A North County Adventure

KOCT had a good turnout for the premier of “A North County Adventure” – the first comprehensive north county tourism video shot in Hi-definition. The short program features beautiful aerial footage of our Pier, Mission and other north county attractions.

In attendance on Tuesday night were KOCT Board Chairman Liz Rhea, Vice-Chair Margret Merlock and board Secretary Kierstin Hill.  Board members Frank Gould and Gwen Price were also part of the festivities. “A North County Adventure” was funded by a Community Enhancement Grant of $10,000. This program was set up using a percentage of Transient Occupancy Tax Revenues to stimulate tourism and promote the economy. KOCT is grateful for the support of the tourism industry, visitors and the San Diego Board of Supervisors who oversee this program.

Hayley Peterson, Kierstin Hill, Cerina De Souza

On hand Tuesday night to see the new video was 5th District Supervisor Bill Horn, Chamber of Commerce CEO David Nydegger and Leslee Gaul, President/CEO of Visit Oceanside Conference & Visitors Bureau.  KOCT thanked Supervisor Horn for his support as well as the three Underwriters for the program:  John Osborne with AT&T, Amber Ter-Vrugt  with Scripps Health and Visit Oceanside’s Leslee Gaul.  The narrator for the program is Meg (Banta) Ford who has worked with KOCT on many projects — you’ll recognize her unique voice from her many years on local radio. 
Leslee Gaul, Supervisor Bill Horn, Tom Reeser

KOCT’s Executive Director, Tom Reeser, explained that a unique aspect of the grant was the creation of a hi-definition video ‘bank’ –images of north county that will soon be available to agencies who promote north county tourism.  Visit Oceanside will administer this service and it fills a long- requested need by agencies hoping to promote tourism in Oceanside and north county but needing iconic footage. They now have it—and in hi-definition.  

Our fearless editor Miguel Blanco

Tom acknowledged that the beautiful images were made possible by the creative team of Station Manager Jacob Rush and Editor Miguel Blanco. Jake produced the program and shot much of the footage including the helicopter aerial footage. KOCT hired a Carlsbad helicopter company for the aerial footage, thus keeping the grant funding in north county.

Icon Helicopters

KOCT has been producing award-winning tourism and promotional videos for over 30 years.  Tourism is a clean industry that creates jobs and brings much needed revenue to our city to help pay for public services, roads and infrastructure.

KOCT will begin airing this new video soon –Watch for the LINK in an upcoming Community Connection!

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