Monday, April 25, 2005


RANDOM RANTINGS: "Jack" in Your Box

"Jack," "Bob," and various other "we play anything" radio stations are springing up everywhere, it seems. Stations in Seattle, Portland and Salt Lake City have flipped on the "shuffle" switch in the last three days. Locally, the Sacramento area has "Bob," the former "Real Country 92.1," playing "anything" without DJs (for now). Problem is, the station is already recycling songs.

Wasn't the general idea to play anything? I could be wrong, but you shouldn't be hearing the same song again once every four days or so...not if your music library contains everything. Half the music on "Bob" sounds like they walked across the hall to "Flash 103.9" and stole -- er, borrowed, the CD collection from the 80s format.

DUOPOLY DISCUSSION: Viacom now owns KOVR-13 and KMAX-31. This is nothing but good news for KOVR, its long-suffering staff and its loyal, if comparatively smaller, audience. Viacom's television division is strong, with good management and a commitment to market leadership. Plus, it has become quite the duopoly specialist, with strong growth in its two-station operations in Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas. KOVR has a laundry list of needs, including better equipment; its own radar system; and a new news set. Kim Khazei was anchoring the first time we saw the newsroom as the background for KOVR 13 News, and that was in 1994!

Until next time, stay tuned...

The Informer


Sacramento: Viacom Takeover Official

Viacom has now closed on the acquisition of KOVR-13, creating the Sacramento market's second duopoly. CBS Broadcasting of Sacramento will operate KOVR; UPN Stations Group is the licensee of KMAX-31; ultimately, both may be located at the KOVR complex in West Sacramento, which has much more available room than the present KMAX studio on Media Lane. Viacom is still studying the feasability of expanding the KMAX building onto land adjacent to the studio.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Sacto: Fuel Cell Television

Sacramento's KOVR-13 is using hydrogen fuel cells to power its Electronic News Gathering (ENG) cameras for field news acquisition. Read about it at

Tuesday, April 19, 2005


The Daily Dirt

WE HAVE A POPE! Thank God. Let's move on, shall we?

Today's Sacramento Bee carries a brief puff piece by J. Freedom duLac on the growing weather team at KCRA-3 Sacto. Plus, a quick shout to former KNCI midday talent/music director (and chef extraordinaire) Jennifer Wood, now holding a similar job at co-owned KYMX. Read on, if you dare, at

Is there a more "real" anchor guy in Sacto than KCRA/WB58 prime time guy John Alston? Rock solid in any situation, and not willing to take himself too seriously. Worth the watch, and particularly good with Sarah Gardner on WB58 at 10pm.

Tribune loves the morning TV news business. In about two months, the madness spreads to KTXL-40 in Sacto. They'll go up against the three national shows, plus Armstrong & Getty on WB58 and "Good Day Sacramento" on UPN31. And with the FOX 40 News 10pm show not exactly setting ratings records, this could be an uphill fight.

Meanwhile, down in Fresno, Pappas' KMPH-26 continues to squeeze out modest ratings with its four-hour "Great Day" show. It's showing signs of growth, and credit ND Roger Gadley for hiring three attractive women to make the redoutable Kopi Sotiropolous smile each morning as co-anchors.

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Monday, April 18, 2005


NFL Inks New Package; Major Changes

The NFL has announced a new television package beginning next season.

"Monday Night Football" moves to ESPN starting next season and will continue to be televised on over-the-air stations in home markets. The games will come with an earlier start time of 5:40pm (PT).

ESPN's Sunday Night package, part of that network's schedule since 1987, moves to NBC. Local stations KCRA-3 Sacramento, KNTV-11 San Jose/SF, KNVN-24 Chico/Redding, KSEE-24 Fresno and KGET-17 Bakersfield will get Sunday football at 5pm (PT). NBC will get scheduling flexibility in the latter part of the season to get meaningful games on the air in primetime. The package will cost NBC $600 million and give the Peacock Super Bowl telecasts in 2009 and 2012.

ABC and its local stations (KXTV-10 Sacto, KGO-7 SF, KFSN-30 Fresno, KRCR-7 Redding/Chico and KERO-23 Bakersfield) will be frozen out of the NFL for the first time since the legue debuted its Monday night package on ABC in 1970.

CBS and FOX will continue to carry Sunday afternoon games in a previous eight-year deal with the NFL.


Bakersfield: KUZZ Reclaims Top Spot

Buck Owens' KUZZ-AM/FM Bakersfield reclaims the top spot in the most recent Arbitron ratings. The country powerhouse flipped ratings and rank with American General's Rhythmic CHR KISV (Hot 94.1), which slipped to #2 in the February ratings. The two stations account for almost one-fifth of 12+ listening in Bakersfield.


SF: Lara Scott Heads North

Lara Scott, midday host at Clear Channel's KYSR (Star 98.7) Los Angeles adds PM drive duties for sister KIQI (Star 101.3) in San Francisco, according to this afternoon.


SF: All in The Family (Stations)

Family Stations and Infinity Broadcasting are doing business in San Francisco. Family, a large privately-held religious broadcaster based in Oakland, will acquire KFRC-AM 610 San Francisco from Infinity, which picks up KEAR-FM 106.9 San Francisco (originally the flagship of Family's radio network). Terms were not disclosed.

KFRC has been simulcasting KFRC-FM 99.7's oldies format for many years, except for Oakland A's baseball. KFRC-AM is the flagship for the A's, and will remain so through the end of this season. KEAR's format of traditional Christian music and bible teaching will segue to KFRC-AM, as will the KEAR call letters.

Infinity also announced it will sell San Jose Hot Adult Contemporary station KEZR and San Francisco AC station KBAY. The completion of all the deals will give Infinity a half-dozen stations in the SF Bay Area.


Central Valley: Speaking the Language

From the Fresno area: KQEQ-AM 1210 has flipped to Hmong programming, as of late last week. The Hmong community represents one of the largest ethnic groups in the Central Valley, and the one least represented by media in the area. KQEQ transmits from Fowler, with only 350 watts of power. Previously, it had simulcast Spanish programming with several low-power FM's in the Fresno/Visalia area.


Goodbye Gloria

Gloria Gomez, the outstanding reporter for Sactown's KOVR, is going from one 13 to another. She's leaving to join WTVT-13, the Fox station in her hometown of Tampa. Gomez broke numerous developments in the Scott Peterson case, and was one of only four journalists to interview the now-rotting-on-death-row-convicted double murderer.

KOVR is looking for a replacement in the station's San Joaquin Valley bureau.


Saving Beale

Nevada County Broadcasting's two regional AM stations will join forces Wednesday (4/20) to present a two-hour program focusing in on the attempts to save Beale Air Force Base in Sutter County.

KUBA-AM 1600 will originate the first hour with Bob Harlan from its Yuba City studios; KNCO-AM 830 will produce the second hour from Nevada City. The entire show will be streamed on the KUBA website at


KXCL Makes Its Move

First Broadcasting announces it has formally relocated its Yuba City move-in, KXCL (Flash 103.9).

The new transmitter is running with 10kw ERP from a site just above Newcastle, and its license moves from Yuba City to Lincoln, making it a full Sacramento market station.



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