Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ron Trevino wins the #10YearChallenge

KHOU 11 weekend anchor Ron Trevino wins the #10YearChallenge in the Houston media world

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Hottest Houston social media stars December 2018

The year that is December data.

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

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."

The numbers are pulled from station usage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using Share Rocket's "Share" measurement.

First we are looking at every Houston media company in the Share Rocket database and top personalities. Then I am looking at the top 5 on air staff members at each station in order of channel number.

- Texas TV news and radio job moves December 2018

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

Top 5 individuals
  1. Eduardo Rodríguez (Yusnaby Pérez) - 47 Telemundo
  2. Mark Berman - FOX 26 KRIV
  3. Jonathan Feigen - Houston Chronicle
  4. Dominique Sachse - KPRC 2
  5. John McClain - Houston Chronicle

  1. Dominique Sachse
  2. Jennifer Reyna
  3. Adam Wexler
  4. Rachel McNeill
  5. Khambrel Marshall

  1. Brandi Smith
  2. Melissa Correa
  3. Chita Craft
  4. Tiffany Craig
  5. Daniel Gotera

abc 13 KTRK
  1. Erica Simon
  2. Steve Campion
  3. Samica Knight
  4. Chelsey Hernandez
  5. Katherine Whaley

  1. Mark Berman
  2. Kaitlin Monte
  3. Randy Wallace
  4. Isiah Carey
  5. Ivory Hecker

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

Telemundo 47 KTMD
  1. Eduardo Rodríguez (Yusnaby Pérez)
  2. Ubaldo Martínez
  3. Carlos A. Robles
  4. Antonio Hernández
  5. Ruby Guzmán

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

DISCLAIMER: The top five Houston Chronicle staffers are listed at the bottom. I did not include KIAH 39 because its new employees are not in the database as of yet. No Houston radio stations are listed in the Share Rocket database.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Dave Ward Media Excellence Award

The winner will be announced at the Houston Heroes Awards Luncheon on April 24, 2019

HOUSTON (January 15, 2019) – Crime Stoppers of Houston announces the establishment of the new Dave Ward Media Excellence.

This unique award will honor an entity or individual who has exhibited media excellence and will be selected by Houston media icon Dave Ward himself, along with support from a small committee of his constituents at Crime Stoppers of Houston.

The best part – the inaugural winner will be kept a secret and not revealed until the day of the Crime Stoppers’ Annual Houston Heroes Luncheon on April 24!

Six other awards, including the Fenner Weller and Women Who Shape Houston awards, will be given out at the luncheon to honor other individuals and corporate partners who have gone above and beyond keeping our community safe.

Crime Stoppers is honored to create this media award named after Dave who was instrumental in establishing Crime Stoppers in Houston, Texas back in 1981. Known as the most trusted voice of Houston and the face of KTRK for 50 years leading the 6pm and 10pm newscasts, Dave has continued his media legacy by lending his voice and image to numerous projects, including Dave Ward’s Houston.

His unwavering passion and commitment to help the Crime Stoppers in historical ways continues today.

“This award means everything to me. Everything. In a time where changes have been numerous at all levels of the media, I felt it important to designate those that I feel still strive for excellence and achieve it.” said Dave Ward. “I thank Crime Stoppers of Houston for this incredible honor and for the opportunity to highlight those who still “get it right” for the viewers.”

Following the awards luncheon, Dave will issue a statement about the winner and what criteria was used in the selection process.

The awards luncheon is open to the public. To purchase tickets, please contact or 713-842-7224.

Stay connected with Crime Stoppers of Houston via their e-newsletter, on Facebook, Twitter @CrimeStopHou, Instagram @CrimeStoppersofHouston and YouTube.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by Crime Stoppers of Houston)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Travis Herzog takes the Chief Meteorologist reins from Tim Heller

Tim Heller retired from abc13 KTRK Friday, that means today is the dawn of a new era for channel 13's weather department (see video above). As I blogged before, we have two new chiefs at 13 - Chief Meteorologist Travis Herzog and Chief Forecaster David Tillman. And Meteorologist Elita Loresca moves from afternoons to mornings to replace Herzog.

Here is the press release KTRK sent me Friday evening to signal the change:

KTRK-TV ABC13 today announced Travis Herzog as the station’s new Chief Meteorologist.

Travis has been part of ABC13’s Eyewitness News Weather team since July of 2006. In that time, Travis has earned "Broadcaster of the Year" honors from the National Weather Association, "Best Weathercast in Texas” from the Associated Press, and “Top On-Air Personality” from the Media Alliance of Houston. Travis earned his meteorology degree from Texas A&M University, is certified by the American Meteorological Society and has earned the National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval.

“Chief Meteorologist Travis Herzog,” says Wendy Granato, VP of News/Digital Content, “represents what’s most important to our entire KTRK Weather team--- commitment to viewers and the community, knowledge and experience navigating our ever-changing Gulf-coast weather conditions. And, he happens to be one of the nicest, most caring media professionals I’ve ever known. Travis also understands the importance of informing and interacting with viewers the way they need…on TV, on their computers, and, on their phones.”

Born and raised in Texas, Travis has covered every kind of weather hazard we face in Southeast Texas and along the Gulf Coast. From hurricanes and tornadoes to floods and ice storms, Travis presents weather forecasts that are informative, educational, and easy to understand so viewers can protect their loved ones and themselves. As a weather safety advocate, Travis frequently gives weather safety talks at local schools to help empower young people to make wise choices during dangerous weather and help ease storm anxiety.

When severe weather strikes, you can trust Travis Herzog to provide you with timely weather updates and potentially life-saving information on air and online. Travis will assume his new role as Chief Meteorologist beginning January 14 th as he takes over ABC13 Eyewitness News weathercasts Monday-Friday at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

KPRC 2 remembers Doug Johnson

A week ago, we learned the sad news that former KPRC 2 weatherman Doug Johnson had died. The station wrapped up the coverage of its 70th anniversary with a tribute to Johnson, who was actually supposed to be there that day to appear on air.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jan Carson remembers her times at KPRC 2

KPRC 2 anchor Jan Carson returns for the station's 70th anniversary coverage! And the reporter comes out in Carson as she tries to turn the table on anchor Bill Balleza during his interview with her on Facebook Live!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Kaitlin Monte announced baby #2

FOX 26 KRIV anchor Kaitlin Monte announces baby #2

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Kaitlin Monte announces she is pregnant with baby number 2.

The FOX 26 KRIV anchor says in hashtags she is 17 weeks pregnant and all she wants is snacks. I want the same thing, and not even expecting.

Her first, Avalyn, was born in April of 2017.

Linda Lorelle remembers her time at KPRC 2

More KPRC 70th anniversary coverage today and this time, anchor Linda Lorelle returns! I agree with what the anchors told her on air, all these years later, it's as if time has not passed while watching her on she had never left the station.

Luncheon of legends at KPRC on Jan. 9, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bob Nicholas remembers times at KPRC 2

Bob Nicholas and Mike McGuff

With KPRC 2 celebrating its 70th anniversary, I can sit back and let the Houston NBC affiliate do all the work!

Longtime anchor Bob Nicholas recently appeared on the station after many years. You can see that and Bill Balleza's Facebook Live interview below.

The photo above is my personal recollection of Nicholas' career with channel 2. I interviewed him as a TH Rogers School fourth grader!

I'm pretty sure I am writing this blog now partially because of that moment that took my life into a TV news path.

Click here to see more history from KPRC.

ESPN 97.5 host "Crashes" Houston Film Critics' Awards 2018

I told you about the 12th Annual Houston Film Critics Society Awards earlier this month at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, but what I didn't mention was how the Houston media crashed it!

Photo by Phyllis Hand

When Third Rock Radio's movie critic Jr. Mintz (alter ego of KLOL - broadcast veteran Doug Harris) and cult movie actress Dona Speir announced "The Happytime Murders" as the 2018 "Best Worst Movie" category, ESPN 97.5's afternoon host Barry Laminack stepped from the wings to unofficially accept the award on behalf of Melissa McCarthy.

Photo by Phyllis Hand

Now apparently in the decade plus these awards have been happening, no winner of that category has dared to show up!

Turns out the gag was set up in advance with Gow Media (the event sponsor and Laminack's employer) with full knowledge of the show's producers who thought that the radio host's experience as a standup comic would bring something extra to the show.

Judging from the reaction of the sold out crowd, they were right.

Among the evening's other surprises were an unannounced appearance by KHOU's Great Day Houston host Debra Duncan, brought onstage by Leonard Courtright, President of the Courtright Family Companies, and the presence and participation of all five consuls general representing the countries whose films were nominated by the HFCS in the Best Foreign Film Category.