Lukens, Coach Q new 940 ESPN on-air team

FresnoJune 18, 2013 

The new hosts of the "Rise Show" that airs noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays on 940 ESPN are Christian Lukens and Marc Q. Jones. They replace local sports talk radio personalities Nick Papagni and Matt Johnson, who reported on high school sports for the station for four years but were let go two weeks ago.

Lukens has provided play-by-play for various sports — including Fresno State women's basketball and softball — on the sports talk station during the past six years while attending Fresno City College and Fresno State. He also co-hosted sports talk shows with Paul Swearengin and Guy Haberman and provided high school football coverage on the station's "Central Valley Game Night" shows.

Jones, known as "Coach Q," was a Division IV All-State basketball player for Washington Union High School and was captain of the school's state championship team in 1988. After a college career at University of California at Davis, Jones was a successful high school head coach at Natomas High in Sacramento. His broadcast background includes being the on-air producer for the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors broadcasts.

"Coach Q and Christian Lukens have great passion for high school athletics and we're excited to pair them up as we expand coverage of local high school sports on 940 ESPN and 790 The Deuce," says Chris Pacheco, owner of KFIG (AM 940) and KFPT (AM 790).

Emmy results

KFTV (Channel 21) picked up several Emmys at Saturday's 42nd Annual Northern California Area Emmy Awards in San Francisco, which honored television stations from the Northern California region that covers from Visalia to the Oregon border and includes Hawaii and Reno.

Newscast Evening for medium market: "Noticias 21 a las 6." KFTV, by news director Sandy Sirias, producer Marialcy Carreno, news anchors David Ibarra and Sayra Vazquez.

Historic Cultural Program/Special: "The History of the United Farm Workers," by KFTV reporter/writer/photographer/editor Irma Cervantes.

Promotion Program for single spot: "Copa Univision — America vs Jaguares," by KFTV, producer/editor/graphic designer Andres E. Sanchez.

Director, live or live-to-tape: "Noticias 21 Live," by KFTV director/technical director Michelle Garcia, and "Noticias 21," by KFTV director Jose E. Munoz.

KFSN (Channel 30.1) also picked up the Emmy for daytime newscast in a medium market for its "Action News Midday."

Book signing

KNXT (Channel 49.1) is hosting a book signing and Q&A session with Mother Dolores Hart at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Holy Spirit Church community hall, 355 E. Champlain Drive.

Her book, "The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows" ($24.95, Ignatius Press), co-authored with Richard DeNeut, is the story of how she went from a Hollywood actress to Benedictine nun.

Mother Dolores made headlines in 1963 when she announced that after starring in 10 feature films, she was entering a contemplative monastery. She made her film debut in 1957, starring with with Elvis Presley in "Loving You." Her other films include "Where the Boys Are," "King Creole" and "Francis of Assisi."

Because seating is limited, those who plan to attend should call (559) 488-7440 or send an e-mail to

Other news

Tough guys: The Valley will be well represented in the new NBC competition series, "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls," when it debuts at 9 p.m. July 8 on KSEE (Channel 24.1). Among the 20 competitors are Jim Vach, 61, of Fresno, and Royce Wadsworth, 25, of Corcoran.

The teams will navigate the treacherous New Zealand landscape in their quest to "get out alive."

Checking the weather: KFSN (Channel 30.1) is now offering a weather app that's available for free both on iOS and Android (2.3.3 and up) devices through the Apple App Store and in Google Play. It offers voice alerts to warn users of severe weather and has a "follow me anywhere" setting that allows users to get radar and weather information wherever they travel.


TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at

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