Another year has ended and, as it has become the custom, it's time to take a look back at some of the big local stories in TV and radio during the past 12 months. Here are a few of the highlights:
On TV: The purchase of KGPE (Channel 47.1) and KSEE (Channel 24.1) by Nexstar Broadcasting resulted in the two competing TV stations becoming a joint operation. This move streamlined the work done by many of the departments at both stations into one office.
The biggest change included a complete revamp of the building that had once been home to KSEE to make room for both stations. The construction included new sets for both stations. With the new sets came changes to the newscasts. Both news teams became one, which meant reporters can be seen on both stations.
On-air talent came and went at Valley stations.
Longtime KFTV (Channel 21.1) reporter Reina Cardenas moved into the anchor chair for the local Spanish-language station's 6 and 11 p.m. news. George Takata switched from sports duties at KGPE to the co-hosting job for "KSEE Sunrise." Anchor/reporter Amanda Perez left KFSN (Channel 30.1) to take a reporting job at KPRC in Houston.
KMPH weekend sports anchor Jessob Reisbeck left Fresno for Milwaukee to become one of the co-hosts for the morning show at FOX affiliate WITI. Nicole Garcia, an anchor/reporter for the local FOX affiliate, accepted a job at the FOX television station in Phoenix.
The area lost some veteran talent, too, as Angelo Stalis ended 43 years working for KFSN when he officially retired and Mike Scott retired just a few days short of his 30th anniversary at KGPE.
Radio daze: The biggest change was with KMJ (AM 580) when Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel, pulled Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from the local talk/news station after a 25-year relationship. Limbaugh and Hannity ended up on Power Talk 96.7, a station that previously was the adult contemporary music format known as Alice.
KMJ filled the lost syndicated shows with locally produced programming hosted by Ray Appleton, Chris Daniel and others. One of those others, Inga Barks, ended her run on KMJ. Earlier in the year, she was off the air for more than a week following an arrest on charges of public intoxication and delaying or obstructing a peace officer.
The Christian talk radio format launched in October 2011 at KGED (AM 1680) was replaced by a conservative talk radio lineup that includes syndicated programs hosted by Laura Ingraham and Hugh Hewett.
After years of radio stations cutting staffs, there were some positive signs with several on-air personalities hired during the year, including the addition of Dave Thomson as the new morning drive host at KSOF (FM 98.9).
One of the biggest on-air changes happened on a popular national radio show. Jim Rome heard locally on on Fresno's KCBL (AM 1340) was replaced by actor-comedian Jay Mohr on the Fox Sports Radio Network. Rome was back when KJZN (FM 105.5) switched from a conservative talk radio format to a sports talk lineup featuring programming from the CBS Sports Radio Network.
Really? The Valley continued to produce reality show participants.
Fresno native and millionaire Stephanie Costa was one of the love-seeking daters who appeared on an edition of the Bravo reality series "Millionaire Matchmaker." A film crew from the NBC series "The Biggest Loser" traveled to Dry Creek Park in Clovis to film a local family's journey with childhood obesity and "Capture," the CW competition series, filmed in Shaver Lake.
The guys from the History Channel series, "American Pickers," were in Sanger while Buchanan High School graduate Lauren Scott was on the ABC reality competition show "The Taste."
The Valley was well represented on the NBC competition series, "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls" with Jim Vach of Fresno and Royce Wadsworth of Corcoran among the 20 competitors.
Agustin Ruiz, a native of Porterville and a student at the local college, was the winner of the ninth season of "Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento," the Spanish- language version of "America's Got Talent."
On the job: Fresno's Miranda Rae Mayo joined the BET comedy series "The Game" for a multi-episode arc that began at the end of the sixth season and resumed in the seventh season.
Audra McDonald was both the host of the "Live From Lincoln Center" series on Valley Public Television and also appeared in the live telecast on NBC of "The Sound of Music."
In the world of commercials, Fresno's Emily Grace, a 13-year-old middle school student, was in a national television commercial for Google's Nexus 7 and local twins Eric and Matthew Loera, seniors at Hoover High School, were in a national commercial for Subaru.
The final journey: Huell Howser, host of "California's Gold," died at the age of 67. Many of his travels up and down the state telling stories with a down-home charm brought him to the Valley.
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, firstname.lastname@example.org or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.