Flashes By Rick Griffin 9.11.2017

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The University of San Diego (USD) and Broadcast Company of the Americas (BCA) have announced agreement to broadcast Toreros football and men’s basketball games during the 2017-2018 school year. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. San Diego-based BCA operates three local radio stations, including XEPRS 1090-AM The Mighty 1090, XEPE ESPN 1700-AM and XPRS 105.7-FM MAX-FM. The agreement calls for USD’s five home football games to air on The Mighty 1090, and the six away games on ESPN 1700. Regular- and post-season basketball games will air on either The Mighty 1090 or ESPN 1700, with a minimum of 10 games on 1090-AM, a 50,000-watt station. All games will be live streamed on www.Mighty1090.com, as well as through the Mighty 1090 mobile app. Jack Cronin, calling the action for both football and basketball, will be in his 11th year as the “Voice of the Toreros.” Additionally, USD will be featured in weekly interviews on Mighty 1090 sports talk shows, including Dan Sileo (6-9 a.m.), Darren Smith (12-3:30 p.m.) and Scott Kaplan and former Chargers player Billy Ray Smith (3:30-7 p.m.).  All interviews will be available in the Mighty 1090 Podcast Center as well as available via iTunes.

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KOCT, an Oceanside-based TV station airing city, county and state government programs, will host its annual fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 14, at its studios, 3038 Industry St., Oceanside. Tickets are $20 per person. The event, theme as “Past, Present and Future,” will include tours, a silent auction and raffle and opportunity to appear in a promotional video. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served. A video about the fundraiser can be viewed here, http://koct.org/video/category/koct_promos/detail/koct_fundraiser_2017.  Founded in 1984 as a non-profit corporation, KOCT provides a voice in the NorthCounty for programming about non-profit and community groups. It also serves as workforce development with volunteers and interns who have gone on to work in commercial broadcast, film and online entities. KOCT streams its two channels, including Channel 18 (The Community Channel) and Channel 19 (The Government Channel) in Oceanside on Cox Cable and on AT&T’s U-Verse Channel 99 county-wide. On-demand programs on www.KOCT.org are available in hi-def and can be viewed on smart phones, tablets or computers.

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San Diego Union-Tribune business columnist Dan McSwain announced in his Sunday, Sept. 10 column would be his last because he wrote, “I am losing it.” McSwain admitted he’s been struggling lately to write his column. He wrote: Over the last six months or so, it has gotten noticeably and suddenly harder. My productivity, as measured by quantity adjusted for quality, has dropped. I’ve been making too many mistakes. Mild cognitive decline is the chief suspect. One question is whether it’s normal or something worse. I hasten to mention that my doctor sees no evidence of early-onset Alzheimer’s.” Read more here, http://bit.ly/2f1CvIl.

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