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Monday, December 17, 2018

IHeart San Diego Give A Thon Recap

By Joe Nelson


San Diego, Calif. – iHeartMedia San Diego’s seven radio stations participated in the First Annual iHeart Rady Children’s Give A Thon in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego on December 12 and 13, 2018.

KGB-FM; KHTS-FM; KIOZ-FM: KLSD-AM; KMYI-FM; KOGO-AM; and KSSX-FM broadcasted live from the hospital each day of the Give A Thon between 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. During the broadcasts, station personalities interviewed former patients, physicians, and the parents and families of patients currently being treated at the hospital, who shared their stories and experiences with station listeners.

Over the course of the two-day Give A Thon, $263,837 in donations was raised by iHeartRadio San Diego station listeners who made their contributions via phone, text and an online portal. Many listener donations were matched by local businesses, families and individuals. “The generosity of our listeners will help ensure that every child gets the best care possible, right here in our community,” said Rob Scorpio, Senior Vice President of Programming iHeartRadio San Diego / Riverside.

Donations made to Rady Children’s Hospital help fund lifesaving technology and research, provide a safety net for children with little or no private medical insurance and create a healing environment for patients and their families.

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 551-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed. Rady Children’s is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to support its mission. For more information, visit and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.

About iHeartMedia San Diego:

iHeartMedia San Diego owns and operates KGB-FM; KHTS-FM; KIOZ-FM; KLSD-AM; KMYI-FM; KOGO-AM; and KSSX-FM, and is part of iHeartMedia. With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 131 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leading audio and media company in the U.S., iHeartMedia serves over 150 local markets through 849 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, on satellite, at, on the company’s station websites and on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital music, podcast, on demand and live streaming radio service, available on over 250 platforms and 2,000 devices, including on digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables and smartphones, on virtual assistants, smart speakers, TVs and gaming consoles.

iHeartRadio offers the country’s top live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist, on demand features and the top podcasts and personalities. The all-in-one digital service has more than 1.7 billion downloads, 110 million registered users and is the No. 1 commercial radio podcaster in the U.S.

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

MAX 105.7 - An Article Worth Sharing

By Joe Nelson
Many know by now the different music coming through 105.7FM. There is a reason for that. Ken Leighton of The San Diego Reader asked that I share his article, he sums it up very well in his column.

Thanks Ken.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Local Media San Diego to be Acquired by Management of LMSD

By Joe Nelson


(San Diego, CA) Local Media San Diego, LLC (LMSD) announced today that a group led by its Executive Management Team has entered into an agreement to acquire LMSD, including its interests in radio stations 91X (XTRA-FM 91.1), Z90 (XHTZ-FM 90.3), and Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM 92.5), as well as related operating and real estate assets.

The transaction is expected to be complete as soon as required regulatory and other approvals have been obtained.

LMSD operates out of Sorrento Valley and reaches an estimated 2.1 million people monthly serving the San Diego market. The three radio stations are established, format-defining brands dating back to the 1980’s, and are returning to local owners and operators with decades of radio experience.

The Executive Management Team of Gregg Wolfson – VP/GM, Norm McKee – CFO, and Steve McNeely – Director, will continue operating LMSD in their current capacities post-closing.

In addition to operating the radio stations, LMSD also owns Local Media Digital (a digital advertising solutions provider), and is San Diego’s leading event organizers, hosting such annual lifestyle events as San Diego Taco Fest, X-Fest, Beer-X, Scallywag and Wrex the Halls, among others.

LMSD has been operated by the current Executive Management Team since being acquired by Thoma Bravo in December, 2009. Thoma Bravo subsequently shifted its investment focus to software and technology and has no other media investments.

“LMSD has always operated locally, and the transition to local ownership is the final step to firmly plant our flag as San Diego’s local media provider,” said Wolfson. “Our entire team are experts in San Diego media, and in an industry of corporate ownership and consolidation, LMSD remains in a category of one. We are very excited about the future and growing our local platforms. On behalf of the entire LMSD team I would like to thank Thoma Bravo for being fantastic owners.”

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Little Tommy’s Breaking and Entering

By Joe Nelson

Just like clockwork, Little Tommy's "Breaking and Entering" is back.

Star 94.1's Little Tommy Sablan started a tradition 22 years ago. A way to give to those currently less fortunate.

KUSI was with Tommy, here is the story along with video.

Little Tommy's Breaking and Entering

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

NEW SHOW - Under the Influence With Josh & Rich

By Joe Nelson

Under the Influence w Josh & Rich - KRLY 107.9FM Mountain Country - Thursdays at 7PM

I have had the luxury of listening and reviewing many radio shows over the years. My passion is to keep the radio airwaves open and relevant for everyone, no matter what level of technology that one has available to them. Every so often a new show pops up in my radar that excites me and makes me want to listen to more. 

Recently I found a show on Chris Torrick’s Mountain Country 107.9FM called “Under the Influence with Josh and Rich” as being one of these shows. In addition to informative and educational (is that the same thing?). The show is funny and entertaining (that could be the same thing too). With hosts Josh Board (KOGO radio and Fox 5 TV movie critic) and Rich Singley (Former host of Happy Hour San Diego), the show sets out to remind us of great music artists, both current and past, and what were the key aspects and influences to their rise and ultimate stardom. 
I listened recently to show about the band Queen and not only did they capture the essence of these great rockers from the 70’s, but they also had some stories and background that I never knew before. (For example, one-time Josh was interviewing a Queen band member for a local radio station around the time that rapper Vanilla Ice sampled a piece of “Another one bites the dust” without permission for his song “Ice Ice Baby” and discovered that the Queen band member had just received $1M in his bank account when they cried foul to the Vanilla Ice legal team).

The show, which is broadcasts from the Excalibur Cigar Lounge in San Diego’s Kearny Mesa area, is tagged as “Two Slightly Immature dudes that smoke premium cigars and discuss various music legends and their influences to success” or something like that. The slightly immature part comes out every so often and it actually makes me laugh out loud more times than not, especially when Josh or their on-air engineer, Big Jonathan Gates (KGB DJ and Dusty Futon podcaster) hammer Rich for his awkward attempt at an Elvis Presley impersonation (“Dude they can’t see your upper lip move on radio”) or they bag on Josh about his self-described, “receding” (“Dude, I love you but you are way more like bald”) hairline. Even when they deviate to childish antics, they quickly bring us back to the topic at hand and play popular or more obscure tunes by the artist/band they are highlighting that week (or tunes by other artists that were influences). 

Overall, it’s either a learning experience or a nostalgic one that is fun, easy on the ears and makes you want to light up a cigar and be part of the crew. I actually found myself wanting to hear more Queen songs or whatever band they focused on that week (Pandora should pay these guys a royalty). I can’t wait for more music artists that they bring back to the radio world. You can listen to this show on KRLY 107.9 FM Mountain Country (East County San Diego or via web stream ( every Thursday at 7PM PST. Past shows are on (search Rich Singley,, the show’s producer). Shows like this keep my radio passion alive. Keep up the good work gentlemen …I mean dudes.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#16)
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
KHTS-FMPop CHR6.36.16.6
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC5.55.54.9
KMYI-FMHot AC4.85.14.7
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
KGB-FMClassic Rock4.24.64.6
KLNV-FMMexican Regional4.44.24.5
XHTZ-FMPop CHR3.63.43.7
KIOZ-FMActive Rock2.82.83.3
XHTY-FMMexican Regional2.93.03.2
KFMB-FMAdult Hits3.63.72.8
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits3.03.22.7
KLVJ-FMContemp. Christian3.73.02.5
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
XPRS-FMClassic Hits2.52.02.2
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
KFI-AMNews Talk Info.
XPRS-AMAll Sports0.91.21.2
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits0.70.80.9
KWFN-FMAll Sports0.90.80.7
KYDQ-FMContemp. Christian0.20.20.7
KLSD-AMAll Sports0.80.90.6
XEMO-AMMexican Regional0.20.20.2
XEPE-AMAll Sports0.10.20.2
XHA-FMMexican Regional0.20.20.2
XTRA-FM StrAlternative0.20.30.2
KSON-FM StrCountry**0.1
KWFN-FM StrAll Sports**0.1
KYDO-FMContemp. Christian0.20.20.1
XRCN-AMSpanish News/Talk0.10.10.1

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Jagger & Kristi's Christmas Wish

By Joe Nelson


November 29, 2018

Contact: Sheryl Love


San Diego, CA – The season of giving back returns to the airwaves as local radio morning show “Jagger & Kristi in the Morning” announced the return of “Jagger & Kristi’s Christmas Wish.”

Magic 92.5 listeners can nominate a family member or friend to receive a surprise “Christmas Wish” on behalf of the radio station. Letters are submitted at the station website and reviewed by the morning show.

A minimum of 12 “Christmas Wishes” will be granted and shared on-air starting December 6. Every Wish granted is customized to fit the recipients need and vary in nature, from over-due vacations to new cars or home repairs. All recipients are also granted a free holiday tree, family meal and gifts for children.

To help raise funds to grant bigger Wishes, Jagger & Kristi will host a “Wish-A-Thon” broadcast this Saturday from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM at Westfield Plaza Bonita shopping center, presented by Better Off Med Spa. The duo will encourage listeners, businesses and community members to make a donation by visiting the broadcast, calling the studio request line or donating online. All donations go to the non-profit Magic 92.5 Foundation 501(c)(3) and are tax deductible. Magic 92.5 on-air personalities Xavier “X-Man” Soriano, Kelly Cole, Billy Blast, Jay Michaels, and R Dub! will also be present to greet fans and say thank you for the donation in person.

“Christmas Wish is our favorite time of year here at Magic!” said Jagger. “We LOVE teaming up with our Magic listeners to spread the Holiday cheer. It’s fun helping to create little Christmas miracles for families in right here in San Diego.”

Kristi said, “Life has become challenging for people who work hard to raise their families. All it takes is one unexpected crisis, accident or illness to throw a family into a financial struggle to pay rent and feed their families, much less have extra for Christmas. We want to help those families in need make holiday memories together and have a Merry Christmas!”

Magic 92.5 is owned by Local Media San Diego, LLC; a San Diego-based broadcasting company backed by private equity firm, Thoma Bravo, LLC. LMSD also operates Z90.3 (XHTZ-FM) and 91X (XTRA-FM).

Resume Posting

By Joe Nelson

One of the services SanDiegoRadio offers is to assist industry people find their way back in. Here is a resume submitted by Marlo Rhodes, formerly of Entercom.

If you would like your resume posted, or have a job listing for an open position, feel free to email me

Good luck, Marlo!



CELL: (619) 307-1944



(NOVEMBER 2005 – MARCH 2018) Tel: 1-858-571-7600



* Hosted on-air radio informational program broadcast to San Diego County audience of more than 100,000 listeners.

* Interviewed local community leaders, charities, and clients of KYXY 96.5 FM radio station for non-profit organizations to lend awareness of current news and issues of interest to the San Diego community county at large.

* Communications were handled through written, verbal and electronic means.

* Used extensive research methods in preparation for interviews with certain guests of notoriety from the community-at-large. Focused primarily on current points of interest to the public.

* Developed a rapport with radio station guests, clients, and individual sales staff.

* Developed and utilized digital production skills to record, edit, and upload interviews to the central programming system for playback.

* Generated accurate quarterly reports for submission to the corporate attorney’s and executives at corporate headquarters, as well as, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

* Scheduled, prepared, and organized interviewees for specific dates, times and subject content. Followed up to confirm appointments scheduled by phone and emails.

* Worked independently and/or with other levels of management.

* Operated and maintained all sensitive technical studio equipment in good working order. Trained other personnel in the proper use of highly sensitive technical equipment as well.

* Created, edited and oversaw quality control for commercial programming utilizing digital production skills.


(JULY 1997 – SEPTEMBER 2002) TEL: (301) 918-0955


* Produced, recorded and edited show comedy bits, segments and promotional ads by utilizing digital production methods

* Operated and maintained all on-air studio equipment.

* Oversaw detailed aspects of show activities and alerted show host of same.

* Created and implemented new formats ideas and marketing promotions.

* Researched guest backgrounds and profiles for setting up interviews with the show host.

* Participated in frequent on-air conversations with the show host.

* Screen Calls and act as goodwill ambassador for show host.


Office Depot: Accounts Receivable

1995-1997: Location: Savage, Maryland

LAW OFFICES OF CROSBY, HEAFEY, ROACH & MAY: Administrative Assistant

1990-1994: Oakland, California

LAW OFFICES OF ALEXANDER, MILLNER & MCGEE: Office Assistant/Receptionist

1987-1990 Oakland, California

SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT: Proficient in social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

EDUCATION: Broadcasting Institute of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland: February 1997 - November 1997

Laney College, Oakland, California

August 1989 to August 1992, Communication Studies

President, South Bay Social Club Non-Profit Organization

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Resumes Wanted - I Can Help

By Joe Nelson

In addition to publishing radio and local TV News stories, SanDiegoRadio also likes to help folks find work.

You may often see the 'Job Postings' on SDR, but I wanted to share another service I can help with- Resumes.

Simply email me your resume, please remove anything you don't wish to be public, and I will take care of the rest.

You can send them to

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Kevin 'Slow Jammin' James Gets His Day

By Joe Nelson

Kevin 'Slow Jammin' James, most recently from Magic 92.5, took a trip to D.C., I was curious about the reason, so I reached out to him. The following is his words describing his special trip.

Here’s my story. I have dedicated my whole 40 years in radio to make the listeners happy with a specialty brand of music called The Slow Jam. The Original Slow Jam incorporates many genres of music to include R&B, Pop, Jazz, Rock, Blues and even Country. It’s a show of blending that hopefully is a seamless travel through time and conjuring up memories. This along with a strong presence of volunteering in the community (D.C., LA, San Diego) has kept me and the format relevant.

This past weekend I was honored by a group called The Slow Jam KSJJCREW in Washington, D.C. This was an honor that is beyond comprehension. D.C. proclaimed November 9,2018 Kevin James Day. My airfare from LA was paid for along with my Hotel stay at The Hilton Garden Hotel. These unbelievable individuals also got Veterans to donate reward points and money to facilitate this trip. Perfect.

KSJJCREW with Kevin at Ben’s Chili Bowl in D.C. (a D.C. Landmark and Treasure)

It was Veterans Day Weekend. These listeners /friends listened to me since the early 80’s and only a few years back were they able to be reunited with the forgotten music via Slow Jam Podcasts and then Snoop Dogg’s Cadillacc Music on Dash Radio.

One little caveat to this adventure. 90% of the people had never met before. I know radio will never be like it was but I got to bask in the beauty of what once was. Spectacular!

Thank you Joe Nelson for your invigorating efforts to keep all abreast of what happens in San Diego Radio.

Kevin “Slow Jammin” James
FB IG Twitter 'Slowjamjames'

Congratulations Kevin! Great news!

Thanks for tuning in...
Joe Nelson

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

An Article Worth Sharing - Linda Welby

By Joe Nelson

   When I first met Linda Welby, The Mighty 1090 - Scott and B.R. Show, it's like she had known me for years. A very sweet and approachable lady. Linda instantly became a favorite of mine.
Scott Kaplan, Billy Ray Smith and Linda Welby at The Mighty 1090 Open - Sept 2015

   I was saddened to hear when she revealed she was diagnosed with cancer. But having said that, she spoke with such confidence and lack of fear. Linda Welby is a strong woman, a fighter.

   In this article from The San Diego Union Tribune published Wednesday, Diane Bell talks about where she was, where she is now, and how she was able to go to a World Series game to see her beloved Red Sox play against the Dodgers.

    Love to you, Linda Welby, from

Diane Bell's article:

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

Here are the latest ratings, enjoy!

San Diego (#17)
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
KHTS-FMPop CHR6.36.36.1
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC5.55.55.5
KMYI-FMHot AC4.74.85.1
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
KGB-FMClassic Rock4.64.24.6
KLNV-FMMexican Regional5.34.44.2
KFMB-FMAdult Hits3.03.63.7
XHTZ-FMPop CHR3.13.63.4
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits2.53.03.2
KLVJ-FMContemp. Christian2.63.73.0
XHTY-FMMexican Regional3.12.93.0
KIOZ-FMActive Rock2.22.82.8
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
XPRS-FMClassic Hits2.72.52.0
KFI-AMNews Talk Info.
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
XPRS-AMAll Sports1.00.91.2
KLSD-AMAll Sports0.50.80.9
KWFN-FMAll Sports0.80.90.8
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits0.70.70.8
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
XTRA-FM StrAlternative0.10.20.3
KYDO-FMContemp. Christian0.20.20.2
KYDQ-FMContemp. Christian0.20.20.2
XEMO-AMMexican Regional0.20.20.2
XEPE-AMAll Sports0.10.10.2
XHA-FMMexican Regional0.30.20.2
XRCN-AMSpanish News/Talk0.10.10.1