Pala Rez Radio wins San Diego Press Club award

October 24, 2012

Pala’s non-commercial, community radio station, Rez Radio 91.3 (KOPA FM) has received its first-ever award for journalism.  “Pala Today” hosted by station manager John Fox took 2nd place for Radio Newscasts in the 39th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards presented by the San Diego Press Club.   The award was unveiled last night at a gourmet food and wine tasting sponsored by the Press Club at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. 

The Press Club this year honored broadcast, print and alternative media in dozens of categories for radio, television, newspapers, magazines, websites, and integrated media.

“The breadth of media categories in this year’s Press Club awards highlights the increasing choices people have for getting information and the decreasing availability of that information on traditional broadcast media,” says Rez Radio Station Manager John Fox.  “New technology and digital media are certainly earning their place in that mix and are something Rez Radio will increasingly embrace, but our focus in San Diego County’s back country will always center on being prepared to convey timely, accurate, and highly locally focused information in any emergency through broadcasting.  That’s why we have ‘Radio’ in our name.  The awards won by San Diego broadcasters for their coverage of last Fall’s blackout just emphasize that need for old-fashioned broadcast media and non-cell-based communication when all else fails and time is of the essence.”

Pala Rez Radio is owned and operated by the Pala Band of Mission Indians.  Rez Radio is a class A FM station operating at 91.3 Mhz, as licensed by the FCC to the community of Pala, CA.  Rez Radio operates 24 hours a day with a daily weekday block of news, talk and public affairs from 9a to 1:30p, 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 and complete old-time radio shows from the 1930’s-50’s every night at midnight.  Volunteer programmers host various music and entertainment shows and Rez Radio is proud to be the home of “Reggae Makossa” with Makeda Dread Saturdays from 7-10p and “Brunch With Bob and Friends” with Tommy Hough every Sunday from 9 to noon.  Rez Radio also airs programming from the Native Voice 1 and Pacifica networks and relays selected shows produced by KCRW, Santa Monica.

A complete list of all programming is available at and a subscription to the daily e-mail update from Pala Today is available by request at 

24/7 live streaming of Rez Radio 91.3 is available on iHeartRadio and or at our direct link,

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