You don't have to wait until October to get your fill of carnival rides, fried foods on a stick or art exhibitions. The episode of "California Gold" that looks at the best fairs in California – including The Big Fresno Fair – will debut at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on KVPT (Channel 18.1). It will repeat at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 and 8 p.m. Sept. 29.
Huell Howser hosts the long-running public television series. He visited 11 fairs in 2010 for the special: Amador County Fair, Marin County Fair, Calaveras County Fair, Trinity County Fair, Riverside County Fair and Indio Date Festival, San Diego County Fair, El Dorado Fair, Alameda County Fair, Monterey County Fair, Nevada County Fair and The Big Fresno Fair.
John Alkire, chief executive officer of The Big Fresno Fair, says it was an amazing experience participating in the program because it allowed the fair staff to show the deep connection between the Fair and the community.
The Big Fresno Fair, founded in 1884, is the fifth-largest fair in California.
Merced radio station KABX (FM 97.5) has switched from oldies to an adult contemporary format. Because the signal is strong enough to reach Fresno, the station had found a following here for the oldies format and the switch is not sitting well with local listeners.
"No more Chicago, no more Beach Boys, no more Tommy James, no more Beatles, no more Elvis, no more Guess Who. Oldies 97.5 in Merced changed its format to Soft blankin' Rock. This is a catastrophe. Then on top of that, they run John Tesh in the afternoon and Delilah in the evening, just like 98.9. This is ridiculous," says David Borboa of Dos Palos.
There's a movement on Facebook to get the old format back: "Bring back Merced's Oldies 97.5."
Station management could not be reached for comment.
Help needed: The Fresno Free College Foundation, the organization that owns and operates KFCF (FM 88.1), will hold its annual banquet Nov. 6 with guest speaker Walter Turner of KPFA's "Africa Today."
Help is needed to keep tickets affordable. The organization is looking for anyone who would like to donate works of art, books, CDs, DVDs, gift baskets, certificates or any other items that can be used for a silent auction and raffle.
If you can help, call (559) 233-2221 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programming change: Dr. Jean Kennedy's radio show "Keeping it Real" can be heard at 8 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, starting Sept. 6, on KFCF (FM 88.1).
Still going strong: Kasey Kahl, of Clovis, is still in the running for the grand prize of ABC's "Bachelor Pad." His run is coming at a price – Kahl has become a favorite target of Joel McHale on "The Soup," including showing Kahl as a puppet.