Friday, July 31, 2015

Telemundo Houston’s 10 PM Weekday Newscast Is 2nd-Most Watched Late News Program for 3 Consecutive Months

KTMD’s 10 PM Local Weekday and Weekend Newscasts Outrank All English-Language Competitors in the Market Among Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49 in July 2015 Sweep

Telemundo Houston / KTMD today announced that Noticiero Telemundo Houston at 10 PM was the market’s second most-watched late local newscast, regardless of language, from Monday to Sunday among Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49 during the July 2015 Sweep Period. This is the first time that Telemundo Houston’s local newscast at 10 PM outranked all other English-language competitors in the market from Monday to Sunday and among both demographic groups during one survey period.

For the first time, KTMD’s 10 PM weekday newscast was the second most-watched local late news in the market among Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49 for three consecutive survey periods.

“We are thrilled and honored to know that our viewers are choosing Noticiero Telemundo Houston as their source for live, local news and information,” said Tony Canales, President and General Manager, Telemundo Houston. “Our priority is to keep our viewers and the communities we serve, informed with the news and information they need and we look forward to continuing to produce best-in-class journalism to help keep our viewers stay ahead of the news.”

Specifically, Noticiero Telemundo Houston at 10 PM (Monday to Friday) averaged a 1.8 rating for Adults 18 to 34 and a 2.0 rating for Adults 18 to 49. Noticiero Telemundo Houston at 10 PM (Saturday and Sunday) averaged a 1.6 rating for Adults 18 to 34 and a 1.4 rating for Adults 18 to 49.

Source: NSI Houston Sweeps Jul15, Jun15, May15; Live+SD Chronological Program Averages; 9p-10:30p M-F, Sa-Su; AQH Ratings; Selected Broadcast Stations

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



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Casey Curry and Travis Herzog to switch places on KTRK abc13

KTRK abc13 morning meteorologist Casey Curry and 11am and 4pm meteorologist Travis Herzog to swap schedules August 3rd

Casey Curry
Casey Curry
Looks like KTRK abc13 is doing a switch-a-roo with two of its popular meteorologists.

Announced on a couple of the station's newscasts yesterday, is that longtime morning met Casey Curry is switching schedules with 11am/4pm met Travis Herzog starting Monday, August 3rd.

"Yes, we're really going to miss our sweet Travis at 11, but I can always see him on early," tweeted anchor Melanie Lawson.

Curry joined the channel 13 morning news back in August of 2006 replacing Doug Brown. She's a big deal on this blog since a news item about Curry was my top post of all time for years. That is until KTRK demoted morning anchor Sharron Melton. Since then Melton has been in the top spot.

Herzog joined KTRK a month before Curry in 2006 from KBTX in College Station. If memory serves he started at KTRK as the weekend morning meteorologist and then a few years later moved to the 11am and 4pm newscasts. For those not in the news business, these shows are not as high profile as the morning or 10pm newscasts, but they are great to work because they are normal hours.

Travis Herzog
Travis Herzog
Naturally, channel 13 viewers want to know why the move! Well, if you regularly read my blog, you've seen lots of changes at KTRK abc13 in the last few years. Expect more including a brand new news set! The Disney/ABC Television Group station's once dominant morning show hasn't been so dominant since November 2013. Since then, KPRC rose to the top with FOX 26 KRIV being the latest morning news winner as of May 2015.

Also, I would imagine the retirement of one Don Nelson has something to do with it. The station might feel it needs to add one more male back to the morning team since Nelson was replaced by Katherine Whaley.

KTRK did not respond to requests for info on this swap.

On a related abc13 note, this morning DISH customers saw a yellow screen in place of or over KTRK. Viewers were complaining on social media. DISH responded in a tweet it was KTRK's issue.




Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Univision 45 most watched early and late local news for Houston July sweeps 2015

Univision stations in LA, NY, Houston and Dallas close July 2015 sweeps as the most watched early and late local newscasts among adults 18-49, regardless of language

Univision Local Media today announced that Univision stations in Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Dallas closed the July 2015 sweep as the most-watched early and late local newscasts among Adults 18-49, regardless of language. In Los Angeles and New York, Univision stations are the first and second most-watched early and late local newscasts in the country at the close of the 2015 July sweep period among Adults 18-49, regardless of language.

During the July 2015 sweep, Univision stations in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix ranked No. 1 in Total Day viewing among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34, regardless of language. Additionally, Univision stations in Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas ranked No.1 in primetime among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34.

“Our local newscasts are part of the fabric that makes up Hispanic homes in the U.S.,” said Kevin Cuddihy, president of Local Media, Univision Communications Inc. “Our viewers wake up to our morning news and rely on our early and late local news to stay at the center of what’s happening in their community. These results speak to the depth of our relationship with the Hispanic community as the source for programming content that is reflective of the topics they care about most.”

ADDITIONAL LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS

Total Day
During the July 2015 sweep period, Univision was the No. 1 broadcast station in Total Day viewing (Monday-Sunday 6 a.m.-2 a.m.) among:
· Total Viewers 2+ in Los Angeles
· Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Houston Dallas and Phoenix
· Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix

Univision was the No. 2 broadcast station in Total Day viewing among:
· Total Viewers 2+ in Miami
· Adults 18-49 in New York
· Adults 18+ in Los Angeles and Miami
· Households in Los Angeles and Miami

Primetime
During the July 2015 sweep period, Univision was the No. 1 broadcast station in primetime among:
· Total Viewers 2+ in Los Angeles and Houston
· Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Houston, and Dallas
· Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix
· Adults 18+ in Los Angeles and Houston
· Households in Los Angeles

Univision was the No. 2 broadcast station in primetime viewing among:
· Total Viewers 2+ in Miami
· Adults 18-49 in New York, Miami, Phoenix and Sacramento
· Adults 18+ in Miami
· Households in Miami and Houston

Early Local News
Univision stations delivered the No. 1 Early Local News among:
· Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix
· Adults 25-54 in Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix

Univision stations delivered the No. 2 Early Local News among:
· Adults 18-49 in Miami, Chicago and Sacramento
· Adults 25-54 in New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago and Sacramento
· Adults 18+ and Households in Los Angeles and Miami

Late Local News
Univision stations delivered the No. 1 Late Local News among:
· Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Dallas
· Adults 25-54 in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix
· Adults 18+ and Households in Los Angeles

Univision stations delivered the No. 2 Late Local News among:
· Adults 18-49 in Miami, San Francisco and Sacramento
· Adults 25-54 in New York and San Francisco
· Adults 18+ in Miami and Houston
· Households in Miami

Source: Nielsen, NSI, July15 (27 of 28 days), (07/02/15-07/28/15). Early local news is defined as local newscasts with a Mon-Fri 6 p.m. ET/PT start time; Mon-Fri 5 p.m. CT/MT start time. Late Local News is defined as local newscasts with a Mon-Fri 10/11 p.m. ET/PT start time; Mon-Fri 9/10 p.m. CT/MT. Includes regular newscasts only. Primetime is defined as ABC/CBS/NBC/IND/UNI/UMA/TEL/AZA/MFZ/ETV Mon-Sat 8-11 p.m./Sun 7-11 p.m. ET/PT (Mon-Sat 7-10 p.m./Sun 6-10 p.m. CT/MT) and FOX/CW Mon-Sat 8-10 p.m./Sun 7-10 p.m. ET/PT (Mon-Sat 7-9 p.m./Sun 6-9 p.m. CT/MT). Total day defined as Mon-Sun 6 a.m.-2 a.m. Rankings based on average impressions. Univision Late News includes simulcast on UniMas stations in the markets. Most watched station in the country based on average impressions across all LPM markets. Live +SD.

(This post is from a news release sent to me by Univision)


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

VIDEO: Houston news videos from AP's archives

NASA, Howard Hughes, Enron and more old news videos of Houston from the Associated Press (AP) archives

Last June, I posted videos from the 1940s to the 1960s of Houston, the Astrodome, The Texas Medical Center and NASA from newsreel service British Pathé.

And now we get some more historic Houston news videos. The Associated Press just posted one million minutes of historical video dating back to 1895 in cooperation with British Movietone on YouTube.

Here are some Houston highlights.

NASA has designed a special suit for a young boy who has to be kept in germ free environment and he is testing the suit in Houston Children Hospital.

Apollo 14 crew, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa in quarantine van, arriving at Houston with mass of newsmen, photographers and the astronaut's familes


Scenes from the funeral of Howard Hughes held in houston, Texas.

"Mirror" building, whose surface is finished with sheets of refelctive glass, nearing completion in Houston

HOUSTON: HUMAN ART ON DISPLAY AT TATTOO CONVENTION

NASA film showing astronaut candidates flying F-5 planes at NASA air base in Houston, Texas.

President of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito and his wife, Jovanka, tour the Houston space center with director Robert Gilruth and astronaut Thomas Stafford

Enron founder Kenneth Lay takes witness stand


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Devi Dev promoted at 93.7 The Beat KQBT

iHeartMedia Houston names Devi Dev music director for 93.7 The Beat KQBT



Some big moves happening at 93.7 The Beat KQBT:

iHeartMedia Houston announced today that Devi Dev has been named Music Director for KQBT-FM 93.7 THE BEAT, Houston’s Real Hip-Hop and R&B, effective immediately. In addition, Devi will also host middays on THE BEAT from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. weekdays.

iHeartMedia Houston has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of renowned brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — including KQBT-FM, KTBZ-FM, KODA-FM, KTRH-AM, KPRC-AM, KBME-AM. iHeartMedia Houston is a leading media outlet in the Houston market and its programming and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio — with its more than 600 million downloads, more than 75 million social media followers and 87 million digital uniques across the Network.

Devi is among the original air staff at THE BEAT since its launch in December 2013, previously hosting evenings. Prior to joining iHeartMedia Houston, Devi’s radio and music career began in Los Angeles as an On Air Personality and Music Director. Five years later, she segued to New York where she hosted MTV’s Hip Hop POV and co-hosted mornings on Sirius/XM’s Shade 45.

"I’m extremely excited to play a bigger role on the BEAT," said Devi. "This is a chance to get even closer to our audience, and create amazing things along the way. iHeartMedia is an extremely innovative and forward-thinking company; to be able to grow my career with them is a huge opportunity. I’m ready to get started!"

"It’s obvious that Devi has so much to offer the station with the energy she gives us both on and off the air," said Bo Money, Program Director, THE BEAT. "I love that she comes with incredible contacts and such a keen knowledge of the community to better serve the Houston market. We’re excited for our listeners and our partners."


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

JJ Watt is synchronized swimming now?

Looks like Houston Texan JJ Watt has taken up synchronized swimming and curling in the off season

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JJ Watt in the pool for Reliant TV commercial

Has Houston Texans defensive animal JJ Watt abandoned football and the NFL for synchronized swimming and curling in the off season? No. He is actually joining Oscar winning actor Matthew McConaughey and starring in Reliant ads.

Watt has a great name to rep an energy retailer.

And besides just being an electric pitchman, Reliant has also made Justin James “J.J.” Watt the company's new "Vice President of Power Relations."  No joke, he even has a LinkedIn page -- https://www.linkedin.com/in/JJWatt. Talk about six point marketing.

The ads debut around Texas starting tomorrow.

And speaking of Houston Texans player news, Watt is not the only Houston Texans with commercial touchdowns. Wednesday, July 29, Windows 10 launches and Houston Texans Linebacker Brian Cushing will make an appearance at the Microsoft store at the Houston Galleria.




Jack Acosta shaking up KENS San Antonio

Former KHOU assistant news director Jack Acosta making changes at San Antonio's KENS

Jack Acosta
Jack Acosta
Normally I'm not featuring a lot of posts here concerning San Antonio news director happenings, but not every SA ND is Jack Acosta.

Acosta will be well known to Houston media types as the previous KHOU assistant news director, WABC New York producer and KTRK abc13 producer.

Jeanne Jakle of the San Antonio Express-News writes that Acosta has been shaking up things for the better at his new gig at the once top rated KENS:

Have you noticed? KENS-TV’s newscasts have a brisker, crisper, more dynamic feel these days.

On-air personnel say stories are tighter and more plentiful, with an emphasis on breaking news.

There also seems to be a renewed optimism within San Antonio’s CBS affiliate, particularly among anchors and reporters who fondly remember the good old years when “Eyewitness News” reigned as No. 1 here. These days, KSAT’s news seems to have a tight grip on that title.

What’s behind KENS’ improved outlook? A new addition to the station’s management, executive news director Jack Acosta. READ THE REST

Jakle notes that Acosta is allegedly "the first Hispanic to take the news reins at an English-language station." Honestly, I would have thought that would have already happened in the Alamo City.



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sara Donchey joins KPRC 2 from KRIS

Sara Donchey joins KPRC 2 from KRIS Corpus Christi as new 4pm anchor

Sara Donchey
Sara Donchey
Yeah, I'm totally slipping as of late as many of you have noticed, but here is a quick post for you.

KRIS Corpus Christi weekend anchor Sara Donchey joins KPRC 2 as the station's new 4pm anchor confirms KPRC 2 news director Rhonda LaVelle to mikemcguff.com.

Donchey will anchor with Keith Garvin. That means current 4pm anchor Lauren Freeman will now anchor the 5pm with Bill Balleza.

You might remember that longtime 5pm anchor Dominique Sachse left that show upon her contract renewal.

"Freeing up the 5pm newscast allows me more family and after-school time," Sachse told mikemcguff.com last April.

Previous to her two years at KRIS, Donchey worked as a reporter for KZTV Action 10 News in the same city.

Before Texas, she was a production assistant for KPIX CBS5 in San Franciso and online managing editor for the Golden Gate Xpress.

Donchey is a graduate of San Francisco State University.

RELATED
- Jonathan Martinez joins KPRC 2 as weekend anchor
- Cathy Hernandez joins KPRC 2


* This post has been updated with the details that Sara Donchey is the new KPRC 4pm anchor.



Monday, July 20, 2015

KPRC might be off satellite TV; 91.7 off air

Channel 2 could be off DISH satellite TV; Classical 91.7 KUHA is off the air now

UPDATE FROM SAVEMYCHANNEL.COM:
"We are very pleased to announce that at the eleventh hour we have made substantial progress in our negotiations with Dish, and because of that we will continue to work diligently towards a final agreement. In the meantime, if you're a current Dish subscriber, you will continue to see KPRC 2 and all of your favorite news and entertainment airing on KPRC 2."

KPRC 2 issued a press release Monday evening that says the station could be off DISH satellite Wednesday at 6pm. Here is more:

KPRC Channel 2 is about to go dark for all DISH TV subscribers. The satellite provider has been unwilling to strike a reasonable deal with the local content provider, so on Wednesday, July 22nd at 6pm CT, subscribers will no longer be able to watch programs like:
-KPRC Channel 2 News
-The Voice
-Today
-The Blacklist
-NBC Nightly News
-American Ninja Warrior
-Late Show w/ Jimmy Fallon
-PGA Golf and Nascar
-Saturday Night Live
-Dr. Phil
-Sunday Night Football
-Entertainment Tonight

“We’ve been working very hard to negotiate a fair deal for everybody.” Said KPRC Vice President and General Manager, Jerry Martin. “We’ve negotiated dozens, if not hundreds, of similar deals over the years with other providers and have never been taken off the air, so that should tell you something about where the issue lies.”

DISH charges its subscribers a monthly fee to get these programs, so essentially their estimated 247,000 Houston area customers will not be getting what they pay for. That includes important local news and weather information in emergency situations from the Channel 2 News team.

KPRC and its parent organization, Graham Media Group, has launched the website www.savemychannel.com, to make it easy for DISH customers to learn more and to tell the satellite provider that they wish to continue receiving KPRC and NBC. The site includes shareable social media posts, as well as alternative ways to continue watching the station’s content while the negotiations continue.

KPRC and Graham Media Group remain hopeful that the situation will be resolved very soon. That resolution however, depends on DISH’s willingness to keep the discussion going in a timely manner to reach a fair deal.

Also, Classical 91.7 FM KUHA is off the air. More from a station email:

As you may know, we’re not broadcasting now as the transmitter and tower site had to be taken down for emergency repairs. The problem began yesterday, and our engineers have been working on it ever since. We are expecting it will take another 24 – 48 hours to repair.

Until we’re back up and running at full power, you can listen to our Classical 91.7 stream the following ways:

1. www.houstonpublicmedia.org
Go to the Classical 91.7 program description on the homepage, click LISTEN LIVE, then click the red box that says Classical 91.7.

2. Using your smart phone download the free Classical 91.7 Houston Public Media app
Many cars are equipped with a USB connection so that you can listen to Classical 91.7, using the app on your smart phone, through your car radio. Get the app on iTunes or Google Play.

3. Tuning to KUHF 88.7 HD-2, from the HD radio in your car or home

4. Tuning to TV channel 8.5, over the air signal

Monday, July 06, 2015

CBS radio's Dave Barrett wins 3rd Murrow & shares Houston media stories

CBS News radio anchor Dave Barrett reflects on his past Houston radio career

Dave Barrett
Dave Barrett
Dave Barrett is one of those Houston broadcasters who has developed a big career. For the last 14 years he's been a CBS News radio anchor in New York. He's also been with ABC News.

Recently Barrett won his third Edward R. Murrow Award. When he found out about his third Murrow win this summer, I was honored that as a reader of mikemcguff.com, I was one of the first he contacted with the big news!

If you are like me, and love to hear Houston broadcasting stories, then you will love this post. Barrett was nice enough to share some media tales ones with us. And make sure to scroll to the end of this post to see how his career progressed through the years.

Mike McGuff: Tell us about your latest Murrow Award which was about the 200-year anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner [LISTEN HERE].

Dave Barrett: I really enjoyed producing this piece. Lots of sound to mix, ending with Whitney Houston’s great rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Super Bowl 25. I thought this was a really solid piece when I did it. And you submit here at CBS. And then they let you know if it’s going to be submitted for a Murrow. And then…..you just forget about it. You go on and do your day-to-day newscasts & pieces. Then all of a sudden, I get called into my boss’ office, and he tells me, “You’ve won.” I’m –so—glad to have the platform to tell a good story. And even though I was stuck in traffic heading home to Connecticut, I had a smile on my face all the way. And also: I won in 1998 for Sports, from a piece I did (while at ABC News) about Tiger Woods winning his first major, The Masters. And in 2011, I won for Best Use of Sound here at CBS…..for a report called “Kids’ Digital Day.” To win again….it NEVER gets routine. I always am surprised.

MM: What were the days of your time as a Houston broadcasting like?

DB: I went to the University of Houston, and majored in….KUHF. Was at the station ALL the time…..and thanks to Alex Cochran, the faculty advisor, I got to do sportscasts, play-by-play, do middle-of-the-road music and learn jazz. Got my first pro media credentials to see the Rockets at Hofheinz Pavilion and the Aeros at the Sam Houston Coliseum. On the night the Aeros won the AVCO Cup over the Chicago Cougars, I spent the 3rd period stringing audio cable strung to the Houston locker room. Play-by-play announcer Jerry Trupiano then got to go LIVE from there, with post-game interviews on Gulf Coast Cable. About a month later, he called me and asked if I wanted to intern at KTRH. Sure, why not. When Jerry called Dr. Bill Hawes at UH…..to inform him about this, he said, “I make the decisions on interns….and he shall not do this.” So, I showed up anyway. Kept track of my hours that summer of ’74, and that fall, KTRH hired me, part-time. And paid me for all my work that summer. I’ve been employed ever since.

Loved covering every major team in Houston. Donald Davidson hired me as one of the Astros PA announcers (with the late, great J. Fred Duckett).

At KTRH, every weekend in the fall, our sports department would have a competition, to pick the NFL winners. The guy who came in last had to buy a bucket of Church’s chicken for the sports staff. John Breen, the former Oilers GM, and fabulous talk show host…..lost one weekend. Jim Nantz and I couldn’t wait for Breen to pay off, and we could enjoy a free meal, at HIS expense. Breen refused to pay. We –never—let him forget it.

Jerry Trupiano was a great boss at KTRH. Let me do everything. I’d had an accident on a motorcycle and he got the Aeros team doctor to fix my knee. After that I needed a car. Jerry co-signed the loan. We went to the bank, filled out some papers, and he went back to the station. I strolled in an hour or so later, and said, “Jerry, I just signed a 3-year contract with KTRH!!!!” He looked at me and I told him, “If you fire me, you own my car!”

When I was the Houston Apollos pxp announcer, in ’79-’80……I lived the movie, “Slap Shot.” Roomed with goalie Hannu Kamppuri, from Finland. On our opening road trip, the bus driver was so psyched to drive a professional team that he didn’t sleep after our game with Fort Worth. Then we went to Tulsa. He stayed awake. After the game, he starts driving us back to Houston. The bus starts weaving. After a stop for coffee (the players bought beer) we continued on. Bus weaves again. That got team captain Bryan Baltimore up: He ordered Otis to get out of the driver’s seat, lie down in the aisle and go to sleep. And he asked the team, “Does anybody know how to drive a bus?” Forward Danny Newman, a one-time Canadiens’ draft choice, raised his hand and said, “I drove a dump truck last summer.” Danny drove us back to Houston, unscathed.

MM: Any Houston media stories you want to share?

DB: Barry Warner and Mark Berman and I went to Pittsburgh to cover the Oilers AFC Championship against the Steelers. Before we went to the game, I drove us to a Kmart parking lot. It was icy that day, and I was doing do-nuts in the lot. I think Berman was a bit white-knuckled, but Barry knew. He’d driven in Buffalo, as I had, during the winter.

There was another time when Barry and I were at the Oilers-Raiders game in Oakland. Had flown on the team charter. Naturally, Barry’s taking FOREVER to file his pieces back to KIKK. Finally, we pile into my rental car…..and zoom off for the airport a short drive away. I leave the car DIRECTLY in front of the terminal. Barry and I grab our stuff…..run through the place, and I toss my keys at the guy at the Hertz desk. Said, “Your car’s out front. Bill me. Gotta catch this plane.” We made the charter as they were closing the doors. I’ve NEVER missed a plane flight. Ever.

Loved my time at KLOL, where I put my sports reports to rock music and in 1979, I did a piece with high school football star Eric Dickerson. He lived in Sealy, and was being heavily recruited. I called him at home, and we talked about what he was going through, before he signed with SMU. That piece won me the AP’ Best Sportscast in Texas. Pretty cool, when you figure I was up against all the big sports stations in Houston and Dallas….. When I became the morning DJ for a short stint at KLOL, I, along with the news guy, Charlie Weiss….would ask listeners for menus. Stuff they could make for us, for breakfast. We’d pick a winner, and then take the station van to their house. We’d do our show from there, stringing the mike from the kitchen….all over. They’d serve us breakfast and we’d give out KLOL t-shirts and hats and other stuff.

When Walter Cronkite was about to retire, (he had worked at KTRH)…..I called him at CBS News in NY. Said I was from “KTRH-KLOL in Houston.” Did 10 minutes with him, and we cut up the soundbites to use in our breaks on KLOL, the day he signed off from CBS. He talked about his boat, and told us that he liked rock & roll, but that “….it was too loud.” I got Mayor Jim McConn to read a proclamation that I’d written, proclaiming “Walter Cronkite Day in Houston.” We framed it and sent it to CBS. Put party sounds of horns and more….behind us, during the breaks, and ran the heck out of those soundbites. It was a good show. I used parts of it in my audition tape that got me a job at ABC News. And, on Cronkite’s final day, the guys across the hall called CBS and said they wanted to do an interview with him. They were told, “He already spoke with your station.” The KTRH people were not happy that I’d beaten them to it, but hey, if they didn’t think ahead, that’s their issue. I did agree to let them use my soundbites, though.

------------------ END OF INTERVIEW ------------------

If you want to see the evolution of a network anchor's career, see how Barrett progressed as a broadcaster through the years:

KUHF Radio……did sports and DJ work 1973-1978

KYND, Pasadena…..was a tape jockey, 1974, spring and summer

KTRH……sports reporter, talk show host, sportscaster…. 1974-1979.

KPRC……sportscaster, AM drive. Did the sports talk at 6 PM, with Anita Martini….. Split shift. Bleak. Summer of ’79.

KTRH……back to KTRH, in the fall of ’79, to do more of same. But I also did Houston Apollos play by play in the ’79-80 season. Also worked part time as a weekend DJ at KLOL.

KLOL…..Summer, 1980 until June of ’81: morning DJ. I was “Barretta” of “Barretta and Charlie.” Great fun.

Pacific News Service, Summer ’81 into December ’81. Ran a small bureau in Washington, DC. Showcased myself with young-demographic news pieces that went primarily to the West Coast. Made NO money. But did pretty much whatever I wanted to, in terms of covering things.

ABC News……December ’81 to November, 1992. Correspondent. Went to 7 Olympics while there: Sarajevo in ’84, followed by LA, Calgary, Seoul & Barcelona. Went to Persian Gulf twice….in ’88 and in ’90. Covered political conventions in ’88 and ’92. Hurricane Hugo in ’89. And much more.

ESPN Radio…..December ’92 thru Dec. ’94. On the road forever. Covered Masters, British Open, MLB, NBA playoffs, NFL, Daytona, Indy 500, NCAA hoops, Wimbledon. Did updates from Bristol, CT, when not on the road.

ABC News…..back for another 4 years, starting in Dec., ’94. Covered Olympics in Atlanta and Nagano. Won 1st Edward R. Murrow Award there for Sports piece on Tiger Woods, when he won his first major, the Masters…..in ’97. (Does that make me feel old????)

Fox News Radio…..Dec. ’98 to Feb. 2001. News director. Shoestring operation. Have no idea how many people heard us.

CBS News…..Feb. ‘2001 till now. Great place. Covered Salt Lake City and Athens Olympics. Saw last Space Shuttle launch. Won 2 more Murrow Awards…..in 2011, for Best Use of Sound….for “Kids’ Digital Day.” And yesterday: Best Network Feature for “Star Spangled Banner.”