April 19, 2024
Joany D’Agostino

Rising up in Philadelphia in a big Italian household, Joany D’Agostino recollects she was a younger teenager when she went to the films with mates.

Joany and her mates arrived early on the theater and watched the trailers selling upcoming Hollywood footage.

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“I used to be sufficiently old to know that the trailers had been promoting me one thing and I spotted that it was engaged on me,” D’Agostino instructed Instances of San Diego. “I mentioned to myself, `Once I develop up, I need to do one thing like that.’”

In her 30-year profession in TV station promotions, she has fulfilled that dream.

D’Agostino is the brand new inventive providers director at KSWB-TV Fox 5 San Diego and KUSI-TV, the 2 San Diego stations owned by Nexstar Media Group.

“My job is promote and market our two stations,” she mentioned. “I write and produce promotional spots that enchantment to our audiences, just like a film trailer. I need to remind our viewers why they watch us, and encourage them to remain related and preserve watching. I would like our loyal viewers to say, `These are my individuals.’”

Since early February, when she started her new job, D’Agostino mentioned she has been busy listening, asking questions and studying concerning the San Diego TV market.

“Our two stations supply an unimaginable vary of programming,” she mentioned. “The morning reveals and newscasts are high notch. My job is to construct upon and increase the prevailing foundations and advance the model whereas sustaining model consistency.”

D’Agostino relocated from Austin, the place she spent the previous three years as a inventive providers director with three Nexstar stations, together with associates with NBC, The CW and My Community.

Previous to Austin, she spent 4 years in Roanoke, VA, with two stations owned by Grey Tv.

Her profession additionally has included stints in Denver with stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and in New York Metropolis with CNN as a senior author for the morning newscast, which included intros and teases for Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent. She was a member of CNN’s morning present workers that received a Peabody Award.

She additionally spent 12 years with “Inside Version,” a nationally syndicated information journal TV present produced by King World Productions. She labored there as a promotions supervisor and supervising producer.

“I’ve discovered the workers right here at Fox 5 and KUSI has nice vitality,” D’ Agostino mentioned. “I really like my GM (Scott Heath), he’s an extremely constructive man. I liked my job in Austin and the individuals I labored with, however I adore it right here in San Diego much more.”

San Diego radio business veteran Mary Ayala has been named program director for 3 of the eight native stations operated by iHeartMedia San Diego.

Mary Ayala

Ayala will oversee programming for Newsradio 600 KOGO-AM, San Diego Sports activities 760, KGB-AM and The Patriot AM 1360, KLSD-AM, with syndicated speak reveals.

As program director, Ayala can be chargeable for the programming content material of every station, an announcement mentioned. She’s going to report back to Taylor Jukes, senior VP of programming, iHeartMedia San Diego.

“That is an thrilling time to be taking on this system director place for these manufacturers,” Ayala mentioned. “Every station has its personal distinct taste, and all of them are crammed with nice expertise I’m trying ahead to working with.”

A San Diego native, Ayala has been with the native cluster of stations since 1983, surviving 4 possession adjustments, together with Gannett, Jacor Communications, Clear Channel Communications and iHeart Media. (Jacor was acquired by Clear Channel in 1998, which was acquired and rebranded by iHeartMedia in 2014.)

“I walked within the door proper out of highschool, began as an intern and have by no means left,” Ayala instructed Instances of San Diego. The present El Cajon resident graduated from Morse Excessive Faculty.

Previous to her promotion, Ayala served as assistant program director and govt producer for the previous 12 years. Over time, her titles have included information author, morning editor, project editor, assistant information director, information director and govt producer.

“Mary has been a part of our cluster for a few years and is greater than able to take the lead function of our speak stations,” mentioned Noreen Ippolito, iHeartMedia San Diego market president. “She’s sensible, skilled and extremely detailed along with her work.”

iHeartMedia San Diego has a robust cross-platform presence and contains plenty of iconic manufacturers and franchises, each broadcast and digital, encompassing eight stations comprised of music, speak and information codecs, an announcement mentioned. 

Along with the three stations overseen by Ayala, iHeartMedia San Diego operates KGB-FM 101.5, KHTS-FM Channel 93.3, KIOZ-FM Rock 105.3, KMYI-FM Star 94.1 and KSSX-FM JAM’N 95.7.

Music Box entrance
The doorway to the Music Field in Little Italy. Courtesy of the venue

Various Methods Representing Music Field

Various Methods, a San Diego advertising and public relations company specializing in restaurant and hospitality purchasers, has introduced it’s now representing Music Field, a dwell music and private-events venue in Downtown San Diego.

William Lopez, principal, Various Methods, mentioned his company will present public relations and artistic providers to Music Field, a three-story venue that hosts a mean of 260 concert events yearly.

“We’re thrilled to affix forces with Music Field and contribute to the enhancement of its model,” Lopez mentioned. “Our crew is enthusiastic about dwell music and leisure, and we sit up for leveraging our experience to amplify Music Field’s presence locally.”

Music Field, which opened Sept. 12, 2015, has hosted plenty of non-public reveals that includes high-profile artists, together with three-time Grammy winner Ben Harper, two-time Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson, Billy Idol, Halsey, One Republic and Smashmouth.

Various Methods, primarily based in North Park, serves a portfolio of greater than 40 purchasers within the native leisure and food-and-beverage industries.

San Diego AMA Updates Board of Administrators Roster

The American Advertising Affiliation’s San Diego chapter experiences its board of administrators roster has been up to date after a recruiting and rebuilding effort that started in 2022. 

The AMA mentioned the next board members will serve the rest of the 2023-2024 board yr: Claudia Chow, president; Zachary Senvisky, president-elect; Kathy Townend, secretary; Janene Forman, treasurer; Frank Cowell, fast previous president.

Different board members (their AMA board titles seem in parenthesis) embody: John Haber, VP of membership; Lisa Tomaselli, VP of programming co-chair; Vavara Lynch, VP of programming co-chair; Tom McFdden, VP of sponsorship; Judy Parker; VP of collegiate relations co-chair; Christine Trimble, VP of collegiate relations co-chair; Maya Sykes, VP of volunteer expertise administration; Summer time Haines, VP of particular occasions co-chair; Nick Hofer, VP of particular occasions co-chair; Mary Beth McCabe, member at giant; Kirsty Nunez, member at giant.

AMA mentioned its board roster can be up to date once more in July 2024 after elections are held in the course of the subsequent few months. For extra info, go to www.sdama.org.

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