Monday, September 22, 2014

Lisa Hernandez gets hitched, DFW reporters quit & hospitalized, plus more

- TV Reporter Quits On-Air To Fight For Marijuana Legalization
- How's this for an TV honest promo?
- Oopsy
- WGN Celebrates ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ Just Like it Always Does
- TV reporter rescues armadillo from flood waters

Gannett8 tabs Monica Hernandez for reporting staff
Monica Hernandez, from New Orleans’ WWL-TV, will be the latest addition to WFAA Gannett8’s reporting staff.

Reporter Lari Barager leaving Fox4 after 15 years
One of Fox4’s best and most seasoned reporters, Lari Barager, is the latest to chart a new course and leave the daily pavement-pounding grind.

KDFW-TV sports anchor Max Morgan hospitalized with congestive heart failure
KDFW (Channel 4) sports stalwart Max Morgan was admitted to Methodist Richardson Medical Center on Wednesday suffering with congestive heart failure.

Former KDFW-TV meteorologist Ron Jackson seriously hurt in crash, expected to recover
The former KDFW-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Ron Jackson, who was seriously hurt in a single-vehicle wreck Friday night, is expected to make a full recovery.

KTVT reporter, former The Fan host Jane Slater joins Longhorn Network
Jane Slater is headed to Austin to work for Longhorn Network where she will be a studio host and reporter.

DMN Managing Editor George Rodrigue Leaving for WFAA
When current editor Bob Mong announced his retirement (effective sometime in 2015) and Rodrigue was not immediately named his replacement, the newsroom suspected its longtime ME would move on. He joins WFAA in one week.

KHOU 11's Lisa Hernandez gets married
KHOU 11 anchor Lisa Hernandez got married to Houston Rockets radio announcer Joel Blank over the weekend. (Thanks to PR Fairy @farbulous)
- KHOU 11's Lisa Hernandez engaged thanks to the Goo Goo Dolls?

Sexy Univision weather anchor turns heads in Houston in a form-fitting sheath dress
While Univision viewers will recognize Laura Sierra as the weather anchor for the network's Houston morning news show, CultureMap first met the glamorous native of Medellin, Colombia, at Hotel ZaZa where she was amid the va-va-voom crowd that turned out for image and style consultant Pedro Abasolo's annual bash for his best clients.

Joel Osteen excited about new adventure in radio
As pastor of Houston's Lakewood Church Joel Osteen is a busy man and he's about to get even busier with the launch of a new radio program.

Meet Inside Edition’s hottest bachelors of Houston
Houston media members Nick Anderson, 47, Houston Chronicle editorial cartoonist and Mike Valdez, 50, radio personality on 93Q are among Houston’s Hottest Bachelors.

Houston station ‘reinvents’ the wheel with hourly forecasts
KHOU-TV, the Gannett CBS affiliate in Houston, has a new gimmick for its weather forecasts — the “Weather Wheel.”

A true story
How David Barron helped drive up CSN Houston’s legal bills

Thrilled S.A. TV anchor welcomes first baby
San Antonio KABB morning anchorwoman Monica Taylor said she was “over the moon” after giving birth nearly a week early to the baby she tagged her “Taylor tot.”

Patti C. Smith celebrates 15 years as president, general manager of KVUE-TV
On Sept. 16, 2014, Patti C. Smith celebrated 15 years as president and general manager of KVUE-TV.

Amarillo Pub Puts TV, Radio In Crosshairs
Les Simpson, publisher of the Morris Communications-owned, 30,000-circulation Amarillo Globe-News, sees a not-distant future where local TV and radio have been just as roiled by disruptors as newspapers.

TX Radio: Townsquare Names Stew Sawyers OM
Townsquare Media/Tyler-Longview, TX. has named Stew Sawyers Ops Manager for its cluster.

Texas Station Group Adds News Director
Amie Hudspeth has been named news director at the Victoria Television Group in Victoria, Tex.

- 2014 Lone Star EMMY nominees list
- DFW anchor arrested, WFAA hires a cop to do morning news, plus other DFW TV job moves
- Comcast SportsNet Houston could have layoffs; new name
- Houston Secret Society Media Awards
- Amanda Perez leaves KPRC 2 for Fort Bend ISD
- San Antonio TV job moves
- KTMD Houston to add 4:30pm newscast
- KHOU 11 launches “The Battle of the High School Marching Bands”

Friday, September 19, 2014

KHOU 11 launches “The Battle of the High School Marching Bands”

Houston-Area “Battle of the High School Marching Bands”

Grab your piccolo and let KHOU 11 know you are apart of the Houston-area's best high school marching band.

According to the KHOU 11 press release sent to me, all eligible schools that participate will receive a donation to their school’s music program from Carnival Cruise Lines and the chance to be named “The Most Spirited High School Marching Band in Houston.” The winning band will also perform on KHOU 11 News this Morning the week.

Here’s how the contest works:
· Call for Entries: Through September 28 at 5pm CDT, Greater Houston area high schools can create and submit a video performance of their school’s fight song, alma mater or original piece of music.
o Bands can upload their video to YouTube, and email the link to their performance to as their submission.
o Contest entry form and details can be found at

· Top 5 Finalists Selected: Carnival will select five finalists based on sound, musical ability and style.
· Voting Period: Beginning October 13, fans can vote for their favorites from the five finalists on the KHOU Facebook page ( Fans can vote up to one time per day through October 22.
· Grand Prize Winner: The winner will be announced on KHOU 11 News this Morning the week of October 27.

To celebrate, I dug up some old Houston-area high school football games I photographed and pulled out some band photos!

- 10 Celebrities Who Were in the High School Band

KTMD Houston to add 4:30pm newscast

Starting November 3, 14 Telemundo Stations Will Add 30 Minutes to Early Evening Newscasts

KTMD Telemundo Houston (and 13 other Telemundo stations) will start offering a new newscast at 4:30pm starting November 3rd. Here is the full release.

The Telemundo Station Group today announced an expansion of its local news programming, unveiling plans to launch a new 30-minute newscast weekdays at 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT beginning Monday, November 3 at 14 of its stations. The expansion will result in viewers receiving an additional 150 minutes of local breaking news coverage and up-to-the-minute weather reports each week in their markets. To support this initiative, the Telemundo Station Group expects to immediately hire nearly 30 additional employees to boost the local newsrooms.

“Today’s announcement marks a new era for the Telemundo Station Group and Spanish-language news,” said Manuel Martinez, President, Telemundo Station Group. “All of our stations have a commitment to deliver the best local breaking news and weather to our viewers and this expansion will help us deliver the type of news coverage our viewers demand and deserve.”

Complementing the Telemundo Station Group news expansion, Telemundo Network’s afternoon schedule will shift to offer its viewers the news and entertainment they have come to expect even earlier in the day. The network’s daily entertainment show “Suelta la Sopa” will now air at 2 PM ET / 1 PM CT; “Caso Cerrado,” hosted by the popular Ana Maria Polo, will now air at 3 PM ET / 2 PM CT; “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste,” the Emmy-award winning daily news magazine that sets the news and entertainment agenda for Hispanics, will air at 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT; and “The Best of Caso Cerrado,” will air at 5 PM ET / 4 PM CT, offering the best court cases packed in a completely new half-hour format.

The Telemundo stations that will add the new half-hour newscast include: Telemundo52 Los Angeles, Telemundo 47 New York, Telemundo 51 Miami, Telemundo 47 Houston, Telemundo39 Dallas-Fort Worth, Telemundo Chicago, Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahía, Telemundo San Antonio, Telemundo Phoenix, Telemundo Tucson, Telemundo 40 McAllen, Telemundo 25 Denver, Telemundo62 Philadelphia and Telemundo Las Vegas.

“We are thrilled to partner with our stations across the country to offer our viewers the national news and entertainment they have come to love even earlier,” said Luis Silberwasser, President, Telemundo Network. “Based on the double-digit ratings growth year over year we’ve seen across our news properties, we are confident our viewers will enjoy getting their news and entertainment content first at Telemundo.”

The local news expansion continues the increased commitment NBCUniversal has made across the Telemundo network and at local Telemundo stations to better serve Spanish-language viewers across the country. Since 2013, NBCUniversal has made a series of investments to its local Spanish-language stations that make up the Telemundo Station Group, a division of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. Investments include boosting live, local news, weather and sports coverage in all stations. In addition to the production of news specials and documentaries, Telemundo Network recently announced the launch of a national weekend newscast, “Noticiero Telemundo Fin de Semana,” that will premiere on October 4. It will be anchored by Edgardo del Villar.

Martinez added, “I am proud of the enhancements the Telemundo Station Group has made this past year, including the launch of new local newscasts in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Jose, and look forward to continuing to honor our commitment of keeping our Hispanic communities informed with the critical news they need.”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

San Antonio TV job moves

What happened in the Alamo City TV job world while I was on a blogging break

KABB weekend anchor Ted Garcia leaves again
Ted Garcia, the Saturday-Sunday anchorman on KABB-TV for the past four years, and a former KSAT television news veteran, is once again leaving the Alamo City.
- Farewell Ted Garcia!

S.A. anchor exits TV after 20-year run
The latest to depart is a very familiar face to local TV viewers, a KABB veteran of 20 years and the only Hispanic anchorman on a main English-language newscast here. Michael Valdes, the 9 p.m. news’s chief anchorman, has been KABB’s constant.

KSAT-TV ex joins S.A. rival KENS
Former KSAT-TV reporter Jennifer Dodd is joining a San Antonio competitor: KENS-TV.

Prissila Sánchez hired as reporter at KWEX
Prissila Sánchez has joined KWEX 41, the Univision O&O in San Antonio as a weather anchor/videojournalist.

Meet KENS-TV’s new traffic gal/comedian
KENS-TV’s new morning personality, Jennie Stencel, not only will help you drive, but also drive you a little batty — in a fun way.

WOAI-TV ex nabs new anchor job
Former S.A. anchorwoman Elsa Ramon is back doing television news — in Los Angeles. The WOAI-TV ex recently started working for CBS-owned sister stations KCBS/KCAL.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amanda Perez leaves KPRC 2 for Fort Bend ISD exclusive: KPRC 2 reporter Amanda Perez will graduate to the PIO world at FBISD

Amanda Perez
Amanda Perez
After a year and a half, reporter Amanda Perez is leaving KPRC 2 for the world of education.

"I'll soon be working for Fort Bend ISD as the district's media relations coordinator," Perez told "It's hard to say goodbye to all the amazing folks at Local 2, but I'm ready for a new challenge."

Fort Bend ISD isn't far from Perez's hometown considering she's from nearby El Campo in Wharton County.

The Sam Houston State University graduate came to KPRC from KFSN Fresno, CA where she started as a reporter in 2006. She became weekend anchor at the Disney/ABC Television Group station in 2008. Perez started on air at KAVU Victoria as an anchor/producer. Before that, she worked as an editor at KPRC.

"I am looking forward to showcasing the accomplishments of the hardworking students and educators at Fort Bend ISD," Perez added. "I have always considered myself a storyteller at heart– and there are still so many stories to be told!"

Perez tells me today is her last day on the air. Tell her congrats!

Houston Secret Society Media Awards

If you get honored at these awards, can you tell anyone?

We just saw the 2014 Lone Star EMMY nominees list come out, but that's not the only award on the horizon in the Houston media world.

I got a release from the organizers of the Secret Society Media Awards which happen in late September. Don't worry, the folks behind the awards don't mind if you spill the beans on this "secret."

This year's honorees include Bob Mackay/Radio One, Larry Johnson/KTSU Radio, Velma Trayham/ThinkZilla PR, Bruce Johnson/1000 Men Empowerment Group, Mary Kennedy/KRBE Radio, DL Hughley/Spread The Word Chicago, Brandon Beard/Cumulus Radio, Dr. John Rudley/TSU President, Len Cannon/KHOU News, Shern-Min Chow/KHOU News,
Isiah Carey/FOX 26 News, Melinda Spaulding/FOX 26 News, Francis Page/Houston Style Magazine, Greg Hurst/KHOU News and Amber Neal/Millionaire Matchmaker.

The release says these 15 Houston premier media personalities will be honored for their exceptional community contributions and diverse humanitarian efforts. Also, a portion of the ticket sales will help purchase Christmas gifts for children with parents are incarcerated.

To keep with the name, there will be some special secret red carpet guests and a mystery VIP guest? Any guesses?

Houston Secret Society Media Awards
Wednesday, September 24th 6-9pm
Hess Club

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Comcast SportsNet Houston could have layoffs; new name

Big changes could be coming to Comcast SportsNet Houston if deal goes through

David Barron is reporting there could be layoffs at CSN Houston if a judge allows the network to be sold:

Seventy-five of the 115 employees of Comcast SportsNet Houston were informed Tuesday that their jobs will be eliminated if a federal bankruptcy judge approves a plan backed by the Astros and Rockets to sell the financially troubled network to DirecTV and AT&T.

Employees were informed of the potential layoffs at midafternoon by officials from a law firm representing the Houston Regional Sports Network partnership. Such notices are required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which mandates employers of companies with at least 100 workers to provide 60-day notice in advance of certain plant closings or mass layoffs. READ THE REST

Barron writes the network would re-brand as Root Sports Houston. This network does not carry talk shows and newscasts on its channels in other cities like CSN does - that's why all the employees could be let go.

I'm hearing these employees are calling Houston TV stations looking to see what employment opportunities exist. A sad day.

DFW anchor arrested, WFAA hires a cop to do morning news, plus other DFW TV job moves

The big Dallas - Fort Worth TV job moves while I was on a blogging break

KTVT anchor Brendan Higgins dropped from station
CBS11 anchor Brendan Higgins is dropped from station, issues statement about his arrest in Aspen.
- Dallas anchor arrested on vacation

Corporal Nick officially enters WFAA8's early morning traffic flow
A week after reported his hiring, DeSoto police Cpl. Nick Bristow joined the station’s Daybreak team on Tuesday, Aug.19th as the D-FW market’s first uniformed traffic anchor.
- "Corporal Nick" still a bumper car as Daybreak's new traffic reporter
- WFAA8 puts up stop sign for Daybreak traffic reporter Shane Allen

KTVT Anchor Tracy Kornet Leaving Station
Tracy Kornet, an anchor/reporter and eight-year veteran of the CBS O&O KTVT, has decided to leave the Dallas station.
- CBS11 anchor/reporter Tracy Kornet leaving after eight-year stay
- Kornet's farewell comments from her

WFAA8 reporter Teresa Woodard is latest to join PR world
Teresa Woodard, who quickly established herself as one of WFAA8’s standout reporters after joining the station in March 2012, will be leaving to take a public relations position with an educational software company.

Dallas-Fort Worth Telemundo Station Adds Weekend Weather Anchor
Teresa Gonzalez will join KXTX Telemundo 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth as weekend weather anchor.

CBS11 reporter Susy Solis latest to take PR position
CBS11’s Susy Solis, who joined the station in January 2011 after a four-year stay with NBC5, has now opted to join Real News PR, which is run by former Fox4 reporter Jeff Crilley.

Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 Lone Star EMMY nominees list

12th annual Lone Star Emmy Awards nominations

Congrats to all of the 2014 Lone Star EMMY nominees in the quest for the coveted 12th annual Lone Star Emmy Awards.


Next up, the 12th Annual Lone Star EMMY Awards in Houston at the Bayou Music Center on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Once again, Houston represents in the news excellence category:

Houston's News Leader
David Strickland, News Director And Vice President

KHOU Stands For Houston - News Excellence
Philip Bruce, Executive News Director

Noticias 45 News Excellence
Martha Kattan, News Director

WFAA: News 8
Carolyn Mungo, News Director

- 2013 Lone Star EMMY nominees list
- 2013 Lone Star EMMY winners
- 2012 Lone Star EMMY nominees list
- 2012 Lone Star EMMY winners
- 2011 Lone Star EMMY nominees list
- Lone Star EMMY Awards winners 2011
- 8th Annual Lone Star EMMY Awards winners
- 7th Annual Lone Star EMMY Award winners

TV station lawsuit, offensive tweets and more media news from around Texas

The Houston and Texas media stories going on while I was on a blogging break

- Best News Bloopers July 2014
- KHOU 11 Weather Wheel
- Beauty and the two beasts
- abc13 KTRK's Tom Koch on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
- Caller Tells KABC Water Main Break Caused by ‘A Really Large Dump’
- H.G. Wells and Orson Welles interview. Radio KTSA San Antonio on October 28, 1940
- "Chip, Clarice and Dale: Only on Channel 4"
- Mike Tyson goes off on anchor
- Doesn't anyone check the archives?

Follow their leads? Aspire to have as many or more Followers as they do?
Top bosses at DFW's four major TV news providers demand "social media" visibility while barely participating themselves.

Latest NBC5/DMN content-sharing initiative gives Dave Lieber's The Watchdog column some TV time
Upsides to content-sharing? Here’s one. Dave Lieber, whose The Watchdog column deservedly has gained quick traction at The Dallas Morning News, will be getting his own weekly mini-segment with the newspaper’s TV partner, NBC5.

So long "Spirit of Texas," hello Gannett8
Dallas-based WFAA8, which will be re-christened Gannett8 later in this post, touted its new “Graphics” during Wednesday’s newscasts.

Cumulus Promotes Dan Bennett To RVP Over Houston And Dallas
CUMULUS ups DAN BENNETT to Regional VP, overseeing its station operations in HOUSTON and DALLAS.

Mother Claims TV News Defamed Her
Houston's CBS TV affiliate defamed a woman in a broadcast that claimed she left her two young children in her hot car while she got her hair cut, the woman claims in court.

KRIV Apologizes for Airing Offensive Tweet
Houston FOX owned station KRIV is apologizing today for airing a tweet someone sent out using offensive language to describe Cowboy’s Quarterback Tony Romo.

Rod Ryan AMA
My name is Rod Ryan from the Rod Ryan Show & 94.5 The Buzz!Go Ahead! AMA!
- Jared Leto Takes Up KTBZ Morning Show Host Rod Ryan's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

KCOH Radio and Houston Forward Times
A Powerful Combination That’s All About The Community

Houston Texans Game Day on SportsRadio 610
SportsRadio 610 continues its 13 year long partnership with the Houston Texans as the official home for Texans Radio and will carry each game of the 2014 football season. New this year is the addition of John Harris, Rich Lord and Sean Pendergast.

Clear Channel taking it to Radio One in Houston
It's Radio One's biggest cash-flowing market and CEO Alfred Liggins admits Clear Channel is hurting his revenue in that city.

Discovering Houston on the Cheap
Sally MacDonald, FOX26 Houston

10 Questions with ... Terri Thomas
KMJQ & KBXX operations manager/program director Terri Thomas gets put in the hot seat

Research Director, Inc. Presents Exclusive August PPM Analysis For Houston
- #6 Houston-Galveston TX

Look who's turning 5
CultureMap celebrates a media milestone, looks back at a tiny beginning

Minerva Pérez wins Telly Award
Minerva Pérez, creator and executive producer of Latina Voices: Smart Talk, is a winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards, a national recognition. The syndicated talk show went up against competitors in all 50 states and took a Bronze Telly which was announced in early August. Minerva and her co-host/co-producer, Sofía Adrogué, are proud of the award that was given for their 100th show. Says Minerva, “the 100th show is a compilation of the 5 years of Latina Voices and showed off well, the caliber of guests and production value.” The Telly Award, founded in 1979, is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. Latina Voices: Smart Talk is produced at Houston Television, HTV.

TV news stars throw a special bridal bunch that sees a politician turn into an omelette wiz
Those with a nose for news were on their toes over the weekend, but it was omelettes and brownies that reporters were sniffing out rather than collie hoarding or smash-and-grab burglaries. Recently retired KHOU Channel 11 investigative reporter Courtney Zubowski Haas and Dr. Eric Haas provided the scene for a Sunday gathering of media personalities.

“The Trouble With Ray”
Houston video agency, Proud Pony International, is pleased to announce the inclusion of their short documentary, “The Trouble With Ray”, in the Raindance Film Festival in London, England, on the first full night of the festival, Wednesday, September 25, 2014. The film has also been nominated as one of the top five short documentaries submitted to Raindance this season.

S.A. TV anchors welcome baby boy
The blessed event came a day early for S.A. anchor couple Isis Romero and Phil Anaya. The TV news pair became parents of a beautiful baby boy named Elijah.
- PHOTOS: KENS 5's Phil Anaya welcomes baby Elijah

Coyote, Silver Dancers, more! S.A. TV show enlivens downtown
It wasn’t a huge crowd that showed up to celebrate the grand premiere of “SA Live” on KSAT Monday, but its setting, the Buckhorn Saloon on Houston Street, sure came alive with entertainment.
- Vikki Carr turns KSAT-TV glitch into glory

Cox Classic Rock Rebrands As The Eagle
Cox Media Group/San Antonio has re-branded San Antonio’s only classic rock KTKX 106.7 FM as 106.7 FM The Eagle. Former brand was X106.7.

John Lisle gone
KZEP moved; Hot 104.5 launched

CBS taps former KENS co-host for Thursday night NFL coverage
Megan Alexander, who once co-hosted “Great Day SA” on San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS-TV, has a new gig. She will be part of CBS’ new Thursday Night Football coverage.

S.A. TV loses newscast, gains new half-hour
September sees the death of a San Antonio TV newscast.

S.A. anchor tears up; Beamer steps in
Randy Beamer came to the rescue of Evy Ramos earlier this week when his lovely WOAI news partner became too emotional to finish a story about two young children seriously injured in an automobile accident.

KUTX Shuffles Programming
Longtime deejay Ed Miller is out, John Aielli shifts times, and more

Telemundo Station Expands in Rio Grande Valley
KTLM, the NBC Universal-owned Telemundo station, has expanded its broadcasts.

Mary Mays announced move from KXXV Waco to WINK Fort Myers on Facebook
"Good morning everyone and happy Friday! I have an announcement to make. Today is my last day at KXXV. I'm moving to Fort Myers, FL where I'll be working at WINK."

El Paso Anchor Says Goodbye Just Like LeBron James
KVIA sports anchor Asher Wildman‘s facebook goodbye might sound oddly familiar to sports fans.

Sinclair grows El Paso TV stations
Group invests $11M, will hire 40 people • KFOX, KDBC to share renovated studios

Leah Durain is the newest one-man band at Beaumont's KBMT.

Rebeca Trejo is a new reporter at Beaumont's KBMT. The University of Houston grad interned at KTRK abc13 and wrote for The Daily Cougar.

Texas station hires former lingerie football player
KZTV in Corpus Christi has hired Sports Anchor and she is a former "athlete" herself.


Fox News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz Dead At 51
Majchrowitz worked for Houston's KPRC 2 and 740 KTRH.

Houston AP sports reporter Duncan dies at 43
Christopher Duncan, a sports reporter for The Associated Press who covered the Houston Texans, Houston Rockets and the Kentucky Derby, has died at the age of 43.

- Why is Sharron Melton a KTRK abc13 'field anchor' now?
- abc13's Tom Abrahams signs 3-book deal
- NewsFix gets vote of confidence from new Tribune boss
- Kai Ryssdal and Marketplace in Houston event close to selling out
- The New 93Q KKBQ wins Marconi Award for 2014 Major Market Station of the Year