Flashes By Rick Griffin 7.31.2017

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Greenhaus Advertising of San Diego has hired Pat Emerick as creative strategist. He will work as creative lead, writer and strategy developers for new clients. For the past 20 years, Emerick has been a freelancer working on a contract project basis on such brands as Callaway Golf, TaylorMade Golf, Visit California, La Costa Resort & Spa and TopFlight Golf. Joining Greenhaus also unites Emerick with former creative partner Mark Albertazzi. With 35 staff members, Greenhaus calls itself a destination advertising company because it has worked on communities, resorts and civic entities in 16 states and Mexico. The firm was founded in 1996.

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iHeart Media San Diego has announced that Joe Haze, program director for KHTS-FM Channel 93.3-FM, will also serve as program director for KMYI-FM Star 94.1-FM. He also will continue to serve as afternoon drive host on Star 94.1. Haze joined iHeart San Diego in 1997 as a night host at Channel 93.3, shortly after the station’s launch in September 1996. Prior to moving to San Diego, he worked at WAPE-FM and WJBT-FM in Jacksonville, Fla., and KZZP-FM in Phoenix. “Haze has been instrumental in the success of Channel 93.3,” said Rob Scorpio, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s San Diego-Riverside region. “His passion for CHR and Hot AC formats, along with his knowledge and experience, makes him the ideal choice to continue STAR 94.1’s dominance in the San Diego market.

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Radio station KFM-BFM 100.7-FM, operated by Midwest Television, has announced the addition of Mikey Esparza as weekday afternoon drive host from 3 to 7:30 p.m. replacing Mike Vasquez, station program director, who will move to the 7:30 p.m. to midnight shift. Esparza, with more than 30 years of behind-the-mic experience, has worked in Monterey, San Jose and Dallas. He was previously heard in San Diego on KBZT-FM 94.9-FM, operated by Entercom Communications Corp., and KIOZ-FM Rock 105.3, operated by iHeart Media San Diego. He left 94.9 in 2012 to host a nationally syndicated show called “Rock All Night.”

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KNSD-TV/NBC 7 San Diego and KUAN-TV/Telemundo 20 San Diego, both operated by NBC Universal, will host “Clear the Shelters,” a pet adoption program on Saturday, Aug. 19. It’s the third annual campaign involving 13 local animal shelters across San Diego County, said a station spokesperson. On that day, animal shelters will offer a lower or waived adoption fee to help families adopt a new pet. Since 2015, the campaign — spearheaded by NBC Universal-owned TV stations — has resulted in more than 1,500 local pet adoptions and more than 70,000 adoptions nationwide. More than 50,000 pets found their forever homes in 2016. More information is available at www.cleartheshelters.com or www.DesocuparLosAlbergues.com.

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Entercom San Diego’s KBZT-FM 94.9-FM, an alternative-rock FM station broadcasting the San Diego Padres games this year, has announced that TV sportscaster Ben Higgins has joined the game-day broadcast team as a pre- and post-game show host. Higgins, sports director for 10News KGTV-TV, said he will host shows along with Rich Herrera, senior executive producer for Padres programming. Higgins also said he expects to host shows mostly on weekends and day games when he’s not busy at 10News on weeknights. Higgins previously hosted Padres pre- and post-game shows, including from 2000 to 2003, when the games aired on iHeart Media’s KOGO 600-AM, as well as during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, when the games aired on XPRS 1090-AM The Mighty 1090, operated by San Diego-based Broadcast Company of the Americas (BCA). Higgins graduated from Torrey Pines High School (class of 1993) and began his sports broadcasting career with XTRA Sports 690 radio in 1997. He joined 10News in 2002. From 2010 to 2016, Higgins host a sports talk show on KLSD/XTRA-AM Fox Sports San Diego 1360-AM. For the past three months, Higgins has hosted “KOGO at Night,” a current events talk show on 600-AM, which he ended in order to join the Padres.

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