Flashes By Rick Griffin 4.22.19
Years after their marriage to each other ended, David Mannis and Julie Main, both publishers of local community newspapers in San Diego, are writing a new chapter in their life story of working together. The latest deal makes Main the owner of the largest chain of independently owned community newspapers in San Diego County. As husband and wife, Mannis and Main, married in 1988, operated together the San Diego Community Newspaper Group (SDCNG), publisher of the La Jolla Village News, Beach & Bay Press, covering Pacific Beach, and the Peninsula Beacon, covering Point Loma. Even after their 2002 divorce, they continued together to operate SDCNG as business partners and added the San Diego Downtown News to SDCNG’s roster. In 2008, Main took full control of SDCNG and sold the San Diego Downtown News publication to Mannis, who later founded the San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN), publishers of San Diego Uptown News, Gay San Diego and several other newspapers stretching across the county, including the La Mesa Courier and Mission Times Courier covering the Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos communities. In 2012, Mannis acquired the Downtown News from Main. In a recently announced deal, Main has acquired four of SDCNN’s papers, including the San Diego Uptown News, La Mesa Courier and Mission Times Courier, as well as reacquiring the San Diego Downtown News. Mannis opted to keep Gay San Diego. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Main and her SDCNG company is now publishing seven local community newspapers, including La Jolla Village News, Beach & Bay Press, Peninsula Beacon, La Mesa Courier, Mission Times Courier, San Diego Uptown News and San Diego Downtown News


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San Diego sports talk radio station KEGY 97.3-FM The Fan, operated by Philadelphia-based Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), has announced host changes for its 5-9 a.m. morning sports talk show. Dan Sileo is out, replaced by John Kentera. Better known as The Coach, Kentera has been heard on San Diego radio stations since 1987. Over the years, Kentera has worked at several radio stations, including a 12-year stretch from 2003 to 2015 at XPRS 1090-AM, The Mighty 1090. In October 2015, Kentera took a break from radio to focus on serving as general manager of the San Diego Sockers, which he did for six years (2010 to 2016). Then, Kentera returned to the airwaves last year with the 2018 baseball season, hosting pre-game and post-game shows on The Fan, the English-speaking flagship home of the San Diego Padres baseball club. Now, he’s host of The Fan’s morning show accompanied by Susan DeVincent, traffic reporter mornings and afternoons for The Fan and KYXY 96.5-FM.


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The San Diego Press Club will present a program on effective ways to use Instagram from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at its downtown San Diego offices at the Spreckels Building, 121 Broadway, Suite 640. Cost to attend is free for members and $10 per person for non members. The event is open to the public. For information, visit www.sdpressclub.org. The program is part of the Press Club’s “Nuts & Bolts” series. Speakers will include: Ashley Jacobs, morning feature reporter, KFMB-TV; Jenn Herman, social media consultant and author of “Jenn’s Trends,” a blog, “Instagram for Business for Dummies,” “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Instagram” and “Stop Guessing: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy;” Lynn Walsh, freelance TV journalist and assistant director for The Trusting News Project, an initiative sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and American Press Institute.

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