Friday, April 29, 2016

Chris Chicago joins NGEN as morning show host and production director


Chris Chicago
Chris Chicago
NGEN Radio is pleased to announce the addition of veteran Christian radio talent Chris Chicago as its new morning show host and production director.

Chicago started his career in Christian radio at 16 years old and brings nearly two decades worth of experience to his new gig. He is most well known for his top-rated, nationally syndicated Christian hip hop show and work within the Christian music industry.

The move comes slightly ahead of the station’s planned switch to the 50,000-watt KUHA (91.7 FM) signal its parent company, KSBJ Educational Foundation, purchased from the University of Houston in February.

“In my opinion, KSBJ is one of the greatest, most well-done Christian stations in the country. To be a part of their NGEN Radio brand with its history-making Top 40 format is a such a fantastic and exciting opportunity for me,” Chicago said.

Chicago said he wants to play a vital role in making NGEN Radio a Top 5 station in the Houston market and impacting over million listeners with the gospel message through music.

For the last 11 years Chris Chicago has lived in the Nashville area with his wife, two sons, and young daughter. He admits the move will be difficult but said he is most looking forward to experiencing Houston’s diverse population, world-class museums, and yearly rodeo season.

Although Chicago will be working from NGEN’s offices starting Monday, May 9 an official start date for his morning show has not yet been determined.

“All the more time for me to explore the city and find out who has the best barbeque and tacos,” he quipped.

For more information on NGEN Radio’s ministry and listening options, visit www.ngenradio.com.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by NGEN)


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Jonathan Martin joins FOX 26 as evening anchor

Al Jazeera America correspondent Jonathan Martin joins FOX 26 KRIV as evening anchor

Jonathan Martin
Jonathan Martin
Jonathan Martin joins FOX 26 as evening anchor, announced station Vice President and News Director, Robert Morford. Effective May 9, 2016, Martin will co-anchor the weekday 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts, alongside Melinda Spaulding.

In making the announcement, Morford stated, “Jonathan is an accomplished storyteller, a charismatic partner for co-anchor Melinda Spaulding, and will undoubtedly be a prime leader in the editorial life of our newsroom.”

Most recently, Martin served as a national correspondent for Al Jazeera America. Previously, he was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for WSMV in Nashville. Prior to that, Martin was a weekend evening anchor and daily reporter for WRDW in Augusta, GA. Before that, he served as a News Reader for WFXA-FM Radio in Augusta, GA. Martin began his career as a field reporter intern for WSB in Atlanta.

A graduate of Auburn University, Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Martin added, "I’m thrilled to join a station that truly values creative storytelling and is located in an awesome city with lots of news to cover.”

KRIV is part of the FOX Television Stations, one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 28 stations in 17 markets and covering over 37% of U.S. television homes. This includes seven duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by FOX Television Stations)

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Former KHOU 11 news director Philip Bruce joins KTUL Tulsa



Philip Bruce
Philip Bruce
I first reported to you last December that Philip Bruce was out as the KHOU 11 news director after around four years. Now FTVLive is reporting that Bruce is joining KTUL in Tulsa.

The blog says he will start in early May.

Bruce had a long history with Houston's channel 11. He was an award-winning reporter and Washington Bureau Chief for the station from 1985-1995.

Besides KHOU, Bruce also ran the Washington Bureau for KDFW-TV/Dallas and led an EMMY award winning news team as News Director at KCET-TV/Los Angeles. He also reported for LA’s top rated KTLA-TV “News at Ten.”

Right before returning to Houston, Bruce was the deputy national editor and a senior network news manager for NPR (National Public Radio). He also served as Managing Director in charge of NPR West in Culver City, California, which is NPR’s largest broadcast center outside of its home base in Washington, DC.

According to an internal KTUL memo obtained by FTVLive, Bruce also has connections to his new gig. He grew up in nearby Fayetteville, Arkansas.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

VIDEO: Move over MMJs, TV photogs still have true story-telling power

Two KTRK abc13 photographers produce excellent nat sound piece on last week's flooding


I know hiring multimedia photo journalists, VJs, one-man bands, backpack journalists (whatever you wanna call them) is all the rage in TV news these days, but here is some video to show the true story-telling power of tried–and–true television news photographers.

TV photogs are the true backbone of the business. How can it be TV without video after all? They know the streets they are covering, who to talk to, how to get the video no matter the dangerous conditions...and oh yeah...they usually know the best restaurants in town too!

KTRK abc13 photo journalists Chris Graczyk and Francisco Barragan put together this excellent nat sound piece about last week's Houston floods. I assume they both shot all the video (although maybe they pulled from the other staff members too), but do yourself a favor and check out some real captivating footage of a truly horrible experience for Houston.

I should note that every time I post a Texas journalism awards post, Graczyk has usually been the winner for photography. No surprise after watching this.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mario Gomez & others to leave KHOU 11

KHOU 11 weekend meteorologist Mario Gomez and other station staffers apparently taking TEGNA buyout

Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
KHOU 11 anchor Shern-Min Chow broke the news about more station staffers apparently taking the TEGNA buyout. By now you know about reporter Doug Miller, but now we learn weekend meteorologist Mario Gomez and others are on the list too.

Here is what Chow wrote on Facebook:

Farewell salute to 7 KHOU staffers, (l to r) Mario Gomez KHOU, Sports photographer George Jensen (Alice C Jensen), Master control operator Gary Makowsky, (not retiring! MC Greg Hurst KHOU) Chief photographer Tony Delgado, Assignment Editor Bill Langlois, (not retiring! GM Susan McEldoon) political reporter Doug Miller, and Photographer Gustavo Pereyra. They leave with 240 years combined experience. You are looking at News History.

Main anchor Greg Hurst is in the below photo, but Chow points out he was just hosting this send off event. KHOU 11 General Manager Susan McEldoon is also not retiring, but pictured according to Chow.

Gomez has been at the station for decades. Here's a channel 11 weathercast Gomez did on 12/22/1989 with the late Sylvan Rodriguez.

I've always enjoyed watching Gomez deliver the weather.

He has a nice and calming presence that is becoming a rare commodity in a business that seems to more and more embrace dramatic deliveries. That's a plus in a place like Houston where the weather can turn against us in a moment's notice (Remember earlier this week?). Gomez could always deftly navigate us through the bad stuff without freaking television viewers out.

According to his bio, the San Antonio native has lived in Houston since 1984. Other than that, we only get a glimpse of his past. His bio for many years has read:

Gomez graduated with a degree in meteorology from the University of Colorado. He served as an air weather officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the National Weather Service in Denver, Colorado. Gomez is a member of the American Meteorological Association and the National Weather Association. He maintains Television Seals of Approval in both organizations.
He is the father of three and participates in many of Houston's charitable events. Gomez served as host of the first annual Houston SPCA telethon in 1995 which raised more than $100,000.

I've never personally met Gomez, but I imagine this is a low key bio for a low key guy. We'll miss you Mario.

I reached out to Gomez earlier. If/when he gets back to me, I'll post his responses here.


Houston TV news pros will give you insider secrets this weekend

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If you're looking to get into the TV news biz, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is holding a seminar this weekend at Rice University with some Houston TV reporters ready to talk the trade.

Panelists include: Sara Donchey/KPRC, Pooja Lodhia/KTRK, Howard Chen/Fox 26, Josh Chapin/KHOU and Esther Hou/KTRK

The panel will be moderated by FOX 26 KRIV reporter/fill-in anchor Angela Chen.

FROM COLLEGE TO TV NEWS
11 a.m., Saturday April 23
Rice University, Herring Hall Room 100


Panel of local TV news reporters to discuss what it takes to get on-air, turn great stories, and reveal rookie mistakes. We will also talk about the producer track and sports reporting. With journalists from Fox 26, abc13, KPRC and KHOU.

RSVP to angela.chen@foxtv.com


VIDEO: Dominique Sachse doing KPRC 2 traffic in summer 1993

Going back in time with KPRC 2 anchor Dominique Sachse as she does morning traffic in 1993

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I got such a huge reaction last time I posted some early 1990s footage of now KPRC 2 anchor Dominique Sachse doing traffic at the Houston NBC affiliate. How about some more!

TV archivist Josh Burdick has posted a montage of clips from the summer of 1993 of Sachse doing morning traffic, but you'll also catch glimpses of then anchors Dan O'Rourke, Bob Nicholas and meteorologist Dave Dixon. How about the open of The Today Show with Katherine Couric?



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Another Houston TV reporter's flooding coverage should be recognized

KHOU 11's Doug Miller receives praise for his 4/18/2016 flood reporting from the Greenspoint area

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After so much applause (or criticism depending on your point of view) for KTRK abc13 reporter Steve Campion helping a flood victim out of the water Monday morning, I would also like to shine the light on another Houston reporter who did an amazing job covering rescues while helping out himself.

KHOU 11's Doug Miller, who as you first read here is soon retiring, reported from Greenspoint area apartments where the water was at the one of the highest levels in the city.

Miller, along with photographer Sergio Soto, traversed tough conditions to be one of the first TV crews on the scene at the badly flooded apartments. I understand they were the only ones reporting in the area for hours from the bridge next to the complex.

"When we started reporting that story, there were so few people out there we ended up helping pull people out of boats onto the bridge," Miller told mikemcguff.com. "We even had kids floating out in refrigerators and laundry baskets."


"As the day progressed, people who saw our coverage started showing up with more boats and skiffs and canoes," Miller told me. "By the time the mayor got there, there must have been more than a hundred people there helping out."

Miller's work did not go unnoticed by those who were watching the TEGNA station.

"It was a picture of people helping people," KHOU 11 viewer Wanda Stewart wrote to mikemcguff.com. "And a concerned reporter stepping in [to] give some direction to people needing help."

After 14 hours on the bridge, Miller and Soto were relieved by another KHOU crew. Such is the life of members of the media during a tragedy like this one. But always remember, the TV crews get to go home eventually, and sometimes the victims they cover never get that chance.



2016 Texas Edward R. Murrow Award winners

And one of the top honors in broadcast journalism goes to this Texas station...


Since 1971, The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring local radio and TV stations with the Edward R. Murrow Awards for outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

And Texas stations are well represented for 2016.

I have copied the Region 6 winners, which includes Texas TV and radio stations, so you can congratulate those who have worked so hard to develop their craft.

The site says national winners will be announced in June.

Region 6

Small Market Radio
Overall excellence
Marfa Public Radio
Marfa Public Radio
Marfa, TX

Continuing Coverage
Around The Bend Of The Rio Grande, A Proposed Pipeline Stirs Turmoil
Marfa Public Radio
Marfa, TX

Feature Reporting
Central American Migration: New Concerns As Numbers Rise
Marfa Public Radio
Marfa, TX

Investigative Reporting
Towns On Path Of Proposed Mexican Pipelines Suffer Rash Of Violence
Marfa Public Radio
Marfa, TX

News Documentary
McDonald Observatory in 2015
Marfa Public Radio
Marfa, TX

News Series
Past & Present: A Focus on the Towns of Far West Texas
Marfa Public Radio
Marfa, TX

Reporting: Hard News
Skirting The Law To Survive On The Rio Grande
Marfa Public Radio
Marfa, TX

Reporting: Sports
An International Race Reconnects El Paso & Juarez
Marfa Public Radio
Marfa, TX

Large Market Radio
Overall excellence
KUT-FM
KUT-FM
Austin, TX

Newscast
KRLD Afternoon News
KRLD
Dallas, TX

Breaking News
Flood Emergency
KRLD
Dallas, TX

Continuing Coverage
Deadly Tornadoes
KRLD
Dallas, TX

Feature Reporting
The Missing Tortoise of South Austin
KUT-FM
Austin, TX

Investigative Reporting
Concussions and Repercussions: Which Concussions Count for the UIL
Texas Public Radio
San Antonio, TX

News Documentary
Should Texas Remember Or Forget The Slocum Masacre
Texas Public Radio
San Antonio, TX

News Series
Austin's Eastern Frontier
KUT-FM
Austin, TX

Reporting: Hard News
DWI Ridealong
KUT-FM
Austin, TX

Reporting: Sports
Concussions And Repercussions: Return To Play
Texas Public Radio
San Antonio, TX

Use of Sound
440 v. 432
KUT-FM
Austin, TX

Writing
Mose Buchele
KUT-FM
Austin, TX

Website
KUT.org
KUT-FM
Austin, TX

Small Market Television
Newscast
FOX23 News at 9
KOKI-TV
Tulsa, OK

Breaking News
March 25, 2015 Tornado
KOTV-TV
Tulsa, OK

Continuing Coverage
Shooting Leads to Turmoil in Tulsa Sheriff's Office
KOTV-TV
Tulsa, OK

Feature Reporting
Love and Order
KCBD-TV
Lubbock, TX

Investigative Reporting
THA "Rat Pack" Investigation
KOKI-TV
Tulsa, OK

News Documentary
We Can't Forget: Vietnam
KWTX-TV
Waco, TX

News Series
Space X
KRGV-TV
Weslaco, TX

Reporting: Hard News
A Flying Exception
KRGV-TV
Weslaco, TX

Reporting: Sports
Leg Amputee Football Player
KOKI-TV
Tulsa, OK

Website
KTUL.com
KTUL-TV
Tulsa, OK

Large Market Television
Overall excellence
KXAS-TV
KXAS-TV
Fort Worth, TX

Newscast
NBC 5 News at 10pm
KXAS-TV
Fort Worth, TX

Breaking News
Attack on Dallas Police Headquarters
WFAA-TV
Dallas, TX

Continuing Coverage
Pothole Patrol
KHOU-TV
Houston, TX

Feature Reporting
The Wisdom of Smitty
KHOU-TV
Houston, TX

Investigative Reporting
Investigating Texas Calm Rooms
KXAS-TV
Fort Worth, TX

News Documentary
State of Neglect
KVUE-TV
Austin, TX

News Series
The Faces of The Bombing
KFOR-TV
Oklahoma City, OK

Reporting: Hard News
Cruel and Unusual: The Texas Prison Crisis
WFAA-TV
Dallas, TX

Reporting: Sports
Disco Makes a Comeback
Time Warner Cable News - Austin
Austin, TX

Use of Video
Michael Richard
KXAS-TV
Fort Worth, TX

Writing
The Mystery of Writing
WFAA-TV
Dallas, TX

Website
KXAN.com
KXAN-TV
Austin, TX

Non-Broadcast Affiliated Organizations
Small Online News Organization Video Overall Excellence
Texas Tribune
Texas Tribune
Austin, TX

Small Online News Organization Video News Documentary
Texas Tribune: God and Governing
Texas Tribune
Austin, TX

Small Online News Organization Video News Series
Texas Tribune: God and Governing
Texas Tribune
Austin, TX

Small Online News Organization Website
Texas Tribune
Texas Tribune
Austin, TX