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Our radio shows from January, February, March and April 2020 are now online.  For links to listen plus an index with full list of topics and interviews in each show. Click here or click the "read more" link and scroll down for audio links below the index. (Audio files may take a few moments to load.)  

Our newsmaker interviews included Supervisorial candidates Steve Vaus, Joel Anderson and Kenya Taylor (Vaus and Anderson will run off in November), Congressional candidates Sara Jacobs, Georgette Gomez, and Ammar Campa-Najjar, and Santee mayoral candidate Stephen Houlahan. Our news coverage included the COVID-19 pandemic, shut-downs and relief efforts, andmore.

The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM.  Our shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Friday, January 3, 2020


New California laws

Supreme Court ruling on protecting homeless

National news stories from Public News Service(PNS): Iran leader killed in bombing

Blood drives in East County

Holiday recycling

Primary voter registration deadlines

Destination East County: top festivals and events

PNS: New medical expansion in California

Farm animal protection bill

2020 track from PNS: Castro drops out of primary

Friday, January 10, 2020


Iran attacks U.S. air bases in Iraq

Selemaini fallout and reactions

Capitol Report. Local Rep. Duncan Hunter resigns, 10 candidates run for seat

Cajon Valley school board trustee Barto: countersuit filed

Flu cases climb locally

AB 5 backlash from Calif. freelancers

Crimebeat: Predator Poulson proposed for release in Jacumba area, Alpine stalker, La Mesa police seek witnesses to crash, deputies shoot Lemon Grove suicidal man, priest abuse suits filed

Homeless ballot measure

Julian powerline undergounding

People Power: Help Eli, Jamul boy with medical needs

Destination East County: top festivals and events

Blood donors needed

PNS: Girls behind bars

Friday, January 17, 2020


PNS: Trump broke law, GAO says as impeachment goes to Senate

2020 talk: 4 Senators tied up with impeachment, not pres. Campaign

East County Supervisors to hold candidate forum

Vaping sales ban: Supervisors to vote

Green Scene: butterfly protections proposed

Sustainable Santee

Zoo helps Austrailian animals during bush fires

Carrol Waymon, civil rights leader, dies

John David Bittner, eagle expert, dies

SDG&E undergrounding power lines in Julian

Sports: Aztecs coach Rocky Long retires

*Newsmaker interview: Nancy Cassidy, Green New Deal candidate for Congress in 52nd district

Friday, January 24, 2020


Did Trump threaten violence against Senators and Ambassador?

Citizens United constitutional amendment blocked

Wuhan coronavirus in China

PNS 2020 talk: billionaire presidential candidates

Supervisors candidate forum preview

People Power: Foster youth homeless

Crimebeat: La Mesa store owner Carzis arrested for assault on media

Bear Diaz: reward offered to find missing Lakeside man

Refuges welcome, supervisors vote

Hantavirus found in Santee

Santee library gets laptop kiosks

Bostonia Charter School controversy

La Mesa smoking ban

Destination East County: top festivals and events

Friday, January 31, 2020


Homeless: Supervisors to take action

*Newsmaker interview: Ammar Campa-Najjar, candidate for 50th Congressional district

Friday, February 7, 2020


Ex-El Cajon Councilman Kalasho settles civil harassment and fraud suit

Crimebeat: Drug bust at Lindo Lakes in Lakeside

Updates in 50th Congressional district race

*Newsmaker interview: Joel Anderson, 2nd Supervisorial district candidate

Monday, February 10, 2020


Green Scene: Campo Wind concerns

Casa de Oro survey

Lemon Grove updates: green grants, housing and Lemon ups

50th Congressional debate set for Feb. 14

Evacuation help

PNS: AARP tax help

*Newsmaker interview: Steve Vaus, 2nd Supervisorial district candidate

PNS: Bird kills

Friday, February 14, 2020


*Newsmaker interview: Kenya Taylor, 2nd Supervisorial district candidate

Destination East County: festivals and events

Monday, February 17, 2020


Poll workers needed

Crimebeat: freeway shootings on I-8 and State Route 125

Judicial rankings: 2 candidates lack qualifications, per County Bar Assn.

*Newsmaker interview: Sara Jacobs, 53rd Congressional district candidate

Destination East County: festivals and events

Friday, February 21, 2020


COVID-19 emergency declared

Supervisor forum preview

Green Scene: Environmentalists sue Santee

People Power: Leap of kindness in Lakeside

Destination East County: Festivals and events

*Newsmaker interview: Georgette Gomez, candidate, 53rd Congressional district

Monday, February 24, 2020


PNS:  Sanders warns Putin to stay out of US elections; Nevada caucus

Healthcare  changes: Covered California deadline extended for enrollment

PNS: Public Charge Rule

Wildfire insurance relief

Supervisor candidates to hold Feb. 25 forum in Alpine

La Mesa city manager change

Crimebeat: Attempted kidnapping of baby in El Cajon

DEA Drug report

People Power: Leap of kindness in  Lakeside

Jacumba Hikers leader Rhonda Burt dies

Green Scene: Toyota protest in Lemon Grove over emissions lawsuit

Destination East County

Sounds of History: Helen Stoddard, suffragist leader in La Mesa

Bookshelf interview with local author Zohren Ghahremani (rerun)

Green Scene: environnmentalists sue Santee

Friday, February 28, 2020


PNS: Primary previews in S. Carolina and California

Crimebeat: Release of predator Quarles blocked

District Attorney to revise thousands of cannabis convictions

Green Scene: Toyota Loves Trump protest in Lemon Grove

State Senator Brian Jones’ translators bill

DNA advances to help find missing people

Friday, March 6, 2020

COVID-19: California declares emergency; San Diego updates

COVID-19 spreading: 3,000 deaths

Politicians draw criticisms over COVID responses

COVID-19 testing updates

Mumps at SDSU

Sanders, Warren win big on Super Tuesday

Capitol Report: East County Congressional race outcomes in 50th and 53rd

Vaus, Anderson to run off in November supervisor race

Measures A and B outcomes

Lemon Grove Measure S sales tax failing

Judicial race outcomes

Destination East County: festivals and events

People Power: formal dress giveaway in El Cajon

Green Scene: kelp forests, climate change threat

PNS: Trump child policies challenged by CA in court

DNA missing persons breakthrough

Friday, March 13, 2020



  • Trump declares emergency, Biden and Sanders respond
  • Cruise ship warnings
  • Event cancellations
  • Universities move classes online
  • Schools close
  • Price gouging

Crimebeat: Project Python cartel bust

ADL Award to Poway deputies

Julian fiddlers (rerun)

Sounds of History: Dick Pennock, Pacific SW Railway Museum in Campo (rerun)

PNS: Kelp forests in CA

Ready, Set, Grow: attracting hummingbirds and butterflies (rerun)

Home safety tips

Monday, March 16, 2020


Coronavirus update: County closes bars, limits restaurants to takeout, closes schools limits gatherings

Governor calls for renter relief, mortgage foreclosure moratorium

Republicans block coronavirus relief bill

Price gouging

PNS: Trump actions and state actions re: COVID-19; health coalition seeks to stop health cost gounging; Census news

SDG&E stops utility shutoffs

PNS: Some primaries postponed

Water is safe, districts say

Cal Fire station closures

ADL award to Poway deputies

Crimebeat: Project Python arrests

Storm warning

Sounds of History: Helen Stoddard (rerun)

Sunbelt Publications sold

Bookshelf: Diana Lindsey, author (rerun)

Wildfire insurance relief

Friday, March 20, 2020


Border closure, Governor issues stay-home order

Federal Pandemic Defense Production Act

County takes action

Travel warning

Blood drives

DMV extensions

SDG&E stops shutoffs

Library closures

Capitol Report: Hunters’ case update

Crimebeat: Price gougers arrested

Mayor race flips

(Note: This show is 30 minutes, then repeats due to COVID studio closure)

Monday, March 23, 2020

Same show as March 2020 but with latest COVID-19 updates

Friday, March 27, 2020


PNS: U.S. has most COVID cases in world; Trump signs stimulus bill

2020 talk: Record unemployment, COVID impacts primaries, Biden criticizes Trump

San Diego COVID-19 update on cases

Food distribution sites locally

Covered Calif. deadline extended to June 30

COVID-19 justice impacts

Las Colinas detention facility nurse has COVID-19

Arts & Music: Quarantine creativity; online arts and music classes

Lemon Grove grant: Main Street Connect

People Power: Wish list, Rev. Harris People’s Alliance for Justice

Blood donations needed due to COVID-19

(30 minute show, repeated, due to COVID-19)

Friday, April 3, 2020



COVID-updates: wear masks, over 900 local cases, 250,000 worldwide

PNS: COVID national update: Kushner orders test kits

El Cajon Parks and Rec goes virtual

Food distributions

Covered CA deadline extension

Emission cuts

Desert tortoises endangered

People Power: senior wish list

Quarantine creativity

PNS:  Democratic convention postponed

Blood donors needed

*Newsmaker: Stephen Houlahan, Santee mayoral candidate

Friday, April 10, 2020


COVID-19 updates

CA seeks healthcare workers

Perlman and Bocelli to perform Passover and Easter concerts online for world

Fit or flabby in quarantine?

County rec goes virtual

People Power: Barry Jantz fundraiser for Grossmont Hospital workers

Refugee relief fund


Ag report: Farms delivering to consumers

La Mesa Farmers Market on the go

Lake Morena water issues

Santee commercial renter protection

PNS: Domestic violence up amid COVID

Friday, April 17, 2020


El Cajon approves $1 million in COVID relief

Arts & Music: two arts COVID relief funds; Jamul musicians do concerts online

Stimulus CARES act

SDG&E relief

Descanso outages during COVID

PNS: Car insurance rates drop

Easter services halted by judge at local church

Parks and rec: County goes virtual

Immigrant relief fund

Vote Safe Act by Senator Harris

Federal judge allows CVUSD trustee Barto civil rights suit to continue

CVUSD files restraining order against Barto

Note: No shows were taped in late April due to COVID-19 quarantine and concerns of social distancing until we set up for remote taping.

Each show also includes station identifications and closing credits.





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