Ken Leighton

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Comments by kenl

Age integration or keep ’em separated?

the full statement from Ryan Blank: “We are making a concentrated effort to be different from our Orange County venue. Observatory North Park is a performing arts venue, not just a concert destination. Our calendar is filled with comedy shows, theatrical performances, community events, along with concerts. Therefore, we differ that way from venues such as House of Blues, Belly Up and SOMA. When it comes to our “all ages” shows, our security separately IDs everyone at the door. A wristband is provided to ticket holders over 21 and a separate-colored wristband is given to those under 21. Our security that circulates throughout the building is constantly checking that no one under 21 is drinking alcoholic beverages. Their sole job is to look for anyone who is possibly drinking underage. We also provide different colored cups to differentiate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There is a zero tolerance policy regarding underage drinking at the theatre. If a ticketholder under the age of 21 picks up an over 21 cup, they are immediately escorted out of the building. In addition, if a ticketholder shows up to any of our scheduled events intoxicated, they will not be allowed in the building. We believe that as a performing arts venue, the arts should be available to everyone, and just like other “all age” venues across the country, we are taking the necessary steps to assure that our guests enjoy every performance in a law-abiding manner.”
— February 25, 2015 4:05 p.m.

Enter Entercom

Josh - There still needs to be a local radio outlet to carry Chargers' play-by-play in 2015, and that station(s) has not been announced. If Entercom were to commit to sports on 94/9, this affiliation, even if it was just for one year, would certainly get it on the map. And it would also make it more possible for this new 94.9 FM sports station to raid the talent from Mighty 1090 (the top-rated Scott and B.R. immediately comes to mind). Radio insiders tell me that CBS-owned 103.7 was very close to flipping to sports two years ago, with Scott and BR anchoring mornings. On the other hand, sports stations are considered to be more costly to run, since they have to employ more live-and-local talent than music stations. Then again, being the only FM sports station in town may allow 94.9 to topple 1360 AM which has a weak, scratchy signal and meager ratings, and 1090 which is a Mexican station and has to air those annoying Mexican public service announcements. Clear Channel is only halfway committed to all-sports here with its 1360 signal, and the company that owns 1090 is independent and just doesn't have the resources or the countrywide sports juice that Entercom has. It seems to me that Entercom sees this opportunity (to dominate sports radio in San Diego) as easy to get, low hanging fruit. But, they must also ask themselves is it worth it. In other words, would they NET more money being San Diego's sports powerhouse, or would they net more running the 2nd of two alternative stations. Entercom will ultimately figure this out.
— December 24, 2014 11:54 a.m.

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