Flashes By Rick Griffin 7.10.2017


KSSX 95.7-FM JAM’N, San Diego’s hip-hop and R&B station operated by iHeartMedia San Diego, has announced its new weekday programming schedule, effective Monday, July 10. The changes include moving Frankie “V” Vinci from afternoon drive to morning drive co-host with Tati Pelegreen, moving Pablo Sato from morning drive to afternoon drive and the addition of Nina Chantele in the midday time slot. The new schedule includes: Frankie and Tati, 6-10 a.m.; Nina Chantele, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Pablo Sato, 3-7 p.m.; Beto Perez, 7 p.m.-midnight. Vinci has been the afternoon drive host, music director and assistant program director at JAM’N since the station launched in May of 2016. Prior to KSSX, he worked at JAM’N 94.5-FM in Boston, KHTS 93.3-FM in San Diego and KISS 95.7-FM in Hartford, Conn. Pelegreen began her radio career in Honolulu at KIKI-FM before moving to the mainland in 2006 to accept a position at XHTZ-FM in San Diego. She also worked in 2013 co-hosting mornings at WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C. Chantele will follow her new midday show on JAM’N with a 3 -7 p.m. shift on Real 92.3-FM in Los Angeles. Her radio resume over the past 10 years includes time spent at WGCI-FM and WKSC-FM in Chicago, as well as WMIB-FM in Miami. Sato, a Honolulu native, has worked at several hip hop and R&B stations in the country, including XHTZ-FM in San Diego, CA, KOHT-FM in Tucson, and WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C. Perez began his radio career in 2002 in San Diego. He has worked as a producer, on-air announcer and mixer at XHRM-FM, XHTZ-FM and KSSX-FM.

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KyXy 96.5-FM, operated by CBS Radio San Diego, has parted ways with the “Jeff and the Showgram” program. The weekday morning show, featuring Jeff Detrow, Emily Griffiths, Laura Cain and “Little Tommy” Sablan, had aired at KyXy since 2011. Station officials declined to comment for this story. The station has not announced a permanent replacement. Disappointed fans have been posting comments on Sablan’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/tommysablan. Industry trade publications report the June 27 layoffs at KyXy are related to the pending $4 billion mega-acquisition of CBS Radio by Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM). Layoffs occurred on the same day at WOGL-FM, a CBS station in Philadelphia, notes “Insider Radio.” WOGL’s “The Breakfast Club” was canceled along with earlier dismissals of afternoon host Cadillac Jack and overnight talent Ron Cade. Entercom’s acquisition may require CBS to unload stations around the country to comply with federal station-ownership regulations. The U.S. Department of Justice is continuing to review the deal. Entercom is currently the fourth largest U.S. radio broadcasting company with a portfolio of 125 in 27 U.S. markets. If approved, the takeover would create the second largest radio group in terms of revenue in the country with a combined 244 stations in 23 of the top 25 radio markets in the country. In one form or another, “Jeff and the Showgram” has been part of the morning radio routine in San Diego since May 3, 1988. Previously, it was known as the “Jeff and Jer Showgram,” until Jerry Cesak left the show in October 2015 to explore a career in television. Over the years, the program has been heard on several different San Diego stations, including KFMB-FM, KKLQ-FM 106.5-FM (Q-106), KMYI-FM Star 94.1 and KBZT-FM 94.9-FM. The “Jeff and Jer Showgram” was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November 2016.

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The staff at Taco Truck Creative, a Carlsbad advertising agency, recently celebrated their fourth anniversary in business by spending an afternoon serving free tacos to homeless people at the Bread of Life Rescue Mission in Oceanside. Frida’s Cocina food truck provided the food. “We were celebrating our fourth anniversary in business and we’re very grateful,” said Dave Huerta, partner and creative director, Taco Truck Creative. “We wanted to use this event to help make a difference. People of all walks of life sometimes find themselves in unfortunate situations.” Huerta also said he is working on a short film to raise awareness of homelessness in North County. Taco Truck Creative was founded in 2013.

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UCSD Extension will be hosting a two-day workshop on Behavior Economics. In this workshop, participants will learn how to apply insights from psychology and behavioral economics in the business environment.  Participants will learn to create compelling value propositions, deploy effective user research and A/B testing, design better products and customer experiences, and launch more effective pricing and marketing strategies. By designing an environment and creating thoughtful interventions, we are able to improve people’s decision making in a way that benefits customers while also growing a company’s bottom line. You can view details by visiting https://extension.ucsd.edu/courses-and-programs/behavioral-economics


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