Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New program about Prince of Peace Abbey on KOCT

Eighteen years ago KOCT produced a comprehensive documentary about our local Benedictine Abbey called Ora et Labora. This 1999 award-winning program was created by a team of creative professionals. I was proud to be the Executive Producer of the program and even spent a night at the Abbey with our talented cameraman and Associate Producer  Matthew Beck in order to get footage of  their  early morning mass and to record the sunrise from the abbey's  hill top perspective. The program was edited by Richard Sinatra and the script was written by Janet Nicholes.

I’m pleased to announce the premiere of a new program about the Abbey called   “Prince of Peace Abbey- Haven of Peace” This new program was made in close cooperation with Father Charles Wright, the former Abbot of the Abbey. The program features new high-definition footage including beautiful aerial footage taken with a drone that highlights the unique architecture of this local religious institution.  
The program was filmed by Jon Beltz and Edited by Miguel Blanco.  Special thanks to Miguels parents,  Concepcion and Norma Blanco,  who volunteered as our Abbey 'visitors' for this production. 
Viewers will discover that they can take retreats and renew their faith and refresh their soul at this hilltop haven. The Abbey’s church services are open to the public as is the station of the cross trail with beautiful views of our local chaparral and Pacific Ocean. There is also a gift shop that is open to the public.

The program will air on KOCT’s channel 19 throughout August on Cox Cable and AT&T’s channel 99
Channel 19:

August 7, 9, 11 – 2:00PM
August 8 & 10 – 7:00PM
August 13 – 12:30PM
August 14, 16, 18 – 5:30PM
August 15 & 17 – 2:00PM
August 19 – 1:00PM
August 20 – 12:30PM
August 21, 23, 25 – 2:00PM
August 22 & 24 – 7:00PM
August 28, 30 – 5:30PM
August 29 & 31 – 2:00PM
September 1 – 5:30PM






A special thanks to the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce for all the good work they do for our community in support of local businesses. KOCT was recently acknowledged for being a member of the chamber for the past 30 years! We are and will continue to be  chamber partners with a  mutual goal of improving our Oceanside community.

Community Connection is a weekly blog by KOCT's Executive Director, Tom Reeser


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Check out these new KOCT programs:

Summer is here and our local teenagers are hitting the beach and relaxing after a busy school year. KOCT celebrates their achievements with a three new programs that  you'll want to watch and share with family and friends.

Martin  Luther King Jr.  Scholarship Garden Reception 2017: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program is sponsored by the City of Oceanside and managed by the Housing Commission, a citizen advisory panel appointed by the City Council. Every May a beautiful and well attended Garden Reception is held at the home of Janet Bledsoe-Lacy to award these Scholarships.  You'll enjoy hearing the story of these young high school graduates and  their future plans. 





The students were selected from 73 applicants, and represent Oceanside, El Camino, Ocean Shores, Vista, and Mission Vista High Schools. All of the funds received by the students came from donations from the public. Watch it now by clicking HERE or watch it on cable television: 

Air plays for this program are:
AT&T U-verse (Ch. 99)  OR Cox Cable-Channel 19 -
Friday (6/16): 5:30PM
Saturday (6/17): 10:00AM
Sunday (6/18): 11:00AM
Monday (6/26): 5:30PM
Wednesday (6/28): 5:30PM
Friday (6/30): 5:30PM
Sunday (7/2): 11:00AM

The 2017 Oceanside High School Graduation Commencement Ceremony occurred June 8th at the Jr. Seau Amphitheater. KOCT was there to capture this wonderful memory. Watch now by clicking HERE.
If you would like a DVD copy of this program please call (760) 722-4433 or e-mail koct@koct.org




North County Talks - OHS Health Academy
Oceanside High School’s Healthcare Academy is a program that allows students to research and present on global health issues. Students in this program spend a semester researching and becoming experts in their topic as well as receive college credit upon completion. During this episode of North County Talks, students from the academy held a panel discussion on human trafficking and birth control access.
Click HERE to watch! 

KOCT's talented crew recently produced a new News Brief--Stay in tune with our North County Community by staying tuned to KOCT-North County's Channel 

Vista Strawberry Festival
 The annual #VistaStrawberryFestival is a family fun event that is held in downtown Vista every year. Sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center, there are many different activities, performances, informational booths and much more. Check out this News Brief by clicking HERE



Thursday, June 1, 2017

KOCT has  a new television series called What’s Happening at Tri-City Medical Center.  Our first program celebrates June’s Men’s Health Month with a program featuring Dr. Jason Phillips, a Board Certified Urologist. It’s an informative program that discusses the need for men to have annual check-ups, treatments for prostate cancer and related topics.

Our first show is hosted by John Bonosoro and it features three 10-minute segments which makes sharing the links with friends and family members easy. They can watch any segment or the whole show on their smart phone, tablet or computer—all in Hi-Definition.


Tune in starting on Monday June 5th for the premiere of this new series. It will begin playing Monday through Friday on KOCT’s channel 18 Community Channel  at 7am and 6 pm



Another great series of programs KOCT will premier starting next Monday are our annual High School Spectrums.  Each year KOCT teaches students from El Camino and Oceanside High School how to operate the cameras, switchers, Teleprompters and other studio equipment so they can produce their own Oceanside Spectrum television programs.  



Each student comes in the month before when we tape our regular Oceanside Spectrum program with Host Elaine Swan and a KOCT employee or college intern shows them how to operate the equipment.  The next month’s show features a high school host or hosts and guests from their high schools to talk about subjects such as the soon to be completed theatre at Oceanside High School.


 These shows can be instrumental in the lives of these young students. I recall the story of one young lady from El Camino who came to the KOCT studios and saw all of the young, professional women who were then working at KOCT. She was so inspired that she changed her career choice, attended the prestigious Brooks Institute in Ventura and is working full-time in the communications field .



So check out these professional program produced by teenagers from our community about our two local high schools. The series begins on June 5th on channel 18 and airs M-F 8:00AM and 7:00PM .The high schools will rotate every other day with El Camino beginning on Monday and OHS beginning on Tuesday. They will switch the following week with Oceanside High School playing on M/W/F and El Camino High School playing on T/TH.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

KOCT will  air,  beginning on June 5th,   our Special Edition: High School Spectrum  featuring video students from both El Camino and Oceanside High Schools.  High School Spectrum is a good example of  KOCT’s student intern service. We have developed an effective workforce development program that provides real world experience for high school and college students .







One of our student interns can now be seen nightly on the local NBC affiliate NBC 7 as a Reporter. Elena Gomez  graduated from Chapman University in 2009, with a Bachelor’s in Television and Broadcast Journalism and minors in Public Relations and Spanish. In college, Gomez received the “Most Promising Broadcast Journalist” award, one of Chapman University’s most prestigious honors for broadcast students. After graduation she worked as an editor for the NBC 7 News Today for over a year.

Throughout her college years and after, Gomez worked at KOCT. There she experienced true hands-on-training by editing, writing, producing and reporting stories along with working as an assistant director, camerawoman and floor director for larger productions. She received W.A.V.E. and S.T.A.R awards for reporting excellence and an award from the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists for producing an in-studio talk show.
In September 2011, Elena earned a spot as a news associate for NBC 7, working as a multimedia journalist where she shot, edited, wrote and reported daily stories for the evening newscasts. She is currently a Reporter for NBC 7, San Diego.


One of our current part-time employees is Andrew Jimenez,  one of KOCT's newest editors/cinematographers. He attended San Diego City College's Radio, TV, and Film Department for a certificate in Documentary, Film, and Video Production.  He received his bachelor's degree in Communications with an emphasis in Digital Media from CSU Bakersfield. He has also worked with NFL Films as a camera operator and produced his own feature film. He recently produced a short program about KOCT’s Internship program check it out HERE.






Thursday, April 13, 2017

Random Pixels: 4-13-17

  • Watch this months Journalist Roundtable featuring three  informative guests:


Our first guest was 5th District Supervisor Bill Horn who discussed his annual State of North County Address and other issues in his huge San Diego County district.


Our second guest was Oceanside Council member Jerry Kern to talk about the decommissioning of the San Onofre Power Plant and District elections in Oceanside.


Our third guest was newly elected Carlsbad Council Member Cori Schumacher in her first appearance on KOCT. She discussed her pro-surfing career and the path that led her to run for a council seat.  Host Kent Davy, KPBS's Alison St. John and San Diego Union-Tribune's North County Editor Melanie Marshall also asked about the recent controversial decision to record the license plate of all drivers entering Carlsbad. Council Member Schumacher was the only official to vote against this action.


You can watch this episode  anytime, anywhere on your Smart Phone, Tablet or Computer by going to KOCT.ORG and clicking on Video On Demand: Journalist Roundtable.


KOCT crew are completing production on an upcoming program about the Prince of Peace Abbey and the spiritual retreats they offer. Watch for it in May!

Throwback Thursday Picture


Candidates running for Mayor of Oceanside appearing on a special "Senior Scene" program. Second from left is former Mayor Dick Lyon and second from right is former Council member Sam Williamson--both of whom passed away earlier this year. 


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