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Nexstar Names Derek Jeffery GM of KGET

nexstar_logoDerek Jeffery has been named vice president and general manager at KGET, Nexstar’s NBC affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif. In his new role, Jeffery will also have oversight of Telemundo station KKEY and the stations’ associated digital properties.

Jeffery replaces Tom Randour, who is retiring after 16 years as general manager and 37 years at KGET.

“Localism is our top priority at Nexstar and Derek brings a unique home town understanding of the local Bakersfield community to his new role at KGET-TV. His efforts and initiatives have fostered long-term relationships with local advertisers and community businesses and he has been a key contributor to the station’s success in the market,” Nexstar COO Brian Jones said in a statement.

Jeffrey has worked at KGET for 10 years, most recently as general sales manager, a role he has held since 2009.

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

This time we look into what the stations in Bakersfield, CA, are covering.

Both CBS affiliate KBAK and FOX affiliate KBFX are owned by Sinclair Broadcasting with the two sharing anchors. NBC affiliate KGET took a bit of a chance Monday and did a full five minutes on a story none of the other stations covered in that time slot.

KBAK-KBFX Crew Get Stuck in Lake Tahoe

A reporter and a photojournalist from KBAK-KBFX were among the many news crews dispatched to report on the winter weather across the country this week. On their way to the Sierra Nevada mountains, where they were tasked with reporting a story on how snow levels are affecting California water levels,  Jonathan Gonzalez and Johnny Guillen were thwarted by a car accident right in front of them.

“Stuck in the snow, stuck without a story” as they waited for the traffic to clear, Gonzalez and Guillen instead interviewed the people around them about the snow, the road conditions and how they planned to pass the time. Watch:

Murder Suspect Surrenders to Bakersfield TV Station


A murder suspect showed up at Bakersfield NBC affiliate KGET Sunday night to proclaim his innocence before surrendering to police.

KGET said Brendan Sanders showed up at the station around 9:00 p.m. Sunday night with some friends. Police said they think Sanders murdered one man and wounded a teenager last month.

“I’m innocent and I don’t want to get accused of something that I didn’t do,” Sanders told KGET in an interview before he was taken into custody.

KGET news director Mike Trihey called police who arrested Sanders at the station.

According to KGET, Sanders and his friends said another reason they showed up was to retrieve the reward from the secret witness program for Sander’s arrest.

Bakersfield Anchor Caught Dancing on Camera

A few hours after watching weather man Aaron Perlman sit in “temporary time out” for forecasting snow that never came, viewers of Bakersfield CBS affiliate KBAK got a taste of of Noon anchor Tom Murphy grooving to the tunes the station was laying down over a graphic of the day’s stock numbers coming back from a break.

Co-anchor Courtney Bryant could be heard tossing to Murphy, who was already on camera dancing in his chair. “All right,” said Murphy. “Well I just got that dance move caught on camera,” he said before moving on with the Market Watch segment.

KBAK-KBFX Weathercaster Gets Put in Time Out After False Snow Forecast

KBAK-KBFX weathercaster Aaron Perlman was put in a “temporary time-out” this morning after wrongly predicting snow in Bakersfield over the weekend.

“There are windows in that corner. You can look out the windows,” anchor Rob Finnerty said. “Be sure sure to take note there is no snow out there.”

KBAK-KBFX Introduces Sinclair Broadcast Group to Bakersfield

KBAK-KBFX in Bakersfield, Calif. are two of the stations recently acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group in its purchase of Fisher Communications. In honor of the ownership change, the duopoly’s morning newscast put together a tour of the town (DMA 127) for its new management (video above).

KGET News Director John Pilios Retires

John Pilios has retired after more than a decade as news director at Bakersfield NBC affiliate KGET.

Pilios got his start in TV news in 1987 after working in radio. He was hired as news director of KCOY in Santa Maria in 1990 and came to KGET in 1999 as assistant news director.

The station said goodbye to Pilios with a feature about his life, his career and his reputation of being a fair manager who always pushed his staff to do better. “I tried to treat everyone fairly,” Pilios told KGET. “I don’t think as a good manager you treat everybody the same because that’s not what being a manager is about. You treat everyone fairly. Everyone has a different ‘go’ button. Some need some yelling, others a softer touch.” You can watch the station’s story about Pilios after the jump. Read more

Part of KGET Building Collapses Before Saturday Night’s Newscast

Bakersfield NBC affiliate KGET made the top of its own newscast Saturday night when the facade of the station’s building fell to the ground just before 10:00 p.m.

Calling it a “Boom in The Night,” anchor Kelsey Thomas told viewers she was putting a story together for the 11:00 p.m. news when she heard a loud boom. Thomas said the lights went out. Meteorologist Rob Martin told viewers he, the show’s director and the master control operator went outside to check things out. “I just looked,” said Martin. “And I was like, Whoa!”

“The building sustained a lot of broken glass and damage to the entry area of the building,” said Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Turner in KGET’s report. “Fortunately no one was on the sidewalk.”

“Damage to the structure (is) probably set at around $20,000 and the building department is looking into the incident,”  Turner told The Bakersfield Californian. There’s no word what caused the collapse.

Leonardo Ruíz Named Station Manager of Univision Bakersfield

Univision Communications has named Leonardo Ruíz vice president and station manager for Univision Bakersfield.

In his new role, he will be based out of Bakersfield and report to Alberto Mier y Terán, the senior vice president and general manager of Univision Los Angeles.

“Leo has been one of the most enthusiastic and team-oriented individuals I have worked with,” Mier y Terán said in a statement. “He will be a driving force in continuing to deliver on our commitment of informing, entertaining and empowering our community in Bakersfield.”

Ruíz comes from KMEX, Univision’s flagship station in Los Angeles, where he was the national account manager. More in Univision’s official announcement after the jump. Read more

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