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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Phil Farrar and Kevin Finnerty Honored

By Joe Nelson

For the second year in a row, AM 600 KOGO is the only San Diego Radio station to be honored by the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California. KOGO received the coveted Golden Mike Award for coverage during 2018.

Anchor/Reporter Phil Farrar wrote, conducted interviews, extensively researched, voiced and produced a three-part series during one of the most turbulent years in American history.
KO-GO'S entry was selected as the 'Best Feature News Series Reporting.'

Titled 'Shattered in 1968: San Diego Remembers', Farrar and co-producer Kevin Finnerty weaved an inciteful, informative, riveting and distressing series of events that unfortunately led to the assassinations of Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and U-S Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy.

Farrar had an exclusive interview with a local pastor who drove King around when he came to San Diego in 1964. That pastor re-counted what transpired in San Diego that day in April when the civil rights leader was gunned down in Memphis. He also had a sit down talk with a press aide to Kennedy. That aide's territory included San Diego. Kennedy's last campaign stop was San Diego before traveling north on election day. Kennedy won the democratic primary but was shot shortly after midnight on Wednesday. He died the next day at a Los Angeles hospital.

While Farrar used a descriptive narrative of creative words and voiced the story, Finnerty engineered and generated a powerful backdrop -- infusing and blending actual sounds from the battlefield of the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War. On January 31st, 1968, the 'Tet Offensive' exploded. Phil interviewed two men from San Diego who were in the Marines in South Vietnam when the deadly attack began. He also sat down with a noted expert and author on Vietnam who gave him an insight on how the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong blasted their way into key South Vietnamese cities and towns and eventually unified a communist country. It took the United States seven years to pull all of the troops out of the country.

Farrar's main focus was each story had to have a significant and relevant San Diego connection to these historic events.

This is the 4th Golden Mike for Farrar. Finnerty claims his first. The event was held January 19th at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles where nearly 500 broadcast journalists attended. KOGO was up against stiff competition throughout Southern California.

Click here to listen the to award winning stories.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Chris Cantore Named Permanent Morning Host

By Joe Nelson

Chris Cantore Takes Over Mornings at 100.7 San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA – 100.7 San Diego announces that Chris Cantore is now doing the morning show, weekdays from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Cantore had been filling in on the morning show over the past several months and is now taking over the slot permanently.

Cantore began his career as a morning show assistant at 100.7 after graduating from San Diego State in 1993. He is best known for hosting the highest-rated, longest running morning show at XTRA-FM. His local roots run deep with stints at KPRI and KBZT in the San Diego market.

Director of FM Programming, Mike V. Vasquez, said, “Cantore has that cool, laid-back vibe that is so easy to connect with. He’s not only entertaining, but he’s an authentic guy who cares about our community. He epitomizes all things San Diego and is an ideal ambassador for our station. I’m thrilled to have him joining our 100.7 San Diego family!”

Cantore stated, “I don’t believe in coincidences and it’s no coincidence that after a two-year hiatus, I am returning to the San Diego airwaves on the same frequency I started my broadcasting career, exactly 25 years ago. It honestly feels like home, or a comfortable hoodie. I am beyond thankful and humbled by this incredible opportunity and look forward to building something pretty special for San Diego in 2019 and beyond.”

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Monday, January 7, 2019

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight - Emily Griffiths

By Joe Nelson

SanDiegoRadio Spotlight

Emily Griffiths 

KIOZ - "The Show" Producer had the opportunity to catch up with Emily Griffiths, from KIOZ's "The Show". We hope you enjoy this candid interview. I do consider Emily a radio pro as she has worked very hard wherever she has been as well as landing a job with iHeart after her previous morning show disbanded.

Joe Nelson: What is your current position?
Emily Griffiths: Producer of The Show on Rock 1053

JN: How are things with you right now? Life, work…..
EG: Life is great! I just finished my first year on The Show and it has been a year full of learning and adjusting to the inner workings of a new show. Coming from many years being on The Jeff and Jer Showgram there was a ton of changing and adjustments. The routine and way the show works is different in so many ways. I feel like I have grown more this year in my career then ever before.

JN: San Diego… What is your favorite place to visit?
EG: This past year my fiance Robert and I got a new small fishing boat. We take it out almost every weekend and one of our favorite things to do is fish around Mission Bay and stop by Barefoot Bar at Paradise Point to have a cocktail and look at the fish and enjoy the sun! We also love having staycations there as well!

JN: Is your job still as exciting like it was day one?
EG: Absolutely! I love the people I work with and it's so fun getting to know them more and more each day. a few months ago we started a new show Podcast called The P1 Podcast (you can download it on the free iHeartRadio app) We do a new podcast every day after the show and it is fully uncensored and at times NSFW. It has been such a fun change up to normal radio as we can let it all out without a filter!

JN: Where is your favorite place to go out and eat?
EG: We love Tokyo Sushi Loha in our hood in La Mesa. Honestly, though, we don't go out very much at all. Cooking is my favorite thing to do in the whole world!

JN: What are some facts about you that maybe no one knows, but could be interesting?
EG: Being on the radio and especially being on The Show it is hard to find anything that not everyone who listens knows. We put it all out there. I have tons of, jewelry making, wood working, leather work and painting are some of my favorite things to do!

JN: How do you view radio now, compared to the past, then looking to the future?
EG: About 5 years ago I had a super experienced radio personality tell me to "get out" warning me that it is a dying business. Well, they couldn't have been more wrong. RadIo is still alive and better than ever with so many MORE ways to listen. With social media etc it makes it a cinch to market yourself and your show. I also love the fact that I work for iHeartRadio which is the leader in evolving with the times keeping radio alive. Our P1 Podcast is also a great investment into our future as well.
The Show
JN: How vital is the connection between an on-air personality and the listener?
EG: It is so vital. During my time on my previous show it wasn't very often that we got out there to do events etc. With The Show we are out almost monthly doing big events and live broadcasts like
our annual Keggs and Eggs, P1 Easter Egg Hunt, Boo Ball and our Military Christmas Bonus Show.

JN: What is your favorite movie?
EG: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

JN: With Social Media being so prevalent, tell me the advantages of using FB, Instagram, Twitter to connect with your listeners.
EG: It's an extension of our show. It's also a constant reminder that we're here and here's when you can hear what. Every evening we push out a "menu" of what we have for you the next day so whether you scroll through Instagram that night or when you wake up you know what we have for ya.
Emily on the producers panel at MSBC 2018
JN: What is your favorite radio moment?
EG: Probably my first day on The Show!

JN: How long have you been in radio?
EG: 13 years (I think?)

JN: What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?
EG: This one!

JN: If you could go back in time and work during any era of radio for a few days - which would you choose?
EG: By far the 90's. I am so bummed that I missed the crazy radio party days where bands would hang out at the stations and it would get wild! I also am even more bummed that I missed out on the fat paycheck radio days! grrrrr

Emily, thank you for your time! This was fun.

Thanks for tuning in!
Joe Nelson