Flashes By Rick Griffin 4.10.2017

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Lewis Piston, a San Diego integrated marketing communications agency, has announced the appointment of  two new vice presidents, including Louisa Moya, formerly of AKQA, and Dave McClain, formerly of Razorfish, TBWA and Saatch & Saatchi. Moya joins as VP, director of client services. In her career, she has worked on such brands as Levi Strauss, PepsiCo, Audi, Coca-Cola, Google, Kraft, Nestlé, P&G and Unilever. McClain has been named VP and executive creative director. He has worked with such brands as Activision, ESPN, Intel, Lexus, Nissan, Microsoft, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Infiniti. The agency said the two hires follow the acquisition of several new clients, including The General, Astro Gaming, H-E-B, The Irvine Company, Stanford Health, Hugo Boss, and PCA Skin.

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Chris Cantore, who has worked as a DJ on local radio stations since 1994, is now hosting “The Cutting Edge of Sports,” weekdays, 6 to 9 p.m., on sports talk station XPRS 1090-AM The Mighty 1090, operated by San Diego-based Broadcast Company of the Americas (BCA). The timeslot was previously filled by San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper sports columnist Kevin Acee since January 2016. Cantore was previously paired with Steven Woods on 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 and ended in January of this year. Cantore also has worked at Star 100.7, 91X and KPRI 102.1-FM during his career. BCA said the new evening show will be a mix of lifestyle entertainment coupled with extensive audience participation, focusing not only on an everyday fan’s take on the sports world, but also So Cal action sports such as surfing, skiing, boarding and cycling. “At this stage of my broadcasting career, nothing excites me more than making the jump to talk radio, and to have that opportunity at a beast of a station like the Mighty 1090, I beyond grateful,” Cantore said. “The antithesis of a human sports encyclopedia, I’m just a fan of all San Diego sports and teams, including action sports, and I hope to bring something different to the airwaves.”

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Radio station 100.7 KFM-BFM has named Mike Vasquez as the station’s program director (PD). He joined the station in June 2016 as assistant PD. Vasquez also is hosting the afternoon drive weekday show from 3 to 7 p.m. Vasquez began his radio career in Fresno in the mid-1980s before spending 16 years at KIFM 98.1-FM (1998-2014), now known as KXSN San Diego’s Sunny 98.1. Under his leadership, KIFM received a Marconi Radio Award as “Smooth Jazz Station of the Year” award from the National Association of Broadcasters. Owned by Midwest Television, Inc., KFM-BFM 100.7 features a variety rock format. Midwest also operates KFMB 760-AM, KFMB-TV CBS 8 and CW San Diego.

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KOCT, an Oceanside-based TV station airing city, county and state government programs, has announced it has installed new digital equipment made possible from a Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grant from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. County Supervisor Bill Horn attended a recent ceremony to activate the new system from BroadStream Solutions. The new equipment completes KOCT’s multi-year process of converting its entire television facility to high definition, the station said. The conversion includes KOCT’s edit suites, studio, mobile studio and all of its field and studio video cameras. “I’ve been a supporter of KOCT and community television not just because of its government programming but also for the many programs about the topics and issues that affect our North County residents, such as Journalist Roundtable and Voice of North County,” said Horn. One of KOCT’s monthly programs, “Journalist Roundtable,” is hosted by Kent Davy, former Editor for the North County Times newspaper. KOCT streams its two channels, including Channel 18 (The Community Channel) and Channel 19 (The Government Channel) in Oceanside on Cox Cable and on AT&T’s U-Verse Channel 99 county-wide.

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