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Our radio shows from May through September 2020 are now online.  For links to listen plus an index with full list of topics and interviews in each showClick 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 recent shows include candidate forums for La Mesa, Santee, Lemon Grove, Congress and County Supervisors, interviews with several individual candidates, our Newsmakers, Movers and Shakers event featuring a medical expert on COVID-19 and an SDG&E representative on drive-through wildfire safety fairs, interviews with experts on COVID-19 impacts on the local Latino and Middle Eastern communities, interviews with La Mesa’s mayor and police chief after the riot, an interview with a Pastor on the streets during civil unrest in La Mesa and Ferguson, 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: Due to COVID-19 quarantines, some show dates aired reruns. Original shows are listed below.)

Friday May 1, 2020


Parks and beaches reopen

Update on COVID-19 cases in East County

School reopening plans

Immigrant impacts of COVID-19

Homeless during the pandemic

Nursing home impacts

COVID-19 clots

Business relief: New SBA loans

County business loans

Agricultural report: Farms adapt in pandemic

FFA livestock auctions move online

CNS: Senoir postcards

People Power: Produce to pandemics

CNS: Students call for higher education student help

PNS: Trump contradictions on Wuhan, stimulus omissions, and more national news

Green Scene: Mountain lion protections in CA

Home safety tips

Friday,  May  8, 2020

Introduction Reopening bars

Mobile COVID-19 testing

Tests at Grossmont College

Schools during pandemic – remote learning

People Power: Killian Colin, immigrant making masks to help tribes, refugees and medical workers

KKK mask on Santee Vons shopper

Arts Music: Live Nation concerts online

Motocross death

Friday, May 15, 2020


Retail reopens curbside

La Mesa retail returns

Restaurant reopening guidelines

Camping and boating are back

People Power: helping hands

Rabbit fever

Goats are back in Lemon Grove clearing brush

Rattlesnake safety tips

PNS: Educators ask feds for money

Arts/Music: Live Nation at home

Friday, May 22, 2020


Restaurants and retail reopen

Renters and mortgage relief bills

Santee racism reactions

Insurance refunds

Santee drive-in theater reopens

COVID-19 testing expands

Santee dueling ballot initiatives

Tribal Beat: Casinos open

County Parks offer Zoom backgrounds

PNS: budget cuts hurt kids

Friday, May 29, 2020


Beach rules relaxed

Domestic abuse increases during pandemic

George Floyd killing prompts riots: Rev. Shane Harris heads to Minneapolis

Churches reopen

New COVID state testing sites

Rural test sites

Unemployment at 30% in San Diego County

Reactions to retail and restaurant reopenings

Plasma donations

DMV extensions

People Power: Santee Loves rally against hate

Lemon Grove digital billboard

Hair salons open

County redistricting

Malcolm X Library protest over budget cuts

Green Scene: Zoom parks

Santee drive-in reopens

Barbecue safety tips

Rabbit fever update

People Power:  immigrant makes masks to help others

Monday, June 1, 2020


Special report: Rots and police protest in La Mesa

Rev. Shane Harris in Minneapolis

Domestic abuse up in pandemic

Blood plasma donors needed

Unemployment high

People Power: Santee Loves rally against hate

Friday June  5, 2020


FBI tip line for La Mesa riot and looting

Newsmaker: Henri Migala, ECM photographer hit with pepper spray at LMPD standoff

Newsmaker: Briana Gomez, ECM reporter, on COVID-19 in Latinos locally

Green Scene: San Diego shared lanes

PNS: Latino climate activists on pandemic

Plasma donors needed for COVID-19 patients

Beach towels now allowed on sand

Friday, June 12, 2020


Newsmaker: La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis and LMPD Chief Walt Vasquez on riot

Crimebeat: Arrest for Molotov cocktail in La Mesa

Green Scene: Anza Borrego Desert State Park expands

COVID-19: More theaters reopen

People Power: Ramona grants

Friday, June 19, 2020


Unity Rally roars into La Mesa

Santee racism reactions

Newsmaker: Robert Alcantes, Chicano education

COVID outbreaks trigger action

Cool zones open

Weddings allowed, with limits

Ground beef recall

Crimebeat: Lakeside shooting

PNS: Gay rights case

PNS: DACA decision and more national news

Ramona Foundation grants

People Power: ECPD graffiti art mural

Friday, June 26, 2020


LMPD oversight

El Cajon police funding

Reopening schools

Jimmie Johnson  takes stand against racism

CHP motorcycle enforcement on highway 67

Crimebeat: CVS robberies

PNS: CA Health clinics closed, seek funds

PNS: DC statehood, Trump trails Biden in polls

Friday, July 3, 2020


4th of July COVID updates: what’s open

Fireworks shows

Santee: pandemic hits budget

Crisis House ousted in El Cajon

Kaiser’s racial equity actions

Hand sanitizer warning

Organ transplant changes

CHP enforcement on 67


Spirits of 1776: July 4 special

Friday, July 10, 2020

County’s flawed stimulus program

Tribal Beat: Kumeyaay protest border wall

Green Scene: County climate plan blocked

Illegal fireworks fires

Newsmaker: Pastor Travis Ferguson, healing communities amid riots

La mesa meetings: preview

El Cajon sewer bill changes

Restaurants move outdoors

Higher taxes on wealthy rally in Sacramento

California sues over COVID aid to public schools

2020 talk: Trump taxes, Supreme rulings

Houston cancels GOP convention

Hantavirus found in Campo mice

Rabbit fever in San Diego County

Jimmie Johnson has COVID-19

Jacumba Spa for sale

On the Road: Jacumba Hot Springs (rerun)

Hand sanitizers recalled

Extreme heat warning

Aid in dying during COVID

Fire preparedness

Friday, July 17, 2020

Schools in San Diego can’t reopen

Wildfire change due to COVID-19

Woman files LMPD claim, shot in breast with beanbag

El Cajon business grants

El Cajon businesses go outdoors

County grants

Lemon Aid

Poway opens parks to churches and fitness classes

Spring Valley has worst rate of COVID-19

Churches defy ban on indoor worship

El Cajon considers emergency sleeping cabins

Community college sports postponed

CNS: Medicare shortchanges children

Rabbit fever

Sounds of History: Dick Pennock, railway museum (rerun)

Foster Care leader Debbie Sholz killed

Greg Palast preview for KNSJ

Friday, July 24, 2020


LMPD names officer who struck Leslie Furcron in head with beanbag

Aug. 1 protest planned

COVID-19 impacts torture survivors locally

Congressman John Lewis, civil rights icon, dies

ACLU suit over Portland: feds targeting journalists

Sparks family tragedy in East County

Christian Youth Theater abuse allegations

Newsmaker: Dr. Raed Al Naser, COVID-19 in Middle Eastern immigrants here

ECM investigation results in changes in county grants

Payday lender bill

Friday, July 31, 2020


Candidates needed – many races have no one running

Schools can’t open, state says

CYT takes intermission

Amaurie Johnson sues La Mesa over trolley stop incident

 DEA scam

CNS: Housing insecurity – Senate fails to act

People Power: food banks

Businesses must tell workers about COVID cases

Wildfire safety fair

Arts and Music: Theaters and COVID

Jamul coach Denny dies of COVID

2020 talk: Obama calls for voting reforms

Ready, Set Grow: fall planting

Wildfires and COVID

COVID impacts torture survivors

Friday, August 7, 2020

Movers, Shakers and Newsmakers virtual event: ECM interviews Dr. Tseng on COVID and SDG&E’s Robyn Herrick on wildfire safety fairs

Friday, August 14, 2020

50th Congressional district debate (LMV) with Darrell Issa and Ammar Campa-Najjar

Friday, August 21, 2020

Lighting sparks fires statewide, heat sets records

Rolling power outages

San Diego off state’s COVID watch list

Oleandrin warning

La Mesa CARES Act funds distribution

Newsmaker: Jack Shu, La Mesa City Council candidate

Friday, August 28, 2020

Schools to reopen

LMPD chief retires, search starts for new chief

State Senator Brian Jones tests positive for COVID-19

RNC convention: Trump accepts nomination; fact check

Biden speech: DNC acceptance speech

PNS: Hurricane Laura, depression up during COVID, housing segregation

Friday, September 4, 2020

La Mesa Candidates forum: Colin Parent, Allan Durden and Jack Shu

Friday, September 11, 2020

La Mesa candidates Laura Lothian and Kristine Alessio

Monday, September 14, 2020

Santee candidates forum; mayoral and council candidates

Friday, September 18, 2020

Lemon Grove City Council candidates forum

Friday, September 25, 2020


Fanita Ranch approved by Santee Council

Parkway Plaza, regional mall in El Cajon, sold

La Mesa homeless shelter application withdrawn after controversy

Newsmaker: Mark Pappenfuss, La Mesa City Council candidate

PNS: Trump  won’t commit to peaceful transition of power, COVID tests, wildfire pollution

San Diego stays in red tier for COVID

San Miguel Fire board has vacancy

Green Scene: E-waste events in Potrero and Jacumba

PNS: Monarch butterfly may get endangered status

PNS: National Voter Registration Day

Ready, Set, Grow:  Fall trees

All shows also include station identifications and closing credits.




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