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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mark Medici Promoted to President of the Houston Chronicle


NEW YORK, January 15, 2019 – Hearst announced today that Mark Medici, former executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Hearst Newspapers, has been promoted to president of the Houston Chronicle. The announcement was made by Steven R. Swartz, president and CEO of Hearst; Jeff Johnson, president of Hearst Newspapers; and John McKeon, president of Hearst Texas Newspapers and publisher of the Houston Chronicle. The announcement is effective immediately.

Medici will report to McKeon and assume responsibility for all business operations. He will retain his group role in overseeing consumer marketing strategy. McKeon remains publisher—with overall responsibility for the Houston Chronicle as well as Hearst’s six other daily Texas newspapers, the San Antonio Express-News, Beaumont Enterprise, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram, Conroe Courier and Plainview Daily Herald, 30 weekly newspapers and 24 associated digital businesses, including Chron.com, HoustonChronicle.com, mySA.com and ExpressNews.com.

Commenting jointly on the announcement, Johnson and McKeon said: “Mark is an accomplished forward-thinking executive with a passion for the media business. His successful track record during his career and collaborative approach will help ensure the Houston Chronicle continues to be a thriving organization with an exceptional management team.”

Medici said:“I am honored to be part of the talented team at the Chronicle and look forward to working with John in my new role. The Chronicle is a pillar in our industry, and in a city like Houston, and a state like Texas, it is essential to have a strong independent news voice. I plan to build upon our strong operating performance and engage with our readers and with the business community to support our mission of providing high quality enterprise storytelling and in-depth investigative reporting.”

Medici was named executive vice president and CMO of Hearst Newspapers in June 2018, overseeing the consumer marketing strategy for all Hearst Newspapers across platforms, as well as directly overseeing consumer revenue and marketing for the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.

He joined Hearst Newspapers from Cox Media Group where he served as vice president of audience and newspaper operations (2011 to 2018). Prior to that, he spent four years at A.H. Belo (2007 to 2011) as vice president of audience for The Dallas Morning News. From 1997 to 2007, Medici worked at Advance Publications as an outside sales representative and later became director of audience for The Oregonian.

Medici holds a bachelor’s degree in American History from the University of Washington.

Hearst Newspapers is the operating group responsible for Hearst’s newspapers, local digital marketing services businesses and directories. With more than 4,000 employees across the nation, Hearst Newspapers publishes 24 dailies and 64 weeklies, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union. It also operates digital marketing services and directories businesses under the LocalEdge brand.

(This post taken from a Hearst release)


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ron Trevino wins the #10YearChallenge

KHOU 11 weekend anchor Ron Trevino wins the #10YearChallenge in the Houston media world

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The years have taken a toll. #10yearchallenge

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Hottest Houston social media stars December 2018



The year that was...here is December data.

Share Rocket gives us data on how each Houston TV station and the corresponding air staff members performed on Facebook and Twitter.

Share Rocket is, "a social media ratings and audience solution providing media companies an easy way to quantify their social media equity, benchmark against peers and turn social market intelligence into insights that drive social success."

The numbers are pulled from station usage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using Share Rocket's "Share" measurement.

First we are looking at every Houston media company in the Share Rocket database and top personalities. Then I am looking at the top 5 on air staff members at each station in order of channel number.

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- Texas TV news and radio job moves December 2018

Houston Media
  1. abc13 KTRK
  2. KHOU 11
  3. FOX 26 KRIV
  4. KPRC 2
  5. Houston Chronicle
  6. 47 Telemundo
  7. 45 Univision
  8. Houston Press
  9. CultureMap Houston
  10. Houston's 39

Top 5 individuals
  1. Eduardo Rodríguez (Yusnaby Pérez) - 47 Telemundo
  2. Mark Berman - FOX 26 KRIV
  3. Jonathan Feigen - Houston Chronicle
  4. Dominique Sachse - KPRC 2
  5. John McClain - Houston Chronicle

KPRC 2
  1. Dominique Sachse
  2. Jennifer Reyna
  3. Adam Wexler
  4. Rachel McNeill
  5. Khambrel Marshall

KHOU 11
  1. Brandi Smith
  2. Melissa Correa
  3. Chita Craft
  4. Tiffany Craig
  5. Daniel Gotera

abc 13 KTRK
  1. Erica Simon
  2. Steve Campion
  3. Samica Knight
  4. Chelsey Hernandez
  5. Katherine Whaley

FOX 26 KRIV
  1. Mark Berman
  2. Kaitlin Monte
  3. Randy Wallace
  4. Isiah Carey
  5. Ivory Hecker

Univision 45 KXLN
  1. Marcela Perez Barros
  2. Marlene Guzman
  3. Deysy Rios
  4. Karina Yapor
  5. Laura Sierra

Telemundo 47 KTMD
  1. Eduardo Rodríguez (Yusnaby Pérez)
  2. Ubaldo Martínez
  3. Carlos A. Robles
  4. Antonio Hernández
  5. Ruby Guzmán

Houston Chronicle
  1. Jonathan Feigen
  2. John McClain
  3. Joseph Duarte
  4. Brian T. Smith
  5. Brent Zwerneman

DISCLAIMER: The top five Houston Chronicle staffers are listed at the bottom. I did not include KIAH 39 because its new employees are not in the database as of yet. No Houston radio stations are listed in the Share Rocket database.




Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Dave Ward Media Excellence Award

The winner will be announced at the Houston Heroes Awards Luncheon on April 24, 2019


HOUSTON (January 15, 2019) – Crime Stoppers of Houston announces the establishment of the new Dave Ward Media Excellence.

This unique award will honor an entity or individual who has exhibited media excellence and will be selected by Houston media icon Dave Ward himself, along with support from a small committee of his constituents at Crime Stoppers of Houston.

The best part – the inaugural winner will be kept a secret and not revealed until the day of the Crime Stoppers’ Annual Houston Heroes Luncheon on April 24!

Six other awards, including the Fenner Weller and Women Who Shape Houston awards, will be given out at the luncheon to honor other individuals and corporate partners who have gone above and beyond keeping our community safe.

Crime Stoppers is honored to create this media award named after Dave who was instrumental in establishing Crime Stoppers in Houston, Texas back in 1981. Known as the most trusted voice of Houston and the face of KTRK for 50 years leading the 6pm and 10pm newscasts, Dave has continued his media legacy by lending his voice and image to numerous projects, including Dave Ward’s Houston.

His unwavering passion and commitment to help the Crime Stoppers in historical ways continues today.

“This award means everything to me. Everything. In a time where changes have been numerous at all levels of the media, I felt it important to designate those that I feel still strive for excellence and achieve it.” said Dave Ward. “I thank Crime Stoppers of Houston for this incredible honor and for the opportunity to highlight those who still “get it right” for the viewers.”

Following the awards luncheon, Dave will issue a statement about the winner and what criteria was used in the selection process.

The awards luncheon is open to the public. To purchase tickets, please contact phollek@crime-stoppers.org or 713-842-7224.

Stay connected with Crime Stoppers of Houston via their e-newsletter, on Facebook, Twitter @CrimeStopHou, Instagram @CrimeStoppersofHouston and YouTube.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by Crime Stoppers of Houston)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Travis Herzog takes the Chief Meteorologist reins from Tim Heller


Tim Heller retired from abc13 KTRK Friday, that means today is the dawn of a new era for channel 13's weather department (see video above). As I blogged before, we have two new chiefs at 13 - Chief Meteorologist Travis Herzog and Chief Forecaster David Tillman. And Meteorologist Elita Loresca moves from afternoons to mornings to replace Herzog.

Here is the press release KTRK sent me Friday evening to signal the change:

KTRK-TV ABC13 today announced Travis Herzog as the station’s new Chief Meteorologist.

Travis has been part of ABC13’s Eyewitness News Weather team since July of 2006. In that time, Travis has earned "Broadcaster of the Year" honors from the National Weather Association, "Best Weathercast in Texas” from the Associated Press, and “Top On-Air Personality” from the Media Alliance of Houston. Travis earned his meteorology degree from Texas A&M University, is certified by the American Meteorological Society and has earned the National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval.

“Chief Meteorologist Travis Herzog,” says Wendy Granato, VP of News/Digital Content, “represents what’s most important to our entire KTRK Weather team--- commitment to viewers and the community, knowledge and experience navigating our ever-changing Gulf-coast weather conditions. And, he happens to be one of the nicest, most caring media professionals I’ve ever known. Travis also understands the importance of informing and interacting with viewers the way they need…on TV, on their computers, and, on their phones.”

Born and raised in Texas, Travis has covered every kind of weather hazard we face in Southeast Texas and along the Gulf Coast. From hurricanes and tornadoes to floods and ice storms, Travis presents weather forecasts that are informative, educational, and easy to understand so viewers can protect their loved ones and themselves. As a weather safety advocate, Travis frequently gives weather safety talks at local schools to help empower young people to make wise choices during dangerous weather and help ease storm anxiety.

When severe weather strikes, you can trust Travis Herzog to provide you with timely weather updates and potentially life-saving information on air and online. Travis will assume his new role as Chief Meteorologist beginning January 14 th as he takes over ABC13 Eyewitness News weathercasts Monday-Friday at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm.





Sunday, January 13, 2019

KPRC 2 remembers Doug Johnson



A week ago, we learned the sad news that former KPRC 2 weatherman Doug Johnson had died. The station wrapped up the coverage of its 70th anniversary with a tribute to Johnson, who was actually supposed to be there that day to appear on air.




Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jan Carson remembers her times at KPRC 2


KPRC 2 anchor Jan Carson returns for the station's 70th anniversary coverage! And the reporter comes out in Carson as she tries to turn the table on anchor Bill Balleza during his interview with her on Facebook Live!





Friday, January 11, 2019

Kaitlin Monte announced baby #2

FOX 26 KRIV anchor Kaitlin Monte announces baby #2

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Confirmed 🤰

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Kaitlin Monte announces she is pregnant with baby number 2.

The FOX 26 KRIV anchor says in hashtags she is 17 weeks pregnant and all she wants is snacks. I want the same thing, and not even expecting.

Her first, Avalyn, was born in April of 2017.




Linda Lorelle remembers her time at KPRC 2


More KPRC 70th anniversary coverage today and this time, anchor Linda Lorelle returns! I agree with what the anchors told her on air, all these years later, it's as if time has not passed while watching her on TV...like she had never left the station.

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Luncheon of legends at KPRC on Jan. 9, 2019




Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bob Nicholas remembers times at KPRC 2

Bob Nicholas and Mike McGuff

With KPRC 2 celebrating its 70th anniversary, I can sit back and let the Houston NBC affiliate do all the work!

Longtime anchor Bob Nicholas recently appeared on the station after many years. You can see that and Bill Balleza's Facebook Live interview below.

The photo above is my personal recollection of Nicholas' career with channel 2. I interviewed him as a TH Rogers School fourth grader!

I'm pretty sure I am writing this blog now partially because of that moment that took my life into a TV news path.

Click here to see more history from KPRC.