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Sunday, July 30, 2017

SanDiegoRadio July 2017 Spotlight - The Radio Edition

By Joe Nelson

     The July 2017 SanDiegoRadio Spotlight is here.

This month we feature 91X's Danielle Stuht.


What is your current position?
Producer and on-air personality for Mornings on 91X with Tommy


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

Things are great! I just moved into a house in Allied Gardens, so my dog Marilyn now has a yard to enjoy with a ton of space. I eat, breathe, live, and bleed 91X. I have so much passion for this station and brand that everything I do benefits the station in some way. I’m also a huge craft beer advocate. I beertend at Groundswell Brewing Company in Santee a couple days a week. The craft beer community is a one that I admired from a far for years and always wanted to be a part of so when the new Groundswell location opened I thought this was a perfect opportunity to become a part of the local craft beer community. Local craft beer and 91X, a local station, go hand-in-hand and I’ve met some of the most amazing people through both industries.


Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from radio?
I am incredibly thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given in radio. Coming from a place like Albuquerque, New Mexico I never would have guessed this is where life would take me. 91X was the first radio station I discovered when I moved to San Diego almost 10 years ago. It blows my mind that I’m a part of such an iconic brand and I’m beyond thankful every day. San Diego has been an amazing place to live and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit?
This is tough, but the local breweries are some of my favorite places to go. Especially if they are dog friendly. Some of my favorites include Fall Brewing, Little Miss Brewery, Green Flash Brewery, and beer bar Hamilton’s in South Park.


Is your job still as exciting like it was day one?
Absolutely. I never know what to expect.


Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?

Turf Supper Club in Golden Hill. Good drinks, tasty steaks that you grill yourself, and awesome tunes. Also, Chris’s Ono Grinds in North Park on 30th Street has the BEST Hawaiian food. When I lived in North Park I had Chris’s Ono Grinds at least once a week.


What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting?
Looking at me you’d never guess, but I played soccer, competed in beauty pageants, was a Girl Scout, and was a cheerleader when I was younger.


How do you view radio now, compared to the past, then looking to the future?
I’m still relatively new to radio. I’ve been in the industry 2 ½ years and on-air for almost 2 years so I don’t really know how radio used to be. I do think that in an age where anyone can get anything they want instantly radio needs to do its best not to offend the listener. The listener has certain expectations and when a station doesn’t reach those expectations, the listener has so many other options they don’t need to stick around if they don’t want to. However, I don’t believe radio will ever go away. Technology fails. Blackouts happen. Radio waves will always be there.


How vital is the connection between an on-air personality and the listener?
I think this is huge. I do my best to answer every e-mail and respond to every comment left on social media. Those personal connections are important. I remember idolizing DJ’s when I was a kid. I never think of myself as anything special, but it’s the best feeling when I meet a listener and they say how much they enjoy listening to Tommy and I. It makes the 3:00am wakeup call worth it… sometimes. Just kidding. But the connection is huge and I love how easy social media makes it to keep connected.


What is your favorite movie?
So many favorites: Anchor Man, I Love You Man, Pinapple Express, Forgetting Sarah Marshal, Knocked Up, basically anything Judd Apatow.


With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your listeners
Like I said before, I love being able to converse with listeners on social media. I do my best to respond to everyone who posts on 91X’s Facebook or Twitter during our on-air slot. I also like to personalize it so the listener knows it’s me answering, not some random person from our digital department (even though they are very witty, awesome people). I also think it’s cool that social media gives a face to the voice. I always wondered what the DJs looked like and now it’s super simple.


What is your favorite radio moment?
I’ve had SO MANY awesome radio moments so far from riding in a helicopter with winners out to Coachella to interviewing Mark Hoppus of Blink 182, a guy I’ve idolized since I was a teenager, to giving tickets to a winner who is so stoked to see their favorite band they start crying. All these moments have been memorable but selfishly, my favorite has to be when I was on Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw and Dave gave me $1,000 during the Christmas show. I was shocked. Ugly cry and everything.


How long have you been in radio?I started by have a show called Local Bands Unleashed at San Diego State University’s KCR in Fall 2014. I then was a promotions intern Spring 2015 at KFMB for 100.7 JACK FM and AM760. I promised my instructor I would get “a real internship” (her words, not mine) the following fall if she let me do it. Then I got hired as a part time promotions assistant that summer and went on to full time promotions coordinator at KFMB at the end of August. It was around this time that the then PD, Mike O’Reilly, approached me asking if I would like to sit in for Emily on The DSC while she was on maternity leave. I then came to 91X March 2016 after Emily came back.


What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?I had always worked in the service industry prior to working in radio. I worked at Hard Rock CafĂ© in Gaslamp for 6 years. But my most interesting job would have to be at Disney World when I was 19. I did the “Disney College Program” where you go live in Orlando on Disney property and work somewhere. I worked at one of the nicest resorts in the gift shop. I saw some interesting stuff there...


What broadcasters do you look up to?Not everyone is lucky enough to learn from the best in the business. I 100% look up to Dave Rickards and everything he has accomplished. He is amazing at what he does and has a great work ethic. I also look up to Shelly Dunn. She taught me a lot about being a female in this industry and how to make sure I work to get what I want. Garret Michaels has been a great mentor and I’m constantly learning how to be a better producer and on-air personality from him.


If you could go back in time and work during any era of radio for a few days - which would you choose?
Late 80’s/early 90’s. I hear the WILDEST stories from this time.


Is there anything else you’d like to share?I would like to thank everyone who listens to 91X in the morning and has welcomed myself and Tommy on their morning commute. There are a lot of options in the morning with a lot of great shows that have been around for a long time and I am beyond stoked to be given the opportunity to be a part of your day.

Danielle, thanks for your time!

-Joe

How Ken Kramer, Dave Rickards, and YOU Saved SanDiegoRadio

By Joe Nelson

   The best way I think I can begin this story is with an analogy. I just love analogies. Since I enjoy food so much, I will go that direction. I think we at some point in our lives have enjoyed a particular restaurant and were frequent patrons of said restaurant. Maybe it was the consistent food quality, the familiar folks working there.  Maybe even just the convenience of knowing you could go somewhere and receive the same results every time.

   One day you go there and there is a sign on the door stating they are gone. Out of business. I think you know where I am going with this.

   On July 14, after months of some much needed family time, deep thinking about the column and studying the numbers of SanDiegoRadio, I announced I was shutting it down.

   Everything I stated that day were 100% true. I must find time for my pops, while I still can. Back to that in a minute. One thing I had not mentioned was how I was checking the readership numbers and had seen a decline. Now, with any site, you have to factor in 'bots'. So it was difficult to truly gauge the traffic to SDR. Well, I found one way to gauge it. All by accident. How? By shutting it down.

   Not five minutes after I ran that article, I was deluged by an overwhelming show of support from my media friends. I even received emails from people I had never even heard from before. I was stunned. I had no idea how far reaching it was. I don't say this to draw praise on SDR. I am happy it is doing as intended, I am simply just beyond thrilled it IS in fact doing the job. To inform. I run it as fact driven, never opinions. That won't change.

   I was completely wrong to think that SDR had lost steam. In fact I have learned to not trust or even look at the analytics anymore and just remember these messages. SDR had plenty of steam and I needed to continue with my passion of writing for San Diego radio stations. Basically, I felt like I pulled the carpet out from under the radio people and fans of San Diego.

   I am already making changes to make it all a little easier and most importantly make time to see my pops. Which I already have.


   I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who reached out to me. Thank you for helping me to see what I was unable to see from the inside.

   There are two friends who took a significant portion of their time to help me get my sights straight again. Dave Rickards and Ken Kramer. Dave & Ken, the respect I already had for you was through the roof, and what you did for me, and SDR is certainly something I will never forget and will keep me focused from here on forward. Thank you!


SanDiegoRadio.org will live on and it is thanks to you and your support that makes that possible.

Your 'restaurant' is still open!

As always- Thanks for Tuning in,
Joe Nelson

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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KFMB

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.