Clovis News

Ex-Fresnan takes a shot at love on TV show

Fresno's love connection continues.

Buchanan High School graduate Ryan Park is one of 25 bachelors who will try to win the hand of Ashley Hebert when the next round of "The Bachelorette" starts at 9 p.m. May 23 on KFSN (Channel 30.1).

Before Park, there was Kasey Kahl, an advertising account executive from Clovis who was one of 25 suitors on the sixth edition of the reality show that aired last year. He was sent packing by Ali Fedotowsky.

There was also Will Dyck who in 2003 won the Fox reality competition show "Mr. Personality."

ABC won't allow Park, director of business development at REC Solar Inc. in Los Osos, to talk until either he wins Hebert's hand or gets bounced. Here's his bio from the network's website.

Age: 31

Occupation: Solar energy executive

What is the most outrageous thing you have ever done? Extreme skiing/boarding with avalanche beacons, airbag packs and a helicopter in the Andes of Chile.

If you could be someone else for just one day, who would it be and why? Tom Brady. Guy has everything: intelligence, athleticism, love, family, wealth, looks and a Super Bowl ring.

What is your greatest achievement to date? Building what is now one of the largest solar electricity companies in the U.S.

What is your favorite holiday and why? Thanksgiving. Our family has a tradition of getting together and traveling to Mazatlan. Amazing memories.

Tattoo count: 0.

This will be Hebert's second chance at love. She was one of the bachelorettes who tried to win over Brad Womack on the 15th edition of "The Bachelor." The 26-year-old Philadelphia resident is trying to finish her degree in dentistry.

Sales pitch

You may have noticed commercials for the Northern California Toyota dealers pushing "The Other California." The 30-second advertisement says their trucks are not for the California of palm trees and hot tubs but for the California where things are grown, built and get done.

The commercial, shot entirely in the Central San Joaquin Valley, is the work of San Francisco-based Hoffman/Lewis Advertising.

"We wanted to celebrate the gritty, hardworking California everyone depends on, but doesn't appreciate often enough." says Sharon Krinsky, president of Hoffman/Lewis Advertising.

Other news

The great outdoors: KKBZ (FM 105.1) will present The 2nd Annual Central Valley Great Outdoors Expo starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds.

The expo will include power sports, camping, hunting, fishing, golf, music, boats, food and demonstrations. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for anyone older than 55 and free for children 12 and younger. Parking is free.

Funny guy: Rick Roddam, who's worked at local radio stations KHIT (FM 107.1), KRZR (FM 103.7) and KWYE (FM 101.1), has released his first stand-up comedy DVD, "Stay Classy Fresno." The DVD, filmed at Fresno's Crossroads Bar in January, is available at

To celebrate the release, a "Stay Classy Fresno" party will be held at 9 p.m. Friday at Heroes Sports Lounge, 820 Van Ness Ave. The show will feature Roddam along with Kris DeVold, Kenny Thomas, Boney Beezly, Michelle Rowe and Bobby Williams.

Admission is $5.