Fresno State first lady Mary Castro co-hosts KFSR show

FresnoJanuary 28, 2014 

Mary Castro

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As soon as Julie Logan, program director for KFSR (FM 90.7), saw there was an opening on the local radio station's lineup for a public affairs show, she thought of Mary Castro, wife of Fresno State University President Joseph Castro.

"I'd met them a couple of times and I was just struck by how genuine and accessible and compassionate they are," Logan says. "I contacted Mrs. Castro and gave her complete creative license in coming up with a show. Her idea fit perfectly with what we had in mind."

They created "First Lady's Focus," a weekly public affairs program that showcases the personal stories of people who love Fresno State — faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni, donors and other friends of the university. It airs at 10 a.m. Sundays on 90.7 FM and streams online at

"Since President Castro and I joined the Bulldog family last summer, I have met many people who have a passion for this university. They have interesting backgrounds and stories about how they became inspired to follow their personal dreams. Fresno State played an important role in their success," Castro says in a news release. "I hope through this program to introduce them to the community so they can share their stories and motivation for being a part of Fresno State's bright future."

Castro's background isn't in radio, but the university's first lady is such a natural conversationalist, Logan says, that she is comfortable in front of a microphone.

This weekend's guest is Marvin Meyers, a west Fresno County farmer and Fresno State alumnus.

KFSR is a member-supported non-commercial public radio station licensed to and operated by California State University, Fresno.

Food for thought

ABC30 anchor Margot Kim and her mother, Sylvia Kim, will be featured in the episode of "My Family Recipe Rocks" airing at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the Live Well Network. It can be seen via antenna at KFSN (Channel 30.2) or on Comcast Channel 709.

The cooking series is hosted by former 'NSYNC star and "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Joey Fatone. In each episode, Fatone visits with homegrown cooks to learn about their specialty dishes. The dishes Kim prepares were handed down to her from her mother.

"It's a really fun episode and we did a wacky spoof of the 'Anchorman' movies where Joey became 'Hash Ragsdale' anchoring a made-up newscast that tossed to the real Joey Fatone in the field as he cooked with Margot," says Jeff Aiello, executive producer of "My Family Recipe Rocks."

Kim, who joined the KFSN news team in 2004, co-anchors "Action News AM Live."

On the air

Fresno State product Allie Norton is working at the ABC affiliate in Spokane, Wash. Before getting into TV, the 2012 broadcast journalism major spent two years with the Bulldogs football team shooting the coaches film for Pat Hill.

"I left that awesome job for my first job in journalism, which was at The Collegian as the online sports reporter. I spent most of my college career living in that room at the Speech Arts building and did both print and online stories. Loved it. Don Priest, Jim Tucker and Faith Sidlow pushed me to pursue a career in the field. Without a doubt I can say they are the three people that got me to a top 100 market by the time I was 23," Norton says.

After a short stop at Eureka's KIEM, Norton landed her current job in the Northwest. The San Diego native says she hopes to experience what it's like to live in the snow.

Reader question

While I'm on the subject of on-air personalities, a reader wants some information on KMPH (Channel 26.1) sports reporter and weekend sports anchor Nick King. He came to the local FOX affiliate after working at KSNF-KODE in Joplin, Mo.

Although he was born in California, King was raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Something old

It's time to dig through the attic, barn or garage and find that item you have always thought might be worth some money.

The popular PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" will be making eight stops across the country to produce the 19th season of episodes.

The closest stop to Fresno will be in Santa Clara on June 7. More details will be provided as they become available.


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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