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Our January and February 2018 radio shows are now online. For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics an interviews,click here  or click "read more" and scroll down. (Sound files may take a few moments to load).

Our interviews included Congressional candidate Shamus Sayed, Mandi Matti on efforts to help an El Cajon family after a fire, Brad Weber, publisher of La Mesa Magazine, former Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and Mark Jackson on the Save Our San Diego Countryside initiative, and Ramona mystery novelist Joyce Strand. Plus we covered hot issues including homelessness, power outages, immigration, marijuana legalization, actions of local councils, Congressional controversies, new parks in our region, and much 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.  Read more and listen to our January-February shows:

(Audio files are at the bottom of this page, below the index for each show)

Friday, January 5, 2018


Flu kills infant in severe flu season

Recreational marijuana now legal in CA

Green Scene: Dictionary Hill Preserve established in Spring Valley

Wildfires in CA break records

Capitol Report: Fining poor defendants

                         Trump taunts North Korea

Democrats lose super-majority in Sacramento

Refugees and immigrants help homeless in El Cajon

Casa de Oro revitalization moves forward

Destination East County: top festivals and events

Hepatitis emergency winds down

Disaster aid approved for Lilac Fire

Brush fire in La Mesa

People Power: Martin Luther King Jr. events locally

CrimeBeat: Hit and run in Santa Ysabel

Christmas tree recycling locations

Green Scene: New hiking app

Monday, January 8, 2018


Winter storm warning

Sandbags available

Green Scene: offshore oil drilling proposed off San Diego

Pitbull attacks

Capitol Report: Attorney General Sessions targets legal pot

Sports: Kneirims ice skating pairs team goes to Olympics

Public News Service: Haelth stories to watch in 2018

Vines and Wines: wine industry’s potent economic impact

People Power: Martin Luther King Jr. events

Casa De Oro revitalization advances

 East County Democratic Club charter issues

Immigrants, refugees help homeless in El Cajon

On the Road: Desert View Tower, Jacumba Hot Springs

Christmas tree recycling centers

Friday, January 12, 2018


Capitol Report: Grand jury convened in Rep. Duncan Hunter investigation

                         Rep. Darrell Issa won’t seek reelection

Dreamers win injunction in court

Homeless count: volunteers needed

Health alert: E-coli contaminated lettuce

Flu cases drop

Alpine High School’s future at stake in two hearings

People Power: firefighters create fund to help Hauer family

Grossmont Healthcare District seeks healthcare heroes

Green Scene: Florida exempted from offshore drilling, but not CA

Beach warning: urban runoff after rains

Gaspar named new chair of Supervisors

Sexual harassment on airlines

SDSU’s news in the New Year

ECM radio volunteers: public service announcement

CrimeBeat: Murder suicide suspect dies

Destination East County: Top festivals and events

Vines and Wines: Wine industry’s potent economic impact

Monday, January 15, 2018


Capitol report: Trump slurs immigrants from Africa, Haiti and Latin America

Homeless feeding ban citations issued in El Cajon

Newsmaker: Shamus Sayed, 50th Congressional district candidate

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

Friday, January 19, 2018


Utilities must share tax savings with ratepayers

El Cajon homeless arrests become global news

Capitol report: Sanctuary leader could be arrested

Public News Service: tipping rule change costs women

High surf warning

On the Road: Ramona’s Mt. Woodson mural

Lilac Fire: FEMA help for survivors

Green Scene: National Park advisors resign

                           Give a tree

SDSU Engineering and science building opens

Healthcare heroes wanted

Vines and Wines: wine industry’s potent impact

Destination East County: top festivals and events

Bookshelf interview: Joyce Strand, Ramona mystery novelist

Ready, Set, Grow:  Butterflies and birds in your garden

Monday, January 22, 2018

Rerun of 1/19/18 show due to holiday weekend

Friday, January 26, 2018


Helix students walkout over officer’s use of force on student

Health: hepatitis emergency over, County declares

El Cajon ban on feeding in parks ends

            Hantavirus found in mouse at Santa Ysabel

Capitol report: government shutdown averted

Five new fire watch cameras on local mountaintops

Local government report: Santee bans smoking on trails, but not in parks

                                                Santee moves toward district elections

                                              County to take bids for Animal Services

                                                Lemon Grove postpones restoring planning commission

Alpine railroad moves to Campo

Anza Borrego Desert State Park gets international dark sky designation

Public News Service: Trump tried to fire Mueller, and more national stories

Destination East County: Top festivals and events

Blood donors needed

On the Road: Ramona murals

Before you dig:  SDG&E safety reminder

Monday, January 29, 2018


Power outages---again

Health: Tuberculosis at two local schools

People Power: Rady’s $50,000 donation for homeless

Treating burned bears

Gun buyback bill: No vouchers to stores selling guns

Insurers get tax windfall

La Mesa town hall meetings set

Green Scene: Supervisors approve climate plan

Public News Service: CA on road to net zero emissions by 2050

Alpine railway moving to Campo

Anza Borrego State Park gets international dark skies designation

Bookshelf (rerun):  Author Zohreh Ghahreani

Wildest jobs:  Lakeside’s rodeo clown

Blood donors needed

Friday, February 2, 2018


Public News Service: Nunes memo, SuperBowl trafficking and more national stories

Governor candidates to debate in San Diego

El Cajon pot law challenged

Flu kills hundreds locally

SDSU’s new president

CrimeBeat: Johns arrested in sting

SuperBowl booze

GreenScene: ozone levels

                        San Onofre ratepayer relief

Newsmaker: Mandy Matti, fire at Shurish home

Destination East County: top festivals and events

Fire tax help

Treating burned bears

Monday, February 5, 2018


Julian fire fees initiative fails to qualify for ballot

Chief bill Clayton dies, legendary firefighter-hero

Councilman Kalasho’s complaint closed by state

Green Scene: Pasturebird is first certified wildlife-friendly farm

Running for office?

Flu kills hundreds

SDSU’s new president

Newsmaker: Brad Weber, publisher of new La Mesa Magazine

On the Road: Julian Fiddle and Pickin’ competition (rerun)

Tax help

Friday, February 9, 2018


Capitol report: Trump-Russia sanctions

Public News Service: Shutdown ends, can Silicon Valley save national parks?

Rep. Hunter’s dismal fundraising

CHP warns of bricks on freeways

San Diego Union-Tribune sold to biotech billionaire

ECM volunteers public service announcement

Newsmakers: Pam Slater Price, former Supervisor, and Mark Jackson, Save Our San Diego Countryside, on ballot initiative effort

Destination East County: top festivals and events

Green Scene: CA blocks transportation of oil from offshore rigs

Love your heart

Santee plane crash

Crimebeat: Carjacking

Running for office

Monday, February 12, 2018


Public News Service: Attacks on disabled and climate science

La Mesa town hall: Helix use of force, homelessness, marijuana and drug rehab homes

Ramona homeless sweeps

Public News Service: housing costs rise in CA

Sports: Athletes honored

Tribal Beat: Willows Hotel opens at Viejas

CrimeBeat: Flasher at Parkway Plaza

Love your heart

Animal Tales: Roy Toft, Ramona wildlife photographer

Wildest Jobs: Lakeside rodeo clown

Friday, February 16, 2018


Capitol report: Mueller indicts 13 Russians

Court provides temporary protection to DACA young immigrants

Trump budget

Politico reports on more Hunter scandals

Julian Fire board reconsiders independence from County

Lemon Grove community garden

Dr. Michael Long dies

Wildflower bloom bust

Destination East County: top festivals and events

Olympics recap: Shaun White, skaters win for team USA

Crimebeat: attempted kidnapping at Warner Springs; flasher at Parkway Plaza

Ready, Set, Grow: Hummingbirds and butterfly gardens

Green Scene: Pasturebirds first certified wildlife-friendly farm

Monday, February 19, 2018

Rerun of Friday’s show due to holiday

Friday, February 23, 2018


El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells runs for Congress

March for our lives

Capitol Report: gun law changes proposed

Feinstein calls for assault weapons purchase age limit

Capitol report: Supreme Court upholds CA gun  waiting period law

Weather: Brrr! Cold breaks records

Investigator hired for Helix police incident

Supervisors won’t hold night meetings on budget

Firefighter saved disabled man

Sergeant Don Parker, former Sheriff’s Search and Rescue leader, dies of cancer

Destination East County: top festivals and events

Health: Flu deaths increase, rabbit fever found locally

CrimeBeat: Truck thieves fire shots

Lemon Grove community garden

Tree City USA

Monday, February 26, 2018


Capitol report: Supreme Court protects dreamers temporarily

Trump seeks to cut earthquake early warnings

Public News Service: gun control, union case at Supreme Court, low income heating

Winter weather forecast

Green Scene: Californians oppose shrinking national monuments (PNS)

Julian Fiddle Camp gets award

Road: Julian Fiddling and Picking (Shira Ellison and Matt Hartz)

NewsmakerP Mark Jorgensen, bighorn sheep book author (rerun)


All shows also include station ID, ECM public service announcement, and closing credits.