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Our radio shows from June through December 2022 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.)  

Highlights included interviews with Supervisor Joel Anderson on the dumping of asylum seekers at local transit stations, environmental activists on the draining of Loveland Reservoir, Lemon Grove residents working to reopen their recreation center,a Water Conservation Garden expert on monarch butterflies, women’s rights advocates on the overturning of Roe v. Wade,  El Cajon officials on homelessness concerns, as well as candidates running for offices across East County (published pre-election in our Politics section) and more.

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.

Note: Some shows are reruns; original run dates are listed below. Shows also include station IDs and public service announcements.




December 30, 2022


**Newsmaker: Supervisor Joel Anderson speaks out on asylum seekers dumped in East County by Border Patrol

Capitol Report: Spending bill, Ukraine funding

COVID bivalent boosters for babies

New traffic laws in CA in 2023

Animal Tales: Mountain lion 101 talk in Alpine

Humane Society needs foster parents, adoptive homes for pets

Crimebeat: Attempted homicide of teen in El Cajon motel

El Cajon veterans commission has vacancy

Christmas Day fire kills dog, displaces 6 in East County

El Cajon cleanup

People Power: Oasis in La Mesa has multigenerational tutoring

Missing Borrego hiker found safe

CNS: Student loan scam

Remembering East County residents who passed away in 2022


December 19, 2022


Scammers: skimming thefts in East County

Metropolitan Water District declares drought emergency

Crimebeat: Lemon Grove arson arrest, Lakeside school district to show “Stolen” film on trafficking

Appointments made to fill Santee City Council and Padre Dam seats

Small business survey on holiday shopping

CNS: Holiday scams

Vivaldi Gloria: San Diego Chorus and Orchestra

Pet holiday safety tips

Blood drives in Julian and other local sites


December 2, 2022


Middle Class Tax Refund checks: Attorney General offers tips to avoid rip-offs

Crimebeat: Associate of Marco Garmo, ex-Rancho SD Sheriff commander, sentenced in gun trafficking case

Gas prices drop, state investigates  price gouging

La Mesa City Council race candidates separated by just five votes

Art and Music: Ramona’s Oasis Camel Dairy camels in “Why the Nativity” film

People Power: Operation Gobble

Guns for gift cards: Sheriff in La Mesa

Sports: Granite Hills Eagles are CIF champions

Olympic track medalist now coach at Cuyamaca College

Holiday food waste

PNS: Rail workers bil signed, Congress eyes cryptocurrency, and more

Green Scene: Mission Trails

Bookshelf: Rerun – interview with Bill Swank, Santa and baseball book author

De Anza expedition’s Christmas Eve in East County


(Note: Some December show dates aired reruns due to holiday vacations)




November 25, 2022


Thanksgiving outages and gusty winds across East County

Green Scene: Energy rebates

SDG&E firefighting helicopter collision

Assemblyman Vopel’s grandson is mass shooting suspect

El Cajon’s homeless shelter grant rejected by County

Santee cannabis licensing

CNS: Outdoor recreation value is $862 billion in Calif.

Destination East County: festivals and events

PNS: Supreme Court hears voting rights case, election deniers lose races

Pet holiday safety tips

Sounds of History: Childhood holiday memories

La Mesa seniors gift drive

People Power: Lemon Grove honors activist and radio host

TB at CSU San Marcos


November 17, 2022


La Mesa Council race flips

El Cajon teen found dead

Missing Jacumba man

Lemon Grove school bond passes

Toys 4 Tots

**Newsmakers:  Russell Walsh, Steven Hales and Kim Dudzik on Sweetwater Water Authority plan to drain Loveland Reservoir

Yonder Report: Avian flu hits area, turkeys, rural telehealth, Thanksgiving travel

Thanksgiving safety tips

Military and veterans: Free passes to visit national parks

Green Scene: net metering

On the Road: Desert View Tower, Jacumba


November 11, 2022


East County city race results: El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee

East County state legislative race returns

Capitol Report: East County Congressional outcomes

Ballot initiatives

Democrats sweeping La Mesa-Spring Valley school board races

Republicans win Lakeside School district seats

Measure A Cannabis tax passes

Sheriff race: Kelly Martinez wins

Crimebeat: Spring Valley child abuse death, 3 arrested

PNS: Latino turnout—parties lacked outreach

Tribal Beat: Jamul honors veterans for Veterans Day

County grand jurors needed

Monkeypox emergency ends

Mother Goose Parade cancelled but will return

Green Scene: Net metering changes

La Mesa panhandling problems

Military and veterans: Free passes to visit national parks

Holiday safety tips

Holiday trivia facts


November 7, 2022


Supervisors approve opioid crisis pan

Winter storm/atmospheric river in forecast

CA Attorney General Bonta opposes Albertsons-Kroeger merger

Capitol Report: Biden warns democracy is on the ballot

Santee transient death

Alpine-Pine Valley highway delays

Mother Goose Parade cancelled but will return

Lemon Grove gift cards program

CNS: EV vehicles and charger jobs

Pushback over panhandling control efforts in La Mesa

Tribal Beat: Indigenous feast

PNS: National elections final campaigning, Twitter issues, white powder at GOP headquarters, foreign election interference, and more

La Mesa apartment at Randall Lamb site draws opposition

Campo Road Revitalization

Sounds of history: Guy B. Underwood Museum, Ramona

Winter alerts PSA

Voting update


November 4, 2022

Special broadcast: Homeless forum in El Cajon with Supervisor Anderson and City leaders




October 31, 2022


East County top news: Fentanyl death, fentanyl candy warning, Csa de Oro revitalization

Halloween special: East County ghost stories

Bookshelf interview: Reina Menasche, Spirit of Shy Moon Lake

Fall planting

Fanita Ranch lawsuit

Covered CA enrollment starts Nov. 1



October 28, 2022


Speaker Pelosi’s husband assaulted

PNS: Russia and China threats, DOJ limits subpoenas of reporters, Trump income tax ruling

Congressional candidate Stephen Houlahan says democracy is at stake in race against Rep. issa

**Newsmaker interview: State Senator Brian Jones

Bookshelf interview: Reina Menasche, Spirit of Shy Moon Lake, a haunting Halloween read


October 21, 2022


Fanita Ranch lawsuit – again

Covered Calif. enrollment opens Nov. 1

**Newsmaker interview: Tony Orlando, La Mesa City Council candidate

CNS: Clean Water Act under attack


October 14, 2022


Patrick Henry outbreak

Jamul hotel proposed

Deceptive mailers in Lemon Grove and GUHSD races

Missing Spring Valley teen found

**Newsmaker interview: La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis

PNS: Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Trump, Biden take steps to lower inflation

Bookshelf: Reina Menasche, author of Spirit of Shy Moon Lake

(Note: Oct. 17 was rerun of Oct. 14 show due to technical difficulties)


October 10, 2022

**Newsmaker interview: Patricia Dillard, La Mesa City Council candidate

**Newsmaker interview: Laura Lothian, La Mesa City Council candidate


October 6, 2022

**Newsmaker interview: Mejgan Afshan, Lemon Grove Council candidate

**Newsmaker interview: Blanca Brown, Lemon Grove Council candidate

Dsetination East County: Halloween haunts


October 3, 2022


Missing Spring Valley teen Alena ‘Gracie’ Mitchem

Heli-hydrants and pods

CNS: Gov. Newsom signs wildlife corridors bill

Hantavirus warning in Guatay

**Newsmaker: El Cajon City Manager Graham Mitchell on homeless issues

Destination East County: Halloween haunts

CNS bill signed to increase college graduation rates




September 26, 2022

**Newsmaker: Stepphanie Klein, Lemon Grove Council candidates


September 23, 2022


**Newsmaker: Bill Wells, El Cajon Mayor

Destination East County: festivals and events


September 19, 2022

**Newsmaker interviews: Jessyka Heredia and Alysson Snow, candidates for Lemon Grove City Council


September 16, 2022


Lakeside sex offenders – residents hold protest

El Cajon objects to homeless vouchers

Border 32 Fire: Families need help

Lemon Grove mobile farmers’ market

La Mesa bike repair station

PNS: Rail strike averted, Biden speaks out on hate speech

CNS: Fast-track energy issue

**Newsmaker interview: Kristine Alessio, La Mesa mayoral candidate

Agricultural passes to let farmers into emergency zones


September 5, 2022


Caesar Fire in Ramona

Border 32 Fire in Barrett Junction-Potrero

Willow Fire in Lakeside

Extreme heat fuels fires

Agricultural passes to let farmers enter emergency zones

New COVID boosters available

**Newsmaker interview: Amy Reichert, Supervisor candidate

2022 talks: Labor Day, unions, Trump documents, VA abortions, and more

CNS: Back to school

Lemon Grove has jobs




August 27, 2022

2022 talks; red wave fizzles, Biden to defend student loan forgiveness

Student loans

Buffalo Bills boot ex-Aztec player over rape claim

Cardinal McElroy inducted by Pope (San Diego’s former bishop)

Santee councilmen appointed for new term since no candidates ran against them

**Newsmaker interview: Dilkhwaz Ahmed, helping children in Syrian family where father is accused of murdering mother in EL Cajon

CNS: Back to school checklist

Lemon Grove has jobs

On the Road: Water Conservation Garden


August 26, 2022

PNS: Mar a Lago affidavit, CA bans gas cars

East County top stories: Pine Valley fire, homicide, La Mesa Office Depot fire, crash kills El Cajon man

El Cajon safe parking

CNS: Bill to raise car insurance and liability limits

Aztecs players sued in civil suit over rape allegations

Arts and Music: Santee filmmakers win award in local film festival



August 11, 2022


Capitol Report: Inflation Reduction Act signed, FBI raids Mar al Lago and seizes classified documents

Safe parking for homeless in El Cajon

Plane crash in El Cajon

La Mesa dispensary approved

Crimebeat: FBI saves San Diego trafficking victims

El Cajon approves sales tax increase

Novavax vaccine available here

Arts and Music: Santee filmmakers win award at film festival in SD

Green Scene: County’s Experience the Outdoors program

CNS: Student loan debt challenges

CNS: CA is 33rd in child welfare

2020 talks:  Updates on classified docs at Mar al Lago, Trump CFO found guilty, monkeypox, bill to limit terms on Supreme Court

Cal Fire helicopter for our region

Man dead after El Cajon standoff

Ready Set Grow: Water saving tips

Jack Murphy statue at new Snapdragon stadium


August 5, 2022

Lindo Lakes: bystander saves drowning woman

Monkeypox emergency declaration by San Diego County

Crimebeat: Grante Hills teacher arrested, 2 Aztecs players investigated for rape, shoulder tap sting in La Mesa, trolley stabbing in El Cajon

Prisoner release check

Firefighting helicopter

New coroner

Babs Fry: dog rescuer needs help

Capitol report: Burn pit bill goes to Biden, Issa votes no

Santee legalizing cannabis

Lemon Grove rec center to reopen partially

Destination East County: festivals and events

CNS: Children’s Health Insurance Program  50th anniversary

2020 talks:  Inflation Reduction Act, Chinese missile tests and more

Green Scene: Waterwise tips

CNS: Crisis hotline 988



July 29, 2022


Lemon Grove reopens rec center on weekends

People Power: Babs Fry finds lost dogs

Crimebeat: fentanyl exposure- El Cajon Police, elder abuse – stolen items’ owners sought, hit and drun driver arrested in EC fatality, domestic violence bill – SD DA and city attorney weigh in

After hours weddings at Santee County recorder’s office

Green Scene: waterwise landscaping tips

Cajon Valley school district and SDG&E add electric busses to power grid

Destination East County: festivals and events

PNS: climate change action, Biden’s Build Back Better, mental health, rent hikes, DOJ investigates Trump

ECM wins three SPJ awards

988 suicide hotline

Green Scene: Monarch butterflies endangered


July 22, 2022


Capitol report: birth control bill passes House, l local reps split votes

Congresswoman Sara Jacobs arrested at abortion protest

Assemblymember Akilah Weber announces East County state budget projects

President Biden has COVID

ECM wins SPJ awards

Lemon Grove pipeline

Monarch butterflies  endangered internationally

Missing man in Pine Valley

**Newsmaker: Pam Meisner, Water Conservation Garden, on monarch butterflies

EC nurse navigator program

Yonder Report: rural incomes, EV stations, scholarships and more

Ballot measure: public schools


July 15 ,2022


COVID: CDC warns San Diego has high levels again

Monkeypox warning

Destination East County: top festivals and events

Nurse navigator program in El Cajon

Humane Society has free pet adoptions in July

**Newsmaker interviews: Jessyka Heredia and Chris Williams, Lemon Grove Improvement Council

PNC: Abortion bill, white supremacy in military

CNS: ballot measure to fund arts in CA schools

Green Scene: Experience the Outdoors, new county program

Fire retardant spraying in Lakeside

CNS: Car resale rip-offs

Yonder Report: SCOTUS tribal ruling, rural demographic changes and more


July 8, 2022


**: Newsmaker interviews: Bonnie Price and Bella Barna recall abortion issues before Roe v. Wade

Green Scene: Experience the Outdoors – new county program

Santee jail death

Tribal Beat: Jamul chair Erica Pinto gets Dept. of Interior appointment

PNS: Cippalone meets with Jan. 6 committee, IRS audits investigated, medals of freedom, gun CEOs to testify

On the Road: Desert View Tower, Jacumba

Cool Zones – PSA for San Diego County

CNS: Low cost drug program threatened in CA


July 1, 2022


Capitol Report: January 6 hearings: Cassidy Hutchison “smoking gun” testimony

PNS: Supreme Court rulings on clean air, remain in Mexico policy, Biden calls for end to filibuster on abortion, arms to Ukraine

San Diego Jewish leaders say overturn of Roe violates religious freedom

Gun data breech at CA Dept. of Justice

Santee cannabis legalization

Fireworks and July 4th events

Founding Fathers: 4th of July holiday special



June 24, 2022


PNS: Roe v Wade overturned by Supreme Court, Jan. 6 hearings: DOJ and pollworker testify, gun bill

COVID vaccines for babies

Monkeypox – three cases in San Diego County

Crimebeta: School burglary arrests

Restraining order lifted on Lemon Grove Councilmember LeBaron

Noah Homes funding issues in Spring Valley

County cannabis initiative advances

Green Scene: San Vicente roads program

Loveland Reservoir issues

Sports: Race Across America in East County

CA voter outreach funds

Fireworks and July 4 events

Micro business grants


June 17, 2022


Santee Council removes Fanita Ranch from ballot

La Mesa backs anti-hate speech bills

Green Scene: Colorado River hearing

State Sen. Jones opposes release of predator in Borrego

Home fire-hardening funds for backcountry

Fireworks and July 4 events

Crimebeat: fake cop (victims wanted), Granite Hills teacher arrested, teen arrested in Lemon Grove killing, school burglary, lemon Grove shooter wanted

People Power:  Shade structure for Santee

Obit: Betty McMillan, Lakeside historian

PNS: Biden inflation action, vets toxins health bill

CNS: Senior suicides and drug overdoses increase

CNS: Hispanic students – economic mobility ranking

Cool zones

Atkins abortion amendment



June 10, 2022


January 6 committee testimony

Heat wave – cool zones

Primary election results from East County for Congress, Legislature, Supervisor, Sheriff

Fire safe fair in Rancho San Diego

Goodwill wedding sale,  La Mesa

Hepatitis A in CA strawberries

PNS – gun violence  rallies, Jan. 6 hearing

CNS – pandemic disrupts seniors’ college plans

CNS- small business money in CA budget

Atkins’ bill SCA 10 for constitutional abortion protection in CA

On the Road: Water Conservation Garden, Rancho SD

Green Scene: Ildica Park





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