Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Steven Romo joins KTRK abc13

Anchor/reporter Steven Romo joins KTRK abc13 from KJRH Tulsa

Steven Romo

Anchor/reporter Steven Romo is joining KTRK abc13 according to a post on his Facebook page. He comes from KJRH in Tulsa, OK.

However, the Dallas native has spent most of his TV career in Texas.

Romo has worked as the evening anchor for KCEN's KAGS-HD newscasts Bryan/College Station. He also anchored weekend newscasts for KZTV Action 10 News and reported for KRIS 6 in Corpus Christi. Before that, he was an anchor/reporter for KAUZ News Wichita Falls. Romo started his television news career at KFDX in Wichita Falls.

His official start in journalism began while reporting for the Texas A&M daily student newspaper.

And I bet there will be a lot of Google searches for "Is Steven Romo related to Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys quarterback)?" Not as far as I can tell.

For a real Tony Romo Texas TV connection, look no further than his own wife, former KDAF 33 Dallas-Fort Worth reporter Candice Crawford (who also happens to be the sister of Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford).

Monday, July 25, 2016

Kevin Reece leaves KHOU 11 for WFAA 8

KHOU 11 reporter Kevin Reece leaves for WFAA 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth

Kevin Reece

UPDATE 7/26/2016
WFAA 8 news director Carolyn Mungo tells me that Kevin Reese will report on many subjects.

We have a Houston television reporter heading up north...well North Texas that is. Uncle Barky up in Big D says award winning KHOU 11 reporter Kevin Reece is heading up to WFAA 8...possibly as a feature reporter:

Kevin Reece, a multi-award-winning feature reporter who has spent the last nine years with Houston’s KHOU-TV, is changing Texas venues and will be joining Dallas-based TEGNA8 (WFAA), sources tell unclebarky.com.

Reece, who last year won Lone Star Emmys as both the state’s best feature reporter (his fifth such award) and video journalist, will fill the slot vacated by video journalist/feature reporter Mike Castellucci. READ MORE

WFAA is KHOU's TEGNA sister station.

When I searched Reece's name in my blog, the only posts that come up were concerning him winning an award.

- Sonia Azad joins WFAA 8 after KTRK abc13
- Demond Fernandez moves to WFAA from KTRK abc13

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fmr. KTRK news director Dave Strickland joins KPRC 2

Former KTRK abc13 news director Dave Strickland joins KPRC 2 (as news director)

Just when you thought I was losing interest in the Houston TV scene...this happens. The rumors have been flying for weeks. And now we officially know that former KTRK abc13 news director Dave Strickland is joining KPRC 2 in the same capacity.

“I am extremely honored to join a news team that has such an exceptional reputation and a rich history,” Strickland said in a statement first issued to mikemcguff.com.

Ladies and gentlemen, let the Houston TV newsroom wars turn up to 11. Grab some popcorn, sit back and get ready for the sparks to fly.

I should add that Dave Strickland is the man who hired me full-time in Houston TV back in 2001. Yeah, blame him for all of this. Seriously though, I had an up close view of how Strickland or "Strick" as he is called by employees runs a newsroom.

As I said before, he was a tough but fair news director. The 13 culture at the time was, "we are going to be first and we are going to win."

Strickland is a native Houstonian. I believe he grew up in Sharpstown if memory serves. He attended Alief Hastings and graduated from Sam Houston State University (Dan Rather's alma mater).

His first TV experience was at channel 13 where he worked his way up from a sports intern to producer. He left for WAVY 10 Norfolk, Virginia where he became news director.

Dave Strickland
After returning to Houston, he led abc13's newsroom through some great ratings highs for 14 years.

For instance, I have a t-shirt that was handed out in May 2002 that lists every major newscast win KTRK had in the ratings period. Back then, every time the station took all in the ratings war, employees got some kind of abc13 branded gear. We all had 13 emblazoned gym bags, computer bags, shirts, hats...etc. I should post some of this stuff on Instagram.

"I hired Dave out of college after he interned for me in sports at 13," former KTRK sports director Bob Allen told mikemcguff.com in 2014 when Strickland resigned from the station. "I'm proud of him for turning into a terrific news director. It was an honor to work for and with him at 13. It's a big loss for them. The best news director they ever had, and I worked for all but 2 of them. He'll find out as I did that change can be good. And like me, probably be much happier. MUCH happier."

So what I'm trying to say is, this guy knows how 13 ticks, what made it a heritage station all these years and what's going on in the rest of the Houston TV market too.

"Dave Strickland is one of the country's greatest news directors and a friend for life," former KTRK 13 Undercover reporter Wayne Dolcefino told mikemcguff.com in 2014. "He supported my investigative reporting until the very end. He was the brainchild behind the kind of in-depth aggressive news coverage Channel 13 used to be known for. I know my colleagues are devastated as they watch what is happening to a once great television institution."

KPRC is certainly well aware of this too.

“This is a major win to have Dave joining and leading our news team,” said KPRC VP/General Manager, Jerry Martin. “He is a Houstonian who knows the market, he knows the competition, and he’s a newsroom teacher who will take the foundation we’ve built the past few years at KPRC2 and raise it to a whole new level. This is great for the station and more importantly, it’s great for news viewers in the Houston market.”

Now the question is, who will follow Strickland to KPRC? Will KTRK reporters, anchors or behind the scenes staffers join him at channel 2? What about those former channel 13 employees no longer working in television? My guess is the answer to some of those questions is yes. Some names immediately popped into my head upon hearing this possible news a few weeks ago.

And how much (if any) will Strickland change KPRC's newscast? Some channel 13 viewers complain to me how the station's news has changed over the last few years. Whether they realize it or not, they started writing me after the time Strickland was not there. Will those disenfranchised 13 viewers prefer the new channel 2?

In the spirit of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio (which the Houston NBC affiliate is about to air) will KPRC get all gold with Strickland in the coach's chair?

Stay tuned. Things are about to get really exciting for Houston TV news viewers! KPRC says Strickland starts immediately.

KPRC 2 ND Rhonda LaVelle heading to WXYZ Detroit

Monday, July 18, 2016

Chris Stipes leaves FOX 26 KRIV

WHILE I WAS AWAY: FOX 26 KRIV weekend anchor Chris Stipes hits the road

Chris Stipes
I keep trying to get out, but they keep pulling me back in.

Back from a blogging vacation because the Houston media scene is really, really heating up.

Ouch, that's freakin hot!

Trump told me what's about to happen this week in the Houston television world is "huge" (This is as political as it gets around here).

Last week I was in rural Washington State hiking through rain forests. It was great. We even drove past KIRO and I saw KOMO from the Space Needle.

Maybe if you cared I would post some photos. You know, kind of a what I did on my blogging break assignment.

The greatest thing about this trip, no cell phone signals for Sprint or AT&T for the most part. We were old school! Heck, even the old Sirius XM signal had problems getting to us.

Enough about the boring stuff, here's what you want.

First up, FOX 26 KRIV weekend anchor Chris Stipes has exited from the station last Friday.

Here's what he posted on Facebook this morning:

Hi everybody! It was a tough choice but I've decided to leave FOX 26 News! 10 years ago I rolled the dice and moved to Houston without a job for family reasons. Now, I'm excited and energized to take another gamble.
I will always cherish the friends I made here. The team at FOX is awesome and so are our viewers. I've really enjoyed connecting with all of you on Facebook and I will continue to do so!
My story is still being written. While this chapter has closed, I can't wait to see what happens next!
For now I think I'll grow a beard, work on my jump shot at the "Y," and most of all spend more time with my wife and daughters!
Stay tuned...

The award winning journalist actually started out as a sports guy working for such stations as KXAN Austin, KFOX El Paso, and WTVG Toledo. He moved to Houston in 2006 2016 to join wife and KTRK anchor Elissa Rivas. Stipes was hired as a KRIV reporter moving to anchor mornings and more recently weekends.

I've met Stipes a couple of times and he is truly a fun guy to be around.

In Stipes' anchor chair last weekend was Isiah Carey. It was truly an uncensored experience.

Fox 26's Chris Stipes has near death experience

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Gone for the summer (blog break)

I'm taking a little summer blogging break right now, so probably no posts for a few weeks.

In the meantime, we are waiting for a new news director at KPRC 2.  As you might remember, Rhonda LaVelle left channel 2 for WXYZ Detroit in June. KTRK abc13 reporter Miya Shay just delivered her second child last night, so now we are waiting for Samica Knight's good baby news.

And, in case you missed it late yesterday, Kaitlin Monte has joined FOX 26 KRIV as a reporter from WPIX New York.

Thanks to everyone who sent in photos for my 101 KLOL documentary. Still looking for photos, video and audio from KLOL plus 97 Rock/100.3 KILT rock days stuff too. Email me here.

The shirt I'm wearing here is from the new Rock 101 KLOL online station. I love this photo because it is the first one my son has ever taken with a real camera! He did a good job!

See you soon.

In the meantime, catch me on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram where I will still be pumping out Houston media news!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

VIDEO: KTRK abc13 10pm news (7-5-95)

Miya Shay and Gene Wu have #BabyWu 2

KTRK abc13's Miya Shay and Democratic State Representative Gene Wu have baby boy number 2

Miya Shay

After a clever birth announcement earlier this year, KTRK abc13 reporter/anchor Miya Shay and husband, Texas State Representative, District 137, Gene Wu, have some baby news this evening.

As she posted, Shay and Wu welcomed Lyndon W. Wu on July 5th at 5:03pm. Lyndon came in at 6 lbs 9 oz.

Their first born, Winston, arrived in 2013.

That means we are just now anxiously awaiting morning anchor Samica Knight's baby news!

- KTRK's Miya Shay and Gene Wu's wedding photos
- Ilona Carson delivers!
- Telemundo Houston's Crystal Ayala delivers baby
- TV anchors deliver and announce baby
- One Houston anchor on baby leave; another returns

Kaitlin Monte joins FOX 26 KRIV

Kaitlin Monte joins FOX 26 KRIV as a reporter from WPIX New York

Kaitlin Monte

Kaitlin Monte joins KRIV as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor, announced station Vice President and General Manager, D’Artagnan Bebel. Effective today, July 5th, she will report on various station newscasts.

In making the announcement, Bebel stated, “Kaitlin has a ‘can do’ work ethic and a desire to win, coupled with passion and a great personality. We are looking forward to developing her into a household name in Houston.”

Most recently, Monte served as traffic and fill-in anchor and feature reporter for WPIX-TV/Tribune Media’s “PIX11 Morning News” in NY. Previously, she hosted “Today in New York: Trivia” on WNBC. Prior to that, Monte hosted “Your Voice: Election 2012” for QPTV.

A graduate of University of Tampa, Monte holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Performance Arts.

(This post taken from a release sent to me by FOX Television Stations)

Texas TV & radio job moves June 2016


WFAA8 losing reporter Mike Castellucci -- for second time.

After a three-year stay, weekend meteorologist Ashton Altieri is leaving Dallas-based WFAA 8.

Splitting up: NBC5 and consumer-investigative reporter Deanna Dewberry.

Yona Gavino is CBS11 KTVT's newest reporter.

Melissa Harrison joins Mike Rogers and Scott Sams as co-anchor of the KRLD Morning News.


David Herrera has left KAKW Univision 62 Austin to join sister station KXLN Univision 45 Houston.

Rich Pangilinan Joins KKHH (Hot 95.7)/Houston As APD/MD, CoCo Dominguez Takes Over Afternoon Drive.

After many years in Houston at stations like KPRC 2, KTRK abc13 and KIAH 39, design director Dennis Garcia joins WSMV in Nashville.

Millie Cardenas-Quintanilla is new Telemundo Houston KTMD Assignment Manager.

After writing about personal computing and tech since 1993, Dwight Silverman stops his Tech Blog to focus on his new job as Houston Chronicle Senior Web Producer for Premium Products.

Rowdy Yates Brings Country Gold To KTHT Houston.

Houston newsroom veteran Melissa Lanford has left her managing editor role at KPRC 2. Maryanne Hubbard takes her place from KUSA Denver.

I hear longtime FOX 26 KRIV photographer Eckhart von Ellenrieder is heading off to San Francisco.

Jeanne Lyons Davis Joins Houstonia Staff.

Coordinating Producer Heather Itzen is leaving KHOU 11's Great Day Houston for the new KPRC 2 lifestyle show.

Sheryl Grigsby, who spent the last decade with Cox Media Group as an Account Manager, is the new General Manager for True Blue Media.

- KHOU 11 makes major anchor changes
- Deborah Wrigley exits KTRK abc13
- KPRC 2 ND Rhonda LaVelle heading to WXYZ Detroit
- Pablo Alsina leaves KHOU 11 sports
- Jack Williams leaves 88.7 KUHF & Houston
- Courtney Perna departs KHOU 11
- 'The Buzz Lady' Roseann Rogers checks in for K9s4COPs
- Russ Lewis joins KHOU 11 as promised
- Ned Hibberd joins WCNC NBC Charlotte


After 20 years in television and 12 as an on-air staple of KENS-TV lifestyle show, "Great Day SA," Eileen Teves is leaving broadcasting to start a new career.

Great Day SA executive producer Kinya Cano, a 10-year veteran of KENS-TV, will leave San Antonio next month for a new gig with EyeOpener in Dallas.

'Joe Pags' Pagliarulo Inks Extension With iHeartMedia's WOAI/San Antonio, KPRC/Houston.

Don Smith, Director of Creative Services at KOVR/KMAX Sacramento, will be the new Director of Marketing for KENS-TV.

Radio icon Bruce Hathaway recovering from back surgery.


Adam Winkler, KEYE’s weekend sports anchor for the past six years, is heading for Norfolk, Va., where he’ll be sports director at CBS affiliate WTKR.

After four years, KVUE’s investigative reporter Andy Pierrotti has accepted a similar position at WXIA Atlanta.

KRGV Rio Grande Valley investigative reporter Erica Proffer joins KVUE.

TEGNA named Kristie Gonzales president and general manager of KVUE. Gonzales will replace Patti Smith, who is retiring at the end of June.

KXAN's Lindsay Bramson is the new Investigative Reporter for WSMV News Channel 4 in Nashville.


Reporter Risa Morris leaves KYTX CBS 19 Tyler for WBBH Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida.

KVIA ABC-7 investigative journalist Ashlie Rodriguez is now the weekend anchor and weekday reporter for San Diego's KUSI.

Lubbock reporter/anchor Monica Yantosh jumps across the street to KAMC from KLBK.

KFDX Wichita Falls Morning Anchor/Reporter Jon Hansen leaves to become the Evening News Anchor/Reporter at KLBK Lubbock.

KLBK Reporter/MMJ Robin Deehan is the new Weekend Sports Anchor & Sports Reporter for WBRE/WYOU in Northeastern & Central Pennsylvania.

KAMC Lubbock Morning News Anchor Rachel Spangenthal is now NBC33-FOX44 Reporter/Anchor in Baton Rouge.

Longtime Denver anchor Mike Landess will return from KYTX Tyler to anchor a new 4 p.m. newscast at KWGN.

- Oscar E. Garcia named KIII Corpus Christi News Director


Former 101 KLOL and Country Legends 97.1 KTHT personality Thomas E. ‘Tubby’ Lawler III died in early June after a battle with cancer.

San Antonio public TV pioneer Joanne Winik dies.


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Monday, July 04, 2016

VIDEO: "Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy" full documentary

Houston Public Media TV 8 KUHT recently aired a documentary about what is commonly called "The Galleria Area." You can watch the full documentary video above.

Uptown Houston is often called Houston’s "second downtown." But not too long ago this stylish neighborhood was home to dusty farms and vegetable stands. From the early settlers to shopping mecca and urban oasis, "Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy" examines the transformation of Houston’s most glamorous address. This program was produced by Texas Foundation for the Arts.

One person who is featured prominently in the documentary is Robert Sakowitz. Sakowitz joined Houston Matters on News 88.7 KUHF to talk about the film and why one Houston street needed its own documentary.

“A Murder in Montrose: The Paul Broussard Legacy” TV 8 KUHT