Bentley: Don't flip, Jen Lipp is still on KMJ radio

The Fresno BeeMarch 4, 2014 

A few readers were upset because they could no longer hear Jennifer Lipp's early morning radio show, "Lipp Service With Jennifer Lipp," which has been airing on KMJ (FM 105.9) from 5:30-8 a.m. weekdays.

There's no need for concern.

Lipp's solo show has ended, but she remains a big part of the KMJ on-air team. You can continue to hear the Philadelphia native — who has been a part of the Fresno radio world since 1994 — on "The John Broeske and Jen Lipp Show." It airs 9-11 a.m. weekdays on KMJ (AM 580) and is simulcast on KMJ FM.

Lipp's solo program was ended to give her more time to work on the program she does with Broeske.

By the book

ABC30 — along with Disney, ABC Television and First Book — are looking to raise interest in reading in Tulare County, which has an illiteracy rate of almost 32%. The local TV station and its partners want to donate 10,000 books to Read for Life, the Tulare County organization that helps put books into the hands of children in need.

Here's how you can help: The "Be Inspired Children's Book Drive" is 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 21 at College of the Sequoias, 915 South Mooney Blvd., in Visalia. The station will broadcast live from the campus throughout the day, encouraging viewers to drop off new and gently used children's books. The biggest need is books for children ages 0-3.

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Touching story

Reaction continues to the recent TV feature about the Mendota High football team that aired on ESPN's "Outside the Lines," "SportsCenter" and the Spanish-language ESPN Deportes.

The reports looked at how the city — where the unemployment rate is almost 38% and poverty is so high that 94% of the students qualify for the free/reduced lunch program — has produced powerhouse prep football teams. Not only did the story move those locally, but it affected people across the country.

Ray Gerber is a 60-year-old New Jersey resident who cried while watching the reports. In an email, Gerber says: "I was so impressed and inspired with the kids and people in the show and the whole story that I want to help in some way but do not know where to start."

His desire to help comes at the same time Gerber is losing his home. He still wants the people in Mendota to know, "there are people who do care about others."

Other news

Radio change: Local news and talk radio station, KMJ (AM 580), is now airing "Red Eye Radio" instead of "Overnight America with Jon Grayson."

"Red Eye" can be heard 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. weeknights and 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on the weekends. The new overnight talk show is hosted by Eric Harley and Gary McNamara and is based in Dallas. Topics range from politics to issues of interest to truckers.

Addition: AT&T U-verse TV subscribers can now watch the Sportsman Channel in HD. The sports channel has only been available in standard definition on the service since 2005.

A lot of sharing: ValleyPBS byYou ( is a website that features videos and stories about community events, organizations and individuals from the seven counties the local public TV station serves. Nearly 300 videos were added to the site in 2013 in seven categories: Art & Culture, News & Public Affairs, Exploration, Diversity, Leadership & Workforce, Health & Wellness and Education.

Hit the road: Applications are being accepted for the next season of National Geographic Channel's "Ultimate Survival Alaska." You have until May 1 to go to to fill out the application. Only the toughest and most intrepid adventurers should apply.


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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