Alan Perales
Grossmont College student Alan Perales. Courtesy of the college

By Rick Griffin

Grossmont College student Alan Perales was recently honored with a first-place international broadcasting award for a nine-minute documentary on injured veterans that was produced for his media communications class.

The award in the audio production category was presented April 8 in Las Vegas at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, billed as the world’s largest digital media and broadcast competition for students and faculty.

Evan Wirig, Grossmont College media communications department chair, said Perales competed against 87 entrants from two- and four-year colleges and universities across the world. He noted that Perales’ award is the 25th time since 2000 that students from Griffin Radio, Grossmont College’s radio station, have been honored.

Perales’ documentary, “The Odyssey,” focused on veterans in rural communities, including Calexico, where he talked to former military men who travel long distances for treatment because of a lack of Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics in their communities. Perales said he got the idea to chronicle the plight of injured veterans while accompanying his father, a Vietnam veteran, on a hospital visit for his combat injury.

“One of the hospital techs struck up a conversation with me and he was talking about the difficulties facing veterans in the rural areas,” Perales said. “That got me to thinking and that’s how this project got started.”

The documentary begins with Perales’ voice: “They have served our country. They have risked their lives. They have paid every imaginable price for us. My name is Alan Perales and I am the son of a disabled veteran.”

This is Perales’ second award in as many years. In 2017, he won an Award of Excellence in the audio production category for a college radio newscast.

Nuffer, Smith, Tucker Staff Reach Out to Business Groups

Nuffer, Smith, Tucker, a San Diego public relations firm now in its 44th year in business, announced that Teresa Siles, its managing director, has joined the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce‘s board of directors.

In addition, the firm said Price Adams, vice president, has been approved as a new member of San Diego Rotary Club 33. Adams, who joined the firm in 2005, is a San Diego native.

The firm said other Nuffer, Smith, Tucker staff members have stepped up to serve on boards, committees and advisory groups with other community institutions, including The Century Club of San Diego, the Downtown San Diego Partnership and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America San Diego Chapter.

Less + More Designs Logo for Palo Alto Restaurant

Less + More, a San Diego branding and design agency, reports it designed a logo for Protégé, a new restaurant in Palo Alto in Silicon Valley.

Mike Savacool, founding partner of Less + More, said the logo features an understated color and typographic palette designed to support, but not dominate. “Our team developed a design system for the brand that would not get in the way of the gorgeous imagery Protégé will create, one that would subtly reflect the brand’s ethos and scale easily as it grows,” said Savacool.

The restaurant was opened earlier this month by Anthony Secviar, chef, and Dennis Kelley, master sommelier, both previously with Napa Valley’s famous French Laundry restaurant.

The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival. Courtesy photo

Three New Clients for c3 Communications

San Diego public relations firm c3 Communications, specializing in special event promotion and public relations, has announced it has been hired as the agency of record by three clients.

They include the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, June 29-July 1, at Embarcadero Marina Park North; IDEA World Convention, July 28-July 1, presented by the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, at the San Diego Convention Center and Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel; and Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonprofit based in Coronado that advocates a nationwide carbon fee to address climate change.

The jazz festival and fitness convention are repeat clients, said Joice Truban Curry, who founded c3 in 2000.

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.