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Monday, July 23, 2018

The Ronnie & Bo Show

By Joe Nelson

Bo Woods, son of the iconic Jack Woods of Charlie and Harrigan, reached out to me and would like to share his venture with his partner Ronnie Merrell. On Sunday, Bo and I talked about their Podcast which is now available on iTunes. and many other platforms.

The Ronnie & Bo Show is a 5-day a week podcast. Affectionately called, "the best-worst podcast you've ever heard". Bo grew up in San Diego the son of Jack Woods a.k.a. "Charlie" of San Diego's legendary morning team show Charlie & Harrigan. Bo said, "Well, I followed in my father's steps when I decided to get into radio. I worked on-air at Y-95, Z-90 and KCBQ-FM, before making it to Dallas and eventually K-EARTH 101, Los Angeles. But now I truly know the feeling of having an on-air partner. Ronnie Merrell is the funniest guy I know". 

Ronnie Merrell earned money in college writing jokes for Jay Leno's Tonight Show Monologues. Merrell added, "It's a perfect combo, Bo knows the technical side of things and I excel in the social media arena. Plus, Bo has enough hair on his face to go around for the both of us". 

The podcast episodes are about 20 minutes in length, available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and all other podcasts providers. Said Bo, "We are keeping it family-friendly and hope that if we can make each other laugh then hopefully listeners will enjoy the show".

Their Facebook Page:


Monday, July 16, 2018

Steve Breen Takes Home an Emmy

By Joe Nelson would like to send out a huge congratulations to the San Diego Union-Tribune's Editorial Cartoonist Steve Breen.

   Steve Breen, with the newspaper since 2001, earned an Emmy this year for his work on Street Art: Portraits of San Diego's homeless. The feature consists of interviews with local homeless people accompanied with his trademark illustrations. Breen is also a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his previous work.

   Here is a segment from PBS News Hour with Breen talking about Street Art.

Fantastic work, Steve!

Thanks for tuning in,


By Joe Nelson

This past Friday, the 13th, Shelly Dunn of The DSC announced her retirement. Congratulations, Shelly on nearly 30 years of waking San Diego up and making us laugh!

By the time I got off work, the whole world knew about it so I was not in a big hurry to publish.

Since then I have reached out to my contact with the show again and learned that even though Shelly will be moving on at Month's end, the future of the show is not yet known. No new contract has been signed and there has been word that Entercom has interest in bringing in the morning team.

Will they move to Entercom? Will they stay at KFM-BFM? With owner Tegna notorious for not having much interest in the radio side, this could get very interesting.

As we say... Stay Tuned!

X-Fest Cancelled

By Joe Nelson

SAN DIEGO, CA – 91X and Goldenvoice have made the difficult decision to cancel X-Fest 2018 on Saturday, August 11th.  After considerable thought and reflection, we feel we are unable to deliver the level of experience the fans expect from X-Fest. 
Tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase.
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 Z90.3 (XHTZ-FM) and Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM).

Telemundo 20 Responde Announcement

By Joe Nelson



SAN DIEGO, CA – (July 16, 2018) – Telemundo 20 San Diego / KUAN today announced the launch of a new consumer investigative unit – Telemundo 20 Responde – that will answer inquiries from local consumers who fear they may have been wronged in any way. Telemundo 20 San Diego joins other Telemundo-owned stations that already feature local Telemundo Responde consumer investigative units. Collectively, Telemundo Responde teams located across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico have put more than $6 million back in consumers’ pockets.

As Consumer Investigative Reporter, Sergio Flores will lead Telemundo 20’s Telemundo 20 Responde unit. Flores’ first Telemundo 20 Responde report will air during the station’s local weekday evening newscast, Noticiero Telemundo 20 at 11 PM (PT). His reports will continue to air daily during the station’s late local newscast.

Our Telemundo Responde teams have provided a voice to thousands of consumers who felt voiceless. We are pleased to launch our very own consumer investigative unit to help our local viewers get the answers and resolutions they need once and for all,” said Richard Kelley, President and General Manager of Telemundo 20. “With more than 17 years of experience in enterprise reporting, Sergio will lead the charge for our local consumer unit and advocate for local consumers.”

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead Telemundo 20 Responde and look forward to working with my colleagues to help our viewers get answers to consumer issues that have gone unanswered for far too long,” added Flores. “No consumer question or email will go unanswered. Our Telemundo 20 Responde team will respond to our viewers and work tirelessly to try and get them the information they need.”

Launched in 2014, the Telemundo Responde units have recovered more than $6 million for consumers in 14 markets, including Los Angeles (KVEA), New York (WNJU), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WSCV), Houston (KTMD), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXTX), Chicago (WSNS), Harlingen (KTLM), San Antonio (KVDA), the San Francisco Bay Area (KSTS), Phoenix (KTAZ), Tucson (KHRR), Las Vegas (KBLR), Denver (KDEN) and Puerto Rico (WKAQ).

About Telemundo 20 San Diego

Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 20 San Diego is Telemundo’s local television station serving nearly 1 million Hispanic viewers in the San Diego market. 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” live, local weather forecasts, sports reports, international news as well as reports from Telemundo 20 Responde, a consumer investigative unit. 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.

Job Posting Request

By Joe Nelson

   Just a friendly reminder that SanDiegoRadio also has a job board, so if you have job postings, send them my way!

   I know of a few people asking me if there are any opportunities available right now, I hate to see anyone out of work for too long, so I'd be happy to publish any.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Latest Ratings

By Joe Nelson

San Diego (#17)
KPBS-FMNews Talk Info.
KOGO-AMNews Talk Info.
XHRM-FMRhythmic AC4.94.55.0
KGB-FMClassic Rock5.05.14.9
KMYI-FMHot AC4.65.24.9
KHTS-FMPop CHR4.24.54.7
KFMB-FMAdult Hits3.33.63.9
XHTZ-FMPop CHR4.44.53.9
KLNV-FMMexican Regional3.74.13.7
XLTN-FMSpanish Contemp.
KLQV-FMSpanish Adult Hits2.72.72.7
KIOZ-FMActive Rock2.82.62.6
KLVJ-FMContemp. Christian2.52.72.5
XPRS-FMClassic Hits3.12.52.5
XHTY-FMMexican Regional2.32.42.4
KFMB-AMNews Talk Info.
XHFG-FMSpanish Contemp.
XPRS-AMAll Sports1.21.01.1
KWFN-FM+All Sports0.80.71.0
KLSD-AMAll Sports0.81.00.9
XOCL-FMSpanish Adult Hits0.70.90.9
KYDO-FMContemp. Christian0.70.60.5
KYDQ-FMContemp. Christian0.20.20.2
XHA-FMMexican Regional0.20.20.2
XEMO-AMMexican Regional0.4*0.1
XEPE-AMAll Sports0.1**

Sunday, July 8, 2018


By Joe Nelson

   I have been quiet on the whole DSC/KFM-BFM story for a reason. I don't publish speculation, I run on facts.

   I have something I can share now and it includes statements from both sides. I reached out to someone very close to the show and management from the station. I received statements from both.

   I will place them below without comment and let you, the reader decide where this could be headed.

Thanks to all for responding to me for this information.

From the DSC 'side':

"What you’ve seen and read is *mostly* true.  KFMB could have worked this up a long time ago but purposely chose not to. Now they’ve lost any protection over their DSC brand. Why would they let that happen? You can draw your own conclusions, as have I. But none of them are good, and hardly encouraging. So it’s hard not to be offended. It’s hardly the way a company acts when they want to keep a show. And now I’d say that’s doubtful."

From the station:

"Hi Everyone, There were a couple articles that came out today in The San Diego Reader and with unfounded rumors about KFMB not being in negotiations with the DSC or not wanting to renew their show. While I don’t usually comment on rumors, I want to be clear that there is no truth to these stories. I am personally involved in discussions with the DSC crew and we have been negotiating with them in good faith. I also spoke to Dave Rickards today who is on vacation and he wanted me to relay the following… “We are currently in negotiations to continue our long-standing relationship with KFMB.” - Dave Rickards"

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Dick Warren

By Joe Nelson

Special thanks to Kevin Schrader from KPBS via SBE Chapter 36.

Thanks Kevin,
Passing it along

Dick Warren, a veteran San Diego radio talent and engineer, passed away this week after suffering a stroke recently. He has been a member of the San Diego SBE chapter longer than any other engineer.

Dick worked at a number of legacy stations, including KSON 1240 and KSDO 1130 AM. He most recently served as a contract engineer for a number of lesser-known stations, such as KKSM Palomar College, KNSN San Diego, and KPRI (when it was Compass Radio 102.1).Dick Warren. Photo provided by his family.

Zeb Navarro of KKSM says a memorial service for Dick has been set by his family for July 21st. You can learn more and communicate your desire to attend by sending a message to his family at This is to help them get a good handle on how many people will attend.

There will also be two scholarships established in Dick’s name. One will be at Palomar College and the other with the San Diego ARRL. Once these scholarships have been established, Dick’s family wanted to include this with memorial information. The family says they should have the scholarship set up by July 6th.

Bill Lipis, mostly retired engineer who brought us the bad news said, “Dick’s big claim to fame was MANY years as KSON country DJ and then he started doing engineering and spinning the country hits! I worked my first weekend board shift with Dick as KSON DJ at the College Grove picture window studios. He later started engineering about every station in town. Dick was at KSON starting out when Jack Rabell was Chief and DJ. Dick also spent years at 1130 KSDO studios and transmitter through a lot of moves! He is truly one of the best and kindness people.”

Bob Gonsett said, “Dick was a fabulous professional announcer (KSON years ago), an accomplished Amateur Radio operator (K6OBS) and an excellent broadcast engineer. He was a Christian, a gentle giant and true friend. He spoke from the heart. He was one of those people you’d meet once and just want to be around again and again. The last time I had the pleasure of working with Dick was on Mt. Soledad a few years ago. We were inspecting an FM transmitter plant and discussing a number of possible improvements. As usual, he had foreseen complications and worked out solutions so we could proceed without a hitch. He will be greatly missed by all.”

I had the pleasure of working with Dick at KPRI-FM/Compass Broadcasting and was always impressed by his positive attitude and vast radio engineering experience.