Flashes By Rick Griffin 1.21.19
KPBS, the PBS and NPR affiliate in San Diego, has unveiled a new logo for the first time in 28 years. The new logo consists of two parts, including the call letters in lower case and what is being called a community voice bubble. It is the seventh logo for KPBS since the station first went on the air in 1960. The former logo had been in place since 1991. The station said the new design is a visual representation of KPBS’ role in stimulating lively conversation in the many communities it serves with wide-ranging content across an array of channels. * * * The San Diego Business Journal, a weekly local business newspaper, has named Vik Jolly as editor-in-chief and Stephen Adamek as managing editor. Jolly succeeds Nels Jensen, who left in December after four years to pursue other career opportunities. Adamek is filling Jolly’s past role. Jolly, who had served as the newspaper’s managing editor since September 2017, has worked as a journalist for nearly three decades with stints at the Orange County Register, Associated Press and newspapers in Hawaii and Palm Springs. Adamek has worked at the newspaper for eight years in several roles, including web editor and copy editor. He previously worked for nearly 19 years at the San Diego Union-Tribune as a copy editor in features, news and business. * * * Conservative radio talk-show host Mark Larson reports he has signed a contract extension to remain at KFMB 760-AM through June 2021. Larson, host of the weekday, 10 a.m.-to-noon timeslot, joined KFMB-AM in June 2017, after eight years as weekday morning host at KCBQ 1170-AM. This is Larson’s second stint at KFMB. Larson, who is currently the local record holder for continuous on-air work in the San Diego market, moved to San Diego in June 1976 from Rockford, Ill. to work at KFMB until 1994. He then worked from 1994 to 2004 at KCBQ-AM and its sister station KPRZ 1210-AM, followed by KOGO 600-AM (2004-2007) and XEPE-AM 1700-AM (2007-2008) before rejoining KCBQ in 2009. Larson also is a frequent guest talking politics on KUSI-TV/Channel 9 in San Diego as well as nationally on the Fox News Channel (FNC). In case you’re wondering, Larson’s 42 years of continuous on-air broadcast presence in San Diego compares with Sam Bass, who was heard on KYXY 96.5-FM for 44 years (1978- 2008), and Hal Clement and Bill Griffith, both with 39 years on TV before retiring in 2011 and 2015, respectively. * * * KCBQ 1170-AM in San Diego (“The Answer”), owned by the Salem Media Group (NASDAQ: SALM), is now airing “America First with Sebastian Gorka,” a three-hour weekday talk show on current affairs and politics from 3 to 6 p.m., in place of The Michael Medved Show. Medved, who grew up in San Diego and now lives in Seattle, will continue his show as a podcast. “I feel grateful for the more than 21 years I’ve worked with Salem Media Group, and I wish continued success to my friends and colleagues at the network,” said Medved in a statement. “Together with my team of producers here in Seattle, we’ll be continuing our daily broadcast with no interruption, making it available to our devoted listeners in an exciting new format. We’ll also move forward with our emphasis on history programs and commentary to encourage public appreciation of the real blessings of this amazing country.” Gorka also appears regularly on the Fox News Channel as the network’s national security strategist. His recent books include “Why We Fight: Defeating America’s Enemies, With No Apologies” (Regnery, a publishing house owned by Salem Media Group) and “Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War (Regnery). Gorka was an advisor to candidate Donald Trump and served on the White House staff in 2017 as deputy assistant to the President for strategy.