McGee: More than one way to enjoy deer

So The Lady of the House and I have returned from another journey to the American Southland to visit her kin and my momma. We stayed off the interstate highways, spending time passing through small towns from Texas to Florida and back. We tried local foods when we stopped like Texas barbecue, Louisiana battered and […]

Freedom sells TV stations

Mary Ann Milbourn IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc. has agreed to sell its television division to Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. It’s a $385 million deal that will leave the company and its newspapers free of debt, Freedom announced Wednesday. Freedom newspapers include the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. The […]

Reader-submitted content: Hospital to host health fair

Roosevelt General Hospital is hosting a free health fair Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon to celebrate the birth and first 10 years of your hospital. Adults can go to RGH and have their blood drawn through Friday and come to the health fair to pick up their results. On Saturday, they can visit with […]

Radio purchase complete

CNJ staff Zia Broadcasting Inc. has completed the purchase of the KTQM and KWKA radio stations from Curry County Broadcasting Inc. Rick Keefer, general manager of Zia Broadcasting, said Bob Coker has been appointed as station manager for KTQM/KWKA. He was formerly the general manager for Curry County Broadcasting. Zia Broadcasting also owns KCLV 99.1 […]

Radio stations waiting approval for change of ownership

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If it’s approved by the Federal Communications Commission, a pair of Clovis radio stations will change hands, but little else. Zia Broadcasting, owned by Lonnie and Barbara Allsup of Clovis, has agreed in principle to buy a pair of stations from Curry County Broadcasting, Inc., owned by Hewel and […]

Teacher helped write hometown tune

By Don McAlvay: CNJ columnist About 1963 Keith Ingram went to work for KCLV radio station. Bob Gold hired him as a disc jockey. The Echols still owned that station then. But Ingram went over to KICA radio station at 10th and Sycamore in 1966, at age 21 or 22, as a disc jockeys for […]

Television stations shouldn’t live in fear of FCC

By Freedom New Mexico Who knew? Turns out World War II was the profanity-free war. It resulted in tens of millions of deaths worldwide but not a single bad word was uttered. Of course, that’s not really the case. But one might get that impression from watching “The War,” an otherwise riveting, 15-hour documentary from […]

Aug. 5, 2007 Letters to the Editor

Send message; buy gas in Texas There is a foul odor in Clovis, and that is the price of gasoline. If Farwell stations can sell gas for $2.89 a gallon (and sometimes less), does anyone really believe it costs 30 cents to haul it 10 miles to Clovis? There is price fixing in Clovis. If […]

Partners purchase station

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Joe Walker, center, and Bill Kurtis share a laugh after Dan Stoddard of Clovis presented them with their first dollar as a Clovis business. Walker and A&E documentarian Kurtis are partners in Tallgrass Broadcasting. (CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With a renowned documentarian and a lifelong businessman at the […]

Merger satellite radio’s chance for survival

By Freedom Newspapers Satellite radio has been a godsend to American music and sports fans who have felt marginalized by the relentless consolidation of the companies behind the traditional broadcast signals. Now, inevitably, consolidation of the two largest providers may be the only way to preserve the options that industry provides. XM, with 7.6 million […]

Fishing fishing day reel fun

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Oasis State Park Manager Jim Whary gathers attendees of the 16th Annual Kids Free Fishin’ Clinic on Saturday. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers How to fish was not the only thing children learned this weekend at the free fishing clinic at Oasis State Park. With 10 learning stations set up around […]

Wrath of Reba a powerful weapon

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist Perhaps it was just one of those slow news days. No murders in Albuquerque, the Vigil mistrial yesterday’s story, viewers long having tired of a real yawner of a state political primary season. Whatever the case, one of the Duke City TV newscasts found time to bring us the report […]

Local television has every right to cover NFL

Freedom Newspapers The National Football League should quickly rethink its plans to forbid local television journalists from being on the sidelines during games for the 2006 season. The league’s 32 teams voted unanimously March 31 to adopt a ban for local television stations not affiliated with the network carrying the local game. The stations would […]

Pump prices surge to record $2.33 gallon

Staff and wire report Hurricane Dennis could mean more bad news, disrupts Gulf oil production. CAMARILLO, Calif. — Gas prices have hit a record high of $2.33 a gallon, pushed up by the climbing cost of oil and strong demand in the midst of the summer vacation season, an industry analyst said Sunday. Motorists could […]

Prepackaged news crosses line into propaganda

Freedom Newspapers There’s been a flurry of concern recently about the use of “video news releases” by federal government agencies and by the Schwarzenegger administration in California. These taped presentations of information with a spin are packaged like a TV news report and sometimes are used by local TV stations in ways that blend seamlessly […]

Press doesn’t get marching orders from government

Freedom Newspapers W hen comedian Norm McDonald was on “Saturday Night Live,” he was the anchorman on the show’s Weekend Update skit. He would read headlines from that week’s news and change portions of the stories to make them funny. At the end of the segment he would sign off with the words, “And that’s […]

Prerecorded programs ignore the news

Letters to the Editor I was very disappointed in our emergency response (on Wednesday) night. It was 30 minutes after the “gustnado” was spotted before we even heard an alarm. I was one of the spectators that spotted the funnel forming and I immediately called the police. Then I called (two local radio stations) and […]

CCC student: New library is a good environment for studying

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First-year Clovis Community College student Mark Garza of Clovis works on a research paper Wednesday at the Dr. W. D. Dabbs Library. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer First year Clovis Community College student Mark Garza didn’t like the school’s old library. The space was cramped, he said, and the […]

Tibute in song

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Five Portales youths are singing about heroes. Courtesy photo. Helena Rodriguez A Spanish “corrido” or ballad about the second anniversary of Sept. 11 – recorded in Portales – is getting attention and airplay on area radio stations. The voices behind the original patriotic tune belong to five Portales youth — three siblings and two cousins […]

Easing media restrictions will not hurt choices

Remember the days when our television choices were limited to three major networks, public television and maybe some UHF stations? When ABC, NBC and CBS dictated what appeared on television and we turned to Walter Cronkite or Huntley-Brinkley as our daily gatekeepers of television news? Today, our news and programming choices are vast and varied, […]