Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AUDIO: Houston Chronicle's 100 years in downtown

Houston Chronicle chairman Jack Sweeney talks with Houston Matters' Craig Cohen about the 100-Year history of the paper's downtown headquarters and its upcoming move to the old Houston Post building.

The move will be complete by the end of this month.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

VIDEO: Dave Ward interviews President George Bush

Dave Ward interviews President George Bush on Air Force One before 1992 election

As Dave Ward told me last week, he'll be off the KTRK abc13 6pm for a few weeks after his injury, but that doesn't mean we can't watch him deliver the news.

Dave Ward
Dave Ward
Since New Hampshire voters are making their big decision tonight, let's do a throwback (I know, I know, it's not Thursday, how dare I break protocol) to when Dave Ward interviewed President George H.W. Bush #41 in October of 1992 on Air Force One.

Some dude from Dallas named Ross Perot was making trouble for the commander in chief in the polls.

We'll also catch a glimpse of Bob Boudreaux, Minerva Perez, Tim Melton and Frank Billingsley in his pre-KPRC days.

Speaking of Minerva Perez, she has a book signing for I GOTTA STORY: My 30 Years in TV News this coming Saturday at 1pm in Fort Bend.

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Houston man starts radio station "JoeFM" on TV channel 38.9

Houston broadcasting enthusiast starts his own "JoeFM" radio station on TV at 38.9 KZHO-LD

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How would you like to run your own TV or radio station? Well, one Houston man has figured out how to do both.

I first wrote about Joe Donalson a few years ago when he opened up a 93Q Top 40 era tribute site. Well, now he has decided to build his own radio station from the ground up.

It started with Donalson then wanted to get on real radio with a low power FM (LPFM) radio station. That didn't work out so he started leasing a TV channel. You read right...a sub-channel on one of the many new low powered TV stations popping up in the Houston area.

So now you can find "JoeFM" on channel 38.9 KZHO-LD.

"While the FM band is crowded and it costs an ungodly amount of money to lease or buy an existing radio station, the over-the-air TV band has a lot of empty channels with colored bars and/or channel for lease notices," Donalson told "So here I am, an individual using my own limited resources, who now has a TV channel. No overhead to pay a staff or rent a building for fancy studios. Thanks to modern technology, I control what goes out from any location that my laptop has Wi/Fi."

The format is classic hits from over five decades - the 60s all the way to the 2000s. Former Top 40 93Q era voice over guy Mark Landis is even lending his voice to the project.

"While Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio all have radio stations playing classic hits, we don't have one here," Donalson told me. "And despite all our bemoaning, its clear that the corporate giants are not going to give us one because the demographics of the Houston market apparently they will not have many listeners."

With permission from 1070 The Answer, Donalson is also rebroadcasting The Sam Malone Show during the morning hours.

So far, the station is commercial free audio-wise, but since there are images on a TV channel, Donalson is experimenting with graphical ads.

"I intend to keep it commercial-free as long as my personal finances can sustain it," he added.

In the near future, Donalson wants to move the station to a new Houston television station he says is hitting the airwaves, channel 4.

Monday, February 08, 2016

KHOU 11 hires Sally Ramirez as news director from KGW Portland

KHOU 11 hires Sally Ramirez as Executive News Director from TEGNA’s KGW Portland; her husband KGW anchor Russ Lewis joins KHOU this summer

Sally Ramirez
Sally Ramirez
KHOU 11, Houston’s CBS affiliate, announced today that Sally Ramirez will join KHOU 11 as Executive News Director. Ramirez comes to KHOU after serving as assistant news director at TEGNA’s KGW in Portland since 2012.

“We are thrilled to have Sally join us. She has a solid news background, a history of innovation and will be instrumental in transforming KHOU into a digital first newsroom,” said Susan McEldoon, KHOU president & general manager.

Ramirez started her career in El Paso, Texas as producer at KTSM-TV. She later worked as a producer in Tucson, Arizona at KVOA-TV and in Washington, DC at WRC-TV. Ramirez worked as an executive producer in Chicago, Illinois at WGN-TV and as a special projects producer in Sacramento, California at KCRA-TV. She joined KGW in 1998 as an executive producer before being promoted to assistant news director at the station.

“I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining one of the finest group of journalists in the country. KHOU 11 has a long standing tradition of producing quality journalism on all platforms,” said Ramirez. “Their solid investigative work has garnered national attention and awards throughout the years. I'm honored to lead this team!”

Russ Lewis
Russ Lewis
A native of Chicago, Ramirez graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She is married to Russ Lewis, co-anchor of KGW News at Sunrise and has two teenage daughters.

Ramirez will begin her new role in mid-March. Her husband Russ will be joining the KHOU 11 on-air team later this summer.

- Philip Bruce is leaving KHOU 11
- VIDEO: KHOU 11 Super Bowl 50 image spot

(This post is taken from a release sent to me by KHOU 11)

Will Chita Johnson be tempted by Darby Douglas?

KHOU 11's Chita Johnson is going on a plant-based diet, but Darby Douglas is waving the carbs in front of her face!

It's February sweeps and KHOU 11 meteorologist Chita Johnson is going on a five day plant-based diet. She posted this video talking about what she's trying to do, but traffic anchor Darby Douglas has other ideas. His involve bread and oil.

Another channel 11 staffer told Chita she will have lots of gas.

I'm starting my plant based diet ... Hmmmm .. Chitas Challenge day 1
Posted by Chita Johnson KHOU on Monday, February 8, 2016

By the way, Johnson is talking with Houston YouTube sensation and Rawfully Organic Co-op owner Fully Raw Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram. And did you know that Bucaram has a book out now? The Fully Raw Diet: 21 Days to Better Health, with Meal and Exercise Plans, Tips, and 75 Recipes just came out a month ago.

I interviewed Bucaram a few years ago when I took the Snap Kitchen #21DaysforGood challenge. So for the last year, I've kept the 20 pounds plus off! For me, portion control was the big issue.

Friday, February 05, 2016

VIDEO: Casey Curry surprised by WWE's Sgt. Slaughter

KTRK abc13 meteorologist Casey Curry gets in the ring with WWE's Sgt. Slaughter!

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Social media was full of mentions for National Weather Person Day today. But only KTRK abc13 meteorologist Casey Curry was honored with a surprise appearance by WWE legend Sgt. Slaughter!

I still remember him when he was a member of the GI Joe team. Yo Joe!

Attention! A salute to Casey Curry on National #WeatherPersonsDay. Check out #WWE's Sgt. Slaughter who paid her a suprise visit!

Posted by ABC 13 Houston on Friday, February 5, 2016

VIDEO: KHOU 11 image spot to air during Super Bowl 50

Get your sneak peek of KHOU 11's latest "KHOU Stands for Houston campaign" before it airs during Super Bowl 50

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We all know major brands spend lots of dinero on Super Bowl TV commercials every year, but don't forget about the Houston stations airing the big game. They put a lot of work into their station image spot that airs in the middle of million dollar ads during the biggest TV ratings extravaganza of the year.

KHOU 11 has been working on its big television spot which will air during Super Bowl 50 this Sudnay, and sent me an advanced copy for your eyes only.

"This latest KHOU Stands for Houston campaign was a labor of love for me and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with Houstonians on Super Bowl Sunday," KHOU 11 Director of Creative Services & Community Marketing Dale Lockett told

In years past, KHOU 11 has produced music campaigns to promote its brand with Houston artists Lyle Lovett and Yolanda Adams. This time they went for emotion.

Lockett reached out to members of the Houston spoken word/slam poetry community for their assistance with this project. The poem you hear during the TV spot was written and voiced by Houstonian Sharon Young aka Rain The Poet. For the big finale, KHOU worked with one of Houston’s top mural artists Anat Ronen.

KHOU says the promotional spot celebrates all the things that connect us as Houstonians and that make us proud to call the Bayou City our home!

SportsRadio 610 Makes The Ultimate Super Bowl Commercial

Houston Public Media names Andrew Schneider politics-government reporter

Houston Public Media increases focus on politics and government; names Andrew Schneider as reporter

Andrew Schneider
Andrew Schneider
Houston Public Media announces a new focus on politics and government with the establishment of a seventh News 88.7 news desk and has named Andrew Schneider, currently business reporter, as reporter for this new desk. The changes become effective Feb. 8.

News 88.7’s news anchor Ed Mayberry will assume the business reporting duties in the interim. Mayberry previously served as the station’s business reporter for over a decade.

The new politics and government desk will provide expanded coverage of local and state political news as well as local stories influenced by news and events on the national political and governmental scene. Listeners can expect to hear content focused on how elected officials are shaping policy that impacts their daily lives, including the Texas delegations in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as well as the Texas governorship. Schneider will also explore major issues before county and city governments. Key topics such as the impact of money in Texas politics will also be examined.

“There are many stories to be told when it comes to politics and government in Texas,” said Jack Williams, news director of Houston Public Media. “With 2016 as a pivotal election year, now is a great time for Houston Public Media to seize the opportunity to create this new desk.” Williams adds that Schneider has a keen interest in politics and the organization couldn’t be happier that he has agreed to take on this new challenge.

Prior to joining News 88.7 in 2011 as business reporter, Schneider worked for Kiplinger Washington Editors from 1999 through 2010 as print reporter and associate editor covering the federal government, particularly the State Department, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the various House and Senate Committees that oversee foreign relations, international trade and environmental policy.

“I’ve always been fascinated by politics,” said Schneider. “One of my first major assignments for Kiplinger was as a researcher assisting with coverage of the 2000 presidential contest. With my new post, I feel like I’ve come full circle.”

To hear the latest local news, including expanded political and government content, tune in to Houston Public Media's News 88.7 or access coverage online at

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by Houston Public Media)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

James Starks exits KPRC 2

James Starks' bio no longer on KPRC website

James Starks
James Starks
I told you last Friday that you might have missed FOX 26 KRIV reporter Ashley Johnson if you blinked, and now we have another Houston TV staffer who appears to be gone after a short tenure.

All signs point to KPRC 2 sports anchor/reporter James Starks leaving the NBC affiliate after arriving here in September 2014.

This apparent departure follows the old adage, if a talent is removed from the bios page then they are no longer with the station.

There is no mention of his departure on his social media accounts.

Starks followed KHOU 11's Lauren Talarico from WLTX Columbia, South Carolina to Houston.

Before South Carolina, Starks jumped into TV part-time at WOIO and Fox-8 in Cleveland as a sideline reporter and anchor while earning a broadcast masters degree at Kent State University.

As I wrote before, what makes Starks standout is his time in the NFL. In 2008, Starks signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

KPRC had no comment.

Jairo Lozano joins Telemundo 60 San Antonio

Telemundo 60 San Antonio / KVDA today announced that Jairo Lozano has been named Video Journalist for Noticias 60 Telemundo, which airs weekdays at 4:30 PM, 5 PM and 10 PM, effective immediately. He will join News Anchors Arlena Amaro and Alex Hernandez, Weather Anchor Lilian Perez, Sports Anchor Johnathan Solarte and a dynamic team of reporters to deliver breaking news and up-to-the-minute information about issues affecting the Hispanic community in San Antonio. His will make his on-air debut in mid-February.

“We are excited that Jairo is part of our news team,” said Adolfo Segura, News Director, Telemundo 60 San Antonio. “Jairo is an energetic and passionate storyteller. His journalistic professionalism and integrity will help us deliver the latest breaking news and information that our viewers deserve and help make Telemundo 60 our viewers’ station of choice.”

Lozano joined the Telemundo family in 2013 when he was named Assistant Producer for Telemundo 60’s sister-station, Telemundo 39 Dallas-Fort Worth / KXTX. Lozano joins Telemundo 60 after working as a Reporter for Telemundo 40 Rio Grande Valley / KTLM since 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Launched in 1989, Telemundo 60 was formally integrated into the Telemundo Station Group in May 2014 and has been serving the Hispanic community in San Antonio for more than 25 years. Thanks to an investment made by NBCUniversal in all of its Telemundo stations, Telemundo 60 formally launched a new weekday half-hour local newscast at 4:30 PM CT in 2014, hired newsroom staff to support the boost in local news, added a digital web editor to help increase the station’s digital presence, launched revamped station digital platforms and established a new Telemundo Responde (Telemundo Responds) consumer investigative unit that is charged with standing up for consumers. Launched in 2014, the Telemundo Responde teams have collectively recovered more than $4 million for consumers all across the United States and Puerto Rico, including San Antonio.

Telemundo 60 San Antonio
Telemundo 60 / KVDA is Telemundo’s south Texas television station, serving the Spanish-speaking community in the San Antonio market. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 60 has been delivering local news, information and entertainment to viewers throughout South Texas for nearly 26 years, reaching approximately 1.3 million viewers in thirty two counties. Viewers turn to Telemundo 60 for breaking news, weather and sports headlines across a variety of platforms, including online at and via mobile and social media channels. Today, Telemundo 60 produces more than 7 hours of local news and programming each week and demonstrates its commitment to the community by cultivating local partnerships and capturing the diversity of South Texas.

(This post is taken from a press release sent to me by Telemundo)