Flashes By Rick Griffin 5.15.2017

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San Diego State University has switched its radio flagship affiliation from Broadcast Company of Americas (BCA), operators of XPRS 1090-AM The Mighty 1090, to iHeart Media San Diego, operators of  101.5 KGB and XTRA 1360-AM, beginning with the 2017 football season. A multi-year agreement was recently announced. iHeart stations will broadcast the SDSU Aztec football and men’s basketball games through the Fox Sports College Properties Network, the multimedia rights holder for SDSU athletics. Fans can listen to the games locally on 101.5 KGB-FM and XTRA 1360-AM in San Diego, and on Fox Sports 1350-AM in Riverside, as well as iHeartRadio’s live streaming radio service nationwide. Ted Leitner will continue as play-by-play announcer for football and men’s basketball. In addition to the pre-, post- and in-game broadcasts, iHeartMedia will produce and air a weekly “Coaches Show” with football head coach Rocky Long and new men’s basketball head coach Brian Dutcher. In addition, iHeart said select SDSU baseball and post-season women’s basketball games will be heard on XTRA 1360-AM. BCA previously held the radio broadcast rights to SDSU Aztecs football and basketball.

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KCBQ 1170-AM The Answer, operated by Salem Media Group, has replaced weekday local morning host Mark Larson with two nationally syndicated talk shows. Dale Hendry, KCBQ VP and GM, said the station will expand the Hugh Hewitt morning show by an additional hour, airing it from 3 to 7 a.m., followed by Mike Gallagher live from 7 to 9 a.m. Hendry said the new lineup will provide a one-two punch in morning drive, using two of Salem’s top rated hosts. “We know San Diego and our very loyal audience will be very pleased with the new and improved morning lineup on The Answer,” he said. After the past eight years as weekday morning host on KCBQ 1170-AM, Larson left and will join KFMB 760-AM, owned by Midwest Television, Inc. on June 5.

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Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), which operates three radio stations in San Diego, has hired Mike Dee, former San Diego Padres president and CEO, as president of Entercom Sports, a new position for the Philadelphia-based radio broadcasting company. Dee, who was let go by the team in October 2016, was the Padres’ president when the MLB club announced a year ago this month it would switch bases for its 162 regular season, game-day radio broadcasts in 2017, leaving an all-sports AM station, XPRS-AM “The Mighty 1090,” for an Entercom station, KBZT-FM 94.9-FM, an alternative-rock FM frequency. The company said Dee, who will be based in Philadelphia and report to David Field, Entercom president/CEO, will lead Entercom’s sports business enterprise with a focus on revenue development from national sales and marketing programs, new platform opportunities, key partnerships, expanded sports distribution, direct-to-consumer offerings and other entrepreneurial initiatives at the national level. Dee also will be responsible for elevating Entercom’s position as a leading sports media partner in support of the company’s expansive suite of local sports radio stations and personalities and sports play-by-play relationships, the company said. In related news, Entercom is currently seeking regulatory approvals to acquire CBS Radio in a $4 billion deal. Radio trade publications report the deal would require Entercom and CBS to unload 15 radio stations around the country to comply with station-ownership regulations.

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Summer Gould, president of Eye/Comm Inc., a Santee-based printing, direct marketing and fulfillment firm, has been recognized as a Who’s Who’s in marketing by Continental Who’s Who, a publishing company. With more than two decades of industry experience, Gould joined Eye/Comm in 1991 in mail production, eventually taking on various positions with the company before moving up the ladder to become president. In her present role, she oversees advertising, customer relations, direct and e-mail marketing, print and fulfillment, new business development and strategic planning on a daily basis. She also was recently recognized by Idealliance for induction to the Walter E. Soderstrom Society class of 2016 for excellence in contributions to advance the graphic communications industry. She is a past recipient of the VIP Woman of the Year award from the National Association of Professional Women. The Campo resident also serves as a board member for the Printing Industries Association San Diego chapter and Mailing Systems Management Association. She is also on the national board of directors for Idealliance.

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