Dish, KMPH deal has not been finalized


simpMaggieMargeLisaBart_f05.JPG Don’t panic.

Many of you have seen the announcement KMPH (Channel 26.1) has been running across the bottom of the TV screen. The local FOX affiliate is in the middle of negotiations with the Dish Network and if things aren’t settled by midnight Wednesday, KMPH and KFRE (Channel 59.1) will be dropped from the Dish lineup.

This is all about money and the compensation that must be paid for KMPH and KFRE to be on the satellite cable provider.

KMPH general manager Jack Peck is optimistic a deal will be in place soon. He could not talk specific dates but feels the matter is close enough to being resolved that this weekend’s NFL telecasts will air.

If you watch the two stations using an antenna, then this means nothing to you. And the stations have a long-term deal in place with DirecTV. The deal with Comcast is set to end Dec. 31, according to one source, but Peck has the same optimism about Comcast that has about the Dish deal.

KRZR: The documentary

The story of the rise and fall of beloved local rock radio station KRZR is the subject of a coming-soon documentary overseen by ex-jock Rick Roddam. It’s called “Long Live the Wild Hare” and the first trailer for the film dropped last week.

Roddam, who is working on the doc with Fadeaway J Films, is a longtime Fresno radio jock who is now on the air in Phoenix. He’s one of many ex-KRZRers fondly remembering the impact the station had on Fresno in its 21-year run.

From a press release about “Long Live the Wild Hare”:

To-Do Tonight: Woodward Shakespeare preview performance

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Woodward Shakespeare Festival has a powerhouse lineup planned for the 2012 season, and with “Taste of 2012,” it’s offering a free preview at 6:30 tonight at the Woodward Park Regional Library. Excerpts from “Julius Ceasar,” “Henry V,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” will be performed. (The festival is still trying to decide whether to perform “Julius Ceasar” or “Henry V” next summer — perhaps this preview show will help the decision along.)

An all-star local cast performs: Gabriella Lawson, James Sherrill, Jay Parks, Jessica Reedy, Michael Peterson, Hal Bolen, Lisa Taber, Jennifer Hurd-Peterson, Anthony Taylor, Greg Taber, Melissa Geston, Matt Otsot, Eric Orum and Suzanne Grazyna.

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On TV tonight: ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’


101168_D2056.JPG “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” 10 p.m. KGPE (Channel 47.1): Nothing says the holidays to some people like a bunch of models parading around in lingerie. That’s why this CBS special continues to be aired at this time of year.

This year’s fashion show – originating from New York – features Victoria’s Secret Angels Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Erin Heatherton, Lily Aldridge, Lindsay Ellingson and many more.

It’s not all about the fashions. There will be musical performances, pink carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the fashion show. You can say that’s the real reason you are watching.

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