Media in San Diego
Newspapers and web publications
- The San Diego Union-Tribune is the city's primary newspaper, published daily. The Union-Tribune was formed in 1992 through a merger of the San Diego Union (established 1868) and the San Diego Evening Tribune (established 1881). The newspapers had been under common ownership since 1901. The Evening-Tribune was the evening paper, while the Union was the morning paper; the Union-Tribune is a morning paper. As of 2015, the Union-Tribune had won four Pulitzer Prizes and was the oldest company in continuous operation in San Diego. In 2015, Tribune Publishing, which operates the Los Angeles Times and other major U.S. daily newspapers, purchased the newspaper in an $85 million deal. The purchase ended 146 years of private local ownership for the paper.
Other papers and news outlets published in the city include:
- North County Times (now defunct) — formerly operated by Lee Enterprises, this publication began in 1995 with the merger of the North County Blade-Citizen of Oceanside and the Times Advocate of Escondido, which traced their origin to 1892 and 1886, respectively. The North County Times subsequently acquired The Californian in Temecula, and in 1997 began to publish it as the Daily Californian, an edition of the Times. In 2012, the North County Times (then with a circulation of just under 75,000) was sold by Lee Enterprises to the Union-Tribune, then under the ownership of Doug Manchester.
- San Diego City Beat
- San Diego Magazine
- The San Diego Reader is the largest alternative weekly in the city. Founded in 1972, the paper was headquartered in Little Italy before moving to Golden Hill in 2012.
- San Diego Business Journal
- The Times of San Diego is a Web-based news outlet founded in 2014 that features local news daily for the city and surrounding area. It has earn acclaim as a small business with a booming readership. Currently the site reaches over 1 million unique users every month, according to its published reports. The audience is young, with readers aged 18 to 44 constituting the largest segment. Nearly 60 percent of reading sessions are from Southern California. At the height of the Coronavirus pandemic in April 2020, the site reported 1.53 million unique users. Times of San Diego differs from other recent local-media startups in providing full daily coverage of news in a large metro area, rather than infrequent in-depth articles. It differs in this regard from Voice of San Diego, a 15-year-old startup, and has passed that website in audience size. Times of San Diego's contributing editors have been featured on local radio programs and have led training sessions for local journalists. Times of San Diego has been named "best news site" four years in row by the San Diego Press Club, and the site's editors took home 23 other awards in 2019. The site received a grant from Google in June 2020 to expand coverage of the local impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Voice of San Diego (Voiceofsandiego.org) is a non-profit news outlet in San Diego that reports on the city. A Web-only local outlet, Voice of San Diego was founded in 2005, it was one of a number of such publications that emerged around that time in responsive to cutbacks in traditional local print newspapers. The site is known for both its news coverage and local investigative reporting. The website is partially funded by grants, but is financed primarily on a paid membership model. In 2016, Voice of San Diego launched the News Revenue Hub, a pilot project aimed at helping other nonprofit news organizations adopt its model. Members of the pilot include Honolulu Civil Beat, InsideClimate News, The Lens, and New Jersey Spotlight. It has won a variety of local journalism awards from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (for reports exposing corruption at the San Diego Unified School District) and from the San Diego Press Club.
San Diego is a principal city of the San Diego radio market. In its Fall 2013 ranking of radio markets by population, Arbitron ranked the San Diego market 17th in the United States. The market only covers San Diego County.
The following is a list of radio stations which broadcast from and/or are licensed to San Diego:
|Frequency, MHz||Subchannel type||Callsign/Subchannel name||Format||City of License||Notes||Ownership|
|88.3||Analog||KSDS||Jazz||San Diego, California||-||San Diego City College|
|88.7||Analog||XHITT||Freeform||Tijuana, Baja California||"Radio Technological"||-|
|89.5||Analog/HD1||KPBS-FM||Public Radio||San Diego, California||NPR||SDSU|
|HD2||Classical San Diego||Classical music||Classical 24|
|90.3||Analog||XHITZ||Contemporary hit radio||Tijuana, Baja California||"Z90"||-|
|90.7||Analog||XHTIM||Regional Mexican||Tijuana, Baja California||La Mejor||MVS Communications|
|91.1||Analog||XETRA||Alternative Rock||Tijuana, Baja California||"91X"||-|
|91.7||Analog||XHGLX||Spanish Contemporary||Tijuana, Baja California||Pointe EXA-FM||MVS Communications|
|92.1||Analog||KARJ||Christian Contemporary Hit Radio||Escondido, California||Air1||Educational Media Foundation|
|92.5||Analog||XHRM||Rhythmic Adult Contemporary||Tijuana, Baja California||Magic||-|
|93.3||Analog/HD1||KHTS||Rhythmic Contemporary||El Cajon||"San Diego's #1 Hit Music Station"||iHeartMedia|
|94.1||Analog/HD1||KMYI||Hot Adult Contemporary||San Diego, California||"Star 94.1 San Diego's Best Variety"||iHeartMedia|
|HD2||600 KOGO||News/talk||KOGO simulcast|
|HD3||The Breeze||Soft adult contemporary||-|
|94.5||Analog||XHA||Regional Mexican||Tijuana, Baja California||La Invasora||Groupo Uni Radio|
|94.9||Analog/HD1||KBZT||Alternative Rock||San Diego, California||FM 94/9||Entercom|
|95.3||Analog||XHHIT||Regional Mexican||Tecate, Baja California||"La Caliente"||-|
|95.7||Analog||KSSX||Urban Contemporary||Carlsbad, California||Jam'n 95.7||iHeartMedia|
|96.1||Analog||KYDO||Contemporary Christian||Campo, California||Air 1||EMF|
|96.5||Analog/HD1||KYXY||Adult contemporary||San Diego, California||KyXy||Entercom|
|HD2||FlashBack ALT||Classic alternative|
|97.3||Analog/HD1||KWFN||Sports||San Diego, California||97.3 The Fan||Entercom|
|HD2||The Angry Playlist||Active rock|
|98.1||Analog/HD1||KXSN||Classic Hits||San Diego, California||Sunny||Entercom|
|HD2||Smooth Jazz KIFM||Smooth jazz|
|HD3||Channel Q||LGBTQ Talk/EDM|
|98.9||Analog||XHMORE||Spanish Rock||Tijuana, Baja California||MORE-FM||-|
|99.3||Analog||XHOCL||Spanish Adult Contemporary||Tijuana, Baja California||FM Globo||MVS Radio|
|99.7||Analog||XHTY||Regional Mexican||Tijuana, Baja California||La Invasora||Groupo Uni Radio|
|100.1||Analog||KKLJ||Spanish Christian||Julian, California||Radio Nueva Vida||EMF|
|100.7||Analog||KFBG||Adult hits||San Diego, California||100.7 Big FM||iHeartMedia|
|101.5||Analog/HD1||KGB-FM||Classic rock||San Diego, California||-||iHeartMedia|
|102.1||Analog||KLVJ||Contemporary Christian||Encinitas, California||K-Love||EMF|
|102.5||Analog||XHUAN||Electronic Music||Tijuana, Baja California||Fusion FM||-|
|102.9||Analog||KLQV||Spanish Adult Contemporary||San Diego, California||"Amor"||Univision Radio|
|103.7||Analog||KSON||Country music||San Diego, California||New Country 103.7||Entercom|
|104.5||Analog||XHLTN||Spanish Contemporary||Tijuana, Baja California||"Radio Latina"||-|
|104.9||Analog||XHLNC||Spanish Adult hits||Tecate, Baja California||"Tono 104.9"||-|
|105.3||Analog/HD1||KIOZ||Mainstream rock||San Diego, California||"Rock 105-3"||iHeartMedia|
|HD2||ALT 105.3 HD2||Modern rock||-|
|105.7||Analog||XHPRS||Classic alternative||Tecate, Baja California||-|
|106.5||Analog||KLNV||Regional Mexican||San Diego, California||"Que Buena"||Univision Radio|
|107.3||Analog||XHFG||Spanish Contemporary||Tijuana, Baja California||"Pulsar FM"||Groupo Uni Radio|
|107.7||Analog||XHRST||Spanish Contemporary||Tijuana, Baja California||Los 40 Principales||-|
The San Diego television market only includes San Diego County. The city is the headquarters of the privately held Herring Networks, which owns the AWE Network and One America News Network cable channels.
|Network||Callsign||City of License||Notes|
|3.1||Imagen Televisión||XHCTTI-TDT||Tijuana, Baja California||-|
|6.1||Canal 5||XETV-TDT||Tijuana, Baja California||-|
|8.1||CBS||KFMB-TV||San Diego, California||-|
|8.2||The CW/MyNetwork TV|
|10.1||ABC||KGTV||San Diego, California||-|
|10.4||Court TV Mystery|
|11.1||Canal Once||XHTJB-TDT||Tijuana, Baja California||-|
|12.1||Televisa||XEWT||Tijuana, Baja California||-|
|15.1||PBS||KPBS||San Diego, California|
|17.1||Univision||KBNT-CD||San Diego, California|
|21.1||TV Azteca 7||XHTIT||Tijuana, Baja California||-|
|26.1||WORLD TV||KVSD||San Diego, California||-|
|27.1||TV Azteca 13||XHJK||Tijuana, Baja California||-|
|33.1||Azteca America||XHAS-TDT||Tijuana, Baja California||-|
|36.1||Unimas||KDTF-LD||San Diego, California||-|
|39.1||NBC||KNSD||San Diego, California||-|
|45.1||Gala TV||XHBJ||Tijuana, Baja California||-|
|49.1||Milenio Televisión||XHDTV-TDT||Tecate, Baja California||-|
|51.1||Independent||KUSI||San Diego, California||-|
|57.1||Canal De las Estrellas||XHUAA||Tijuana, Baja California||-|
|69.1||Fox||KSWB||San Diego, California||-|
- "San Diego Union Tribune". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- Paul T. Hellmann, Historical Gazetteer of the United States (Routledge, 2005), pp. 109-110.
- Elizabeth A. Brennan & Elizabeth C. Clarage, Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners (Oryx, 1992), p. 371.
- Dan McSwain, $85M deal to combine U-T, LA Times, San Diego Union-Tribune (May 7, 2015).
- U-T Buys North County Times and Californian, San Diego Business Journal (September 10, 2012).
- Roger Showley, San Diego Reader moving to Golden Hill San Diego Union-Tribune (May 31, 2012).
- "Hyperlocal Lives! Chris Jennewein On 'Times of San Diego'". localonliner.com.
- Matthew T. Hall, Prospect of arson stokes fear, suspicion in San Diego, San Diego Union-Tribune (May 16, 2014): "Initial reports in small news outlets such as the Times of San Diego..."
- Gary Warth, Imagery used in Islamophobia protest causes stir, San Diego Union-Tribune (December 23, 2015): "In a Times of San Diego article published before the controversy, ..."
- Joshua Stewart, That time when Gingrich ridiculed Trump in San Diego, (November 18, 2016): "The Union-Tribune covered his speech and The Times of San Diego posted a recording of the event online."
- "Times of San Diego Named a CA Small Business of the Year". timesofsandiego.com.
- "46th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards" (PDF). sdpressclub.org.
- "COVID-19 News Coverage Draws 1.5 Million Readers to Times of San Diego in April". timesofsandiego.com.
- "Word Press Tips and Tricks with Cris Jennewein". sdpressclub.org.
- "Preiscope up for dozens who attend panel discussion". sdpressclub.org.
- "Roundtable talks drought". kpbs.org.
- "Times of San Diego Named Top News Site at Press Club Awards". timesofsandiego.com.
- "Times of San Diego Named 'Best News Site' 4th Year in Row at Press Club Awards". timesofsandiego.com.
- "Google Grant Helps Times of San Diego Cover Region's Reopening from Pandemic". timesofsandiego.com.
- Eric Wolff, MEDIA: Nonprofit news website voiceofsandiego.org lays off three reporters, San Diego Union-Tribune (December 9, 2011).
- Richard Pérez-Peña (November 17, 2008). "Web Sites That Dig for News Rise as Watchdogs". The New York Times.
- Gurwitt, Rob (December 2006). "Blackout: Big-city newspapers aren't telling citizens the things they need to know". Governing.
- Snedeker, Lisa (September 12, 2007). "The emerging online-only local paper". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on March 24, 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Dotinga, Randy (February 12, 2008). "Nonprofit journalism on the rise". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
- "Blackout: United States of Innovation". Fast Company. May 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
- Wang, Shan. "Voice of San Diego is spearheading a team to help other smaller news outlets build membership programs". Neiman Lab. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- Fortis, Bianca. "Membership Services Hub Aims to Help Nonprofit News Orgs Grow". MediaShift. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- Ciobanu, Mădălina. "How Voice of San Diego is helping five newsrooms bring memberships into the revenue mix". journalism.co.uk. journalism.co.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- "Winners of San Diego SPJ's 2016 Contest". Society of Professional Journalists San Diego.
- Times of San Diego Wins 16 Awards at S.D. Press Club, Times of San Diego (October 27, 2015).
- Leslie Berestein, Union-Tribune takes 11 top Press Club awards, San Diego Union-Tribune (October 22, 2009).
- "2012 Arbitron Radio Metro Map" (PDF). Arbitron. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
- "AMQ AM Radio Database Query". Federal Communications Commission. Archived from the original on August 25, 2009. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
- "Radio Stations in San Diego, California". Radio-Locator. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
- "FMQ FM Radio Database Query". Federal Communications Commission. Archived from the original on August 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
- "Stations for San Diego, California". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- "TVQ TV Database Query". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2013-08-23.