By Rick Griffin

Radio station KyXy 96.5-FM, operated by CBS Radio San Diego, has parted ways with the “Jeff and the Showgram” program. The weekday morning show, featuring Jeff Detrow, Emily Griffiths, Laura Cain and “Little Tommy” Sablan, had aired at KyXy since 2011.

Station officials declined to comment for this story. The station has not announced a permanent replacement. Disappointed fans have been posting comments on Sablan’s Facebook page.

Industry trade publications report the June 27 layoffs at KyXy are related to the pending $4 billion mega-acquisition of CBS Radio by Entercom Communications Corp. Layoffs occurred on the same day at WOGL-FM, a CBS station in Philadelphia, notes “Insider Radio.” WOGL’s “The Breakfast Club” was canceled along with earlier dismissals of afternoon host Cadillac Jack and overnight talent Ron Cade.

Entercom’s acquisition may require CBS to unload stations around the country to comply with federal station-ownership regulations. The Justice Department is continuing to review the deal. Entercom is currently the fourth largest U.S. radio broadcasting company with a portfolio of 125 in 27 U.S. markets. If approved, the takeover would create the second largest radio group in terms of revenue in the country with a combined 244 stations in 23 of the top 25 radio markets in the country.

In one form or another, “Jeff and the Showgram” has been part of the morning radio routine in San Diego since 1988. Previously, it was known as the “Jeff and Jer Showgram,” until Jerry Cesak left the show in October 2015 to explore a career in television. Over the years, the program has been heard on several different San Diego stations, including KFMB-FM, KKLQ-FM 106.5-FM (Q-106), KMYI-FM Star 94.1 and KBZT-FM 94.9-FM. The “Jeff and Jer Showgram” was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November 2016.

i.d.e.a. C0-Founder Ryan Berman to Discuss ‘Business Apocalypse’

SDX will present “Surviving the Business Apocalypse with Courage,” a presentation by Ryan Berman, co-founder and chief creative officer at brand agency i.d.e.a. of San Diego, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at Downtown Works, 550 West B St., Fourth Floor in downtown San Diego. The presentation will be followed by a 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. happy hour reception. Admission is free for members and $40 per person for nonmembers.

Ryan Berman

With the world of business moving at an all-time rapid rate, Berman said he will discuss four truths to help executives better navigate the speed, stresses and fears of business today, all through the lens of courage. He also will share ideas that can transform a business so it doesn’t get left behind. The presentation is part of SDX’s ongoing “Inspire” seminar series. For more information, visit SDX at SanDiegoX.org.

Prior to moving to San Diego in 2004, Berman spent seven years working in New York City at MVBMS/Euro RSCG (now Havas), which included working on such clients as Evian, Schering Plough, Subway, Universal Studios and Volvo. In San Diego, he formed Fishtank, an agency that served PUMA, Nike, UNICEF and the 2012 London Olympics. In 2012, Fishtank merged with another company to become i.d.e.a. The client list for i.d.e.a. has included Caesar’s Entertainment, Major League Baseball, Qualcomm, New Era, Harrah’s, SUPRA, Hilton, WD-40 and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

PR Pro to Promote Folding Shopping Bags

Public relations veteran Mary Schmidt-Krebs, principal of MESA Integrated Marketing, reports she has been retained by Lotus Trolley Bags. Schmidt-Krebs said PR services will include product promotion on Amazon and distribution of a promotional video.

The Lotus Trolley Bag system helps shoppers easily organize and efficiently pack their groceries in a grocery shopping cart in a fraction of the time. The eco-friendly system features four, reusable, washable and durable shopping bags that easily spread out, accordion-style, in a grocery cart. The grocery bag company said a portion of each sale will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation and Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Schmidt-Krebs is a past recipient of the Public Relations Professional of the Year award from the Public Relations Society of America San Diego-Imperial Counties chapter.

Travel journalist Maggie Espinosa.

Travel Writer Talks About Her 800-mile Walk

International travel journalist Maggie Espinosa will discuss her book about her 800-mile walk to California’s 21 missions at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at the Heritage of the Americas Museum on the campus of Cuyamaca College, 12110 Cuyamaca College Dr. West in El Cajon. Admission is $5 per person.

Espinosa’s 10-month walk from California’s first mission in San Diego to the end of the Mission Trail in Sonoma became a book called “On a Mission, An 800-mile Walk to Discover California’s El Camino Real” published in 2015. The El Camino Real, or the King’s Road, was the route that originally connected the 21 missions of old Spanish California. The book includes sightseeing and adventure opportunities, as well as the best choices for restaurants, bed and breakfasts and hotels.

“I was only the 11th person to complete this sojourn, which included several 20-mile days. My book is a compilation of the journal and photos I recorded along the way,” said Espinosa, a San Diego Press Club board member who has authored two books and visited more than 40 countries.

Espinosa, a travel journalist since 2002, has reported on hot spots around the world for ABC, NBC and CW television, along with the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, San Diego Union-Tribune and Huffington Post, and is a frequent guest on radio shows. She also teaches a writing class at San Diego Writers Ink, hosts guided day tours to locales in Southern California and Baja, Mexico, and operates an online store called Global Personal Shopper.

Heritage of the Americas Museum, a cultural and educational facility featuring historic art, culture and the natural history of the Americas, opened in January 1993. For museum information, visit www.heritageoftheamericasmuseum.com.


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.