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 mysanantonio.com, 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 www.kagstv.com, 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 CBSDFW.com.

(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

KPRC Anthony Yanez & Daniella Guzman KNBC
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 mikemcguff.com. "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 - anthonyyanez.com

- 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)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Boom 92.1 FM Classic Hip Hop Houston radio

Boom 92.1 FM replaces News 92 & B92 all Beyonce radio on KROI

Last Wednesday Radio One killed News 92 KROI and put on B92 all Beyonce radio. We kinda figured that one would not be a permanent format.

Today at 5pm, 92 KROI became Boom 92.1 FM, a Classic Hip Hop station. Here is the full Radio One release:

On the eve of its announcement, Radio One of Texas II, LLC generated buzz and filled the airways with advertising free, 24-7 music from Beyonce. Today, Radio One announced its new permanent format, Boom 92.1 FM, a Classic Hip Hop station. It is the first major market throwback Hip Hop station of its kind in the country. And its Houston’s own.

Currently, Radio One is home to Majic 102.1 FM and The Box 97.9 FM, an adult R&B and mainstream Hip Hop and R&B stations respectively. Now classic Hip Hop gets added to the roster of the Urban MediaSpecialists.

“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing Classic Hip Hop back to listeners who grew up on the lyrics, beats and rhythm of this genre of music,” said Terri Thomas, Operations Manager, Radio One of Texas.

Radio One research supports that Houston has an appetite for Classic Hip Hop.

“Radio One is known for firsts.” said Jay Stevens, Senior Vice President, Programming, Radio One. “This is classic – throwback Hip Hop and you can only hear it all-day, every day on the BOOM.”

Station management is looking to heavily engage its new audience with good ole’ fashion events and programming features highlighting the artists and music that ‘take you back’.

Stay tuned for features and original Hip Hop artists updates at www.boom92houston.com.

First song, Houston's own Geto Boys Mind Playing Tricks On Me. You can hear the entire Boom92.1 format flip from B92 all Beyonce radio above.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Katherine Whaley debuts on KTRK abc13

Katherine Whaley makes her KTRK abc13 debut this evening

Katherine Whaley
Katherine Whaley
Katherine Whaley, formerly of KHOU 11, made her debut tonight on KTRK abc13 doing what she's known for in Houston...traffic anchoring.

It seems like it's been years since KTRK abc13 had Don Nelson or anyone else doing traffic in the afternoon (outside of the anchors from the news desk). But at least for now, the Disney/ABC Television Group has Whaley back in the saddle during the PM shift.

And why not? Traffic is just as bad in the evenings as it is in the mornings in H-Town.

Another big event today, the death of News 92 KROI, hello B92 Beyonce Radio is the top story on my blog.

 Why is that news?

 It knocked the 'Why is Sharron Melton a KTRK abc13 'field anchor' now?' post off the top spot where it has been since August!

 The Melton story has received so many views that it's in my top 5 posts ever written range!

Everyone please welcome the newest member of the #abc13 family - KATHERINE WHALEY!

Where is FOX 26's Mike Iscovitz?

FOX 26 KRIV meteorologist Mike Iscovitz is forecasting a return

Mike Iscovitz
Mike Iscovitz
FOX 26 KRIV morning meteorologist Mike Iscovitz must feel good job security right now.

 He hasn't been on the air in weeks and his viewers are concerned about his whereabouts.

FOX Houston viewers are hitting Iscovitz up on Facebook, Twitter and asking me in attempts to find out if he is OK.

While he didn't get back to me directly, he did answer a viewer on Twitter concerning his MIA status saying, "Thanks. I'm having serious low back issues and a couple of other things too. I'll be back soon."

Just so you know, Iscovitz is my father-in-law's favorite meteorologist. Hopefully this makes him feel better too.

Earlier this year, FOX 26 KRIV anchor Jose Grinan was also off the air after neck vertebra surgery.

Here's to good health for the FOX Houston news team!

Fox 26 meteorologist arrested in the studio?