Flashes By Rick Griffin 11.19.2018
Radio personality Tommy Sablan, who has been heard on San Diego radio stations for the past 30 years, is organizing his 22nd year of “Little Tommy’s Breaking and Entering Christmas,” a promotion that provides a free Christmas tree plus gifts for a needy San Diego family. Listeners to Jesse Lozano’s morning show on KMYI-FM Star 94.1 are invited to nominate families. Deadline for nominations is Sunday, Nov. 25. You can nominate by visiting www.star941fm.com. Previous recipients have been surprised with a room full of gifts and, on occasion, furniture and a new car. This year’s recipient will be announced on Dec. 4. Sablan, the first and only radio producer who is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, owns the trademark for the Breaking and Entering Christmas promotion, which he says was inspired from a childhood experience. He grew up in Chula Vista and at age 5 his dad passed away. Afterwards, the single mom wasn’t sure how she would provide toys for her kids during the holiday season. A Good Samaritan left a box of toys at their doorstep. Sablan recalls thinking his dad must have told Santa Claus to bring them the toys.

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This past Saturday, veteran TV news reporter Gene Cubbison, now retired, spent part of his day collecting his personal belongings back at the KNSD-TV NBC 7 studios in Kearny Mesa. “I’ve been so busy since my final day of work earlier this month, I haven’t had a chance to clean-out my desk,” said Cubbison, 70, who spent more than 35 years reporting at NBC 7. “I’ll miss the story telling and the people at the station, but I won’t miss the daily grind,” Cubbison said. “It’s unbelievable how quickly the 45 years in print and broadcast journalism have flown by.” Cubbison was a newspaper reporter for the San Diego Independent (1972-73), San Diego Daily Transcript (1973-77) and San Diego Union (1977-79) before entering TV with KFMB-TV (1979-1983) followed by joining NBC 7 in 1983, when the call letters were KCST. His news coverage over the years focused on politics, government, civic issues, law and economics. His career highlights have included on-one interviews with Presidents H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Texas Gov. George W. Bush during his campaign for President, as well as four national political conventions, three major earthquakes, two jetliner crashes and two Super Bowls, along with wildfires, floods, shootings and countless murder and corruption trials. Among his more memorable stories were a week-long pursuit of a crooked, high-profile financier and political patron who fled San Diego to hide on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and a local transit bus hijacking that ended with the knife-wielding suspect surrendering at Gene’s feet. During retirement, Cubbison plans to work on his golf game and do some guest lecturing to journalism students.

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The Port of San Diego’s marketing and communications department recently received eight awards in two international competitions for its marketing, communications and public outreach campaigns, as well as its website and overall brand. MarCom Awards recognized the Port with seven awards in the Platinum, Gold and Honorable Mention categories. Separately, the WebAward competition honored the Port and its contractor FreshForm for outstanding achievement in web development for its redesigned website, www.portofsandiego.org. MarCom Awards, an international creative competition, is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals.

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