It’s not unusual for radio stations owned by the same company to share people and programming. It is unique when a station owned by one company produces programming for another station in the same market.
That’s the case with 1680 The Answer, the conservative talk radio station owned by the Compass Broadcasting, and 1430 KYNO, owned by Fat Dawgs 7 Broadcasting. KYNO started airing “20/20 News with Skip Essick” on Monday, Feb. 15, news reports produced by The Answer.
“Us small guys have to stick together,” Essick says of the agreement between the two stations. “It is a unique partnership that gives me the opportunity to promote my radio station on KYNO and they can promote theirs on mine.”
According to KYNO owner John Ostland, “20/20 News” originally aired on KYNO in the late 1960s through the early 1980s and featured local newsmen who went on to big broadcast careers, including John Wallace and Pat Davis.
“Every time we’ve added more familiar on-air elements, KYNO has grown its ratings,” Ostlund says. “The cross promotion of 1680 and 1430 allows both stations to introduce each other’s audience, while providing a valuable service to the listeners of both.”
The concept of “20/20 News” was pioneered by KYNO program director Bill Drake. It was implemented at more than 300 radio stations across the county after Drake partnered with KYNO founder Gene Chenault.
Essick was trained by those who helped launch the rapid-fire approach to radio news. Each segment, one minute in length, will include three or four stories. The majority will be local stories.
Putting together the fast-paced newscasts isn’t easy.
“It is far easier to do a 10-minute newscast. When you have only one minute and so many stories, every word has to be scrutinized because you have to give the entire story,” Essick says.
KYNO will air “20/20 News” in 35 separate newscasts each week, including morning drive, noon and afternoon drive. Essick also will continue to produce the same, more traditional, newscasts for The Answer.
Time slot filled
There’s still no news on why 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. But there is news on his replacement.
Trevor Carey has been named the new afternoon host for PowerTalk 96.7 and AM 1400 (KALZ-FM and KRZR-AM). “The Trevor Carey Show” launched Tuesday, Feb. 16. The time slot has been expanded to four hours.
“I’m really looking forward to lengthening the show to four hours, allowing our Fresno listeners an outlet to discuss everything from what’s happening in town to national concerns and politics,” Carey says.
Carey joined the local radio station in December when he was brought in to take over the 6 p.m. weeknight time slot. He previously worked at KBOS and had stops in Bakersfield, Buffalo and San Jose.
Carey is doing two talk shows each day, similar to what he launched earlier this year as a simulcast on Modesto’s KFIV and Stockton’s KWSX.
Along with his increased work here, he works for iHeartMedia’s PowerTalk stations in Modesto and Stockton from 6 to 7 p.m.
“The response from our listeners after hearing Trevor Carey for just one hour a day has been tremendous,” says Jay Bohannon, PowerTalk program director. “Trevor is a passionate personality with roots here in the Central Valley, which lent him great understanding of our issues, concerns and perspectives.”
PBS will present an encore broadcast of the 2009 Ken Burns documentary series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” at 9 p.m. April 25-30. The rebroadcast coincides with the centennial celebration this year of the National Park Service, which was founded in 1916.
The 12-hour, six-part documentary series includes looks at Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida and the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska.
The filmmaker’s long journey to capture the majesty and mystery of the national parks for his documentary started in 2003 at Yosemite National Park. He spent six years in 58 national parks to film what he calls “the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. “
Before the series, Burns was only aware of Yosemite through documentation, such as Ansel Adams’ photographs and the writings of park advocate John Muir.
“Outlander,” created by Chowchilla native Ronald D. Moore, will return for a second season on Starz starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 9. The second installment will be 13 episodes based on the second of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series.