Chargers Offensive Tackle King Dunlap at a blood drive. Courtesy San Diego Chargers
Chargers Offensive Tackle King Dunlap at a blood drive. Courtesy San Diego Chargers

By Rick Griffin

For years, local radio stations have been big boosters of the San Diego Blood Bank’s annual  Chargers Blood Drive, held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This year is no different.

Chargers Drive 38 on Tuesday, Nov. 22 will draw appearances by 22 local radio stations with either a live remote or booth for giveaway prizes for blood donors. Presented by San Diego County Credit Union, the daylong community-wide blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Town and Country Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Mission Valley.

According to the blood bank, the stations participating will include: XPRS-AM The Mighty 1090, XPRS-FM 105.7 MAX-FM, KLSD/XTRA-AM Fox Sports San Diego 1360, KGB-FM 101.5, KSSX-FM Jam’n 95.7, KOGO-AM News Radio 600, KIOZ-FM Rock 105.3, KMYI-FM Star 94.1, KHTS-FM Channel 933, XHRM-FM Magic 92.5, XHTZ-FM Z-90, XTRA-FM 91X,  KFMB-AM 760, 100.7-FM KFM-BFM, KLNV-FM 106.5, KLQV-FM 102.9 Mas Variedad, XHFG-FM Pulsar 107.3, XLTN-FM Radio Latina 104.5, KSON-FM 97.3 and 92.1, KXSN-FM Sunny 98.1, KBZT-FM 94.9 and KGFN, Grossmont College’s student Internet radio station.

Stations planning live remotes from the hotel include: The Mighty 1090-AM (3 to 6 p.m.); 105.7 MAX-FM (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.); XTRA 1360-AM Fox Sports (3 to 6 p.m.); and Pulsar 107.3-FM (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

In addition to blood collection, the event will feature entertainment and autographs from Chargers players and the Charger Girls. New this year will be a booth with the National Institutes of Health “All of Us,” a program aimed at developing more effective ways to prolong health and treat disease.

Considered one of the largest and longest-running single-day blood drives in the nation, the Chargers blood drive has collected more than 72,000 pints of blood over the past 37 years. This year’s collection goal is 900 pints.

San Diego Press Club Announces 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Pauline Repard

The San Diego Press Club has announced its 2016-2017 board of directors. Pauline Repard of The San Diego Union-Tribune will serve as president. Other members of the executive committee include: Kristen Castillo, freelance writer and producer, as first VP; Karyl Carmignani, San Diego Zoo Global, as second VP; Roger Showley, The San Diego Union-Tribune, as secretary; Sally Hixson, KPBS-FM, as treasurer. April Enriquez, founder of WordPop PR, is immediate past president.

Other board members include: Kathi Diamant, freelance writer; Kris Eitland,; Maggie Espinosa, freelance travel journalist; Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, Falcon Valley Group; Jeanne Ferris, freelance writer; Albert Fulcher, East County Californian; Nicole Larson, freelance writer; Barbara Metz, Metz Public Relations; and Thom Senzee, LGBTs in the News.

Newly elected board members include: Cliff Albert, News Radio KOGO 600-AM; Kevin Brass, freelance journalist; and Rick Griffin, Rick Griffin Marketing Communications. Repard, Carmignani and Castillo were recently re-elected to the board. Two board members with director emeritus distinctions are retirees Reid Carroll and Laura Walcher.

Red Door Interactive Named Best Place to Work

Red Door Interactive, a San Diego marketing and advertising firm, has been recognized by Advertising Age Magazine as one of the 50 Best Places to Work in Marketing and Media. Ranked No. 21 on the top 50 list, Red Door was selected based on hiring practices benefits packages, salaries, office perks, workplace environment and design.

“It’s an incredible honor to be considered one of the most desirable companies to work for in our industry,” said Reid Carr, president of Red Door Interactive. “We’re dedicated to creating and maintaining a positive work environment that our employees enjoy coming to everyday and that allows us to produce the best results for our clients.”

Ad Age’s Best Place to Work list was compiled by Best Companies Group, a Harrisburg, PA-based organization that offers programs that nurture a superior level of employee satisfaction and engagement. Ad agencies, media companies and brand marketing divisions across the U.S. participated in a two-part company and employee survey process to determine respective Best Places to Work rankings.

Red Door was previously selected to Ad Age’s top 50 list in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The firm’s clients include Bosch & Thermador, Shea Homes, ASICS and Univision.

Nuffer, Smith, Tucker Opens Tijuana Office

Nuffer, Smith, Tucker, a San Diego PR firm now in its 42 year in business, has opened its first Tijuana office in the Zona Rio business district in the Torre Cosmopolitan building, the first building in Baja California to be certified as LEED Platinum in the core and shell capacity. The NST office will be staffed by two new employees, Kathia Bustillos and Analicia Luken.

“By having a physical presence on both sides of the border we will be able to provide more comprehensive, culturally appropriate services to our clients and contribute our own agency’s experiences to the discussion of the San Diego-Tijuana region and its potential,” said Bill Trumpfheller, NST president. “In order for this office to provide the resources and expertise needed to help tell the incredible growth stories coming out of the San Diego-Tijuana region, we knew it was important to hire a staff who have a deep understanding of the region and share our love for telling our clients’ stories. We couldn’t have put together a better team than Kathia and Analicia to build the foundation of our future in Tijuana.”

Bustillos will serve as general director of the NST Tijuana office. Recently, she served as general director for Televisa Baja California, managing the stations in Tijuana, Ensanada and Mexicali. Bustillos was the first female to be appointed as a general director in the history of the company. She received a bachelor’s degree in business from Universidad Iberoamericana and a master’s degree in business administration from United States International University.

Luken joins NST as an account coordinator. She is a former radio broadcaster for Radio UDEM 90.5 in Monterrey, and interned for the Frontera newspaper in Tijuana. Luken also recently provided customer service and digital support for Uber San Diego. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and information science from the University of Monterrey. She also earned an integrated digital marketing certificate from the University of San Diego.

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.