Flashes By Rick Griffin 12.3.2018

A change in ownership has been announced for Local Media San Diego (LMSD) LLC, operators of three Mexican-licensed FM radio stations in San Diego. The cluster includes XHRM-FM Magic 92.5 (Rhythmic Oldies), XHTZ-FM Z-90.3 (Top 40) and XTRA-FM 91X (Alternative). Private equity firm Thoma Bravo LLC, which acquired LMSD in December 2009, is selling the three stations, plus a digital advertising agency called Local Media Digital, to three LMSD executives, including VP and GM Gregg Wolfson, CFO Norman McKee and director Steve McNelly. Terms of the deal and the buyout price were not disclosed. According to Insider Radio, a broadcasting industry publication, Thoma Bravo’s recent shift in focus to the software and technology fields cleared the way for the LMSD executive management team’s takeover. Apart from the three FM stations, the San Francisco-based private equity firm had no other media holdings. The industry publication also said the transaction still needs the approval by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, although the deal is structured in a way so that approval of the transfer is not needed from Mexican regulators.

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Mark and Kristi Jagger, hosts of “Jagger and Kristi in the Morning,” heard on XHRM-FM Magic 92.5, are now accepting names of families and friends who need a Christmas as part of the duo’s eighth annual “Christmas Wish” promotion. Nominations can be submitted at www.magic925.com. The station said 12 listeners will have their wishes granted beginning Thursday, Dec. 6. A minimum of 12 “Christmas Wishes” will be granted through Dec. 21. Every wish granted is customized to fit the recipients and vary from payments for car repair and medical bills to overdue vacations. The station also said all wish recipients also received a free Christmas tree, gifts for children and a voucher for a family meal.

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Pamela Davis, a former TV news anchor in several markets for 16 years before switching to a behind-the-scenes role at a local station, has been named communications manager at The Salvation Army in San Diego.  Davis spent the past four years at KUSI-TV as the morning show news planner scheduling live segments for the “Good Morning San Diego” show.  Davis’s on-camera work included six years (1998-2004) as weekend anchor with Don Teague at KFMB-TV in San Diego. She started working overnights at the CBS affiliate in Sacramento, which was followed by four years in Kansas City as an evening news anchor, two years in Washington, D.C., as a reporter and anchor, then San Diego and four years in Denver. She also spent one year as a PR manager at The Rock Church in San Diego. “At KUSI, I enjoyed the opportunity to schedule interviews of stories about the great things that everyday, regular people were doing in our community. Now, with The Salvation Army, I will continue to tell great stories,” said Davis.

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