Thursday, October 29, 2015


We have a lot of local local local community content this week on KOCT— For those who love watching KOCT on their big flat screen TVs, go to KOCT.ORG—click on Schedule and then type in the name of the program you want to watch and all the program days and times will be revealed. Or, for those who want instant gratification, click on any of the links below to watch programming about our library, hospital, health and politics—all on KOCT-Your Community Channel!

Newsbrief Big Read True Grit –Our latest Newsbrief is about a great event our downtown library recently held about the classic book (and two movies) True Grit.  Our Oceanside library is so innovative in the grants they seek and the events they create.  Their creative and talented staff have done a great job creating a 21st Century Library. Check this Newsbrief out!

Recently Host John Bonosoro interviewed the CEO of our community hospital, Tim Moran, only days after a historic announcement.  In our latest Community Health Matters we hear about how Tri-City Medical Center has entered into an exclusive affiliation with UCSD Health. This surprise announcement was well received by our community and San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Logan Jenkins too. 

Open Enrollment & Community Health Matters--On this episode, Wayne Knight, Sr. Vice President of Medical Services at Tri-City Medical Center, talks to host John Bonosoro about Open Enrollment, also known as Medicare Annual Election Period. If you are receiving or eligible for Medicare this is a must-see-program for you!
Did you know you can watch Oceanside City Council Meetings on YouTube? KOCT, of course, carries every City Council meeting live and replays them on channel 19 (Thursday after the meeting at 2 pm, Saturday at 11 am and Sunday at 5 pm). So if you miss the ‘live’ meeting or replay, just use the above link to get your political/local government fix for the week.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Are you a Baby Boomer?

·         If you are a senior or a baby boomer (maybe one & the same?) then KOCT has informative programming for you!  We will extensively air a comprehensive program about healthcare for aging baby boomers and a timely program that will help seniors understand their current Medicare options.

 "The New Economy of Aging Baby Boomers" was held at the Veterans Association of North County facility in late September. It was produced by San Diego North Economic Development Council.  There were two panels of experts who discussed our region from a healthcare perspective and they asked and answered some critical questions:  Where we are now and what do we need to do to serve the aging baby boomers? How is North County preparing for the future impact of our growing aged? What is the economic impact of these Baby Boomers and what does the future holds for jobs, facilities, education and infrastructure?  How will our region prepare and respond?

 The panels were moderated by Paul Sisson, healthcare reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Distinguished panelists were:
·         Mary Ball, president/chief executive officer, Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter
·         Kapua Conley, chief operating officer/executive vice president, Tri-City Medical Center
·         Leslie Ray, senior epidemiologist, County of San Diego
·         Sharon B. Hamill, Ph.D., professor of psychology/faculty director, CSU Institute for Palliative Care, California State University, San Marcos.
·         Tim Lash, executive vice president strategy and successful aging, West Health.

Broadcast of The New Economy of Aging Baby Boomers will begin on Monday, October 19, Channel 19, 4:30 – 7:00pm.  Other replay times are:

Channel 19:
10/19 - 4:30 pm
10/21 - 9:30 pm
10/23 - 7:00 pm
10/24 - 5:30 am, 2:30 pm
10/25 - 7:00 am
10/26 - 3:30 pm
10/30 - 5:30 pm
10/30 - 8:30 am
10/31 - 8:30 am
11/01 - 7:30 am, 5:30 pm

You can also watch the program in high-definition as Video On Demand (VOD) by clicking here.  Because of the length of the program, we have broken the show into three parts--Go to Video On Demand: Specials to watch all three parts.

Tri-City Medical Center is the Producer of a new Community Health Matters program about Open Enrollment.  Guest Wayne Knight is an expert on helping seniors to understand their Medicare options.  He explained to program host John Bonosoro that every year, San Diego County seniors who are eligible for Medicare benefits have the opportunity to enroll in a health plan between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7. To qualify for coverage, you must be a U.S citizen or permanent legal resident age 65 or older and eligible for Social Security benefits. Individuals under the age of 65 who have received Social Security benefits for 24 months, pension from the Railroad Retirement Board, or suffer from Lou Gehrig’s disease or permanent kidney failure may also qualify. 

Community Health Matters, Open Enrollment with Tri City Medical Center will begin airing on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 pm on Channel 18.  Replay times will be Monday – Friday at 7:00 pm and on Saturday & Sunday at 11:00 am.

You can watch this program on your computer, tablet or smart phone by going to KOCT.ORG / Video On Demand / Community Healthcare Matters
We’ll also be playing this program on KOCT channel 18 & 19 beginning in November.

Keep watching KOCT and keep informed about healthcare issues in North County—we’ll be recording a number of new Community Healthcare Matters during the next two months with Vista Community Clinic, North County Health Services, and Tri-City Medical Center. And encourage your friends and family who want to stay informed to subscribe to Community Connection—it’s as easy as clicking here and then filling out your e-mail address at the top right of our home page.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

KOCT & The Tide

Below is the KOCT article that was in this month’s City of Oceanside digital magazine, The Tide. Have you heard about this great resource of events and ‘things to do’? This quarter they highlight the great lectures at MiraCosta College and numerous cool events like Pride by the Beach on October 10th, Dia de Los Muertos on October 25th, Haunted Market on October 29th, the November 8th Oceanside Music Festival and much, much, more.  

The talented Editor of The Tide is Terry Gorman Brown who works in  the City Manager’s office and she said that it’s easy to subscribe to this Quarterly magazine: Just go to where you’ll make an account---You’ll be asked to  confirm your email address and then be presented with a short check-off list of community and city information—make sure you check The Tide and you’ll get this informative digital magazine every quarter.

Monday, October 5, 2015

October Journalist Roundtable

KOCT’s first show of the fall, Journalist Roundtable on October 1st had a diverse variety of topics:  weather, money and media.

Our first guest was Alex Tardy, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He discussed the Ying and Yang of our weather—the Drought and El Nino. Alex is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Diego.  He has worked for the National Weather Service for 22 years.
Our second guest was Dan McSwain, the business columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune. He discussed the Pension issue and its potential negative effect on local and our state government. He revealed some sobering pension statistics facing the City of Oceanside.
Dan McSwain has 15 years of experience in San Diego County as a journalist. Before joining U-T San Diego in 2012, he was managing editor, news editor, editorial page editor and a business reporter for the North County Times.  (Long time KOCT viewers will also remember him as the former host of JRT).
Dean Nelson (L) and Dan McSwain (R)
Our final segment was a roundtable discussion about the firing of the publisher of the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune and the lowering of its financial forecast for the year. The journalists discussed the state of North County media. Our special guest for this segment was Dean Nelson, Professor of Journalism at Point Loma University, and the media all-star panel included Dan McSwain and the host of Journalist Roundtable, veteran journalist Kent Davy. Our other panelists were our long-time contributors, KPBS’s North County Bureau Editor, Alison St John and San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Logan Jenkins.
Program replays can be viewed on Channel 18 Cox Cable in Oceanside as well as AT&T and U-Verse Channel 99 county-wide. This program airs at 7 am and 6 pm Monday thru Friday on Channel 18. You can also watch the program as Video On Demand via and on your smart phone, tablet or computer by clicking here:
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