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Chris Reed’s Radio Show Demise Puts Politicos in a Funk

San Diego’s political junkies are in mourning now that local radio station KOGO has abruptly canceled Chris Reed’s weekday conservative talk show, along with Roger Hedgecock. However, Reed was not as fortunate as Hedgecock, who’s syndicated over the Radio America network. Hedgecock gets to stay on the air while he prepares to move to KFMB as of Jan. 2. The arch-conservative Hedgecock’s last day on KOGO will be Dec. 30. Reed, who also writes editorials and a blog for The San Diego Union-Tribune, says he’s looking for another outlet for his rhetorical talents. He tells the Insider that his program was canceled due to poor ratings and the wrong demographics. “It seems to me that if KOGO didn’t fight hard to keep Roger Hedgecock, then it is obvious Clear Channel wants big changes, and I’m just a footnote in the changes” … The North Park Main Street Group will help celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 with a number of activities aimed at encouraging customers to shop the neighborhood to help the overall U.S. economy.  The 3-year-old event, sponsored by American Express, will feature such attractions as restaurant discounts to patrons who show proof of purchase from participating retailers, galleries and salons, plus activities for the kids in the family, not to mention live music and historic tours. Santa may also put in an appearance. You can find out more by typing in smallbusinesssaturday on Facebook … The most recent issue of Bloomberg Businessweek ranks University of San Diego’s part-time graduate business programs as No. 14 on a list of the top 50 in the U.S. The school received A+ grading for teaching quality, program curriculum and student ratings of their classmates. The program was one of only four in Southern California to make the top 25. Previously, USD’s Evening MBA program was ranked No. 26 … And while we’re on the topic of things academic. Point Loma Nazarene University becomes a campus with one of the highest ratios of solar power use to students with the installation of a 620 kW photovoltaic system and a 54 kW solar thermal hot water system. The projects are funded in part by a pioneering $5 fee assessed students to expand the use of solar power on campus. A spokeswoman said the systems will save up to $1.6 million during the next two decades. Novato-based SPG Solar and San Diego-based Adroit Solar did the installations … Finally, this bit of surprising political news. Is San Diego Ron Paul Country? Tony Krvaric, who heads the local branch of the GOP, reports that the closet Libertarian came in No. 1 among 400 grass roots activists polled during a recent gathering. The straw poll took place after representatives stumped for their candidates. Paul took 30.5 percent of the vote, putting him on top of the nine candidate list, while candidate Rick Santorum has failed to draw a single ballot. Till next week!

Tom York is contributing editor of the San Diego Business Journal. If you have interesting tidbits, send them to tyork@sdbj.com or tom.york@gmail.com.

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