Clovis News

Mall to host 'Idol' champ Lee DeWyze

KWYE (FM 101.1) is bringing 2010 "American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze to town for a free concert.

He'll be at the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis at 6 p.m. tonight as part of the radio station's "Unplugged Series." D'Amato will open the show.

The station's "Unplugged Series" has been going on for a couple of years and has included such acts as Sugar Ray, Backstreet Boys and "American Idol" standout David Archuleta.

"We had David Archuleta at the Sierra Vista Mall and people drove in from San Diego, Los Angeles and even Arizona to see him," says Chris Miller, KWYE marketing director. "I think people like this because these guys tend to do larger concerts and this is more of an up close and personal setting." Archuleta was the "American Idol" runner-up in season seven. Miller suggests people show up early to see DeWyze.

DeWyze, who beat Crystal Bowersox to be named the season nine champ of "Idol," released his debut album, "Live It Up," in November. The first single is "Sweet Serendipity."

The Illinois native performed two tunes from that album during halftime of the NFC Championship Game between the Chicago Bears and The Green Bay Packers.

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New job

Jerry Lee, who was vice president of programming and partnerships at KVPT (Channel 18) until April 2010, has been selected executive director of the Community Media Access Collaborative. The nonprofit organization assists in production of locally based programming for broadcast on public, educational and government cable channels.

The group will work with community members, nonprofit organizations, churches, business groups, educational entities and governmental agencies who want to create local cable programs.

Lee brings almost 40 years of experience to the job. Along with working at KVPT, Lee was the program director at KFRE (AM 940) for eight years.

Radio news

ESPN Deportes Radio, a full-time Spanish-language sports radio network, has launched on Visalia's KSLK (FM 96.1). The station, owned by New Visalia Broadcasting, had been airing Sporting News Radio.

Station General Manager Bob Eurick says this is a big step by the radio station to reach the emerging Hispanic audience.

Not only will KSLK broadcast Deportes' national coverage, there also will be local and regional sports coverage in Spanish.

Hollywood connection

The list of locals who are working on TV programs and in films continues to grow. David Jackson, a Sunnyside High School graduate who attends Fresno State, has landed a guest spot on the new NBC comedy/drama "Harry's Law." He will appear in an episode to air in February.