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Cocola Broadcasting inks deal to launch Grizzlies channel

A.J. Reed of the Fresno Grizzlies bats in a May game at Chukchansi Park. The Triple-A baseball team’s home games will be broadcast on Channel 33.7 beginning June 10.
A.J. Reed of the Fresno Grizzlies bats in a May game at Chukchansi Park. The Triple-A baseball team’s home games will be broadcast on Channel 33.7 beginning June 10. Fresno Bee file

Cocola Broadcasting and the Fresno Grizzlies have entered into a deal that brings the Triple-A baseball team’s games to KSDI, Channel 33.7. Each home Grizzlies game will run on a continuous loop starting the morning after the game is played until the next home game.

When the Grizzlies go on the road, the games in the previous homestand will be rerun. No away games will be shown on the local channel.

The first broadcast will be of the June 10 game between Fresno and Salt Lake. It will be broadcast starting early on June 11.

Gary Cocola, owner of the local group of TV stations, has been working on this idea for a couple of years. A few years ago, Grizzlies games were broadcast on a tape delay the next day on his KJEO (Channel 32.1). Then the games moved to KFSN’s digital channel 30.2.

This deal is different because there will be no other programming on Channel 33.7.

“I think it will be good for them and good for us to get local sports on the air,” Cocola says.

Keep in mind that the games will only be available via an antenna. Channel 33.7 is not on any cable system.

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The second season of E!’s “Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry” begins Aug. 16. The 20-year-old clairvoyant from Hanford will bring messages from beyond to Tori Spelling, Linda Blair, Madison Beer and Melissa Joan Hart.

Season 1 of “Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry” was E!’s most-watched unscripted series launch in three years, excluding spinoffs.

If seeing the Hanford medium on the cable channel isn’t enough, E! News has announced that Henry will be releasing his memoir, Between Two Worlds: Lessons From the Other Side! It’s scheduled to be in stores Nov. 7.

A closer look

The Paley Center for Media will open “The Artistry of ‘Outlander,’ ” a free multimedia and interactive exhibit, on Wednesday, June 8. The Center is at 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.

“Outlander” is the Starz series created by Chowchilla native Ronald D. Moore. The series, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon, follows a married combat nurse from 1945 who is swept back in time to 1743.

The exhibit, scheduled to run throughout the summer, will showcase costumes by Emmy Award-winning designer Terry Dresbach. There also will be actual set pieces, life-size episodic photography and behind-the-scenes video segments.

The exhibit hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Other news

Meet me at the river: Those of you who have asked me about my job should grab one of the last remaining tickets for the San Joaquin River Parkway’s “You Be the Critic” event June 11. There be a special film screening and I will share some of my misadventures as a TV and film critic. Go to the Parkway calendar or call 559-248-8480 for more information.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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