Flashes By Rick Griffin 11.27.2017

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San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Carolina Gusman has again begun compiling the newspaper’s “Daily Difference” column. The annual holiday season column lists opportunities for the community to give back to San Diegans in need. ContactCarolina at carolina.gusman@sduniontribune.com.

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XETRA 91.1-FM (91X) has canceled its first of two planned “Wrex the Halls” holiday concerts at the Valley View Casino Center, formerly the San Diego Sports Arena. The concert scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8 has been cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances,” a station statement said. Meanwhile, the station said the concert on Saturday, Dec. 9 will go on as scheduled. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. Performing on Dec. 9 will be The Lumineers, Vance Joy, Dreamcar, The War On Drugs, Arkels and Buckfast Superbee. Tickets information is available at www.91x.com. In several previous years, the station has hosted two holiday concerts on consecutive nights. Station officials said they believe it’s the first time for canceling one of the two concerts. Refunds for the Dec. 8 concert are available at the point of purchase, the statement said. Starting in 1993, 91X’s holiday concerts have been known by several names, including “Acoustic X-mas,” which became “Caustic X-mas” in 1994. Other names over the years have included “Frosty the Show, Man” and “Nightmare Before X-Mas” before “Wrex The Halls” began in 2008.

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Following the recent merger of two of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies, two local radio stations have moved to new frequencies on the FM dial. On Nov. 17, Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) announced it had completed its takeover of CBS Radio Inc., meaning that two former local CBS Radio San Diego stations, KEGY-FM Energy 97.3 and KYXY-FM 96.5, are now operated by Entercom. As a result, popular country-western station KSON-FM has moved from 92.1-FM and 97.3-FM to 103.7-FM, while KEGY has moved from 103.7-FM to 97.3-FM. Station officials said one of the requirements of the merger meant KSON lost its 92.1-FM frequency. Entercom San Diego now operates five stations inSan Diego, including KBZT94.9-FM, KYXY, KEGY, KSON and KIFM Sunny 98.1-FM. Details are still being worked out locally for administrative staffing responsibilities. Philadelphia-based Entercom is now considered the nation’s largest creator of live, original, local audio content with a nationwide footprint of 235 stations and weekly audience of more than 100 million people.

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iHeart Media San Diego’s KOGO-AM News Radio 600 is planning a live remote broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Target store parking lot, 250 Broadway, El Cajon, in support of the 41st annual East County Toy and Food Drive. KOGO’s Cliff Albert, LaDona Harvey, Ted Garcia and Cal Walker will help collect donations benefiting the Salvation Army El Cajon Corps and East County families. Also as part of the event, a parade of fire trucks from Heartland Fire and Rescue Dept. and several other East County Fire Districts is planned. About a dozen fire trucks laden will toys will leave at about 11 a.m. from Fire Station #6, 100 E. Lexington, El Cajon, and arrive at approximately 11:15 a.m. at the Target parking lot. KOGO-AM has annually supported this fundraiser with a live remote since 1996. Started in 1976, the East County Toy and Food Drive is one of the oldest and largest toy and food drives in San Diego County.

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