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, 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)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jacob Rascon joins KPRC

Jacob Rascon exits NBC News to join KPRC 2 as an anchor

Jascob Rascon

Looks like the rumor about a familiar name coming to Houston TV is true.

KTRK abc13 anchor Art Rascon's son Jacob, is leaving NBC News to be an anchor at KPRC 2.

I feel like I've been a Jacob Rascon fan page since the beginning.

Back in 2011 I covered the younger Rascon starting at KFOX El Paso, in 2012 moving to KNBC and in 2014 making the move to NBC News.

One of my blog commenters dubbed this "Attack of the Ras-Clone."

Houston TV anchors who were network stars

Here is the official KPRC channel 2 release on the dueling Rascons:

KPRC-TV Channel 2 is proud to welcome Jacob Rascon to the Graham Media family.

Rascon will cover local and breaking news stories for Houston’s home for news as a reporter and anchor.

Jacob will report for both on-air and digital platforms.

Jacob will join KPRC in September 2017 from NBC News, where he worked as a correspondent based in Dallas. His assignments for NBC Nightly News, Today, MSNBC and NBC News digital platforms took him to nearly every state in the U.S., as well as Europe, the
Middle East and Latin America.

Rascon grew up in the Houston area and graduated from The Woodlands High School. He is an alumnus of Brigham Young University and is fluent in Spanish. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Houston with their four children and he is happy to finally work in his hometown.

“We’re excited to have a Houstonian with such a deep and varied journalistic background join our team,” said KPRC Vice President and General Manager Jerry Martin. “Jacob will be one of our go-to reporters on major breaking national and international stories.”

Rascon traveled with the Donald Trump campaign, interviewing thousands of his supporters and protesters across the country; he reported from Orlando, Dallas and Oregon after recent mass shootings; from Mexico for the capture of the world's most notorious drug kingpin "El Chapo"; from Turkey during the migrant crisis; from Cuba during their historic shift in U.S. relations; and from Colorado leading NBC's coverage of the Aurora movie theater gunman's capital murder trial.

“Jacob is that rare journalist with an extensive national and international resume along with Houston roots. We are extremely lucky and excited that he will be joining the KPRC Channel 2 News Team,” said KPRC News Director David Strickland.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

KPRC 2 to debut new newscast

KPRC 2 adds Sunday 10am newscast to schedule

Monday, we learned that FOX 26 KRIV is jumping into the 10pm news world.

Today, it's KPRC's turn to add a new 10 o'clock newscast...except channel 2's new show will debut this Sunday at 10am. UPDATE: The debut has been pushed back to 8-27-2017.

That means anchors Sofia Ojeda and Anoushah Rasta will be adding an extra half hour of news to their already two hour offering.

So what used to air at 10am?

That slot belonged to "Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall," which is moving to 10:30am.

For those keeping can now watch news on channel 2 Sunday morning at:

6am: KPRC news

7am: Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist

8am: KPRC news

9am: Meet the Press

10am: KPRC news

10:30am: Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall

Monday, August 14, 2017

FOX 26 debuts new 10pm newscast

FOX 26 KRIV debuts "The News Edge at 10pm" while "Isiah Factor: Uncensored" to follow at 10:30pm and "What's Your Point" continues Sunday mornings

Kaitlin Monte

Effective August 21st, FOX 26 will debut “THE News Edge at 10 p.m.,” announced station Vice President and News Director, Susan Schiller. This Monday-Friday half-hour newscast will follow the station’s current late newscast, “Fox 26 News at 9” and lead into “Fox 26 News Isiah Factor: Uncensored,” which will return weeknights at 10:30 p.m. With this expansion, the station will produce 57.5 hours of local news programming each week, more local news than any other station in the market.

In making the announcement, Schiller added, “This additional half hour of news allows us bring viewers’ perspectives into the issues affecting and taking place in our city and gives us an opportunity to expand our commitment to local news programming.”

Anchored by Kaitlin Monte, “THE News Edge at 10 p.m.” will offer viewers a fast-paced format, which will allow the audience to engage with FOX 26 on trending news and topics relevant to them via the station’s various social media channels.

Kaitlin Monte will also continue to anchor the 5 and 9 p.m. news alongside Jonathan Martin.

Monte added, "I love the people of Houston and am thrilled to be tasked with bringing to life the FOX 26 News team's vision for this new newscast.”

“Fox 26 News Isiah Factor: Uncensored” will follow “THE News Edge at 10 p.m.” as a weeknight half-hour broadcast. Host Isiah Carey will be joined by one of Houston’s most popular DJ’s each night, including DJ SupaStar, DJ Yon Don, and the Houston Rockets’ DJ T. Gray. “It’s a Damn Shame,” “Is This America?” and “Crazy Azz Criminals” will return as featured segments.

In addition, “What’s Your Point” hosted by FOX 26 veteran Political Reporter, Greg Groogan, will stay in its currently timeslot this Fall on Sunday mornings at 7 a.m.

This no holds barred discussion examines the political and social issues of the day across every level, from the nation’s Capital, to the Texas state capital, to Houston’s City Hall. Among the panelists are: legendary investigative reporter and media consultant, Wayne Dolcefino, “Sunday Morning Live” Host on Majic 102.1 and owner of Houston’s famous The Breakfast Klub, Marcus Davis, Breitbart Texas Associate Editor, Bob Price, commentator and attorney, Nyanza Moore, Republican strategist Jessica Colon and well-known author and educator, Tony Diaz.

Other prominent voices from across the community that have been added to the panel include political reporter and member of the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board, Doug Miller, and community activist Derec Muhammad, Houston political insider, Tomaro Bell, Deputy Harris County Attorney, Terry O’Rourke, Tea Party attorney and activist Jared Woodfill, well-known election analyst, Jay Ayer and investment banker and radio host, Lance Roberts.


Monday - Friday (beginning week of 8/21):

· 9 – 10 p.m. “Fox 26 News at 9”
· 10-10:30 p.m. “THE News Edge at 10 p.m.”
· 10:30 – 11 p.m. – “Fox 26 News: Isiah Factor Uncensored”
· 11 – 11:30 p.m. – “TMZ”
· 11:30 – 12 a.m. – “Dish Nation”
· 12 – 12:30 a.m. – “Access Hollywood”
· 12:30 – 1:30 a.m. – “TMZ Live”
· 1:30 – 2 a.m. – “Divorce Court”

Monday – Friday (beginning week of 9/11):

· 9 – 10 p.m. “Fox 26 News at 9”
· 10 – 10:30 p.m. – “THE News Edge at 10 p.m.”
· 10:30 – 11 p.m. – “Fox 26 News: Isiah Factor Uncensored”
· 11 – 11:30 p.m. – “TMZ”
· 11:30 – 12 a.m. – “Dish Nation”
· 12 – 12:30 a.m. – “Top 30”
· 12:30 – 1 a.m. – “Access Hollywood”
· 1 – 2 a.m. – “TMZ Live”

Monday – Friday (beginning week of 9/18):

· 9 – 10 p.m. “Fox 26 News at 9”
· 10 – 10:30 p.m. – “THE News Edge at 10 p.m.”
· 10:30 – 11 p.m. – “Fox 26 News: Isiah Factor Uncensored”
· 11 – 11:30 p.m. – “TMZ”
· 11:30 – 12 a.m. – “Page Six TV”
· 12 – 12:30 a.m. – “Top 30”
· 12:30 – 1 a.m. – “Access Hollywood”
· 1 – 1:30 a.m. – “Dish Nation”
· 1:30 – 2 a.m. – “TMZ”

KRIV is part of the FOX Television Stations, one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 28 stations in 17 markets and covering over 37% of U.S. television homes. This includes seven duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte.

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

VIDEO: Best #TVNews rap performances PART 2

I posted part 1 earlier this week (link below).

But in part 2, we get H-town reprezented from a 2013 clip.

Yo. Former FOX26 anchor MC Chris Stipes hits the mic with Paul Wall!

You can even hear former traffic anchor Michelle Merhar busting a rhyme.

Do you think the UH kids now crowd around MC Stipes at the Cullen Performance Hall for some freestyle rap battles? Imagine his Cougar proud white, silver and red grillz!

VIDEO: Best TV Newscast rap performances

Friday, August 11, 2017

Kaitlin Monte new FOX 26 anchor

FOX 26 anchor Melinda Spaulding passes torch to reporter Kaitlin Monte

FOX 26 KRIV launches "The News Edge at 10pm"

We knew FOX 26 anchor Melinda Spaulding was leaving the station. Now we know who is taking over her anchor chair.

It's Kaitlin Monte.

Spaulding posted the news on Facebook:

I couldn't ask for a better way to pass the baton on the anchor desk!! Congratulations to Kaitlin Monte FOX26 on her new evening anchor role with Jonathan Martin Fox26. She's not my replacement. She's a newsroom professional who will make her own mark in this role. I was promoted from within the ranks, just like Kaitlin. It takes judgment, talent, spunk and sometimes a little body armor to rise in our business.  She's got plenty!  I know that Jonathan and Kaitlin will make a great team.
And now, I can finally share my last day: Friday, August 18th. . Please join me in congratulating Kaitlin!!!

Last April, when I wasn't posting, Spaulding posted she was leaving the FOX owned and operated station. At the time, I covered it on my Facebook page.

So to keep this blog updated, here is what she posted then:

Hi friends,
I just wanted to let you know that I’m giving myself a much needed schedule change… as I embark on a new season in my life.
After a lot of thought, prayer and consideration, I’m stepping away from the evening anchor desk at Fox 26. This is my 20th year in media (12 1/2 years at Fox 26), and it’s time to make a shift for me… and most importantly for my family!!!
You’ve been there for me from my single girl days, to my wedding and the birth of my two children. Now it’s time for me to be there for homework, dinner and bedtime. My daughter and son are now 7 and 5… and I don’t want to miss another moment!
My bosses at Fox 26 have been amazing throughout this process (even though they were a bit surprised). And we’re working together to explore ways that I can remain a part of the Fox 26 family.
But I’m not going away just yet! I’ll be working here in Houston to help transition my replacement. I know you’ll be as welcoming to that person as you were to me when I joined the team.
Soooo… no goodbyes for now. Just a “heads up” between friends about what’s next for me.
I appreciate you more than you’ll ever know!!

FOX 26 KRIV launches "The News Edge at 10pm"

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Megyn Kelly comes to KPRC; interviewed by Dominique Sachse

My Facebook feed was filled with photos of Megyn Kelly at KRPC 2 today, so I thought I would share some of her visit on the blog.

Dominique Sachse interviewed the former FOX News host about her new show, Megyn Kelly TODAY. Watch that below.

The new show starts September 25, at 9am on KPRC 2.

VIDEO: Best TV Newscast rap performances

I can't wait for best TV newscast death metal performances.

Houston TV and Paul Wall represented in Best TV News rap performances part 2!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Friday, August 04, 2017

Jennifer Broome to leave KPRC's Houston Life

KPRC 2 Houston Life host Jennifer Broome announced her departure on Facebook.

I guess Colorado Day is fitting to share my news.

In the words of John Muir, "The mountains are calling and I must go." In late August I'm returning to Colorado to base out of Denver.

First up is what I'm calling a "go find myself" road trip in September to UT, WY, MT, ID, and OR.

My brother's passing last year made me realize how important it is to follow your heart and to do what truly makes you happy.

So, I'll be embarking on an unchartered journey to follow my passions of travel, outdoors, adventure, and weather.

Broome is one of the original hosts of Houston Life.

She and Derrick Shore arrived in town last summer to launch the show at the end of August.

No stranger to Texas, Broome returned to our state from FOX 31 KDVR Denver's Good Day Colorado.

Before that, she worked at WOAI San Antonio as a meteorologist.

No word on her replacement.

You can audition to be the new host of Houston Life