Flashes By Rick Griffin 3.26.19
Talkers, a news service that reports on the U.S. talk radio industry, said that KPBS-FM was the top rated San Diego station according to Nielsen Audio during the Jan. 31-Feb. 27 ratings period. The NPR station also was #1 in October, November and December. Talkers managing editor Mike Kinosian also noted ratings increases were posted for classic rock KGB-FM (from #6 to #3), country station KSON-FM (from #3 to #2) and KFMB AM-760 from #20 to #18. Meanwhile, Kinosian’s notable decreases included KHTS-FM Channel 93.3 slipping from #6 to #8 and KOGO-AM News Radio 600 from #8 to #10. Flat results were posted for XPRS-AM The Mighty 1090, KLSD Fox Sports 1360 and KWFN 97.3-FM The Fan.

 

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The Southwestern Sun, Southwestern College’s student newspaper, was recently inducted into the Associated Collegiate Press (ACS) Hall of Fame. Qualifying for the ASC HOF requires a college or university student-operated publication to win at least 10 national Pacemaker awards, which is equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize for college student journalism. Over the past 14 years, under the leadership of Max Branscomb, faculty advisor, the Sun has earned 13 Pacemaker awards.

 

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Former CBS News war correspondent Lara Logan will be a keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner-gala benefiting the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Support Foundation and the Navy SEALs on Saturday, March 30, at the Del Mar Country Club. Logan, who reported for both CBS News and 60 Minutes, spent decades reporting alongside the U.S. military from some of the most dangerous places on earth. Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, she reported from the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq, including an unprecedented two-month embed with a U.S. Navy SEAL team. Logan, who is South African, has been making headlines recently for criticizing the U.S. news media for its mostly negative coverage of President Trump, saying that many journalists have abandoned consistent standards in covering the Trump administration. In addition to Logan, the other keynoter at the dinner-gala will be retired Navy Vice Admiral David Buss. Event co-hosts include Madeleine Pickens and Dominique Plewes, owners of the Del Mar Country Club, Geniya and “Papa” Doug Manchester, and Jenny Craig. Major event sponsors include the Del Mar Country Club, American Airlines, Konica-Minolta, The Burr Family Foundation, and Michael and Victoria Fitzpatrick. For more information about the golf tournament and dinner-gala, visit www.delmarsealevent.org/.

 

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Times of San Diego (www.timesofsandiego.com), a local news website, reports monthly readership reached 319,667 people in February, which was an 83 percent increase over the same month last year. Those readers were young, local and mobile, with a record high 52 percent under the age of 45 in February, according to Google Analytics. The website’s young audience contrasts with the considerably older readership typical of local printed newspapers and broadcast television. A record 62 percent of reading sessions in February were on smartphones, with 32 percent on desktops and laptops and the remaining 6 percent on tablets. Just under 30 percent of sessions were in the city of San Diego, with 15 percent elsewhere in San Diego County and another 10 percent elsewhere in Southern California. The remainder was national and even international. For advertising information, contact advertising@timesofsandiego.com.

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