ON AIR PERSONALITY
Alvarez joined TNN in 2006 as an Executive Producer and was its first On-Air Personality.
He’s a broadcasting and publishing professional working in the SoCal market for nearly 3 decades. Jimmy’s the primary host for TNN’s Sunday live broadcast. In addition to his duties at TNN, he also writes for a variety of music publications including the OC Weekly and Las Vegas music publication, Smash Magazine. Notably, Jimmy published his first commercial work in 2007.
Back in the day Jimmy was a club DJ in the L.A. music scene. His early work in broadcasting landed him in AM Radio where he started in the News Room at KFRN [1280 AM] Long Beach in ’85. He joined KROQ FM in ’88. He began his tenure there as a segment Producer. He moved over to Public Affairs the following year where he Produced and co-hosted a live call-in talk show called “Openline.” He worked alongside SoCal radio icons Scott Mason and Boyd Britton aka “Doc on the Roq.” He co-hosted the occasional talk show show with Morning Show DJ, Bean Baxter, and overnight DJ, Doug “the Slug” Roberts. Alvarez also worked on Reggae Revolution with Wayne Jobson and All Night Radio with the legendary “Swedish Egil.” In ’91, along with a few other staffers, Jimmy helped launch MARS FM [KDLD] 103.1FM, Santa Monica and not long after, he produced the first segments of Egil’s venture, GROOVE RADIO. Alvarez was part of the May 2014 transition team from the Anaheim studio to KX935.
Weird factoid: Jimmy is the sole owner of the 2014 Mayan calendar.
ON AIR PERSONALITY
Also on the broadcast is Leeza London. She joined the TNN staff in August, 2017. In addition to her On-Air duties, she provides new music for programming and sets up artist interviews. She’s a native So Cal gal, who exchanged Grunge for Brit Pop when she moved to London in the 90’s to work in A&R for Sire Records [Warner]. She later moved over to A&R for Hollywood Records [Disney], then Geffen Records [Universal]. While living in London, she was recruited by her longtime friend, Rodney Bingenheimer, to Host and Produce the “American In London” segment, which aired on KROQ FM.
She hosted the original Rodney on the Roq show with Bingenheimer for 20 years, and was responsible for breaking artists such as Coldplay, Sia, Muse, and Arctic Monkeys; all of whom had their first U.S. airplay on her segment. She still loves to bring new music over from across the pond, she also love her home grown talent. Her favorite part of what she does is giving new artists an opportunity and platform to get their music heard, and to help them succeed.
Weird factoid: Leeza runs about 4 miles a day, and once slept in Liam Gallagher’s bed in his childhood home in Burnage (without Liam)!
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ON AIR PERSONALITY
Rachael is an OC native and got started in music when she was in high school. She was a skateboarding, band and concert photographer and had her photos published in CD inserts, small magazines and sports clothing catalogues. She photographed and interviewed bands like Pennywise, The Aquabats, Voodoo Glow Skulls, No Use For A Name, Bouncing Souls, 22 Jacks, Alien Ant Farm, (Hed)p.e., Kottonmouth Kings, Home Grown, Save Ferris, Jeffries Fan Club, and the like.
Rachael was a concert coordinator and the first advertisement sales person for Skratch Magazine’s extreme sports division. She was also the manager for the ska band, Abducted. If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she put on her own shows at Koo’s Cafe in Santa Ana called, “Rachael-O-Rama” with bands that included Slightly Stoopid, Simply Kung Fu, Rx Bandits, Longfellow and more!
Rachael is a Warped Tour photography vet, she literally got to go to the rock show and shoot those infamous years that Blink sings about. She also caught Eminem, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies and Ice-T on those larger than life shows.
She’s still writing about music. Currently, Rachael is an editor and columnist for OC Music News.
Weird Factoid: Still has her Blockbuster card and Members Only jacket.
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ON AIR PERSONALITY
Christina appears on 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 spends her time traveling the world, she’s even gone cage diving with Great Whites in South Africa; and was a pin up model for Cuties for a Cause. Christina was part of the May 2014 transition team from the Anaheim studio to KX935.
Weird factoid: Christina plays drums and is a Master in Taekwondo.
ON AIR PERSONALITY
Christy is a radio broadcast veteran who’s worked in the L.A. market for the nearly two decades. She previously served as the overnight DJ at FM949 in San Diego before joining TNN. Before that, Carter was the overnight DJ at 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.
In addition to music, her other passions include Trent Reznor . Stephen King, and American Horror Story. Carter also co-hosted TNN’s flagship program back in 2012 “TNN’s Alternative Lunch.” 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 KX935.
Weird factoid: Christy and John Easdale of Dramarama stockpile tons of “Tab” in the trunk of their cars.
Amber is TNN’s on sight correspondent covering music festivals throughout southern California. Her specialty is Reggae, Ska and Punk themed festivals. She broadcasts live remotes from the festivals and makes the occasional in studio appearance.
Amber is also an accomplished artist, providing artwork for TNN and a variety of bands, such as Seedless, CodeName: Rocky, Big D & The Kids Table and Dirty Heads.
REGIONAL – SoCal – Michelle Alvarez, Cameron Schuyler, Chris Graue, Alaina Pierce, Fatima Kelley, and Oliver Zavala.
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, OC Register, OC Weekly and countless artist websites and social media pages.
FEATURES: Michelle Alvarez and Christina Sanchez had their photos featured in 2017 by LiveNation for the Grand re-opening of the House Of Blues, Anaheim. Michelle’s photos were part of a 2017 marketing campaign for Social Distortion. Christina’s photos were used by 311 for a promotional campaign.
Arlene Semko – Irvine, California.
Rod Ammons – Miami, Florida.
Todd Sherman – Chicago, Illinois.
Nathan Scott – New York, NY.
ART & DESIGN
Thom Foolery – Animation – Marvel Animation – Los Angeles, California.
Phil Machi – Animation – Livestock Productions – Austin, Texas.
Savannah Just – Art – Simi Valley California.
Amber Crouch – Art – Amber Customs – Anaheim, California.
Bill Adams – Art – CodeName: Bill – Orange, California
SHOW JINGLES & FX
DAN ARDIS – A/Tech – Ventura, California
ORIGINAL SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
TNN’s previous on-air personalities include Mike Berault, Lydia Belton, PhD., Lisa Meyers and Baron Tenelle.
These days you can catch Randi Friday nights 9 to 11 pm, on KX FM on her show called “The Drop.” Randi served as co-host on the live broadcast from 2017-2021.
Mike Berault aka Mike B
These days, Mike remains on stage playing gigs with LP3 & The Tragedy. Back in the day, Mike was part of the 3rd wave Punk-ska band, My Super Hero. He is currently in the new sensation from the OC, Bite Me Bambi. He still makes the occasional visit to the Sunday show. Mike was part of the May 2014 transition team from the Anaheim studio to KX935.
Lydia Belton, Ph D
In the early days of TNN, Lydia took part in a talk segment of the show. She’s a Harvard educated mental health specialist. She remains a force in the mental health community. Lydia has other media ventures and can be found under her media identity as “DrTranquility.”
aka Lisa Lately
Lisa was the second host brought on board at TNN. She goes by the stage name, “Lisa Lately.” Before joining TNN, she was a DJ at alternative modern rock station 107.3 FM, PLANET RADIO in Jacksonville, Florida. Her segment covered current event (regional, national, as well as international news). As part of her witness relocation deal, Lisa we can only say she resides “somewhere” in Colorado where she does occasional commercial voice-over work.
Baron is also known as T., in the early days of TNN, he covered politics, sports and local news. His current whereabouts are unknown.
3 thoughts on “STAFF”
jim rocks better than any pd ive ever known!!!!!
Lovely pic of Baron there Jimmy ha ha. Glad to see you are doing so well. You ROCK Jimmy!! Keep up the good shoow there babe
Muy buena la radioooo!!!!Saludos desde Argentinaaa!!!