Flashes By Rick Griffin 4.24.2017

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A local San Diego tie-in exists for Fox News Channel (FNC) anchor Tucker Carlson, 47, named last week to replace the ousted Bill O’Reilly in the coveted 8 p.m. timeslot. Carlson spent part of his childhood, ages 6 to 14, living in La Jolla. He attended La Jolla Country Day School and could be found on warm days swimming from La Jolla Shores to the cove. “I had the happiest childhood of anyone I know,” Tucker said last week. “I’d credit La Jolla for a lot of that. It’s a wonderful place.” When Tucker lived in San Diego, his father Dick Carlson worked as an anchor on KFMB-TV (1975-1977) and as senior VP with Great American Bank (1977-1983). After Dick ran unsuccessfully for mayor against Roger Hedgecock, the family moved to the East Coast where the elder Tucker served as director of Voice of America and assistant director of the U.S. Information Agency during the Reagan-Bush administrations. Dick Carlson also served as ambassador to the Seychelles and president/CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” will replace “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 p.m. starting April 24.

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Telemundo 20 San Diego, launching July 1, has announced its news team, including Guadalupe Venegas and Lizzet Lopez. In addition, Sabrina Lopez has been named VP of sales. The Telemundo Station Group said Sabrina Lopez will be responsible for developing and implementing all local, national and sales strategies across all Telemundo 20 station platforms. She will report to Richard Kelley, president and GM of Telemundo 20 and KNSD-TV/NBC 7 San Diego. Her first day in San Diego will be June 1. She brings more than 16 years of experience to her new role after holding sales positions for NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal that includes 29 NBC and Telemundo-owned stations, NBC Regional Sports Networks, and Telemundo stations in Denver, Chicago and New York. She joins Telemundo 20’s team after working for Telemundo 47 as WNJU’s sales manager and business development director for the past three years. Additional members of the Telemundo 20 news team include weather anchor Ana Cristina Sanchez, sports anchor MJ Acosta and a team of multimedia journalists that includes Leticia Estrada, Lisette Martinez, Anlleyn Venegas and Rigo Villalobos. The news team will make its on-air debut Monday, July 3. Telemundo 20 San Diego launches July 1, and will air four half-hour weekday newscasts, Noticiero Telemundo 20, at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. beginning Monday, July 3.

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KSWB-TV/Fox 5 San Diego has announced it will air Los Angeles Rams preseason games for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Fox 5 said it will provide the San Diego market with exclusive English-language telecasts of the games. In 2017, Fox 5 will air live coverage of three Rams preseason games including Dallas Cowboys at LA Rams (Week 1, August 10-12), LA Rams at Oakland Raiders (Week 2, August 17-19) and LA Rams at Green Bay Packers (Week 4, August 31 – September 1). Exact dates and times will be announced in the future. In related news, Los Angeles Chargers regular season games are currently scheduled to air on KFMB-TV/ Channel 8.

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Michel Martin, heard weekends on National Public Radio’s (NPR) “All Things Considered,” will host “Going There: Beyond Borders,” a  live broadcast at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego. Admission is $10 per person. Tickets information is available at www.NPRpresents.org. NPR said discussion topics for the live broadcast will include the thriving border economy in the greater San Diego area, as well as drug smuggling, human trafficking, illegal immigration and border security. The event will be streamed live on www.NPR.org and recorded for a featured segment on a weekend broadcast of “All Things Considered.” This event is part of the national touring series called “NPR Presents Michel Martin: Going There,” which is made possible by The Kresge Foundation and a collaboration between NPR and KPBS.

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After 60 years in Santa Ana, the Orange County Register newspaper has moved its headquarters four miles up the 5 freeway to a five-story office building in Anaheim, just south of Angel Stadium. As of April 24, the new address is 2190 S. Towne Centre Place, Anaheim. Read more here, http://bit.ly/2ptlP02.

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