Showing posts from 2019

91X Raises Thousands for Local Schools

By Joe Nelson



(September 16, 2019, San Diego, CA) Local alternative rock station 91X announced today a cumulative donation of $16,359 to the San Diego County Office of Education, raised from the station’s “Inspired By Music,” concert series.

The program stems from a partnership started in 2018 between 91X, Belly Up Entertainment and the SDCOOE. The core method of fundraising comes from a commitment of $1.00 of every ticket sold to “Inspired By Music” concerts held at the Music Box in downtown San Diego.

Local craft brewer Green Flash Brewing Company joined the program this year, and pledged to match the $1.00 per ticket donation for all 2019 IBM shows, as well as additional funds from events at their Mira Mesa facility. As word of t…

Jagger and Kristi Announce Their New Producer

By Joe Nelson

(September 13, 2019, San Diego, CA) Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM) Morning Show duo “Jagger & Kristi,” announced Samantha DeJesus, nicknamed “Sam” on-air, as new producer for their highly rated program

DeJesus stepped in the producer role in the interim following the departure of Sheryl Love in July, and will now take on the role full time.

The San Diego native started as an Intern at Local Media San Diego in the radio promotions department while studying at Communications at Miramar College.  She quickly joined the production and programming departments working as a Board Operator, doing spot production, voice-over work, as well as on-air roles on Magic and sister station 91X.

“I cannot fully express the amount gratitude I have to be given such an amazing opportunity,” said DeJesus.  “Along with the rest of the city, I grew up listening to Jagger and Kristi, so I feel like I’ve known them all my life. To be working alongside such an iconic radio duo, who are legends to the San Di…

LaDona Harvey Extends Contract at KOGO

By Joe Nelson

LaDona Harvey of Newsradio 600 Extends Contract

SAN DIEGO, CA – August 22, 2019 –  KOGO and LaDona Harvey, co-host of San Diego’s Morning News, have agreed to terms on a new contract that extends her role on the most popular local news and information program on San Diego radio.

For the past five years, veteran news personalities LaDona Harvey and Ted Garcia have helped San Diegans start their day with breaking news and the information important to their world. With both under multi-year contracts, listeners can be assured that LaDona and Ted will be there with their trusted presentation of news, weather, traffic and information uniquely designed for San Diego for many years to come.
San Diego’s Morning News also features Real Time Traffic reports with Kevin Dean, up to the minute Business News with Robert “Sully” Sullivan and of course the award-winning KOGO News reporting team.
LaDona and Melissa Forrest
“I am delighted to continue to be a part of the News Radio 600 famil…

Derek Staahl is Back in San Diego

By Joe Nelson

Derek Staahl is coming back to San Diego. Staahl spent the last 4 years in Arizona and says he is very excited to be back.
Staahl will join the 10News team as an anchor and reporter.

Congratulations Derek,

Here is his post from Facebook:

CAREER NEWS! New job, favorite city. After four years in Arizona, I’m beyond excited to be heading back to San Diego!! I’ve accepted an anchor/reporter role with 10News, the ABC affiliate. I have long admired the quality journalism 10News produces. I worked closely with them during my four years at San Diego 6 and I’m thrilled to be part of this exceptional team! In my new role, I’ll be reporting daily and anchoring in the Live Center, providing breaking news updates during the early evening M-F newscasts. I grew up in SoCal, my family lives here, and I feel so privileged to be back in the place my heart never left.

To my friends in Arizona, it was such a pleasure working with you. I learned SO MUCH from Arizona’s Family. I got to do the m…

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - Steven Woods

By Joe Nelson

This edition of the SanDiegoRadio Spotlight features Steven Woods, the 97.3 The Fan co-host and I sat down a few years back, but so much has changed I figured it was time to check in with him again and see what's new.

What is your current position?
Co-host of Ben & Woods on 97.3 The Fan
How are things with you right now? Life, work…..Life honestly couldn't be better. My wife, Hannah and I are extremely blessed with a healthy and very active baby boy, Beau. Work is going really well too. Our show is really firing on all cylinders and we're working hard every week to bring our listeners along for the ride.
Do you have anything you’d like to talk about? Such as stories from radio? Most of my radio stories I won't be able to tell until I'm retired, lol. That said, it's been one hell of a ride. February of 2020 will be TEN YEARS on the air in San Diego, which still blows my mind.
San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit? Petco Park, no …

Telemundo 20 San Diego Names Anchor

By Joe Nelson


SAN DIEGO, CA – (August 19, 2019) – Telemundo 20 San Diego / KUAN today named Rigo Villalobos anchor/reporter for the station’s newscasts that air Monday to Friday at 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM and 11:00PM. He will join co-anchor Lizzet Lopez. Telemundo 20 serves the Spanish speaking community on the border between Tijuana and San Diego in southern California and Baja California, Mexico. 


SAN DIEGO, CA – (August 19, 2019) – Telemundo 20 San Diego / KUAN today named Rigo Villalobos anchor/reporter for the station’s newscasts that air Monday to Friday at 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM and 11:00PM. He will join co-anchor Lizzet Lopez. Telemundo 20 serves the Spanish speaking community on the border between Tijuana and San Diego in southern California and Baja California, Mexico.

“Rigo has proven to be an outstanding journalist in and out of the studio. He’s cov…

More Changes at KOGO

By Joe Nelson

News Radio 600 Adds Darren Smith to KOGO Weekday Line-up

SAN DIEGO, CA – Effective Monday, August 19, 2019, Not Sports withDarren Smith and Jack Cronin will debut weekday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on News Radio 600 KOGO.

Smith currently hosts the popular Darren Smith Show, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., on XTRA 1360 and now joins the line-up on iHeart San Diego powerhouse News Radio 600 KOGO, alongside Cronin, co-host of San Diego’s Evening News.
Smith has been a prominent voice in San Diego sports radio since 2004. For the past 15 years, Darren has delivered sports fans with a unique opinion, topical interviews and breaking news coverage. 
“When Darren chose to join us at iHeart Media San Diego, it was clear that he was an exceptional talent with something to say on a variety of issues both inside and outside of the world of sports,” said KOGO and XTRA 1360 Program Director Brian Long. “This is an exciting opportunity for KOGO listeners to experience a new voice and perspective on …

iHeart San Diego Announces 'Jesse & Tati in the Morning'

By Joe Nelson

iHeartMedia San Diego’s Star 94.1 FM Announces the Debut of the New “Jesse and Tati in the Morning”
SAN DIEGO – August 16, 2019 – Star 94.1 FM, San Diego’s More Music, More Variety Station, announced today the debut of “Jesse and Tati in the Morning,” effective August 26. “Jesse and Tati in the Morning” will broadcast weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The show brings popular San Diego on-air personalities Jesse Lozano and Tati Santiago together as co-hosts. They will bring a fresh new perspective and energy to listeners every morning by discussing the latest celebrity headlines while airing music from top artists including Pink, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Shawn Mendes.
“‘Jesse and Tati in the Morning’ will be an entertaining, San Diego-centric morning show that focuses on relatability, giving listeners a great variety of music to get their day started,” said Joe Haze, Program Director for Star 94.1 FM and Channel 93.3 FM.
Tati began her radio career i…

Delana Bennett Shifts Shifts

By Joe Nelson

iHeartMedia San Diego’s Star 94.1 FM Announces Delana Bennett as New Afternoon Drive Host
San Diego, Calif. – August 15, 2019 – Star 94.1 FM, San Diego’s More Music, More Variety Station, has named Delana Bennett as Afternoon Drive Host, effective September 3. Bennett will broadcast weekday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to hosting afternoon drive, Bennett has also been named Assistant Program Director for Star 94.1 FM.

Bennett has been a familiar voice in San Diego for almost 20 years. She is known for her fun, outgoing personality and the ability to make people smile with her unique brand of humor. As afternoon drive host, Bennett will provide entertaining features that focus on celebrity gossip with “Delana’s Dish,” heartwarming and inspiring stories with “Good News,” and crazy headlines and happenings from the great state of Florida with “WTF: What The Florida.”
Bennett, who previously served as an on-air personality on “Jesse Lozano in the Morning” on St…

Dave Mason Back on the Air

By Joe Nelson

August 14, 2019

100.7 Adds Dave Mason to Weekend On-Air Team SAN DIEGO, CA – 100.7 San Diego announced today that Dave Mason is joining the weekend on-air team. In addition to doing weekends, he will also help fill-in elsewhere as needed.

Mason has been in radio since his junior year of High School in Rochester, NY. His radio travels have taken him to radio stations in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Nashville and, for the past 20 years, San Diego.

Director of FM programming, Mike V. Vasquez, said, “Our team is made up of radio fanatics, which makes Dave an ideal fit! His level of experience and passion will be a tremendous addition to our team and we’re eager to get him on-the-air.”

Mason added, “Joining 100.7 San Diego is a thrill for me in sharing some of the best music ever and doing what I love to do, which is have fun on the radio. It’s great to be part of a station that super-serves the musical tastes of San Diego. I’m proud to be jo…

Cha Cha Added to 100.7

By Joe Nelson

July 12, 2019

100.7 Adds Karen “Cha Cha” Harlow to Weekend On-Air Team
SAN DIEGO, CA – 100.7 San Diego announced today that Karen “Cha Cha” Harlow is joining the weekend on-air team. She will be on Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will also help fill-in elsewhere as needed.

Cha Cha first started in San Diego radio in the 80s, crossing the border to the XHTZ studios in Mexico. She then joined KHTS/San Diego in the afternoon before leaving to fulfill her LA dreams where she worked as a news anchor and reporter at KNX/Los Angeles. Most recently, she did afternoons at XHPRS/Tijuana-San Diego until that station was taken off the air in December 2018.

Director of FM programming, Mike V. Vasquez, said, “I’ve been a fan of Cha Cha’s since first hearing her when I arrived in San Diego in 1998, so I’m thrilled to finally work with her! Her energetic, positive vibes combined with her extensive connections in San Diego make her an ideal fit for us. We are so…

Chris Turner Leaving Entercom

By Joe Nelson

This one stings, I try to never give my opinions, just lay the facts out there and keep my personal opinions and feelings aside. I can't on this one.

Not only has Chris been incredibly generous to me through the years with this, that and the other, also being so supportive to me during the difficult times I lost my mom, then my dad. He even picked up a few gifts for my daughter while he was in London. But prior to these, long ago, Chris was my boss at KSON, for Jefferson Pilot. Along with Steve Sapp.

Chris was always fair to me, very friendly and I loved working for him. Nothing changes in the following years.

I am proud to call Chris friend and just know he will land again very soon.

Having said that, here is the article All Access published today. Thanks to them for this.

ENTERCOM COMMUNICATIONS/SAN DIEGO Marketing Dir. CHRIS TURNER will depart the five-station cluster after 31 years due to restructuring. TURNER started in promotions with JEFFERSON PILOT COMMUNICAT…

Coach Kentera Gets Midday Slot

By Joe Nelson


PHILADELPHIA, PA – June 27, 2019 – Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and the unrivaled leader in sports radio, today announced “Coach” John Kentera as the new midday host for 97.3 The Fan (KWFN-FM), San Diego’s Only 24/7, All-Sports FM Station and the flagship station of the San Diego Padres. Coach Kentera will be on air weekdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT, effective July 1. 

“We’re thrilled to add Coach Kentera to 97.3 The Fan’s weekday lineup,” said Bob Bolinger, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Diego. “Coach has a rich history in San Diego and is truly beloved by the community, sports fans and advertising partners alike.”

“After over thirty years in the radio business, I look forward to being a full-time member of the 97.3 The Fan team,” said Coach Kentera. “It will be a pleasure to contribute to the continued success of this station alongside an extremely professiona…

Changes at Entercom

By Joe Nelson

Effective July 8, the following changes will take place at Sunny 98.1 & KyXy 96.5.

Gene Knight will return to KyXy and assume the PM Drive shift, while Joe Rosati moves from KyXy to Sunny 98.1 afternoons.

In addition to these changes, Gene will be doing music for both Sunny and KyXy.

Congratulations, guys!


Entercom Cuts

By Joe Nelson

   Sad news to report out of Entercom San Diego. Three cuts today from the building.

Dave Mason (Sunny 98.1), Mark Blackwell (KYXY), and engineer Steve Cilurzo were released.

I have been told these are budget related decisions, nothing more.

SanDiegoRadio wishes nothing but the best for these three. Good luck for your futures.

Joe Nelson

Jesse Lozano in the Morning's 1 More Win Golf Tournament WIN

By Joe Nelson

WOW! The 4th Annual 1 More Win golf tournament at The Crossings was a massive WIN this year!!   Jesse Lozano and his charity raised over $18,000 for under served high school athletes in San Diego County. 
Jesse, Delana, and the whole 1 More Win Charity want to say a special thank you to our sponsors Chevy and  San Diego County Credit Union who came through huge for us! Chevy donated $5,000 and sponsored the longest drive holes, we also were happy to have the Traverse & Equinox on display as well.   SDCCU stood out with a $2,000 donation in addition to all kinds of schwag for the players and rolled out their cash cube on the 14th hole! San Diego Aviators were a great partner at the start hooking people up with tickets to their matches. At the end of the  tournament the San Diego Padres provided  tickets to the winners of the longest drive competition. Also want to say thank you to some of our other sponsors  MMC Real estate, Ranch Catering,, R…

I Owe You an Apology

Today I committed my first mistake in the history of SanDiegoRadio. I wrongly reported the passing of radio legend Sam Bass.
When I signed on to take over SDR from Chris Carmichael, my motto was the same as it is now. "Trust/Integrity/Respect". Today I took a big *deserved* ding to that motto. I need to be perfectly clear on this... When I published it, It was confirmed to me THREE times, from reliable sources. That was before I saw ten plus posts on Facebook from people saying that it was confirmed. So that was 13 confirmations I was going off of.
Having said that, the content on SDR is MY responsibility and I accept the fact that I was wrong.
I apologize profusely to Sam's family and friends. It was a horrible mix up. Sam and I have always been close. He has always been wonderful to me and my family. I hope he knows I would never do anything like this in an irresponsible manor.
Please know this will never happen again and your trust in me is still firmly intact.
Thank you f…

Last Story Redacted

I apologize, my contacts were not accurate with the information. I vetted as much as I could. SanDiegoRadio apologizes to Sam's family and friends.

Ben and Woods Back on the Air

By Joe Nelson

Beginning June 10, Steve Woods returns to Entercom San Diego.

Along with Ben Higgins, they will start every morning with 'Ben & Woods' on 97.3 The Fan. 5-9AM

This is a pretty quick bounce-back after The Mighty 1090 was shut down leaving them in late April, and many others out of work.

It appears to be a perfect fit for Woods, who lives, eats and breathes baseball. The Fan is the San Diego Padres radio flagship station.

Woods was with Entercom until January of 2017, when he was on FM 94/9 with Chris Cantore.

Congratulations Steve and Ben, and to The Fan


Coe Lewis - LIVE in El Cajon

By Joe Nelson

Friday Coe Lewis will broadcast her KGB show LIVE from El Cajon's Hacienda Casa Blanca. Coe is on 3-7PM

Hacienda's owner Cynthia Gomez is promoting their Cinco de Mayo weekend, but for reasons other than just tacos and beer. Read a little about what Cinco de Mayo is all about at Hacienda:

Parker David Shaw’s story inspired our team to develop TPFL into a public charity in 2014. Parker was a vivacious and energetic little boy. On April 10, 2013, doctors found a tumor above his kidney on his left adrenal gland. At just 6 years old, Parker was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma* and his cancer had already spread to his bones and marrow. With the financial support of friends, family, and the community, my family was able to find a team of doctors that specialized in his cancer. After a long and heart wrenching battle, and millions of prayers, Parker is thriving today. Our mission is to raise funds for pediatric cancer research, but also to provide the same financi…