Tom Resser on the set at KOCT.

By Rick Griffin

Tom Reeser, a 31-year employee at KOCT, an Oceanside-based TV station airing city, county and state government programming, is set to retire on Oct. 26. Reeser, the station’s longest continuous employee, joined KOCT in 1987, and he has served as the station’s executive director for 28 years.

“I am confident that we have made a difference in our community over the years, covering the growth of North County and topics and issues that have directly affected our residents,” said Reeser. “It’s been a great journey.”

Reeser moved to Oceanside to surf and produce his own documentaries. “Before I joined the station, I was paying money at production houses to shoot and edit. So, my hiring was a dream job because I had access to video equipment,” he said. “I’m looking forward to retiring when I can spend more time catching some waves.” He also said he is looking forward to spending more time with two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

As a public, educational and government access station, KOCT operates with state and county taxpayer funds, as well as private donations. In 2017, a Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grant from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors paid for new video equipment to complete KOCT’s multi-year process of converting to high definition.

A fundraiser for the station and a party to Reeser, as well as a roast by his friends, will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the home of Janet and Stephen Lacy, 2165 Grandview Street in Oceanside. Tickets begin at $45 per person. For more information, contact Aaron Capehart at KOCT, (760) 722-4433, or acapehart@koct.org.

KOCT streams its two channels, including Channel 18 (The Community Channel) and Channel 19 (The Government Channel) in Oceanside on Cox Cable and on AT&T’s U-Verse Channel 99 county-wide. Video-on-Demand programs shown on www.KOCT.org are available in hi-def and can be viewed on smart phones, tablets or computers.

Founded in 1984 as a non-profit corporation, KOCT provides a voice in the North County for programming about non-profit and community groups. It also serves as workforce development with volunteers and interns who have gone on to work in commercial broadcast, film and online entities.

Promotion for SDSU Public Relations Professor

Dr. Bey-Ling Sha, editor of the Journal of Public Relations Research has been named acting associate dean at San Diego State University’s College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, the academic home of the School of Journalism and Media Studies.

Sha, who joined San Diego State University as a public relations professor in 2004, led the school’s 2015 reaccreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. She also co-authored the 11th edition of “Effective Public Relations,” the most widely read textbook for PR college students. She is finishing work on a new book on intercultural public relations.

Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers Fame to Speak at SDSU

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked top-secret documents about military decisions during the Vietnam War to the news media in 1971, will appear at San Diego State University at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in room 207 of the communications building. The lecture is free and open to the public. Moderating Ellsberg’s question-and-answer session will be philosophy professor Mark Wheeler and John Martin, a former ABC News national correspondent.

While working at the Rand Corp., Ellsberg leaked the classified information, which became known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1973, he was charged with theft and conspiracy under the Espionage Act, but later the charges were dropped. The political controversy, which occurred during the Richard Nixon administration, was portrayed in “The Post,” a 2017 motion picture about reporters at The Washington Post publishing information leaked by Ellsberg. The movie, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, will be screened before the lecture.

ABC San Diego Hosts Brewhaha Mixer

The International Association of Business Communicators‘ San Diego chapter will host a Brewhaha mixer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 26, at Ballast Point Brewing Co., 9045 Carroll Way. Cost to attend is $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers. Admission includes a flight of Ballast Point brew and appetizers. The program will include a presentation on the history of the brewery. For more information, visit sandiego.iabc.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.

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