KSEE24 morning show reporter Matt Otstot is leaving TV to take a job with Children's Hospital Central California.
Otstot will join the hospital's public relations department, where he will handle social media and outreach efforts. His final day with Nexstar Broadcasting — owner of KSEE24 and CBS47 — is Friday. He starts his new job Aug. 25.
"Leaving is bittersweet, but it's a combination of the right opportunity with the right time in my life. I just got married and it had become a little bit of a grind to wake up so early and wake my wife so early," Otstot says.
He and Katie, a local school teacher, were married June 14. Because of his morning duties, Otstot left for work hours before sunrise. The new job will give him more potential for regular business hours.
Otstot says he will miss dealing with all the people who made his job so enjoyable.
This isn't the first time Otstot has left local TV. He came to Fresno in the summer of 2001 to work at KSEE. He left his job as a reporter and weekend weather forecaster in early 2003 when he was hired as a public affairs officer for the city of Fresno. He returned to KSEE (Channel 24.1) in 2010 as a weekday reporter and weekend anchor.
Also during his break from TV, Otstot moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and then performed with the Fresno Will Work for Food Players improvisational group. He doesn't rule out future acting jobs if the situation and project are just right.
Otstot will know at least one person when he shows up for his new job. Zara Arboleda, another former Nexstar on-air talent (at CBS47), started her new job on Monday as public relations manager for Children's Hospital.
New on TV
The Mi Casa Network, an English language television network targeted at the Generation X and Millennial Latino-American audience, has replaced MyCombat Channel on KBID (Channel 31.2).
Mark Shirin, president of Ventura Broadcasting Company, which owns KBID, says the Mi Casa Network "fills a niche in the marketplace for second-, third- and fourth-generation Latino-Americans who want to remain connected to their heritage and culture, yet do not speak the Spanish language."
VBC broadcasts 18 over-the-air channels that provide programming ranging from international news to reruns of classic TV shows. As part of the recent changes, Euronews has moved to KBID (Channel 31.1).
What's on your mind?
"Radio Psyched," a one-hour weekly call-in show hosted by Dr. Bradley Wajda, will debut at 2 p.m. Saturday on KGED (AM 1680). The host — better known as "Dr. Brad" — has written articles on the human mind and body.
" 'Radio Psyched' was created to pull back the curtain on mental health treatment and allow people to see past the stigma of having mental health issues," Wajda says. "We inject humor, not to make light of the seriousness of mental health issues, but in an effort to educate, entertain and engage an audience who may not otherwise explore the subject. This is why we are the 'lighter side of mental health taken seriously.' "
Joining Wajda will be his wife, Karen Maroot, plus Ed Dunn and occasional guests.
On the farm
California Ag Today Radio Network can now be heard anytime through your smartphone, iPad, tablet or any computer via "CaliforniaAgNews 24/7." It includes the latest reports broadcast on the radio network, plus interviews and reports presented to users in a multi-platform format. You can find it at www.CaliforniaAgNews.com.
"Our broadcast team is constantly in the field reporting news directly from farmers and other industry leaders throughout the state," news director Patrick Cavanaugh says. " 'CaliforniaAgNews 24/7' bridges the gap between the field and the fork."
(Correction: The original version of this column incorrectly reported that CaliforniaAgNet 24/7 is part of the AgNet West radio Network.)
Viewers who watch CBS47 via an antenna lost the signal for several days recently. The problem was caused by the replacement of a piece of equipment at the local TV station. The change has been made and the signal has been restored. If you still can't see CBS47, you may have to rescan your TV.
The change had no effect on cable and satellite subscribers.