Flashes By Rick Griffin 4.15.19
The future of San Diego sports talk radio station XPRS 1090-AM The Mighty 1090 remains in doubt after Andreas Bichara, the Mexico-based signal operator, alleging nonpayment of lease fees, last week replaced conversations about the Padres, Gulls and Lakers with Spanish-language music simulcast from a station in Brownsville, Tex. While the station is off the air, some programming is still available via the station’s website and app. The Mighty 1090, operated by Broadcast Company of the Americas (BCA), had a good run since launching in 2003 with opinionated talk-show hosts, loyal listeners and promotions that engaged the community. In 2004, the year Petco Park opened, 1090 began a 12-year run as the flagship radio station for the Padres (the Padres switched to KBZT 94.9-FM for the 2017 season, it was the first time in history for Padres game broadcasts to be heard on the FM dial). After losing the Padres, the station focused on its broadcasts of San Diego State Aztecs football and basketball and San Diego Gulls hockey. BCA also aired the University of San Diego (USD) Toreros football and men’s basketball games beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. “It’s an incredibly sad and heartbreaking situation that affects a group of very talented people and our community,” said Mike Shepard, a former BCA executive for seven years and now a consultant with Tracy Johnson Media Group. “What has happened is unprecedented. This doesn’t happen very often in our business.”

 

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Mission Federal Credit Union (MFCU) has named Sanya DeVore as its new VP, director of marketing. With more than 20 years of global marketing and management experience, DeVore has a diverse background which includes working at Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and marketing agencies across the technology, as well as in the financial services and wireless industries. She will be responsible for managing Mission Fed’s marketing functions, including operations, creative, communications and community relations.

 

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KNSD-TV NBC 7, Telemundo 20 San Diego and Cox Communications are media partners for an e-waste recycling and technology collection drive, plus a prescription drug take back, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the City of Chula Vista’s Public Works Yard, 1800 Maxwell Road, Chula Vista. Additional event partners include the City of Chula Vista, Chula Vista Police Dept., San Diego County Drug Enforcement Agency and Green Hat Electronics. People are encouraged to donate any working or non-working technology device that can be refurbished or recycled. For event information, visit www.c2sdk.org. The event will benefit Computers 2 Kids San Diego (C2K), a local nonprofit that recycles and refurbishes used computers for families in need.

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