Local Nexstar Broadcasting stations KSEE24 and CBS47 have made several new hires, including four on-air personalities.
The new on-air additions are:
--Evan Onstot will join Stefani Booroojian as co-anchors for the KSEE (Channel 24.1) newscasts at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. Onstot has worked in five states as an anchor, reporter and producer including a stint at the NBC affiliate in Lubbock, Texas. His first day will be Sept. 2.
--Julie Musgrave will take over as co-anchor of both the KGPE (Channel 47.1) morning and noon news. She currently is the primary anchor on the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts at the ABC affiliate in Lubbock. The Texas native graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and a minor in Spanish. She is scheduled to start in early September.
--Amy Gill recently joined the "Sports Central Team" for the two stations. The Clovis West High School graduate studied broadcast journalism at San Francisco State University. Along with working at WTAJ in Altoona, Penn., Gill was an intern at KSEE24.
--Teresa Sardina joins the stations as a reporter. She comes here from KETK in Tyler, Texas, where she anchored "KETK Today Weekend" and worked as a weekday reporter. The California State University, Fullerton, grad also worked at TV stations in San Diego and at NBC, where she was a production assistant and field producer.
"You'll note that three were promoted from within Nexstar Broadcasting. Amy Gill, our newest 'Sports Central' reporter, is from Fresno and she graduated from Clovis West," says Matthew A. Rosenfeld, vice president/general manager of the two stations.
Rosenfeld adds that the Fresno office also has added several new people in its traffic and business office hubs, which serve Fresno, Bakersfield, Salt Lake City, Billings, Mont. and Grand Junction, Colo., and has new hires working in the Fresno-based Network Operations Center (master control) that serves Fresno's and Bakersfield's combined five stations.
News telecasts for ABC30 are being done from a temporary location while some lighting work is done on the TV station's primary news set. Lighting problems on the temporary set, which made the first newscast look like it was shot in a film noir style, have been corrected.
Dan Adams, KFSN (Channel 30.1) president and general manager, says the work on the primary set is scheduled to take two weeks to complete.
A good man
I've always said Fresno's Christopher Gorham is one of the nicest — if not THE nicest — person working in the TV and film worlds. He just keeps proving me right.
Gorham is part of a contest to benefit UCLA Operation Mend, a program that provides returning military personnel who have severe facial and other medical injuries access to the nation's top plastic and reconstructive surgeons, as well as comprehensive medical and mental-health support for them and their families.
After being flown to Toronto, the winner and a friend will get a behind-the-scenes look at the "Covert Affairs" sets, plus meet their favorite operatives. Entries are determined by the size of your donation.
To enter and support UCLA Operation Mend, go to www.bit.ly/UnWel4.
This isn't a TV story, but the projects are worth a mention.
Matt Macedo is in the process of looking for actors to appear in two film projects he is putting together in Hanford: "Waiting Until ..." and "Drug of Choice."
"Waiting Until ..." follows a teenager through four years of high school as he practices abstinence and learns what it takes to be an adult. "Drug of Choice" follows the life of a teen addicted to drugs.
There already have been two rounds of auditions with the final tryouts set for Aug. 13 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 N. Douty St., Hanford.
"The Central Valley has such amazing talent that needs to be discovered," Macedo says. "These are both powerful films, and we have the community of Hanford in full support and backing us up."
Call (559) 380-9833 or (559) 572-6532 for more information.
Save the date
A benefit to celebrate KNXT Catholic Television and Father Robert Reed, president of The CatholicTV Network, will be Oct. 25 at Warnors Theatre. Tickets are $150 per person and seating is limited. Dinner by Vintage Press will be provided.
For more information, call (559) 488-7440 or go to www.knxt.tv.