MarketInk: Energy 103.7 Launches Tonya and Sonic, a New Weekday Morning Show

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Tonya Gonzalez and Sean “Sonic” Leckie

By Rick Griffin

Radio station KEGY-FM Energy 103.7, operated by CBS Radio San Diego, has a new weekday morning show  from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. “Tonya and Sonic” features co-hosts Tonya Gonzalez and Sean “Sonic” Leckie.

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Gonzalez, a Chula Vista native, began her radio career in 2007 at KHTS where she worked as an intern. For 10 years, she worked with A.J. Machado, who spent five years at Energy 103.7 before switching in August to host the morning show on KyXy 96.5-FM, also operated by CBS Radio San Diego.

“I am beyond thrilled to officially kick off something new, something local, something fresh for our listeners here in San Diego with my partner Sonic,” said Gonzalez. “I’ve been one of Energy 103.7’s biggest cheerleaders since the beginning and I’m so grateful for this opportunity to do real radio every morning here in my hometown.”

Leckie also began his career as an intern at KHTS when Machado was there. Leckie worked in Atlanta and helped launch WWPW Power 96.1 as afternoon host. He then returned to San Diego as afternoon host on Energy 103.7 and developed two online video series, including “TacoShoppin” and “SingleInSanDiego.”

“Starting as intern in this market with huge morning talent, I never imagined I would be co-hosting morning drive in San Diego,” said Leckie. “Thank you to Tonya for believing in me to team up and share the airwaves with her. What a radio ride I’m on right now. It’s a good feeling.”

“There’s no mistaking the drive and passion Tonya and Sonic have for winning,” said Chris Patyk, KEGY-FM program director. “Their chemistry together is undeniable and they know this city and the Energy listeners. We’re excited to bring everyone along for the ride.”  An official launch party will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Lair Nightclub in the Gaslamp Quarter.

PRSA Making Their Own B-roll Videos

No budget for a videographer? No problem. The Public Relations Society of America’s San Diego-Imperial Counties chapter will present “Master Your Smartphone to Make Your Own Video,” a luncheon program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the 2-1-1 San Diego offices, Manpower Education Center, 3860 Calle Fortunada in San Diego.

Christine Paik, director of communications and community engagement, Poway Unified School District, will discuss shooting and editing techniques, apps and equipment to make your own videos of untold stories for TV news b-roll, social media and public presentations. During the show-and-tell presentation, attendees will create a short video for themselves, PRSA said.

Paik, an Emmy Award winner, worked in TV news for 15 years before joining PUSD where she oversees external and internal communications and teaches broadcast classes to students. Cost to attend is $30 for members and $50 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.prsasdic.org.

San Diego Press Club to Host Media Bash

The San Diego Press Club is organizing a news media party of local journalists from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Stone Brewery at Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Road in San Diego. Invited are members of the Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists San Diego professional chapter, San Diego Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association San Diego, Online News Association San Diego, Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego and Tijuana chapter. Admission is free but RSVP is requested. For information, call (619) 231-4340 or visit www.sdpressclub.org.

SPJ San Diego Chapter Honored for Helping College Students

San Diego’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has been honored by the national SPJ organization, based in Indianapolis, with a Circle of Excellence award for its efforts to assist, educate and award scholarships to college students across San Diego County. The local chapter was presented with the Campus Relations award at the recent national convention held in Anaheim. The award also recognized the chapter’s support of Point Loma Nazarene University Writer’s Symposium by the Sea and an annual student resume workshop at San Diego State University,

SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information on the San Diego chapter, visit www.spjsandiego.org.


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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