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By Joe Nelson

December 18, 2017

TEGNA to Acquire Midwest Television, Inc.’s Broadcasting Stations in San Diego, CA

McLEAN, VA and SAN DIEGO, CA – TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) and Midwest Television, Inc. jointly announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which TEGNA will acquire, for $325 million in cash, KFMB-TV, the CBS affiliated station in San Diego, KFMB-D2 (CW) and radio broadcast stations KFMB-AM and KFMB-FM in San Diego.

Through this transaction, TEGNA adds a strong market to its portfolio of big four affiliates in top markets. San Diego is the 29th largest U.S. TV market with 1.1 million households and the 17th largest radio market. KFMB-TV is the long-standing market leader in San Diego. It leads the market in audience ratings and share across all demographics and is number one in news across all major time slots. KFMB-D2, The CW San Diego, operates as a digital subchannel of KFMB. KFMB-TV and KFMB-D2 share studio facilities in the Kearny Mesa section of San Diego with KFMB 760 AM talk radio and KFMB-FM, which offers an adult rock hits format.

“This is a marriage of two great broadcasting cultures. We have long admired our dedicated colleagues in San Diego and look forward to continuing the stations’ high-quality journalism, editorial independence and commitment to their local community,” said Dave Lougee, president and CEO, TEGNA. “We have a proven ability to be a strategic and disciplined consolidator with a track record of acquiring profitable businesses at an attractive, accretive valuation. Looking ahead, we will continue to evaluate additional investments and select transactions to build on our growth and success with a focus on creating shareholder value.”

Commenting on the transaction, Elisabeth Kimmel, Midwest Television, Inc.’s president and owner said, “This transaction is a testament to the outstanding value our employees have created serving the San Diego community. Having owned these properties for over 55 years, our family believed it imperative to find an excellent steward for television and radio stations that the community has embraced as part of the fabric of San Diego. We have found such a partner in TEGNA, an innovative media company that shares our commitment to the highest levels of journalistic integrity and serving the greater good of the community. We welcome TEGNA to San Diego with the knowledge that their values, resources and community leadership will serve our employees, consumers and customers for decades to come.”

TEGNA’s resources will provide an enhanced level of innovation to San Diego consumers and advertisers, driven by industry-leading audience and advertiser-focused initiatives. TEGNA will achieve synergies driven by mechanical revenue and cost efficiencies.

The transaction, structured as an asset purchase, represents an attractive purchase price multiple of 6.6 times average expected 2017/2018 EBITDA, including expected run rate synergies and tax benefits. TEGNA expects the transaction to be accretive to EPS by a few cents within the first 12 months after close, and immediately accretive to free cash flow.

TEGNA will finance the transaction through the use of available cash and borrowing under its existing credit facility. The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.


TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. With 46 television stations in 38 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and 35 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been consistently honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R. Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA delivers results for advertisers through unparalleled and innovative solutions including OTT local advertising network Premion, centralized marketing resource Hatch, and G/O Digital, a one-stop shop for local businesses to connect with consumers through digital marketing. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dave Mason and KUSI Team Helping Helen Woodward

By Joe Nelson

   Dave Mason, Sunny 98.1 morning drive host, will once again be back at KUSI on this Sunday raising money and awareness for The Helen Woodward Animal Center.

   Dave and several personalities from KUSI will be on from 11am-3pm  for 'The Hope Telethon'.

   Dave will be scheduled to be along side Allie Wagner, Lisa Remillard, Elizabeth Alvarez and Dave Scott.

   Mason has been a part of this telethon since 2000.

More info HERE

From Helen Woodward:

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a unique, private non-profit organization in San Diego County that has been committed to the philosophy of people helping animals and animals helping people for over 40 years. Located on 12 acres in Rancho Santa Fe, California, our nationally recognized Center provides a variety of services that benefit the community through educational and therapeutic programs for people, and humane care and adoption for animals.

We are a no-kill facility that receives no government funding and relies heavily on tax-deductible contributions from private donors to continue our life-saving mission.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Entercom Press Release

By Joe Nelson

From Entercom:

BALA CYNWYD, PA – November 17, 2017 – Entercom Communications Corp. (“Entercom”) (NYSE: ETM) today announced that it has completed its merger with CBS Radio Inc. (“CBS Radio”), creating a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the top two radio broadcasters in the country. Entercom is now the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. With a nationwide footprint of 235 stations, Entercom will engage over 100 million people weekly with a premier collection of highly-rated, award-winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events.

“We are thrilled to officially close our transformational merger with CBS Radio and welcome their talented employees and iconic brands to Entercom,” said David Field, Entercom’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to capitalizing on our unique positions in sports, news, music, podcasting, live events, digital and more to provide outstanding experiences for our listeners and compelling integrated marketing opportunities for our advertisers. We now have the scale and capabilities to drive meaningful growth and to compete more effectively with other media for a larger share of advertising dollars. We also look forward to helping to elevate the Radio industry, which remains massively undervalued by advertisers despite having emerged as America’s #1 Reach medium, delivering outstanding ROI to customers.”

About Entercom Communications Corp.

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a leading American media and entertainment company reaching and engaging over 100 million people each week through its premier collection of highly rated, award winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events. As one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters, Entercom offers integrated marketing solutions and delivers the power of local connection on a national scale with coverage of close to 90% of persons 12+ in the top 50 markets. Entercom is the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this report are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Forward-looking statements usually relate to future events and anticipated revenues, earnings, cash flows or other aspects of our operations or operating results. Forward-looking statements are often identified by the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “foresee,” “should,” “projects,” “would,” “will,” “could,” “may,” “estimate,” “outlook” and similar expressions, including the negative thereof. The absence of these words, however, does not mean that the statements are not forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, beliefs and assumptions concerning future developments and business conditions and their potential effect on us. While management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we anticipate.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, risks associated with tax liabilities, or changes in U.S. federal tax laws or interpretations to which they are subject; risks that the new businesses will not be integrated successfully or that the combined companies will not realize estimated cost savings, value of certain tax assets, synergies and growth or that such benefits may take longer to realize than expected; failure to realize anticipated benefits of the combined operations; risks relating to unanticipated costs of integration; the impact of consummation of the transaction on relationships with third parties, including advertiser clients, employees and competitors; a decline in advertising revenue and the seasonality of advertising revenue; intense competition in the broadcast radio and media distribution industries; impact on advertising rates and revenues due to technological changes and failure to timely or appropriately respond to such changes; ability to attract new and retain existing advertiser clients in the manner anticipated; increases in or new royalties; high fixed costs; ability to hire and retain key personnel; failure to protect our intellectual property; availability of sources of funding on favorable terms or at all; changes in legislation or governmental regulations affecting the companies; economic, social or political conditions that could adversely affect the companies or their advertiser clients; conditions in the credit markets; and risks associated with assumptions the parties make in connection with the parties’ critical accounting estimates and legal proceedings.

All of our forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties (some of which are significant or beyond our control) and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect the parties’ businesses, including those described in the Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other documents filed from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) by Entercom Communications Corp. (“Entercom”), CBS Corporation (“CBS”) (to the extent they relate to CBS Radio Inc. (“CBS Radio”) and its relevant subsidiaries) and CBS Radio. We wish to caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any of our forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

And it is 103.7

By Joe Nelson

   I am waiting for the official press release, but KSON's Greg Raneiri shirt says it all!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Letter from the Editor

By Joe Nelson
   If you have been following along, you know I have put much of my focus and efforts to being with my dad (I called him pops) as he was battling the end stages of Emphysema/COPD. He was sent home from a long hospital stay a couple months ago and vowed never to return to a hospital bed. It was his wish to finish out his life in his home, with his expansive yard, eight chickens, gardens and family.

   This week pops, Darrel Nelson, passed away peacefully at the age of 82. His wishes were met. He was in his home, comfortable, and with family at his side. He is on his way to see mom, his high school sweetheart and bride for nearly 60 years Carol who passed away in 2015.

   Pops had one heck of a great life. Born on a farm in Illinois, his family moved out to San Diego in the 1950's. His brother Spencer was a Captain for PSA and was one of the souls who perished in the 1978 crash over North Park. Uncle Spencer tried with all his might to save that airliner, but it was just too much.

   Pops retired as a master machinist from SDG&E, being the hard worker he was his entire life, even dating back to the farm, he missed working almost immediately. He was hired part time at a local machine shop. He didn't need the money, he needed his hands and head to stay busy. He was your prototypical working man. Always happy and always positive, even to his last day he could talk to us, he knew the end was near, answering the question of "Pops- how are you?" with a "Fine.. fine!". Optimist til the end.

   Pops is no doubt in a better place now. With mom, dancing at the Sock-Hop just as they did as a young couple. Dad is fabricating something on the lathe for someone up there and they are now together forever.

   Having said this, SanDiegoRadio is set to return to full steam ahead. I can now shift my focus back to the radio scene.

   Many of you have called, messaged me sending your support. I appreciate all of you. I needed that. Thank you!

I will close with a few photos that hope to tell its own story about pops.
 Mom & Dad
 Dad loved to make people laugh

 Carol & Darrel
 Me and pops
 One of my favorite photos of pops
 This Summer we all went to Disneyland

Goodbye Pops- Tell mom I said hi


Monday, October 30, 2017

The Show Extended

By Joe Nelson

   Rock 105.3 has extended their morning program 'The Show'.

   Eddie, Sky and Thor will be around for at least another three years.

Congrats, all!


Friday, October 27, 2017

KFMB for Sale

By Joe Nelson

   Last night word came down that all the KFMB stations could be up for sale, from all I have spoken to, that seems to be true. 

   Here is a short clip from rival KUSI on the news.

KUSI News - San Diego, CA

   What does this mean for the future of KFMB?

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sunday Night Slow Jams is Not Slowing Down

By Joe Nelson

   Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, announces that internationally syndicated hit weekend radio show Sunday Night Slow Jams has expanded to six new international markets in the third quarter of 2017, bringing the show to 129 total affiliates worldwide and nearly doubling its footprint outside the U.S. 

   The additions grow Sunday Night Slow Jams’ global reach to a total of 13 countries outside the U.S. Sunday Night Slow Jams is currently heard each week by over three million listeners worldwide.

   Sunday Night Slow Jams welcomed the following international radio stations as affiliates in the third quarter of 2017: Wave 89.1-Manila, Philippines; Cool 96.9-Lagos, Nigeria; Urban Radio 90.7-Kisumu, Kenya; Surf 102.5-Chiang Mai, Thailand; The Thaiger 102.75-Phuket, Thailand; and 105.3 Zack FM-Suffolk, England. 

   These six countries join existing Sunday Night Slow Jams international affiliates in: Mexico, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Bonaire, Suriname, Cyprus and Canada.

   Sunday Night Slow Jams, the #1 weekend radio show in America, is available to a wide variety of stations through three different formats: Rhythm/Urban, Top 40/Mainstream and Throwback.

91X Adds Second Wrex the Halls Concert

By Joe Nelson


(San Diego, CA) San Diego’s iconic alternative radio station 91X surprised audiences over the weekend by announcing a second 91X Wrex the Halls concert with Rise Against, Run the Jewels, The Used, The Struts, Highly Suspect and Buckfast Superbee.

The concert will be Friday, December 8 at Valley View Casino Center, the night prior to the already-announced Wrex the Halls concert on Saturday with The Lumineers, Vance Joy, DREAMCAR, The War on Drugs and Arkells.

An exclusive pre-sale for 91X listeners started today at 10:00 AM via a special pre-sale code. Tickets to Wrex the Halls Friday night go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at and without service fees at the Valley View Casino Center box office.

“I’m pretty sure Santa read my mind: Wrex the Halls is now TWO epic nights of music!” said 91X midday host and Music Director Hilary Chambers. “Don’t make me pick a favorite, I can’t wait for both!”

Wrex the Halls is produced by 91X and Goldenvoice. Details on the concert at

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).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

'Little' Tommy Hired on at Entercom

By Joe Nelson

Was that Little Tommy Sablan at a KSON John and Tammy event Thursday morning?

SanDiegoRadio has noticed Tommy has been promoting KSON's Human Peace Sign on his personal social media pages lately.

SDRadio did some investigative work and found out that Tommy was just hired by Entercom on Wednesday October 11th.

Was his hiring for his experience with human flags? Was he hired solo without his Showgram team?

With the CBS merger in play with Entercom perhaps Tommy simply got his foot in the door precisely at the right time.

SDRadio congratulates Tommy, the only producer in the National Radio Hall of Fame and now the newest employee with Entercom.

Congratulations Tommy!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

91X Morning Show Host Needed - Will it be You?

By Joe Nelson

91X (XTRA-FM), San Diego’s pioneering and iconic Alternative station has an immediate opening for a morning show host or already assembled morning show.

91X seeks an awesome host for mornings, or an already assembled and successful team.

We are NOT looking for a "jock" or liner reader, but a real PERSONALITY who is, or will be, immersed in the music, culture and lifestyle of Southern California.

We're independently owned and operated, with a winning culture. Our team is passionate about serving our community and creating great local radio!

Qualifications should include extensive on-air experience, the ability to run a tight board, experience with using NexGen, ENCO, WideOrbit or other digital delivery system.

It would also be great if you have a passion for Alternative music, live the lifestyle, and can effectively communicate it on the air and through Social Media.

Additional bonus points if you love craft beer, tacos and burritos.

If this sounds like you or your team, please send resume, references and aircheck demo to Please specify the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Local Media San Diego, LLC owns and operates Radio Stations in San Diego, CA. We offer a competitive benefits package and are an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls, please.

We offer a competitive benefits package. Absolutely no phone calls please.

Z90's Epic 48 is Back

By Joe Nelson



San Diego, CA – Market leading CHR radio station Z90 announced today the third edition of EPIC 48, a sweepstakes dubbed “the biggest promotion in radio history,” which promises to deliver the most incredible 48-hour experience for one winner and their guest.
Hosted by San Diego’s top-rated morning show, Rick Morton and Morton in the Morning, EPIC 48 is driven by three key rules and one guarantee:

1) Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
2) Be ready to go ANYWHERE.
3) Be ready to do ANYTHING.

The guarantee: The most EPIC 48 hours of your life!

Previous winners have enjoyed a myriad of once-in-a-lifetime and money-can’t-buy experiences including flying in private jets, diamond shopping, floor seats and admission to the Chairman’s Club at a Lakers game, being given a $1,000 casino chip by Pitbull, being picked up by a helicopter on the USS Midway, helping critique DJ Mustard’s new album in studio (with him!), being served dinner by a personal chef inside their own private Malibu beach mansion, attending the “Big Game” and hanging out with Lady Gaga after her halftime show.

“Epic 48 has been the absolute biggest promotion in radio –not just in San Diego, but in the world— and I get the jitters knowing we’re doing it all over again,” said Z90 Director of Programming R Dub! “The challenge is always how to make it bigger and better. Challenge accepted.”

Listeners apply to win Epic 48 3.0 at, and listen to Morton in the Morning for additional methods to win.

Z90 (XHTZ-FM) 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).

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lee 'Hacksaw' Hamilton is Back on the Radio

By Joe Nelson

In a phone conversation with SanDiegoRadio, Hacksaw tells us he has returned to The Mighty 1090.

Hacksaw was last heard on 1090 three years ago before he left and eventually joined CW6 as their Sports Anchor.

Lee will be on with Scott and BR at 5PM Monday through Friday. Hacksaw will deliver his 'Hacksaw's Headlines', then stay on with the guys and discuss the topics.

In addition to his Headlines, Hacksaw will help with the website as it pertains to videos, podcasts and written content.

Hacksaw also has his own website, it can be found HERE

Lee tells SDR "1090 was always my station, it still is. I'm glad to be back at my station. I had three years on TV, and that proved how strong my brand still is in this market" "Let's recreate some magic"

Thanks for your time, Saw.


Friday, October 6, 2017

An Article Worth Sharing - Entercom-CBS

By Joe Nelson

Sometimes I find articles worth sharing, this is one of those. This from Tom Taylor and his NOW Newsletter:

Kagan counts $123 million in third-quarter station sales – but Entercom controls a bunch more.

In fact, almost half the Kagan-counted $123 million of radio station sales in July-August-September came in the final days of September, from Entercom announcing single-station sales in L.A., San Diego and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to “K-Love” parent Educational Media Foundation. That totaled $57.75 million, which Kagan pencils out to “$3.75 per pop.” (Meaning $3.75 per person under the signals of those stations.) But we know Entercom’s David Field still has about a dozen or more stations to divest from his CBS Radio hookup, including multiple signals in San Francisco, Seattle and Sacramento, plus the really tough nut, Boston. The mystery is what the Justice Department will insist on. Back to the Kagan report – Q3’s second-biggest announced radio deal was the $19.5 million sale of four AMs, 14 FMs and two translators in the Southeast from Alpha Media to Dick Broadcasting. After that, Kagan says “there were ten other radio transactions between $1 million and $7 million, with all other radio deals in the quarter worth less than $1 million.” So without Entercom-EMF and Alpha-Dick Broadcasting, this would’ve been a very sluggish quarter by dollar volume. But dealmakers know the Entercom-CBS Radio spins and/or swaps are somewhere in the blender. (San Francisco-based MVP is working on those.) And Alpha’s Larry Wilson might like to keep raising cash to pay down debt from his 2015 acquisition of Digity. Plus – who knows what surprises are out there? Dealmakers tell this NOW Newsletter they were busy with meetings at last month’s Austin Radio Show.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC4.84.64.9
KMYI-FMHot AC6.04.44.6
KLNV-FMMexican Regional3.84.54.5
KGB-FMClassic Rock3.83.84.4
XHTZ-FMPop CHR4.34.14.2
KHTS-FMPop CHR4.64.44.0
KFMB-FMAdult Hits3.13.23.7
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits3.12.72.9
XPRS-FMClassic Hits2.52.62.9
KIOZ-FMActive Rock2.92.52.5
KEGY-FMPop CHR2.52.42.4
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
XHTY-FMMexican Regional2.11.72.0
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
XPRS-AMAll Sports0.80.91.2
KLSD-AMAll Sports0.60.71.0
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits0.50.60.6
XHA-FMMexican Regional0.10.20.2
KYXY-FM StrAC0.2**
XEMO-AMMexican Regional0.4**

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tommy Exits 91X

By Joe Nelson

   I don't have a whole lot to go on. This just came down the pike.

Tommy Hough is no longer at 91X.

Mornings will resume on Monday with Danielle Stuht. I'll keep you posted when I learn more.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

San Diego Radio - Starting to Rumble

By Joe Nelson

   I know SanDiegoRadio has been quiet lately, easy explanation... San Diego Radio itself has been quiet.

   I know how the trend usually goes. This is probably the calm before the storm. I've seen it many times before.

   Here are a few nuggets to hit the dial recently:

1) Congratulations to Beto Perez! Beto, formerly of iHeart's Jam'n 95.7, 7-12AM. He will be hopping over to CBS Radio's ENERGY 103.7 for the 3-7PM shift.

2) Speaking of CBS Radio, an insider has told SDR there will be a press release 'very soon regarding the merger with Entercom'

3) Entercom SD has sold its 92.1 (KSON North County) signal to Educational Media Foundation and will become KLOVE. Los Angeles' 100.3 The Sound will also flip to KLOVE. KLOVE will be heard all over the dial now, 100.1 Julian, 96.1 Santee, 102.1 San Diego, 92.1 Santee and another translator in Oceanside.

As always, Stay Tuned

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC4.54.84.6
KLNV-FMMexican Regional4.53.84.5
KHTS-FMPop CHR4.24.64.4
KMYI-FMHot AC5.36.04.4
XHTZ-FMPop CHR4.14.34.1
KGB-FMClassic Rock3.83.83.8
KFMB-FMAdult Hits3.13.13.2
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits2.83.12.7
XPRS-FMClassic Hits3.12.52.6
KIOZ-FMActive Rock2.72.92.5
KEGY-FMPop CHR2.52.52.4
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
XHTY-FMMexican Regional1.82.11.7
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
XPRS-AMAll Sports0.90.80.9
KLSD-AMAll Sports0.60.60.7
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits0.30.50.6
XHA-FMMexican Regional0.20.10.2
KYXY-FM StrAC00.20
XEMO-AMMexican Regional0.30.40