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Sotiropulos, Kopi

 

Born in Greece and raised in Fresno, Kopi Sotiropulos eventually traveled to San Francisco in the late ‘60s to major in broadcasting at San Francisco State University. After graduation, Sotiropulos found employment in 1971 at KMPH 26 in Visalia, first as a commercial copywriter and later as a producer, photographer, editor and talent in commercials and promos. He also hosted Dialing for Dollars. After six years, Sotiropulos moved to Hollywood, spending 10 years as an actor working on many popular programs; including, The Incredible HulkThree’s CompanyMickey SpillanePerfect StrangersHighway to HeavenGeneral HospitalDays of Our Lives, and Beverly Hills Cop 2. Moving back with his family to Fresno in 1987, Sotiropulos worked with Company 3 Productions directing and producing commercials. He returned to KMPH in 1990 to be the weatherman for Fox 26 Ten O’clock News. In 2003, KMPH created Great Day, the weekday five-hour morning show Sotiropulos co-hosts with Kim Stephens. He also shoots the daily segments: 10-Day Forecast, Great Day Faces and 7th Inning Stretch for Great Day. To everyone in the San Joaquin Valley, especially the children, Sotiropulos is “Mr. Fresno.” He gives school presentations; is MC for numerous community events; recognized with several “Best of Fresno” awards, the Muscular Dystrophy Society’s Dinner of Champions; and this past June with the Governors’ Citation from NATAS.