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Groundbreaking Sports Broadcaster Leaving Visalia; Local Stations Make New Hires
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 5 months ago on
November 21, 2023

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Jill Gearin announced she has left the Visalia Rawhide after five seasons as the team’s play-by-play broadcaster. She is headed to parts unknown, but with her resumé, finding a new job should not be an issue.

“The 2023 season was my last with the @VisaliaRawhide. It was a difficult decision to leave after 5 years, but with the position changing, it was time for a new adventure. My time in Visalia has helped me grow as a broadcaster & a person,” she wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

The Orange County native parlayed her experience to the Big Leagues — calling a game as a fill-in for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2022. She has also called softball games on the ESPN networks, and most recently called games in the Arizona Fall League.

Gearin broke new ground as the first female voice in the California League, and still one of a handful of female broadcasters. She used her voice not only to describe the action for the Diamondbacks Class A affiliate, but to advocate for women in baseball. She also talked openly as a sexual assault survivor.

A Fresno Return for New KMJ Morning Host

Randy James

Randy James started earlier this month as the news anchor at Cumulus-owned KMJ radio (105.9 FM/580 AM). He joins co-host Christopher Gabriel for “Fresno’s Morning News.”

James comes from the Dallas-Fort Worth market, where he worked on the morning show at “Lonestar 92.5” KZPS, an iHeart-owned classic rock station.

For James, working at KMJ is a return home. A Clovis High School graduate, James worked in Fresno radio at KZZF (briefly a heavy metal station in the early 1990s at 107.5 FM; now Spanish-language La Jefa), 95.7 The Fox (KJFX-FM) and KKDJ, a former rock station on the 105.9 FM signal — the same frequency where he will now be heard.

He replaces Matt Otstot, who left radio to work for Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno.

ABC 30 Has New Morning Weather Anchor

Christine Gregory

ABC 30 hired Christine Gregory to deliver weather updates during the morning shows. She started in October, moving west after reporting on the weather for three years at WROC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Rochester, New York.

Gregory is a Syracuse native, earning a bachelor’s degree in meteorology form SUNY Oswego.

She replaces Madeline Evans, who left the station in April. Self-described as a “Navy wife,” Evans moved to Fallon, Nevada, where her husband now instructs TOPGUN pilots.

New Reporter at KSEE

Karen Cruz-Orduña

Karen Cruz-Ordoña is the latest reporter hired at KSEE-24/CBS 47 (KGPE-TV). She started with the Nexstar duopoly in September, coming from the Central Coast where she worked three years at News Channel  3-12 (the duopoly of KEYT, the ABC affiliate and KCOY, the CBS station).

She will handle weather duties on the weekends and report during the week.

Cruz-Ordoña is a Central Valley native, graduating from Madera South High School, where she was a cross country star. She graduated college from CSU Monterey Bay and earned a master’s degree at Cal State Northridge.

She started her career with KGET, the NBC affiliate in Bakersfield.

KVPR Reporter Leaves, But Staying in Town

Soreath Hok delivered her last report for Valley Public Radio (KVPR-89.3 FM) last month, but is not leaving the Central Valley.

Hok tells Media Man she left to help with her family business and is currently a first-year graduate student studying creative nonfiction in Fresno State’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing.

She reported at KVPR for three years, and often was featured statewide on the “California Report,” heard on several Golden State public radio stations.

Assemblyman Secures Funds for Public Radio Station

Nonprofit public radio network Radio Bilingüe, headquartered in Fresno, received a $2 million financial boost from the California state budget, thanks to the efforts of Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno.

“For several decades now, Radio Bilingüe has shown that it is much more than one radio station. Under the leadership of Co-Founder and Executive Director Hugo Morales, it is a trusted messenger to our Latino and Indigenous communities in the San Joaquin Valley and beyond, and this was especially vital during the COVID-19 pandemic when important information needed to be communicated in Spanish and Mexican Indigenous languages to the underserved,” Arambula said in a news release.

How did Arambula secure the funding during the budget process?

“Each member in the Assembly and in the Senate can make General Fund requests for district priorities, but there’s no guarantee requests will be funded. It depends on the state of the CA budget. The requests are done within each legislative house (the governor is not involved),” Arambula’s office said.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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