Thursday, September 03, 2015

Houston journalism conference - NewsGathering: Diversity in the Digital Age

Join Mike McGuff at "NewsGathering: Diversity in the Digital Age," Oct. 3rd, Rice University

I will be presenting the topic "Creating Your Brand Through the Power of Social Media." Hope to see you there!

More from the release:

Join us Oct. 3, 2015, for a day-long journalism conference: NewsGathering: Diversity in the Digital Age, in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center. Rice University’s Multicultural Community Affairs will join forces with seven journalism advocacy groups to create this first-ever event that promises to deliver pertinent and practical information about the current affairs of journalism for future journalists and

The associations represented are the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals (HAHMP), the Houston Association of Black Journalists (HABJ), the Asian-American Journalism Association, (AAJA), the Houston Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and El Gato Media Network (EGMN).

The conference will offer 10 professional workshops, several student workshops, a career development clinic, and 38 panelists and presenters, such as Pulitzer Prize-winning Chronicle columnist, Lisa Falkenberg, Bill Balleza, Miya Shay, Art Rascon, Jerome Solomon, Aurora Losada, Dianne Solis, Nakia Cooper, Minerva Perez,
Rebecca Briscoe, Monica Rhor and Lomi Kriel. Falkenberg is to deliver the luncheon keynote speech. We will offer a continental breakfast, lunch and a pre-conference reception on Oct. 2nd. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Houston's Untapped Festival to feature Twin Shadow and more

Houston's Untapped Festival is September 12th at Discovery Green

After a near death bus accident while on tour last April, Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis Jr.) is back on tour and about to play the Untapped Festival at Houston's Discovery Green, September 12th.

He is slated to appear with Cold War Kids, Deer Tick, Fat Tony, Sarah Jaffe and more.

Before the show, you can check out the Twin Shadow Night Rally Mixtape of demos from 2010-2014, which will be available in cassette form sold exclusively at merch tables on tour. See tapes are making a comeback just like vinyl. Or you can download it for free here.

After the Houston show, Untapped Dallas is happening in November with The Flaming Lips, Dr. Dog, Cloud Nothings, Elle King, The Pharcyde, The Mowgli’s, Steve Gunn and more.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin radio ratings

Which radio stations are tops in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio & Austin?

Check out the lastest Nielsen Audio Texas radio ratings for Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.

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

#5 Dallas-Fort Worth

#27 San Antonio

#35 Austin

Portable People Meter 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid

Television is the new Television

Television Is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media In the Digital Age by Michael Wolf

In Television Is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media In the Digital Age, author Michael Wolff argues that TV is still king and all the new digital upstarts are just jealous and really want to be like the "old media."

Now after the way media stocks have been lately, you might say, "what are you talking about?" Aside from stock prices, pundits have hailed this as the golden age of television.

In fact, some may argue television has replaced movies as the new cultural currency.

Penguin Random House sent me an advance copy of the book which came out in June and it was a hard book for someone like me to put down!

Wolff argues that TV is the new TV because despite the onslaught of new media, the old guard keeps finding ways to make new money and survive while some of the new folks fade away.

In fact, the new digital platforms, he argues, have only increased TV ratings. Thanks to the likes of Netflix, TV has found new revenue streams thanks to licensing deals.

Meanwhile, digital media, from web to social to apps, have experienced continuously dropping ad rates.

Wolff points out that digital kings like Mark Zuckerberg have stated video is the future of Facebook. Website Vice got to TV as fast as it could and is trying to buy a cable network. In fact, is Netflix a technology company or just a new TV network that produces its own programming and also "airs" other's work?

"The revolution that began in the 1950s continues on, leaping over the digital distraction," Wolff said.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

KTRK abc13 and Univision 45 live webstream Houston mayoral debate

Univision 45/KXLN-TV and ABC-13/KTRK-TV have joined to co-host the Houston Mayoral Debate, streaming it live from Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10.

The Mayoral Debate will feature the top seven announced candidates and will be accessible exclusively online at and Simultaneous Spanish-language translation will be available on Univision 45’s website.

ABC-13’s Erik Barajas and Univision 45’s Rebecca Suarez will moderate the debate. The audience will be by invitation only; however, Houston voters are encouraged to submit their questions in English or Spanish by posting them to twitter using #HOUSTONVOTE.

The Houston Mayoral Debate’s direct to web live stream will be the first of its kind for a local debate. ABC-13 will telecast the debate that same night at 10:35 p.m.

“We are thrilled with our partnership with ABC-13. By co-hosting this mayoral forum, we are providing a great service to our community. The top mayoral candidates will have an opportunity to convey their respective visions and plans for the city of Houston,” said David Loving, General Manager of Univision Houston Local Media.

“We’re delighted to collaborate with Univision and co-host Houston’s Mayoral Debate. It is an exciting opportunity to use our digital platforms to deliver information to Houstonians in new and innovative ways,” said Henry Florsheim, General Manager of KTRK ABC-13.

The Houston mayoral candidates include Chris Bell, Stephen Costello, Adrian Garcia, Ben Hall, Bill King, Marty McVey, and Sylvester Turner.

Rebecca Suarez is an award-winning broadcast journalist. She has been a member of the Univision 45 news team since 2011, working as a news anchor and reporter. She is a native Houstonian with expertise in covering local and statewide elections. Erik Barajas has served as a respected 13 Eyewitness News anchor for seven years. A true Texas journalist, he’s worked as a reporter and anchor in several cities across the state.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by KTRK abc13)

KTMD's Crystal Ayala announces pregnancy

Telemundo Houston KTMD's Crystal Ayala announces upcoming baby

Telemundo Houston KTMD Consumer Investigative Reporter/fill-in anchor Crystal Ayala announced at the end of last night's 10pm newscast that she is pregnant.

She is married to KTRK abc13 photographer Noe Cumplido.

The couple posted a great photo on Facebook of them celebrating the news (wish I could embed it, but it won't let me).

The photo has this caption (translated here):

Friends, here the surprise I promised some time ago. Well, I'm the most surprised !! #ElTiempodeDiosesPerfecto (God's time is perfect)

As you may have read on this very blog, Ayala joined KTMD last March. She previously worked for various Univision television stations, including Univision Houston (KXLN) as a reporter and fill-in anchor and Univision Dallas (KUVN).

Monday, August 31, 2015

Remembering the Hurricane Katrina evacuees at Houston's Astrodome [PICS]

Photos from The Astrodome in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina evacuees were trying to figure out what's next

In 2005, after watching the non-stop coverage of the post-Hurricane Katrina horrors in New Orleans, the city of Houston and Harris County opened its doors to the storm victims.

The then named Reliant complex became "Reliant City." I was stationed at the complex to help cover the many stories that happened there.

One area that housed many of Katrina's evacuees was the abandoned Astrodome. A setting that seemed to fit the story of what was happening to New Orleans at the moment. For the New Orleanians, one dome shelter just became another.

It was a strange juxtaposition when walking into the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Frozen in time were Houston Astros and Oilers banners suspended from the domed ceiling. Just a few years before Katrina, its where Houstonians spent decades having fun and escaping the troubles of the world.

Now on the former astroturfed field was concrete filled with human misery. Grief stricken faces, still shocked from a hurricane, infrastructure breakdown and a failed emergency response, sat on cots wondering what was next.

Signs adorned walls with notes to missing family members on how to regain contact.

Then from a real flood, came a flood of Hollywood celebrities to the complex. With all the nation's gaze still fixated on the tragedy, apparently this story became quite the promotional vehicle. I remember standing near CNN's tent and seeing celebrities have their time in the spotlight. Stars would also speak at press conferences held throughout the day. They would talk about the tragedy and their upcoming projects.

But there were whispers among the journalists in attendance that a movie star showed up, volunteered to help the evacuees and vanished without doing any press. It was Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy, Three Men and a Baby, Short Circuit and Cocoon). Years later, when he was on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, I interviewed Guttenberg for where he told me about his volunteering experience.

"I went to Katrina under the radar as a volunteer," Guttenberg told me in 2008. "I enjoyed the great sense of purpose I gained there and surprising the clients of the relief center when they realized someone from Hollywood was there to help them. That seemed to be somewhat meaningful to them, and people who hadn't had anything to smile about sometimes rewarded me with a smile. That's one of the biggest paychecks I ever received. I made many friends, and during the Dancing with The Stars exposure, I've received such positive support from the people of Katrina. They said I sent them hope every time they saw me on the show. Volunteering is an essential American tradition. We all need to chip in our time."

I will always be a fan of Guttenberg's.

Unfortunately, hurricane season wasn't finished yet. Hurricane Rita was just around the corner. That meant many of the Katrina survivors and much of the Houston area's population were about to embark on another mass evacuation.

Since this was 10 years ago in the pre-Android/iPhone era, here are some grainy cell phone pics I took with my Sanyo 5600 from inside the Astrodome. Images, I will never forget.

Craig Roberts returns to KPRC 2

Craig Roberts re-launches "The Daily Craig" column on KPRC 2's

Craig Roberts was the longest-tenured sportscaster at KPRC 2. He arrived at the station in 1980 and delivered the news with his irreverent style until 2002.

Now Roberts is back on KPRC 2's with his "The Daily Craig" column on the station's website

That column actually was a mainstay at his last station, News 92 KROI.

I wonder if Roberts will make any guest appearances on Sports Sunday? He created that show in 1983 and it's still on the air today.

Roberts has always been a busy guy. In addition to his KPRC 2 work in the evening, Roberts used to serve up a helping of sports news on 101 KLOL's Stevens and Pruett show (Anyone heard about an upcoming Rock 101 KLOL documentary?).

You could also find him doing play-by-play for the University of Houston and the Houston Oilers, as well as college basketball on NBC Sports.

Roberts later did sports talk on 790 KBME.

Roberts is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. He served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Black-ish star Anthony Anderson featured at The Houston Association of Black Journalists event

Emmy-Nominated Actor Anthony Anderson to Keynote “The Real Role Models” Gala - Fundraiser Event Hosted by The William A. Lawson Institute for Peace & Prosperity and The Houston Association of Black Journalists

The William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity (WALIPP) and the Houston Association of Black Journalists (HABJ) present, "The Real Role Models" Gala, honoring community leaders, students and media professionals on October 24th at 6:00 pm at the Royal Sonesta Hotel (2222 West Loop S., Houston, TX 77027).

This year’s keynote address will be given by Emmy-nominated actor Anthony Anderson of ABC’s hit sitcom ‘black-ish. Anderson will share on the dynamics of his career in the film industry, while speaking on the need for more young black professionals in the media field.

“We are excited to have Anthony Anderson as our keynote speaker this year. His story is an inspiring one, and most certainly fits the theme of a Real Role Model – he had them in his parents and he has become an impactful one through his journey from Compton to Hollywood star,” says Jerome Solomon, HABJ President. HABJ is raising scholarship funds to assist aspiring journalists.

HABJ’s partnership with WALIPP emphasizes the importance of education for young people in secondary schools as well as college-bound journalists. WALIPP is proud to be honoring H-E-B and its president, Scott McClelland for their continuing support and commitment in the field of education. Mr. McClelland is a corporate role model of philanthropy and service to the community.

“Investing in the future demands that we invest in the scholarship of students across all ages, not just accepting the status quo but requiring more today than yesterday” says Rev. William A. Lawson, Founder of WALIPP and proud parent of one of the city’s most well-respected journalists.

The evening aims to reflect positive role models in multiple areas, celebrating journalists, non-profit leaders and scholarships. WALIPP’s mission to continue the work of civil rights leader and renowned Pastor, Rev. William A. Lawson, is realized through its charter school, The Lawson Academy which provides quality single-gender education for middle school students and the WALIPP Senior Residence, an affordable housing facility for active elders.

Funds raised from this event will allow The Lawson Academy to expand its facility and HABJ provides professional development, honors excellence in journalism and cultivates young journalists to enter the professional world of media through various outreach programs. HABJ will allot $20,000 in scholarships to deserving college students majoring in the media and communications field.

Attendees can expect a night of dinner and dancing emceed by TV ONE host and commentator, Roland S. Martin, along with Houston’s FOX 26 Reporter, Isiah Carey. In addition to Scott McClelland, H-E-B President, the evening will honor “Real Role Model Awards” recipients Mary Benton (former KPRC-TV Ch. 2 Reporter), Marie Bosarge (philanthropist and founder of Music Doing Good), Khambrel Marshall (“Houston Newsmakers, KPRC-TV Ch. 2 host), Serbino Sandifer-Walker (Texas Southern University) and Georgetown University student, Rashema Melson.

Proceeds from this year’s gala will benefit both WALIPP and HABJ.

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