Emily Griffiths (left), Eddie Pappani, Sky Williams and Tylhor ‘Thor” Dodd of Rock 105.3 “The Show”

iHeart Media San Diego, operator of eight local radio stations, announced an extended contract agreement for another five years to 2026 with “The Show,” heard mornings from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on KIOZ-FM Rock 105.3.

Featuring Eddie Pappani, Sky Williams, Tylhor “Thor” Dodd, and Emily Griffiths, “The Show” has been entertaining audiences with irreverent conversation during morning drive on KIOZ-FM since 2010.

Pappani and Williams have worked together at KIOZ since 2004. “And I can’t believe they haven’t grown sick of us yet,” Pappani said. “I couldn’t be more excited and thrilled to continue our run at iHeart Radio and Rock 105.3. I want to thank Sky, my partner in crime for 21 years, and Thor and Emily for their dedication and hard work. Big thanks to everyone at iHeart Media San Diego for their continued support. We are excited to continue to entertain with our hot discussions about sandwiches for years to come.”

Shauna Moran, Rock 105.3 program director, said in a statement, “I am thrilled to continue our amazing run with `The Show.’ Their years of hard work, dedication, adaptability, evolution and just plain true grit have been amazing to watch. Their listeners’ loyalty is unparalleled, and I look forward to watching them grow their audience. Cheers to another five years.”

Rock 105.3’s featured music artists include Metallica, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Imagine Dragons, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day.

According to the latest Nielsen Audio Ratings, released Nov. 2, KIOZ-FM was among the top 10 rated local radio stations during the six months from May to October of this year with a cumulative, quarter-hour audience of 276,700 listeners.

iHeart Media San Diego cluster includes KIOZ-FM, KGB-AM, KGB-FM, KHTS-FM, KLSD-AM, KMYI-FM, KOGO-AM, and KSSX-FM.

Crowe PR Hires Casey Blatt, Promotes Kaitlin Egan

San Diego-based Crowe PR has announced the hiring of Casey Blatt as senior director of operations and the promotion of Kaitlin Egan as director of the company’s hospitality division.

Casey Blatt

Blatt, with 13 years of operations management experience, will oversee talent acquisition, human resources, agency processes and general business operations at Crowe PR, the company said. Previously, Blatt spent the past five years as director of talent and experience at Power Digital Marketing, where she led talent acquisition and employee on-boarding and launched the agency’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee. Before Power Digital, Blatt spent five years at Covet PR working in human resources, recruitment and operations.

“Attracting and retaining exceptional industry talent is a top priority for Crowe PR as we continue to scale and provide the best possible service to our clients, while building a strong, supportive infrastructure for our team,” said Anna Crowe, Crowe PR founder and CEO. “Not only is Casey an exceptional leader, her operational and recruiting expertise will be instrumental to our business. We are thrilled to welcome her to the company and have already seen a significant impact from her work.”

Egan, previously with the title of group manager, will oversee Crowe PR’s hospitality accounts, including hotels, resorts, outdoor hospitality brands, restaurants and spas.

“Kaitlin has been a driving force behind the success of our hospitality division,” said Crowe. “She’s a true team player and passionate leader, and we couldn’t be happier for her continued growth at the agency.”

Crowe PR clients represent consumer goods, hospitality, healthcare and technology industries with a focus on health and wellness, outdoor and sustainable brands.

Intesa Communications Hires Sina Hajhassan

Sina Hajhassan

Intesa Communications Group, a San Diego public affairs and government relations firm, has added Sina Hajhassan as an account executive with the government relations team. Hajhassan will executive public affairs, community relations and media outreach tactics for Intesa’s San Diego and national clients, the company said.

Hajhassan was previously a volunteer career coach and student mentor at the University of California San Diego, where he graduated in 2020. He also was a PR intern at Slate PR in Los Angeles and Bam Communications in San Diego. He also was a marketing coordinator at Skin Solutions, a medical spa and salon in San Diego.

Americans Sustain Higher Online Media Usage Post-Pandemic

Americans continue to spend more time with various forms of media, including online, than before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest tracking survey from Mindshare, one of the world’s largest media and marketing services company.

Mindshare’s quarterly survey, its 21st, shows that half of Americans report they are using online media more than they did prior to the pandemic. The self-reported data shows that consumers continue to perceive their overall media usage as expanding, as reported in MediaPost, an advertising and media industry trade publication.

In the latest survey, 51% of Americans said they are spending more time online, which is the highest number since the study began. Prior to the pandemic, 24% said they were spending more time online. In June 2020, that number was 50%.

Other media options drawing increased usage from Americans includes streaming TV (45%), watching movies at home (44%), using phone apps (43%), social media (40%), binge watching (38%), live TV (37%), podcasts (25%) and radio (22%).

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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