Rez Radio Receives Multiple Recognitions

Valley Road Runner 11.7.13
Rez Radio Receives Multiple Recognitions

Rez Radio station manager John Fox along with Gilbert Smith and Mike Bragg show off their San Diego Press Club awards on Oct. 29. Photo by Kim Harris / Valley Roadrunner

Pala Rez Radio 91.3 FM was recognized at the annual San Diego Press Club awards held Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Jacobs Center in San Diego. The radio station, located in Pala, took home three awards at the annual event recognizing excellence in print, broadcast and online journalism.

Rez Radio's Pala Today news at noon with John Fox took first place for Best Radio Newscast, marking the second time in two years the show has won the award. The Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site show hosted by Gilbert Smith and Mike Bragg took both first and third place awards in the Radio Interview show category for episodes featuring Ken Kramer and Shotgun Tom Kelly.

The station has won a total of four awards in the two years it has been on the air said station manager John Fox.

"We are trying to put out the best product we can," he said. "… for a little one horse station like this and here we are getting awards from (the) San Diego Press Club. It is a little mind boggling for me."

Fox said the awards received really underscores the need for more news broadcasts in San Diego County.

"Other than KPBS there really aren't a lot of stations in San Diego that are focusing on news," he said. "Local newscasts are becoming a lot scarcer in San Diego. It really has become quite limited the past couple of years."

There are challenges to being a small radio station though. Fox said while the station's signal doesn't give him as broad of a listening area as he would like, people from all over the world can listen to Rez Radio thanks to the live stream hosted by iHeartRadio and on

"I wish we had a better signal to serve the area," he said. "What we do is valuable to North County. I encourage use of the live stream."

Pala Today airs daily Mondays through Fridays at noon and Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site airs weekly on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. following Pala Today with a repeat Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. between Old Time Radio Hour shows Gunsmoke and My Favorite Husband. John Fox said he acknowledges the support of the station by the Pala Band of Mission Indians.

Pala Rez Radio is owned and operated by the Pala Band of Mission Indians as a class A FM station operating at 91.3 Mhz in the community of Pala, Calif. Rez Radio operates 24 hours a day with a daily weekday block of news, talk and public affairs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., including the award-winning Pala Today at noon.

All other hours feature a music mix of rock, country, reggae, soul, native, blues and oldies. Other daily programming includes an hour or more of reggae every night at 7 p.m. and complete old-time radio shows from the 1930's to 1950's every night at midnight and Sunday afternoons.

Volunteer programmers host various music and entertainment shows and Rez Radio is proud to be the home of Brunch With Bob and Friends with Tommy Hough every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. Rez Radio also airs programming from the Native Voice 1 and Pacifica networks and relays selected shows produced by KCRW in Santa Monica.

Rez Radio offers a complete line of programming, daily email and live streaming 24 hours a day seven days a week. For more information, visit

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