Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dayna Steele and supporters rock Numbers Night Club

With appearances by Bowie guitarist Earl Slick, Dane Sonnier of the Galactic Cowboys, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Outlaw Dave

Monday night, Houston institution Numbers Night Club was full of rock music and Dayna Steele supporters.

As you probably heard, the legendary 101 KLOL DJ is running for office in Texas's 36th congressional district.

Former David Bowie and John Lennon guitarist Earl Slick flew in from New York to hit the stage with an assorted group of musicians including Dane Sonnier of the Galactic Cowboys (who have a new record coming).

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Outlaw Dave and Dayna Steele

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker was a special guest as well as Outlaw Dave! Parker told me she now works for BakerRipley which was formerly Neighborhood Centers Inc. That is a group I have helped support with this blog in the past.

As you know, I have a documentary that will one day be coming out all about Dayna Steele and the KLOL crew covering the years of its existence from 1970 to 2004. You'll get all the crazy stories and find out why this station still holds a special place in the hearts of listeners.

The KLOL doc is in final edit and I hope to have it out in the next year or so.

That is unless I decide to scrap it for a 97 Rock documentary. Just kidding. However, 97 Rock and crew are featured in the film.

Earl Slick

Mike McGuff and Dayna Steele

Watch more of the performance.

See even more photos on Flickr.

Moguls in the Media honored in Houston

David Loving, Univision 45; D'Artagnan Bebel, FOX 26 Houston

Friday night, the Univision Houston studios were all about glitz and glamour as the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (TWEF) honored "Moguls in the Media."

Awards were handed out to Houston and national media personalities:

- David Loving, KXLN Univision 45 senior vice president and general manager
- Willard Jackson, EBONY Magazine
- D'Artagnan Bebel, FOX26 KRIV Vice President & General Manager D'Artagnan Bebel
- Judy Foston-Stanford, Foston International Communications
- Jacquelyn Aluotto, FUBU TV
- Pamela B. McKay, Radio One Houston

The event was hosted by FOX 26 Reporter Damali Keith and Dr. Bennie Lambert, vice president of student services for Lone Star College-North Harris.

Dorinda Walker, Purdential Financial Inc; First Daughter of Houston Ashley P. Turner; Jacquelyn Aluotto, FUBU TV; Kim Roxie, LAMIK Beauty

Who would have thought Univision Houston had a club located in its building?!

The company's Uforia Lounge is used for radio station concerts and live TV productions.

KXLN Univision 45 senior vice president and general manager David Loving says he is a big music fan and has adorned the walls with cool guitars.

Loving took me through a side door and also showed me Univision's national weather service center hub. It was a large studio with multiple chroma key green screens and SMART Boards. There was a very high tech look to the place.

Willard Jackson, EBONY Magazine; Deavra Daughtry, Founder of TWEF; and Mayor Sylvester Turner

Back at the party, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner gave a speech where he said the first responders and Houston media did a great job during Hurricane Harvey. He said our city does not give up to despair and Houston is clearly on the rise.

This gala event celebrated TWEF's 15 years of serving local and global communities.

According to its website TWEF is a 501©3 non-profit organization geared towards mentoring families from all walks of life. It helps them to reach their fullest potential in the areas of personal development, business, education, finances and socio-economic development.

The organization was founded in May 2002 by Dr. Deavra Daughtry.

The healthcare and management business owner wanted to create an organization that would be a resource to families by providing them with the tools needed to achieve and maintain a sense of empowerment, while being inspired to reach their personal and professional goals.

Michele Thorton Ghee, BET and Grammy Award Singer Estelle

Apparently I was standing right next to Houston radio's Ayana Mack, but neither of us realized it till the photos on Instagram the next day.

Not only was I honored to meet the mayor as I posted on social media over the weekend (see the nice message he posted there), but I also got to be interviewed by Wash Allen for his television show!

I hope I make the final cut!

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Hopefully things didn't end too late because the next day, TWEF held a "Harvey Relief Festival."

Scholarships were handed out to young people. There were also performances by Grammy Award Winner Estelle, Gospel Singer Brian Courtney Wilson, Lil Nate and The Zydeco Big Timers.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

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Telemundo Houston’s President and GM Tony Canales honored by NFL

Award will support reading initiatives for local school children in four Houston local schools Telemundo Houston’s President and General Manager Tony Canales was one of 32 individuals honored nationally by the NFL and its teams during Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 and presented with a grant to benefit local community programs and organizations

HOUSTON, TX – (October 12, 2017) – Telemundo Houston / KTMD and the Houston Texans presented Houston Independent School District with a $10,000 donation to benefit the school’s “Leyendo con Telemundo” (Reading with Telemundo) literacy program. Tony Canales, President and General Manager of Telemundo Houston presented the donation to Jorge L. Arredondo Superintendent East of HISD on Tuesday, October 10th during an in-studio event. The donation from KTMD and the Houston Texans will support reading initiatives for local students on four HISD campuses that participate in Telemundo Houston’s reading initiative.

Telemundo Houston’s President and General Manager, Tony Canales, was one of 32 individuals honored across the country by the National Football League (NFL) with a “NFL Hispanic Leadership Award” and presented with a $2,000 grant from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to benefit a local community organization. Canales was distinguished for his dedication to Houston’s Hispanic community and
Telemundo Houston’s support of local literacy programs at Houston’s local public schools. Canales, along with each NFL award recipient can select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive the donation. The Houston Texans awarded an additional $8,000 and with their support, Jorge L. Arredondo Area Superintendent EAST will receive a $10,000 donation to
benefit reading programs for students in 3rd and 4th grades.

“I’m honored to be recognized by the NFL and the Houston Texas and proud of the work that Telemundo Houston does to support educational programs in our local schools,” said Canales. “Education unlocks the doors to opportunities and we’re pleased to join with the Houston Texans to support educational programs that will benefit Houston’s school children and ensure they have the tools
they need to achieve a quality education.”

The NFL and its teams celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 with a series of special events, including the seventh annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market. Each award recipient is recognized at a game or event in their local NFL market.

“We are excited to partner with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Nationwide to celebrate the contributions of 32 individuals who are making an impact in their communities,” said Jaime Weston, NFL Senior Vice President of Marketing. “Each recipient is a role model and local hero. We appreciate the time and dedication each leader has devoted to making a difference.”

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Courtney Zavala to host Houston Life on KPRC

Former KPRC anchor Courtney Zavala returns to channel 2 as Houston Life host

Former weekend morning anchor Courtney Zavala is returning to KPRC 2 to host Houston Life with Derrick Shore.

"I'm excited and thrilled to come out of retirement and return to my KPRC family," Zavala told "Houston Life is a great show that showcases our diverse city."

Zavala fills the spot Jennifer Broome left open a few months ago.

Back in 2014, when Zavala left the KPRC 2 weekend anchor gig, she told me her exit was for family reasons.

"It's time for me to bow out gracefully and go out the way I want to go out instead of them telling me it's time to leave," Zavala said on this blog three years ago. "It was not an easy decision, it was several months in the making. I feel like I missed so much of my family life, that I'm just ready to be present."

Fast forward to 2017, the Houston Life weekday hosting gig, is a seemingly better fit for Zavala's life with children.

"This opportunity came knocking and I feel it was the perfect time to jump on it," she told me. "This is a perfect fit for me and my busy family."

Zavala originally joined KPRC as a reporter back in 2003.

Before channel 2, she worked at Salt Lake City's KSTU Fox 13 as a fill-in anchor/reporter. She started TV in Texas at KMID in Midland.

The Chicago native is a graduate Zavala of St. Xavier University.

"I'm looking forward to my first day back on the air on Oct. 16th," Zavala added.

“Courtney was a popular anchor at KPRC2 and always enjoyed a strong following among viewers,” Jerry Martin, KPRC Channel 2 Vice President & General Manager said in a statement after I originally posted this. “We know she will bring the same energy to Houston Life where she will be a natural fit with Derrick.”


Anita Martini to have K-TOR GISD studio dedicated in her name

On Friday, October 13, 2017, the K-TOR The Tornado radio studio at Ball High School will be dedicated in honor and memory of legendary sports broadcaster Anita Martini. The studio will be officially known as "The Anita Martini K-TOR Studio".

The dedication ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. in conjunction with the weekly "Live @ Noon" Facebook Live and K-TOR radio show, hosted by Gina Spagnola, President and CEO of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. Her show broadcasts from the Tor Nation Production headquarters, located in room 2003 at Ball High School on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. This week’s show will include guests from the Martini family along with additional friends of the station. For the first time, there will be a studio audience during the show.

“We are so excited about celebrating the life of Anita Martini and remembering all of her accomplishments. Through her unyielding grit and tenacity, she is truly a role model for our future media professionals. Her life story will encourage all of our students to pursue those dreams and aspirations that might seem impossible and not allow adversity to stand in the way of personal and professional success.” Exclaims Mike Dudas, Ball's Media Arts Coach and the teacher in charge of station operations.

About K-TOR The Tornado Radio Station:

K-TOR The Tornado is a 24/7 internet radio station operated by the Media Arts students at Ball High School. Its format includes a mix of music from the 70's to the present along with community talk shows, sports and other special events. The studio is located in the worldwide headquarters of Tor Nation Productions at Ball High School.

About Anita Martini:

Anita Martini was born and raised in Galveston and has been referred to as the Jackie Robinson of women’s sports. Due to asthma complications, Martini was bed ridden most of her early childhood. She spent the majority of her days listening to the radio, specifically to baseball and the New York Yankees.

Martini didn’t let her illness hold her back and quickly became a trailblazer for woman in broadcasting. Martini was the first woman to cover a Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1973 and the first female broadcaster to be allowed in a sports locker room in 1974 after the Dodgers defeated the Astros in the Astrodome.

She continued her distinguished broadcast career with Houston TV stations including; KHTV (Ch. 39), KPRC (Ch. 2) and KRIV (Ch. 26) throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Martini also hosted widely popular sports radio talk shows on KULF 790 AM and KPRC 950 AM in the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s.

In 1989, Martini missed open day of Astros due to a diagnosis of a brain tumor that needed immediate surgery. Only two days after the surgery, from her hospital room, she was back on the air with her radio program. Her recovery allowed her to return full time to broadcasting for several more years. In 1993, she lost her battle and passed away.

In 2015, she was named to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Best of Houston media 2017

Houston Press' Best of 2017

The Houston Press is back with its annual "Best of" series.

Here is what won in the media category for 2017.

90.1 FM KPFT

94.5 The Buzz

Michael Berry at KTRH-AM 740

Houston Public Media/KUHF

Kevin Eschenfelder, AT&T SportsNet Southwest

Matt Thomas, Houston Rockets

Houston moves up to TV market #7

Houston is moving on up in the prestigious top ten designated market area (DMA) Nielsen TV list.

Thanks to the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market falling from TV market six to eight, Houston is now market number seven.

Last year, Houston moved up from market 10 to eight.

"Other than proving the point that Houston is a growing market, I’m not sure this changes anything on TV pricing," Chris Caldwell of advertising firm Briggs & Caldwell told back in 2016. "So, yes, bragging rights are probably the biggest stake.

"When Houston went from #11 to #10 a few years ago, stations told us that they would be on more national buys (advertisers who target top ten markets)…thereby making inventory tighter, and driving up rates. The change in rank is probably more of an impact to news talent who are constantly trying to upgrade the size market for which they report."

If you work in Houston TV news...time to ask for more money. LOL.

As for the rest of Texas TV:

Dallas-Ft. Worth holds steady at 5.
San Antonio remained at 31.
Austin stays at 39.
Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen holds strong at 84.
Waco-Temple-Killeen-Bryan jumps up one spot to market 86.
El Paso (Las Cruces) falls one spot to 93.
Corpus Christi and Joe Gazin hold steady at 128.
Amarillo remains at 131.
Beaumont-Port Arthur drops one spot to 142.
Wichita Falls & Lawton drops one spot to 149.
Lubbock holds at 145.
Odessa-Midland drops a spot to 144.
Sherman-Ada moves up two spots to 160.
Abilene-Sweetwater holds steady at 165.
Laredo holds at 184.
Victoria remains at 203.