By Rick Griffin
Chris Cantore, who has worked as a DJ on local radio stations since 1994, is now hosting “The Cutting Edge of Sports,” weekdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on sports talk station XPRS 1090-AM The Mighty 1090, operated by San Diego-based Broadcast Company of the Americas.
The time slot was previously filled by San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper sports columnist Kevin Acee since January 2016.
Cantore was previously paired with Steven Woods on KBZT-FM 94.9-FM, an alternative-rock FM station that is the new radio home for San Diego Padres’ broadcasts in 2017. The Cantore & Woods show debuted on KBZT in October 2015 and ended in January of this year. Cantore also has worked at Star 100.7, 91X and KPRI 102.1-FM during his career.
BCA said the new evening show will be a mix of lifestyle entertainment coupled with extensive audience participation, focusing not only on an everyday fan’s take on the sports world, but also on Southern California action sports such as surfing, skiing, boarding and cycling.
“At this stage of my broadcasting career, nothing excites me more than making the jump to talk radio, and to have that opportunity at a beast of a station like the Mighty 1090. I am beyond grateful,” Cantore said. “The antithesis of a human sports encyclopedia, I’m just a fan of all San Diego sports and teams, including action sports, and I hope to bring something different to the airwaves.”
Lewis Piston Agency Hires 2 Vice Presidents
Lewis Piston, a San Diego integrated marketing communications agency, has announced the appointment of two new vice presidents, Louisa Moya, formerly of AKQA, and Dave McClain, formerly of Razorfish, TBWA and Saatch & Saatchi.
Moya joins as VP, director of client services. In her career, she has worked on such brands as Levi Strauss, PepsiCo, Audi, Coca-Cola, Google, Kraft, Nestlé, P&G and Unilever. McClain has been named VP and executive creative director. He has worked with such brands as Activision, ESPN, Intel, Lexus, Nissan, Microsoft, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Infiniti.
The agency said the two hires follow the acquisition of several new clients, including The General, Astro Gaming, H-E-B, The Irvine Company, Stanford Health, Hugo Boss, and PCA Skin.
“Dave and Louisa bring a wealth of experience to our team,” said Mark Burr, Lewis Piston SVP. “I think there is a growing trend for top talent to seek out more creative, independent, integrated agencies. Places where they can dream big in a fun environment, without some of the red tape that exists within larger holding company models. I literally cannot wait to see the amazing impact these two will have on our client campaigns and business overall.”
KOCT Gets New Digital Equipment with County Help
KOCT, an Oceanside-based TV station airing city, county and state government programs, has announced it has installed new digital equipment made possible from a Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grant from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. County Supervisor Bill Horn attended a recent ceremony to activate the new system from BroadStream Solutions. KOCT received additional support for the high-definition-capable equipment from Tri-City Medical Center.
The new equipment completes KOCT multi-year process of converting its entire television facility to high definition, the station said. The conversion includes KOCT’s edit suites, studio, mobile studio and all of its field and studio video cameras.
“I’ve been a supporter of KOCT and community television not just because of its government programming but also for the many programs about the topics and issues that affect our North County residents, such as Journalist Roundtable and Voice of North County,” said Horn. One of KOCT’s monthly programs, “Journalist Roundtable,” is hosted by Kent Davy, former Editor for the North County Times newspaper.
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. Video-on-Demand programs shown on www.KOCT.org are available in hi-def and can be viewed on smart phones, tablets or computers. Founded in 1984 as a non-profit corporation, KOCT provides a voice in the North County 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.
Mike V Named Program Director at KFM-BFM
Radio station 100.7 KFM-BFM has named Mike Vasquez– better known on the air as Mike V — as the station’s program director.
He joined the station in June 2016 as assistant program director. Vasquez also is hosting the afternoon drive weekday show from 3 to 7 p.m.
Vasquez began his radio career in Fresno in the mid-1980s before spending 16 years at KIFM 98.1-FM (1998-2014), now known as KXSN San Diego’s Sunny 98.1. Under his leadership, KIFM received a Marconi Radio Award as “Smooth Jazz Station of the Year” award from the National Association of Broadcasters.
Owned by Midwest Television, Inc., KFM-BFM 100.7 features a variety rock format. Midwest also operates KFMB 760-AM, KFMB-TV CBS 8 and CW San Diego.
Rick Griffin is a San Diego-based public relations and marketing consultant. His MarketInk column appears weekly on Mondays in Times of San Diego.
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