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Viewers Not Happy With What They See After Yuma Stations Put Under One Roof

npg_304The plan to put all the Yuma, Ariz. market stations owned or operated by News-Press & Gazette under one roof has not gone as smoothly as planned.

According to the Yuma Sun, viewers started noticing signal problems after NBC affiliate KYMA, CBS affiliate KSWT, FOX, ABC, CW and Telemundo affiliate KECY were consolidated as part of a shared services agreement between Blackhawk Broadcasting and NP&G in July.

About six weeks ago, and “without any warning whatsoever, stations 11 and 13… started pixelating, started cutting programs and commercials in the middle of the program, having un-synchronous video and audio, and literally having frozen video with audio underneath,” Frederic B. Brown told the Yuma Sun recently.

George Lopez, chief engineer for the stations said it’s complicated.

“One of the things that made it a little more difficult is NBC requires us to have their own satellite equipment. CBS also was a little challenging, because KSWT was operated remotely from a place in Texas. So all the receiving equipment for the network was in Texas at the time. We took some of the equipment and shipped it cross country, but in the meantime, we had to operate on a semi-temporary basis. We just now are getting over that hump – getting the equipment from CBS, and putting it up.”

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One Station Group Makes Big Move in a Small Market

npg logoNews-Press & Gazette is now the only game in town for TV viewers in the Yuma, AZ-El Centro, CA, market.

NPG has agreed to a sharing agreement with Blackhawk Broadcasting to operate both NBC affiliate KYMA and CBS affiliate KSWT.

NPG owns KECY and KESE the CW, ABC, FOX and Telemundo affiliates in that market (DMA #166).

Mike Meara, EVP and COO at NPG Broadcasting, told TVSpy, “Due to the economic challenges facing Yuma/El Centro, and similar markets our size, this agreement will allow us to share resources in News, Engineering, Operations and Promotions that will result in a stronger operation that will be able serve the Yuma/El Centro area with a more robust news gathering operation and deeper commitment to Community Service.” Read more

‘We’re Gonna Have to Run Because Our Light’s Catching on Fire’

It was a windy (and expensive) morning on Friday for KECY, the Fox affiliate in Yuma. During Anna Chaulk and Eduardo Santiago‘s live shot from the Imperial Valley Mall, the lights blew over twice, leaving the pair in the dark.

Santiago was able to make a diving catch to save the light during the first hit, but the second time they blew over, they crashed audibly to the ground behind the camera. Chaulk, the station’s primary anchor, had to throw it back to the studio: “We’re gonna have to run because our light’s catching on fire,” she said. Watch:

Ernesto Romero Named KYMA News Director

KYMA, the NBC affiliate for Yuma, AZ, has named Ernesto Romero news director.

“My former news director Luis Cruz mentored me to be the person I am today,” said Romero who was promoted from managing editor. “With the many things I’ve learned from him and other great leaders that have come through our doors, I am confident I’ll be able to take our team to the next level.”

Romero has worked at KYMA since 2009. He succeeds Luis Cruz who left KYMA earlier this month to work for U-T TV, the web and cable network for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Steve Nunez Joins KSWT as News Director

Steve Nunez has joined KSWT as news director.

Nunez confirmed with TVSpy he started at the Yuma, AZ, CBS affiliate last week.

The former KGUN morning anchor was let go from the Tucson ABC affiliate in September after one year on the desk.  He began his career with KGUN as an intern in 1993.

Lou Dobbs: My First Big Break

Midtown Manhattan is a long way from Yuma, Arizona. But for Fox Business Network anchor Lou Dobbs, that’s where it all began: at KBLU radio and TV (now KSWT-13). Dobbs left a lucrative but boring job in commercial banking in Los Angeles for the bright lights of TV news — at $75 a week.

But now, almost 40 years later, Dobbs credits his days in Yuma for giving him his First Big Break.