Flashes By Rick Griffin 5.1.2017

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After the past eight years as weekday morning host on KCBQ 1170-AM, Mark Larson is leaving to rejoin KFMB 760-AM starting June 5. Larson will host the 10 a.m. to noon timeslot Mondays through Fridays, the station announced. The conservative media personality is the current record holder for continuous on-air work in the San Diego market. He moved to San Diego in June 1976 from Rockford, Ill. to work at KFMB until 1994. This is also the second time Larson has left Salem Radio Network’s KCBQ 1170-AM and its sister station KPRZ 1210-AM. He worked for Salem from 1994 to 2004, followed by KOGO 600-AM (2004-2007) and XEPE-AM 1700-AM (2007-2008) before returning to KCBQ in 2009 as host of the morning drive-time talk show. “Over the years, there have been occasional `what-if’ chats about returning to 760 KFMB,” Larson said. “This time it all made sense. Getting up at 4 a.m. weekdays wasn’t fun any more. And, I felt the local station wasn’t moving to the next level as quickly as I needed it to be. I’m proud of helping put the station on a broader map and making a difference in the community. I have the deepest respect for Salem, having spent a total of 18 years with them. But, it was time for me to change. Having been part of the team that really put 760-AM onto a solid, successful foundation over an 18-year period in the 1970s and 1980s, I’m thrilled to be back home there.” Dave Sniff, KFMB-AM director of programming, said KFMB’s weekday host schedule, effective June 5, will include Armstrong & Getty (6-10 a.m.), Mike Slater (noon-3 p.m.) and Brett Winterble (3-7 p.m.). Larson said, “I exercised an exit option in my Salem agreement and gave 30 days notice so my last show on KCBQ is set for May 12.” Dale Hendry, VP of operations, Salem Media Group said a new morning show replacement will be announced later this week.

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NFL fans can follow the relocated Los Angeles Chargers on the team’s new flagship broadcast partners in the LA market, including KABC-TV, iHeartMedia Los Angeles, KFWB 980-AM, Azteca America 54 and KAZA-TV. The team recently announced it has agreed “in principle” to multi-year agreements with the media outlets. The agreements include preseason games, news features, community events and promotions, which are expected to produce nearly 400 hours of programming a year. KABC-TV/ ABC7, the West Coast flagship of the ABC television network, will televise all preseason games available to air in Southern California along with pre- and post-game shows. iHeartMedia Los Angeles will air all preseason, regular season and postseason Chargers games on KFI AM-640. The company’s eight radio stations will support the effort with year-round programming and promotional content, including a weekly Chargers series that will air on AM 570 LA Sports during the season. KAZA-TV/Azteca America 54 will serve as the Chargers Spanish-language television station. KFWB 980-AM, operated by Los Angeles-based Lotus Communications Corp., will be the team’s Spanish-language radio station.

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Cox Communications California has promoted Chanelle Hawken to VP of public affairs. In her new role, she will provide leadership and strategic direction to the government, community, media and public relations functions for the company’s California markets, including Orange County, Palos Verdes, San Diego and Santa Barbara. Hawken joined Cox Communications in March 2016 as director of government and regulatory affairs, overseeing legislative and public policy, and leading Cox’s Government Affairs team in California in managing local, state and federal policy and advocacy. Prior to joining Cox, Hawken was VP of public policy for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. While at the Chamber, she was appointed to Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s Pure Water Working Group. Hawken also has worked in government relations and as a spokesperson for the San Diego Regional Airport Authority and as lead policy advisor to former San Diego City Council member Scott Peters.

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A Sketch App workshop for total beginners (UX and UI Design Workshop) will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, at Union Cowork, 3919 30th St, San Diego,  Cost to attend is $35 per person. The workshop will include the basics of Sketch 3. We’ll do it in person, in a small group (12 max) and one-on-one. Then we’ll go over some advanced techniques. After that we’ll quickly create our first simple flow for an iPhone app. We’ll finish by prototyping our project. This is a workshop for beginners interested in mobile design, user interface, wire framing, UX, prototyping, and illustration. We’ll be using tools like Sketch 3, Marvel App, Flinto, Illustrator, and others. If you already know Photoshop, Illustrator, or other design apps and want to add Sketch or prototyping apps to your toolkit, you’re welcome, too. You don’t need to be a designer to learn how to use these tools. If you’re a developer or a product manager that wants to learn how to turn your ideas or wireframes into a reality, this is the workshop for you. For more information, contact Paola Batiz, paola@FYCLabs.com, or visit www.meetup.com/sketchtogether/events/239597263/.

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