Rick Bentley

Former TV anchor launches Web show

Former KMPH (Channel 26.1) anchor John Malos will host “Straight Talk with John Malos,” a talk/news show Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. oncentralvalleytalk.com. The Web site was created by Mike Briggs, a former member of the Fresno City Council and the state Assembly, and features several locally produced talk shows.

Programming on the Internet based radio-video network is simulcast on KSDI (Channel 33.1).Malos will discuss a range of topics from politics to entertainment. His plan is for viewers to call in their questions.

“I am really jazzed about getting back on the air. We really don’t know what direction the show will take. I hope the audience accepts me the way they did when I got to Fresno in August of 1996. We’ll just have to see what happens,” Malos says.

After Malos left KMPH in August 2005, he devoted most of his time to caring for his daughter who has battled an E. coli infection. Malos has also worked for the Sanger Herald. He hopes the new talk show will be successful enough to attract advertisers so he can concentrate full time on the program.

Big decision

Clint Olivier says he saw a lot of things that bothered him while covering the Fresno City Council for KMPH. Instead of just complaining, the 34-year-old is considering a run for the District 7 seat held by Henry T. Perea and is working with local advisers to decide if he’s a feasible candidate. A decision will be made the first week in February.

“I have so much invested in journalism, and leaving was a big decision. But, there is a need for responsible people in government and good people in government. That’s why I’m exploring the possibility of running,” Olivier says.

The Huntington Beach native worked in Long Beach, Salt Lake City and Bakersfield before moving to Fresno in January 2007. After working as a freelance reporter at KFSN (Channel 30.1), he moved to KMPH as a staff reporter and film-in anchor.

His last day at the local Fox affiliate was Jan. 15. Olivier said he couldn’t remain at the station while contemplating the move because of potential conflicts of interest.

Theatrical lighting designer Izzy Einsidler and Marcelino Valdez Jr. already have filed candidate intention statements with the City Clerk’s Office for District 7. The election is June 8.

Radio ratings

It’s business as usual for local talk/news radio station KMJ (AM 580), which again topped local ratings. The fall numbers from Arbitron, a leading monitor of listening habits, show that with listeners 12 and older, KMJ had a 9.3 rating.

The rating shows the percentage of the 741,000 potential listeners a station has in the Fresno market.KMJ’s rating put the station ahead of KOND (FM 92.1) with a 7.6 and KSKS (FM 93.7) with a 6.5. The rating for KSKS is the best it’s received in more than a year.

The pending switch of frequencies by KYNO (AM 1300) and KWRU (AM 940), which will give KYNO more range, should help its future ratings. KYNO posted a 0.5 rating, which shows no improvement since the station went to a talk/news format in September 2008.

Other news

* New hire: Chris Manson is the new KSEE (Channel 24.1) news director. He comes to the local NBC affiliate after three years as group vice president of news for Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. He’s also worked in the Peoria, Ill., Scranton, Pa., and Monterey/Salinas markets.

Manson arrives in time for a new on-air campaign by the TV station to highlight past and present people, places and events that make the region exceptional. KSEE news will produce weekly stories to promote the Central San Joaquin Valley.

* Upgrade: KNSO (Channel 11.1), the local Telemundo affiliate, has switched from analog to a digital signal. Those of you who use an antenna to watch TV will need to re-scan your converter boxes to be able to see the station because it has moved from the old channel of 51.1.

* New show: “Great Valley,” a new public affairs series on KVPT (Channel 18.1), launches at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5. It will be hosted by David Hosley, president of the nonprofit organization Great Valley Center.

Topics will include population growth, health care, land use, education, employment, ag and the arts.

* Scary work: The locally produced “The Haunted Wolfe Manor Hotel” will air at 9 p.m. Jan. 31 on KAIL (Channel 7.1).

The one-hour program follows Todd Wolfe, Terry Campbell and Scott Gruenwald as they try to get the resident spirits of the Wolfe Manor Hotel to reveal themselves.

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at rbentley@fresnobee. com or (559) 441-6355. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.

Percentage of the local market that tunes in to local radio stations from 6 a.m.- midnight daily; ages 12 and older:

1. KMJ (AM 9.3)

2. KOND (FM 7.6)

3. KSKS (FM 6.5)

4. KBOS (FM 5.6)

4. KSEQ (FM 5.6)

6. KJWL (FM 4.3)

6. KFSO (FM 4.3)

8. KSOF (FM 4.0)

9. KWYE (FM 3.3)

10. KMGV (FM 3.1)

11. KLBN (FM 2.7)

12. KRDA (FM 2.4)

13. KJFX (FM 2.2)

13. KRZR (FM 2.2)

13. KLLE (FM 2.2)

13. KMJ (FM 2.2)

17. KALZ (FM 2.0)

18. KHGE (FM 1.9)

18. KKBZ (FM 1.9)

20. KAAT (FM 1.2)

21. KHTN (FM 1.1)

22. KHIT (FM 1.0)

23. KFRR (FM 0.9)

24. KOKO (FM 0.8)

24. KCIV (FM 0.8)

24. KCBL (AM 0.8)

27. KABX (FM 0.6)

28. KYNO (AM 0.5)

28. KJUG (FM 0.5)

30. KFIG (AM 0.4)

30. KUBB (FM 0.4)