Category Archives: Local News

Bob Vaillancourt to Retire

KGTV Director of Operations and Engineering, Robert Vaillancourt, says he’s retiring in September from Scripps Media after a 42-1/2 year technical career. He’s been at channel 10 since April of 2014 when he returned to San Diego after spending almost seven years as Director of Operations and Engineering at KHON Fox 2 in Honolulu. Before 2007, he had been the Engineering Manager at KNSD San Diego.

KVSD-LD Selling…Again

The D’Amico Brothers Broadcasting Corp. of Fallbrook filed an application with the FCC to transfer ownership of KVSD-LD, channel 35 on Mt. Woodson. Their purchase agreement mentions a sale price of $1.3-million to Word of God Fellowship of Georgia, parent of the Daystar Television Network.

KVSD-LD, which is currently off-the-air, normally transmits a 15 kW ERP signal beamed southwest toward metro San Diego. KVSD-LD had originally broadcast on channel 26 until it was displaced by KSWB in 2017.

A previous application to transfer ownership to Sovryn Holdings filed in October 2021 was not consummated.

This Website is 25 Years Old

Through the 1980s and early 90s, John Barcroft and Ron Foo, both engineers at KGB-FM and KPOP-AM, wrote and duplicated on a company copier, the monthly newsletter for SBE Chapter 36. They competently reported some local news, paraphrased some national news of interest, and promoted local meetings. Ron composed these on early PC software.

In about 1995, I offered to help them out, leveraging my journalism degree from the University of Oregon. I began sending it out via an email ListServ offered to us by Dave Biondi, an SBE supporter who had created Broadcast.net. The internet had been available to the general public for only a couple of years after American OnLine (AOL) and Prodigy began offering connections.

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Tony McDaid Moves to KNSD

SBE Chapter 36 Chairman Tony McDaid took a Systems Engineer position at KNSD “NBC7” San Diego and started work there Monday, June 28, 2022.

Tony McDaid

Tony had been an IT Engineer at iHeart Media since 2016. On his Facebook site, Tony said, “After five years it’s time to move on. I will definitely miss the fine people who work there, but I’ll still see most of them as I’m only moving next door to NBC 7, knocking a full 500 feet off my commute.”

SCTCA Granted CP to Build Warner Springs NCE FM Station

The FCC granted the mutually exclusive application for an non-commercial educational (NCE) FM construction permit to the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association. The Warner Springs station on 89.9 MHz at Hot Springs Mountain was proposed as part of the NCE application window in November 2021.

The FCC had awarded the CP tentatively on April 19, 2022 over that proposed by The Center for Economic Justice nearby and co-channel. Mutually exclusive application rules would normally favor a Native American tribe application, but due to the size, geography, and distribution of tribal lands in northeast San Diego county, the rules didn’t strictly meet the requirements of favoritism. The SCTCA successfully argued for a waiver in the rules to gain the CP. The tentative order took effect after a comment period expired on May 19.