Thursday, October 23, 2014

KPRC 2's Ruben Galvan's slimy live shot

All together gang: "Slime on Ruben Galvan"

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KPRC 2 morning feature reporter Ruben Galvan found his way under a slime bucket for the second year in a row at the Children’s Museum of Houston.  Well, around Halloween, it should probably be called the Monsters' Museum of Houston.

This year, Ruben rounded up some fellow victims to get the green stuff.

- KPRC's Ruben Galvan slimed on live TV (2013)
- VIDEO: KPRC's Ruben Galvan's snake scare scream

Touching moments to end of CSN Houston - VIDEO

After two years, Comcast SportsNet Houston signs off

Bill Doleman and Calvin Murphy bid a teary farewell

Just to show you how unfair the television business is, Comcast SportsNet Houston just produced its final hours of local programming last night and the network is effectively dead. As the future of the new Root Sports Houston is worked out, the plan is for 96 of 141 employees to be laid off.

This is certainly not the fault of the talented group of people who worked at CSN Houston. It was a top notch production all the way.

"The experience at CSN Houston was great because of the people there," wrote CSN Houston reporter Adam Wexler on his blog. "All the people there were excited to be delivering our product to the Houston fans, yes, whichever fans were lucky enough to have the network."

When the network debuted to the only 40% or so of Houston viewers with Comcast, I figured it would all be worked out in time. It was nice to once again have a Houston-only sports network - especially of this superior quality.

But no matter the great job CSN Houston did on the air, politics and business brought the whole thing down.

Below is video of the last credits and a tribute to the CSN Houston employees.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why News 92 failed, another SA TV departure plus more

- KPRC' s Dominique Sachse, Bill Balleza & Frank Billingsley on 'The Tonight Show'
- Boom 92.1 FM Classic Hip Hop Houston radio [Audio debut]
- Dancing Kid Takes Center Stage During Live Shot
- NBC5's "Texas Connects Us" campaign (in full)
- It's only dirty if you think it is
- Michael Rooker takes over Good Day Austin
- Only the Best Tee-Pee for Washington D.C.
- Pumpkin fest organizer tries to censor live news report
- Live TV news meme hits another reporter trying to cover riot

Ebola the Ultimate Moving Target For Dallas Stations
The Dallas stations are working tirelessly to cover the ultimate moving target in news—the Ebola crisis in DMA No. 5. As the primary informers for scores of residents, the TV newsrooms are faced with tough decisions about educating the public while avoiding stoking hysteria.

Byron Harris: Still investigating after 40 years
The WFAA newsroom on Monday celebrated a milestone as veteran investigative reporter Byron Harris marked his 40th anniversary with the station.

None do it better than Fox4's pet smart duo
Adopt-a-pet segments are staples of weekend morning newscasts. On D-FW’s Fox4, they’re also something of an art form. Anchor Jenny Anchondo and meteorologist Jennifer Myers make these spots purr.

The Dallas Morning News welcomes Hunter Hauk
Hunter Hauk was named pop music critic for The Dallas Morning News.

Updating former KDFW-TV sports anchor Ted Dawson (who's still in there pitching)
Back in September, 1987, a sonic boom of a sports anchor, Ted Dawson, became the featured scorekeeper at KDFW-TV (now known as Fox4).

Gannett Broadcast Revenue Up 105%
Acquisitions of Belo and some London Broadcasting stations pace record broadcast revenue.

Big TV & media job moves across Texas
A ton of Texas TV and media folks getting new gigs

92 FM had bad case of 'playing it safe'
101 KLOL creator Pat Fant gives his take on why News 92 failed.
- Boom 92.1 FM replaces News 92 & B92 all Beyonce radio on KROI
- News 92 KROI is dead
- The New Boom 92 Houston: A Review
- Here's What's Playing on America's First "Classic Hip-Hop" Radio Station
- On the Beach...On the Prowl

Making great radio in Houston
On October 27 Radio Ink's 2014 Best Managers in Radio list will be released. One of those managers to make the 2014 list is Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager for CBS Radio in Houston.

Salisbury will add 97.5 FM radio duties, succeeding Solomon
Former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury will succeed Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon as co-host of KFNC’s (97.5 FM) midday sports talk show.

50 years ago: The loss of the KODA-bird
Radio station KODA was one such station to use a helicopter. It was called the KODA-bird.

Is the Montgomery County Police Reporter More "Police" Than "Reporter"?
If you're arrested in Montgomery County, chances are your name, charges, and maybe even mugshot will enter the wilds of the internet through the Montgomery County Police Reporter's website.

Judge Orders More Than $250K Fee Award for KTRK in Anti-SLAPP Matter
A Harris County judge awarded Haynes and Boone, LLP client KTRK Television, a Houston ABC affiliate, more than $250,000 in attorneys’ fees after the station won an anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation (anti-SLAPP) appeal against the plaintiff.

The ultimate underground party
CultureMap's anniversary bash rocks hot new hotel, draws TV VIPs.

KABB exits mount as another news vet quits
The face of San Antonio's KABB-TV is beginning to blur to the point of being almost unrecognizable.

Hearst Drops An Ebola Joke
Check out this gut-buster from the San Antonio Express-News.

KENS-TV back on air after going dark
Just in time for football. . .KENS-TV returned to the air at around 11:30 a.m. after being dark for most of the morning.

Stronger Together!
You may remember her as "Lisa Lisa" the high energy radio host of KTFM but now she's here to inspire us in a new way!

KOKE-FM launching news department
Austin Radio Network is launching a news department this week led by well-known Austin broadcaster Dick Ellis, who spent 32 years anchoring TV newscasts on ABC affiliate KVUE and Fox-owned KTBC.

X-rated photos tweeted from Time Warner Cable News account
The Time Warner Cable Austin News Twitter account appears to have been hacked.

ONE Media to Launch Next-Gen Broadcasting at KEYE-TV in Austin Next Month
ONE Media announced that it is set to unveil its next generation broadcast transmission platform in Austin, Texas next month.

Texas FM Sold

- Grace White joins KHOU 11
- News 92 KROI is dead
- Where is FOX 26's Mike Iscovitz?
- Katherine Whaley debuts on KTRK abc13
- KHOU 11 debuts new Gannett ticker
- KTVT CBS 11 adds Gilma Avalos and Lisa Villegas
- Irika Sargent on CBS' 'The Talk'

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Irika Sargent on CBS' 'The Talk'

Former KPRC anchor Irika Sargent gets close to Jimmy Smits & Boyz II Men on 'The Talk'

Former KPRC 2 weekend anchor Irika Sargent is already getting close to her new CBS family.

Today, the CBS owned and operated WFOR Miami anchor guest hosted on CBS' The Talk.

Sargent got to hang with actor Jimmy Smits & Boyz II Men.

I'm sure Sargent's national appearance gave Houston fans some closure after her KPRC departure because It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.

Irika Sargent
Irika Sargent

Big TV & media job moves across Texas

A ton of Texas TV and media folks getting new gigs

Former News 92 FM KROI anchor Lanny Griffith writes on Facebook he is now a media adviser to his long time friend Kim Ogg who is running for Harris County District Attorney.

KAGS-HD chief meteorologist Jared Plushnick leaves Bryan-College Station for KVUE Austin.

KBTX Bryan-College Station's Michael Oder leaves The Brazos Valley for WIAT in Birmingham. He'll get to work with Gene Norman.

Meghan Lopez joins KFOX El Paso as weekend anchor.

Jessica Holley leaves Corpus Christi KZTV Action 10 News' Jessica Holley joins KWTV News 9 Oklahoma City as a a multi-media journalist.

KENS reporter James Munoz works for city councilman
Former broadcast journalist James Doughty joins District 9 City Councilman Joe Krier and staff as Communications Manager.
"James Doughty came to us highly recommended and after several interviews we determined he was an outstanding match for our office," said Krier. "I look forward to him being a part of our team and helping us serve the needs of District 9 constituents.”
James most recently worked in television news using his mother's maiden name Munoz. Born in Midland, Texas, James graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997 with a BA in Broadcast Journalism. He has worked in TV News for more than 16 years.
James and his wife Angela are members at Churchill Baptist Church where they lead a Sunday morning Bible School Class for Pre-K and Kindergarten aged children. He has two children who study in the N.E.I.S.D.
"I turn 40 this year and more than ever it's important for me to give back to this wonderful community," Doughty said. "Councilman Krier is one of the most respected members of our community and I'll work hard to share his views and values with San Antonio."
James is a 4th generation Texan. He carries the namesake of his 3rd great-grandfather who was the first superintendent of the King Ranch and Sheriff of Refugio county. Another ancestor, John Moses, came to Texas in 1847 and wrote a series of columns for the San Antonio Express News from 1887 to 1890 under the pseudonym Sesom.
"When I look at my family history of public service I know I've made the correct move in joining Councilman Krier at City Hall," said Doughty. "I am here to chronicle what's happening and help others. I'm honored to work with Councilman Krier for all of San Antonio."
(Taken from press release)

Sports Anchor Ed Sorensen To Join KWTX News 10
KWTX Media announced famed sports anchor Ed Sorensen will join the station as evening sports anchor.

Investigative Producer Lauren Sweeney joins KPRC 2.

Sarah Rufca leaves The Houston Chronicle after two years to join Houstonia Magazine as lifestyle editor. She previously worked for CultureMap.

KPRC 2's Anthony Yanez heading to KNBC LA
KPRC 2 morning meteorologist Anthony Yanez heads west to KNBC LA where Daniella Guzman is morning anchor

Grace White joins KHOU 11
Fox San Antonio KABB & News 4 San Antonio WOAI anchor/reporter Grace White moves to Houston's KHOU 11

Rhor rejoins Houston Chronicle as staff writer
Award-winning journalist Mónica Rhor returns to the Houston Chronicle.

Zavala changes jobs at San Antonio Express News
After a 17-month stint as Digital News Editor for, Elizabeth Zavala has moved back to the print side of the San Antonio Express-News.

TX Radio: Roger Garrett Sets Retirement From KORA
Roger “WWW” Garrett, Program Director and KORA Morning Show Host and John Seigler General Manager of Brazos Valley Communications, Ltd., Wednesday announced Garrett’s planned retirement effective December 31, 2014.

Bob French joins KAGS Bryan-College Station
Bob French files federal lawsuit against former employer KBTX, now joins competitor KAGS

KTVT CBS 11 adds Gilma Avalos and Lisa Villegas
Gilma Avalos and Lisa Villegas will Team Up for Weekend Editions of CBS 11 News This Morning

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bob French joins KAGS Bryan-College Station

Bob French files federal lawsuit against former employer KBTX, now joins competitor KAGS

Bob French
Bob French
Things are heating up in the Brazos Valley. Last December, we learned that chief meteorologist Bob French filed a complaint about his former employer, KBTX Bryan/College Station, claiming discrimination and retaliation.

Then last summer French filed a federal lawsuit against KBTX claiming breach of contract, age and disability discrimination, harassment and retaliation as well as violations against the Federal Medical Leave Act.

Today we learn that the longtime Aggieland met is leaving for the competition. Here is more from the KAGS press release:

KAGS-HD News, the NBC affiliate in the Brazos Valley, is proud to announce that Bob French is joining its team as Chief Meteorologist.

Bob brings more than 30 years of experience forecasting the weather for the Brazos Valley and Southeast Texas combined. He has spent more than 20 years covering the Brazos Valley.

You can watch Bob weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m. beginning Monday, October 20th. You can also check his daily updates on, facebook and twitter.

"The Brazos Valley has been my home since 1990,” Bob French said. “I am so blessed that I can serve the residents here with my passion for weather and experience in forecasting."

“We are excited to have Bob on our team,” KAGS-HD news director Luke Simons said. “Bob is not only a great meteorologist, but a great person that truly loves this area.”

“We’re excited to have a meteorologist with a vast amount of experience forecasting the local weather,” KAGS-HD station manager Roby Somerford said.

KAGS-HD news can be seen Monday-Friday on Suddenlink (ch. 6 and 730 HD), over-the-air (channel 23.1), and on DIRECTV (channel 23.1) in the Brazos Valley.

Shel Winkley replaces Bob French at KBTX 3

Friday, October 17, 2014

KTVT CBS 11 adds Gilma Avalos and Lisa Villegas

Gilma Avalos and Lisa Villegas will Team Up for Weekend Editions of CBS 11 News This Morning

Lisa Villegas joined CBS 11 in September from KRGV-TV in Weslaco.

Dallas-Fort Worth – CBS 11 today announced Gilma Avalos and Lisa Villegas as the on-air team for the CBS 11 News Saturday Morning (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) and CBS 11 News Sunday Morning (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.).

News anchor Gilma Avalos was most recently a reporter for WTVJ-TV in Miami. Prior to that, she was an anchor/reporter for News 12 in the Bronx, N.Y. Avalos is a graduate of Columbia University and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She will join CBS 11 beginning Oct. 27.

Meteorologist Lisa Villegas joined CBS 11 in September from KRGV-TV in Weslaco, Tex., where she was the weekday morning and noon meteorologist. Prior to that, she was the weekend morning and evening meteorologist at KLFY-TV in Lafayette, La. Villegas holds a bachelor of science in meteorology from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

CBS 11 is online at

(This post taken from release sent to me by CBS DFW)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

KPRC 2's Anthony Yanez heading to KNBC LA

KPRC 2 morning meteorologist Anthony Yanez heads west to KNBC LA where Daniella Guzman is morning anchor

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A KPRC reunion:  Anthony Yanez & Daniella Guzman on the KNBC Los Angeles set.

KPRC 2's Anthony Yanez is starting a new chapter in his life. The longtime Houston morning meteorologist is becoming the noon and 5pm meteorologist at KNBC LA.

"It's bitter sweet, all my kids were born here in Houston," Yanez told "But you get this opportunity and grab it."

Anthony Yanez
Anthony Yanez
Longtime Houston TV watchers will remember that former KPRC 2 weekend anchor Daniella Guzman is the morning anchor at KNBC. In fact, Yanez tells me Guzman was the anchor he auditioned with for the NBC owned and operated station (see photo above).

Yanez is a member of the KPRC morning crew that earned the NBC affiliate its first morning ratings win. I've always thought he and morning anchor Owen Conflenti have a good chemistry on the news - much in the way Tom Koch and Don Nelson have it on KTRK abc13. Yanez tells me that's because he and Conflenti are good friends off the air too.

Before Houston, Yanez worked for KRQE 13/KASA FOX 2 Albuquerque, NM where he is originally from. He is a graduate of University of New Mexico.

Houstonians will still get to enjoy Yanez's forecasts for a few more months. He tells me his last day at KPRC will be January 15 and his first at KNBC is January 21st.

And speaking of new chapters, Yanez is launching a writing career too. He's about to release A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle - a children's book that teaches weather science to younger readers.

The soon to be Los Angeles resident already has another book in the works too!

For more information on the book -

- KPRC 2 meteorologist Anthony Yanez's new beam of sunshine
- Anthony Yanez adds to the KPRC 2 family

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KHOU 11 debuts new Gannett ticker

KHOU 11 last of old Texas Belo stations to get new graphical ticker

KHOU graphic ticker Lisa Hernandez
KHOU anchor Lisa Hernandez breaks down new USA Today inspired ticker.

KHOU 11 is debuting its new Gannett-USA Today inspired colorized ticker at the bottom of the screen and boy is the station excited about it! I've received reports from viewers the station is even promoting the change.

Usually stations just turn on a new ticker and its business as usual, but KHOU even put out an informative video with anchor Lisa Hernandez to explain all elements of the change (watch below).

 I think it's the equivalent of Gannett tagging a wall to mark its territory, but instead of gang symbols you might see in parts of Houston, it's a green money and orange tech section.  If KPRC or KTRK abc13 staffers dare to wander over to Allen Parkway, where KHOU's studios are located, they will see the yellow weather tab and know to get out of Gannett territory or else!

Although KHOU is celebrating the new ticker, it's actually the last old Belo station in Texas to adopt the new look. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure sister stations KENS San Antonio, KVUE Austin and Dallas WFAA already have it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

KPRC' s Dominique Sachse, Bill Balleza & Frank Billingsley on 'The Tonight Show' - VIDEO

KPRC 2's Dominique Sachse, Bill Balleza & Frank Billingsley make an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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KPRC 2 anchors Dominique Sachse, Bill Balleza & chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley went national last night as they all made separate appearances on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

In a segment called, I've Got Good News and Good News, host Jimmy Fallons gives anchors at NBC affiliates across the country stories he and his staff wish could actually be on TV. His reasoning is there is too much bad stuff in the news these days.

Besides, Frank's forecast of 100% puppy hugs is a great way to end hurricane season.

(Thanks to PR Fairy @farbulous)