By Rick Griffin

The iHeart Radio network has revealed the best pizza in San Diego as chosen by listeners of its seven San Diego stations. The winner is East Coast Pizza with outlets in Hillcrest and Cardiff. The winner received a “Best Pizza 2016” award plus a number of promotional mentions.

Runner-up was Pernicano’s. East Coast Pizza received 4,200 votes compared to Pernicano’s 3,965, station officials said. Other finalists included in iHeart’s final round of voting were Flippin Pizza, Carino’s, Knockout, Napoleone’s, Samm’y Woodfired and Venice Pizza. iHeart said nominations for 64 local pizza restaurants drew 46,797 online votes from more than 21,000 people, along with 5,638 Facebook likes, between Jan. 27 and Feb. 19.

Pizza consumption in the U.S. is second highest in the world, behind Norway, consisting of 350 slices consumed per second, iHeart said. The cluster of seven iHeart stations in San Diego include KGB 101.5-FM, KHTS Channel 93.3-FM, KIOZ Rock 105.3-FM, KLSD/XTRA Fox Sports San Diego 1360-AM, KSSX-FM KISS 95.7-FM, News Radio 600-AM KOGO and KMYI Star 94.1-FM.

11 Communication Groups to Gather for Diversity Mixer

Eleven communications networking groups will participate at the second annual Diversity Mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10, at Gordon Biersch Brewery, 5010 Mission Center Road in Mission Valley.

This year’s organizers include the Public Relations Society of America’s San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter and the San Diego chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Additional participating organizations include Asian-American Journalists Association San Diego chapter, Black Public Relations Society of America Los Angeles chapter,  Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Diego, Health Care Communicators of San Diego, San Diego chapter of International Association of Business Communicators, National Association of Black Journalists San Diego chapter, National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego and Tijuana chapter, San Diego Press Club and San Diego State University School of Journalism & Media Studies.

Event sponsor is SDSU College for Extended Studies. Tickets start at $15 per person. For more information, visit

Stalwart Communications Announces 2 New Clients

David Oates

Stalwart Communications, a San Diego PR and marketing agency, has been selected as the agency of record for two new clients, including MedaPoint and hearTV, announced David Oates, Stalwart president.

MedaPoint, based in Austin, develops software for emergency medical services departments. Its web-based applications used by more than 1,500 private and municipal EMS providers features dispatch and billing operations.

Based in Phoenix, hearTV is an smartphone app that allows live audio streaming for TV viewers at bars, restaurants, hotels, resorts, fitness centers and other public venues.

Stalwart Communications was founded in November 2009.

Best Western Is New Client for J Public Relations

The San Diego office of J Public Relations said it recently added Best Western Hotels & Resorts to its client roster.

The PR firm, with offices in California and New York, will assist the hotel chain with its 70th birthday celebration and new brand and logo implementation at 4,100 properties worldwide. JPR also will coordinate executive leadership positioning and publicity for new boutique hotel brand signings.

J Public Relations, specializing in travel and hospitality clients, was founded in 2005.

Health Care Communicators Offers Photo Headshots

Health Care Communicators of San Diego will host “Lights, Camera, Coffee,” a networking meeting featuring a continental breakfast of fruit and pastries and professional photo headshots, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at Schaetzel Center, 9888 Genesee Ave. in La Jolla. The photographers from Arlene Collective recommend wearing a neutral color such as black, dark blue or gray. Photos will be taken from the waist up.

Cost to attend is $30 for members and $35 for non members, and 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. More information is available at

HCCSD is a professional networking group for communications professionals who work in the health care, wellness, biotech, medical device, health information technology and pharmaceutical industries.

Rick Griffin

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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