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KGET-TV is a television station serving Bakersfield, Californiamarker, owned by High Plains Broadcasting and operated by Newport Television, LLC. It is an NBC affiliate, and transmits on UHF channel 17. KGET also has a digital-only/cable CW outlet called KWFB, one of the The CW Plus stations. It was originally part of The WB 100+ Station Group for the WB network when it was still in operation. The network ended in September 2006 along with UPN to form The CW and KWFB affiliated with the new network.

History

Founded by businessman Ed Urner, channel 17 first broadcast on November 8, 1959 as KLYD, an ABC affiliate. The call letters changed to KJTV in 1969. In 1974, KJTV swapped affiliations with KBAK-TVmarker, becoming a CBS affiliate.

The station's call letters changed again to KPWR-TV in 1978. In 1984, the station changed its calls to the present day KGET-TV, coinciding with an affiliation swap with KERO-TVmarker to become Bakersfield's NBC affiliate, an affiliation which continues to the present day. That same year the station was purchased by the Ackerley Group. It was sold to Clear Channel Communications in 2001.

KGET stands for "Kern Golden Empire Television," a moniker coined by the station's longtime vice president and general manager, Ray Watson. Watson, now retired, is now a Kern Countymarker Supervisor. The current KGET manager is RVP/GM Tom Randour.

KGET has dominated Bakersfieldmarker television in the Nielsen ratings since 1998.

On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group to Newport Television, a broadcasting holding company controlled by Providence Equity Partners. However, Providence Equity Partners owns a 19 percent share of the Spanish-language media company Univision, the owner of MyNetworkTV affiliate KUVI-TVmarker. In addition, with only five full-power stations, Bakersfield does not have enough to legally support a co-owned duopoly operation. As a result, the Federal Communications Commission granted conditional approval of the sale, provided that Providence Equity Partners divest either KGET or its stake in Univision as soon as the deal was finalized. That happened on March 14, 2008.

In May 2008, Newport Television agreed to sell KGET and five other stations to High Plains Broadcasting, Inc. due to the aforementioned ownership conflict. The sale closed on September 15, 2008; Newport continues to operate KGET under a shared services agreement.

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • KLYD-TV News (1959-1964)
  • The Six O'Clock Report/The Eleven O'Clock Report (1964-1970)
  • TV-17 News (1970-1975)
  • Newscene 17 (1975-1978)
  • Channel 17 News (1978-1980)
  • The Newscenter (1981-1984)
  • 17 Newscenter (1984-1991)
  • Team 17-The News (1991-1996)
  • Team 17 News (1996-1998)
  • 17 News (1998-present)


Station Slogans

  • We're Looking Good, on 17 (1979-1980; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Looking Good Together, 17 (1980-1981; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Reach for the Stars on 17 (1981-1982; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Great Moments on 17 (1982-1983; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch, You and 17 (1983-1984; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • 17, Let's All Be There! (1984-1986; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come Home to 17 (1986-1987; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come on Home to 17 (1987-1988; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come Home to the Best, Only on 17 (1988-1990; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • 17, is the Place to Be! (1990-1991; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Working in the Spirit of the Golden Empire (1991-present)


KGET News Team

Current personalities

Anchors

Weather Anchors

Sports Anchors

Reporters

Former Staff

  • ALEXIA KAPANIARIS 6 PM / 11 PM anchor 2005-2006
  • ALICIA ACUNA 5 PM-11 PM weekend anchor/reporter until 1995
  • AARON ROTHSKOFF 5pm news producer 2003-2005
  • ANNETTE CLAUSON 17 sunrise & midday producer until 1998
  • BRAD HOFFMAN sportscaster / director 1999-2003
  • BOB DLUGOS 5pm news producer 1998-2003 at KGO-TVmarker San Franciscomarker 2007
    • currently with KSEE-TVmarker in Fresno, CA
  • BRETT BARNES weekend sportscaster / reporter 2002-2004
  • CAROLYN DOUGLAS anchor / reporter 1985-1993
  • CHARLOTTE STARCK sunrise/noon/6 PM /11 PM anchor-reporter 1997-2002
  • CHELSEA WILHITE producer, 17 news at sunrise 1998-2001
  • CHRIS BURROUS 5 PM / 11PM weekend / sunrise anchor/reporter/weathercaster 1999-2001, 2003-2005
  • CHRIS DONOHUE weathercaster until 1995
  • CLINT OLIVIER reporter, 17 news at sunrise 2003-2005
  • DOUG POTTER producer 5pm news until 1998
  • DREW SUGARS 5 PM / 11PM weekend anchor/reporter 1998-1999
    • anchor-teamed with wife Nerissa Sugars
    • last location with KCOYmarker Santa Barbaramarker as weeknight co-anchor alongside with wife Nerissa Sugars until 2008
  • ELITA LORESCA assignment editor 2001-2003
  • GAYLEN YOUNG sunrise-noon-6 PM-11 PM anchor/business reporter 1984-2007
    • served as station's news director
    • resigned with KGET in July 2007 after management presented him with an insulting contract offer.
    • last location with KBAKmarker 29 CBS Bakersfieldmarker
    • currently living in Salt Lake City, UT and running website: Bakersfield Business.com.
  • GEORGE LINDSAY YOUNG chief weathercaster 1987-1990, 1997-2004
    • son of weathercaster Lloyd Lindsay Young
    • left broadcasting to pursue a career in real estate. Currently in San Diego.
  • JACK BOWE news director 1990-2001
  • JEFF RICOU producer 6&11pm newscasts 1997-2005/Weekend reporter 1999/Cable Cut-in anchor 1999-2001.
  • JENNIFER MUSA 5 PM / 11 PM weekend anchor-reporter 2006-2008
  • JENNIFER RAMP 5 PM-11PM weekend then sunrise-noon anchor/reporter 1995-1997
  • JOHN ELLIOTT sunrise-noon-5 PM- 6 PM- 11 PM weathercaster / anchor 1995-1999
  • JOHN PILIOS news director 2001-present
  • JUSTIN ALLEN weekend sportscaster/reporter 2000-2002
    • with WTSPmarker until mid 2009.
  • KEITH PATE weekend sportscaster/reporter 2004-2007
  • KEVIN KEESHAN nephew of Captain Kangaroo star Bob Keeshan
  • KIT OLPIN reporter 1996-1999
  • KURT RIVERA sunrise anchor/reporter 1999-2003
    • currently with KBAKmarker 29 CBS Bakersfieldmarker as 5/6/11 PM weeknight anchor
    • currently with KBAK-sisterstation KBFX as 10 PM weeknight anchor
  • LESLIE KIRK reporter 2002-2003
  • LETICIA ORDAZ reporter 2000-2002
  • LORI WALLACE weathercaster 2003-2004, 2005-2007
  • MAI DO anchor/reporter 1999-2005
    • last location with KOLOmarker Renomarker. Now retired from broadcasting & living in Sacramento.
  • MARYELLEN FORD reporter 1996-1999
    • wife of John Elliott
  • MAYA NISHIKAWA 5 PM-11 PM weekend anchor/reporter until 1997
  • MAYA SANCHEZ 5 PM-11 PM weekend anchor/reporter 1998-2006
  • MEGAN TRIHEY 11pm news producer 2005-2007
  • MIKE VALPREDO weekend sportscaster/reporter 1999-2000
  • MIKE TRIHEY assignment manager 2001-present
  • NATALIE MOULTRIE noon-6 PM-11 PM anchor/reporter 1992-1998
  • NATASHA STENBOCK sunrise-noon weathercaster/reporter 2003-2005
  • NERISSA SUGARS 5 PM / 11PM weekend anchor/reporter 1998-1999
    • anchor-teamed with husband Drew Sugars
    • last location with KCOYmarker Santa Barbaramarker as weeknight co-anchor alongside with husband Drew Sugars until 2008
  • PATRICIA SOTO anchor/reporter 1996-2000
  • QUYEN CHUNG reporter 2004-2005
  • REBECCA KLEIN reporter 1997-1999 Retired from broadcasting and living in Baltimore, MD
  • RICK GRIFFITH 5 PM-11 PM weekend anchor/reporter until 1998
  • RON LEWIS 5 PM-11 PM weekend anchor/reporter 1992-2002.
    • retired from broadcasting and living in Colorado.
  • RUSTY SHOOP 5 PM-11 PM anchor until 1996
  • SANDRA GONZALEZ reporter/fill-in anchor 2002-2006
  • SHELLE JACKSON 5 PM-11 PM weekend anchor/reporter 1996-1998
  • SHERRY HATAMIYA reporter 2007-2008
  • SPENCER WASHBURN weekend anchor/reporter 2003-2006
  • STEVE TALBOT sportscaster/director 1992-1998, news director 1972-1973
  • SUSIE FRANKEBERGER noon-5 PM-6 PM then 5 PM-11 PM weekend anchor 1990-1998
  • SUZANNE MARQUES weekend anchor/reporter 2002-2003
  • TIFFANY MCELROY reporter 1998-1999
    • served as morning anchor at WPIXmarker in New York, NY 2006-2009. Left broadcasting to raise a family.
  • TRISHA LEWIS reporter 2004-2006
  • TOM HELMER weekend sportscaster/reporter 1997-1998
  • TRICIA HUA reporter 2001-2004
  • VIC SALAZAR anchor/reporter
    • currently President/CEO of Vic Salazar Communications San Diegomarker
  • VIVIAN TUCKER host/historical features reporter 1979-2007
    • Tucker died on January 19, 2007


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