Thursday, February 26, 2015

KOCT Presents The Adobes & Ranchos of North County

The Kick Off Celebration for the new KOCT series The Adobes & Ranchos of North County was a big success. Over 50 people attended-- some from as far away as Orange County and Temecula. Also in attendance were many of the 'stars' who were interviewed in these historical documentaries.

KOCT wants to thank the Oceanside Library and staff (Sheri Noel and Brad Penner) for the great accommodations, Christine Loyola of Petite Madeline Bakery for some AMAZING cookies and Kristi Hawthorne who shared her love of history with the audience.

Kristi Hawthorne, President of the Oceanside Historical Society

Audience at The Adobes & Ranchos of North County Premiere

Attendees saw a highlight reel of the new 6-part historical series

Left to Right -Tom Reeser, Executive Producer "Adobes",  Lola Sherman,Scriptwriter and 
Co-Producer, Janene Possell Sheperd-Friend of KOCT

Miguel Blanco received a special award for his editing skills in the making of "Adobes"

"A Really Big Rancho - The Story of the Kelly Family" featured interviews with Susan Kelly and Marvin Sippel

KOCT has received a number of phone calls asking how to see this new series:

It will air every week at 7:00PM on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays on KOCT channel 19,  Cox Cable in Oceanside, county wide on AT&T's U-Verse (ch 99 and then surf to KOCT-ch 19). You can also watch it as video on demand via KOCT.ORG each week we'll release the latest episode—this week we are featuring:  “The Story of the Marron Family".
Here is the schedule for release of the 6 program series: 

Week of
2/24 - The Story of the Marron Family
3/03 - A Really Big Rancho - The Story of the Kelly Family
3/10 - The Story of Rancho Buena Vista Adobe
3/17 - The Story of Rancho Guajome Adobe
3/24 - The Story of Las Flores Adobe and the Santa Margarita Rancho
3/31 - The Story of Laura Marron Steiger & the John Steiger Family
You can also purchase a DVD. Each DVD has three (3) 30-minute programs: $25.00 for one or $45.00 for two (6 programs total). We will also be sending free copies to the Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad libraries and we will let you know when they are available for check out.

One final note: Even though this new series is available in high-definition there is even a higher resolution version you should check out: Go visit these historical sites with your family and friends. There's nothing like exploring the past in person and you could visit at least five of our local Adobes in one day! And if you watch one of KOCT's programs first you'll be able to impress your visitors with your vast knowledge of North County history.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Great Way To Help Non Profits

Does your business have a favorite non-profit that you support? Do you donate, volunteer & help a non-profit with the good work they do in our community? KOCT has a great way for you to help that charitable organization, church or fraternal organization. Sign them up for KOCT’s Oceanside Spectrum—a 30-minute television show hosted by the amazing Elaine Swann. It’s free and a great way to share with our north county community upcoming events or the need for volunteers, donations or awareness.

If you live, work or go to school in Oceanside, you are invited to call the station at (760) 722-4433 to reserve a free five-minute interview. This is a very popular show so you’ll need to reserve your space well in advance of the event you wish to promote (45-60 days in advance!).

KOCT is so lucky to have a skilled host like Elaine Swann to interview your non-profit representative. Elaine has also been seen on the “Today Show, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News” as a Social Media Commentator. Elaine is a special correspondent on San Diego’s NBC 7, has a syndicated column and offers workshops and seminars. Besides being on camera, Elaine is an Author, Speaker and Etiquette Consultant. She will make your guest feel comfortable if they are on camera for the first time and remember: Oceanside Spectrum airs numerous times throughout the month on KOCT’s channel 18 as well as on our website: KOCT.ORG. You can add a link to the program in your civic organizations newsletter, blog or e-mails and make sure your supporters see your publicity efforts.

Oceanside Spectrum is taped at KOCT’s Oceanside studios at 3038 Industry Street, Suite 101. KOCT is a nonprofit, non-commercial television station and Oceanside Spectrum is prohibited from advertising commercial events or businesses. To schedule an appearance on Oceanside Spectrum contact  Angela Miranda at  (760) 722-4433 or e-mail her at:

Thanks to San Diego U-T Reporter Linda Mcintosh for a great story about our Tuesday, February 24th event to celebrate the launch of our new documentary series: “The Adobes & Ranchos of North County”! Hope you can attend and make sure to watch these programs on KOCT. We all love north county because of the waves, weather and environment—this new series will give you reasons to love north county for its rich history too.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Remembering Melba Bishop on KOCT

Melba Bishop was one of the councilmembers leading the city when I began my career at KOCT. A lot was accomplished during her tenure in Oceanside including the start of downtown redevelopment, the completion of the Civic Center and the building of the College Blvd bridge that spans the San Luis Rey River. Her ‘battles’ with Mayor Larry Bagley were legendary and I would tease them both about the huge increase in KOCT’s television ratings thanks to some of those contentious agenda items.

We are playing a number of programs featuring Melba Bishop on KOCT’s Channel 19-The Government Channel:

The programs with Melba Bishop that we are showing this month are Senior Scene, One on One, and a short Newsbrief about the opening of Melba Bishop Park. The Newsbrief will be interspersed throughout the schedule because it is only 6 minutes in length.

Senior Scene playouts: [All Channel 19]
Tue        2/10       2:30PM
Thu        2/12       2:30PM
Sun        2/15       3:00PM
Tue        2/17       6:00PM
Tue        2/24       2:30PM
Thu        2/26       2:30PM
Sun        3/01       3:00PM

One on One (3 part series – each 30min.)

All parts shown together as one 90 minute block:
Fri           2/06       8:00-9:30PM
Sat          2/07       7:30-9:00AM
Fri           2/20       3:30-5:00PM
Wed        2/25       8:00-9:30PM
Thu         2/26       4:00-5:30PM

An easy way to watch all three programs is to go to KOCT.ORG and click on VOD (Video On Demand) and then click the Specials button. You can watch all three Melba Bishop programs on your computer, smart phone or tablet.