Honors and Awards

Winners of the San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards Announced

The annual San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards honors outstanding work in print, broadcast and online journalism.   This year they celebrated The 40th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards on October 29, 2013.

San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association Members, KPBS-FM and KSDS-FM, were highly recognized.  

Radio: Feature 
1. Angela Carone, "Young Quintet Honors Parents Memory Through Music", KPBS-FM 
2. Beth Accomando, "KPBS/NPR Features", KPBS-FM 
3. Angela Carone, "Golden Tones: Saxophonist Daniel Jackson's Lifelong Quest", KPBS-FM

Radio: Reviews 
1. Pat Launer, Michael Rovatsos, "God of Carnage", KSDS-FM 
2. Beth Accomando, "Film Reviews", KPBS-FM 
3. Pat Launer, Michael Rovatsos, "Rothko Red at Center Stage", KSDS-FM 

Radio: Talk/Interview/Call-in Program 
1. Gilbert Smith, Mike Bragg, "'Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site' program 114, Interview with Ken Kramer.", KOPA-FM 
2. Maureen Cavanaugh, Marissa Cabrera, Patty Lane, Megan Burke, "Midday Edition Episode | April, 23, 2013", KPBS-FM 
2. Beth Accomando, "Midday Edition - Pre-Produced Arts Segments", KPBS-FM 
3. Gilbert Smith, Mike Bragg, "'Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site' program 108, Interview with "Shotgun Tom" Kelly.", KOPA-FM 
Radio: Use of Sound 
1. Beth Accomando, Kurt Kohnen, "Beth Accomando Use of Sound", KPBS-FM 

The Excellence in Journalism Awards Honorary Committee was started in 2009 by former president Barbara Metz.   The Honorary Committee helps the club support the members with programs such as the Nuts & Bolts events and helps the club keep the prices for events low. 

For a full list of winners, click here

San Diego Radio Well Represented at the 2013 Brand Diego Awards

The San Diego radio industry was well represented at the 2013 Brand Diego Awards, with several individuals winning top honors at the inaugural event presented by the San Diego Ad Club. The Brand Diego Awards were held on October 17th to highlight outstanding San Diego brands and the marketing professionals who help build those brands. The club accepted nominations for awards from the ad industry and the San Diego community. 

Bob Bolinger
was awarded the Paula Sullivan Outstanding Achievement Award, an award presented to individuals who have continually demonstrated their active involvement and dedication to the San Diego advertising and graphic design community and share their abilities, resources and inspiration for the betterment of our industry and/or the San Diego community at large.  Bob is Senior Vice President/Market Manager for the San Diego CBS Radio stations, KyXy and Energy 103.7 and a past president of the San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association.

Throughout his career, Bob has been an active supporter of many of San Diego's non-profits and has taken a leadership role on many prestigious boards including:  Make A Wish; San Diego YMCA; Sharp Health Care, SD Sports Council; Children's Hospital; and Cystic Fibrosis.

Star 94.1's Delana Bennett
was recognized as Media Professional of the Year. Delana co-hosts the morning show with Jessie Lozano and also hosts her own show from 2-4PM -- and continues with Haze in the afternoon drive.  She is a talent for nationwide Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, fills in part time at MY in Chicago and hosts an iHeartRadio show nationwide for the PRIDE channel. 

She's also been a foster mom, she and her partner Mary made a decision to help individuals directly and have welcome two little boys into their house in the past two years. 

Recent projects include a campaign to get laptops for military kids who can Skype with deployed parents overseas - with the assistance of National University.  Operation Thin Mint for the Girl Scouts - the San Diego Blood Bank 5K,  Angels Foster and Toys for Tots. 


KPBS took home honors for the Media Company of the Year.  The judges praised KPBS for their diversity in covering a wide range of topics and multiple platforms and called KPBS a role model for others. 

Since 1960, KPBS has built its brand around serving the local community with unparalleled programming. With a mission to both educate and entertain, KPBS has something for everyone-from kids to adults- and reaches 1.2 million people each week via TV, radio or digital platforms. Located on the campus of San Diego State University, KPBS prides itself on its long history of cultural diversity and community engagement and continues to adapt and remain relevant in a rapidly changing media landscape. KPBS is now a leading media brand for some of the best news and information in the San Diego region. 

Complete list of winners: 

San Diego Ad Club Announces Brand Diego Nominees

Congratulations to following radio stations and radio personnel for their nominations in the first annual Ad Club Brand Diego Awards:

Hispanic Marketing Visionary Award:
    Univision Radio

Media Company of the Year:
    88.3 KSDS-FM
    Univision Radio

Leadership Award:
    Peter Moore, Univision Radio
    Jonathan Schwartz, KPRI

Paula E. Sullivan Award for Outstanding Achievement:
    Bob Bolinger, KyXy Radio

Young Achiever of the Year:
    Ciro Sepulveda, Lincoln Financial Group  

Media Professional of the Year:
    Delana Bennett, Star 94.1

Join the San Diego Ad Club on October 17, 2013 for a night of drinks, food, mingling and honoring the industry's best of the best.  Winners and finalists will be announced at this year's gala at The Prado in Balboa Park.

KLNV-FM La Nueva 106.5 and On-Air Talent Nominated for Prestigious NAB Marconi Award

San Diego's leading Regional Mexican station, KLNV-FM, operated by Univision Radio, was selected as one five national finalists for the "Spanish Station of the Year" award. It is only the second San Diego station to be given this honor, after sister station KLQV-FM, which won the award in 2004. 

KLNV's afternoon drive personality Milton Andrade Cardenas, better known as "El Jarocho" was also named as a finalist in the "Spanish Format Personality of the Year" category.  Earlier this year, Cardenas was also nominated for Radio Ink's "Medallas de Cortez" Hispanic radio award.

The Marconi Awards honor radio stations and on-air personalities nationwide for excellence in broadcasting. Winners will be announced on September 19 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards in Orlando, FL.

Morning Show Boot Camp Special 25th Anniversary


KyXy's Jeff and Jer Showgram was acknowledged on August 9th in Chicago for being  one of the 25 most influential morning shows in the country over the last 25 years.   The event was put on by JOCKLINE and MORNING MOUTH Magazine.  The top 25 most influential personalities of the last 25 years were announced during a special two-hour event. There was also a special "25 Club" session featuring shows who've crossed the 25 year mark and are still ridin' high.

"Shotgun Tom" Kelly Receives Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

"Shotgun Tom" Kelly received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo courtesy of Britt Bickel/K-earth 101
San Diego hometown boy "Shotgun Tom" Kelly was presented the 2,496th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler.

The ceremony took place Tuesday, April 30th at 11:30am at the corner of Hollywood & LaBrea, next to the star of the late Real Don Steele.

Special guest speakers included the legendary Stevie Wonder and K-EARTH 101′s Program Director host Jhani Kaye.
A number of people from San Diego radio stations were in attendance to honor "Shotgun Tom".

Magic 92.5's R Dub Honored with Film Selection

R Dub, program director and on-air talent at Magic 92.5, produced a movie two years ago. The film was included in this year's The San Diego Black Film Festival. 

R Dub writes, "In 2011 I produced and directed my first film, which was a documentary about a ground-breaking AM Hip-Hop radio station in Arizona. It really was an ode to the station's amazing staff, that made incredible things happen with no budget and a signal just as limited! Despite its success, the station went away one day with no warning to its listeners--this was before social media and the internet--and for years the entire community was left guessing why their favorite station simply up and disappeared. I felt we owed our listeners the real story, and a proper goodbye, thus, the reason for making the film.

The "Slow Jams" expert adds, "I'm humbled that the film has been chosen as an official selection of The San Diego Black Film Festival and will be shown at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 on Friday, February 1 at 8 p.m.,, as part of the four-day film fest."

Chris Patyk program director at Energy 103.7 has a very prominent role in the story.

The San Diego Black Film Festival was established in 2002 by the Black Historical Society of San Diego, and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of African American and African Diaspora cinema as well as the education of media arts.

Held each year in late January, the San Diego Black Film Festival is one of the largest black film festivals in the country.

Mario Alberto, Pulsar 107.3 FM On Air Jock wins Fox 5 San Diego R-Factor Contest

Mario Alberto, Winner of Fox's RFactor
FOX 5 San Diego's competition, 'The R Factor', pits radio personalities up against each other, inviting all their listeners to support their favorite On Air Jock by voting online. This year contest included contestants like AJ Machado, Jagger & Kristi, Frankie & Geena, Tati, Jesse Lozano and our very own Mario Alberto.
San Diego/Tijuana radio personality Mario Alberto Gonzalez was the only Spanish speaking radio On Air Jock participating in this years' R-Factor contest and the results were amazing.
Round after round all the Mario Alberto and Pulsar 107.3 fans supported Mario, taking him to the final round against Jagger from Magic 92.5. Monday November 19th was the last chance to vote and Mario was still fighting strong for the first spot.
It is a great honor for the station to announce that Mario Alberto Gonzalez, Pulsar 107.3 Morning Show host, is the winner of this years' R-Factor 2012. 

KSON Receives 2012 Marconi Award

Rick Jackson, Market Manager, Lincoln Financial Media, accepting the Marconi Award for KSON

Winners of the 2012 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards were announced Thursday night at the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held at the Radio Show in Dallas, TX.   Lincoln Financial's KSON was named the Large Market Station of the Year recipient.

"I'm proud to be working with an outstanding team of people and a company that allows us to create radio that can be recognized by listeners and this prestigious award." stated  Kevin Callahan, Program Director at KSON-FM.

Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio.

Peter Moore Named Finalist for GM of the Year


Peter Moore, KLQV-FM & KLNV-FM/San Diego was named a finalist for General Manager of the Year/ Markets 1-25 in Radio Ink's Medallas de Cortez Hispanic Radio Awards. The awards for outstanding achievement in Hispanic Radio were presented March 21 at Radio Ink's Hispanic Radio Conference in San Diego.

The Medallas de Cortez awards, named after Hispanic radio pioneer Raoul Cortez, were created by Radio Ink magazine to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the Hispanic radio marketplace. Radio Ink solicited nominations from the industry, then determined finalists based on specific criteria for the selection of nominees.

Chip Franklin Honored With RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award

KOGO FM 95.7/AM 600 morning talk show host Chip Franklin has been named the recipient of a 2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. 
Chip Franklin, whose show is heard weekday mornings from 5:00 to 9:00 a.m., won the Best Writing award for his weekly feature, "The Week Gone By. 
The feature is broadcast on Chip's morning show on FM 95.7 / AM 600 and the video version is available on the station website at www.kogo.com.
Here is the 3-part winning entry:
A complete list of the winners is available at the RTDNA website. www.rtdna.org

Alliance For Woman In Media, Southern California To Honor CBS Radio's Local Program Director



The Alliance for Women in Media (formerly American Women in Radio & Television) Southern California Chapter will honor CBS RADIO Sophie@103.7 San Diego program director Charese Fruge, with the Excellence in Radio Management Award at the 55th Annual Genii Awards to take place on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. "I joined the Southern California Chapter of the Alliance for Women in Media to be inspired and it worked right away," Fruge says.

The gala recognizes outstanding achievements by women in media and benefits AWM SoCal's Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to promising college students pursuing careers in the media.

Fruge added, "Every time I attend an event I leave feeling grateful for everything I have accomplished in the business. I network with amazing women and hope that we continue to inspire and nurture women on the rise in the industry. I am truly honored to be recognized as a Program Director by this organization. " Fruge also handles programming duties at CBS sister station, MIX 94.1 Las Vegas and X107.5 Las Vegas. 

"Charese Fruge is a talented and seasoned program director with a successful track record in markets such as Las Vegas, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego," says AWM SoCal Co-president Julie Kertes. "Charese has supported our organization for many years and we are honored to present her with the coveted Genii Award in April.


"Geena the Latina" of Star 94.1 a Semi-Finalist in Search for Regis' Co-Host

"Geena the Latina" of the "AJ in the Morning" show on Star 94.1 FM was named a semi-finalist in "The Women of Radio Co-Host for a Day Search", a contest to find a guest host for "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly."  The show received tens of thousands of nominations and producers narrowed the field to the top 100, including local on-air personality, Regina "Geena the Latina" Yuhasz. 

The search was open to female radio broadcasters with regularly scheduled shows of any kind, including music, sports, news, plus traffic reporters and weathercasters. Viewers of the show and fans of the nominees voted to send their favorite to New York.  The winners were flown to the Big Apple to fill in for a day for Kelly Ripa while she was on vacation August 17-20, 2010.

Honors & Awards: Local Stations Receive National Recognition

Three San Diego radio stations were named finalists in the National Association of Broadcasters™ Marconi Radio Awards. Jazz 88 (KSDS/88.3 FM) was nominated for large-market station of the year, alternative station FM 94.9 (KBZT/94.9 FM) was a finalist in the rock-station category, and KSON-FM (97.3 and 92.1 FM) was a finalist for country station of the year. The winners were announced September 18th at the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show in Austin.

Local Station Manager Honored As Jazz Educator Of The Year

KSDS Jazz 88 station manager Mark DeBoskey was recently honored as "Jazz Educator of the Year" by the California Association of Music Education (CMEA) Southern Border Section. The long-time leader of San Diego City College's broadcast service was recognized for his outstanding contributions to jazz music education in San Diego city schools by supporting the CMEA High School Jazz Festival, held at the City College campus for the past five years.

According to Merryl Nelson, president of the local CMEA, "Mark has done great work in helping make this festival happen year after year. He and his team have coordinated the event on campus...providing a great experience for the students."

"It's my very favorite thing that Jazz 88 does in the community," says DeBoskey. "Our future, musically and in every other way, is in the kids who practice their craft that day. It's a great joy to see their joy in jazz performance and in self-expression that day."

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