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July 19, 2007
Deep Shallow media thoughts

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Congratulations to "Insight," the daily public affairs show hosted by Jeffrey Callison (pictured, left) on KXJZ (90.9 FM), on its third anniversary today. To celebrate, the station will air a very special "clip" show with greatest hits from the past three years - interviews on water issues, redistricting, the homeless and tax reform.

Nah. Just kidding. "Insight" actually will air a compilation of its best live, in-studio music performances today, including a song or two by Jackie Greene. If you, like, work for a living and can't tune in today at 2 p.m., you can listen to the archived version on the station's Web site.

* A thumbs up, too, to Matt Coker, the editor of the alt-weekly Sacramento News & Review for bowing to public pressure and adding the wildly popular "Ask A Mexican" feature to the rag's lineup.

* So I'm inching along on the Yolo causeway this morning on a hellacious daily commute and I see that a Channel 31 satellite truck is parked on the levee bank. And I noticed this: It's been a year and the trucks still have the old UPN network affiliation emblazoned on the side. C'mon, guys: spend the money and spray paint CW on the side.

* It's not official yet, but the popular "Radio Parallax" Thursday-night radio show on KDVS (90.3 FM), hosted by Sacramento physician Douglas Everett, will be expanding to the AM dial on KSAC (1240 AM) on Saturdays. Word is, it will be a different show (not a replay), but in the same vein as the KDVS show.
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* Best publicity stunt of the week goes to KDND (The End, 107.9 FM) and its new morning show, “The Wake Up Call with Jason, Kelly and Gavin.” (These are the folks, by the way, who replaced the crew that sponsored that ill-fated and fatal water-drinking contest last January.)

It seems Gavin is going on vacation in August, and the crew has extended an offer to Kevin Federline (pictured, right) to fill in. No word yet from K-Fed, who recently met with L.A. radio execs, looking for a job.

* Mark Williams, the conservative talk-show pundit fired from KFBK, continues to find work on cable TV. He's been on Fox News three times in the past week - talking about border issues, John Edwards and John McCain.

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