Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Houston Life celebrates a year on KPRC 2


Yesterday was Houston Life's one year on the air anniversary.

And what a moron I am.

I passed by the live show at the Houston Galleria with my kids and didn't even realize the occasion!

Bad media blogger, bad media blogger.

At least I unknowingly snapped the event for Instagram.

Anyone with children will probably forgive me for not taking in what was happening at that moment.

Houston Life is this upscale kind of program...meanwhile my kids were starting to wrestle in front of Nordstrom.

Where is that Nordstrom piano player in my time of need? Long gone I guess.

Host Jennifer Broome announced she was leaving the show earlier this month. While she was there yesterday for the big day, I noticed today that she is no longer in the show's Twitter account graphics header.

You can register to audition to be Broome's replacement here.

Here is my Houston Life debut review from 2016.






New hires at Houston Chronicle for August 2017


Here is an update to my June post about Houston Chronicle departures.

According to an internal memo obtained by mikemcguff.com, the newspaper of the Bayou City has been hiring recently.

Alexandra Stuckey will join the team in the middle of September. She will be the Chron's new NASA, science and environment reporter. While at the Salt Lake Tribune, Stuckey was part of the team that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting concerning stories on the flawed responses to sexual assault at Brigham Young University. The Ohio University grad also worked as a statehouse reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and covered the Idaho National Laboratory as a reporter for The Idaho Falls Post Register.

Spring-Tomball-Kline and Cy-Fair reporter Glynn Hill transitions to the paper's sports desk where he will cover Rice University and other Houston-area colleges. The Howard University grad interned at ESPN.

Native Houstonian and University of Houston grad Mayra Cruz replaces Hill at the Northwest Group weeklies.

Alejandra Matos joins the paper's Austin bureau. The native of El Paso comes from the The Washington Post where she covered education.

Michelle Iracheta has joined The Woodlands Villager as a reporter. The UH grad and former Chronicle intern, previously worked at the Yakima Herald and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Conroe Courier sports reporter Demetrio Teniente has been promoted to chron.com digital sports producer.

After I posted by Chron job moves post last June, Richard Prince of The Root wrote 7 journalists of Color Leaving Houston Chronicle which at the time I put out on social media.

Also, many of my readers have expressed confusion about the two Houston Chronicle websites - chron.com (free) and houstonchronicle.com (paid subscription with some free reads thrown in).

“People who live here in this city don’t even know there’s a second website,” outgoing senior editor Maria Carrillo admitted to Poynter in June.

In the same article, we learn Chron editor in chief Nancy Barnes has been hiring lots of folks and increasing the size of the paper's newsroom.

That is certainly good news.

I've heard there was a dark cloud at times over the paper's old downtown Houston HQ.

She is also working on improving morale and implementing better digital training.

Speaking of the Chron's digital efforts...I am a huge fan of the paper's podcasts the Texas Take with Scott Braddock and Mike "Are we having fun yet?" Ward and Looped In with Nancy Sarnoff.

Do you dare face the "Lightning Round?"



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mario Diaz joins KPRC

Mario Diaz joins KPRC 2 as investigative reporter from WPIX 11 New York


Mario Diaz is coming to KPRC as an investigative reporter sources at channel 2 confirm to mikemcguff.com.

No, not Mario C. Diaz, a name Houstonians will be familiar with since he is the Director of Aviation for the Houston Airport System, but Mario Diaz from WPIX 11 New York.

One can assume Diaz is filling the position vacated by Jace Larson.

Diaz looks like he will be able to make his mark on Houston.

He's won so many awards, I could fill this post up with just his honors such as four Edward R. Murrow Awards, eight NATAS Emmys and seven New York Emmy Awards.

And if awards aren't enough, I remember Diaz in the news when Erykah Badu tried to kiss him during a liveshot!


Clearly television news interested Diaz from an early age.

At age 17, he had a TV news internship. By his junior year at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Diaz was a sports anchor for KTNV 13. He even won an NATAS Southwest Emmy for reporting.

At the age of 19, he announced his first world championship boxing match doing the Spanish play-by-play for HBO Boxing Pay-Per-View. He went on to announce ringside 150 championship fights including fights with Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and more.

In 1999, Diaz was included in a New York Times article on sports broadcasting.

"We're like artists in the sense that we have a minute to paint a picture with words," he said in the article. "We have that blank space and we have to fill it with words."

During the summers of 2001-02, Diaz performed host and play-by-play announcer duties for ESPN’s Tuesday Night Fights.

In 2002, Diaz moved to news as a weekday anchor for WTSP 10 Tampa-St. Petersburg.

Politics came calling in 2008 and Diaz went to work for Sen. John McCain's presidential bid.

In 2011 he joined WPIX.

Readers of mikemcguff.com might even recognize Diaz from this very blog. He wrote a guest post for me back in 2014. The subject...an old KPRC clip.

I guess his hiring was meant to be.

Diaz starts at KPRC September 18.




Suzanne Boase Honeycutt joins KSBJ

Former KPRC 2 anchor Suzanne Boase Honeycutt joins KSBJ and NGEN radio as Director of Community Relations


KSBJ welcomes Suzanne Boase Honeycutt as its new Director of Community Relations.

To say Boase Honeycutt’s life has been filled with adventure is an understatement.

Before joining KSBJ and NGEN radio, she spent several years as a news anchor and reporter covering everything from tornadoes to terrorism and working in pharmaceuticals as a specialty sales rep and trainer.

Boase Honeycutt was born in Melbourne, Australia, and moved to Houston when she was ten years old. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Her tenure in news comprises vast experience, including her work at KPRC-TV in Houston where she covered 9/11 and the Andrea Yates capital murder trial.

Before that, she worked at KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City where she was the first reporter on the scene of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Boase Honeycutt also enjoys managing public relations activities for several charities and the community.

In her role at KSBJ and NGEN radio, Boase Honeycutt will be the liaison between the stations and community partners.

She is looking forward to immersing herself into the community to help build awareness about KSBJ and NGEN radio and the ministry the stations strive to achieve.

To contact Boase Honeycutt with inquiries about partnering with KSBJ Educational Foundation, please reach out to her directly at 281-446-5725 or email at CommunityRelations@ksbj.org.

About KSBJ

On the air for over 35 years, KSBJ is Houston’s leading listener-supported, non-profit, non-commercial contemporary Christian music radio station.

The purpose of KSBJ is to be the voice of hope connecting people to God, through Christian music, community outreach and events.

As a listener supported radio station, and a long-standing member of the ECFA, KSBJ’s ministry is managed by a group of volunteer men and women from across the Greater Houston area, who serve as members of its Board of Directors.

The board members represent diverse denominations, backgrounds and professions to provide oversight, direction and accountability for the ministry.

KSBJ can be heard on 89.3 FM (North/East of Downtown Houston) and 96.9 FM (South/West of Downtown Houston). For more information about KSBJ and additional frequencies, visit www.ksbj.org.

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Is Lisa Vaughn returning to FOX 26 or not?

Lisa Vaughn fans are still asking me about her hopeful return to FOX 26 KRIV

What are people asking me about? Where is FOX 26 meteorologist Lisa Vaughn.

Back in July, a KRIV representative told us Vaughn, "didn't leave the station."

After I posted that last entry, I had Vaughn fans emailing me to dig more!

Find out the deal!

Guess, I am no Wayne Dolcefino.

Vaughn's agents need to take note off this viewer love at the next negotiation period. Many TV people leave the airwaves and the next day no one cares.

Get to the point McGuff...OK, we do have news about the MIA Vaughn!

And it's from the official source!


She was supposed to come back August 17th, according to her above Facebook post.

Hello friends. Thank you for asking about me. We will talk more tomorrow on Facebook Live when I return to work FOX 26 Houston. See you at noon. My dress is Lisa Couture of course

Only then it didn't happen.

We got this post next which looks like it could have come off the pages of Vogue magazine. That Al Torres knows what he's doing!


I was supposed to be back today, I know. Hope to see you soon. Much love. 💕 dress is lisa Couture.

That's all I have for now.

Hope everything is OK and she returns soon.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Melinda Spaulding leaves FOX 26 for TSU

FOX 26 KRIV anchor Melinda Spaulding joins Texas Southern University


Friday night was an emotional night for FOX 26 KRIV anchor Melinda Spaulding.

She wrapped up a 13 year career with the FOX owned and operated station and said goodbye to television news.


Friends and family gathered for a goodbye party to celebrate all things Melinda at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum.

"This city is my city, and I love it," Spaulding said on the station's website. "Yes, I love it. The years have been filled with news, tragedies and joys, but the stories that touched our hearts."

The same day as Spaulding said goodbye to FOX 26 viewers, it was announced at Texas Southern University’s Board of Regents meeting that Melinda Spaulding Chevalieras (married name) is the new Vice President of University Advancement.

In her new post TV role, Spaulding will lead TSU’s marketing, communications, development and alumni relations departments.

“We are elated to have a dynamic and seasoned professional join our university,” TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane said in a release. “Melinda’s experiences across the public spectrum in Houston and the region will help TSU raise its profile on a national and global level. Texas Southern is honored to have her join our dedicated administration and the Tiger family.”

Spaulding came to KRIV in 2004 as a reporter. She then became the anchor of Fox 26 News at Noon. Later she helped launch Fox 26 News at 5. Finally she took over the reigns of Fox 26 News at 9.

"It was a pleasure to have her working here, watch her grow and mature into a wonderful young woman who became one of our anchors, but also it's wonderful to know she came here to Houston not only to grow her career, but also meet her husband, Felix, and has two lovely children at this point," said station VP/General Manager D’Artagnan Bebel.

Before Houston, the award winning journalist reported and anchored morning updates at WGNO New Orleans. Her first stop in the TV news world was as a writer and morning producer for KTLA Los Angeles.

Spaulding got her start in journalism as a member of the group who launched Entertainment Weekly Online. That became a launch pad to put make her the first editor-in-chief of Essence Online.

The newly minted TSU VP is a graduate of Howard University.

Working for TSU will not be Spaulding's first entrance into the education world.

According to the TSU release, Spaulding started the Dream Journal Academy which provides journals to Houston area school children "so they can write about their passions and dreams to bolster their education and personal aspirations."

She is also a former board member of Family Houston and served on the advisory board for Pro Vision, Inc., an open-enrollment charter middle and high school in the Sunnyside community.

Spaulding and husband, Felix Chevalier, are the proud parents of a Landon and Felix II.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Which TV station did Wayne Dolcefino work for again?

Former investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino and his disappearing past

When it comes to KTRK abc13 at the moment, I'm getting lots of questions about a new rumored 3pm newscast...and this is coming from the other Houston stations!

We'll have to wait and see if this is true. And why not? We already had plenty of new newscast announcements this week.

But this post isn't a post about new newscast.

This post is about former KTRK abc13 investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino.

Seems in all of the coverage yesterday about Dolcefino being selected to lead an HCC misconduct investigation, some media outlets didn't mention where he used to work for almost 30 years, including his former station.

"I am always amused when Channel 13 seeks to erase my history there," Dolcefino told mikemcguff.com. "They took all my stories off the internet, decades worth."


Jimmy Barrett joins 740 KTRH's Houston Morning News

Houston, Texas – August 18, 2017 – iHeartMedia Houston’s Newsradio 740 KTRH, Houston’s News, Weather & Traffic Station, announced today that Jimmy Barrett will join Houston’s Morning News as the program’s new co-host effective Monday, September 11, 2017. Barrett will join Shara Fryer, Houston’s Morning News anchor from 5 - 8 a.m. on weekdays.

Newsradio 740 KTRH’s Houston’s Morning News wakes up local listeners with a mix of local and national news, and broadcasts discussions about pop culture and entertainment topics throughout the morning.

Barrett joins Houston’s Morning News from Richmond, VA where he served as the morning host for iHeartMedia’s News Radio 1140 WRVA for 16 years. He’ll replace former KTRH morning host Matt Patrick who passed away in early July after a lengthy and heroic battle with cancer.

“Jimmy has a big voice, a big heart and big shoes to fill,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming for iHeartMedia Houston. “It’s impossible for anyone to replace Matt Patrick and we all know that. I think Matt’s audience will embrace Jimmy as we move forward from what has been a very difficult time.”

"It took an exciting city and great radio station to get me to leave my home for the last 16 years,” said Barrett. “I'm very proud to join the team at KTRH and looking forward to becoming a part of the Houston community.”

Full Newsradio 740 KTRH programming line-up:

Houston’s Morning News with Jimmy Barrett and Shara Fryer from 5-8 a.m.

The Michael Berry Show from 8-11 a.m.

Rush Limbaugh from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sean Hannity from 2-5 p.m.

The Michael Berry Show from 5-7 p.m.

iHeartMedia is a leading media outlet in the Houston market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, the leading all-in-one streaming music and live radio service – with more than 1.4 billion app downloads and 100 million registered users.



Telemundo Houston announces "Clear the Shelters" 2017

Animal shelters from HOUSTON AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES will offer low cost or waived adoption fees to help families adopt a new pet

KTMD TELEMUNDO HOUSTON announced the return of the popular pet adoption campaign, Clear the Shelters. Launching this month and culminating with Clear the Shelters day on Saturday, August 19, the third annual nationwide pet adoption campaign will include the participation of more than 26 local animal shelters and rescue groups.

On this day, animal shelters will offer low cost or waived pet adoption fees to help families find and adopt a new pet.

Our “Clear the Shelters” pet adoption initiative is an important part of our continued commitment to inform our viewers, by educating them about the importance of responsible pet ownership and working with our local partners to help find loving homes for animals in need.” said KTMD President and General Manager, Tony Canales.

Telemundo Houston also unveiled a new social media campaign that compliments the initiative. Clear the Shelters filters are available at TelemundoHouston.com. People can easily share pet photos across social media platforms - simply upload a photo of their pet to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, list the reasons for loving their pet and use the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues. The social media campaign will conclude on August 19.

Since 2015, Telemundo Houston’s Clear the Shelters efforts have resulted in more than 5,000 local pet adoptions and more than 70,000 pet adoptions nationwide. For more information about the pet adoption campaign, visit ClearTheShelters.com or DesocuparLosAlbergues.com Clear the Shelters is an initiative spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal.

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

UPDATE SUNDAY 8/20/2017

NBC AND TELEMUNDO STATIONS’ “CLEAR THE SHELTERS” THIRD ANNUAL PET ADOPTION CAMPAIGN RESULTS IN MORE THAN 62,000 PET ADOPTIONS

Since 2015, over 136,000 pets have found new homes through the stations’ Clear the Shelters campaign

Tune-in to NBC and Telemundo stations beginning Friday, August 25 to watch a “Clear the Shelters” special that will feature exclusive celebrity interviews and a recap of this year’s national pet adoption campaign

NEW YORK, NY – (August 20, 2017) – NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ third annual nationwide pet adoption campaign – Clear the Shelters – resulted in the adoption of more than 62,000 pets. Launched last month and culminating on Clear the Shelters day, Saturday, August 19, the station’s triennial effort included the participation of over 75 NBC and Telemundo stations from all across the country and nearly one thousand animal shelters. Since 2015, the stations’ Clear the Shelters initiative has resulted in more than 136,000 pet adoptions.

“Our Clear the Shelters campaign was a great success. We're excited that we helped over 60,000 pets find new homes this summer,” said Valari Staab, President of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “We are grateful to the generosity of thousands of families that opened their homes to shelter pets and the support we received from our partner shelters, affiliate stations and sponsors – Petco and VIP Petcare. I am also very thankful to all the news personalities and celebrities that joined our Clear the Shelters social media campaign to help raise awareness about the events and pet adoption issues. Together, we helped to make Clear the Shelters a memorable pet adoption drive and we cannot wait to do it all over again next year.”

Pets of all types found new homes during Clear the Shelters 2017, including two rabbits, "Midnight" and "Cocoa" that were adopted by two girls in San Diego. In Massachusetts, goats, pigs and even horses were adopted. In Arlington, Virginia, "Beaker"a sun conure bird also found a new home. In New Jersey, a small Chihuahua mix dog with a heart murmur was adopted by a man who also had a heart murmur and sought a companion pet.

Reaching more than 95 markets nationwide, the owned stations’ Clear the Shelters campaign included more affiliate television station partners than last year's effort, nearly 30% more shelters and rescues and Petco and VIP Petcare as returning national sponsors.

The stations’ robust month-long social media campaign reached audiences across multiple platforms and focused on raising awareness about Clear the Shelters day, pet adoption and welfare topics through the use of the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues. The social media campaign also included a partnership with Snapchat. On August 19, Snapchat showcased the stations’ Clear the Shelters campaign in its “Stories" section. The campaign was also featured in Snapchat’s “Discover” section on both Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.

The #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues hashtags had a combined reach of more than 19.5 million users on Facebook and Twitter. Online, NBC and Telemundo-owned stations websites and apps generated a combined total of 6.1 million page views for content dedicated to the Clear the Shelters / Desocupar los Albergues campaign; a 48 percent increase from last year. On Clear the Shelters day, August 19, the stations’ digital content doubled in reach and generated a combined total of 1.6 million page views.

Numerous celebrities and news personalities participated in the stations’ social media campaign including Ellen DeGeneres, Chelsea Handler, host of Netflix show Chelsea, EXTRA TV’s Mario Lopez, NBC’s The Good Place Kristin Bell, E!’s Christine Evangelista, Veronika Obeng, Olivia Pierson, Natalie Halcro, Tyler Henry, Justin Sylvester and Carissa Culiner, Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo host Maria Celeste, Telemundo stars Carmen Villalobos, Gregorio Pernia, and Ximena Duque, model Kate Upton, Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis, actress Gabourey Sidibe, Kristin Bauer of the HBO series True Blood and Justin Theroux of HBO’s The Leftovers, among many others.

Audiences can tune-in to NBC and Telemundo stations later this week to watch Clear the Shelters specials that will feature celebrities and their pets and recaps of this year’s pet adoption campaign. Beth Stern, best selling author and animal lover and Katie Lee, host of Cooking Channel’s Beach Bites, co-host of The Kitchen and author, will co-host “Clear the Shelters,” a 30-minute post-adoption drive special that will air beginning Friday, August 25 on the NBC-owned stations plus more than 130 NBC affiliate stations (check local listings). Telemundo stations will air a post-adoption drive special on Saturday, August 26 that will be co-hosted by Stephanie Himonidis “Chiquibaby” and Elva Saray of Telemundo 52 Los Angeles / KVEA (check local listings).

For more information about NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign, please visit ClearTheShelters.com. To access information in Spanish, please visit DesocuparLosAlbergues.com. You can also follow the effort on social media by using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.




Thursday, August 17, 2017

CoCo Dominguez named FOX 26 Traffic Reporter and Lifestyle Correspondent


CoCo Dominguez has been named Traffic Reporter and Lifestyle Correspondent at FOX 26 KRIV, announced station Vice President and News Director, Susan Schiller.

Effective Monday, August 21st, Dominguez will serve as the traffic reporter for the “FOX 26 News at 5 p.m.” and contribute entertainment and lifestyle pieces for the “Bayou City Buzz,” a segment which appears during “The News Edge at 10 p.m.”

In making the announcement, Schiller stated, “In addition to providing our viewers with need to know rush-hour news, Coco will bring her versatility and unique perspective of Houston’s most interesting people, places and events to our newscasts.”

Since 2015, Dominguez has served as an entertainment and lifestyle contributor for the “FOX 26 Morning News” and provided segments for
“After Empire.” In addition, she temporarily served as morning traffic reporter for the station.

Earlier, she served as an anchor for KKHH Houston (CBS Radio) and before that, KLOL Mega 101 (CBS Radio).

Prior to that, Dominguez was a midday on-air personality for La Kalle 100.7 & 105.7 on KVVF/KVVZ in San Francisco (Univision Radio).

She began her career as a midday on-air personality for Party 104.9 on KPTY Houston, before moving to mornings on the station (Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation/Univision Radio).

Dominguez added, “As an everyday visitor into the homes of our FOX 26 viewers, I plan to provide behind the scenes access to some of the hottest happenings in our hometown, as well as deliver the most up-to-the-minute information on our busy Houston highways.”

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