Flashes By Rick Griffin 10.15.2018

XETRA 91.1-FM (91X) has announced the artist line-up for its annual holiday concert called “Wrek the Halls.” The concert will be held Friday, Dec. 14, at the Valley View Casino Center, formerly the San Diego Sports Arena. Scheduled performers include Death Cab for Cutie, Third Eye Blind, Billie Eilish, Lord Huron and Barns Courtney. “For this year’s Wrex The Halls, we worked to curate a diverse line-up that represents the true musical breadth of 91X,” said Garett Michaels, 91X program director. “Death Cab For Cutie has a great new album and a catalog of hits spanning over a decade, Third Eye Blind will be performing all of the songs we know and love from their seminal debut album, Billie Eilish is the new artist breakthrough story of the year, Lord Huron are incredible live performers with a strong new album and a smash single, and Barns Courtney is one England’s most promising new singer-songwriters.” Ticket sales began last week at www.91x.com and www.axs.com.

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Katana Media, a San Diego digital media agency, has announced five new employees. They include: Derek Hanley, business development manager; Brian Van Voorst, campaign analyst; Connor Gold, paid social specialist; Jasmina Jahic, senior marketing manager; Michael Sims, junior data specialist. Hanley, previously a sales director with LeadChat, will focus on new business acquisition. Van Voorst, originally from the Netherlands, has a background in international and online marketing. Gold, previously with Chief Media in New York, has experience with Facebook marketing; Jahic has experience in the high-tech and biotech industries. Sims has a master’s degree in applied statistics from Cal State Long Beach. A spokesperson said Katana’s growth from 12 to 28 employees over the past year has earned recognition from Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America.

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As sometimes happens in a breakup, the Oakland A’s baseball club took to social media last week to diss their longtime partner, radio station KGMZ (95.7 The Game). According to the San Jose Mercury News, neither the team nor the station ever announced the split, but it became clear Friday with a post on Twitter from the A’s. It was a five-second video clip of radio equipment being wheeled out of a room. Although the location is unknown, it appears to be a broadcast booth at the Coliseum and both the team and the station are identified with signage. And then there are the words, a cute twist on a common refrain: “It’s not us, it’s you.” There has long been grumbling among fans that the station doesn’t give enough attention to the A’s, favoring instead the Golden State Warriors and the Oakland Raiders, both of which now have 95.7 as their flagship station, and even the San Francisco 49ers and Giants as well. See more here, https://bayareane.ws/2NJZN0O.

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OBIT: Fred Saxton, former entertainment reporter and movie critic at KUSI-TV, passed away in September in his home near Detroit. He was 76. The winner of two Emmy’s over the course of his 25-year television career, Saxon worked at KUSI from 1991 to 2000. Saxon also worked at KPBS and UPN 13 following his KUSI stint. Before coming to San Diego, Saxon was an entertainment reporter for CNN.

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