FLASHES BY RICK GRIFFIN 8.26.19
iHeartMedia San Diego has announced that AM-600 KOGO News Radio morning co-host LaDona Harvey has agreed to a contract extension. Harvey said the extension is for three years through 2022. “I’m delighted to be part of the New Radio 600 family,” said Harvey, who has been heard on the air in San Diego over the past two decades. “It has been an honor to be part of this team and the company since 1998.” Harvey joined KSDO 1130-AM when that station aired news programming and was owned by Gannett Broadcasting. Today, KSDO is owned by Hi-Favor Broadcasting and has a Spanish-language Christian format. Over the years, owners for KOGO AM-600 have included Jacor Broadcasting, Clear Channel Communications and iHeart Media. For the past five years, Harvey has been paired with Ted Garcia for KOGO’s “San Diego’s Morning News” from 5 to 9 a.m. weekdays. The show features news, weather, traffic and information. Harvey hosted a weekday midday talk show on KOGO for several years prior to her move to mornings.

 

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Rigo Villalobos has joined KUAN-TV, Telemundo 20, as a co-anchor with co-anchor Lizzet Lopez for the station’s Spanish-language weekday newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Telemundo 20, owned by NBCUniversal, shares studio space with KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego. Villalobos has more than 10 years of TV experience at stations in Los Angeles, San Antonio and Las Vegas. He has been part of the Telemundo family of stations for the past four years. He joined KUAN in 2017 as part of Telmundo 20’s launch team. An Emmy Award winner, Villalobos earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University Northridge and became a U.S. citizen in 2019.

 

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Cox Charities, the employee-led foundation of Cox Communications, has granted $120,000 to its six annual partners, including Make-A-Wish San Diego, Junior Achievement of San Diego County, San Diego Habitat for Humanity, I Love A Clean San Diego, Shelter to Soldier and Ronald McDonald House San Diego. It’s the 20th year of Cox Charities, which is funded by employee donations that are matched by the company. A volunteer employee advisory board reviews community funding requests and determines which programs to fund. Since 1999, Cox employees have contributed nearly $6 million through Cox Charities into local communities served by Cox in California, including San Diego, Orange County, Palos Verdes and Santa Barbara. Cox Charities is currently accepting funding requests for its nonprofit grant program. Applications will be reviewed by the employee advisory board in September and recipients will be notified in October. The deadline to apply for a nonprofit grant is Aug. 31. To apply for a grant, visit www.coxcharitiesca.org.

 

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