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Thursday, March 8, 2018

'Little' Tommy and Chelsea's Run

By Joe Nelson

   I wanted to share a couple photos from Chelsa's Run and Bob & Coe's Group Hug that took place recently.

   Tommy Sablan recently joined iHeart and the KGB morning show as a producer and brought his passion of remembering Chelsea each year to his new station.

   Well done, Tommy, Bob, Coe and KGB San Diego

Here is the link to the UT article


Letters From Readers on XLNC1

By Joe Nelson

Thanks to reader Dave Siegler for his contribution regarding XLNC1. (Also- one more after Dave's letter from Paul Williams)

Hi Joe,

Thanks for your informative and interesting website.

With XLNC1 Radio at 104.9 FM dropping classical music,

for the first time in over 50 years, most San Diego County classical music

lovers do not have a terrestrial classical music radio station except for 2 hours per

week on Sunday nights when KPBS FM broadcasts the San Diego Symphony concerts

from 8-10 PM. Of course many listeners have multiple choices of classical music from

the Internet, (both radio stations in other cities and Music Services like Pandora). In San Diego,

people who buy an HD receiver can listen to KPBS HD-2 which provides a national

24/7 Classical Music Service with good announcers and a clear signal, at least from my

office near Old Town, but little connection to San Diego except a few pre-recorded local

announcements. You can buy a decent small radio receiver with HD-1, HD-2,

and HD-3 for under $50. Some of these HD receivers are far more expensive.

Brief History of San Diego Classical Music Radio

For 40 years from 1956-1996 KVOD FM at 94.1 had a very strong signal where they broadcast

classical music all day and night. During some of these years, KVOD also played some jazz music.

Beginning around early 1997, KVOD stopped playing classical music, changed their

call letters (today KMYI I think), and have provided various rock formats since then.

Starting in 1997 a series of smaller area stations started playing classical music, notably the

new KFSD with a much weaker signal from Escondido at 92.1 and XBACH from

Tijuana at 540 AM. After 2 or 3 years, these stations dropped classical music.

While the weak FM signal and the AM signal were not as pleasant as the

former strong classical music signal at 94.1 FM, at least most interested San Diegans could pick

up classical music on a regular home or car radio.

In 1998 XLNC1 started playing classical music, initially on the internet.

I think in the year 2000 XLNC1 started simulcasting this internet music with a strong

signal at 90.7. In 2008 XLNC, due to interference with a Los Angeles station

at the same 90.7 frequency, XLNC was forced to move its signal from 90.7 to 104.9

a signal from Rosarito, Mexico. The signal tended to be better in

the southern half of San Diego County, but reached much of the county with

the right receiver and antenna.

Due to financial losses, XLNC1 is now renting the frequency/station at 104.9

to a Mexican company playing a mixture of pop Mexican and American

music and some talk. Outside of the internet, San Diego classical music

supporters now have 2 radio choices: KUSC from Los Angeles at 91.5 FM reaches some radios in

the San Diego region, especially North County. The other option is to

purchase an HD radio receiver and listen to KPBS HD-2 All Classical Music. I don’t know if the
HD-2 Channel reaches all of San Diego County.

Many major cities have recently lost or will soon lose their primary classical music stations

including Miami, Houston, Salt Lake, Atlanta, and now San Diego.

Here’s hoping another terrestrial radio station brings back Classical Music to San Diego.


Dave Siegler


From Paul Williams:

Good Morning to you, Joe, Regarding XLNC1, what happened was they had to permanently discontinue broadcasting on the air at 104.9FM, because they couldn't financially afford to stay on the air. As a listener-supported station, they depended on donations and funds and sponsorships to keep it afloat, but from what I had first read, those donations and funds weren't enough to keep it going, so last week, they had to pull the plug on their FM broadcasts. Their last day on the air was supposed to have been last Thursday, the 1st, but after a brief, 2-day extension, they went off the air for good on Saturday. They are still, however, streaming their music online at their website,, plus they also have an app that you can download to your mobile phone, Android, or IPhone. Well, Joe, that is the straight skinny for you on XLNC1, as best as I can give it to you anyway. Thanks so much for letting me share this with you. Sincerely, PAUL WILLIAMS

Thanks Dave and Paul!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018


By Joe Nelson

I have received a few emails regarding the status and future of XLNC1.

I have not published anything because I have not received any presser on it. I don't know much, if anything at all about this station, so for me to write anything of any substance, that wouldn't be very responsible as it would mostly be rumor and conjecture.

I have an idea. There seem to be a few of you out there who were big fans of this station. So I offer you this.

If you would like to write a guest column about XLNC1 and its future, email me and it will be published. All I ask is that it be kept respectful.

Email me at


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Press Release for 97.3 The Machine

By Joe Nelson

Apologies for the delay, the platform I run SDR on was down for a few days. And the app no longer exists for IOS.

Here is the presser for Entercom's newest station 97.3 The Machine


The station will be the new flagship home of the San Diego Padres Radio Network

PHILADELPHIA, PA – March 2, 2018 – Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, today announced the launch of 97.3 The Machine, Talk that Rocks, in San Diego. The new station will engage and entertain San Diego’s audience with a unique mix of compelling personalities, comedy, sports and curated classic rock music. Listeners will also be able to tune in to broadcasts of the San Diego Padres’ spring training and regular season games.

“97.3 The Machine will offer San Diego listeners a one of a kind station that combines all of the elements they have been craving: captivating talent, comedy, rock and sports,” said Bob Bolinger, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Diego. “We’re excited to fill this void in San Diego and will continue to add even more compelling content to the station’s lineup to serve both listeners and local partners.”

The new 97.3 The Machine will feature the popular sports-themed program, “The Dan Sileo Show,” on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Following that, the station will air the top syndicated program on Seattle’s KISW, “The Men’s Room,” from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In the evenings, 97.3 The Machine will air all 162 regular season games of the San Diego Padres in addition to 12 of their spring training games. This year’s San Diego Padres broadcast will feature radio play-by-play announcers Ted Leitner and Jesse Agler, expanded pre and post-game shows and complimentary programming throughout the week. Evenings and weekends when not broadcasting Padres baseball, 97.3 The Machine will provide music fans in San Diego with a true classic rock curated playlist ‘That Rocks,’ framed by entertaining comedy. On March 29th, 97.3 The Machine will debut it’s morning show “Kevin Klein Live” from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Listeners in the San Diego area can tune in to 97.3 The Machine, stream at and connect with the station online via social media at 973themachine on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The Machine will also offer complimentary programming on 97.3 HD2 The Rock Machine and HD3 The Comedy Machine.

97.3 The Machine is a part of Entercom, a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the top two radio broadcasters in the country reaching over 100 million people each week through a robust portfolio of over 235 radio stations, digital platforms and live events. Entercom is also the #1 creator of live, original local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio.


Esther-Mireya Tejeda




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).