Thursday, March 05, 2015

Chita Johnson wants you to ESCAPE with her

Win a date with KHOU's Chita Johnson - and by date I mean a walk around the TV station with her pointing things out

Here is your chance to get served by a Houston media celebrity. That's right, they will serve you food without jamming a microphone in your face. Maybe you can tip them with a hot story idea.

It all goes down at the 34th Annual ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit Sunday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. at Tony’s.

And mikemcguff.com can exclusively tell you that Chita Johnson is an auction prize at the benefit. The KHOU 11 morning meteorologist will personally take you behind the scenes of  her station. If you're to nervous to be alone with the striking weathercaster, you can get up to 9 people in there with you. Maybe you won't get as tongue talking to her in a crowd of friends.

More from the press release below:

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KHOU's Chita Johnson with former KHOU 11 reporter Courtney Zubowski-Haas, who is now a member of the ESCAPE Family Resource Center Board of Directors, at a previous ESCAPE benefit. 
SHAZAM! ESCAPE Family Resource Center has announced “Superheroes” as the theme for its 34th Annual ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit and former Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill, one of the most highly decorated combat veterans of our time who served on the successful U.S. Special Forces raid of the compound of Al Qaeda Leader Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, as a special guest.

At the super-charged fundraiser, set for Sunday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. at Tony’s, guests will mix and mingle with a colossal collection of “caped crusading” celebrity servers, a.k.a. local media, sports, political and society personalities, whose epic mission is to help raise funds for ESCAPE’s tireless work to prevent child abuse and neglect in the greater Houston community.

“We are honored and thrilled to have a former Navy SEAL in our midst whose real-life heroism – he held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war -- has been recognized with more than 52 decorated honors, including two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations and many more,” said Joan Schnitzer Levy, Celebrity Serve Co-Chair with Gerald Franklin for an unprecedented 33 consecutive years.

For a new twist this year, ESCAPE will place one Houston Superhero celebrity to be seated at each table for the duration of the evening.

The ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit is a major annual source of funding for the 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and is held in April as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. ESCAPE, whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect before a child is harmed, helps promote happy childhoods by providing intervention, education and support programs to families in crisis. Founded in 1983 by the Houston-area chapters of The National Exchange Club, ESCAPE relies on private support to prevent and combat emotional, physical and sexual violence towards children.

According to ESCAPE CEO Lidya K. Osadchey, in fiscal year 2014, the organization collaborated with 92 organizations to provide deliveries of child abuse prevention programs and parenting classes in 78 locations in Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, Chambers and Liberty counties in English and Spanish, and in three school districts, reaching more than 5,000 parents and children with its life-changing and family-strengthening programs. ESCAPE Family Resource Center is committed locally and globally to offering court ordered and CPS approved parenting classes, parenting tips and tools that anyone can use to develop positive parenting and appropriate discipline skills.

CBS Houston, a division of CBS Radio Inc., has named ESCAPE Family Resource Center the Best Resource For Single Parents In Houston and the Houston Chronicle has designated ESCAPE Family Resource Center as one of Houston’s top workplaces for
three years in a row.

Tickets to the “Superheroes” ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit, which includes a four-course fine dining experience at Tony’s, 3755 Richmond Avenue, start at $400 and table sponsorships range from $4,500 (Shazam!) to $15,000 (Up, Up & Away!). To purchase tickets or tables, or donate to the live auction, please call Chris Rambeau at 832-367-9117 or ESCAPE, Sandi Mercado, (713) 942-9500, ext. 14, or go to http://www.learntoparent.org and click on the “Celebrity Serve Benefit.”


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Lindsey Day joins FOX 26 KRIV

Lindsey Day to handle weekend morning weather for FOX 26 KRIV

Lindsey Day
Lindsey Day
It's a new day at FOX 26 KRIV as meteorologist Lindsey Day has been hired to help start your day on the station's weekend morning news.

No word if she is related to fellow FOXer Jessica Day.

The KRIV New Girl replaces Caitilin Espinosa who left the station for health reasons and started her own YouTube channel earlier this year.

Day comes from KOZL & KOLR in Springfield, Mo. Before that she worked at WCTV Tallahassee.

She has a bachelor's and master's degree in meteorology from Florida State University.

TVNewsCheck reports her first day at KRIV will be March 16th.



Wednesday, March 04, 2015

3 WFAA on-air types leave, TXCN to sign off, TX TV ratings & more


MORE VIDEOS
- Truck crashes during liveshot
- Houston Magazine 10th Anniversary
- Kid Eats Microphone News Blooper
- The first ever Roula and Ryan Road Show!!!
- WFAA's Dale Hansen shows his home life and dogs
- Pete Delkus reads "Mean Tweets"
- Houston media members battle it out in goat milking competition

TEXAS RATINGS
- Univision 45 KXLN wins during February 2015 sweeps in key demo
- Ups, downs and at least one winning hand for all in February D-FW newscast "sweeps"
- Every station can claim at least one Nielsen sweeps victory
- KSAT-TV sweeps news races again
- KXAN, KVUE are Austin’s top-rated TV stations in February

UPDATE
WFAA hires Jane McGarry to host Good Morning Texas
And Jane McGarry is back! Beginning Monday, the former NBC5 news anchor will be the co-host of Channel 8’s Good Morning Texas. She will replace the long-time face of the GMT franchise, Amy Vanderoef, whose last day is Friday.

Janet St. James leaving WFAA/Channel 8
One of the most familiar faces on WFAA/Channel 8 is leaving after nearly 19 years with the station. Janet St. James, the station’s medical reporter, announced her departure early Tuesday afternoon via Facebook.
- Stalwart veteran medical reporter Janet St. James leaving Gannett8

George Riba looks back at his 37-year TV career
Veteran WFAA sports reporter George Riba condenses almost four decades of his career into three minutes.
- WFAA's George Riba Thank You Salute
- Simply the best: A fond farewell to sports reporter George Riba

Amy Vanderoef exiting Gannett8's Good Morning Texas
Amy Vanderoef, a longstanding co-host of Dallas-based WFAA 8’s Good Morning Texas, will be leaving the show early next month.

WFAA Sportscaster Goes Beyond Just Scores
Dale Hansen isn’t afraid to speak his mind. Nothing unusual about that. Hansen does that on TV in front of millions of viewers.

Kris Gutierrez leaves Chicago
Friday was the last day at the CBS-owned station for Kris Gutierrez, who never lost his homesickness for Texas and packed it in after three years to join KXAS-TV, the NBC-owned station in Dallas.

TXCN to sign off on April 1
Texas Cable News — TXCN — will cease operations on April 1 after providing TV viewers across the state with around-the-clock news, weather and sports for more than 16 years.

Reporter Diana Zoga Joins KDFW Dallas
Diana Zoga joins Fox O&O KDFW Dallas (DMA 5) as a general assignment reporter.

Meteorologist Milmar Ramirez Joins KXTX
Telemundo-owned KXTX Dallas (DMA 5) named Milmar Ramirez meteorologist for Noticiero Telemundo 39 on weekends at 4:30 and 10 p.m.

DFW TV reporters’ ice and snow follies
Among the people we don’t envy are the local-TV field reporters who are sent out in freezing and dangerous freezing conditions to tell everyone how freezing and dangerous everything is. But the reporters have bosses, so they do what they have to do.
- Dallas station airs ’14 box’ for storm coverage
- Dallas forecaster tweets Snowmageddon ‘prayer’
- WFAA's favorite Pete Delkus memes
- Freeze!!! -- while we shoot you live: having an arctic blast with D-FW TV's storm troopers

#5 Dallas-Fort Worth
January 2015 Portable People Meter 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid (Updated: 02-17-15)
- Radio ratings prove KERA’s calm talk beats loud talk

Dallas sports talker launches local music show
A local music show on a sports talk station? That’s the ticket for Cumulus Media’s “The Ticket” KTCK-FM&AM, Dallas (96.7, 1310).

ABC13’s Don Nelson signs off with wit and grace
How do you tie a bow on a broadcasting career that’s spanned nearly 50 years? For ABC13 (KTRK TV) personality Don Nelson, who signed off the air for the final time Friday morning, you do it the way you’ve done hundreds of times before: with trademark wit.
- KTRK's Don Nelson can sleep in after Friday
- Five more questions with KTRK's Don Nelson

Melanie Lawson to receive top honor at 2015 HCC Black History Scholarship Gala
Melanie Lawson, news anchor at KTRK/ABC 13 in Houston, will receive the Joyce M. Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 HCC Black History Scholarship Gala.
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Research Director, Inc. Presents Exclusive January PPM Analysis For Houston
HOUSTON-GALVESTON: It’s Always Sunny In H-Town
- #6 Houston-Galveston TX

KRBE Puts Tyler Frye In Nights
CUMULUS MEDIA Top 40 KRBE/HOUSTON has named TYLER FRYE as its new nights host. Previously, he did nights at WDCG (G105)/RALEIGH

Program director, talk show host Tepper leaving Gow Media stations for new job in Omaha
Dave Tepper, program director for Gow Media’s KFNC (97.5 FM) and KGOW (1560 AM) and co-host of KFNC’s midday talk show, will leave the company next week to become operations manager for a station group in Omaha, Neb.

Rick Steves in Houston
Rick Steves – author of over 50 European travel guidebooks, host of the public television series, “Rick Steves’ Europe,” and host of the radio program, “Travel with Rick Steves” – will be in Houston this week. He’ll be live in the Houston Public Media studio on Thursday, March 5 starting at 8:00 p.m. to present special features on France and Italy on TV8 as part of the March fundraising campaign. He’s also in town for a sold out event at the Christ Church Cathedral hosted by Brazos Bookstore.

Wayne Dolcefino Inspires A Young Journalist
Wayne Dolcefino came to the Houston Chronicle Classroom to talk about his career in journalism.
- Wayne Dolcefino at Downtown Houston Pachyderm Club this week

New menu item at Kenny & Ziggy's deli
A 'Ken Hoffman' sandwich has been born.

After 93 years, a Texas AM gets an FM
Heritage San Antonio’s KTSA (550) has been an AM-only operation since 1922. But the march of time and listeners to FM has led Alpha Media to give the news-talk station an FM signal.

Iconic sportscaster Gary DeLaune inducted in SA Sports Hall of Fame
An iconic sportscaster and member of the KENS 5 family was honored Saturday for his lifetime of achievements. Gary DeLaune was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.

Austin Radio: 105.3 FM Drops the Fringe For Classic Hits
Austin is losing The Fringe, but gaining Classic 105.3 T-FM (K287FG) fed via KTAE 1490 AM.

KBTX Anchor John Gilbert Saying Goodbye
KBTX Anchor John Gilbert leaves for account executive gig at KWTX. Same market, same company.

KTRE launches Telemundo news briefs
“Telemundo Noticias Breves con John-Carlos Estrada” debuts.

Scott Lawrence named News Director at KFDM & KBTV
Veteran reporter and longtime producer Scott Lawrence has been named News Director at KFDM and KBTV News in Beaumont.

KWES Meteorologist Tom Tefertiller Adds News Director To His Title
Tom Tefertiller, chief meteorologist at KWES, the NBC affiliate in Midland, Texas, has added an impressive new title to his resume: news director.

Format Shuffle In Lubbock
Walker Broadcasting & Communications is reshaping its portfolio in Lubbock, TX.

MOVING

Brent Clanton is coming to Houston Public Media News 88.7
Brent Clanton, 2014 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee, will join Houston Public Media News 88.7 as the part-time weekend host on Saturdays from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. starting on March 7, 2015.
“Brent is a natural fit for News 88.7 and we’re fortunate to have a voice like his on our air. He’s a true radio professional who brings a lot of enhanced credibility to our weekend programming,” says Houston Public Media news director Jack Williams.

Houston Chronicle garden editor Kathy Huber is retiring after 34 years.

Eric Valadez moves from WFAA nightside EP to assistant news director.

KHOU 11 sports producer Drew Shirley leaves station to go back to working as an attorney.

David Raziq leaves Houston
David Raziq, executive producer for Investigations at Houston’s KHOU will serve as EP of Investigations for Gannett sister station KSDK in St Louis.

REMEMBERING

Houston friends knew Harris Wittels was Hollywood-bound
Longtime friend said Wittels had been sober for months before death

Roger Holland Bateman
Houston radio's Roger Holland Bateman, 65, a native Houstonian, passed away on February 21, 2015, at 8:29 a.m. in Missouri City, Texas.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
- Houston media shutdown Arturo's Uptown Italiano
- 'Texas Standard' debuts on Houston Public Media News 88.7 KUHF
- Rebecca Spera becomes abc13 KTRK afternoon traffic anchor
- Malini Basu leaves KHOU 11 for WFXT Boston
- Crystal Ayala named Telemundo Houston KTMD Consumer Investigative Reporter
- 'Downton Abbey' after show 'Manor of Speaking' season finale photos

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

'Downton Abbey' after show 'Manor of Speaking' season finale photos

"Downton Abbey" after show "Manor of Speaking" wraps up season

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“Manor of Speaking” host and producer, Ernie Manouse, pictured with season finale special guest, Joanne King Herring. (Photo: Jonathan Sandys)

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On the set of Houston Public Media’s “Manor of Speaking” during the season finale. (L to R) Special guest Evan Turner, Helen Mann, the butler “Mr. Rodgers,” Ernie Manouse, special guest Joanne King Herring, and St.John Flynn. (Photo: Jonathan Sandys)

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John Dascouilias and CultureMap Houston’s editor-in-chief, Clifford Pugh, pose for a photo with the “Downton Abbey” upstairs characters at the “Manor of Speaking” season finale. (Photo: Jonathan Sandys)

Here are photos from the “Manor of Speaking” season finale taping that aired Sunday night on Houston Public Media TV8 KUHT.

Host Ernie Manouse and his trusty manservant “Mr. Rodgers,” lead a studio audience, a rotating cast of super fans and cultural experts through the world of “Downton Abbey" immediately following the hit PBS show's airing.

The Houston-based show has been picked up on other PBS stations across the country.

http://manorofspeaking.org/

Crystal Ayala named Telemundo Houston KTMD Consumer Investigative Reporter

Crystal Ayala joins Telemundo Houston after working for various Univision television stations, including Univision Houston (KXLN) as a reporter and fill-in anchor since 2014

Crystal Ayala
Crystal Ayala
Telemundo Houston announced today that Crystal Ayala has been named Consumer Investigative Reporter and will join the station's Telemundo Responde consumer investigative unit. Charged with standing up for consumers who have been wronged, Telemundo Responde teams have already recovered more than $1 million for consumers across the country. Silvia Rincon, who led the Telemundo Responde team in Houston since its launch in 2014, is leaving the station for personal reasons.

“We are very grateful for Silvia’s consumer investigative work and her commitment to the Telemundo Responde team in Houston,” Jerry Vazquez, Vice President of News, Telemundo Houston. “Silvia’s dedication to ensuring our viewers had a voice when they needed it most, has truly made an impact in the communities we serve and she will be missed.”

"At the same time, we're excited that Crystal is part of our team," said Vazquez. "Her vast journalism experience, particularly in consumer investigative reporting, will ensure our Telemundo Responde team continues to stand up for consumers and advocate on their behalf."

Ayala joins Telemundo Houston after working for various Univision television stations, including Univision Houston (KXLN) as a reporter and fill-in anchor since 2014, Univision Dallas (KUVN) as a reporter and news anchor from 2011 to 2014 and Univision Colorado (KCEC) as a producer, reporter and fill-in anchor from 2006 to 2009. Ayala also served as a host and reporter for Puerto Rico TV (WIPR) from 2009 to 2011 and as a news correspondent for NTN24 Puerto Rico from 2010 to 2011. Additionally, Ayala worked as an associate producer for Univision’s affiliate news department in 2005 and as an associate producer for Noticiero Univision in 2006. She began her career in broadcasting in 2004 at Starmedia.com in Miami, FL.

Ayala earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in Investigative Journalism from Florida International University.

Launched in 2014, the Telemundo Responde consumer investigative units are part of a major investment made by NBCUniversal to enhance its 17 Telemundo stations and better serve Spanish-language viewers all across the country. Since their launch across seven markets in the United States, the Telemundo Responde units have collectively received more than 13,000 tips, produced nearly 700 stories and recovered more than $1 million for consumers in Los Angeles (KVEA), New York (WNJU), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WSCV), Houston (KTMD), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXTX), San Antonio (KVDA) and the San Francisco Bay Area (KSTS). The local station serving viewers in Puerto Rico, Telemundo Puerto Rico (WKAQ), launched a new Telemundo Responde unit on February 9, 2015. Three other Telemundo Responde units are scheduled to launch in 2015 at Telemundo Chicago (WSNS), Telemundo Phoenix (KTAZ) and Telemundo Tucson (KHRR).

Consumers who were owed compensation for participating in medical research projects, fell victim to identity theft, got scammed by tax preparers and faced evictions from their homes are some examples of how the Telemundo Responde teams are standing up for their local communities.

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



Malini Basu leaves KHOU 11 for WFXT Boston

KHOU 11 reporter Malini Basu leaves Houston for freezing Boston FOX affiliate WFXT

Malini Basu
Malini Basu
While I was on break, it was reported that KHOU 11 reporter Malini Basu was leaving the station.

There were some in the audience so excited about this, they wanted me to drop everything and return to post the news! My tweeting of the story was not enough. Since my return, they are reminding me in the comments...so here it is.

Basu, who arrived at KHOU in 2012, has left for Boston FOX affiliate WFXT reports TVSpy. She starts this week.

During her time here, Basu angered folks at other Houston TV stations when she gave the mother of an alleged kidnapped teen girl a ride to pick up her daughter while covering the story. The other station staffers thought the ride was unethical. So if any Boston reporters catch her applying to be an Uber driver while on a story...be wary.

Before H-Town, Basu worked as a reporter for NBC Connecticut WVIT, reporter/fill-in anchor at WLNE, freelance reporter at WSYR, reporter at WPTZ/WNNE, field producer/writer at FOX 5 News and news assistant/photographer at NY1 News.



Houston media members battle it out in goat milking competition

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo "Celebrity Goat Milking Competition" has media members squeezing out a win


The annual "Celebrity Goat Milking Competition" is one of the events that helps kick off The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo today. You can watch television anchors, radio show hosts and newspaper reporters get down and squeeze out the milk on an unsuspecting goat.

No autographs here please, the goats are really divas!

Seriously though, the winner will have the fullest cup of milk by the end. As you can watch in the above video, CW39 EyeOpener Houston anchor Maggie Flecknoe took top honors in 2014.

You can watch the event today.
· Event time: Tuesday, March 3, 4 p.m.
· Location: East Arena, Hall A, NRG Center

Yesterday, media participants also dueled in the Reliant Energy Rodeo Roundup.

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Rebecca Spera becomes abc13 KTRK afternoon traffic anchor

Rebecca Spera stays with KTRK abc13 and becomes afternoon traffic anchor

Rebecca Spera
Rebecca Spera
KTRK abc13 has named Rebecca Spera its new afternoon traffic anchor.

The Live Well Network was supposed to sign-off in January, but still is plugging along with re-runs. With the network's current state of limbo, TV folks wondered what the former Houston-based Mirror/Mirror host Spera would do next.

As of late, Spera has been working in the KTRK news department as a special projects reporter. However, after the retirement of Don Nelson, we get this new development.

Someone wrote in my comments section that Spera's bio was changed in late February (last week) to say that in March, she became the abc13 traffic anchor.

KTRK bios must be like a look into the future. And in all fairness, Spera has worked for a show titled Mirror/Mirror, so with a little Disney magic (the owner of KTRK and Live Well) I can ask, "Mirror/Mirror on the wall, who is the most afternoon traffic anchor of them all?"

You might remember that Spera earned her stripes in traffic many moons ago filling in for the before mentioned Nelson while he was out for shoulder surgery.

I wouldn't expect Spera to start on afternoons anytime soon, because I hear she has her own upcoming wedding and honeymoon to attend first!

As far as Nelson's actual replacement, everyone has guessed that Katherine Whaley is that person.

By the way, I'm still waiting for an answer from that mirror. Someone bring me pixie dust, stat!



'Texas Standard' debuts on Houston Public Media News 88.7 KUHF

"Texas Standard" daily news magazine, airing on Houston Public Media News 88.7 begins March 2 - will connect Texans to stories around the state and globe

"Texas Standard," a new daily public radio news magazine, is a joint project by Houston Public Media's News 88.7 KUHF, KUT Austin, KERA North Texas and San Antonio’s Texas Public Radio. The show debuts today at 1pm on KUHF.

My immediate question was, where is "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross going? The station tells me "Fresh Air" will air at 8pm following the encore presentation of "Houston Matters." The current strip of programming that airs at 8pm will move to 9pm (this includes "Living on Earth," "TED Radio Hour," "This American Life," "Bullseye" and "Dinner Party Download").

Also, "Science Friday," is affected by this change. "Science Friday" will move to an evening broadcast, Friday’s from 10pm to midnight. Finally, Monday through Thursday, the BBC World Service will begin at 10pm and continue through the overnights.

Here is the full press release on the new show:

Houston Pubic Media News 88.7 radio listeners have a new source for expansive coverage of state, national and international news — from a distinctly Texas perspective — with the launch of “Texas Standard,” the daily news show of Texas, making its debut in Houston at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015.

The one-hour daily news magazine is a project of Houston Public Media, KUT Austin, KERA North Texas and San Antonio’s Texas Public Radio.

This cross-station collaboration — the first of its kind among public radio stations in Texas — provides a platform to connect Texans to stories from communities across their state in the same way NPR’s “Morning Edition” connects listeners to stories from communities across the U.S. and around the globe.

“We are excited to collaborate with KUT, KERA and Texas Public Radio in bringing our listeners even more quality content from a statewide perspective,” said Lisa Trapani Shumate, executive director and general manager of Houston Public Media. “It also creates new opportunities for us to share the insightful reporting of our award-winning News 88.7 team by contributing Houston's news and viewpoints with listeners across the state.”

Hosted by award-winning journalist David Brown, “Texas Standard” explores the world of news, economics, innovation and culture, every day — from a Texas perspective — in a fresh, contemporary, conversational style.

“Our intent is to be fresh, original and groundbreaking,” said Brown. “We believe that reporting marked by wit, humor and informality can uplift and underscore our shared humanity, while helping us understand the world around us.”

Prior to his work with “Texas Standard,” Brown founded and hosted the award-winning cultural journalism unit "Texas Music Matters," produced by KUT Public Radio. He is known nationally for his work as host of public radio's “Marketplace.”

"Texas Standard" will air immediately following News 88.7's local talk show "Houston Matters," hosted by Craig Cohen. For a complete line-up of Houston Public Media's news and information, arts and culture, and education programming, visit houstonpublicmedia.org.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Houston media shutdown Arturo's Uptown Italiano




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Friday night, The Roundtable, a group of Houston journalists and political types, closed down Bill Sadler's Arturo's Uptown Italiano in Uptown Park.

For media lovers who read this blog, those in attendance included Bob & Carol Martin "The Accountant to the Stars," Fox 26 KRIV reporter Isiah "Factor" Carey AKA The Insite, former KTRK abc13 investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino, KPRC 2's Phil Archer, KTRK abc13 reporter Miya Shay and husband Democratic State Representative Gene Wu, KHOU 11's Doug Miller, former KPRC 2 reporter Mary Benton, Dan Zindler, Lori Freese and Dr. Richard Murray. I even got to meet KPRC 2 anchor Bill Balleza's brother, Walter. Walter used to work with his brother at channel 2 as a photojournalist!

And I was told that former Former President George W. Bush's brother Neil was there. CultureMap's Clifford Pugh also reported that former Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was in attendance.

Tthe Houston Business Journal reports the folks behind Max's Wine Dive and The Tasting Room will open a Tex-Mex restaurant called Añejo in the current Arturo space. As for Sadler who has behind places like River Café, Café Noche, Beso, the Moose/Blue Agave, the future is wide open.

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