Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Houston flood 2015 photos and video


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No doubt you've seen a lot of photos and video from the great Houston flood of May 2015. Whatever the name, some lost their lives while others lost their homes. Our prayers go out to all of them.

Here are some photos and video I captured Tuesday morning from Highway 288 near downtown, which was totally under water (it looks like a lake in the photo with submerged cars sticking out), to southwest Houston neighborhoods where some homes were flooded.

SEE ALL THE PHOTOS HERE or if you are on a mobile device.


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Friday, May 22, 2015

FOX 26 KRIV and KPRC have good results in May 2015 sweeps

Fox 26 KRIV kills the competition in the morning news, KPRC 2 continues to top late news

In my blogging break post, I wrote that I would miss you, so here I'm back already for a quick second update on Houston's May 2015 TV sweeps.

Last night, I blogged how Univision 45 KXLN and Telemundo Houston took some top spots in the key demo for this sweeps period.

Now we are learning about some of their English language TV counterparts.

The big story apparently is FOX 26 KRIV! At the beginning of this sweeps period, folks at other stations were telling me KRIV was coming on strong and that trend clearly continued to the end.

 That fox jumped over several stations to basically win the mornings in Adults ages 25 to 54 (I believe there was a tie at 5am).

Last May, the Houston FOX owned and operated station was hovering around third place in mornings, but not this time. My sources tell me assistant news director Howard Dorsey has been working that show to improve it. Looks like a job well done for Dorsey and the rest of the staff. On a personal note, my wife, who is in the key demo, has become a big fan of KRIV mornings. And as I blogged before, my father-in-law's favorite meteorologist is the Foxy Mike Iscovitz.

(On another KRIV morning note, former Rock 101 KLOL jock and now all things motivational in nature, Dayna Steele, joins the Fox 26 morning news Monday mornings starting June 1st to share tips from her YourDailySuccessTip.com.)

Even KRIV's noon show I recently critiqued with its new avant-garde format moved up one spot year to year to tie for second place. That's with the addition of KPRC 2's return to the noon newscast world too. Shows you what my thoughts are worth. Attention other Houston television stations: Want to move up with the Nielsen crowd? Then throw out your scripts, set and just wing it!

FOX Houston continues moving up later in the day too. KRIV took second place with its hour long 5pm news moving up two spots year to year. From what I understand, it was only .2 behind KTRK abc13.

Now on to the 10pm newscasts. KPRC continues winning the English language news war in Adults ages 25 to 54 for the late news. Apparently this has happened for the 12th book in a row. In the past, KTRK would not have let this happen.

Just a few years ago, I ignored sweeps because it was usually the same results. Not anymore. It's all up for grabs now.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Univision & Telemundo claim top spots in Houston TV May sweeps 2015

Telemundo Houston is right behind Univision 45 KXLN in Houston TV May sweeps 2015

UPDATE MAY 22, 2015
FOX 26 KRIV and KPRC have good results in May 2015 sweeps

I'm still on a blogging break, but you didn't think I could resist giving you a Houston TV May 2015 sweeps report did you?

New to the top spots, Telemundo Houston (KTMD) and Telemundo39 Dallas-Fort Worth (KXTX) outperformed their English-language competitors with their 10pm newscasts among Adults 18 to 34.

Here is more from the Telemundo release:


Noticiero Telemundo Houston at 10 PM (Monday to Friday) outranked all of its English-language competitors as the second most-watched station in the market in the time period among Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49, averaging a 1.5 rating and 2.0 rating, respectively
Source: NSI Houston Live+SD program and time period average ratings and impressions preliminary May 2015 sweeps M-F 10pm-10:30pm. Total market broadcast ranking based on time period impressions among KTMD, KXLN, KFTH, KYAZ, KZJL, KUVM, KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, KIAH and KTXH.

Telemundo39 Dallas-Fort Worth (KXTX) details:

Noticiero Telemundo39 at 10 PM (Monday to Friday) was the second most-watched program among Adults 18 to 34, outranking all other English-language competitors in the market and averaging a 2.0 rating
Source: NSI Dallas-Fort Worth Live+SD preliminary program and time period average ratings and impressions May 2015 sweeps (April 23, 2015-May 20, 2015) M-F 10pm-10:30pm. Total market broadcast ranking based on time period impressions among KXTX, KUVN, KSTR, KAZD, KMPX, KFWD, WFAA, KTVT, KXAS, KDFW, KDAF, KDFI and KTXA.

“Our sense of pride comes from knowing that our viewers are choosing our local stations to get the news and information they need and, most importantly, deserve,” said Manuel Martinez, President, Telemundo Station Group. “These rankings reinvigorate our commitment to continue growing all of our local stations so they can deliver best-in-class and locally-produced programming to all the communities we serve.”

Perennial sweeps winner Univision, once again scored well in Houston and DFW.

Univision Local Media today announced that Univision broadcast stations in Los Angeles, Houston (KXLN) and Dallas (KUVN) ranked No. 1 in Total Day viewing and primetime among Adults 18-49, regardless of language, outperforming ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations in the May sweep. Univision broadcast stations in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix ranked No. 1 in Total Day viewing among young Adults 18-34 and ranked No. 1 in primetime among young Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas. For the 12th consecutive May sweep, KMEX Univision 34 in Los Angeles ranked No. 1 in primetime among Adults 18-49, regardless of language, ahead of ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC stations.

During the May sweep, Univision stations in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and San Francisco delivered the No. 1 Early Local News among Adults 18-49 and in Los Angeles, Houston and San Francisco among Adults 25-54. Additionally, during the May sweep, Univision stations delivered the No. 1 Late Local News among Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas and among Adults 25-54 in Los Angeles and Houston.

“We continue to hold the No. 1 position in Early and Late Local News in competitive markets like Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas,” said Kevin Cuddihy, president of Local Media, Univision Communications Inc. “This speaks to the relevant and engaging way we deliver our news to our viewers and to the growing importance of the Hispanic community in these markets.”

ADDITIONAL LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS
Total Day
During the May 2015 sweep period, Univision was the No. 1 broadcast station in Total Day viewing (Monday-Sunday 6 a.m.-2 a.m.) among:

· Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas
· Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix

Univision was the No. 2 broadcast station in Total Day viewing in Los Angeles, outperforming the CBS, NBC and FOX stations among Total Viewers 2+. In New York, Univision was No. 2 among Adults 18-34, besting the CBS, NBC and FOX stations. In Phoenix, Univision was No. 2 in Total Day among Adults 18-49, ahead of the ABC, CBS and NBC stations in the market.

Primetime
During the May 2015 sweep period, Univision was the No. 1 broadcast station in primetime among:
· Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas

Univision was the No. 2 broadcast station in primetime viewing:
· Total Viewers 2+ in Los Angeles
· Adults 18-34 in New York and Phoenix

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

Univision stations delivered the No. 2 Early Local News among:
· Adults 18-49 in New York, Miami and Phoenix
· Adults 25-54 in New York, Miami, Dallas and Phoenix

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

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

Source: Nielsen, NSI, May15, (4/23/15-5/20/15). 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 UniMás stations in the markets. Live+SD.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

See you on the other side

Taking off blogger hat, to put on director's hat? Production assistant get me my Dr Pepper 10!!!

The real star of my blog - Sharron Melton!
"So Long Farewell" as I put the mikemcguff.com on hiatus. Lot's of stuff going on right now so it will be blog break time for a while or is it awhile?

The Houston and Texas media party will still continue on my social media accounts. Make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram to keep up with what's going on while I'm away from here.

When I went to New York in April, it wasn't to get offered munchies by CNN, take a Big Apple media tour or even just to see a real space shuttle.

No, it was to interview legendary drummer Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart, Ozzy, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus to name a few of his bands) for my Rock 101 KLOL documentary.

Appice was awesome. I could have sat there all day talking rock and roll and the music industry. And you thought the TV industry was difficult!

So it's on to finishing the much talked about, little seen KLOL doc. It's almost like a radio unicorn.

Don't worry, if Sharron Melton shows up somewhere, I will return to post for that! I talked with Melton this past weekend at the Don Nelson surprise party in Galveston and she told me I would be one of the first to hear her good news when she has some.

Goodbye, I will miss you but will be back when I can!

And just because I'm not currently posting, doesn't mean you have to stop dropping by here. I have a Houston news page updating stories 24 hours a day, the same for a media news page, Houston TV Instagram photos and a page with Houston media member tweets.

Mike McGuff and Carmine Appice

Who's in The Harris County Media Honor Roll 2015?

Three Houston journalists get props from the Harris County Department of Education

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Some Houston journalists are being honored for their contributions to providing valuable education information to the community, as well as fair and balanced reporting.

The Media Honor Roll 2015 award is issued by Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) on behalf of the Texas Association of School Boards.

And the winners are?
- KPRC 2 reporter Bill Spencer
- African American News & Issues staff writer Rebecca Jones
- KIAH 39 NewsFix assignments editor Michael Carl. You might recognize Carl as a former KTRK abc13 producer/photographer/editor who left the station a few years ago. He's changed TV careers and has been on the KIAH desk for less than a year and already winning.

Last year's winners included KXLN Univision 45 community affairs director Grace Olivares, KTRK abc13 anchor Erik Barajas and FOX 26 KRIV anchor Sally MacDonald.

An awards presentation will be held at the HCDE Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1pm at 6300 Irvington on the 4th floor.



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

John Fenoglio joins KTRK abc13

John Fenoglio joins KTRK abc13 as a reporter after work in California TV

John Fenoglio
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Former KRON 4 San Francisco reporter/anchor John Fenoglio has been hired by KTRK abc13.

KTRK reporter Miya Shay tweeted that Fenoglio is originally from Houston, and according to his LinkedIn page, he's spent a lot of time in California.

Fenoglio was at KRON for a year. Before that he worked as a West Coast correspondent at CBS News (CBS Newspath) for seven months. His start at the network level was actually global in nature, since prior to CBS, Fenoglio was a West Coast correspondent for France 24 International News 24/7 (English edition). Ooh La La.

His first California gig was as a host/producer for the Best Deals TV Show on KCAL-Channel 9.

Before The Golden State, Fenoglio worked in Chicago where he produced and served as talent on shows like Outworld TV and Overexposure TV.

The former NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams and the Today Show intern is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago.


John Fenoglio News Reel 1 from John Fenoglio on Vimeo.


Don Nelson catches up with former KTRK abc13 anchors [PHOTOS]

Don Nelson's surprise birthday party became a KTRK abc13 reunion

I told you yesterday about former KTRK abc13 personality Don Nelson's big Galveson birthday bash.

There were a bunch of current and former Houston television stars in attendance. That meant a reunion for Nelson who got to catch up with the likes of Jan Carson, Jan Glenn, Shara Fryer, Debbie Johnson, Don Kobos and others.

The party was thrown by a group including Margaret O'Brien-Molina and Bob Martin aka "The Accountant to the Stars."

SEE ALL THE PHOTOS [MOBILE FRIENDLY]

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Chris X to fill-in for Matt Patrick on 740 KTRH

Chris X (Chris Blayney in real life) has hosted shows on 650 KIKK and AM 1070 "The Answer" KNTH

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Chris X (Chris Blayney in real life) has hosted shows on 650 KIKK and AM 1070 "The Answer" KNTH. Now this week, he's filling in for Matt Patrick on 740 KTRH's Morning News (5-8am).

"I'll be filling in next Thursday and Friday, so I'm looking forward to the opportunity," Blayney told mikemcguff.com. "I'll bring filling in for a week in June as well."

When not doing fill in on the mighty KTRH, Blayney can be found on Raging Elephants Radio weekdays 9 to 10am.

"Since Raging Elephants Radio has really shaken up the political climate in Austin, I welcomed the opportunity to step in and have an impact as well," Blayney said. "I have a lot of freedom with my program, so I'm really enjoying being back on the airwaves. Raging Elephants Radio is Texas-centric, so we focus mainly on issues that affect us as Texans."

RELATED
- Houston-based syndicated radio host Chris X gets local weeknight show
- Houston-based national radio show Chris X's Chris Blayney talks with Mike McGuff


Monday, May 11, 2015

Don Nelson's surprise birthday party [PHOTOS]

Don Nelson, one of Houston television's most popular stars, was totally stunned at his own birthday party

A grey and windy Saturday couldn't dampen the birthday party of former KTRK abc13 personality Don Nelson. Houston TV stars and other friends in attendance were waiting at the Palisade Palms in Galveston to surprise Nelson who just thought he was on a fishing trip.

It was a who's who of TV anchors including Dave Ward, Tom Koch, Samica Knight, Casey Curry, Sharron Melton, Melanie Lawson, Bob Allen, Frank Billingsley, Doug Miller, Rebecca Spera and a whole lot more.

The party was thrown by a group including Margaret O'Brien-Molina and Bob Martin aka "The Accountant to the Stars."

SEE ALL THE PHOTOS [MOBILE FRIENDLY]

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Don Nelson catches up with former KTRK abc13 anchors [PHOTOS]

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Chelsey Hernandez joins KENS 5 San Antonio

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KENS 5 grabs Chelsey Hernandez from KAVU Newscenter 25 in Victoria

Chelsey Hernandez has joined KENS 5 San Antonio as a producer and reporter.

Before SA, Hernandez worked in her hometown "The Crossroads." Hernandez was a morning anchor/producer at the KAVU Newscenter 25 in Victoria, TX.

Besides anchoring at KAVU, Hernandez also worked as a general assignment reporter and morning entertainment reporter/producer for the station.

Hernandez is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio, so she is no stranger to the Alamo City.