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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Zach Van Lue Takes 91X Afternoon Slot

By Joe Nelson


SAN DIEGO, CA – San Diego’s alternative 91X (XTRA-FM) has announced Zach Van Lue as the new host of “afternoon drive” on the station, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.

Zach spent the last three years hosting nights at 107.7 “The End” (KNDD-FM) in Seattle, WA.  In addition, Zach programmed, hosted and mixed the Saturday night Electronic specialty show “Subtronic End.”  Prior to his time in Seattle, Zach spent five years with Nile FM in Cairo, Egypt, hosting morning drive and specialty radio programming.

Zach grew up in the Pacific Northwest as an avid skateboarder and snowboarder, while completing his studies in music and Spanish at Western Washington University. Now in San Diego, he is happy to reside in a city rich in music and Spanish culture, where you can skate, surf and snowboard all in the same day.

“It truly is an honor to be a part of 91X. I am right at home with the history and heritage of this iconic station, which continues to pioneer the future of Alternative radio and enrich the region’s lifestyle," says Zach.  “And living in San Diego doesn’t suck.”

"Zach’s diverse background, deep knowledge of music and digital aptitude make him an ideal addition to the 91X team,” said 91X General Manager Gregg Wolfson.

91X is owned and operated by Local Media San Diego, LLC, a privately held San Diego-based company. LMSD also operates Z90.3 (XHTZ-FM) and Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM).

Monday, February 27, 2017

iHeart Media San Diego/Riverside Names New SVP and PD

By Joe Nelson

San Diego, Ca. – February 27, 2017 – iHeartMedia announced today that Rob Scorpio has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the San Diego/Riverside region, and that Kid Jay has been named Program Director of KGGI-FM in Riverside, effective immediately.  iHeartMedia’s San Diego/Riverside region has a strong cross-platform presence, massive consumer reach and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises – both broadcast and digital, encompassing 13 radio stations comprised of music, talk and news formats. 
Currently, Scorpio oversees iHeartRadio’s six stations in Riverside/San Bernadino, while also acting as program director of KSSX-FM in San Diego and KGGI-FM in Riverside. In his newly expanded role, Scorpio will now oversee both markets, working closely with the programming, digital and promotion teams to develop and execute strategies that increase audience and ratings.
 “Rob has successfully lead iHeartMedia’s Riverside stations for the last 4 years, and I’m thrilled that the entire San Diego market will now benefit from his tremendous programming experience and management insights,” said Melissa Forrest, Region President iHeartMedia San Diego/Riverside. 
Scorpio brings more than 15 years of radio industry experience to his new position. As Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Riverside/San Bernadino region, he managed multiple formats including CHR, Rock, Spanish, News-Talk and Sports. Prior to joining iHeartMedia in 2013, Scorpio worked as a media consultant and served as Operations Manager in Washington DC, and Vice President of Programming in Los Angeles, CA for various radio groups. Scorpio has also programmed top stations in Washington DC, Los Angeles, CA and Houston, TX.
“I’ve developed a great relationship with the team in San Diego over the last year and I can’t wait to be engaged with them on a daily basis,” said Scorpio.  “John Peake is a hard to act to follow but I’m up for the challenge.”  

Kid Jay, has enjoyed a successful career as a professional club and concert DJ.  He joined KGGI-FM in 2003 and is currently the station’s nighttime host.  Kid Jay will continue his on-air role at KGGI-FM while also assuming day-to-day programming operations of the station, which is a consistent ratings leader for the Riverside-San Bernadino market.  

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:
iHeartMedia 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 reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 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 and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 900 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 95 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook.  The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (OTCBB: IHRT). Visit for more company information.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bob O'Connor R.I.P. - Words From a Friend

By Joe Nelson

   As many of you already know, Bob O'Connor has passed away. While doing some research I came across the post of Bob's friend  Kenny Weissberg. With Kenny's permission, I wanted to share his words, as I feel they were very poignant.

Many people in the San Diego radio/music community lost a dear friend today with the passing of Bob O’Connor. Long time KiFM program director (before reinventing himself professionally many times during the past two decades), Bob was one of the most optimistic and gregarious people I have ever known. I will never forget him.
Bob O’Connor was one of the first new friends I made shortly after I relocated to San Diego in 1983, switching careers from radio/journalism to become the producer of a fledgling concert series called Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay. When I made an appointment to introduce myself and pick his brain about the San Diego market, Bob and I hit it off immediately and have been friends ever since. We were both East Coast transplants who shared a passion for music, radio, and sports . . . we never ran out of things to talk about.
During the early years of Humphrey’s, I relied on Bob for countless brainstorming sessions and long lunches to help me “sculpt” a full-fledged concert series. It was a huge boost to me to have the program director of the #1 rated station on my side. When I expressed doubts that Humphrey’s could compete successfully against the bigger, more established concert companies in town, Bob pooh-poohed my negativity and assured me that I could succeed.
Over the course of the next few years, Bob introduced me to every music promo person in LA and connected me to influential managers I might otherwise not have met. Largely due to Bob’s energy and collaborative spirit, I produced concerts by David Sanborn, Kenny G, Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, George Benson, Hiroshima, Earl Klugh, Grover Washington Jr., Larry Carlton, Bobby Caldwell, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Acoustic Alchemy, The Rippingtons, Wynton Marsalis, Stanley Jordan, Michael Franks, and countless others. Bob O’Connor and his wonderful staff at KiFM helped put Humphrey’s on the international map.
Even when I switched the direction of the concert series to include rock, blues, folk, comedy, country, and world music . . . which meant deemphasizing smooth jazz . . .Bob was still there for me, always offering encouragement and musical suggestions. He also doubled as my volunteer fashion consultant, insisting that I should have a more diverse wardrobe than jeans and t-shirts when I emceed the Humphrey’s shows. After many lunches at CafĂ© Japengo (Bob’s favorite restaurant near the KiFM studios in La Jolla . . . he knew every sushi chef and waitress by name . . .), Bob would drag me to GQ for an upgrade. The purple sports jacket that I wore several times in the late ‘80s is all because of Bob O.
Bob O’Connor also created the opportunity for me to return to my first love of radio. In 1993, KiFM was losing their long time “straight ahead” jazz specialty show host Ron Galon, who was relocating to Atlanta. Bob asked me to replace him, despite the fact that I hadn’t done a radio show in ten years. Not being an “expert” in jazz, I suggested a wide ranging show that incorporated jazz with world music, rock, blues, R&B, and all of the genres influenced by jazz. Bob immediately said, “Let’s go for it” and “Music Without Boundaries” was born.
How many program directors in the constricted world of commercial radio would have taken that chance? One. Bob O’Connor.
In 1996, KiFM was sold, the new owners cleaned house, and Bob was one of the casualties. I left KiFM shortly after Bob did, but I continued hosting/producing “Music Without Boundaries” for 14 years on five different San Diego radio stations. It was a soulful once-a-week endeavor for me and I owe it all to the vision of Bob O’Connor.
Although Bob moved to LA (to work for Norman Lear among other jobs) and we no longer collaborated professionally, we remained fast friends. Whenever I trekked to LA on concert business, Bob and I always made time for lunch at a trendy restaurant of his choice. We shot the shit about Bonnie Raitt’s latest album, the Chargers blowing fourth quarter leads, the Padres’ fire sales after San Diego built them a new stadium, and his love of the L.A. Kings.
I was so happy when Bob moved back to San Diego and reinvented himself as an Apple Certified Professional as well as an audio/visual consultant/installer. He became my go-to-guy for rewiring my media room, upgrading my computers and smart phones, and keeping me up to speed in the world of tech. The only downside was that when Bob would leave our home after six hours of work, all of my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were gone, devoured by Bob O!
As Bob has departed on his most adventurous journey, I wanted to express one friend’s love for him . . . and I’m just one of so many whose lives he has made more fulfilling. I will always treasure our 33 years of camaraderie, collaboration and laughter. My heartfelt condolences go out to his mom and his loved ones.
God speed, Bob O! Save me a spicy tuna hand roll on the other side!

Thank you, Kenny.

Kenny is the author of the award winning memoir "Off My Rocker" which includes several chapters involving San Diego radio.

He is also known as the former host of the award winning show 'Music Without Boundaries'


Friday, February 24, 2017

CBS San Diego Cuts Continue

By Joe Nelson

   In what has been a disturbing trend, CBS Radio San Diego has relived two more personalities.

Hula Ramos and Dorothy Tran, both from The AJ Show on ENERGY 103.7 have been let go.

Hula, Dorothy, and the others released, I am so sorry.

Please remember I post job listings here regularly and you can also post your resumes if you so choose.

Be well.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SanDiegoRadio Job Board 2-22-17

By Joe Nelson

Account Executive (Radio Sales)
KFMB Stations - San Diego, CA
KFMB Stations is searching for an advertising radio sales Account Executive for our AM News Talk station (760 KFMB-AM). We are looking for candidates that are familiar with the format of the station as well as the lifestyle of 760 KFMB-AM listeners and that can consistently develop successful new business marketing campaigns both “on-air” and “on-line” ( This position will be required to create and maintain strong relationships with clients, attend client/station promotional events and ensure daily prospecting and excellent closing skills to achieve monthly revenue goals. Additionally, this position requires the ability to successfully complete efficient “client needs analysis” interviews, craft effective proposals and client correspondence, present information to and interface with clients, as well as collect payment from clients. We can provide some one-on-one coaching and/or industry training; however, a minimum 3 years’ proven successful “sales experience” is required. Candidates must possess a current valid driver's license and can provide proof of current automobile insurance.
Job Type: Full-time

For more, click ------> HERE

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)
KHTS-FMPop CHR4.94.75.7
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
XHTZ-FMPop CHR4.85.14.6
KMYI-FMHot AC4.84.44.3
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits4.23.64.2
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC4.64.34.2
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
KLNV-FMMexican Regional3.94.24.1
KGB-FMClassic Rock3.83.63.5
KIOZ-FMActive Rock3.43.33.1
KEGY-FMPop CHR2.72.72.9
KFMB-FMMainstream Rock2.42.32.8
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
XPRS-FMClassic Hits2.32.41.8
XPRS-AMAll Sports1.31.31.5
KLSD-AMAll Sports0.70.91.2
XHTY-FMMexican Regional0.91.11.1
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits0.20.30.2
XEMO-AMMexican Regional**0.1
XHA-FMMexican Regional0.3*0.1
XEPE-AMAll Sports0.30.1*

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Why So Quiet?

By Joe Nelson

   Some have been messaging me where I went. I thought I'd jump on here and give a quick explanation.


   We all have it, sometimes it's busy, sometimes it's smooth. I have no words for what my 'real job' is right now in terms of the workload. I have worked here 20 years and I have never seen it this busy. We are working 12-14 hour days plus Saturdays. It's been a couple weeks of this so far.

   I am still monitoring everything radio, and you have my word I will get it on here if anything breaks.

   I don't believe I have missed anything big. I know the CBS/Entercom merger last week was HUGE, but before I could blink it was plastered all over social media, so I felt it took care of itself there.

   Have a great rest of the week, and an even better weekend!