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VIDEO: KBAK Morning Anchors Don’t Realize They’re On the Air

Oops. On KBAK Friday, anchors Lynda Halligan and Rob Finnerty were victims of an equipment failure that led to about 10 seconds of silence at the top of the morning newscast (video above).

“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 to Create Duopolies in Fresno, Bakersfield

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.

Rentrak Signs Another Scripps Station

Rentrak Corporation announced it has signed Scripps Television owned KERO, the ABC affiliate in Bakersfield, CA to its multi-screen media measurement service.

“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.

Rob Finnerty Joins KBAK-KBFX in Bakersfield

Rob Finnerty is joining KBAK-KBFX, Fisher Communications’ duopoly in Bakersfield, Calif.

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.”

Amity Addrisi to Replace Longtime Anchor Lisa Krch on KBAK-KBFX Evening Newscasts

After 15 years at KBAK-KBFX, evening anchor Lisa Krch (left) has parted ways with Fisher Communications’ Bakersfield duopoly.

KBAK-KBFX news director Cristi Jessee told TVSpy weekend anchor Amity Addrisi (right) will replace Krch on the evening newscasts. She will anchor alongside Kurt Rivera.

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.

 

New News Sets in Greenville, NC and Bakersfield, CA

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 reports the KERO set is similar to Scripps’ KJRH-TV in Tulsa. KERO was one of the stations added to the Scripps portfolio when McGraw-Hill got out of the TV business late last year.

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.

Troy Campbell to Join KERO in Bakersfield

Troy Campbell is joining KERO, the ABC-affiliate in Bakersfield, CA.

Campbell comes from KTSM, the NBC-affiliate in El Paso, where he was a multimedia journalist. The move is a return to California for Campbell, who graduated from California State University in Northridge in 2010.

At KERO, Campbell will anchor the 11 p.m. newscast and report for the earlier newscasts.

Carlos Correa Joins KERO From KRWG

Carlos Correa has joined KERO, the ABC-affiliate in Bakersfield, as a general assignment reporter, Media Moves reports.

Correa comes from KRWG, the PBS station in El Paso, where he has been a multimedia reporter and news director for the past two years. He has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KOLR-KSFX in Springfield, MO, and at KTVO in Ottumwa, IA.

He began his career as at WMAQ, the NBC O&O in Chicago, where he was an assignment desk editor and field producer.

VIDEO: Bakersfield Morning Show Conducts On-Air Job Interview for Open Reporter Position

Tom Murphy is trying to land a job at KBAK-KBFX in Bakersfield so the Fisher-owned duopoly invited him on to its morning show this week to interview for a recently open reporter position.

Murphy, who is currently at WBKB in Alpena, MI, played a game of “this or that” and did a blind report in front of the station’s green screen (video above).

KBAK-KBFX is asking viewers to email their opinions of Murphy to viewer@bakersfieldnow.com.

KERO Names News Veteran Steve Weinstein GM

Steve Weinstein has been named general manager of KERO in Bakersfield, CA.

KERO was acquired by E.W. Scripps at the end of last year, and Weinstein has served as news director at KJRH, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in Tulsa, since 2006.

“Steve has the ability to inspire quality journalism while addressing business opportunities in the vibrant market of Bakersfield,” Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division.  “He is an award-winning video journalist who has strong business acumen, so he can effectively manage content issues while helping our sales executives devise customer-driven solutions on multiple platforms.” Read more

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