The studio where “The Chris Terrence Show” is produced is just off to the side from what at one time was a kitchen at the Cocola Broadcasting offices. These days it’s used as a storage area, most likely for all of the electronic equipment that was housed inside the pantry-size room that the weekly talk show calls home.
Chris Terrence, who has more than 30 years of experience in the radio/television/production business, is one of several locals producing local talk shows that air via the Internet or and are rebroadcast on local TV.
“The Chris Terrence Show” is available through a live stream provided by Cocola Broadcasting and then rebroadcast on KSDI 33.2 at 6 p.m. Saturdays. This is the same place where another local talk show, “Flying Home with Ronnie Paul” airs at 7 p.m. Saturday nights.
Other local talk shows being produced around town include “Central Valley Buzz with Chuck Leonard,” “John Malos” and “Business with Mike Scott” all on centralvalleytalk.com. Leonard’s show is re-broadcast on KAIL (Channel 7.1) and the Malos show airs on the Me-TV Network.
These are all signs of how the Internet has made producing your own TV series possible. It only takes a small area to serve as a set, some reasonably priced equipment and a couple of hands to run the production.
This is a return to TV talk for Terrence, who in the 1990s and 2000s hosted such shows as “59 Tonight,” “On Tonight With Chris Terrence,” “Good Sports,” “Sportscalls” and others.
Terrence came back to the talk world at the request of Cocola and because he likes chatting with people about a variety of topics.
“Not many things I do good, but I like talking to people. I love talking to all different kind of people. Sometimes the people you don’t know are more interesting that the people you know,” Terrence says.
Since launching the show last month, Terrence has hosted seven episodes. He has not lacked guests, saying he often gets stopped by people who want to be on the program. Some were guests on the talk show he hosted 25 years ago.
Because of his wide array of interests, guests on the show include musicians, politicians, merchants, writers and many other professions.
“I can talk to anybody in the world about anything for about 12 1/2 minutes. Then, I’m in trouble,” Terrence says.
He splits his time between the weekly talk show and being the play-by-play announcer for KJEO’s “High School Football Game of the Week” and Fresno City College men’s basketball team broadcasts.