April 19, 2024
“Coach” John Kentera on the microphone.

John Kentera, the previous noon talk-show host on San Diego sports activities radio station KWFN-FM 97.3 The Fan, mentioned the response to his latest firing has been “completely unbelievable.”

The San Diego native, who has been heard on native radio waves for the previous 30 years, was knowledgeable he could be terminated a number of days earlier than his ultimate present was scheduled to air on Friday, Dec. 22.

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“They mentioned they wished to make a change within the noon,” Kentera instructed Instances of San Diego. “They mentioned they wished a much less caller-driven present. Okay, no matter. Generally, the explanation that adjustments are made is simply to make adjustments.”

Kentera mentioned he has been inundated with tons of of emails and textual content messages of help from folks he is aware of and others he didn’t know have been listeners.

“I’ve heard from very well-known individuals who mentioned they grew-up listening to me or have been listeners for years, I had no concept about them,” Kentera mentioned. “I’ve additionally heard from skilled athletes and coaches, fellow broadcasters in different states, former athletes that I coached. The record goes on and on.

“It’s been completely unbelievable. Folks from all walks of life have contacted me. Even an electronic mail from former Padres supervisor Bob Melvin. I had no concept he even listened to the present. It’s been loopy.”

Kentera, a broadcaster within the San Diego market since 1987, is nicknamed “Coach” as a result of he coached at the highschool and faculty ranges earlier than beginning his radio profession.

He coached a number of sports activities at Torrey Pines Excessive College, MiraCosta Faculty, Southwestern Faculty and Texas Tech earlier than transitioning into the radio enterprise. In highschool at Torrey Pines, he performed basketball and baseball, and went on to play each sports activities at MiraCosta Faculty and United States Worldwide College.

Through the years, Kentera has labored at a number of radio stations, together with a 12-year stretch from 2003 to 2015 at XPRS 1090-AM The Mighty 1090. He additionally has labored as a shade commentator on San Diego State College soccer and basketball broadcasts, in addition to basketball video games for the College of San Diego. For a few years, Kentera hosted a highschool soccer present on Friday nights.

In October 2015, Kentera took a break from radio to give attention to working as common supervisor of the San Diego Sockers, which he did for six years (2010 to 2016).

Then, Kentera returned to the airwaves with the 2018 baseball season, internet hosting San Diego Padres pre-game and post-game reveals. In 2019, he was named noon host on KWFN, the English-speaking flagship station for the Padres.

“No person has come near my noon scores over a several-year interval,” Kentera mentioned. “I’ve been on the prime amongst males ages 25-to-54 for a very long time. And, that’s out of 30 or so stations on the town.”

Kentera by no means had the chance to host a ultimate farewell present. On Friday, Dec. 22, he posted on X, previously often known as Twitter: “I’ve been notified by station administration that I cannot be on the air at present to do my ultimate present. Thanks for all of your help.”

A sports activities broadcasting weblog referred to as “Terrible Saying” wrote, “It’s one factor to be let go out of your job whenever you work in sports activities media. It’s one other factor to have the rug pulled out from beneath you and your ultimate present unceremoniously canceled. A radio station wanting to vary instructions is their prerogative, however to then not enable Kentera to do one ultimate present looks as if an pointless transfer.”

Kentera, 65, mentioned he isn’t planning to retire, however is unquestionably planning to benefit from the holidays.

“Look, I’ll be positive,” he mentioned. “I’m wanting ahead to the vacations. We’ll be with our grandkids for Christmas Eve dinner. We’ll take pleasure in spaghetti utilizing my mother’s sauce recipe. It’s actually tastes good.”

Kentera mentioned his spouse joked that there is likely to be fewer yellow pads with scribbled show-preparation notes scattered round the home.

“I mentioned to her, ‘Not so quick.’ That’s as a result of in a few days, I’m scheduled to name a highschool basketball sport over an ESPN app,” he mentioned. “I’m not performed but.”

Along with KWFN-FM, Philadelphia-based Audacy, beforehand often known as Entercom, owns and operates 5 different San Diego radio stations, together with KBZT-FM ALT 94.9, KYXY-FM 96.5, KXSN-FM Sunny 98.1-FM, KSON-FM 103.7 and KXSN-HD3 Channel Q.

Audacy officers haven’t introduced Kentera’s substitute.

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Petco Park arrange for the Vacation Bowl.

DirecTV has turned to school sports activities sponsorship to bolster its model picture and public consciousness. 

The digital leisure TV service, based mostly in El Segundo, is the title sponsor of the forty fourth annual Vacation Bowl, San Diego’s faculty soccer bowl sport to be performed this week on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at Petco Park.

The sport, referred to as the DirecTV Vacation Bowl, will match the College of Louisville Cardinals (10-3) dealing with the College of Southern California Trojans (7-5) taking part in in a downtown baseball stadium with a newly-built soccer subject. The 2 faculties have by no means met on the soccer subject, however the Trojans have performed in three earlier Vacation Bowl video games.

The Fox community could have the nationwide dwell broadcast beginning at 5 p.m. Recreation announcers can be Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft. A Fox spokesperson instructed Instances of San Diego the trio is thought to be Fox’s prime faculty sports activities broadcast staff. 

DirecTV already has multi-year sports activities sponsorship agreements with the College of Notre Dame Athletics Division and its 26 varsity athletic groups, together with the Huge Ten Convention, which incorporates being named a presenting sponsor for no less than one Huge Ten Championship occasion in annually of the settlement. Each sponsorships have been introduced earlier this yr.

“The forty fourth DirecTV Vacation Bowl is only one of an unbelievable group of school sponsorships for DirecTV this yr,” mentioned Vince Torres, DirecTV chief advertising and marketing officer, in an electronic mail to Instances of San Diego. “We’re wanting ahead to having USC and Louisville and their followers on the DirecTV Vacation Bowl.”

Launched in 1994, DirecTV distributes sports activities and leisure programming, primarily by way of digital satellite tv for pc service on clients’ TVs or on cellular gadgets by way of the DirecTV app.

Lately, much like different cable and satellite tv for pc TV suppliers, DirecTV has been hit exhausting by cord-cutting as customers embrace streaming. Presently, DirecTV has about 13.5 million subscribers, in keeping with business information sources. 5 years in the past, DirecTV had greater than 20 million clients. 

One other setback for DirecTV occurred on the finish of 2022 when the corporate misplaced the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket, a subscription-only package deal that enables clients viewing entry to Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) video games. DirecTV had been paying the NFL $1.5 billion per season for each residential and business rights.

Changing DirecTV for the 2023 NFL season has been YouTube, a division of Alphabet Inc.’s Google. YouTube has the residential rights in a seven-year deal that’s costing roughly $2 billion per season, a worth that would enhance if sure benchmarks are reached.

DirecTV signed its Vacation Bowl sponsorship settlement with Sports activities San Diego, a nonprofit that produces the sport. Officers haven’t revealed the monetary phrases of the deal or the size of the settlement with DirecTV. Nonetheless, the sponsorship will allow the bowl to ensure a $6.5 million payout cut up between the 2 collaborating groups.

“DirecTV is a revered business chief, a sports activities powerhouse and an unbelievable model,” mentioned Dennis DuBard, president, Sports activities San Diego.

“The DirecTV Vacation Bowl is a robust second to rejoice the achievements of two of the highest faculty soccer groups within the nation,” mentioned Torres. “We look ahead to showcasing DirecTV because the vacation spot for all of your favourite sports activities, with or and not using a satellite tv for pc, throughout the bowl season and within the thrilling matchup at Petco Park on Dec. 27.”

Earlier sponsors of the sport, which first kicked off in 1978, have included SeaWorld (1986–1990), Thrifty Automotive Rental (1991–1994), Plymouth (1995–1997), Culligan (1998–2001), Pacific Life Insurance coverage Firm (2002–2009), Bridgepoint Schooling (2010–2012), Nationwide College (2013–2014), Nationwide Funding (2015–2016) and, most lately, San Diego County Credit score Union (2017-22). Previous to the Vacation Bowl, the credit score union spent 12 years (2005-2016) as title sponsor of the Poinsettia Bowl.

Previous to Wednesday’s 5 p.m. kickoff, the primary 10,000 followers by way of Petco Park’s three essential entrances will obtain a one-day admission ticket to SeaWorld San Diego. Gates open at 3 p.m. SeaWorld tickets are legitimate by way of Jan. 31, 2024. It’s the second consecutive yr for SeaWorld to supply park admission tickets to bowl sport attendees.

For the second straight yr, after the sport’s conclusion, the downtown  skies above Petco Park will glow with a large fireworks show referred to as the KGB Sky Present, named after San Diego radio station KGB-FM 101.5, considered one of eight native stations operated by iHeart Media San Diego. The fireworks show can be synchronized to music and aired over the radio station.

“101.5 KGB and the complete iHeartRadio group are excited to companion once more with the Vacation Bowl,” mentioned Noreen Ippolito, iHeart Media San Diego market president. “The soccer match adopted by the KGB Sky Present is a San Diego custom.”

The KGB Sky Present started in 1976 with the fireworks set off from Fiesta Island and Cholas Lake. Then, the fireworks show grew to become a part of a San Diego State soccer sport performed in Mission Valley from 2004 to 2019. The 2023 Sky Present would be the forty sixth time for the occasion.

Final yr on the 2022 Vacation Bowl earlier than 36,242 followers, Oregon defeated North Carolina 28-27, scoring the profitable come-from-behind landing with 19 seconds remaining. The TV broadcast, which reportedly drew 3.97 million viewers on the Fox Community, was the fourth most-watched sport amongst 37 faculty soccer bowl video games, not counting the school championship playoff video games.

TV Schedule Introduced for San Diego Seals Lacrosse Crew

The San Diego Seals, knowledgeable indoor lacrosse staff, has introduced that seven house video games will air on native TV throughout the 2023-2024 season.

The house video games at Penchanga Enviornment, previously the San Diego Sports activities Enviornment, will air on both KUSI-TV Channel 9 or KSWB-TV Fox 5 San Diego. Each stations are owned by Nexstar Media Group. Additionally, two video games can be seen on ESPNU, a cable TV channel owned by ESPN, Inc.

The present TV broadcast schedule consists of:

  • Dec. 29, 7 p.m., KUSI-TV, Seals vs. Calgary Roughnecks
  • Feb. 4, 3 p.m., ESPNU, Seals vs. Colorado Mammoth
  • Feb. 23, 7 p.m., ESPNU, Seals vs. Georgia Swarm
  • March 2, 7 p.m., KUSI-TV, Seals vs. Toronto Rock
  • March 9, 7 p.m., KUSI-TV, Seals vs. Halifax Thunderbirds
  • April 5, 7 p.m., KUSI-TV, Seals vs. Panther Metropolis Lacrosse Membership (based mostly in Ft. Price, Texas)
  • April 19, 7 p.m., KUSI-TV, Seals vs. Vancouver Warriors

Further broadcasts could also be introduced in early 2024, officers instructed Instances of San Diego.

The San Diego Seals play within the 35-year-old Nationwide Lacrosse League, the world’s solely skilled field lacrosse league. The league at present has 15 groups, together with 5 in Canada.

The Seals entered the league with the 2018-2019 season. The 2023-2024 season started Dec. 9. The Seals received the NLL West Convention regular-season title throughout the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 seasons.

Biden Marketing campaign Adverts Airing on Black, Latino Radio Stations

Months earlier than the presidential election, President Biden’s reelection marketing campaign has begun airing marketing campaign adverts focusing on Black and Latino voters airing on minority-owned radio stations.

As reported by Inside Radio, an business commerce information outlet, the $25 million media purchase is the earliest-ever funding in Black and Hispanic radio stations for a Democratic reelection effort. The adverts have been airing the previous two months on stations in swing states, together with Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Michigan, Arizona and Nevada.

“Tapping into trusted messengers early with such a sturdy radio purchase is the most recent instance of how we’re exhibiting up and assembly Black and Latino voters the place they’re,” Julie Chavez Rodriguez, President Biden’s marketing campaign supervisor, mentioned in a press release.

Inside Radio mentioned the adverts give attention to the Biden administration’s accomplishments for Black and Latino households.

A 60-second spot highlights Biden’s nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the primary Black lady to function a U.S. Supreme Courtroom justice. The Spanish-language radio advert claims that Republicans work just for the wealthy and highly effective whereas Biden is combating for Latino companies and households to get forward.

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