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October 18, 2006
Ready for their close-ups

kelly and travis

So now that they've survived the rigors of reality TV and won My58TV's "host hunt" - prize: a one-year contract as on-air talent - it's time for Kelly McAlister and Travis Ross to get busy.

They've already taped a promo for the station's 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. programming, airing now. And soon, they'll be all over the station's Web site.

Which begs the question: Just who are Kelly and Travis?

Well, Kelly is 25, lives in Carmichael and works as a compliance auditor for a large insurance company. She has no formal training in acting, TV or journalism, but "it's always been a lifelong dream," she says. "But I always have wanted to be myself, not some character.

"For a long time, I thought it'd be cool to host my own radio show. But what I'd really like to do is host a travel show."

Travis, also 25, lives in Turlock and owns a commercial produce business while dabbling as a real estate agent. Unlike Kelly, he has long been interested in acting. He's even taken a few classes, done a couple of commercials and taped a pilot for a syndicated show, "Brews Travelers."

"It didn't get picked up, but it was a great experience," he says. "This is a good break. Who knows where it might lead?"

Right now, neither has quit her or his day job, since being a My58TV host is strictly a part-time gig.

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