San Diego's Jazz

San Diego's Jazz88.3 On-Air Staff

Dr. Ricky Shabazz

Dr. Ricky Shabazz, President of San Diego City College.

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David Barron

David Barron says being the host of The Jazz Message and it is a dream come true. He loves the sound of soul jazz. David loves a good live jazz show, and helping friends figure out what to BBQ.

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Gary Beck

He is a long-time broadcaster whose talents have taken him around the country. Gary Beck has worked in various formats but his love of jazz and blues is evident when you hear him weekday mornings. This third-generation San Diegan began his long association with Jazz88 in October of 1974 and he has done shows off and on since that time. Gary is a big fan of soul-jazz, but also has a soft spot for eclectic singers like Zan Gardner and Rickie Lee Jones. You can also visit him on his Facebook

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Ken Borgers

Ken Borgers been a presence on southern California radio (KRNO, KNAC, KCLU, etc.) since his college days at KUSC in the late 1960s. From 2005 to 2009, he was the afternoon news anchor on KCRW-FM in Santa Monica. Borgers was the architect of the jazz format at KLON (now KKJZ) in Long Beach/Los Angeles, and served as its program director for 23 years. Ken has taught radio/television courses at LBUSD, Loyola Marymount University, and currently at Long Beach City College, where he was an adjunct professor for 40 years. Ken hosts a straight-ahead jazz show entitled, "Straight Ahead" that airs on Saturdays (10am-2pm).

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Marielena Castellanos

Marielena Castellanos has a passion for storytelling, she enjoys tracking news updates and creating relevant and informative morning news broadcasts to help listeners begin their day. In 2015, she was awarded the Gloria Penner Political Fellowship at KPBS in San Diego, assisting in coverage of politics and policy for KPBS Evening Edition and KPBS Roundtable. She holds two degrees from UC Berkeley, and developed her journalism skills at San Diego City College. You can hear her newscasts every weekday morning on KSDS at 7am and 8am.

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Leo Cates

Leo has a long association with music, including as an extra in the band of the Oscar-nominated motion picture The Music Man. A year later, his jazz education was amped up dramatically, as he began listening to KBCA,105.1 FM, an LA-based 24 hour jazz station with the hippest jocks on the planet. Following undergraduate work in Economics at UC Santa Barbara and post-graduate work in Business Administration at San Diego State, Leo enjoyed a near 15-year career as a thoroughbred writer, and concurrent with that, began hosting a show on Jazz 88. These days, along with his hard-bop driven No Room For Squares, heard on Sundays from 3 pm to 6 pm, he serves as a tutor at City College's English Center.

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Ron Dhanifu

Ron Dhanifu has a gift for hearing what's in the music, so you always get a captivating show. His favorite artist is Miles Davis, but his favorite instrument is the alto sax. He started working for KSDS in 1977 and has lived in San Diego for 30+ years.

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Dave Drexler

A trusted broadcast professional for more than 30 years, Emmy-winning Dave Drexler is one of San Diego's best-known voice-over talents, on-camera presenters and media writer/producers. Dave is the Director of Drexler Media, a professor at San Diego City College and Palomar College, and is the Producer/Director of our Jazz Live Series. When not immersed in some sort of audio, Dave enjoys world travel and he is the host of 'Inside Art', heard every Sunday morning at 9:30 on KSDS.

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Barry Farrar Jr.

Barry Farrar's jazz roots run deep and he was raised in a musical family. His father, Barry Farrar Sr., was a celebrated sax player and was very active in the fertile SD jazz scene during the 50s and 60s. Barry was exposed to great jazz as a child and started playing trumpet early on and switched to drums in 6th grade. Barry had a keen interest in Jazz and studied the history of this great music and ended up joining the team at JAZZ 88.3 in 1980. His love for Miles, Coltrane, Art Blakey and the legendary jazz players keeps him excited about the music. Barry plays drums in Lower Left and was a charter member of the Jazz88 All-Stars. Barry leads The Derringers (Blues group) and The Blue Rockit band as well as doing lots of freelance work. On Jazz88 his programs (The Jazz Ritual, Round Midnight, and Percussive Profiles) air weekly on Jazz 88.3.

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Chad Fox

Since joining KSDS-FM as a DJ in 2009, Chad Fox is our Operations, Programming and Development Director. He was drawn to Jazz 88.3 by his long-standing passion for Free Jazz, Avant-Garde, and Experimental/Creative music. A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Chad loves playing Kendama and collecting music. Check out his weekly show Loosely Knit every Sunday, 6-9pm.  Follow Chad Fox on Twitter or on his Facebook program page Facebook profile.

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Janine Harty

Janine Harty has been on the air at KSDS since 1988, hosting jazz, blues and gospel shows. She is currently the host of Every Shade of Blue, airing Saturday nights from 9-midnight. Tune in to join the party!

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Joe Kocherhans

Joe Kocherhans started his DJ career as a City College student in 1972. He worked at KFSD (classical) for 5 years. He can currently be heard Monday through Friday mornings (6am-10am). At 9am, he features 'Portrait in Jazz.' Joe is our Music Director and is, quite literally, The Voice of Jazz 88.3.

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Pat Launer

Our resident theater critic grew up in New York, gorging on theater, her lifelong passion. She takes "Center Stage" at KSDS-FM, to present her theater reviews, every Friday morning at 9 (with an encore on Saturdays at 10am). Dubbed the "Diva of Drama," Pat sees more than 200 local productions a year, and has been the voice of San Diego theater for many years. When not behind the mic, she writes about theater and the arts for, Performances Magazine and the San Diego Jewish Journal. Pat's archived reviews, going back to 1990, can be accessed on Pat's Website.

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Tony McGee

Tony McGee started his jazz radio career on Super Bowl Sunday, 1979. He remembers watching the game and having to leave in the third quarter to get his first show ready. Now a regular Sunday morning tradition, Tony's appreciation of the art of jazz influences his musical choices. Check out his choices every Tuesday night at

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Drew Miller

Drew Miller is a native San Diegan with a heart for The Big Easy. He's our resident New Orleans music expert, and that's saying something: Drew is also a professional event DJ, so he literally knows tens of thousands of songs! Jazz 88.3 benefits from that kind of knowledge. When not spinning for parties or the airwaves, Drew tries to keep up with his wife and two kids.

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Mr. Mole

Mr. Mole says don't get hung up before the end. He also says dig when it's really important. Either Chris Johnson or Bruce Lee said "be like water" and Mr. Mole digs that. If born in another era, Mr. Mole would have been a scientist discovering a new sound. If he could do whatever he wanted, Mr. Mole would sit quietly. It would look a lot like napping.

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Larry Murry

Larry Murry has been on the air at Jazz 88.3 since 1991. He is the voice of Overnight Jazz and his personal love of the music has a strong influence on his expert programming skills. In addition to being a radio guy, Larry is an accomplished photographer.

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Ric loves jazz because of its versatility. It can, he says, relax me, recharge me, or just cause me to think. He's New York City born and still dreams of meeting Queens native Tony Bennett. Ric not only admires artistic style in artists such as Bennett or Dave Brubeck, but also admires them as people. His main interests beside jazz and radio are his wife and two sons, as well as other family and friends. Say hi to Ric on his Facebook profile and be sure to check out his show, Ric's Jazz Cafe, every Saturday from 7-10am.

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Raymond O'Donnell

Raymond O'Donnell has one foot in the present and one foot firmly planted in the past sounds of rock, blues, and boogie. But, not only does Raymond dig the jukebox sounds of decades gone by on his show Saturday Night Fish Fry, every Saturday Night from 6-9pm.

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Vince Outlaw

Yes, that's his real name. Vince Outlaw sums up all the station events and happenings in our social media platforms as he is our Social Media Marketing Manager. A lifelong San Diegan and graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, Vince loves hanging with his wife and kids, catching live jazz (especially Jazz Live), and documenting the whole jazz experience! Follow him on Twitter!

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John Phillips

John is known for his smooth style and taste in music. He was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. After receiving his High School Diploma, John was off to fulfill his dream of serving his country. John retired in 1998 after an adventurous and stellar 30 year career in the U.S. Navy. He also earned his Associates of Science Degree in Broadcast Communications, Radio and Television right here at San Diego City College in 2002. John can be heard every weekday night (Cool Struttin'-7-10pm) and his company, Golden Voice Productions, offers a variety of Mobile DJ services.

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Mike Rovatsos

Mike is an accomplished rock/pop musician and producer but has completely got the jazz bug since his start at the station in 2005. He works in Member Services, is our Production Director and also manages the website and app. He started working in radio when he was just out of high school on Long Island, NY. After a decade of working for various major media corporations in NYC, Mike felt compelled to leave it all, head out west and do what he loves the most; working with Jazz88 members and producing great radio spots. He loves Monk and Ella and concurs that Buddy Rich is (was) the Best Drummer in the World!

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Claudia Russell

As a child she learned jazz songs from her mom, as well as seeing Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich on The Muppet Show. Claudia picks the guitar and tenor saxophone as her favorite instruments, and says picking a favorite musician depends on mood and circumstance. Claudia is also our Promotions

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Chris Springer

Chris Springer, better known as 'C-Love', loves Latin jazz and the energy it brings through improvisation and percussion rhythms. His favorite artists include Mario Bauza and Cal Tjader. His favorite jazz instruments are the timbales, the Fender Rhodes and the flute. Chris started working for KSDS in 2000. Soon after, he started playing the Salsa hour in 2003 which evolved into Latin Grooves on Friday nights, 7-11pm.

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Norm ''Birdman'' Swanberg

Originally from the Boston area, Norm grew up listening to great jazz, an appreciation he carries to this day. He believes the beauty of the music is its diversity, the variety of grooves and textures you can get from different artists and different eras. In addition to his love of jazz, he has a very close family and finds their company his greatest joy in life. For those curious about the nickname, it's not a reference to a certain alto sax player, but rather is a play on his last name, as well as a nod to his being a longtime Celtics fan, and that he actually did rehab work with birds of prey! His show airs every Friday night at 11pm (Jazz After Hours).

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Justin Watson

Justin "JayWat" Watson interned at KSDS as a San Diego City College student in 2010 and graduated a year later with a Communications degree in Radio and Television.  He currently can be heard Monday from 12mid to 2am. Say hi to him on his Facebook profile.

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