Pamela Davis

Pamela Davis, a former TV news anchor in several markets for 16 years before switching to a behind-the-scenes role at a local station, has been named communications manager at the Salvation Army in San Diego.

Davis spent the past four years at KUSI-TV as the morning show news planner scheduling live segments for the “Good Morning San Diego” show.

“I’m expecting withdrawals from the normal adrenaline rush that is part of TV news and I will miss the great people who I worked with,” said Davis, who volunteered for the Salvation Army’s public relations committee and then applied for the job when Rachael Fowler relocated to Denver to serve the organization there. The Salvation Army is an international evangelical Christian organization.

Davis’s on-camera work included six years (1998-2004) as weekend anchor with Don Teague at KFMB-TV in San Diego. She started working overnights at the CBS affiliate in Sacramento, which was followed by four years in Kansas City as an evening news anchor, two years in Washington, DC, as a reporter and anchor, then San Diego and four years in Denver. She also spent one year as a PR manager at the Rock Church in San Diego.

“At KUSI, I enjoyed the opportunity to schedule interviews of stories about the great things that everyday, regular people were doing in our community. Now, with the Salvation Army, I will continue to tell great stories,” said Davis.

Local Media SD Radio Execs Becoming Owners

A change in ownership has been announced for Local Media San Diego, operator of three Mexican-licensed FM radio stations in San Diego. The cluster includes XHRM-FM Magic 92.5 (Rhythmic Oldies), XHTZ-FM Z-90.3 (Top 40) and XTRA-FM 91X (Alternative).

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo, which acquired the stations in 2009, is selling them plus a digital advertising agency to three of the group’s executives: VP and GM Gregg Wolfson, CFO Norman McKee and director Steve McNelly. Terms of the deal and the buyout price were not disclosed.

According to Insider Radio, a broadcasting industry publication, Thoma Bravo’s recent shift in focus to the software and technology fields cleared the way for the executive management team’s takeover. Apart from the three FM stations, the San Francisco-based private equity firm had no other media holdings. The industry publication also said the transaction still needs the approval by the Federal Communications Commission, although the deal is structured in a way so that approval of the transfer is not needed from Mexican regulators.

Thoma Bravo acquired the stations when it purchased the debt of former LMSD operator Finest City Broadcasting. In January 2010, Finest City partnered with Broadcast Company of the Americas (BCA), founded by John Lynch. Later, when Lynch was ousted from BCA, LMSD pulled the plug on the arrangement with BCA.

Jagger and Kristi Granting Christmas Wishes Again

Mark and Kristi Jagger, hosts of “Jagger and Kristi in the Morning,” heard on XHRM-FM Magic 92.5, are now accepting names of families and friends who need a speical Christmas wish fulfilled as part of the duo’s eighth annual holiday promotion. Nominations can be submitted at www.magic925.com. The station said 12 listeners will have their wishes granted beginning Thursday, Dec. 6.

Mark and Kristi Jagger

A minimum of 12 “Christmas Wishes” will be granted through Dec. 21. Every wish granted is customized to fit the recipients and vary from payments for car repair and medical bills to overdue vacations. The station also said all wish recipients also received a free Christmas tree, gifts for children and a voucher for a family meal.

“Christmas Wish is our favorite time of year here at Magic,” said Jagger. “We love teaming up with our Magic listeners to spread the holiday cheer. It’s fun helping to create little Christmas miracles for families in right here in San Diego.”

Kristi said, “Life has become challenging for people who work hard to raise their families. All it takes is one unexpected crisis, accident or illness to throw a family into a financial struggle to pay rent and feed their families, much less have extra for Christmas. We want to help those families in need make holiday memories together and have a Merry Christmas.”

IABC San Diego to Hear from Northrop Grumman

The International Association of Business Communicators San Diego chapter will host “How to Make an Impact in the Blink of an Eye,” a breakfast presentation from Cynthia Curiel, sector VP of communications for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. The meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Northrop Grumman’s offices at 16765 West Bernardo Drive.

Curiel will discuss best practices gleaned from more than 20 years working in the defense industry and her experiences with engaging diverse groups, including adversarial stakeholders, customers, employees, government officials, the news media and taxpayers. Cost to attend is $15 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Each guest will be required to present a form of valid ID, such as driver’s license or U.S. passport, for check-in with a security officer at the front lobby desk.

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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