Jimmy Alvarez Executive Producer and On-Air Personality
Alvarez joined TNN in 2006 as an Executive Producer and was its first On-Air Personality hire. He is a broadcasting and publishing professional working in the Los Angeles area for the past two + decades. Jimmy is the primary host for TNN’s Sunday live broadcast at KX935 in Laguna Beach 93.5fm and iHeart Radio/Pandora/Spotify. In addition to his duties at TNN, he also writes for a variety of music publications including local publication the OC Weekly and Las Vegas music publication Smash Magazine. Notably, Jimmy published his first commercial work in 2007 through Red Lead Press in Pittsburgh. Jimmy’s published articles include features on bands like: The Adicts, Blink 182, Descendents, Deftones, Dirty Heads, English Beat, The Interrupters, Misfits, Pixies, Reel Big Fish, Slightly Stoopid, Sublime with Rome, Voodoo Glow Skulls, X, 311… among countless others.
On the broadcasting side, Jimmy’s first venture into music landed him as a club DJ in the Los Angeles music scene in the early 80’s. His early work in broadcasting was in AM Radio, starting in the News Department at KFRN [1280 AM, Long Beach]. In 1988, he transitioned KROQ FM in Burbank as part of Infinity Broadcasting. Alvarez began his LA Radio tenure as a segment Producer, then moved over to Public Affairs programming in 1989; where he transitioned to an open forum call-in talk show. he worked along side KROQ favorites Scott Mason and Boyd “Doc” Britton. he also worked the occasional show with Morning Show DJ Gene “Bean” Baxter, and Doug “Sluggo” Roberts. He acquired his FCC license in order to move towards live music shows like Reggae Revolution with Wayne Jobson and All Night Radio with Egil Aalvik, (The Swedish Egil). Alvarez also did the occasional late night with radio icon Rodney Bingenheimer. In 1991, along with a few other KROQ staffers, Jimmy assisted Egil starting up MARS FM with Freddy Snakeskin. Jimmy also took part in producing shows in the early days of MARS FM [KDLD 103.1FM, Santa Monica]. Alvarez also took part in giving birth to GROOVE RADIO, Egil’s pride and joy.
Jimmy was part of the May 2014 transition team from the Anaheim studio to Laguna’s Only FM KX935.
Weird factoid: Jimmy is the sole owner of the 2014 Mayan calendar.
Christina Sanchez On-Air Personality and Photographer
Christina is a regular on the TNN live broadcast and is also the Host of New Music Mondays on Facebook. She also manages TNN’s Instagram Social Media Page. She was at Interscope Records before joining TNN as a Correspondent and Photographer. She has shot just about every notable band you can think of. Bands like AC/DC, Cage The Elephant, The Rolling Stones to Pearl Jam just to name a few. her work is also being used by 311 in a 2017 merchandise campaign. Her concert photography and other art work can be found at http://www.ninjaphtographer.com and http://www.tinytoyland.com. She has also interviewed and written reviews for bands such as The Airborne Toxic Event, Blondfire, The Pixies, The Misfits, Bloc Party, Hot Water Music, Quicksand, P.O.D. and American Authors.
In addition to being a seasoned concert photographer, she is also an award winning fine art photographer. After earning a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, she studied photography at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, CA. Now she has Art and photography shows at galleries throughout Southern California. She was recently a featured artist at Artopia in Anaheim, CA. When she is not busy keeping TNN Host, Jimmy Alvarez out of trouble, she spends her time traveling the world, she has even gone cage diving with Great Whites in South Africa; an doing pin up modeling for Cuties for a Cause.
Christina was part of the May 2014 transition team from the Anaheim studio to Laguna’s Only FM KX935.
Weird factoid: Christina plays drums and is a Master in Taekwondo.
Christy Carter On-Air Personality
Christy is a radio broadcast veteran who has worked in the Los Angeles market as the overnight DJ at southern Californias’ iconic Modern Rock powerhouse KROQ FM. She’s also graced the airwaves as a DJ at other radio stations such as KNNX in Anaheim and KFSD in San Diego. In addition to being an on air personality she also served as Promotions Director and events coordinator at WLUM FM 102.1 in Milwaukee. Christy started her career at WRIF in Detroit where she served as an on air personality, programming assistant, and events coordinator.
On the academic side, Christy studied Liberal Arts at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and Broadcast Arts at Specs Howard University in Southfield, Michigan. In addition to music, her other passions include Trent Reznor . Stephen King, and American Horror Story. Working with animals is of great importance to Christy (having owned horses since the age of four, and also volunteering with animal rescue groups such as the Wildlife Waystation where she helped care for a tiger). Christy is an avid animal rights activist. (No flour bombing or paint throwing from Christy, though). Carter also co-hosted TNN’s flagship program back in 2012 “TNN’s Alternative Lunch” with Jimmy Alvarez. She now makes the occasional appearance on the Sunday program. Carter is also a music correspondent that covers concerts and interviews bands for articles that are published for TNN.
Christy was part of the May 2014 transition team from the Anaheim studio to Laguna’s Only FM KX935.
Weird factoid: Christy and John Easdale of Dramarama stockpile tons of “Tab” in the trunk of their cars.
Randi Lavik Associate Producer and On-Air Personality
Like Alvarez and Carter, Lavik spent time at the World Famous KROQ in Burbank, California from 1987 through 1990. She was there during the time that place was becoming World Famous by breaking bands like Missing Persons, The Specials, Oingo Boingo, Ramones, The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode among countless others. Over the years, she spent time at other Southern California Radio Stations such as 1110 AM, KRLA and the iconic KLOS 95.5 FM (The Rock of Southern California) . She has also worked along side several radio legends, including Scott Shannon at 100.3 KQLZ FM (Pirate Radio).
At TNN RADIO / KX935, Randi currently does double duty. In addition to her On-Air duties, she is an Associate Producer lining up artist interviews, working local concerts for the station and working on creative Marketing campaigns. She is also an aspiring Author and is currently working on an oral history of her time at KROQ with co-author Debbie DeWall.
Randi joined TNN RADIO / KX935 in March, 2016.
Weird factoid: Randi is a trained Librarian, and was the youngest female Monorail Operator ever at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
REGIONAL – SoCal – Michelle Alvarez, Chris Graue, Billy Skelly, Alaina Pierce, Fatima Kelley, JC Sutherlin, Oliver Zavala, Brittany Woolsey and Priscella Vega.
NoCal – Lisa Huey
NATIONAL – Steve Galli, David Pierce and Steve Mitchell.
Notably: since 2006, TNN Photogs have had their work featured in the L.A. Times, The OC Register, The OC Weekly and countless artist websites and social media pages.
FEATURED: Michelle Alvarez AND Christina Preiss will have their work featured in 2017 by LiveNation for the re-opening of the House Of Blues, Anaheim. Additionally, Michelle’s photos will be part of a 2017 add campaign for local punk legends, Social Distortion. Christina’s photos will be used in 2017 by 311 for their add campaign.
Arlene Semko (Irvine), Rod Ammons (Miami), Todd Sherman (Chicago) and Nathan Scott (New York).
ART & DESIGN
SHOW JINGLES & FX
TNN’s previous on-air personalities include Mike Berault, Lydia Belton, PhD., Lisa Meyers and Baron Tenelle.
Mike Berault aka Mike B
These days, Mike remains on stage playing gigs with LP3 & The Tragedy. Mike was also part of the 3rd wave Punk-ska band My SuperHero, was recently in Skadonna. Mike still fills in On-Air from time-to-time. Mike was part of the May 2014 transition team from the Anaheim studio to Laguna’s Only FM KX935.
DrTranquility – Lydia Belton, Ph D
Lydia is a well known mental health professional. She is a Harvard educated mental health specialist and remains a force in the community. Lydia has other media ventures and can be found today under her media identity as “DrTranquility.”
Lisa Meyers aka Lisa Lately