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Clear Channel move sounds right

There won’t be a TV Beat column Thursday because of the holiday. Here are a few things of interest that can’t wait until the column returns Nov. 29.

Last chance: Time is running out for the “Annual ValleyPBS Holiday Online Auction.” You have until 8 p.m. today to go to to place your bid.

There are more than 300 items including lodging in Monterey, San Francisco, Yosemite and Las Vegas. Also available are tickets to the Fresno Grand Opera and the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.

A new place to talk?: All Access, the online site that monitors the radio industry, is reporting that Clear Channel has registered the domains “” and “” This could be a clue to what the radio company plans to do with the syndicated talk programming of its Premiere Networks company that will be leaving KMJ (AM 580) later this year.

In Fresno, Clear Channel owns KALZ (FM 96.7) and KRZR (AM 1400). The hot adult contemporary and sports talk formats could be switched to a new local talk radio station anchored by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Remember, this is only speculation now. More later.

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‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ gang going by the book

It was almost impossible to find Parker Jacobs, one of the creators of the popular Nickelodeon series “Yo Gabba Gabba,” Saturday afternoon when he made a stop at the local bookstore (and yes there are still local bookstores) Petunia’s Place. The place was a madhouse with all of the youngsters attending the store’s Halloween bash.

Jacobs was in town to sign the book he both wrote and illustrated, “The Goon Holler Guidebook” (Sourced Media Books, $12.99). If you weren’t part of the large crowd at the store Saturday, make a trip to Petunia’s Place to see if they still have some copies of his book left. It was created using the same colorful whimsey that’s help make “Yo Gabba Gabba” such a success.

The reason Jacobs wrote the book is pretty interesting.

“We are selling the book to the make money to make a new TV show. This way, we won’t have to go around to all of the studios trying to raise money to get the show made,” Jacobs tells me over the shouting of all the children.

Jacobs, his brother Christian and Scott Schultz are the creative force behind both “Yo Gabba Gabba” and “The Aquabats! Super Show!” TV show. If you have not seen “The Aquabats!” on Hub, it’s a about an offbeat group of super heroes. A second season’s currently filming in Utah.

The first season of “The Aquabats” shot in Orange County but moved out of California because of all the tax breaks Utah gives film and TV production. The move made financial sense but created other problems.

“They were shooting an episode last week that takes place at summer camp. It was snowing. They were trying to make it look like a summer camp but there was all of this snow on the ground,” Jacobs says.

As for the groups next project, Jacobs offered no clues. But, he did have a life-size version of the star of Goon Holler with him at the local event.