April 19, 2024
Don Harrison

On New Yr’s Day 2022, longtime San Diego journalist Don Harrison began the brand new yr with one much less job accountability at San Diego Jewish World, an internet day by day information web site he based in 2007.

In 2022, for the grand complete of $1, Harrison offered possession to Jacob Kamaras, who had the title of managing editor. Kamaras, who additionally was working on the time as a public relations government, turned writer and editor, whereas Harrison turned editor emeritus.

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Now, efficient New Yr’s Day 2024, Harrison has reacquired possession of the web site and resume his function as writer and editor. He stated the gross sales worth of the reacquisition is $2.

“I believe it’s only honest that Jacob ought to make a one hundred pc revenue,” quipped Harrison to Instances of San Diego. “Jacob gave me a one-dollar invoice with George Washington’s face. I’m giving Jacob a two-dollar invoice with Thomas Jefferson’s face.”

Kamaras plans to focus his energies on his household and J Cubed Communications, a global PR agency representing an array of Jewish nonprofit organizations and different purchasers.

“As a younger father and full-time public relations skilled, I merely don’t have the bandwidth to additionally put out a day by day Jewish information publication,” Kamaras stated. “Fortunately, Don was able to step again in.”

“Jacob is a valued buddy and colleague,” Harrison stated. “I stay up for the truth that our paths will proceed to cross many instances in his capability as a public relations consultant for some crucial Jewish organizations.”

Harrison, thought-about a pacesetter within the native Jewish neighborhood, based San Diego Jewish World along with his spouse Nancy after a profession in information reporting stints that included the Related Press, The San Diego Union, San Diego Jewish Press-Heritage and San Diego Jewish Instances.

Harrison started his journalistic profession in 1962 with the UCLA Every day Bruin, finally changing into that paper’s managing editor. After graduating with a bachelor’s diploma in political science, Harrison joined the Related Press, serving in its Los Angeles and Sacramento bureaus and on the New York international desk.

In 1972, he was employed as politics author of The San Diego Union, remaining in that place till 1980, when he joined L. J. Cella in establishing the general public relations agency of Harrison & Cella. He additionally lined the 1982 gubernatorial race between Tom Bradley and George Deukmejian for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.

In 1983, he served as communications director for San Diego’s Performing Mayor Invoice Cleator, throughout which period he dealt with media preparations for the go to to San Diego of Queen Elizabeth II. He additionally helped set up the San Diego Cruise Trade Consortium, for which he later served as government director as proprietor of The Harrison Enterprises, an impartial public relations agency.

Specializing in tourism accounts, Harrison helped discovered Outdated City Trolley Excursions of San Diego in 1989, and served as that firm’s common supervisor.

Lacking journalism, Harrison turned a volunteer author for the San Diego Jewish Press-Heritage, rising by means of the ranks to turn out to be its editor and co-publisher with Norman Greene. 

After the Press-Heritage and Jewish Instances folded due to inadequate promoting, employees members of each publications prompt the “Jewish Sightseeing” web site that Harrison then maintained be transformed right into a Jewish information website to serve the San Diego Jewish neighborhood.

“I’ve by no means meant San Diego Jewish World to be a profit-maker,” Harrison stated. “Slightly, it has been my approach of offering a service to the Jewish neighborhood and to guarantee that the Jewish folks proceed to have a voice in San Diego.”

Once more on the helm of San Diego Jewish World, Harrison stated he plans to “beef-up our protection of San Diego County’s Jewish neighborhood, in addition to these in the remainder of the US, in Israel, and across the globe.”

He plans to launch a day by day e mail e-newsletter that options summaries and hyperlinks to lately posted San Diego Jewish World information tales.

He is also hoping that the web site will present information content material from the Jewish Telegraphic Company, a global information company and wire service that primarily covers Judaism- and Jewish-related subjects and information. Described because the “Related Press of the Jewish media,” the wire service serves Jewish and non-Jewish newspapers and press world wide as a syndication companion.

Harrison stated, “JTA understands the Jewish viewpoint and the nuances of Judaism and applies it throughout the board to its information content material.”

Harrison has revealed 9 books about discovering Jewish life in unlikely locations, the primary being “Louis Rose: San Diego’s First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur” in 2005, and the latest being a three-volume examination of Jewish life and accomplishments known as “Schlepping and Schmoozing Alongside the Interstate 5.”

He additionally has written “77 Miles of Jewish Tales: Historical past and Anecdotes Alongside Interstate 8” that options tales associated to Jewish historical past, settlement or folks at every freeway exit alongside a 77-mile stretch of I-8 from Pacific Seashore to the Imperial County line.

The 78-year-old Harrison stated, “I’m feeling good and really energetic,” regardless of a collection of well being challenges in recent times. He has recovered from coronary heart surgical procedure, knee surgical procedure and a mind operation to take away a benign tumor. “I consider I’m on the opposite aspect of these severe well being points,” Harrison stated.

Former KPBS GM Tom Karlo Rescuing Sacramento’s CapRadio

Tom Karlo hoped for a return to a calming, retirement within the new yr. However, it’s “not but” for the retired common supervisor of KPBS, San Diego’s public broadcasting TV and radio stations.

Karlo, who spent 47 years at KPBS, together with the final 12 years as GM, agreed final summer season to interrupt his retirement, which started in December 2020, to rescue Northern California Nationwide Public Radio associates from monetary smash.

Since August 2023, Karlo has served as interim president and GM of Capital Public Radio, generally known as CapRadio, with studios at Sacramento State College.

When he arrived, Karlo confronted a funds deficit that included $3 million in unpaid payments from the previous two fiscal years, together with a number of years of excellent hire owed to Sacramento State and almost zero {dollars} in working reserves. Building of a brand new downtown headquarters was a yr delayed.

“CapRadio remains to be coping with troublesome monetary points,” Karlo informed Instances of San Diego. “We’re nonetheless having difficult money circulate points resulting from earlier budgets not assembly expectations.”

Prior to now six months, Karlo stated he has initiated employees layoffs and cancelled various domestically produced reveals. In September, Karlo stated he anticipated the CapRadio board of administrators to nominate a brand new president and common supervisor by the top of 2023.

“Nicely, not but,” Karlo stated. “I’ve been commuting since Aug. 15, and it appears to be like like I’ll keep by means of the top of April, perhaps the primary couple weeks of Might.

“I’ve made quite a few modifications within the workflow and the dimensions of the employees. Sadly, we needed to scale back employees from 103 to 75. We even have streamlined operations and made programming modifications.”

On the constructive aspect, Karlo stated current rankings have been shifting larger for CapRadio’s two NPR-affiliated radio stations, together with news-talk KXJZ-FM 90.9 and jazz-and-classical music KXPR-FM 88.9. Cap Radio additionally operates North State Public Radio, two stations owned by Chico State College.

“Our cumulative viewers is up by 4%,” he stated. “Our TSL (time-spent-listening) and AQH (average-quarter-hour, an viewers indicator) numbers are each up by 33%. Membership and automobile donations are up, too.

“My objective from day one has been to get a deal with on the working funds, steadiness the funds and discover a degree enjoying subject from the place CapRadio can go ahead. My focus has not been on the previous. It’s taking just a little longer to stabilize the state of affairs in order that CapRadio can transfer ahead. We’re making progress, however it will take time.”

Crowe PR Provides Hint Supplies as Shopper

Crowe PR, a San Diego-based public relations and digital company, has introduced the addition of Hint Minerals to its shopper roster.

Crowe PR stated it would concentrate on rising client consciousness, emphasizing the significance of hint minerals and the model by means of media relations, thought management and influencer advertising initiatives for the Roy, Utah-based supplier of well being dietary supplements that assist folks obtain and keep the concept degree of hint supplies of their our bodies. 

“Our objective is to assist as many individuals as attainable obtain the perfect degree to high quality of life,” stated Scott Boyson, VP public relations and occasions, Hint Minerals. “We’re assured our partnership with Crowe PR will assist us attain and educate extra on the significance of hint minerals for optimum well being.”  

Hint Supplies merchandise can be found by means of Amazon, Complete Meals, Sprouts, Kroger and GNC.  

“Most individuals don’t notice the profound influence hint minerals can have on their well being and well-being,” stated Anna Crowe, Crowe PR founder and CEO. “As a company centered on positively impacting lives, we’re thrilled to companion with a health-minded firm that’s dedicated to optimizing wellness. We’re wanting ahead to leveraging our strategic built-in PR method and media relationships to drive visibility and development for Hint Minerals and get their incredible merchandise into the palms of many extra customers.”

Entrepreneurs Are Optimistic Heading Into 2024

U.S. advert spending will strengthen in 2024 due largely to advert {dollars} pouring in from political and Olympic spending.

Complete advert spend is anticipated to develop by 9% in 2024, in comparison with simply 3% in 2023, in response to a forecast by Moffett-Nathanson, an funding and analysis agency agency, as reported by Inside Audio Advertising, an trade commerce information outlet.

In the meantime, 9 in 10 native advertisers plan to maintain budgets regular (69%), or improve them (21%), in response to a survey of two,000 native advert patrons and businesses performed by Borrell Associates, as reported by Inside Radio, an trade commerce information outlet. Simply 10% plan to spend much less in 2024.

Additionally, 37% of Borrell survey respondents plan to strive one thing new in 2024, together with search engine advertising, banner adverts, cellular texts and streaming audio.

“Many companies had been nonetheless flailing in the case of advertising,” Corey Elliott, Borrell government VP of native market intelligence  informed Inside Radio. “They weren’t rising budgets as a result of issues had been working. They’re rising them as a result of issues didn’t work. They’re making an attempt new issues.”

Additionally, WARC Media, a writer of Admap and the Journal of Promoting Analysis, international advertising funding is about to extend by 8.2% in 2024 to high $1 trillion for the primary time.

WARC Media additionally stated, for the second consecutive yr, almost two-thirds (64%) of entrepreneurs cited an financial recession as having the largest influence on advertising methods in 2024, reported Inside Radio. Moreover, 41% cite inflation and cost-of-living will increase as the largest challenges forward in 2024.

TikTok and YouTube will obtain the largest will increase in advertising spend in 2024, whereas one-third of entrepreneurs (31%) plan to lower funding in X, previously Twitter, which might be the very best lower previously three years.

Rick Griffin is a San Diego-based public relations and advertising advisor. His MarketInk column seems weekly on Mondays in Instances of San Diego.