By Rick Griffin
Dave Rolland, founding editor of San Diego City Beat, has left state Sen. Toni Atkins’ office after five years to become communications director of the San Diego City Council.
The appointment was announced by Council President Georgette Gomez, who represents the 9th District, which includes the communities of Mountain View, City Heights, Rolando, Mt. Hope, Talmadge, Southwest, El Cerrito and the College Area.
The announcement said Rolland will develop Gomez’s communications strategy to help create a local government that is equitable, inclusive, transparent and accountable. He also will serve as a liaison to the city’s communications staff.
Rolland worked at City Beat for 13 years.
Jagger and Kristi Granting Christmas Wishes Again
Husband-and-wife radio team Mark and Kristi Jagger, hosts of “Jagger and Kristi in the Morning,” heard on XHRM-FM Magic 92.5, have begun accepting names of families and friends who need a Christmas wish granted as part of the couple’s ninth annual “Christmas Wish” promotion. Nominations can be submitted online. The station said 12 listeners will have their wishes granted through Dec.24.
Previous wish requests have ranged from payments for car repair and medical bills to overdue vacations. The station said all wish recipients also will receive a free Christmas tree, gifts for children and a voucher for a family meal.
“These are tough times for people who work hard to raise families,” said Kristi. “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. We want to help those families in need have a Merry Christmas.”
“The best part about Christmas Wish is helping our local Magic families to get through a struggle and have a wonderful Christmas,” said Mark.
The Jaggers have worked together as on-air personalities since 1996. They were married in 1997 and have been hosts of “Jagger and Kristi in the Morning” on Magic 92.5 since 2005. Local Media San Diego operates three local stations, including XHRM-FM Magic 92.5, XTRA-FM 91X and XHTZ-FM Z90.3.
KFMB-FM Adds Soleil Spigelman as Cantore Show Producer
Spigelman graduated from San Francisco State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies. She began her radio career while in college as an intern for the “Sarah and Vinnie Morning Show” on KLLC-FM. She was later hired by the Entercom station.
“I’m from a small surfing town in the San Francisco Bay area so I immediately felt at home here in San Diego,” said Spigelman. “I’m looking forward to showcasing my passion for entertaining people and sharing my kooky, yet relatable, personality with this on-air family and our listeners.”
Mike Vasquez, director of FM programming, said “Soleil represents the future of radio and I feel so fortunate to have her joining our team. She’s smart, talented, creative and unafraid to do what’s necessary to win. Our strong morning show just got stronger.”
Cantore added, “I am confident she will be a ray of awesomeness.”
San Diego Family Magazine Helping Special Needs Families with Star Wars Movie Night
San Diego Family, a monthly magazine now in its 37th year of publication, is sponsoring a fundraiser benefiting the nonprofit Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego with a special screening of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at the UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center.
Tickets are priced at $40 per person, which includes movie screening, souvenir badge, movie snacks, opportunity drawing ticket and photo ops with costumed members of the San Diego Star Wars Society. Tickets can be purchased online.
It’s the fifth time San Diego Family has sponsored a movie night benefiting the foundation, which helps families of children with special needs. The previous four times included three Star Wars movies and a Harry Potter movie.
San Diego Family has been a long-time supporter of the foundation. The magazine publishes an annual resource guide listing resources and services for families with special needs children called Flourishing Families. The next issue is scheduled to be published in March.
“All of us at San Diego Family are very proud to serve these special families,” said Sharon Bay, publisher of San Diego Family. “We are excited about the fundraiser. We’re expecting a sellout and lots of fun with photo opportunities and Star Wars characters at the event.”
San Diego Family, with a circulation of 75,000 copies, is distributed at more than 1,500 locations, including supermarkets, restaurants and retail establishments. The magazine features a calendar of events, parenting tips, ideas for parties and after-school activities, along with directories covering camps, private schools and creative arts and sports programs.
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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