By Rick Griffin
Years after their marriage ended, David Mannis and Julie Main, both publishers of local community newspapers in San Diego, are writing a new chapter in their life story of working together. The latest deal makes Main the owner of the largest chain of independently owned community newspapers in San Diego County.
As husband and wife, Mannis and Main, married in 1988, operated together the San Diego Community Newspaper Group, publisher of the La Jolla Village News, the Beach & Bay Press covering Pacific Beach, and the Peninsula Beacon covering Point Loma. Even after their 2002 divorce, they continued together to operate the group as business partners and added San Diego Downtown News to the roster.
In 2008, Main took full control of the group and sold San Diego Downtown News to Mannis, who later founded the San Diego Community News Network, publishers of San Diego Uptown News, Gay San Diego and several other newspapers stretching across the county, including the La Mesa Courier and Mission Times, which covers the Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos communities. In 2012, Mannis acquired the Downtown News from Main.
n a recently announced deal, Main has acquired four of her former husband’s papers, including the San Diego Uptown News, La Mesa Courier and Mission Times Courier, as well as reacquiring the San Diego Downtown News. Mannis opted to keep Gay San Diego. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Main and her company are now publishing seven local community newspapers, including La Jolla Village News, Beach & Bay Press, Peninsula Beacon, La Mesa Courier, Mission Times Courier, San Diego Uptown News and San Diego Downtown News.
“Even as a divorced couple, we’ve always worked together based on mutual respect. After all, she’s the mother of our two kids,” said Mannis, 65.
“It’s a challenging time in today’s newspaper industry and I’d like to retire someday,” he said. “So, I approached Julie and asked her if she was interested in purchasing my papers, and she was. It makes sense to create a synergy with community newspapers. But, I believe Gay San Diego can succeed as a standalone. It’s important for the LGBTQ community to have a voice.”
“We’ve always networked together for years,” said Main. “I’m excited about our expanded group of papers under one roof. Our readers love and appreciate their community newspapers.
“I love the dynamics of community newspapers, it’s a rewarding industry,” she said. “The most exciting thing about the community newspaper industry is everyone has a story. People are inundated daily with troubling news regionally and from around the world. Isn’t it refreshing to come home and read about positive things happening in your community for a change?”
Main downplayed her role as woman leader of San Diego’s largest independently owned community newspaper chain. “I started in the newspaper industry when I was in my 20s, and it was male-dominated at that time,” she said. “But I’ve never felt excluded and never felt like the outsider.”
Changes at Sports Talk Radio 97.3-FM The Fan
San Diego sports talk radio station KEGY 97.3-FM The Fan, operated by Philadelphia-based Entercom Communications, has announced host changes for its 5 a.m.-9 a.m. morning sports talk show. Dan Sileo is out, replaced by John Kentera.
“Dan Sileo will no longer host the morning show, he will continue with the company in other roles,” said Jennifer Morales, Entercom spokesperson in an email to The Times of San Diego.
Kentera, better known as “The Coach,” has been heard on San Diego radio stations since 1987. Over the years, Kentera has worked at several radio stations, including a 12-year stretch from 2003 to 2015 at XPRS 1090-AM, The Mighty 1090. In October 2015, Kentera took a break from radio to focus on serving as general manager of the San Diego Sockers, which he did for six years (2010 to 2016).
Then, Kentera returned to the airwaves last year with the 2018 baseball season, hosting pre-game and post-game shows on The Fan, the English-speaking flagship home of the San Diego Padres baseball club. Now, he’s host of The Fan’s morning show accompanied by Susan DeVincent, traffic reporter mornings and afternoons for The Fan and KYXY 96.5-FM.
“Life takes weird turns, but I’m a team player and I want to help this station any way I can,” said Kentera, 60, who grew up in San Diego. “I’ve lived a charmed life. At 10 years old, I was there at San Diego Stadium for the Padres’ first game in the National League when they beat the Houston Astros 3-1. After all these years, I still love going to the ballpark and I love talking about our San Diego sports teams.”
San Diego Press Club to Discuss Instagram
The San Diego Press Club will present a program on effective ways to use Instagram from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at its downtown San Diego offices at the Spreckels Building, 121 Broadway, Suite 640. Cost to attend is free for members and $10 per person for non members. The event is open to the public. For information, visit www.sdpressclub.org. The program is part of the Press Club’s “Nuts & Bolts” series.
Speakers will include: Ashley Jacobs, morning feature reporter, KFMB-TV; Jenn Herman, social media consultant and author of “Jenn’s Trends,” a blog, “Instagram for Business for Dummies,” “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Instagram” and “Stop Guessing: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy;” Lynn Walsh, freelance TV journalist and assistant director for The Trusting News Project, an initiative sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and American Press Institute.
SDX Presents ‘Surprise, You’re Getting an Intern’
SDX will host “Surprise, You’re Getting an Intern,” a program on how to how to maximize the benefits from a summer internship program for both your company and the intern, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, at Red Door Interactive, 350 10th Avenue in downtown San Diego. Other topics will include how to develop a sustainable internship curriculum and how interns can work on client-sensitive projects. Speaking will be Micah Lomax, brand insight manager, Hewlett Packard. Lomax, with a background in teaching and research, specializes in marketing mix modeling and statistical analysis of marketing programs for HP. Admission is free for SDX members and $40 per person for nonmembers. The presentation is part of SDX’s ongoing “Inspire” seminar series. For more information, visit SDX at www.sandiegox.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.
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