John Kentera, who in 25 years went from building manager to one of the most-respected radio talk-show hosts in San Diego has, resigned from XTRA Sports 1090.
Kentera, who is known on the air as Coach, will continue to serve as general manager of the San Diego Sockers, the 14-time indoor soccer champions.
“I started at 690 XTRA Gold doing promotions and traffic reports,” Kentera said. “I’ve been in the business for a long time, and it was just time to step away.
“I’m not done with broadcasting, though. I’d like to stay in the business in some capacity. I’m really looking forward to the next opportunity.”
Kentera first went on the air in 1990, with a high school sports show and doing fill-in work.
He got a full-time sports show at XTRA Sports 690 in 1996 and had been with 1090 since the station launched in 2003.
Through the years, he has done pre- and postgame shows for the Chargers and Padres, worked San Diego State and USD football, worked network TV broadcasts as an analyst and had a weekly high school show until recently.
“We respect John and his decision,” said Mike Glickenhaus, president and market manager at 1090. “This is a little surprising, and I haven’t talked to him yet.
“I don’t think this was a spontaneous decision. It was a decision, I’m sure, he made with his family.
“John has been a prominent figure on the San Diego sports scene for a long time.”
Glickenhaus indicated Chris Ello will fill Kentera’s 6-9 p.m. weekday time slot on an interim basis while station management searches for a replacement.
In another move at 1090, morning talk show host Dan Sileo had his contract extended through December of 2017.
Credit to the San Diego Union Tribune who originally published this article