Rick Bentley

TV & Radio: Kate Valentine leaving ABC30

This is just a small part of the food collected through the 10th annual community food drive.
This is just a small part of the food collected through the 10th annual community food drive. Special to The Bee

Either the economy has gotten better in the TV news business or it’s just a series of coincidences, but ABC30 continues to lose talent.

The next departure is Action News South Valley reporter Kate Valentine.

The Salt Lake City native is headed to Atlanta because her husband has a new job there. Her last day will be Friday, Dec. 18.

Valentine joined the ABC30 news team in September 2014 as the South Valley reporter. She came to Fresno after stops in Salt Lake City and South Carolina.

Others who have left the local ABC affiliate in recent months include:

▪ Christine Park, a co-anchor of the ABC30 Midday news with Jason Oliveira and the 4 p.m. news with Graciela Moreno, who will be leaving the local ABC station in January. She’s relocating to San Diego to be the new director of communications for Poway Unified School District.

▪ David Lee, director of creative services and public affairs, who leaves in early January to take on a similar position at Houston’s KTRK.

▪ Stephanie Stone, an employee of ABC30 since 2012, who has left the station to move to Southern California with her husband. She worked as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor.

▪ Shelby Latino, who had been handling weather forecasting duties at ABC30 since May 2014, also has left KFSN. She moved back home to the New Orleans area, where she will marry her fiancé, Kyle.

The good thing about having high ratings is that ABC30 is an attractive place to work, especially for young reporters looking to work their way up the ratings ladder.

More news

One of the main reasons that cable subscribers balk at giving up their service is a lack of national news around the clock. The people at Ventura Broadcasting Co. have taken away that hurdle for those who want to move to free over-the-air viewing.

VBC has added DW News to its KBID (Channel 31.2).

Broadcasting worldwide 24 hours a day in English from Berlin, German, DW News is the flagship for Deutsche Welle (DW) broadcasting with continuous coverage of key stories from Europe and the world. DW News broadcasts in 30-minute news packages. Anchors Brent Goff, Sarah Kelly and Brian Thomas report on top international stories.

“In a world that is dominated by headlines, opinions and disinformation, a trusted source for international news and reliable information is key … especially during these uncertain times when the world’s attention is focused on the unrest in the Middle East, the influx of refugees and the threat of more terrorism in Europe and the United States,” says Mark Shirin, president of Ventura Broadcasting Co. “DW News offers diverse points of view and provides real answers to important issues with global impact.”

DW News is the 28th channel that Ventura Broacasting has added through digitally dividing four low-power TV channels. The majority of the broadcaster’s channels can only be seen by using a TV antenna.

Closing Bell

Art Bell’s return to local radio was short. His “Midnight in the Desert,” which started airing on AM 1680 The Answer in late October, has ended. Bell posted on his website Friday, Dec. 11, that he was ending his radio program because of attempts on his life.

The local talk radio station has been broadcasting Bell’s show from 9 p.m. to midnight weekdays. To fill the void left by Bell, Dana Loesch’s show will now run from 6-9 p.m., followed by Eric Metaxes from 9-11 p.m. “Overnight America “ will be broadcast from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

“We’re fortunate that the shows we are already running can cover the vacancy,” says Skip Essick, managing partner for Compass Broadcasting.

Bell has been on the air since the early ’70s but began to build a very loyal following in the mid-’90s when he began discussing the paranormal, UFOs and the occult. By 1997, he was the highest-rated late-night radio talk show host.

Since 2010, he has been on and off the radio.

Local connection

Many of you might not have taken notice of the passing of actress Marjorie Lord in late November.

The 98-year-old San Francisco native hadn’t been in a film or TV show since 1988. Those old enough to remember “Make Room for Daddy,” which ran 1957-64, know her as Kathy Williams.

Fresno’s Phil Tavlian recalls how Lord made a visit to Fresno in the early 1960s.

“Marjorie Lord appeared in Fresno decades ago when the old VHF Channel 12 was transformed into UHF Channel 30. Folks from across the Valley were invited to visit the old studios on L Street and formed a receiving line to meet Miss Lord and staff members from the station,” Tavlian says.

Holiday treat

If you missed the Dec. 13 broadcast of “The 70th annual Candy Cane Lane Parade” on ABC30, it will be repeated at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25.

Action News anchors Dale Yurong and Graciela Moreno are the hosts, while meteorologist Kevin Musso works the parade from the ground level.

Sweet sound of success

106.7 KJUG Country, HITZ 104.9, 99.7 Classic Rock and My 97.5FM teamed up with FoodLink for another Community Food Drive. Dinuba High School, along with eight other high schools in Tulare County, participated in the competition to bring in the most food to win an on-campus free concert by Kelsea Ballerini.

Dinuba collected four tons of food, while the overall competition collected 28 tons.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1