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Evy Ramos Signs Off From KGPE

evy ramosEvy Ramos has signed off from KGPE in Fresno. Ramos, who anchors the CBS affiliate’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, joined the station in 2009.

“Today is my last day at CBS47. It has been a wonderful 5 years and I have loved every minute of my time here,” Ramos wrote on Facebook. “Thank you all for being a part of my life.”

Ramos has previously worked for KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, and KMPH, the Fox affiliate in Fresno.

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Bud Elliott to Retire From KSEE After More than 23 Years

elliott KSEEBud Elliott, anchor for Fresno NBC affiliate KSEE, has announced he’s retiring in May.

“My career with KSEE 24 has given me the opportunity to meet and work with incredible people,” Elliott said in a statement. “Now I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my family including a brand new grandson in Sacramento, and focusing on some recently discovered health issues.”

There was no mention of what health issues Elliott was talking about.

“Central Valley viewers, as well as those of us who have had the pleasure of working with him, have all benefited from Bud’s talent and dedication,” said Matthew Rosenfeld, KSEE VP and GM. “I know he is looking forward to retirement and the additional time he’ll have to spend with his family.” Read more

Good Morning! Fresno CBS Station Knocks on Wrong Door in Early AM Giveaway


KGPE‘s Zara Arboleda was supposed to surprise the winner of the station’s “Race to the Altar” giveaway live on the morning show.

The excitement was high while the reporter for the Fresno CBS affiliate approached the winner’s apartment holding balloons and bouquet of red roses at 6:45 in the morning. She knocked. She rang the bell. Then she got a glimpse of the person who cracked open the door.

“Whoa! Wait a second. You’re not Nick,” said Arboleda, who then doubled over with laughter and said “We’re at the wrong apartment!”

No word on the reaction from “not Nick” who woke up to find a TV crew outside.

Father Says He Saw Son Shot to Death By LA Police on Live TV

ktla_helicopterOne of the people watching the live police chase in Los Angeles more than a week ago that ended with the killing of the suspect on live TV was the victim’s father.

Bill Beaird told The Los Angeles Times his youngest son Brian called him while being chased by police the evening of December 13. He said he told his son to pull over after Brian Beaird said he done nothing wrong.

The chase and subsequent shooting was carried live by Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA and Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH. The family has filed a $20 million claim against the city of Los Angeles.

Later, Beaird watched live as a KTLA-TV News helicopter showed police chasing the Corvette into downtown L.A. He saw his son’s car T-bone another car before spinning onto the sidewalk. The driver staggered out of the vehicle, briefly raised his hands with his back to the police officers, then grabbed his stomach as he fell to the ground.

“I thought it was my son, but I wasn’t sure,” Bill Beaird said.

Beaird said he was initially confused about what happened to the man — the television reporters said he might have been shot with a Taser, he recalled. But when he tried to reach his son and couldn’t, his family began putting the pieces together. Read more

Activists Target Local Stations to Protest ‘Mainstream Media’

protestors_localTVProtestors converged on TV stations and newspapers Saturday to voice their displeasure with what they’re calling the mainstream media.

The protest was organized by The March Against Mainstream Media. The MAMSM has a website where it talks about its aims.

MARCH AGAINST MAINSTREAM MEDIA is more than just a protest. It is an attack against the credibility of the mainstream media in an attempt to steer its viewers away from its lies and towards alternative media sources. There are too many important things happening today that go ignored or spun by the MSM and unnoticed by the mass public.”

Oklahoma City protestor James Neighbors told local FOX affiliate KOKH, “We’ve gotta have some truth in the media. We need to quit having fluff articles. We need to have real hard investigative reporting. In-depth. None of this just glossing over things for an agenda.” Read more

George Takata Shifting From Sports to News at Fresno’s KSEE-KGPE

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KGPE sports director George Takata is shifting from sports to news as he joins sister station KSEE, the Fresno Bee reports. Beginning Thursday, Takata will be the NBC affiliate’s morning co-anchor.

“Tune in for his debut, along with our new weather person Heidi Waggoner, our HD launch, AND our brand new set…all on Oct. 31!” co-anchor Carina Corral wrote on Facebook. “…this is going to be F-U-N!”

Takata has been the weeknight sports anchor at KGPE, which Nexstar recently combined with KSEE, since 1997. Watch his goodbye video after the jump. Read more

Carlos Saucedo Joins KXTV From KFSN

carlos saucedo smallAfter two years at KFSN in Fresno, Carlos Saucedo will join KXTV in Sacramento, Media Moves reports.

“I am really excited about this incredible opportunity reporting from the state capital,” Saucedo said. “I’m glad I’ll be staying in California where I’ll hit the ground running covering multiple beats, including the political sphere Sacramento is known for.”

Saucedo will sign off from ABC owned KFSN on October 17. He begins at ABC affiliate KXTV on November 11. Before moving to Fresno, he worked at WVLT in Knoxville and KWTX in Waco.

Nexstar Fresno Stations to Debut New Studios

kgpe_kseeViewers of Nexstar’s Fresno stations KSEE and KGPE will notice the stations have a new look beginning this weekend.

CBS affiliate KGPE will reveal its new studio Sunday while NBC affiliate KSEE will debut its new look at the end of the month.

The two stations were put under one roof by owner Nexstar after the station group bought both stations last year.

“Our expectations have always been to operate our stations at the highest level but there is a new level of resources and investment,” KSEE-KGPE general manager Matt Rosenfeld told the Fresno Bee. “That’s been the leading complaint and frustration among employees at both stations. There wasn’t a huge influx of investment at all. Now, when we are done, there will be nothing to complain about. It’s the most state-of-the-art group of stations in the Nexstar Group.” Read more

Fresno Newscast Director Dies After Short Illness

Larry Howland, newscast director for KMPH, died over the weekend after what the station said was a short illness.

The Fresno FOX affiliate posted the story on its website and announced the news on its 10:00 p.m. show. Howland started at KMPH in 1976 in the Production Department. He was named director in 1983. He directed the 10:00 p.m. news and was one of two directors for the station’s syndicated programming.

Mr. Howland was respected and admired by his peers.  He was nearly unflappable in the face of the unexpected events and stress that accompany live TV newscasts, and his co-workers and teammates in his KMPH News family loved him for his kind and generous heart which he regularly and openly shared with everyone around him.

“Larry was the consummate professional,” Jack Peck, president and general manager of KMPH said in a statement. “He performed his craft with the utmost professionalism and skill. He will be sorely missed.”

Howland is survived by his wife and daughter. The family is planning a memorial service but has not announced a date.

Two Anchors in Two Days, Sidlow Follows Prado Out KSEE’s Door

Faith Sidlow (pictured left), KSEE morning anchor, has been fired one day after Noon anchor Pamela Prado (pictured right) was let go, reports The Fresno Bee.

“It wasn’t a shock,” Sidlow told The Bee. “I had a pretty good idea over the last few months that I could be let go.”

Sidlow had been with the Nexstar owned Fresno NBC affiliate for 28 years. She also teaches journalism at Fresno State and said she does not plan to look for a job in other markets.

Prado, who was let go Monday, told The Bee she felt blindsided, “I anchored yesterday’s noon show and ended it by saying what I say everyday, ‘Thanks for joining me and I’ll see you tomorrow.’” She added, “I would have loved to have had the opportunity to say good-bye to my co-workers and viewers who have allowed me to come into their homes for almost 10 years.” Read more

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