Bentley: Dave Ramsey coming to KGED

June 24, 2014 

Dave Ramsey in his broadcasting studio in Brentwood, Tenn.

JOSH ANDERSON — Associated Press

The radio talk show hosted by author, television personality and motivational speaker Dave Ramsey will join the KGED (AM 1680) Conservative Talk lineup starting 11 a.m. Monday.

His broadcast — like his writings — focus on encouraging people to get out of debt.

"Ramsey has a very strong radio show that fits with the overall culture of the station," says Paul Deffebach, KGED station manager. "We like his straight talk. Where there are so many talk radio people out there talking about 'doom and gloom,' Dave continues to talk about how this is a great country."

"The Dave Ramsey Show" is heard by more than 8 million listeners each week on 500-plus radio stations. His four New York Times best-selling books — "Financial Peace," "More Than Enough," "The Total Money Makeover" and "EntreLeadership" — have sold more than 7 million copies combined.

To make room for Ramsey, "The Dennis Prager Show" will air only two hours starting at 9 a.m. weekdays. Ramsey's program will slip into the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays time slot. For the time being, the first hour of the "The Michael Medved Show" will be broadcast from 2-3 p.m. That will change when the station launches a new locally hosted program to take over the 2-3 p.m. weekday slot.

Deffebach stresses that while it's a good time to launch a local radio show because of the upcoming elections, station management is going to take its time to find just the right host.

The other change at KGED is that in July, Assembly Member Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, will provide two- and three-minute local news features that will run throughout the day Monday through Friday.

KGED will continue to broadcast the radio shows hosted by Laura Ingraham, Bill Bennett, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher and Clark Howard during the week. The local radio station also will continue to carry religious programming on weekends such as "Billy Graham's Hour of Decision," "The Fresno Rescue Mission," "In Touch Weekend with Charles Stanley" and "Campus Bible Church of Fresno."

Go to www.my1680.com for more information.

High praise

During an interview for the upcoming Hulu series, "The Hotwives of Orlando," former "The Office" star Angela Kinsey talked about working in the feature film "Struck by Lightning" with Clovis East High grad and "Glee" star Chris Colfer. She plays his not-so-helpful guidance counselor in the movie written by Colfer.

"I got to improvise a lot and I had Chris laughing so hard that he was crying. We had to stop so he could compose himself," Kinsey says. "Chris is a lovely human being, so kind and so generous. He gives everyone his undivided attention. I just found him to be a wonderful person."

Top honors

KSEE's (Channel 24.1) A.J. Fox, Justin Sacher, Dave Spahr and Heidi Waggoner were winners at the Fresno County Farm Bureau's "20th annual Journalism Awards" program, which were handed out last week. They picked up the top honors in the Television/Radio/Web Audio-Visual Media category for their four-part "High and Dry" series that focused on the water struggles California farmers and consumers are facing from the drought.

Take a chance

Auditions have started for the 14th season of "American Idol." The closest place to the Valley to try out will be in San Francisco on Sept. 29. Anyone 15-28 years old as of June 1, 2014, who is eligible to work in the U.S., can audition. For more information and updates, go to www.americanidol.com.

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

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