Friday, December 15, 2017

KHOU 11 to air "The Program: Pearland Oilers"

KHOU sports maestro Daniel Gotera tweeted an interesting trailer for a show that will air this weekend on channel 11.

It appears to be like an HBO Hard Knocks for high school football.

In The Program: Pearland Oilers, Gotera and the KHOU team offer a behind the scenes look at the Texas HS football experience.

"I wanted to present high school sports in a way that has never been seen in Houston," Gotera told "We see highlights and player commitments all the time, but an inside look at what it takes to get ready for an entire season? That's something truly unique and this show captures every second of it."

This reality-show like football experience airs Saturday @ 7 pm on KHOU 11.

"It's been an idea I've had for many years, but finally got the support to put it together," Gotera added. "The show will display the heart, determination and grit shown by not just the players but by the coaches as well as they overcome several obstacles that were completely unexpected. It's a an entertaining ride for any high school sports fan and by the'll want more."

Speaking of high school football, here is more info from FOX Sports on the 2017 UIL Texas High School football state championships TV coverage:

IRVING, TX - FOX Sports Southwest today announced its coverage plans for the 2017 UIL Texas High School football state championships from AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The network’s exclusive live game coverage will begin Wednesday, Dec. 20, and feature 12 championship match-ups over the course of four days, concluding with the 6A Division II title game on Saturday, Dec. 23.

In addition to FOX Sports Southwest’s live game coverage, which will include Ford Championship Live shows between games and High School Scoreboard Live immediately after the final postseason tilt, the network will also deliver extensive programming in the days leading up to kickoff. Championship Week programming will include:

• The Road to the Championship Preview Show, providing in-depth analysis for each of the 12 title games.
• Replays of previous UIL Texas High School state championships, allowing fans to relive classic games from years past.
• A special 30-minute show titled Texas Football Days: The Features, highlighting and celebrating high school football’s intimate role in Texas culture.

All of FOX Sports’ UIL football coverage – including games and original programming – will also be available on FOX Sports GO (, a free app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content through programming distributors.

A pair of Six-Man contests will launch live game coverage on Wednesday, Dec. 20, and be available to stream on FOX Sports GO only. All remaining games will be televised on either FOX Sports Southwest or FOX Sports Southwest Plus.

In some markets, the 2A Division I game on Dec. 20 at 7:00 p.m. and 5A Division I game on Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m. will be carried on FOX Sports Southwest Plus due to overlap with NBA broadcasts on FOX Sports Southwest. Additionally, the 3A Division II tilt on Dec. 21 at 7:00 p.m. will be televised across all markets on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.

Reigning Texas Sportscaster of the Year Craig Way, along with Ted Emrich and Ron Thulin will split play-by-play duties for the game broadcasts. Former Port Arthur Jefferson High School and Texas A&M wide receiver Shea Walker, former Graham High School coach Brad McCoy and former Crowley High School and New York Giants linebacker Gary Reasons will rotate as analysts.

Randy McIlvoy, Sarah Merrifield and CT Steckel will provide on-the-field updates as sideline reporters.

Ford Championship Live shows hosted by Ric Renner will be televised between games and include analysis from Texas High School football coaching legend Ken Purcell, recruiting expert Randy Rodgers and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football managing editor Greg Tepper.

High School Scoreboard Live will air Saturday, Dec. 23, at 11:00 p.m. and recap FOX Sports Southwest’s extensive coverage with highlights and expert analysis from every championship game.

Throughout the week, high school football fans will find exclusive content, videos and analysis on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and


(All times listed are Central. Schedule subject to change.)

Wednesday, Dec. 20

11:00 a.m.
Six-Man 1A Division I
FOX Sports GO Only

2:00 p.m.
Six-Man 1A Division II
FOX Sports GO Only

7:00 p.m.
2A Division I
FOX Sports Southwest/FOX Sports Southwest Plus*

Thursday, Dec. 21

11:00 a.m.
2A Division II
FOX Sports Southwest

2:00 p.m.
Ford Championship Live
FOX Sports Southwest

3:00 p.m.
3A Division I
FOX Sports Southwest

6:00 p.m.
Ford Championship Live
FOX Sports Southwest Plus

7:00 p.m.
3A Division II
FOX Sports Southwest Plus

Friday, Dec. 22

11:00 a.m.
4A Division I
FOX Sports Southwest

2:00 p.m.
Ford Championship Live
FOX Sports Southwest

3:00 p.m.
4A Division II
FOX Sports Southwest

6:00 p.m.
Ford Championship Live
FOX Sports Southwest/FOX Sports Southwest Plus*

7:00 p.m.
5A Division I
FOX Sports Southwest/FOX Sports Southwest Plus*

Saturday, Dec. 23

11:00 a.m.
5A Division II
FOX Sports Southwest

2:00 p.m.
Ford Championship Live
FOX Sports Southwest

3:00 p.m.
6A Division I
FOX Sports Southwest

6:00 p.m.
Ford Championship Live
FOX Sports Southwest

7:00 p.m.
6A Division II
FOX Sports Southwest

11:00 p.m.
High School Scoreboard Live
FOX Sports Southwest

* Available on FOX Sports Southwest Plus in select markets with NBA broadcasts on FOX Sports Southwest. Please check your local listings.

FOX Sports Southwest Plus is used by FOX Sports Southwest to simultaneously show multiple events on two channels and is available to all TV providers that carry FOX Sports Southwest.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

KHOU 11 opening downtown Houston studios

Way back in the Belo days, now TEGNA-owned WFAA 8 opened satellite studios in downtown Dallas' Victory Park. Think of how the network morning shows like to broadcast closer to the audience from the streets of New York.

Yesterday, WFAA sister-station KHOU 11, a station looking for a new home after it lost its studios to the waters of Hurricane Harvey, announced it is opening its own satellite studios in downtown Houston.

The location will be the George R. Brown Convention Center AKA The GRB located in the newly minted Avenida Houston district.

The station says it will use the downtown Houston studio, "several times a week on KHOU 11 News, Great Day Houston and other KHOU-produced programming and specials."

To me, that line makes it seem that KHOU will not be using the extra space as much as sister-station WFAA uses its Victory Park studios.

According to the station's website, at roughly 780-square-feet, "the new studio will have the flexibility to open on to the plaza, enabling reporters to directly engage with the public and be at the center of major events happening in downtown Houston."

What is old is new again.

In interviews for my KLOL documentary, I learned that when 740 KTRH was downtown at the Rice Hotel, hosts stretched microphones and long cable to the street to interview passersby on the street.

KHOU general manager Susan McEldoon says this project has been nearly two years in the making.

The Avenida Houston location will put us at the center of downtown activity, enabling anchors and reporters to live out our brand of ‘Standing for Houston’ by providing us with a closer connection to the community we serve,” McEldoon said on the station's website. “As the only station with a downtown studio, we will use the Avenida Houston studio as our second home to produce big, bold, original content on all of our platforms.”

Since KHOU is currently scouting a new permanent studio home, this new satellite studio might be getting a lot more use than originally planned during the build process.

The new studio, which is a partnership between channel 11 and Houston First Corporation (HFC), will be near Bud’s Pitmaster BBQ and the central plaza.

It is set to open in March 2018.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sonia Azad wins award for best hair in Texas

Current WFAA anchor/reporter and former KTRK abc13 reporter Sonia Azad wins hair-raising award!

My Dallas - Fort Worth readers already know how great Sonia Azad is doing since she left Houston's abc13 KTRK and joined WFAA in the mighty Metroplex.

Today, she is doing even better.


She won a HAIRRY award from the site This means the site has determined Azad has the best hair of a female TV journalist in Texas.

Guess she pushes her Lone Star EMMY statuette aside and replaces it with this prestigious TV News award.

"Another line to add to the resumé 😜🤣 I won a HAIRRY," Azad posted on Facebook. "I dedicate this award to all the stylists at Drybar Dallas & my girl ERIN at Lure Salon for keeping me on point."

So how do TV reporters and anchors win?

The HAIRRYs celebrate fabulous hair and the people who have it.

There are no nominations, no voting, and no turning back.

As hair experts, we scour multiple images and video from all of our potential winners. Then we consult with other stylists and creatives in the field to eventually narrow it down to one HAIRRY Winner and one HAIRRY Runner-Up.

Here is the listing for Azad's honor:

Sonia’s hair is beyond spectacular. Like, once we saw a sunset in Hawaii where dolphins jumped and splashed on the horizon while parrots flew in the pink sky, and Azad’s hair is way better than that sunset.

This perfect brunette has full and voluminous hair that wonderfully shapers her face and makes her eyes pop with light! If you’re looking for #hairgoals – look no further than Sonia Azad. Just understand that you won’t be able to have hair as good. Sorry. 😉

Sonia Azad is a reporter (and occasional anchor) for ABC 8 in Texas. In addition to being a HAIRRY-Award, Azad is also an EMMY-Award winner. So, basically, Azad wins a lot.

When it comes to channel 13, there must be something in the water that causes fantastic follicles.

In 2016, KTRK abc13 anchor Erik Barajas, was honored with a HAIRRY: Local Newsmen With The Best Hair award.

KPRC 2 claims #1 spot in November 2017 sweeps

Channel 2 wins at 4, 5, 6 and 10pm in Houston

Houstonians continue to choose KPRC Channel 2 as Houston’s Home for News.

Once again, they made the NBC affiliate the #1 station in key dayparts across the city among people ages 25-54 for the Nielsen November 2017 measurement period.

KPRC 2 News at 4 p.m. with Keith Garvin and Sara Donchey has grown 20% year-to- year and dominated November with a rating equal to that of KTRK and KHOU combined.

KPRC 1.2
KTRK 0.7
KHOU 0.5

KPRC 2 News at 5 p.m. with Bill Balleza and Lauren Freeman shows 8% year-to- year growth, and was the clear winner in November.

KPRC 1.4
KTRK 1.0
KHOU 0.7

KPRC 2 News at 6 p.m. featuring Bill Balleza, Dominique Sachse, Meteorologist Frank Billingsley and Sports Director Randy McIlvoy brought the station another victory with a 1.8 rating at 6 p.m. That team also continued their long-standing late news ratings dominance, achieving the market’s top rating of 2.2 for KPRC 2 News at 10 p.m.

“Our evening newscasts continue to outshine the competition and we’re proud of our growth at 4 and 5 p.m.,” said KPRC Channel 2 General Manager, Jerry Martin. “It’s a testament to the hard work our news team puts in to bring viewers breaking news, up-to- the-minute developments on Houston’s big stories and of course strong, investigative journalism on issues that matter to Houstonians every day.”

KPRC 2 News Today (4:30-7 a.m.) finished November strong, taking a close second place by only a tenth of a point with a 1.4 rating in the 6 a.m. hour.

Entertainment programming also drew viewers to KPRC Channel 2, with #1 November ratings (Adults 25-54) for Dr. Phil (3 p.m.), Extra (4:30 p.m.), Entertainment Tonight (6:30 p.m.), Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.

All ratings are Adults 25-54 based on Nielsen Live + SD overnights for the measurement period of October 27 th , 2017 through November 23 rd , 2017, M-F 6-6:30 a.m., 4-4:30pm, 5-5:30pm, 6-6:30pm and 10-10:30pm.

KPRC Channel 2 is the NBC affiliate for Houston, TX. The station is owned by The Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and is one of seven in the television division along with WDIV Detroit, WKMG Orlando, KSAT San Antonio, WSLS Roanoke and WJXT & WCWJ in Jacksonville. KPRC has long been an innovator as the first television station in Houston and the 12 th in the nation. KPRC was the first in Houston to broadcast in color and the station that beamed Neil Armstrong’s famous words “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” across the world. KPRC’s innovative spirit continues to this day through communications advances and community partnerships. Other KPRC properties include and THIStv.

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

Telemundo Houston delivers Houston’s largest late news audiences in November 2017 sweeps

Monday, December 11, 2017

Brett Buffington joins KHOU 11 (ICYMI)

Brett Buffington has joined KHOU way earlier this year when I wasn't blogging.

Let's play catch up!

Buffington is called a "multi-skilled journalist" for channel 11 which means he shoots, reports and edits his own story.

Before Houston, Buffington worked for WBRZ Baton Rouge, Louisiana for two years.

While there, the local paper reported how Buffington sued Baton Rouge police for alleged violations of his First Amendment rights and for an allegedly unreasonable seizure, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and defamation while trying to cover a story.

The paper later reported the federal lawsuit was settled.

Prior to Louisiana, Buffington also worked as:

- an investigative reporter for WIS Columbia, South Carolina
- a reporter for WJBF in Augusta, Georgia
- a video journalist-digital mobile journalist for WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida.

According to his bio, Buffington started in the TV news biz as a tape editor at the CBS affiliate in Augusta, Georgia, while in high school.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Patricia Lopez leaves abc13 KTRK

After 10 years, abc13 KTRK consumer reporter Patricia Lopez quits abc13 KTRK

KTRK abc13 Stretch Your Dollar morning anchor Patricia Lopez is leaving the station and going out in style!

In all my years of blogging about the Houston media, I don't remember anyone posting a highly produced Facebook video detailing their departure.

In case you are at work or a place where you can't watch video, here is what Lopez told her fans:

"After ten years at channel 13, it's with mixed emotions, that I have my final goodbye next week, December 15, 2017.

You know 2017 was a rough year for my family and so many people in the Houston area and I had a chance to reflect on the last few months and make a decision about my future and my heart is at home with my four children. That's another full-time job and I'm excited about that new adventure.

But you can always catch me on social media still - PatriciaonTV on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook as well. So, I appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.

It's been a very difficult time. But we look forward to coming back stronger and better than ever.

And I want to thank my colleagues and managers at channel 13 who have made that such an amazing job the last ten years.

I appreciate it. But I look forward to keeping in touch with you so please shoot me an email. Bye."

Before returning to Houston in 2007, the Kingwood High grad worked in New York City at WPIX CW11 Morning News.

While there, she even was a finalist in the 2003 search for a new co-host position on ABC's The View.

Before the Big Apple, Lopez worked as a reporter at KCNC-TV Denver and KOKI-TV Tulsa. Lopez's bio also said she worked in Washington, D.C and Wichita Falls.

She is a University of Oklahoma graduate.

SHOW SUPPORT: Tell Patricia goodbye!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

KHOU 11 wins Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award 2018

Big news for KHOU 11 today. The TEGNA station has won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

The prestigious award recognizes excellence in broadcast, digital and documentary journalism.

The KHOU investigative department was recognized for something I told you about last year.


Reporter Jeremy Rogalski and team produced “Transparency,” which was a digital-first investigation that exposed the lack of accountability and the improper use of police body cameras in the city of Houston.

"Very humbled by today’s announcement that 'Transparency,' our four-month investigation into the Houston Police body camera program, earned the Alford I. duPont-Columbia University Award, the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize," Rogalski posted on Facebook.

"I'm proud of this body of work on so many levels, in particular that it was a digital-first investigation," KHOU President & General Manager Susan McEldoon told "It’s a perfect example of the positive impact local journalism has on its community."

According to TEGNA, the four-month investigation revealed the Houston Police Department failed to release timely footage for criminal cases and declined to conduct promised video audits. In response to the documentary, the Houston police chief immediately addressed the camera technology issues and pledged to discipline any officers who fail to activate cameras when required.

Here is the award listing:


This innovative long-form report, based on a four month-investigation of the Houston PD’s $8 million body camera program, revealed its many weaknesses, including hundreds of cases with missing footage, major delays in releasing videos, and a general lack of accountability.


Jeremy Rogalski, Investigative Reporter;

Keith Tomshe, Investigative Photojournalist;

Stephanie Kuzydym, Investigative Producer;

Ty Scholes, Investigative Producer;

Matt Keyser, Digital Producer;

Ellen Crooke, Vice President News.

TEGNA is the only local broadcast group to receive two silver batons for investigative reporting.

KARE 11 in Minneapolis also took home the prize.

“Like many of our TEGNA stations, KARE and KHOU have produced incredibly meaningful work that impacts the lives of many. Their projects are strong examples of the positive impact of local journalism on communities and the importance of storytelling for the public interest,” said Dave Lougee, president and CEO, TEGNA. “We are committed to continuing to invest in our local stations to ensure they have the journalistic freedom to pursue investigations that make communities stronger without bias or agenda.”

Both stations will be recognized in an awards ceremony hosted by some of the country’s leading broadcast journalists on January 16, 2018, at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library.

The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award recognizes excellence in broadcast, digital and documentary journalism.

See other 2018 duPont Winners

Houston's 12 Days of Christmas with abc13 anchors

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Hottest Houston social media stars November 2017

Share Rocket gives us data on how each Houston TV station and the corresponding air staff members performed on Facebook and Twitter for the month of November 2017.

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."

Texas TV & radio job moves November 2017

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

Top 5 individuals

  1. Jennifer Reyna
  2. Dominique Sachse
  3. Jacob Rascon
  4. Adam Wexler
  5. Britta Merwin

  1. Chita Craft
  2. Daniel Gotera
  3. Brandi Smith
  4. Bill Bishop (Managing Editor)
  5. Melissa Correa

abc 13 KTRK
  1. Collin Myers
  2. Samica Knight
  3. Mayra Moreno
  4. Melanie Lawson
  5. Travis Herzog

  1. Mark Berman
  2. Kaitlin Monte
  3. Isiah Carey
  4. Coco Dominguez
  5. Chrisdyann Uribe

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

Telemundo 47 KTMD
  1. Yusnaby Pérez
  2. Martín Berlanga
  3. Ubaldo Martínez
  4. Carlos A. Robles
  5. Augusto Bernal

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

DISCLAIMER: The top five Houston Chronicle staffers are listed at the bottom. I did not include KIAH 39 because it does not have five full-time on-air employees to make up the list. No Houston radio stations are listed in the Share Rocket database.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Texas TV & radio job moves November 2017


Former KTRK abc13 intern and WXIX anchor Kara Sewell is heading to WFAA morning desk.

NBC5 KXAS has hired former network anchor/reporter Vinita Nair as a “special assignments” reporter sources have confirmed to

WFAA 8 hires Cleo Greene and Matt Howerton.


PBS announced the results of its recent Board elections following its first Board meeting of fiscal year 2018. Four Professional Directors who were elected by the PBS membership in August took their seats at the meeting including Houston Public Media associate vice president and general manager, Lisa Shumate. She was elected to a second term. Shumate was elected as Professional Vice Chair. She will serve alongside Afsaneh Beschloss, founder and CEO of the global investment and advisory firm The Rock Creek Group, who was elected as General Vice Chair.

Houstonia Magazine managing editor Katharine Shilcutt leaves for a job as a Media Relations Specialist at Rice University.

Houston Public Media News 88.7 KUHF news anchor/reporter Ed Mayberry has announced his retirement to take place in February 2018.

- Hottest Houston social media stars November 2017
- Atom Smasher returns to morning radio
- Erica Simon joins abc13 KTRK
- VIDEO: 2017 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee acceptance speeches
- Fmr. Houston anchor Phillip Mena debuts on NBC
- Anoushah Rasta leaves KPRC 2
- Lance Zierlein reunites with John Granato on ESPN 97.5
- Chip Brewster leaves KPRC 2
- Rita Garcia leaving FOX 26 KRIV for FOX 11 LA
- Arden Ward named editorial director and Steven Devadanam replaces Clifford Pugh as Houston editor at CultureMap


KENS' Sarah Lucero has anchored her last newscast in San Antonio.

KENS Reporter Alicia Elena Neaves has signed off from the station.

Karen Grace's mysterious absence the latest in many changes at KENS.


Tina Shively departs KVUE for new gig.


After 18 years at KTXS, longtime anchor George Levesque is leaving.

Meteorologist MATT HOLINER moves to mornings at KRGV in the Weslaco-Brownsville market. - Steve Swienckowski at DCA Talent.

KGBT CBS 4 hires Marybel González as weekend anchor.

Former abc13 KTRK sports anchor and KXXV Waco news anchor Bruce Gietzen to serve as director of student publications at Baylor University.

What are they hiding in Ventura County from Sean Mireskandari?