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Meet Miles Himmel of AM 760/Larry Himmel Neighborhood Foundation in Kearny Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Miles Himmel.

Miles, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a native San Diegan. I’ve spent every year in San Diego besides the four away at college in Illinois. The biggest thing that those four years away at school taught was how lucky I am to be from San Diego. I don’t think I truly appreciated the value until I was sitting in my dorm room in -20 degrees!

I graduated from college and started working at KFMB TV and radio. I got to work for about 3 months with my dad in the same building which was awesome looking back at it.

He got diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in July but wanted to keep working. So, I drove him to work until September, when he had lost about 30 pounds and cancer ate away at this body. I still vividly remember walking him out the last day of work, his pants falling down because of the weight loss and thinking this is the last time he will be in this building, a station he spent 35 years at.

When he passed away in November 2014 it was pretty surreal. I just didn’t know what to do. I had just graduated college, gotten a job, but didn’t have my best friends there with me anymore.

It was a few weeks after that I made a promise to myself and my dad that I would continue the work he was doing. Not in the exact same capacity, but with the same values and principles. If he was still alive, he would be telling the same humorous/feel-good stories that he always told. So, that’s where we got the idea for the Larry Himmel Neighborhood Foundation.

We started it in 2015 and it’s been a tremendous success. We have had some wonderful events including teaming up with the California Barber & Beauty College to provide free back-to-school haircuts for kids 18 & under in San Diego. We’ve provided Christmas gifts to homeless youth at Interfaith Community Services. We also give a good neighbor award for those people who go above and beyond in their community.
My dad’s purpose was “To make people feel better about the place they call home,” and that’s exactly what we try to do with the Foundation.

Aside from the Foundation, I’ve been fortunate to host radio shows with AM 760 and do featured stories for CBS 8. I’ve appeared on CNN’s Headline News for my reporting and was named 40 under 40 by San Diego Metro Magazine. I’m on the Mission Bay Park Committee, a member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters and a Board Member for Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There is nothing in my life for me to complain about. I’ve been so fortunate to have loving parents who were always there for me.

The biggest heartbreak I’ve had in my life is when my dad passed away from pancreatic cancer. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think about him. For weeks after I struggled to regain my footing as my dad was such a big part of my life, but I have an amazing group of friends and family members who have surrounded me with love after his passing.

My mom is my best friend. Being an only child, we are a tight-knit family and I wouldn’t be able to do any of things I do without my mom.

AM 760/Larry Himmel Neighborhood Foundation – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I work for AM 760 as a producer/ On-air host. I book guests and manage our show hosts content. I pitch them ideas about what to talk about and help them arrange their shows. I am also the fill-in host, which has been great. I love being able to go on-air and talk about local issues in San Diego.

That’s lead to reporting on a national stage including CNN and Headline News. I got a big break when reporting about the Rebecca Zahau case here in San Diego. Some folks saw me on HLN and called me up for an interview!

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I love the Back-To-School haircut drive with our Foundation that we have every August. This upcoming August will be the third annual and every year we’ve had it has been amazing. We have IHop come and provide breakfast, local athletes come out and talk to the kids. We give them free backpacks and school supplies. The whole day is perfect.

The kids smile after their haircut makes it all worth it.

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1 Comment

  1. Carmen Miranda

    January 26, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Hello Miles,

    I just read your story about the Mission Student who was raped at one of our schools. I have a story for you regarding our Deputy Superintendent Leila Sackfield in our School District. I was a parent when this incident happen and now I’m an employee and very willing to tell you our story.

    This happened in 2005? When my daughter was in 3rd grade at Reidy Creek Elementary in Escondido. If you are interested in getting this story out, please give me a call.

    Thank you for your time.

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