Radio: Legendary Lifeguards of Del Mar

Jim (Kimo) Lischer
Jeff interviews Jim (Kimo) Lischer

On a typical day, Southern California lifeguards protect 400 miles of coastline.  They are the first responders, and in the classic beach community of Del Mar, lifeguards have rip currents, sting rays, unstable cliffs and changing weather conditions to keep them on their toes. Jeff headed down to this two-mile strip of beach that attracts thousands each year to meet the crew, past and present:

LISTENDel Mar Lifeguards (5 min)

Thank you to everyone we spoke with – Joyce Hoffman, Jack Ross, Jim Lischer, Jon Edelbrock and Pat Vergne. Your stories provided valuable background for this story, and we wish we could have included them all! For history and more information on Del Mar’s ever vigilant lifeguard crew, go to

Radio: Dog-friendly Del Mar

L’Auberge Hotel Mascot – Sofie

With a dog-friendly hotels, specialty bakeries and health food stores just for pets, along with one of the best dog beaches in the area – Del Mar Dogs are doted on like the privileged family members they have become. Sally went to Del Mar to sniff out the scene for City Stories:

LISTENDel Mar Dogs (5 min)

The Helen Woodward Animal Center holds its annual Surf Dog Surf-a-thon in September at Del Mar’s Dog Beach. For more information on the center and its surfing fund raiser, visit And for tips on teaching your dog to surf, contact

Radio: Shakti Rising

Shakti circle
Shakti Rising Transformational Recovery Program

It’s the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – now known as “Giving Tuesday” a national movement to encourage people to support local charities – and a good day to share one of our favorite San Diego non-profits with you.

In October, we sat down with the women who run this transformational recovery program and they generously shared their experiences with City Stories listeners.

LISTEN:  Shakti Rising MP3 (5 min)

You can connect with Shakti Rising founder Shannon Thompson at the Sophia Conference in Coronado on December 8. To offer support to Shakti Rising and to benefit from their skillful ways, please visit

A program of KSDS Jazz88 on the City College campus, you too can become radio news producer for City Stories. The new term begins in January. We have thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

Radio: San Diego Hospice

Michael Sohmer doing rounds in Hillcrest

At the former San Diego Hospice in Hillcrest, quality care for the dying was underpinned by the special attention devoted to supporting the whole person, including staff and volunteers.

LISTEN: MP3 – SDHospice (10 min)

In this special report for City Stories on public radio KSDS Jazz88, I met with the displaced members of this tightly knit group to learn their plans for the future. Erin Raskin, Michael Sohmer, Jan Sykora, Mary Helmick, Carol Mills, Bella Suavengco, and founder Dr. Doris Howell talk about what’s next.

Radio: Bluestocking Books

Bluestocking Books
Bluestocking Books in Hillcrest

Yesterday on KSDS Jazz88 public radio, one of Sweet Orange Studio’s favorite segments aired! While covering the Hillcrest neighborhood for City Stories, we spent some time with Kris and Mary of Bluestocking Books and were welcomed into the literary circles that gather within. Jeff met Caleb of the LGBT Multicultural Book Club (gathering again on July 21) and Curran, Ron and Rudi from the Sunday poetry group (next meeting July 28)…

“Quaint shops are one of the hallmarks of Hillcrest. A walk down Fifth Avenue between University and Robinson reveals the vintage façade of the old Guild theater. A couple of doors down is Bluestocking Books. I wandered inside and was transported to a place where time seems to stand still.”

LISTENBluestocking Books MP3 (5 min)

“The heritage of the old fashioned bookstore can be found here. Information on poetry readings, the book club and other events can be found at”

Bluestocking Books
3817 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103

In the Studio: Walmart and Olivewood, Mile of Cars, Garden Walk

Olivewood Terrace est.1913
Olivewood Terrace est.1913

Now on assignment in National City for Jazz88 we’ve been exploring this city of opposites. In the 1900’s the East-West railroad was supposed to end here and forward-looking settlers grabbed a kit from Sears Roebuck and built their fine Victorian homes (with indoor plumbing!) in the neighborhood known as Olivewood Terrace. At the former Oliver H. Noyes home, Olivewood Gardens, a learning center for National City children and families to reconnect with food, now thrives. Students in 4th 5th and 6th grade get to experience the entire life cycle of vegetables they’ve grown themselves, cooking, eating and returning kitchen scraps to the garden soil. It’s their science class!

The Walmart heiress who donated her hilltop home and garden has made this oasis possible, making it a bit of a Robin Hood story. The program of the International Community Foundation was created to address high diabetes and childhood obesity rates, linked to lower incomes and higher unemployment in this South Bay community.

While Sally pulls together the Olivewood segment this week, Jeff has been at Mayor Morrison’s office and out among the salespeople getting a feel for the Mile of Cars.

And to end the week in beauty, Tinkersmith has been invited to make music tucked into local garden for the annual Mission Hills Garden Walk, happening this Saturday, May 11 – Mother’s Day weekend.

In the Studio: Peter Sprague, Jazz88, more TJ Maxx

Camarada with Peter Sprague

Tonight in San Diego’s Little Italy, Camarada performs the original music of Peter Sprague in a concert titled Just Jazz Two.  This week has been all about promoting this show and prepping for Night Music, a classical journey with the delightful author Zoe Ghahremani reading Persian poetry.

Waiting in the wings is the SD Hospice story we’re crafting for City Stories on Jazz88 public radio.  The unwinding of this national leader in contemplative end-of-life care has been complex, interesting and somewhat heartbreaking to observe.  We’d like to share a bit about the people behind the scenes (staff and volunteers) to get a sense of the spirit of the organization and how it will spin bright sparks out into the community.

With the European project for TJ Maxx complete, we now develop a large system for their Canadian offices.  Oregonians Monique and Clara step into the virtual green room for French-Canadian and Spanish recordings.

Tomorrow afternoon Jeff and Sally, Ira, and Rosie (the Tinkersmith band) perform at Green Manor.  Rehearsal begins again in one hour!