Profiles

 

Kalyna Astrinos

Born in Hayward, California, to parents of Puerto-Rican, Argentinean and Greek decent, Kalyna Astrinos, returned to the Total Traffic Network family in January 2010 as the afternoon television traffic reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News as well as the afternoon radio traffic reporter for 104.3 MYFM.  A graduate of the University of California Irvine with a degree in Psychology and Social Behavior, Kalyna had her first on-air experience at 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles doing Friday Night Movie call-ins for “JoJo on the Radio”  and video hosting at a number of local events featured on the KIISFM website. Referred to  Total Traffic Network by the program director at KIISFM, Kalyna quickly moved her way up, landing a weekly spot doing traffic reports for KFI AM 640. Her dedication and focus while in radio proved to be a valuable step toward her move into television and broadcasting. Kalyna is seen and heard Monday through Friday on ABC7 Eyewitness News and 104.3MYFM radio and can also be heard filling in on KLAC, 98.7FM, Hot 92.3, iheart Radio, Playlist 92.7, KFI AM 640 and a number of other stations.

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Lee Barry

Lee Barry’s radio career spans four decades and the entire state of California. He’s covered national stories for CBS and NBC radio, and local news from Eureka to San Diego. His career includes stints as a DJ, program director, news director and anchor at radio stations across the state. Lee is also a web developer, photographer and licensed Realtor.

Don Bastida

Don Bastida – Vice-President, Operations

Don is a 22 year traffic veteran who began his career with the now defunct “Traffic Central,” broadcasting Bay Area traffic reports from the sky and on the ground on stations such as KCBS, KRQR, KSRO, KMGG, KTIM, KKIS and KZST. In 1992, he helped found the San Francisco Bureau of Shadow Broadcast Services. As Operations Manager at Shadow in San Francisco, he oversaw the growth of Shadow from one affiliate to over 20 affiliates. In 1998, Don came to Los Angeles as the Director of Operations for, the then Jacor owned, AirWatch America. At the time, AirWatch in Los Angeles was an operation of approximately 20 affiliates and 30 broadcasters. In the years that followed, AirWatch has growth to be the largest traffic reporting operation in the country with over 60 broadcasters’ handling 42 radio affiliates, including KFI, KIIS, KOST, KBIG, KRLA, KFSH, KYSR, KTLK, KLAC, KHHT, KLVE, and KSCA, and one television affiliate, ABC7, in the Southern California region.

Don makes the occasional on-air appearance for AirWatch doing news and traffic on KRLA and KTIE, or traffic on KTLK as “Dash Brando.” He attended San Francisco State University and was a National Collegiate Debate Champion in 1990. He lives in Irvine with his dog, Gilda, and can usually be found making, writing, watching or talking about movies.

Stew BergerStew Berger

Stew Berger writes and reads news, and reports traffic, on KRLA AM 870 in Los Angeles on overnights during the week. He gives listeners the latest details on the most pertinent issues and events in the Los Angeles area, the U.S., and around the world, and prides himself on getting to the heart of a story, and on providing a complete view of what’s happening, in both news and traffic. His stories are also heard on some of the other stations we do news on. Stew’s been at AirWatch for 10 years, and in 2007, he received the company’s Ed Berger Award for employee of the year. He got his first paying radio job while in Grade 12 in the 1970s, as a part-time deejay on a station in British Columbia, Canada, and later worked on TV as a weatherman, news reporter, and midday news anchor.

Nancy PicNancy Bond

I have been with Airtraffic/Airwatch/Total Traffic since day one, which was January 23, 1989. Right now I provide traffic reports for KTLK in LA, as well as two Santa Barbara stations, and two stations in Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. I am proud to be a part of our company, and believe that we strive to present the best product we can to our listeners.

Rebecca CampbellRebecca Campbell/Toni Jordan/Lena Macias

I did a little bit of radio work in NM, mostly voice tracking and continuity. Decided I wanted to go bigger and better and California was the place to do it. Went to school in Huntington Beach for a few months and then landed a job here at Airwatch in January of ‘03. Started as a producer, worked my way to overnight reporter on KFI, then Asst Ops Mngr. I learned everything I know about my job from Claire Beverly. When she moved I took over as Ops Mngr as well as working an on air shift for morning drive. You can hear my traffic reports on KFI, KHHT, KLAC, KYSR, KJLL, KTMS, KIST and KTDD. My goal was to be an on-air personality working with the music but I love my job here at Airwatch and the people that I work with so you will find me here until further notice. Thanks for listening!

Steve CountsSteve Counts

“Steve Counts has been on the radio since 1997. He started at age 20 in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina as an airborne traffic reporter – one of only two in that city at the time. After one engine failure and resulting plane crash, another plane crash on a runway due to heavy fog, and another engine failure that didn’t result in a crash (all in the course of 3 years) … Steve moved to Los Angeles … fearing he might run out of his nine lives before having a chance at furthering his career abroad.

Steve began his LA radio career at Metro Networks as an airborne and in-studio fill-in – mostly doing traffic on KNX and KABC. When a full-time news shift opened up at affiliate station KRLA, he took it. Steve stayed with KRLA when parent company Salem Communications decided to switch news/traffic reporting services from Metro to Airwatch. He now does mornings 5a to 11:30a on 8-70 KRLA in Los Angeles and 5-90 KTIE in the Inland Empire.”

Rick CruiseRick Cruise

San Diego native, BA journalism, MA communication studies . Thesis: Can the organizational culture of a local self-help group survive the infiltration of outside influences: An ethnography. Hobbies: Reading, writing, running, traveling, officiating high school sports: football, volleyball, softball, and baseball. Favorite authors: Rudolfo Anaya & John Steinbec.

“Success is having peace within yourself and joy in serving others that they too may find it. May you have the light of hope, direction, and strength to be the person, the soul you were meant to be.” –unknown.

Kayla picLiz Cueva

Liz is a Southern California native with over 17 years of broadcasting experience. She’s has held various positions throughout the years, which include on-air traffic reporting on KLVE-FM and KTNQ-AM. Liz currently handles traffic schedule duties for over 40 radio stations in LA and outlying/surrounding areas. In 2007, she was presented with The Ed Berger Award: An award given for exhibiting professionalism, reliability, a positive, pleasant and helpful attitude and grace under fire.

Kayla picKayla Douglass

Kayla Douglass graduated from California State University Fullerton with a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast/Journalism and a minor in Speech Communications. She graduated Cum Laude with a 3.5 GPA and was in the top 15 percent of her class. In 2008, she received the Best Anchor of the Year award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She has experience as an anchor/reporter/host/director/producer/crew for five separate television productions in Orange County. She was the African Correspondent for the television program, World Press, as well as a co-host for a radio talk show and a writer for the Daily Titan. In her last semester at school, she completed an internship as a programming assistant at Clear Channel Radio in Los Angeles. She now is with Clear Channel/Airwatch as a Reporter/Producer.

Ryan PicRyan Duggan

Ryan Duggan is a weekend News Anchor on KRLA and KTIE. He is a Journalism graduate of California State University Long Beach and he’s been with Airwatch since 2005. When he’s not reporting the news, Ryan is a local musician, a spiritual seeker, a coffee enthusiast and the co-founder of the non-profit Monks Without Borders. Ryan is a lifelong fan of radio, listing Studs Terkel, Garrison Keillor and Wolfman Jack among his heroes. Before his career in radio, Ryan was a remarkably untalented professional wrestler. He lives in Long Beach with his son, Coltrane, and his pretentious library of books.

Cathy E PicCathy Earley

They say if you find a job you love, you’ll never call it work and that’s exactly how Cathy Earley feels about broadcasting. While attending Fullerton college, she became the first play-by-play sports announcer which led to a sports internship for KHSL Television. After graduating from Cal State Chico in broadcasting, she worked double duty as a disc jockey at KNVR and hotels. Her love of dj-ing and sports brought her back to Southern California where she continued to thrice in hotels and restaurants. She has co-hosted a morning show for kCAA, and in 2007 her passion took a u-turn into traffic reporting at Airwatch. Currently you can find her on the dial for KFI and KTLK among other stations.

Chris HughesChris Hughes

Chris practically grew up reporting traffic. His first report was in the early morning hours after his 20th birthday in 1998. For the next nine years he continued to help commuters navigate around traffic trouble both from in studio and from the air on dozens of radio and TV stations. A Southern California native, he was born in Burbank, grew up in Irvine, graduated from Cal State Northridge and has lived in almost every region at one time or another. His knowledge of Southern California geography and culture helps ensure his reports be relevant to the audience – whether it be the blue collar commuter climbing through the Cajon Pass or the high falutin’ studio executive trying to get through the Sepulveda Pass. Chris recently returned to us from a two year break in Hawaii to once again follow the freeway action.

Michael JamesMichael James

Michael joined the Airwatch family in 2007 as morning drive traffic anchor for 870 KRLA and 590 KTIE. A veteran traffic and news reporter (he began his traffic/news career in 1989) Michael logged most of his hours as an airborne reporter covering stories such as the OJ Simpson chase, 1992 LA riots and numerous brush fires and car chases for KNX 1070 and CBS Channel 2.

Michael was born in Cleveland Ohio and moved to Southern California in 1980. He began his radio career at KSRF in 1987 as morning drive producer. Married with two children, Michael spends his off time running his business, Off The Vine, a boutique wine shoppe in San Pedro. When he does have time off he enjoys wine tasting and camping with his lovely wife Alison and bestest buddy Pismo, their Akita/Chow mix.

Krystal picKrystal King

 Krystal King came to AirWatch in May of 2006 and has since covered news and traffic for various Clear Channel stations including KFI AM 640 and KTLK AM 1150. She studied Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at California State University, Fullerton. During her time at CSUF she held an internship with KCET while she was a Producer, Reporter, and Anchor for the University’s very successful and growing TV news station, OC News. She also produced and co-hosted a radio show on Titan Internet Radio which focused on local issues, before graduating in 2005 with a B.A. Degree in Communications.

Ed MackayEd Mackay

Ed Mackay is a southern California native born in Glendale who grew up always knowing he would be on the radio. At the age of 12 he called local little league baseball games, and before graduating from Simi Valley high school, built a campus radio station. Eventually he landed his first real job at a station in Long Beach. Working for several music and news stations over the years here in the Southland he has reported on many now historical events. He was on the air when the space shuttle Columbia was destroyed, during the Whittier narrows and Northridge earthquakes, he followed President Reagan’s campaign, covered the deaths of both President Nixon and Reagan and covered the devastating Southland wildfires. On the lighter he was also the announcer for several game shows including “The Jokers Wild” in 1990 and “Power Ball” in 2000. After 30 years on the air as a disc jockey, news anchor and game show announcer, Ed brings his own flair to the news and information he brings you every night here on 870 KRLA.

Angel PicAngel Martinez

Born, raised and educated in Southern California, I once went skiing for eight years in Utah. In 1997, while in Salt Lake City, I started on-air as a ski & snow reporter (thank you, Bryan Suits!). From that point forward, I’ve been primarily reporting traffic along with some news and weather. While in Salt Lake City I was on X96, The Breeze, KBER, STAR and FOX13. What a wonderful experience that was and it certainly opened up many doors http://angelmartinez.tv Since 2000, AirWatch / Total Traffic Network has been my on-air home. It’s really an honor to be and have been on stations like KFI and KOST, along with many other fantastic stations. Currently, you can hear me on KFI 7-11:30p, M-F. Call me up with your traffic tips!!! As a child, I remember hearing a very distinctive traffic bed, that’s still used to this day, listening to the traffic reporter and thinking, “Wow!! That would be so cool to do when I grow up.” Viola!

Michelle picMichelle Merker

 Four-time Emmy nominee Michelle Merker has spent 20-plus years working in the Los Angeles market in both television and radio as a News Director, Writer, Producer and Talent. She has also worked on both network and syndicated programs, and has acted as freelance talent on national TV, radio and corporate projects. Michelle is a part-time instructor for radio, TV and film students, and just wrapped up producing her first feature film, “Shellter.” As a member of Airwatch, she can be heard doing the news and traffic on a number of stations in Southern California, including KOST and KRLA.

Kathy Moses

Kathy Moses is a morning producer at Total Traffic Network, and is a member of the webpage team. She also works at Fullerton College radio station, KBPK as a reporter, DJ and production assistant. She earned her Bachelors of Science from California State University, Long Beach in R/TV Broadcasting and has worked as a DJ at KQLH in San Bernardino. She interned at Dimension Cable and KLON in Long Beach, working in News and Public Relations. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she is married with three daughters, three dogs and a parrot.

MIke NolanMike Nolan
A southern California native, Mike Nolan has been covering traffic since 1980. He began watching the freeways in San Jose, then Phoenix, and for the last 23 years, Mike has been guiding listeners of KFI AM 640 and KOST 103.5 to and from work. Mike and his wife Laurie live in Corona. They have a son who attends San Jose State. Mike and Laurie love to ride their Harley, play golf and fly.

Dianna OleaDianna Olea

Dianna with 2 n’s thanks! Another So-Cal native & CSULB grad (Go Beach!), my radio journey started in the mid 90s. A two month internship at country station 94.3 KIK-FM became a position as an On-Air AM Producer with radio vet Charlie Tuna & Marketing Director. On to KBIG 104 as the On-Air AM Producer, where one zany stunt included getting unsuspecting men to carry me to a dream job interview, because I’d twisted my ankle in 3 ½ inch heels! Also a “Best in Show” award was earned from Disney World against hundreds of stations across the US, featuring a terrified play by play of my first “Tower of Terror” ride where I nearly blew a vocal chord! I landed at Airwatch/TTNLA in 2004, writing and reporting news and traffic, thanks to Claire Beverly & Rosie Wedel. M-F during the AM drive I’m live on 99.1FM KGGI with Jeff & Evelyn doing traffic & having a blast (love you guys!), news for 92.7 Jill-FM (the Diva on the Dial!), traffic on classic rock Q103-3 & smooth jazz 94.5 KMYT in Temecula. Middays it’s live traffic for 870AM KRLA in the LA/OC area & traffic in the IE for 590 KTIE both as Jamie Romero, news for 93.7 KDB in Santa Barbara, & traffic for 92.7 Jill-FM.

Jay OlinJay Olin

Jay was born and raised in Pennsylvania and moved to southern California in 1999 to attend the University of Southern California. During his senior year, he worked as an intern and on-air at student-run KSCR radio. A couple years after receiving his Bachelor’s degree from USC, he earned a broadcasting degree from the Academy of Radio and Television in Huntington Beach. Almost immediately upon graduation from the Academy in 2005, he joined Airwatch as a CCtraffic producer and quickly moved into producer and on-air positions. Currently he can be heard on stations like 98.7 FM, KTLK and KSBR in Orange County. Jay loves music, plays in two bands and is a film enthusiast.

Brian picBrian Otto

Brian Otto is a producer and reporter for Airwatch. He has been with the company since 2005 and was the recipient of the prestigious Ed Berger Award in 2008. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. You can hear Brian Sundays from Noon to 6pm on KFI, KTDD, Jill FM, KAVL, KTMS (Santa Barbara), and KTLK.

Nick PicNick Pagliochini

Nicholas (Nick) Anthony Pagliochini (Marc Silvio/Nick Raymond/Tony Reynolds) attended radio broadcasting classes at The Academy of Radio & Television Broadcasting in Huntington Beach, CA. After graduating in 2007 and an odd turn of events, Nick became the Financial Aid Director and acting School Director at The Academy. During the same period of time Nick began working at AirWatch as a news anchor for KRLA AM 870 and later transitioned to a news anchor for KTLK AM 1150. After a restructuring within Clear Channel, Nick transitioned to a traffic reporter for KTLK AM 1150, KTMS AM 990, and the iHeartRadio iPhone App, as well as taking on producing duties and becoming a regular fill in traffic reporter for KFI AM 640, KAVL AM 610, 92.7 JillFM among many others. Now, Nick is a regular airborne traffic reporter and can be heard on many of the 40 radio affiliates AirWatch serves during morning and afternoon drive Monday through Friday along with covering traffic and producing duties on the weekends for KFI AM 640, KTLK AM 1150, KAVL AM 610, 92.7 JillFM and KTDD AM 1350.

Mary PicDave Penson

David was born in California but raised in Arizona. After High School he moved to New York to attend the American Musical Dramatic Academy. After New York he moved to California to pursue a career in voice overs. While pursuing voice overs he continued his education and graduated with a Broadcast Journalism Degree from Santa Monica College. Prior to working at Airwatch he was an intern at KFI AM 640. He has been working at Airwatch as a producer and reporter for the last two years and can be heard on KFI AM 640, KTLK AM 1150 and FOX Sports 610. When not working David loves being outdoors and spends a lot of time hiking and mountain biking.

Mary PicMary Price

Mary Price is a 30 year veteran of Los Angeles radio. During her career Mary has been on the air at KZLA, ARROW 93 and the Westwood One Radio Network. Mary was born and raised in Anaheim and still makes her home in Orange County.

Sharon picSharon Reardon

Sharon Reardon has always been a huge fan of radio news, though she never thought she’d be a radio broadcaster. She attended Cal State University Fullerton, where she received a communications degree with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. While there, and as part of her major requirements, she had to take a radio news writing course. The teacher was a radio news director who saw something, and assigned her to a project at his station. It became an internship, and later a part-time job. It led her to KABC radio in Los Angeles, where she worked for 2 years as a board operator. Eventually, she got her chance to go on air and contributed as a guest reporter to the morning show with Ken Minyard and Dan Avey. From there, it was on to AirWatch America, where she broadcast news for KFI, K-BIG, KOST, the Fish, and many other stations. Sharon remains committed to her work at AirWatch and also fills in as news anchor at KFI.

A_RossAlan Ross

Alan’s in his 5th year with AirWatch following an extensive history in
Radio and Television News stretching from the High Desert to the Inland
Empire and up the state to Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa
Maria, and San Luis Obispo.
Currently on his Midnight to 6am Mon. to Sat. shift at AirWatch he’s
responsible for Traffic reporting on KTLK-AM 1150/Los Angeles and
KTMS-AM 990/Santa Barbara. He also does News Reporter packages for,
among a number of others, KOST-FM 103.5/Los Angeles and KDB- FM
93.7/Santa Barbara. Alan and his wife live in Mid-Wilshire Los Angeles
and do thier best to enjoy all that Southern California has to offer.

Lori PicLori Ryan

Lori has a BA degree in Radio/TV Broadcasting from the University of Arizona and has worked as air talent at music radio stations in Arizona, San Diego and Orange County. For the last 13 years, Lori has worked for Airwatch as a news and traffic reporter. Lori currently reports the traffic for KRLA, KTIE, KKLA, KTPI, KATJ and KJLL. She also reports the news on KRLA and KDB.

Kelly PicKelly Sanchez

Kelly Sanchez is Assistant Operations Manager for Airwatch/Total Traffic Network. She handles scheduling and manages the weekend crew. Kelly reports traffic Mon- Fri on KFI AM 640, AM 570 KLAC, 99.1 KGGI, iHeart radio and 92.7 Playlist FM. You can also catch her filling in on ABC Channel 7.

Miro Sarkissian

New Media Content Supervisor

Rick PicRick Smith

I was born, bred, and educated in Southern California, so I know what it’s like to sit in bumper to bumper traffic for hours. I have been reporting traffic since 2002, and am one of the lucky few who gets to report from the air. In addition to reporting from the helicopter, I am also the TV technician for Commander Chuck on KTLA as well as filling in for him when he’s on vacation, and I can be heard on KFI Saturday mornings from 6 to noon.

tori picTori Stalker

Tori, our resident “Brit Chick” has been a reporter at AirWatch for nearly five years. Tori hails from across the pond, from Glasgow, Scotland, where she began her radio career as a producer of a morning drive talk show. On arrival stateside, she became a morning host for KSBR in Orange County and remained there for eight years before coming over to AirWatch. Comfortable in the many roles of radio, she has been both a producer and news reporter at AirWatch. Tori is now a morning drive traffic reporter, helping people from Lancaster to San Diego navigate their morning with a touch of British wit. Tori lives in South Orange County and has four daughters!

Rosie WedelRosie Wedel(Roldan, Riddell)

Started with AirWatch October, 1990 as a producer! Prior to coming here also worked at KFWB, K-EARTH, and KLON among other stations doing mostly news. Spent 1.5 years in Colorado doing radio and TV news in the Vail/Eagle area. BA in Communications, Biola College, MA in Communications, Cal State Fullerton. Married to Terry, children: Annie & Harry.

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