¨ News/Talk KOGO AM600 has named a replacement for Chuck Fritsch. Jane Morton, who I hired as an intern for B-100 more years ago than either of us would care to admit, is the new morning drive anchor and News Director at KOGO. Jane has been with the station for 15 months as a reporter and anchor following 5 years at KFMB AM760 where she also worked for her current PD Cliff Albert. Chuck is now with Satellite Radio Network in San Francisco. In other moves at KOGO, reporter and former Metro Traffic anchor Ninette Sosa has been laid off in a consolidation shuffle.
¨ Star 100.7’s Jeff and Jer have followed in the slippery footsteps of Doug “Greaseman” Tracht by offending native Americans with a bit they called “What’s your Indian name?” On air apologies have been offered and it appears unlikely any action will be taken against the duo, now known as “Broadcast With Foot in Mouth.”
¨ Country KSON’s just completed radiothon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital far exceeded both last year’s take and this year’s goal with a total of $708,217 over 36 hours. GM Mike Stafford says this places KSON third in the country behind New York and Chicago in the amount of money raised in ’99. Included in the fund-raising effort were auction items like guitars, cowboy hats, gold records and autographed CD’s from Wynona, Brooks & Dunn, Randy Travis, Reba McIntyre and Faith Hill.
¨ Public station KPBS FM89.5 staffers have picked up an armload of awards recently. In the Associated Press’ news competition, reporter Carrie Kahn received two Best Serious Feature Awards and host Gloria Penner, reporter Alison St. John, producer Kate Concannon, producer/reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and producer Pam Hardy got a Best Series award for “San Diego in Denial.” (It ain’t just a river in Egypt.) Reporter Nancy Greenleese and Penner also won Gracie Allen Awards from the American Women in Radio and Television for their work in accurately portraying the roles, issues and concerns of women.
¨ Who’s minding the store at X-Bach? In a recent San Diego Union Tribune article, writer Preston Turegano took AM540 XEBACH ‘s Sol Levine to task for multiple recent on air gaffs including overlapping announcements, incorrect and obviously dated concert ticket announcements and frequent loss of signal. Levine, President and GM of L.A. based Mount Wilson Broadcasting copped a plea of human error and sunspots. The station has its studios in La Jolla and receives some of it’s programming from L.A. US and Mexican broadcast restrictions won’t allow the studios to send programming via phone line or microwave to the Tijuana transmitter so that link is by satellite which Sol says is affected by Ol’ Sol’s sunspots this time of year. There have also been some violent power surge problems at the transmitter site … often a problem in Mexico. How has this affected listenership? The most recent 12 plus Arbitron numbers show X-Bach #23 and its only classical music competitor KFSD#24 among the 38 rated stations. Levine claims this “is the first time an AM classical station has beat an FM (counterpart) anywhere in the United States.” Do you suppose Art Astor’s KFSD would counter “Yeah, but you’re not in the United States.”
¨ The San Diego Chargers held a press conference to announce the Jim Harbaugh trade and invited all the local media … except the all sports station, XTRA 690. Says XTRA’s Lee Hamilton, “It’s another chapter in them trying to screw us. The Chargers are petty and vindictive. (It’s their policy) not to provide coaches or players to our station. They’ve been unfair with us.” Chargers PR guy Bill Johnston replies,”For the most part we have a great relationship with the guys at XTRA. With one notable exception, they’re objective, fair, very professional and they care about San Diego sports teams.” Gentlemen … Super Soakers at 20 paces.