The staff of The i.d.e.a Brand at the 2019 Addy Awards.

Creative ad agency i.d.e.a won the Best of Show award for its “Play for All” entry in the advertising animation category at the recent ADDY awards, the San Diego advertising community’s top recognition event.

SDX presented 13 Gold, 36 Silver and 52 Bronze ADDY awards to 27 companies in 60 professional advertising, digital and graphic design categories, culled from 237 entries for its awards program, called the San Diego American Advertising Awards.

In addition, student awards included 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze. Deelin Francis, a student at the NewSchool of Design & Architecture, won Best of Show in the student category for his logo redesign for The Cat Cafe.

First-place Gold award winners included: i.d.e.a. (3 Gold, 4 Silver); MJD (4 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze); Mindgruve (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze); PACIFIC (1 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze); EatDrinkSleep (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze); Movetic (2 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronze); BexBrands (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze).

Additional Bronze and Silver award winners included Electra Bicycle Company, San Diego Zoo Global, Pure Cinema, Zion Films, Traina Design, BLVR, Perfect Bar, Grizzly, Outfront Media, Ignyte, Thorn Brewing Co, MeringCarson, Taco Truck Creative, Red Door Interactive, Amalgamated Grommets, San Diego Natural History Museum and Grizzly.

Awards were presented March 15 at Liberty Station. This year’s judges included: Warren Front, Intel; Carren O’Keefe, Analog Folk; Melissa Cabral, The Many. For a complete list of winners, visit

The name of the award is an ADDY, the same name for the award presented on the national level. According to Georgina Forster, SDX interim director, following the local awards program, SDX will pay entry fees for Gold winners competing at the district level, which comprises Southern California and Southern Nevada. Then, district winners can advance to the national American Advertising Awards, presented by the American Advertising Federation.

AAF is a national advertising trade organization with members comprising more than 150 local advertising clubs, including SDX. The national ADDY awards program is known as the world’s largest and arguably the toughest advertising competition with more than 40,000 entries annually.

Lara Logan on the “60 Minutes” set.

Ex-CBS Staffer Lara Logan Speaking in San Diego About Media’s Trump Coverage

Former CBS News war correspondent Lara Logan will be a keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner-gala benefiting the Special Operations Forces Support Foundation and the Navy SEALs on Saturday, March 30, at the Del Mar Country Club.

Logan, who reported for both CBS News and 60 Minutes, spent decades reporting alongside the U.S. military from some of the most dangerous places on earth. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she reported from the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq, including an unprecedented two-month embed with a U.S. Navy SEAL team.

Logan, who is South African, has been making headlines recently for criticizing the U.S. news media for its coverage of President Trump, saying that many journalists have abandoned consistent standards in covering the Trump administration.

In a phone interview with the Times of San Diego, Logan said, “Although the media has always been left-leaning, I believe we’ve abandoned our pretense, or at least the effort, to be objective today. Too many of us have become political activists, and some could argue propagandists. Standards are out the window. You read one story after another, or hear it, and it’s all based on one anonymous administration official, or former administration official. Responsibility for fake news begins with us.”

Logan shared her opinion on a variety of additional topics, including the $275 million lawsuit recently filed against CNN by the family of Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann. The suit alleges CNN “elevated false, heinous accusations of racist conduct” against the teenager. It also said CNN did not follow “well-established journalistic standards and ethics.”

“Well, it’s about time for the media to be put on notice,” said Logan. “There was a rush to judgment with that story, which was completely inexcusable and unforgivable. It would have only taken a short time to confirm the truth. Journalists don’t think about the consequences. Especially with social media, you can destroy somebody’s reputation immediately or silence them.”

Logan also brought up Ted Koppel’s recent comments about The New York Times and The Washington Post that he said are “out to get” President Trump. At an event titled “The War on the Press,” Koppel said about the President, “He’s not mistaken in that perception and he’s not mistaken when so many of the liberal media, for example, described themselves as belonging to the resistance.”

“I’m so glad that I’m no longer standing alone,” Logan said. “Ted Koppel is being honest, he knows about the standard of independent, honest journalism. He didn’t invent the standard and I didn’t invent it. Rather, we inherited the standard. I’m so happy that somebody is joining me to stand up for fact checking. I didn’t want to be the lone ranger.”

Co-hosts for the golf tournament and dinner-gala include Madeleine Pickens and Dominique Plewes, owners of the Del Mar Country Club, Geniya and “Papa” Doug Manchester, and Jenny Craig. Major event sponsors include the Del Mar Country Club, American Airlines, Konica-Minolta, The Burr Family Foundation, and Michael and Victoria Fitzpatrick. For more information about the golf tournament and dinner-gala, visit

The SOF Support Foundation’s mission is to help ensure American special operations forces and their families receive the support they need to effectively carry out their operations, keep their families intact, and lead healthy and productive lives after they have left our nation’s service.

Mapp Names John Fitzgerald as CFO

John Fitzgerald

San Diego-based digital marketing tech agency Mapp has named on John Fitzgerald as its new chief financial officer. The company said Fitzgerald, with more than 20 years of experience, has worked with growth-stage technology and digital media companies and managing integral areas of business, including capital fundraising, acquisitions and divestitures, investor relations and strategic planning efforts. As CFO, Fitzgerald will oversee Mapp’s finance, accounting, human resources, investor relations, office management, internal audit and legal areas of the business.

“So far, 2019 has been an exciting year for Mapp, said Steve Warren, CEO of  Mapp. “Adding John to the team is a great step in helping us take a bold stance in the market. His proven leadership in financial operations, along with his background working in mobile, social media, content, and data protection, is an ideal fit for Mapp as we work to extend our positive momentum and achieve greater revenue growth in 2019.”

San Diego Radio Ratings From Nielsen

Talkers, a news service that reports on the U.S. talk radio industry, said that KPBS-FM was the top rated San Diego station according to Nielsen Audio during the Jan. 31-Feb. 27 ratings period. The NPR station also ranked first in October, November and December.

Talkers managing editor Mike Kinosian also noted ratings increases were posted for classic rock KGB-FM (from no. 6 to no. 3), country station KSON-FM (from no. 3 to no. 2) and KFMB AM-760 from no. 20 to no. 18.

Meanwhile, Kinosian’s notable decreases included KHTS-FM Channel 93.3 slipping from no. 6 to no. 8 and KOGO-AM News Radio 600 from no. 8 to no. 10. Flat results were posted for XPRS-AM The Mighty 1090, KLSD Fox Sports 1360 and KWFN 97.3-FM The Fan.

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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