By Rick Griffin
Following the recent merger of two of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies, two San Diego radio stations have moved to new frequencies on the FM dial.
On Nov. 17, Entercom Communications announced it had completed its takeover of CBS Radio, meaning that two former local CBS Radio San Diego stations — KEGY-FM Energy 97.3 and KYXY-FM 96.5 — are now operated by Entercom.
As a result, country-western station KSON-FM has moved from 92.1 and 97.3 to 103.7 on the FM dial, while KEGY has moved from 103.7 to 97.3. Station officials said one of the requirements of the merger meant KSON lost its 92.1 frequency.
Entercom San Diego now operates five stations in San Diego, including KBZT94.9-FM, KYXY, KEGY, KSON and KIFM Sunny 98.1-FM. Details are still being worked out locally for administrative staffing responsibilities.
Philadelphia-based Entercom is now considered the nation’s largest creator of live, original, local audio content with a nationwide footprint of 235 stations and weekly audience of more than 100 million people.
91X Cancels a Holiday ‘Wrex the Halls’ Concert
XETRA 91.1-FM has canceled its first of two planned “Wrex the Halls” holiday concerts at the Valley View Casino Center. The concert scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8 has been canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances,” a station statement said. Meanwhile, the station said the concert on Saturday, Dec. 9 will go on as scheduled.
Performing at the remaining concert will be The Lumineers, Vance Joy, Dreamcar, The War On Drugs, Arkels and Buckfast Superbee. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. Ticket information is available at www.91x.com.
In several past years, the station has hosted two holiday concerts on consecutive nights. Station officials said they believe it’s the first time for canceling one of the two concerts. Refunds for the Dec. 8 concert are available at the point of purchase, the statement said.
Starting in 1993, 91X’s holiday concerts have been known by several names, including “Acoustic X-mas,” which became “Caustic X-mas” in 1994. Other names over the years have included “Frosty the Show, Man” and “Nightmare Before X-Mas” before “Wrex The Halls” began in 2008. 91X is owned by Local Media San Diego LLC, a San Diego-based broadcasting company backed by private equity firm, Thoma Bravo LLC. LMSD also operates XHTZ 90.3-FM (Z-90) and XHRM 92.5-FM (Magic 92.5).
KOGO-AM News Radio 600 Will Air Remote to Benefit Salvation Army
iHeart Media San Diego’s KOGO-AM News Radio 600 is planning a live remote broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Target store parking lot, 250 Broadway in El Cajon, in support of the 41st annual East County Toy and Food Drive. KOGO’s Cliff Albert, LaDona Harvey, Ted Garcia and Cal Walker will help collect donations benefiting the Salvation Army El Cajon Corps and East County families.
Also as part of the event, a parade of fire trucks from Heartland Fire & Rescue and several other East County fire districts is planned. About a dozen fire trucks laden will toys will leave at about 11 a.m. from Fire Station #6 in El Cajon and arrive at approximately 11:15 a.m. at the Target parking lot.
KOGO-AM has annually supported this fundraiser with a live remote since 1996. Started in 1976, the East County Toy and Food Drive is one of the oldest and largest toy and food drives in San Diego County. iHeartMedia’s cluster of seven radio stations in San Diego includes KGB-FM 101.5, KHTS-FM Channel 93.3, KIOZ-FM Rock 105.3, KLSD/XTRA-AM Fox Sports San Diego 1360, KSSX-FM Jamn’ 95.7, KOGO-AM News Radio 600 and KMYI-FM Star 94.1.
PRSA Will Host Holiday Appreciation Breakfast
The Public Relations Society of America’s San Diego-Imperial Counties chapter will host its annual member and volunteer appreciation holiday breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Breakfast Republic restaurant, 4839 Newport Ave., San Diego. Admission is free for PRSA members and $25 for non members. The program will include recognition of volunteers, along with discussion of 2017 accomplishments and plans for 2018. Information also will be available about PRSA’s APR accreditation program, now in its 53rd year. For information and to RSVP, visit www.prsasdic.org.
Rick Griffin is a San Diego-based public relations and marketing consultant. His MarketInk column appears weekly on Mondays in Times of San Diego.