Those who tuned into local rock station The Blaze heard a new voice this week. Rash, a longtime on-air talent in Fresno, is now partnering with Izzy for “The Morning Blaze” on KKBZ (105.1 FM). He replaces Gus on the programming heard from 5-10 a.m. weekdays.
Rash says in a news release to announce the hiring that he’s “excited for the opportunity to rock the Central Valley every morning.” He then jokes it will be necessary to buy an alarm clock.
Before moving to “The Morning Blaze,” Rash worked at New Rock (KFRR, 104.1 FM) and KFIG (940 AM).
Kevin O’Rourke, general manager of Lotus Fresno, owners of “The Blaze,” expressed the usual sentiments about how excited he and the station are to have Rash as part of their team. He points out that his Fresno roots will be a plus to the program.
As for Gus, the former co-host of “The Morning Blaze,” station management would only say that he is no longer with the station.
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New episodes of “Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry” will begin airing at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, on E!. Henry is the Hanford native who has been doing celebrity readings on the cable channel since the series launched in January 2016.
One of the first readings he will do is with Tanya Thicke just months after the death of her husband, Alan Thicke.
“This episode is very dear to my heart,” Tanya Thicke says. “It is important for me to share it with all of my husband’s incredible fans. All of their love and well-wishes have been greatly appreciated through this difficult time. I hope this look into our lives will bring them some peace and closure.”
Other celebrities meeting with Henry include Khloe Kardashian, Bobby Brown, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Eva Longoria, Ryan Lochte, RuPaul, T-Boz, Lisa Vanderpump, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Mel B, Janice Dickinson, Patti Stanger, Nico Tortorella, Johnny Weir, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, Reza Farahan, Joanna Krupa, Elisha Cuthbert, Nancy Grace, Portia de Rossi, Tabatha Coffey, Mischa Barton, Brett Eldredge, Jaleel White, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Marlee Matlin, Lil’ Kim, The Chrisley Family, Ice-T and Coco Austin.
Henry’s series has been one of the biggest programs to air on the cable channel. Season 1 was E!’s most-watched unscripted series launch in three years, excluding spinoffs.
Along with his TV work, Henry has written “Between Two Worlds: Lessons From the Other Side” (Gallery Books, $25), a book about his life.
Comcast is testing a stripped-down version of its cable packages in several markets. There are no current plans for such a test locally, but if the new packages get enough attention in the test markets, they could become a reality here.
The Xfinity Instant TV service, with a starting price of $15 per month, would include broadcast networks as well as HBO or another premium channel. The price would increase with more channels added. There could also be packages base on genres like news or children’s programming.
Any package that includes ESPN will cost a lot more than others. S&P Analysis reports the high cost of sports programming has negatively impacted margins at cable networks and operators, and resulted in added fees to subscribers. The average cost per subscriber for ESPN in 2016 was more than $81 compared to just under $5 for all of the other cable networks.
The smaller packages would lower the price cable subscribers would have to pay. But even if the new service comes to the area, if the bulk of the cable package is local TV, it makes more sense to start watching local TV via an antenna. There are far more over-the-air channels available and they are free.
KSEE24 (KSEE-24.1) anchor Evan Onstot was featured on a comedy segment of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” He was part of the reading of fake news stories for the recurring comedy bit about good news.
Onstot asked viewers to watch him smile.