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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
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.
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
“Well that was awkward,” Finnerty said when he finally realized they were on the air. He went on to explain that their monitor was down and they hadn’t been cued to start the show. [h/t meteorologist Aaron Perlman]
Nexstar Broadcasting has completed its acquisition of three California stations from Newport Television: NBC affiliate KGET and Telemundo affiliate KKEY in Bakersfield and CBS affiliate KGPE in Fresno.
The $34.5 million transaction will create duopolies for Nexstar in both Fresno and Bakersfield, Calif. Nexstar announced plans to acquire NBC affiliate KSEE in Fresno last month.
“This transaction is consistent with our acquisition criteria as it further diversifies our operations, creates new duopoly markets and is financially accretive,” Nexstar president and CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement.
“KERO-TV is excited to be working with Rentrak,” said Steve Weinstein general manager of KERO. “The ability to access demographic information on a daily basis (rather than just four times a year) is a significant advantage to us and our clients. KERO-TV is already using the information to impact our business in the Bakersfield DMA, and we look forward to more success in the future.”
Scripps initially signed up with Rentrak in August 2010 for its Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ. In October 2012 Scripps added its ABC affiliates in Baltimore (WMAR), Cincinnati (WCPO), Cleveland (WEWS), and its West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV.
Rentrak is a television ratings measurement service providing daily measurement of all national TV networks and local media markets in the United States. The service is the only fully integrated system of satellite, telco and cable TV viewing data available commercially.
From 2007-10, Finnerty was a sports anchor at New England Cable News. He has most recently been a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch in Boston. At KBAK-KBFX, he will anchor the morning newscasts alongside Lynda Halligan and weathercaster Aaron Perlman.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Rob join our team,” news director Cristi Jessee said in a statement. “He brings big market expertise to the desk and I know Kern County is going to love waking up to him each morning.”
Krch, who was last on the air yesterday, anchored the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She also hosted and produced a weekly Sunday evening show focused on health issues. She joined the station in 1997 as the morning anchor.
Station owners and GMs continue to open their wallets for new news sets. The latest at Scripps-owned KERO-TV (ABC) in Bakersfield (upper left) and Media General-owned WNCT (CBS) in Greenville, NC (upper right).
NewscastStudio says the new set at WNCT is designed around the stations new graphic look and “features a large anchor desk and working weather center.”
But it’s pretty clear that blues and browns are still the color of choice for TV news sets.
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