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Thursday, May 31, 2018

When Good Intentions Go Awry

By Joe Nelson

   This is a painful one to write, I really wanted this to be a thing. A monthly sit-down in my back yard with a radio/TV personality. I even had a clever name for it: "Chickens, Campfires, and Radio".

   It was to be held out in the yard, by the fire pit, with chickens mingling around us. Then came the 12 hour work days. I just couldn't get the strength to pull it off. There was also the work of transcribing everything from my audio recorder to being able to type it all out.I never realized how time consuming that would be.

  One afternoon, 'The Coach' John Kentera dropped by for what was to be the first edition. He was very gracious with his time, he shared some great stories and he absolutely is a class act and what is right about radio.

   I owe The Coach a huge apology for failing at this. Coach, I really meant for this to be the first of many. Thank you for coming out to the ranch and spending time for me. I will find a way to make it up to you. I can admit when I fail. I'll never hide that.

   But for now, all I can offer are some photos from that day.

Thanks Coach.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Ted Leitner to Take Leave of Absence

By Joe Nelson

SanDiegoRadio has learned some very unfortunate news.

Ted Leitner, Padres radio announcer since 1980, announced Tuesday that he has kidney cancer. Thursday he will have surgery to remove a tumor from one kidney.

Leitner will work Wednesday's game vs the Marlins.

The San Diego Union Tribune's Kevin Acee wrote this article on Ted, and his plan to move forward.

Tony Gwynn Jr. and Jesse Agler will cover for Ted while he is out.

On a personal note, every time I have met Ted, he has been most generous and kind. Here are my girls with him in 2010.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

R Dub Signs Multi-Year Deal

By Joe Nelson

Congratulations R Dub! Really one of the hardest working and creative people in the biz!


SAN DIEGO, CA   Local Media San Diego announces that the company has re-signed XHTZ & XHRM Program Director and Afternoon Personality R Dub! to a new, multi-year deal. R Dub! joined the stations in April of 2011. With the agreement, comes R Dub!’s new title of Supreme Commander (we’re serious), where he will continue to oversee the programming, strategy and branding of the company’s CHR, AC and Urban products.

Gregg Wolfson, Vice President/General Manager of Local Media San Diego, said: “We are extremely excited that RDub! will continue to call Local Media San Diego his home.  His ability to deliver relevant and compelling local radio to San Diego is nothing shy of impressive.” 

R Dub! said: “Apparently, I’m still foolin’ ‘em!

No, seriously, I wake up every single day and pinch myself. I’m not only so fortunate to do radio in the country’s most desirable place to live, but I’m working with a company that truly believes in live, local and dynamic content! From our iconic brands and patented promotions like#EPIC48Hours, to the incredible pool of talent we have in the building—including Morton in the Morning and Jagger and Kristi—I’m so proud to play a small role in this incredible team, that is truly a family.

 Ops Manager Joe Lindsay hangs his head in disappointment as VP/GM Gregg Wolfson hands R Dub! his new contract. Fun fact: the location of this photo is at our Mexican transmitter site, across the border, in Tijuana, Baja California.

Ops Manager Joe Lindsay hangs his head in disappointment as VP/GM Gregg Wolfson dangles the carrot…err, lobster in front of R Dub!, as incentive to sign the paperwork. The group celebrated the occasion with a lobster lunch, just across the border from San Diego, in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico, near the stations’ Tijuana transmitters.

I’d like to thank VP/General Manager Gregg Wolfson, consultant Tracy Johnson and Director of Operations/Programming Joe Lindsay, for an amazing seven years, and here’s to mucho mas!”

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

Telemundo 20 Names Sports Anchor

By Joe Nelson


SAN DIEGO, CA — (May 21, 2018) — Telemundo 20 San Diego today announced that Carlos Ramirez will anchor sports for the afternoon editions of Noticiero Telemundo 20 which air Monday to Friday at 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Sports Anchor MJ Acosta will continue to deliver sports news for the station's evening edition of Noticiero Telemundo 20, which airs weekdays at 1 1 PM.

"Carlos has extensive experience covering major sporting events. As we prepare to deliver the most comprehensive 2018 World Cup coverage to our viewers, Carlos will team up with MJ to deliver every World Cup moment to our audiences across all station platforms, including our 'Telemundo 20' app," said Pedro Calderon Michel, News Director for Telemundo 20.

Ramirez joined Telemundo 20 in December 2017 as a freelancer. He has more than 16 years of experience reporting sport events. He has covered the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup TM reported on seven NBA Seasons, six Copa Americas, and two UEFA European Championships (2008-2012). He has also reported for Major League Baseball and delivered reports about the Mexican League and Venezuelan League. Ramirez won the "Journalist of the Year Award" by the Venezuelan Basketball Federation and the "Play-By-Play Announcer of the Year" Award by the Venezuelan Soccer Federation. Ramirez started working in sports radio in Venezuela at the age of 19.

"I'm excited be a part of the Telemundo 20 team and to take our viewers inside the world of sports happening on both sides of the border." said Ramirez. "l can't think of a better way to start the adventure then by giving San Diegans the best in-depth reports on all the heartaches and triumphs of the World Cup!'

As the Spanish-language channel of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia taking place June 14 through July 15, Telemundo 20 will also deliver news and information around the FIFA 2018 World Cup, across all of its platforms and its social media channels @TLMD20 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Telemundo 20

Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 20 San Diego is Telemundo's local television station serving nearly 1 million Hispanic viewers in the San Diego market. As one of 18 stations that make up the Telemundo Station Group, Telemundo 20 San Diego delivers its viewers 10 hours of live, locally produced news every week across all platforms. The station's newscasts feature local breaking news, exclusive "First Alert" weather forecasts, sports reports as well as international news. Telemundo 20 provides coverage viewers can count on across all platforms, including online at, via its dedicated station app and through its social media channels. Telemundo 20 also delivers Spanish-speaking viewers world-class programming produced by Telemundo network.

ALT 949's Indie Jam

By Joe Nelson


Saturday, September 8th

At the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre

Presented by Subaru and Mission Fed


Featuring: Dirty Heads, Bishop Briggs, lovelytheband, Superorganism and Two Feet.

Tickets: $30 GA | $55 VIP Admission

On sale now at

Special thanks to our friends and sponsors: Subaru, Mission Fed, KAABOO Del Mar, Tea of a Kind, Mira Costa College and ZICO Coconut Water.

$2 of every ticket goes to Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation - Benefiting Surfrider San Diego Chapter.

Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation, supporting the efforts of non-profit organizations doing commendable work in the fields of community health, the environment, arts & education and social change.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
KGB-FMClassic Rock4.14.35.0
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC4.14.44.9
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
KMYI-FMHot AC4.95.24.6
XHTZ-FMPop CHR4.03.94.4
KHTS-FMPop CHR3.54.24.2
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
KLNV-FMMexican Regional4.24.33.7
KFMB-FMAdult Hits2.92.93.3
XPRS-FMClassic Hits2.72.73.1
KIOZ-FMActive Rock2.92.52.8
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits2.52.72.7
KLVJ-FMContemp. Christian2.63.12.5
XHTY-FMMexican Regional2.92.32.3
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
XPRS-AMAll Sports1.61.31.2
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
KEGY-FMPop CHR1.60.40.8
KLSD-AMAll Sports0.70.80.8
KYDO-FMContemp. Christian0.90.60.7
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits0.70.70.7
XEMO-AMMexican Regional0.40.40.4
XHA-FMMexican Regional0.20.20.2
XEPE-AMAll Sports0.10.10.1


By Joe Nelson

Media Contact:  Tim Young, 805-402-3627 or

San Diego, CA – May 14, 2018 – San Diego Taco Fest – San Diego’s largest one-day Taco Festival is set to kick off this Saturday at Waterfront Park. San Diegans will now have the chance to enjoy the best tacos local restaurants have to offer.

Taking place at Waterfront Park on May 19, San Diego’s Largest Taco Festival will feature more than 30 of San Diego’s best taco restaurants, a fun lineup of local and national concert acts, live Lucha Libre wrestling matches, a Chihuahua beauty pageant and races, and interactive experiences. New to this year’s action-packed day will be the Milagro Cantina – a Margarita Bar serving hand-crafted margaritas while a DJ provides entertainment under the Marg Tent. San Diego Taco Fest is open to anyone ages 21 and up.

“San Diego is home to some of the best tacos on this planet but the hardest part is deciding where to eat,” said Tim Young one of the Taco Fest Organizers. “We decided why not bring all the best restaurants all together to enjoy a day of fun-filled with tacos, great beer and awesome music. There’s nothing better in my mind.”

San Diego Taco Fest sold out in 2016 and 2017, collectively entertaining more than 19,000 fans who have consumed more than 60,000 tacos. VIP is sold outand General Admission tickets are expected to sell out at some point on Saturday. Advance tickets are $30 and day of tickets are $35 while supplies last.

Event Details
May 19
Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
21+ event

Concert entertainment includes:
Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderella
 - Widely known as the group responsible for changing hip-hop, Salt-N-Pepa and DJ Spinderella will headline the Taco Fest lineup. The Grammy Award winners will perform their most well-known chart-topping hits.
Bulevar Descarga – Born out of San Diego and Tijuana, Bulevar Descarga will deliver Big Banda music including Latin, Jazz, Funk, Boleros, and Flamenco.
Flashpants – Bringing the hits of the ‘80s, Flashpants will deliver high-energy dance music that will blow your mind. They perform more than 200 shows per year.
One Drop Redemption – One Drop Redemption is the 'Premiere' Bob Marley & the Wailers Tribute show.  Their all-star lineup of reggae musicians tour the country playing crowd favorites from Marley’s long list of iconic songs.
Los Sleepwalkers – Boasting a huge following, this San Diego-based band is always ready to throw down some original Chicano Roots/Rockabilly/Cumbiabilly for your dancing pleasure.
Chill Clinton – This SD native band is on the rise and will feature an electrifying take on hip hop that showcases beatbox grooves, street-smart lyrics, gritty guitar riffs and spacey synth sounds.
D-Rock – San Diego’s own DJ D-Rock will kick off San Diego Taco Fest spinning records for a live music mix. D-Rock, who is also the Morning Show Producer on Z90.3, has shared the stage with Janet Jackson and Busta Rhymes to name a few.
Mariachi Real de San Diego – The number-one Mariachi band in San Diego since 1978 will be greeting taco fans at the entrance and roaming Waterfront Park sharing their traditional music.

When In Doubt Dial It Out Restaurant Row Presented by San Diego CityBeat will consist of a mix of the best taco-centric establishments from the San Diego region.  Restaurants will offer their signature tacos with prices starting at $2. Participating restaurants can be found here.

Lucha Libre Wrestling Presented by Sycuan Casino will take place throughout the day between band performances.  Baja Stars, a Tijuana based pro wrestling organization founded in 1988, will organize and conduct the matches.

Returning to this year’s Taco Fest is the wildly popular Chihuahua dog races and beauty pageant. Taco Fest has again partnered with Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego to help with their adoptions.

Tickets are available online at General Admission includes entrance to the festival and all the amazing entertainment. Tacos and beverages are an additional cost.

VIP SOLD OUT include beverages, taco bar, private restrooms and front row access to the concerts.
Website –

San Diego Taco Fest was developed by Southport Marketing in partnership with Local Media San Diego, LLC (91X, Magic 92.5 and Z90) and Westward Entertainment.

Monday, May 14, 2018

National Radio Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

By Joe Nelson

On Monday, the National Radio Hall of Fame announced their nominees for the 2018 class of potential inductees. Voting is now open on the personalities for enshrinement on November 15 in New York City. Winners will be announced on June 25.

Notable names for consideration are Dr. Laura, Mike Golic, George Noory and Jim Rome.

The Nominees are as follows:

Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)
Jonathon Brandmeier, Chicago (WLUP/WCKG)
Jim Harper and The Breakfast Club, Detroit (WNIC/WMGC)
Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot, Steve Morrison), Philadelphia (WPLY/WMMR)
Bob Rivers, Seattle (KISW/KZOK/KJR)
Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more)
Mike Francesa, New York (WFAN)
Johnny Holliday, Washington, DC (WWDC/WMAL)
Jim Kerr, New York (WPLJ/WAXQ)
Charles Laquidara, Boston (WBCN/WZLX)
Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more)
Nanci Donnellan, The Fabulous Sports Babe
Kim Komando, The Kim Komando Show
Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, Mike & Mike
Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more)
John Garabedian, Open House Party
Walt “Baby” Love, Gospel Traxx
Dr. Laura Schlessinger, The Dr. Laura Program
Robert Siegel, All Things Considered
The following two categories will be voted on by the public.
Music Format On-Air Personality
Kid Kelly (WHTZ/SiriusXM)
Angie Martinez (WQHT/WWPR)
John Tesh (syndicated)
Spoken Word On-Air Personality
Mark Levin (syndicated)
Joe Madison (SiriusXM)
George Noory (syndicated)
Jim Rome (syndicated)

More information on the NRHOF website HERE

Thanks for tuning in to SanDiegoRadio

Thursday, May 10, 2018

X-Fest 2018

By Joe Nelson

SAN DIEGO, CA – Iconic San Diego alternative rock station 91X today announced the line-up and details for X-Fest 2018, celebrating 35 years of 91X.

Happening Saturday, August 11, Beck and Death Cab for Cutie will co-headline the festival, along with The Struts, Joywave, Twin Shadow, Meg Myers, Moon Taxi, Teenage Wrist, Mansionair, and The Regrettes.

The ten bands on two stages at X-Fest 2018 will be held on the grass Practice Field at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley to deliver a true local festival experience. All ages are welcome.

Advance tickets cost $56.00 plus service charges, and go on-sale Friday, May 11 at 10:00 AM at and Ticketmaster.  $1.00 per ticket sold will be donated to the Inspired By Music Fund.

“To celebrate 35 years of 91X, we chose to curate an artist lineup for X-Fest 2018 that honors the past, lives in the present and looks to the future," said 91X Program Director Garett Michaels.  "Beck has been a constant presence on 91X since 1993 and Death Cab For Cutie since 2003, while both continue to create vital and exciting music today.  As San Diego’s new music discovery destination X-Fest is loaded for with newer artists we are really excited about. All of this on a huge grass lawn in the heart of San Diego in August.  We can’t wait!”

X-fest 2018 is produced by 91X and Goldenvoice. Additional details on the concert can be found at

91X 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 Z90 (XHTZ-FM)