Fox 5 Gulls announcers
Fox 5 Gulls announcers Andy Zilch (left) and B.J. MacPherson.

KSWB-TV/Fox 5 San Diego has announced it will televise 10 regular-season San Diego Gulls hockey games during the 2019-2020 season. The TV schedule features five home games at Pechanga Arena San Diego and five road games. The first live broadcast is scheduled for 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, a road game against the San Jose Barracuda.

The other four televised road games include: 3 p.m., Sunday March 15 at Ontario; 5 p.m., Sunday, March 29 at Stockton; 6 p.m., Saturday, April 4 at Ontario; 6 p.m., Saturday, April 11 at Colorado. The five televised home games include: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, vs. San Jose; 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, vs. Grand Rapids; 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21 vs. Stockton; 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9 vs. Bakersfield; 7 p.m., Saturday, March 21 vs. Stockton.

Announcers will be Andy Zilch and B.J. MacPherson, who played for the Gulls from 1996-2001, when the team played in the West Coast Hockey League, winning four Taylor Cups. This is Zilch’s second season as the play-by-play announcer and MacPherson’s fifth season as color analyst. Troy Hirsch, Fox 5 San Diego sports director, will return for a third consecutive season as host of each broadcast. He also will host the “Fox 5 Sports Final” prior to and immediately following each telecast.

Fox 5 is also launching this season “Gulls All-Access,” a new show hosted by Zilch and Emily Harlan, Gulls digital correspondent. The 30-minute bi-monthly program will feature interviews with players and coaches, exclusive content and game highlights.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the San Diego Gulls and to bring the excitement of professional hockey to viewers and users across the San Diego area,” said Scott Heath, president and GM, KSWB.

KSWB aired eight Gulls games during the 2018-2019 American Hockey League (AHL) season. KSWB aired its first Gulls game on Feb. 12, 2017. It was the first TV broadcast of a game since the team began play in San Diego in 2015, and the first AHL Pacific Division club to televise a game.

Cox Charities Gives $100,000 to San Diego Nonprofits

Cox Charities, the employee-led foundation of Cox Communications has announced it will award $100,000 in grants to 10 San Diego nonprofits to support initiatives focusing on youth, education, conservation and the military. The grants are funded by employee donations with a company match.

A Cox Communications service truck. File photo

The nonprofits include: Armed Services YMCA San Diego, Operation Holiday; Biocom Institute, Biocom Institute’s Veterans Initiative; Boys to Men Mentoring Network, In-School Mentoring Program; Feeding San Diego, Feeding Heroes Program; Girls Rising, Mentor Program; Kid Spark Education, The Michael W. Neden Emerging Engineers Project; Paralyzed Veterans of America Cal-Diego Chapter, DePeralta Inpatient Program in La Jolla; San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Educational STEM Workshops and Exhibits for Low-Income Children in Escondido; WILDCOAST, Explore My Marine Protected Areas Project in Imperial Beach; San Diego Zoo Global, Exploring Conservation Science Program for Underserved San Diego County High Schools.

“Our employees love to give back to the community and supporting nonprofits that serve our communities is one way they can do that,” said Sam Attisha, senior vice president and region manager for Cox in California. “This year of giving is significant to our employees as it marks 20 years that they have been giving back through Cox Charities.”

Since 1999, Cox Charities has contributed more than $7 million to local communities served by Cox in California, including San Diego, Orange County, Palos Verdes and Santa Barbara.

The One Club Examines AI in Marketing

The One Club for Creativity San Diego will host “AI in Marketing: Predicting Your Future Customers,” a presentation from Ron Hadler, senior director of marketing technology at Red Door Interactive, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Red Door offices, 350 10th Ave., Suite 100.

Hadler leads research and development at Red Door. As a marketing technologist, he brings software development, data engineering and data science across such marketing disciplines as web development, paid media, analytics and social media. Admission is free for One Club members, $40 per person for nonmembers and $15 for students. The presentation is part of The One Club’s ongoing “Inspire” seminar series.

New York Times Reporter Discusses Trump Tax Return Story

Susanne Craig

Inewsource and the San Diego Press Club will host Susanne Craig, an investigative reporter with The New York Times, for a conversation about the state of journalism from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Admission is free but reservations are requested. The program is part of the Press Club’s “Nuts & Bolts” series.

Craig will discuss the tactics of investigative reporting, including quoting anonymous sources and confirming second-hand information, as well as how to deal with hearsay and unconfirmed allegations to make a story bulletproof. In October 2016, Craig was part of a Times story about two leaked pages from Donald Trump’s 1995 tax returns, which showed the presidential candidate declared a $916 million loss.

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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