Monday, March 13, 2017


Random Pixels


Agritourism might be in Oceanside’s future. Ag-Tourism has been called niche tourism and contains a  number of strategies including  farm to table relationships between local farmers and restaurants. It’s opportunities for visitors to stay at local Bed & Breakfasts and hotels and participate in the planting and harvesting of local produce.  Recently KOCT’s Beverly Woodworth attended the first workshop designed to explore the many possibilities that could transform and protect the 4,000 acres of agriculture in South Morro Hills.  Check out this KOCT News Brief about the workshop held at Melba Bishop Recreation Center.


Oceanside Spectrum is a great way to get the word out about your organizations fundraisers, events and needs. WE tape a new program every month and each guest is interviewed by Host Elaine Swann. 

Don’t forget to watch  Elaine on the new FOX reality series Kicking & Screaming every  Thursdays, 9pm on the Fox Network!! (I hope she survives so she can continue to  host our Spectrum programs)

Two weeks ago at our Spectrum taping I walked by the Green Room where guests wait before going on the air and did a double take followed by celebrity fawning. Tennis great and two-time Grand Slam Rod Laver was in the house!

He was there to invite viewers to attend the Mary Laver Memorial Tennis Event on April 8th with proceeds to benefit the Hospice of the North Coast. The event will be at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. Rod was with the Director of Development for Hospice, Shelley Dew.  I was shameless in asking to be included in a picture with Shelley and  two famous people Rod & Elaine!  Look for the program on KOCT.ORG



                                                         





Thursday, February 23, 2017

Random Pixels

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director

Varsity Boys & Girls Basketball on KOCT!

It was a blustery, rainy night for the KOCT production team to set-up for the return of High School Basketball to KOCT — but it was worth it.  On Friday night February 17th, the Oceanside Varsity Boys and Girls basketball teams faced cross-town rivals El Camino High School.  Both of these games can be viewed on your smart phone, tablet or computer by going to KOCT.ORG and clicking on Video On Demand- Specials . The two games will also be shown throughout the month on KOCT Channel 18 & 19. Check out our Program Schedule for time convenient for the viewers in your house. 



Tune to KOCT - Channel 18, Thursday, March 2nd at 6pm to view the new episode of Journalist Roundtable. This educational and instructive episode will showcase three accomplished, professional women:

Dr. Sunita “Sunny” Cooke is the Superintendent/President of the MiraCosta Community College District. She will be discussing: the $455 million-dollar campus improvement bond, and the new “MiraCosta Promise” –A year of college without fees! 

Dr. Karen Haynes, the longest-serving President of the California State University system sought in a recent community-wide address to debunk the myths and stand up for public higher education. She will discuss this and the launch of CSUSM’s new Engineering programs and many other successes.

Margery Pierce, the Director of Neighborhood Services for the City of Oceanside. She will discuss the challenges of finding housing in one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation and the growing homeless problem in our county.

The host of this long-running monthly series is Kent Davy, the former Editor for the North County Times. He will be joined by Alison St. John, the KPBS North County Bureau Editor, and North County Editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Melanie Marshall.

Viewers in Oceanside can watch via Cox Cable on KOCT Channel 18, as well as county-wide on AT&T’s U-Verse service (Channel 99). Stream us live on www.koct.org and on your smart phone or tablet by clicking here. Stay in tune with your community by tuning into KOCT-Your Community Channels!



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Random Pixels

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director

Tune-In for KOCT’s “live” boys and girls Basketball coverage this Friday night!

Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) and KOCT have partnered to air the varsity basketball games between hometown rivals Oceanside High School (OHS) and El Camino High School (ECHS).
The games will be aired live from Oceanside High School on Friday, Feb. 17 starting at 5:30 p.m. on KOCT’s community channel 18.  Announcers Art Root and Kenneth Wright will call the on-court action. Wright is an assistant principal at Oceanside High School and a graduate of El Camino High School. 

The games will be replayed back-to-back on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 18. KOCT will replay the games throughout the month of February on Channels 18 and 19 Cox Cable in the City of Oceanside and county-wide on AT&T’s U-Verse Service, Channel 99. 

Viewers can also go to KOCT.ORG where both channels are Streamed and, later in the week, the games will be posted as Video On Demand. Viewers can watch the games on their smart phones, tablets or computers. 



Did you know that the human heart beats about 100,000 times a day and over 2.5 billion times in a lifetime? Its no wonder Tri-City Medical Center has devoted all of February to such a hard worker.  

In recognition of Heart Health Month KOCT has a new Community Health Matters on this important topic. Our guests include Dr. El-Sherief, Cardiologist and Sharon Schultz, the Chief Nurse Executive. Find out about their comprehensive heart risk assessment which will tell you about the health of your heart.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Random Pixels

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director

Dick Lyon, the former Mayor of Oceanside passed away last weekend. Mayor Lyon led an amazing life and was deeply involved in his community. The best way to learn about this talented man might be to hear about his remarkable life in his own words.
Photo Courtesy of Navy Times
In 2006 Mayor Lyon was interviewed by KOCT’s Tim Aldrich in a two-part series called “One on One”.  Starting Monday, February 13th through the rest of the month on KOCT’s Channel 18 we’ll be replaying these programs:

“One on One” – DICK LYON PART 1
M/W/F – 5AM, 5:30PM, 8:30PM

“One on One” – DICK LYON PART 2
T/TH - 5AM, 5:30PM, 8:30PM

“One on One” – DICK LYON PART 1 & 2 (back to back)
SAT/SUN – 8:00AM & 6:00PM

Or if you want to watch these interviews right now on your Smart Phone, Computer or Tablet got to KOCT.ORG and Click Video on Demand: History Stories
Or click on these links:  Video On Demand Part 1 /    VOD Part 2

I often bumped into Mayor Lyon when I was surfing or bodyboarding in front of his house. When he was in his 70’s I would often see him returning from an Ocean swim from far out past the pier.  He was one of a kind and will be missed.



Elaine Swan has been the vivacious host of KOCT’s Oceanside Spectrum for many years as well as a successful entrepreneur. As The Etiquette Lady she as appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and written in national magazines. Get ready to see her in the new FOX survival series Kicking and Screaming Thursday March 9th at 9pm. Congratulations Elaine—out of the comfort of the KOCT studios and into the Jungle. Will she survive? (we hope so)


L-R- Journalist Roundtable Host Kent Davy, KPBS’s Alison St. John, San Diego Union-Tribune North County Editor Melanie Marshall and JRT Producer Tom Reeser just prior to our Feb 2nd ‘live’ show.

KOCT’s Journalist Roundtable had a diverse guest and topic list for our February 2nd “live” television program that will be airing throughout the month of February on KOCT’s Channel 18. (click HERE for program schedule)

Joining the Roundtable Journalists Kent Davy and Allison St. John for the first time was the North County Editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Melanie Marshall. 

Our first guest was Irma Cota, President and CEO of North County Health Services President since 1997.  We discussed the impact on health services over the past 8 years of the Affordable Care Act and the potential impact on healthcare with the probable demise of the national healthcare plan. 

Our second guest was Thomas Arnold, a veteran San Diego Journalist whose written for San Diego Union-Tribune, the North County Times and other local papers and magazines. We discussed the results of the recent North San Diego County elections.

Our last two guests explored the topic “How does San Diego County Grow?” 

Representing the perspective of real estate specialists with a perspective on recent land use conflicts was Nathan Moeder, of the London Group.
Representing rural community residents was Sandra Farrell, a member of the Twin Oaks Valley Community Sponsor Group.


You can watch this episode of Journalist Roundtable on your Smart Phone, Tablet or Computer by going to KOCT Video On Demand.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Random Pixels


A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director


Gerald Hampton

Gerald Hampton with visitor to KOCT's 2016 Open House
Congratulation to KOCT board member Gerald Hampton.   Gerald  was named as the 2017 recipient of the City of Oceanside Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award at the annual commemoration celebration hosted by the North San Diego County Branch of the NAACP and the City of Oceanside on January 16, 2017.  The Community Service award is an annual award given to a resident of the City of Oceanside or MCB Camp Pendleton who exemplifies the ideals and teachings of Dr. King and who has served the community in volunteer activities over a long period of time.  I first met Gerald when he served on the Cable Commission. Gerald, is a retired U.S. Marine Corps member  , and has been a long-standing member of the North County chapter of NAACP.

Former Oceanside City Councilmember Sam Williamson, Sr. passed away on January 8th at age 81. KOCT worked with Sam on many productions including the building of the Heritage House during the 1988 Centennial Season—I remember Sam was a ‘can-do’ kind of guy and watching him  jump on to a construction BobCat and helping to prepare the site where the house was being built. Sam was also featured in our story of the Oceanside Rose Float and Civic Center documentary.   KOCT is replaying a Living Legacies featuring Sam Here is the schedule for the Living Legacies episode featuring Sam Williamson.
Channel 18 - 8:00AM & 8:30PM
Monday (1/23) Wednesday (1/25) Frid...ay (1/27)
Channel 18 - 8:00AM & 8:30PM
Tuesday (1/31) Thursday (2/2)
You can also watch the episode on your smart phone, tablet or computer by clicking below.
Sam Williamson


Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Season of Journalist Roundtable

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director

A new high-definition season of Journalist Roundtable began with our first show on January 5th.  The program was Hosted by Kent Davy and he was joined by Alison St. John of KPBS.  If you missed the premier KOCT will be replaying the program throughout the month of January on KOCT’s Channel 18-the Community Channel and as Video On Demand via KOCT.ORG.


Check out the great guests we had in our first JRT of this New Year: 
  • Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery- we asked him about the major projects being built downtown and parking issues. We asked him about the recent local elections, his future political plans and about the new Aquatic Center approved for El Corazon.
    • Leslie Gaul, CEO of the California Welcome Center, Oceanside, discussed bringing Agricultural Tourism to Oceanside. Viewers might not be aware of the large amount of agriculture in Oceanside and the significant revenue it generates. However, rising land prices, the high cost of water and other factors will affect the future possibilities of Ag-Tourism in Oceanside.
      •  Shasta Gaughen is the Pala Band of Native Americans’ Environmental Director. She discussed the recent purchase of sacred land that was designated to become the Gregory Canyon Landfill. She discussed this historic purchase and the agreement that will see housing and retail development on surrounding property.
        • Chris Kydd is the Associate Publisher of The Coast News Group. Despite the challenges facing newspapers, this regional paper has not only thrived but expanded coverage over the past few years.   Chris talked about the factors have led to the paper’s success and his future plans for the newspaper.
          A great way to stay informed about North County is be tuned into KOCT-North County’s Channel.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

KOCT 2016 Recap

A weekly blog from Tom Reeser, KOCT’s Executive Director
KOCT is proud of the many programs produced, services provided and progress that it made in 2016—Here’s a look back at some of the Highlights: 
KOCT, Your Community Channel, was acknowledged by the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oceanside for our community service and our 29 years as an organizational chamber member.

Community Health Matters—The KOCT production team (and our two community health clinics!) produced a new season of Community Health Matters.  Experts from Vista Community Clinic and North County Health discussed topics such as pediatrics, dental health during pregnancy, youth development, health education and mental health services.

We also launched a new season of Journalist Roundtable – in hi-definition! Our first show featured the Mayor of Oceanside Jim Wood who announced he will be running for re-election in November and President Karen Haynes brought viewers up to speed on the rapid growth of Cal State San Marcos

Our first show to launch the 2016 Election Season was about the controversial Measure A initiative that Carlsbad voters voted on in February.  We had a candid, professional debate on this proposed shopping center and open space issue.  Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall spoke in favor of the Caruso development and De’Ann Weimer, the President of Citizens for North County, spoke against the project. In the fall of 2016 KOCT produced over a dozen programs about the candidates and propositions that affect civic life in North County. 



KOCT was a joyous participant in Oceanside’s  Youth Success Week.  We invited the Superintendent of Oceanside Unified School District Duane Coleman to the KOCT studios to record daily messages that were then played in the classrooms each morning AND rolled our Mobile Studio to cover their climactic event at the Band shell. 


Thanks to a generous grant from Tri-City Medical Center KOCT was able to roll its high-definition Mobile Studio to cover an important North County event. KOCT provided four camera coverage of the 3rd annual North County Economic Summit held on March 2nd at the La Costa Resort.

KOCT produced two special High School Edition Oceanside Spectrums with video students from El Camino and Oceanside High School.  These special programs allowed local students to take a crash course in camera operation, floor directing, hosting and directing – taught by KOCT’s professional staff.  And the public benefited by watching programs for, by and about our local high schools and their teachers and events. 




KOCT won a Bronze, People’s Choice Award, for one of the programs in our 6-part series: The Adobes and Ranchos of North County.  “The Kelly Adobe” program was one of the first in-depth documentaries about this pioneer Kelly family that at one time owned a rancho larger than Carlsbad.  This program was made possible by a generous grant from The Parker Foundation (Gerald and Inez Parker). Tom Reeser was the Executive Producer and Lola Sherman the Script Writer.  The Field Producer was Jake Rush and the Editor was Miguel Blanco. The Narrator was Harvey Kaufman. Congratulations to all who participated in this award-winning series!

KOCT rebranded our Voice of Oceanside programs to reflect our increased focus on ‘all topics North County’. Our new series, North County Voice began airing in June and featured in-depth interviews with the Oceanside City Councilmembers, the Mayor and City Clerk among others. 

KOCT’s held its annual Open House on Tuesday, June 28th and showed off its state-of-the-art facility and equipment. 

The Alliance for Community Media is a national organization of community television station members similar to KOCT.  KOCT won a Hometown Media Video Award at the event.   KOCT’s talented Jon Beltz shot and edited some of the innovative footage and KOCT’s Micheyl Steinway polished the promo video for KOCT’s Journalist Roundtable. Congratulations, team.  Watch the promo now!

KOCT covered Oceanside High School’s beautiful graduation ceremony at the Junior Seau Beach Band shell. 

High School football returned to KOCT’s schedule with a classic double overtime Football game featuring cross-town rivals El Camino Vs Oceanside High School!

Thanks for watching KOCT-North County’s Channel—we have a lot of new programs and surprises to look forward to in 2017— Tune in to KOCT Channel 18 on Thursday, January 5th at 6 pm for a new season of Journalist Roundtable; Our guests will be  

  • Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery- we’ll ask him about the recent local elections, his future political plans and his thoughts about the demise of the Gregory Canyon Landfill among other topics
  • Leslie Gaul, CEO of the California Welcome Center, Oceanside, will discuss the idea behind developing Agricultural Tourism to Oceanside. Many viewers might not be aware of the large amount of agriculture that is conducted in Oceanside and the significant revenue generated. However, rising land prices, the high cost of water and other factors will affect the future possibilities of Ag-Tourism in Oceanside.
  •  Shasta Gaughen is the Pala Band of Native Americans’ Environmental Director. She will discuss the recent purchase of sacred land that was designated to become the Gregory Canyon Landfill. She will discuss this historic purchase and the agreement that will see housing and retail development on surrounding property.
  • Chris Kydd is the Associate Publisher of The Coast News Group. Despite the challenges facing newspapers, this regional paper has not only thrived but expanded coverage over the past few years.  We’ll ask Chris what factors have led to their success and his future plans for the newspaper.

Stay informed by staying tuned to KOCT in 2017. Happy New Year