Bentley: Greg Hoffman out at KBOS radio; Janae Estrada in at KOKO

The Fresno BeeAugust 13, 2013 

Greg Hoffman is no longer working at KBOS (FM, 94.9).

He will not say whether his departure from the local radio station was his decision or that of management. Jeff Negrete, general manager of the local Clear Channel radio stations that include KBOS, could not be reached for comment.

What I do know is that Hoffman's been at the local radio station — better known as B95 — for more than 17 years as program director and on-air talent, including being a co-host for the "Juice Crew Morning Show" for a dozen years. His morning show partners, Andre Covington and Carmen, are still with the station.

Hoffman did release a statement on the end of his run at KBOS:

"I want to say thank you to all my co-workers at B95 for being such great teammates throughout the years, especially for the support they have given me the last nine and a half years that I have served as the program director of the station. I would like to give a special thank you to Andre Covington, with whom I created the 'Juice Crew Morning Show' over 12 years ago," Hoffman says. "Most importantly, I would like to thank all the people of Fresno and Central California who have loyally woken up and listened to my show each morning.

"I am going to miss interacting with all the listeners of the 'Juice Crew Morning Show.' It is my hope that I left them with some lasting positive memories."

Noontime show

The latest local voice to join the local radio airwaves is Janae Estrada, program director at KOKO (FM, 94.3).

Estrada is now on the air hosting "Nae Nae's Noontime Lunchwagon," which runs from noon to 1 p.m. weekdays. You can call Estrada with requests, dedications and shout outs.

Estrada took on the new show to fill an opening on the radio station that existed between the local morning and afternoon shows.

"There was a gap in between and people really wanted to get on the air. What's good about my new show is that I have the luxury of playing what I want," Estrada says. "Some people will know the song they want to dedicate and others might not, so I will help them pick something."

Estrada started out as a call screener for syndicated radio host Art Laboe in Los Angeles. She moved to Fresno in 2011 to help run KOKO. Along with her programming duties and the weekday show, Estrada will continue to host the "Saturday Night all 80s Dance Party" that airs 8 p.m. to midnight.

There's no need to worry about Estrada's music knowledge because as the KOKO program director she is familiar with every song in the radio station's library. She says that if a caller can sing the harmony of a song, she can tell him or her whether it's available to be played.

Sound accomplishments

Radio Bilingüe has been a source of news and information since it launched 33 years ago as the first Latino-controlled community radio station. The reach of the Fresno-based radio station — heard locally on KSJV (FM, 91.5) — has continued to grow as it now owns and operates 13 of its own public radio stations in California and the Southwest.

The latest step is the launch of the redesigned radiobilingue.org.

Changes include easier access to Radio Bilingüe's Latino-focused national news, public affairs, music, cultural and educational content. Listeners can find past programs on the station's growing archive files, subscribe to podcasts and more easily tune in to the station's programming through a live audio stream.

Coming to town

The steady stream of Disney Channel actors visiting Chukchansi Park wraps up with Raini Rodriguez, who plays Trish on "Austin & Ally." She will sign autographs and meet with fans from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the Fresno Grizzlies home game against the Reno Aces.

Along with the Disney Channel show, Rodriguez was in the feature film "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and on the TV shows "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" and "I'm in the Band."

Previous Disney Channel actors in the park this summer include Peyton List from "Jessie," plus Alexandria DeBerry and Stefanie Scott of "A.N.T. Farm."

Tough enough

The Valley's representation in the NBC competition series "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls," which airs 9 p.m. Mondays on KSEE (Channel 24.1), has been cut in half.

Jim Vach, 61, of Fresno, and his son, Austin Vach, 24, are one of the four teams still in the running for the grand prize of $500,000. But Royce Wadsworth, 25, of Corcoran, and his friend, Kyle Krieger, were eliminated Monday night.

Although two other teams did poorly in their challenges, host Bear Grylls sent Wadsworth and Krieger home because he didn't think they showed the right attitude to survive in the wild.

 

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

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