Sunday, September 23, 2018

'Wake Up! With SallyMac & Lina' debuts Monday on FOX 26 KRIV

FOX 26 KRIV is shaking up its morning show Monday.

Say goodbye to “FOX 26 Morning News” and hello to "Wake Up! With SallyMac & Lina."

We learned in August that KTVK/KPHO Phoenix weekend anchor Lina De Florias was joining channel 26 as its 4am to 6am anchor along side Sally MacDonald.

What we didn't realize at the time were the big changes in the works.

My first hint that a new show was coming was an obvious sign. No, I mean an actual sign. It was a billboard on Hwy59/I-69/Southwest Freeway - right across from KPRC 2's building of all places.

Based on the station's own promotions, we get an understanding this show will be different than the KRIV newscasts we are used to.

"You are going to get lots of smiles," De Florias told Isiah Factor Uncensored anchor Isiah Carey. "We want to get you everything that happened overnight while you were sleeping."

I've heard we can expect the show to follow a similar format as the channel 26 newscast "The News Edge at 10pm."

As far as other changes, this past week, we learned with the addition of this new show that longtime morning staple Tom Zizka was leaving the AM shows for weekends.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

abc13 KTRK and Univision Houston Partner for LIVE U.S Senate Town Hall Debate

Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O'Rourke Face-off on Sunday, September 30

ABC13 and Univision Houston will host a much-anticipated U.S. Senatorial debate between GOP incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.

The candidates will face-off in a one-hour LIVE, televised debate on Sunday September 30th at 6 p.m. CT at the University of Houston.

This Town Hall Debate will be closed to the general public and is invitation only. If you would like to submit a question to possibly be used during the debate visit or

The hour-long debate will be moderated by Univision Houston anchor Marcela Perez-Barros and ABC13 anchor Tom Abrahams, both of whom will be asking the candidates questions.

The debate will be featured LIVE at 6 p.m. on ABC13 and on ABC News digital platforms. Univision News will share the debate on digital and social platforms in English and Spanish.

Univision Houston will simultaneously stream the debate LIVE in Spanish on, and present the debate on, & YouTube/Univision Houston A recording of the debate will air at 9 p.m. CT on Univision’s KLAT 1010 AM.

WHEN: Sunday, September 30 at 6 p.m. CT
WHERE: University of Houston, Student Center Theater
4455 University Dr., Houston, TX 77204

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

KTXH bringing back that 20 Vision feeling

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That saying goes for TV too.

Listen to those who worked in TV in the early days and how the news teams were small and wore many hats back then. Employee size ballooned in the 1980s and 90s. However this century, thanks to technology and shrinking budgets, air is quickly leaking from that big employee sized balloon and staff numbers are falling. How soon till the modern day employee numbers and the 1970s, or maybe even smaller 1960s numbers, match up? Call me crazy, it could happen.

That's enough of me playing a dunderheaded TV pundit, let's take a look at the "new" slogan for FOX 26 KRIV's sister station My 20 KTXH.

I'll play $200 in the "Everything Old Is New Again" category bearded Alex.

TV teases for KTXH's re-brand to "My20 Vision" are airing with a promise changeover date of Monday, September 24th.

I was a kid when KTXH came on the air and remember that branding from the past as you can watch below. Hey, the My20 part of the Vision is what makes it 21st Century I guess.

There were times in my youth where my favorite TV channel was either 20 or 39. I remember watching everything from "Speed Racer" to "The Arsenio Hall Show" on old KTXH. Shout out to KTXA in DFW too!

(Thanks Dennis)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Where Spanish-speaking viewers can watch Cruz vs O’Rourke debate

Spanish-speaking audiences can watch the September 21st US Senate debate in Spanish on Texas Telemundo stations and TeleXitos network

Co-presented by NBC 5 / KXAS, The Dallas Morning News and SMU, the “Decision 2018: Texas U.S. Senate Debate” will air live on TeleXitos network and will be re-broadcast on Telemundo stations in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Rio Grande Valley and El Paso markets.

Spanish-speaking audiences can also watch a live stream of the Senate debate on

WHAT: This is Texas’ first U.S. Senate debate between Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, and the first scheduled debate between the two candidates prior to Election Day, Tuesday November 6, 2018.

Texas’ Spanish-speaking audiences located in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley can tune in to TeleXitos network to watch the “Decision 2018: Texas U.S. Senate Debate” live in Spanish on Friday, September 21 at 6:00 PM CT. The debate will also be re-aired on Telemundo stations in DFW (KXTX), Houston (KTMD), San Antonio (KVDA), the Rio Grande Valley (KTLM) and El Paso (KTDO) on September 21 at 10:35 PM CT. Audiences located in DFW, Houston, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley markets can also watch a live stream of the debate on their local Telemundo station websites.

Candidates: Republican nominee and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic nominee and U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke debate.

Moderators: NBC 5 Political Reporter Julie Fine and The Dallas Morning News Political Writer Gromer Jeffers.

September 21: Live broadcast: TeleXitos across four Texas markets, 6:00PM-7:00PM, CT

Live streaming: Telemundo stations KXTX, KTMD, KTLM, and KDVA 6:00pm-7:00pm, CT

Re-Air broadcast: Telemundo stations KXTX, KTMD, KTLM, KDVA, and KTDO 10:35PM-11:35PM,CT

Live broadcast on Telexitos: click here to find out your local TeleXitos channel.

Live streaming:,,,

Re-Air schedule: Telemundo 39 / KXTX on over-the-air channel 39, Telemundo 48 El Paso / KTDO on over-the-air channel 48, Telemundo Houston / KTMD on over-the-air channel 47, Telemundo 60 San Antonio / KVDA on over-the-air channel 60, Telemundo 40 / KTLM on over-the-air channel 40.

For more information about debate viewing options, please visit

TeleXitos is the Telemundo Stations Group’s national multicast network that launched in December 2014 on the multicast channels of Telemundo owned stations. The network is available to Spanish-speaking audiences in 29 markets, including the Dallas-Forth Worth DMA. TeleXitos is programmed around the clock and delivers action and adventure television series and movies, and also offers local Telemundo stations the opportunity to schedule daily blocks of time with local programming that is of interest to their viewers like local news, sports and special events.

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tom Zizka moving to weekends

FOX 26 morning anchor Tom Zizka announces move to weekends

Ch-ch-ch-changes are coming to FOX 26 KRIV.

I posted the news in August that KTVK/KPHO Phoenix weekend anchor Lina De Florias was joining FOX 26 mornings.

In fact, just this week, I saw a billboard with De Florias and Sally MacDonald promoting their newscast together.

A few weeks ago when I posted about De Florias' arrival, I thought who left? Or who will be leaving? I didn't get an answer from anyone at the time...and believe readers were asking for one.

Now we know.

Lots of folks have been reaching out to me since this past weekend concerning channel 26 anchor/business reporter Tom Zizka leaving the morning show.

Following his Facebook page these days is like watching an episode of Lost. There are more questions than answers. What is the Smoke Monster?

Zizka started posting cryptic messages about changing his alarm's wake up time. Then a post came about how the actual morning commute traffic is worse than he remembered (since he has been going in for years very early and has missed it). Then one was about D.B. Cooper's real identity! (OK, you caught me, I just added in that last one)

The best I can tell at the time of this posting, is that Zizka will be the new weekend anchor because he posted the following.

"OK, folks... So changes are happening. I'll be telling more of your stories, through the week, and sharing the news with you Weekend evenings...So... Let me know whats going on...and join me Saturday and Sunday. See you then!"

Now, he does not explicitly say he is the weekend anchor so I am just assuming. If he's not behind the news desk, then I guess he is a reporter. This guessing game is kinda fun for me.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 22, 2018: Tom Zizka is the weekend anchor.

Stay tuned!

In other Zizka related Facebook news, I hate to report he posted that his daughter sprained and strained her hand after a pre-dawn tumble in high school running practice. At least it is not broken.

For the most part, I really can't remember a time when Zizka wasn't associated with the KRIV morning show.

In fact, he's been with the station for so long, he doesn't even have a proper career write-up on my blog since his Houston arrival pre-dates the blogging phenomena.

According to his bio, Zizka came to town in 1998 and has been the station's investigative reporter, the station's consumer advocate ‘Problem Solver' and reporter for the highly successful Predator Check.

From 1992 to 1998, Zizka was the consumer reporter for WSYX Columbus, Ohio. Before that, he was a reporter for WSAZ Huntington, West Virginia.

He is a graduate of Oakland University.

And I should add, that Zizka was recently named #71 on the Top 250 Most Influential Business Journalists this year by

Former KHOU photographer lives "Life Below Zero"

Former KHOU 11 photographer Chris Multop braves the cold on the National Geographic show "Life Below Zero"

Former KHOU 11 commercial photographer Chris Multop has been working on the Nat Geo show Life Below Zero for years.

In 2016, Multop earned a national Emmy Award for his hard work with a nod for Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program.

See how far Multop will go to get that perfect Alaskan time lapse shot in this behind the scenes look of the National Geographic show (embedded above)!

The BBC Studios show just took home more Emmys in 2018.

In the last few seasons, Multop has been concentrating more on producing for the award winning show.

When he is not freezing his you know what off, Multop puts his skills to work in Houston.

Why, I'm proud to say Multop even has worked on my Rock 101 KLOL documentary!

Winter is coming as Life Below Zero season 11 begins: watch its first four minutes

Monday, September 17, 2018

Texas #TVnews and radio job moves August 2018

Better late than never...


After 42-and-a-half years in television news — seven-and-half-years at WOWT-TV in Omaha, and nearly 35 here at WFAA – WFAA anchor John McCaa intends to retire in March of 2019.

Former WFAA 8 investigative reporter Brett Shipp is hoping to reinvent his wheelhouse after leaving the Dallas-based station late last year to run unsuccessfully for Congress.

WFAA 8 Sports broadcaster Dale Hansen, ‘a fat, white guy in a deep red state,’ is an unlikely liberal hero.

After joining Dallas-based Fox4 in June to replace Jenny Anchondo as the weekend Good Day anchor, Hanna Battah has been bumped up to weekday editions of the show.

It’s been an up and down ride for Laurie Passman, who was named D-FW-based CBS11 KTVT’s vice president and news director after being bypassed for that position in January 2017.


Former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson, a co-host of KILT's (610 AM) afternoon drive time sports talk program since 2014, departed the station.

Chris X Blayney named afternoon host of AM 700, KSEV 'The Voice of Texas' (Mon-Thurs 4-6pm).

Charese Fruge has been named URBAN ONE Top 40 Format Captain and will also handle PD duties for Top 40s KROI/HOUSTON and WNOW/INDIANAPOLIS.

Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer Jake Kaplan joins The Athletic.

KHOU 11 producer (former KTRK producer) Felicia Russell joins Ward PR.

Gonzalez hired at KPRC as social media producer.

Nick Wright will host an evening Sirius XM show on Mad Dog Radio, in addition to his work on “First Things First.”

- Doug Miller named Rice University director of news and media relations
- Telemundo Houston's Martín Berlanga to leave KTMD
- Butch Alsandor & Jorge Vargas to call TSU football on AT&T SportsNet
- Katherine Marchand joins abc13 KTRK
- 'Dave Ward's Houston' to launch on abc13 KTRK
- KPRC 2's new dog, Tex, joins Houston Life
- Sara Donchey has her baby
- Lina De Florias joins FOX 26
- Good news for Greg Bailey!
- abc13 KTRK to debut 3pm newscast
- KHOU 11 reveals what happened during Harvey evacuation
- Sherry Williams is leaving KHOU 11
- KHOU 11's Sherry Williams joins HISD


News 4 WOAI's David Chancellor is making the move from sports to become the station's morning co-anchor.
- Multiple exits, additions at News 4 WOAI, Fox 29 announced on social media

WOAI has named a permanent co-anchor for its 10 p.m. newscast - Irene Cruz.

KSAT12 to Expand Weekend News and Add "KSAT News at 9."


Publisher Susie Biehle and Editor Debbie Hiott announced they are leaving the American-Statesman.

After 2 years away, former KVUE news boss returning to Austin.


KRBC Abilene Chief Meteorologist and Main Anchor Randy Turner to depart the station.

Former WSIL Southern Illinois anchor Dennis Turner resurfaces at KXXV Waco.

KGBT hires reporter Clara Benitez


Legendary abc13 KTRK weatherman Ed Brandon has died

Texas Monitor founder and longtime investigative journalist Trent Seibert dies

Best #TVNews Bloopers August 2018

Some Texas stations made this month's cut.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

KPRC 2 celebrates diversity during Hispanic Heritage month

KPRC 2 is kicking off a long-term diversity campaign with Hispanic Heritage month, which is from September 15 through October 15, 2018.

As part of this on-air and digital campaign, KPRC 2 spotlights our community, featuring many of Houston’s Hispanic leaders, including Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Telemundo News Anchor Crystal Ayala, and Artist/Muralist Gonzo247. Also spotlighted will be the diversity of our own KPRC family, both on-air and behind the scenes, hailing from Peru, Chile, Mexico and beyond.

Throughout the month, KPRC 2 News will share stories of Hispanic culture, honoring how so much of what makes our city great is created by the Latino community.

“Our KPRC 2 family is as diverse as the communities that we cover and the city we call home,” said KPRC 2 Vice President/General Manager Jerry Martin. “What better time to celebrate not only the high profile, but the everyday citizens, neighbors and co-workers who inspire us.”

New profiles are posted every weekday on

(This post is taken from a release sent to me by KPRC 2)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

KTRK photographer Jaime Zamora calls it a career after 38 years

He's covered Houston and the world for KTRK through three decades, now photographer Jaime Zamora announces retirement

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After a career of covering everything from Super Bowls, hurricanes, presidential inaugurations and every local story in between, abc13 KTRK photographer Jaime Zamora is retiring from the Houston ABC station.

"I thank Channel 13 for thirty plus years of opportunity and excitement," Zamora told "I wish my ABC colleagues nothing but the best.”

In his big announcement, Zamora looked back on his 38 year television news career which took him from KRIS and KZTV Corpus Christi, KVUE Austin, to finally KTRK Houston and said, "I’ve seen more pain and grief than anybody should ever see but have also witnessed great joy on many occasions."

One high-profile painful experience that Zamora recently risked his life to cover for the world took place near channel 13 in West University during an active shooting incident. KTRK's owner, The Disney ABC Television Group, commended Zamora for his live coverage.

On 9/11/2001, Zamora and anchor Tom Abrahams drove 24 hours straight to Washington DC to cover the Pentagon attack site.

Zamora and Kobos

"Those first few days were a blur," he wrote on Facebook. "We worked for weeks in the aftermath before seeing our families again."

"Jaime as one of the many super photographers to work at KTRK," former channel 13 assistant news director and reporter Don Kobos told "A consummate professional who was always one step ahead of the competition. I worked with him on many assignments, he always made me a better reporter."

With camera on his shoulder, Zamora's KTRK career took him to places as far from Texas as Latin America, Europe, China, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia.

However Zamora's lasting legacy will be right here in Harris County where he established the first ever courthouse broadcast bureau.

"To all the photographers, broadcast or print, who I’ve worked with, you are all the real warriors and I’m honored to have been a part of your fraternity," he added.