KMJ Going All-Local After Premiere Pulls Limbaugh, Hannity For New Fresno Affiliate
October 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM (PT)
With PREMIERE NETWORKS taking the syndicated RUSH LIMBAUGH and SEAN HANNITY shows to another as-yet-unnamed station in the market, PEAK BROADCASTING Talk KMJ-A and Talk KMJ-F (THE FM KMJ)/FRESNO are, with the exception of the independently-syndicated DAVE RAMSEY show, taking their programming all-local within the next 90 days.
SVP/Market Manager PATTY HIXSON said; “We value program exclusivity and have long anticipated the opportunity to control our own programming locally rather than rely on national talk shows available in so many other places that can be taken from us at the whim of their owners. Adding 105.9 KMJ-FM over three years ago allowed us to expose our local news and talk shows to the largest available radio audience with crystal clear reception. Building KMJ NOW, our on-line local news platform, as well as KMJ’s APPLE delivered mobile app have given us tremendous reach to every computer and smartphone on the planet.
"KMJ’s future lies in its local programming, and we know we have the best people in the business making it right here in FRESNO 24/7. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to expand our local programming earlier than expected, as we can now offer our advertisers and listeners even more of the content that makes KMJ the leader in CENTRAL CALIFORNIA radio.”
OM SKIP ESSICK added, “Our local newscasts, sports coverage, and Ag reports, along with talk shows by RAY APPLETON, CHRIS DANIEL, INGA BARKS, ALEXAN BALEKIAN, and JENNIFER LIPP, will insure that KMJ’s connection to our listeners, advertisers, and the community as a whole, will continue to thrive for many years to come.”