info, visit www.SDFair.com














Enjoy the fair!

-Joe




Steve Woods Joins iHeart San Diego

By Joe Nelson


   Steve Woods, formerly of FM 949, has landed at iHeart San Diego.

   Woods joined The Show on Rock 105.3 to make his announcement. He will serve as a 'utility player' for Rock doing weekends and fill-in work, and will also use his extensive knowledge of sports to appear on Fox Sports XTRA Sports 1360 from time to time. You can also listen for him on the other iHeart stations here such as KGB.

Congratulations, Woods!

-Joe
SanDiegoRadio.org

Friday, June 2, 2017

Long Time Radio Voice to Return to the FM Dial

By Joe Nelson

   I enjoy writing the stories with good news more so than the ones carrying bad news, such as yesterday's news of the folks let go at KFMB AM.

   Here will be one such good story. Monday morning I will share with you the story of the return of one of the most respected (from what I see/hear from listeners) jocks who has been off the dial for some time now.

   So 'Stay Tuned', Monday morning. I will have it here!

Have a great weekend!


-Joe

Thursday, June 1, 2017

KFMB Firings

By Joe Nelson

   KFMB-AM has released three staffers this week.





Debbie Cruz, Carl White and Mike Hanson.   Hanson was with the station for twenty years.


More info when it comes available.



Friday, May 26, 2017

Robin Roth Named APD at KFM-BFM

By Joe Nelson





ROBIN ROTH NAMED ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT 100.7 KFM-BFM - SAN DIEGO











(San Diego) 100.7 KFM-BFM has named Robin Roth as Assistant Program Director. In addition to assisting PD, Mike V. Vasquez, she will host the night show.

Robin Roth has more than 25 years of experience as a San Diego On-Air personality. She began her career at the Urban Contemporary radio station, 92.5, and worked there for two years. She then moved on to Alternative Rock station 91X for 18 years, followed by Active Rock station Rock 105.3 for three years, then back to 91X for six years, four of those as Music Director. She is currently an on-air personality at 100.7 KFM-BFM.







Vasquez stated, “Robin Roth is synonymous with rock and roll in San Diego and having her on our programming team on a full-time basis is going to make us stronger. She brings talent, knowledge and the will to do whatever it takes to win and I’m so thrilled to have her!”





Roth added, "I'm really excited about this new chapter in my career and am looking forward to working more closely with Mike V and the rest of the KFM-BFM radio family!"





100.7 KFM-BFM’s “variety rock” format has already become the top ranked rock station in San Diego and includes San Diego’s #1 morning show Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw.










Midwest Television, Inc. is San Diego’s leading multimedia company, operating CBS 8/KFMBTV, CW San Diego, AM 760 KFMB, 100.7 KFM-BFM and KFMB Interactive, the market’s only television/radio/digital/mobile media powerhouse serving the community round-the-clock.

Friday, May 19, 2017

SanDiegoRadio May 2017 Spotlight - The Radio Edition

By Joe Nelson

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - The Radio Edition

May 2017


Mark Larson


What is your current position?


   President, Mark Larson Media Services, Inc. I've been working for my own corporation full time since 2009, though incorporated in 2001. Radio is one of many things I do. It's a big part, but years ago I focused on expanding all of my media interests (TV, new media, speaking engagements, consulting) under one umbrella.



How are things with you right now? Life, work…..


   I am thrilled to be moving my weekday radio show back to AM 760 KFMB.. I'll be on 10AM to Noon beginning June 5. It was June 1976 when we moved to San Diego form Illinois and I began my 18 years at KFMB. I was (ahem) ...7 years old? In 1976... LOL) ... I was Program & Operations Manager, National PD/Radio for parent company Midwest Television and on air personality, We had a great team that made so much San Diego radio history...many great things that have never been topped.

Anyway, in mid-April of this year I opted out of my deal with Salem Media's AM 1170 KCBQ. It was my second tour of duty there, having first joined them in 1994 as GM (still on the air too). At the time it was KPRZ 1210AM only, but while I was GM the company bought KCBQ and we expanded the general market talk format. We did some good things there and then. Since June 2009 I have been doing 6-9AM on AM 1170 until I decided I had enough of getting up at 4AM. Other commitments such as doing lots more television (as contributor on KUSI News Channel 9 and often on Fox News Channel) made for a very long day. I was also frustrated with local management at the station and didn't see much growth or support ahead. I have great respect for the parent company Salem Media Group and its various business interests (publishing, online resources, networks) but it was time to move. And KFMB and I had conversations at various times over the years. This time, everything came together.

I have changed stations only five times in 41 years, twice to the same company (Salem and KFMB/Midwest) In this business, not bad averages.



Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from radio?


   Where do I start? So many moments. I love talk/personality radio connecting with people who make news and history. Interviewing Gorbachev was certainly a highlight so far. Many events are chronicled on my website. Of course the Padres 1984 season, big news events, helping the save the Mt Soledad Veterans Memorial, creating "Fantasy Baseball" during the MLB strike ... Those and many others come to mind.



San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit?

   We have been East County residents from the start. Really enjoy the "real world" mix there. Raised our family with a solid consistency, without being radio nomads. That's a blessing. But I love the coast, Mt. Soledad, downtown, Balboa Park (especially San Diego Air & Space Museum where I am Chairman of the Board), being plugged ino the military and visiting North Island, MiraMar. Camp Pendleton.



Is your job still as exciting like it was day one?


   Yes, because I choose to make it that way. Too many people bemoan "the good old days" and whine about how the business has changed too much. Well, sure,but still a great platform and important to the community. Radio works. It's possible to reinvent ourselves as needed to continue to adjust and thrive.



Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?


   Donovans, especially the Jolla location. Also pretty much any of the Cohn restaurants. Chick Fil A... of course In N Out. #2, animal style burger please.



What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting?


   I love art, wish I could find time to start sketching again. Maybe painting ... And I have been wanting to write a book for years. I think I better get at it.
I'm still a nerd at heart, and read all the time. Show prep is something I do for fun 24/7. I want to do radio as long as I am above the sod, God willing.



How do you view radio now, compared to the past, then looking to the future?


   Everything is changing. That's nothing new. Delivery systems are new, and AM/FM will morph into something different. But content is still what matters.



How vital is the connection between an on-air personality and the listener?


   Essential. You can't fake it. Be authentic. Be who you are, on and off the air. Care about people, really. And care about your advertising partners and their success.



What is your favorite movie?

   "It's A Wonderful Life"



With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your listeners


   I'm into FB, Twitter and Instagram..all on @marklarsonradio Facebook is maxed at 5000 friends :) so I started a FB like page at marklarsonmedia

Every one of those is different. Twitter more newsy, FB a mix of news and personal. FB like page is show highlight and radio/TV stuff. Instagram is,,,well, what exactly? Pretty pictures, odd tidbits.



What is your favorite radio moment?


   Every time I wrap a show and feel like, "yeah, it all clicked ...and we made a difference in the air today".



How long have you been in radio?


   Since I was 12. Started at an illegal radio station started by a fellow band nerd.



Is there anything in particular you like about the San Diego market vs other markets you’ve worked in?


   I never call it a "market". It's a community. That terminology in itself changes the way a person does radio (or TV) It's not an act. It's part of the local fabric.



How about any you may dislike?


   People who don't care, hired guns who only know how to cut expenses not grow teams and revenue, Leaders who don't lead and treat their people poorly, especially those staring out in the business.


What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?


   What I am doing now, working under my own company for all things. However, as a kid having newspaper routes and selling things door to do (like seeds..really) was fun.
I learned lots of sales skills that way,



What broadcasters do you look up to?


   Radio? Vernon Nolte in Illinois, Carl Hamilton, Paul Harvey, Wally Phillips, Bob Collins, Paul Palmer. These were mentors in the "formative years" who inspired me and. helped me get rolling in this business. So many others (they know who they are :)



If you could go back in time and work during any era of radio for a few days - which would you choose?


   1930's and early 40's.... big shows, huge "theater of the mind". Giant news events.



Is there anything else you’d like to share?


   I am blessed and grateful, Thankful to keep doing what I love doing, as long as I am able. My Christian faith drives me, and is my constant source of strength. I've made plenty of mistakes and continue to do so. Hey, we are all human. But I am a big believer in forgiveness, redemption and renewal. Every day is a gift and I try to get the most out of every minute, always keeping a sense of humor. Life's sure more interesting that way.


Thanks Mark!

-Joe Nelson
SanDiegoRadio

Entercom San Diego Partners With Seattle for Pearl Jam Foundation

By Joe Nelson

ENTERCOM SAN DIEGO JOINS ENTERCOM PORTLAND AND SEATTLE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PEARLS JAM’S VITALOGY FOUNDATION


 Over $200,000 raised to support community causes 

SAN DIEGO, CA – MAY 17, 2017 – Entercom today announced that FM 949 (KBZT) in San Diego is joining 94.7 FM (KNRK) of Entercom Portland and 99.9 FM (KISW) and 107.7 The End FM (KNDD) of Entercom Seattle in the ongoing partnership with Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation. Since the beginning of the partnership in 2015, Entercom Portland and Entercom Seattle have raised over $200,000 for Pearl Jam’s Foundation by contributing a portion of the ticket sales from their annual marquee concerts to the cause. Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation is a public non-profit organization founded in 2006 that supports the efforts of non-profit organizations focused on community health, the environment, arts and education and social change. 

In celebration of today’s announcement, Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Mike McCready will be on-air on 99.9 FM (KISW) and on 107.7 The End FM (KNDD) in Seattle, 94.7 FM (KNRK) in Portland and FM 949 (KBZT) in San Diego. Each station selected its chosen organization from Vitalogy Foundation’s roster based on local passion points. This year, 94.7 FM will benefit MyMusicRX, which provides musical support to children and teens in hospitals, while 107.7 The End FM benefits Treehouse, a charity that assists over 7,000 foster children in the Seattle area each year. The ticket sales from 99.9 FM’s Pain in the Grass will go to the Downtown Emergency Feed Program and the Bureau of Fearless Ideas. 

Ticket sales from this year’s SPF 949 and Indie Jam in San Diego will go to the Surfrider Foundation to help keep beaches clean. “We’re so proud to go into our third year in this partnership with Pearl Jam, to bring funding to local organizations through all of our collective fans,” said Dave Richards, vice president of programming, Entercom Seattle. “We’re so happy to have found partners who can help increase our support of local charities simply by directing a portion of proceeds from their live concert events to our Foundation,” said Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam guitarist and Vitalogy Foundation board member. For more information about the Vitalogy Foundation and the charities it supports, please visit pearljam.com/acts/vitalogy. For more information about the participating Entercom stations and to stream live, please visit www.fm949sd.com, www.947.fm, www.kisw.com and www.1077theend.com.