Christopher Gabriel, who in January 2015 took over the 3-6 p.m. weekday time slot at PowerTalk 96.7, is no longer with the local radio station. His final day was Friday, Jan. 29.
Gabriel could not be reached for comment, but he posted this message on Facebook: “Hey Folks, here’s a little news. PowerTalk 96.7 and I have parted ways as of this morning. I want to thank them for the opportunity to come to Fresno, work with a ton of talented radio artists and have some fun California adventures. So ... what’s next? I guess we’ll see! (smile emoji)”
Management at PowerTalk declined to comment on the end of Gabriel’s time at the station.
Gabriel came to Fresno from Fargo, N.D. to take over the time slot previously held by Bill Manders where he hosted the morning drive program at WDAY for five years. His show revolved around local news, politics, sports, culture and lifestyle.
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At the time of his hiring, Gabriel said: “I am overflowing with excitement to bring my style of radio to Fresno. I have a unique view on talk radio, from major local and national news, sports, pop culture to Fresno State athletics and humor.”
Programming called “PowerTalk Afternoons” is filling the time period. The station expects an announcement soon on a replacement for the time slot.
Jessica Porter has been promoted to the co-anchor job for “KSEE24 Sunrise.” She will work with co-anchor George Takata, meteorologist Lauren Wallace and reporter Teresa Sardina on the local morning news program that airs 5-7 a.m. and 11 a.m.- noon weekdays.
She takes on the new position starting Thursday, Feb. 4.
Porter has been the KSEE24 weekend anchor since joining the staff in June 2014. Before coming to Fresno, the California State University, Fullerton graduate anchored and reported in both Eugene and Coos Bay, Ore.
“We are pleased to promote Jessica Porter to the morning anchor position,” says Matthew Rosenfeld, KSEE/KGPE vice president and general manager. “She has done terrific work since she joined our team in 2014 and we look forward to her increased role on the anchor desk and in our community.”
Alex Backus, a California State University, Stanislaus graduate, has been promoted to the KSEE24 weekend anchor/producer position previously held by Porter. Backus joined the news team in September after working in the Chico-Redding market and in Great Falls, Mont.
She begins her new role on Feb. 13.
The Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) is partnering with Fresno State’s Department of Mass Communication and Journalism to broadcast six Fresno City College men’s and women’s basketball home games in February. It starts Saturday, Feb. 6, with the Taft at Fresno City women’s game, followed by the Columbia College at Fresno City men’s game.
Women’s games begin with a 4:50 p.m. with the pre-show and then will follow with the 5 p.m. tip-off. Men’s games will follow with a 6:50 p.m. pre-show and a 7 p.m. tip-off.
The play-by-play and color commentary will be provided by Chris Terrence and former NBA player Delmer Beshore.
The games will air live on CMAC’s Education Channel; Comcast XFINITY channel 94, AT&T U-verse channel 99, and streamed online at www.cmac.tv.
The rest of the broadcast schedule includes:
Wednesday, Feb. 17: Porterville at Fresno City - Women’s, Porterville at Fresno City - Men’s.
Saturday, Feb. 20: College of the Sequoias at Fresno City - Women’s, College of the Sequoias at Fresno City - Men’s.
Many of you have been wondering about all of the new voices on the “Bob & Tom” syndicated radio show, heard locally on 95.7 The Fox. The changes are because Bob Kevoian announced at the end of 2015 that he was retiring.
A few weeks later, longtime news reporter Kristi Lee departed the show. The following statement was released by Lee on the program’s Web page.
“I am excited to announce that I am embarking on the next chapter of my career. After almost 28 years with ‘The Bob and Tom Show,’ I have decided to pursue new opportunities in 2016.
I wish all those involved in making ‘The Bob and Tom Show’ the best radio program in America continued success. I owe this part of my career to Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Chick McGee, Dean Metcalf and all of those on staff. They have been family to me both on and off the air. I gained a lifetime of growth and experience for which I am extremely grateful.”
The fall 2015 Nielsen Audio Quarterly report shows the Fox as the seventh most popular radio station in the Fresno market with listeners 12 years old and up covering 6 a.m. - midnight for the week.