Flashes By Rick Griffin 1.30.2017

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San Diego’s second-oldest TV station is going off the air. Bay City Television, the Mexican-based owner of XETV-TV CW6, will cease operations at 12:01 a.m. on May 31. Channel 6 was launched in 1953 after KFMB-TV/Channel 8 signed on the air on May 16, 1949. The latest news about Channel 6 follows its recent loss of the CW network affiliation. Midwest Television’s KFMB, a CBS network affiliate since 1949, will add the CW affiliation starting May 31. Previously, the date for adding the CW affiliate was to be Sept. 1. Channel 6 has been the CW Network affiliate since 2008. Channel 6’s station’s final newscast is scheduled for its 10 p.m. show on Friday, March 31, resulting in newsroom and production employees losing their jobs.  “The date has changed for KFMB to take over the CW affiliation,” said Alberto Mier y Terán, president and GM, KFMB Stations. “The original date was Sept. 1 and now it is May 31.” He said KFMB will operate the CW affiliation as a duopoly. Popular CW shows include Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Flash, Jane the Virgin and Supergirl.

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KSWB-TV/Fox 5 San Diego has special programming underway for this Sunday’s Super Bowl LI from Houston Tex., reports Scott Heath, station president and GM. The Fox Network has this year’s telecast. Fox 5 Morning News reporter Heather Lake and videographer Zack Bartleet started a road trip last week to Houston. Lake’s reports are airing in all newscasts as part of a partnership with the San Diego Toyota Dealers titled “Road to Houston.” Lake is reporting on some of the coolest landmarks, quirky diners and bars and must-see sites in the Southwest. The Toyota Tacoma they are driving is rigged with cameras inside the vehicle so viewers feel like they’re riding along. On the morning of the game, a special edition of the Fox 5 Morning News will air from 6 to 8 a.m. After the game, Fox 5 newscasts are scheduled for 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Heath said advertising inventory for Fox 5’s local allotment of spots is nearly sold out. During the game, Fox Network is selling 30-second Super Bowl costing an average of more than $5 million each.

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Morning show radio DJs Chris Cantore and Steven Woods have left KBZT-FM 94.9-FM, an alternative-rock FM station that is the new radio home for San Diego Padres’ broadcasts in 2017. The Cantore & Woods show debuted on KBZT in October 2015. The station has not announced new hosts for its morning show. Cantore has worked in San Diego radio since 1994, including at Star 100.7, 91X and KPRI 102.1-FM. KBTZ-FM 94.9-FM is operated by Philadephia-based Entercom Communications Corp., which operates more than 125 stations in 27 U.S. markets, including 19 all-sports stations. Entercom is the fourth largest U.S. radio broadcasting company. In addition to FM 94.9, Entercom operates two other stations in San Diego, including KSON 97.3-FM and 92.1-FM and KXSN-FM Sunny 98.1-FM.

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Michael Halloran, longtime local radio personality, has left XETRA-FM 91X again. Halloran previously worked twice for 91X from 1986 to 1988, and from 1988 to 1996 before rejoining the station in 2012 as afternoon DJ (2 to 6 p.m.). He was named program director in 2014.  91X (XTRA-FM 91.1) is owned by Local Media San Diego, LLC; a San Diego-based broadcasting company backed by private equity firm, Thoma Bravo, LLC.  LMSD also operates Z90.3 (XHTZ-FM) and Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM).

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AIGA San Diego is set to host their 22nd annual Y-Conference Friday, March 31 & Saturday, April 1, 2017. Join AIGA for two days of stimulating speakers and participatory Thinkshops where you’ll be challenged with thought-provoking questions. They’ll provide a platform where you can engage in meaningful dialogue, learn from your peers, and define your own answers. Speakers include Paula ScherDavid CarsonAshleigh AxiosDanny Yount and many more. Learn more at www.y-conference.com/y22/

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