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Friday, July 20, 2018

Smashing Pumpkins play three hours in Houston

The Smashing Pumpkins returned to Houston July 17, 2018, this time at the Toyota Center, for its somewhat reunited lineup for the "And Oh So Bright Tour." Bassist D'arcy Wretzky did not sign back up for this trek.

And no doubt, that Tuesday, longtime fans said, "Today is the greatest day I've ever known."

Based on the length of the show, it was the summer solstice. The Pumpkins set clocked in around three hours much to the chagrin of the Houston Press.

Front man and fearless band leader, Billy Corgan, started the show off on the stage alone with an acoustic guitar strapped on to sing Disarm. That type of song is not a band's usual opener as it is not a big rocker.

It worked though.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Bobby Springer new KHOU 11 station manager

ICYMI: TEGNA Names Bobby Springer Vice President and Station Manager at KHOU in Houston

TEGNA Inc. today announced that industry veteran Bobby Springer is joining KHOU in Houston, TX as vice president and station manager effective August 1, 2018. Springer will work closely with Susan McEldoon and will assume the role of president and general manager upon her retirement. McEldoon will remain at KHOU through January 2019 to ensure a smooth leadership transition, including KHOU’s move to 5718 Westheimer.

Springer joins KHOU from 9NEWS/KUSA in Denver where he is director of advertising and promotion and worked with the executive leadership team to set strategy for the station. During this time, Springer was also a part of the TEGNA Marketing Leadership Team working with stations in markets 17-39 and was also instrumental in the launch of Denver-produced daily news and entertainment show, “Daily Blast LIVE.”

“Bobby’s talents in marketing, branding, sales, digital and leading teams across TEGNA through transformation initiatives make him the best choice to lead KHOU into a new era,” said Lynn Beall, executive vice president and chief operating officer, media operations, TEGNA. “His cross-departmental career has exposed him to all aspects of our business. His track record of results and understanding of our innovative culture make him uniquely suited to meet the ever-changing needs of our audiences and customers.”

Prior to his current role, Springer held roles in business development, sales design and production at KUSA. Springer joined KUSA from KARE in Minneapolis, MN where he worked in the newsroom, art department and as a promotions writer and producer. He has won regional Emmy awards, a Telly award, a Minnesota Broadcasters award, numerous Colorado Broadcasters Awards, a Promax BDA award and the TVB Emma Award.

Springer graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He will relocate to the Houston area.

TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. With 47 television stations and two radio stations in 39 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and approximately 30 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been consistently honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R. Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA delivers results for advertisers through unparalleled and innovative solutions including OTT local advertising network Premion, centralized marketing resource Hatch, and G/O Digital, a one-stop shop for local businesses to connect with consumers through digital marketing. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by TEGNA Inc.)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The New 93Q KKBQ finalist for Marconi Award

Houston’s Country Music Station - The New 93Q - Finalist for Prestigious Marconi Award for Legendary Station of the Year

HOUSTON – (July 16, 2018) – Cox Media Group Houston announced today that the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has chosen KKBQ-FM, The New 93Q, as a finalist for the prestigious Marconi Award for Legendary Station of the Year.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized as a Marconi finalist, but when it’s for Legendary Station – that’s even more special,” says CMG Houston VP and Market Manager Mark Krieschen. “KKBQ super-serves our local communities, listeners and advertisers year in and year out. It’s a privilege to work with colleagues who put our community and clients first."

"This is the result of the hard work and commitment of the entire 93Q team,” said Johnny Chiang, Cox Media Group Houston Director of Operations. “93Q continually serves the Houston community by providing our fans with top-rated country music, entertainment, and personalities. I want to thank all my teammates and our dedicated listeners in Houston whose passion for country music and radio makes The New 93Q a very special station.”

The winners will be announced on Thursday, September 27, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show. The acclaimed awards show recognizes stations and individuals for excellence and performance in radio.

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, four daily newspapers and more than 80 digital sites. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses ofCoxReps – the country’s biggest television rep firm –Gamut, andVidea. The company also offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services through its Local Solutions and Ideabar businesses. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly across all platforms, including more than 32 million TV viewers, more than 2.7 million newspaper readers, and nearly 15 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at

(This post sent to me by Cox Media Group)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sally Mamdooh joins KPRC 2

7NEWS KMGH Denver reporter Sally Mamdooh joins KPRC 2 as a reporter

Sally Mamdooh is joining KPRC 2 as a reporter from 7NEWS KMGH Denver.

She took to Instagram to say goodbye to Colorado:

Colorado, Thank you for your beautiful scenery, wonderful friendships and countless opportunities to tell all types of stories for the past 3 years. The time has come for another reporting journey and this time with KPRC 😊 in a place I have once called home. Houston, here I come! Colorado, you’ll always have a special place in my heart. Thank you!

This is a return to our area for Mamdooh.

While the native Egyptian grew up in the Middle East, she never stayed in one country for more than five years since the age of six. However, she moved to the US at age 16 and attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

If you were in the area at the same time, you might have seen, heard or read the Criminal Justice and Political Science double-major on the schools' KHSU-TV, KHSU 90.5-FM "THE KAT" or The Houstonian newspaper. Eat ’em up Kats!

While in college, Mamdooh interned at abc13 KTRK with the legendary Wayne Dolcefino and the 13 Undercover unit.

sallymamdooh from Sally Mamdooh on Vimeo.

Here is where Mamdooh has worked.

News Reporter
Aug 2015 – July 2018
Denver, Colorado

Bay News 9
Jun 2013 – Jul 2015
St. Petersburg, Florida

News Reporter
Mar 2012 – Mar 2013
Madison, Wisconsin

Newscenter 25 (KAVU-TV)
Nightside Reporter/Weekend Anchor
Dec 2008 – Feb 2012

KTRK abc13
Intern Investigative Reporting
May 2008 – Aug 2008

Where is Greg Bailey on abc13 KTRK?

Greg Bailey explains his absence from abc13 KTRK sports desk

Last week when I was away, I received an email asking me about the whereabouts of abc13 KTRK sports director Greg Bailey.

Well, Bailey took to social media to explain why he has been missing from the airwaves of channel 13.

I can't begin to tell you how much it means that you've been asking about me during my absence. It's been a tough few weeks. Who knew a bad back could turn into such a mess? But the good news far outweighs the bad. We're confident there's a medical solution within reach. And this is nothing compared to what so many deal with on a daily basis. I've missed my work, but I've missed my friends at ABC-13 much more. I look forward to joining you again soon.

Houston Texans extend deal with Telemundo Houston

Houston Texans extend relationship with Spanish-language TV partner Telemundo Houston

The Houston Texans and Telemundo Houston today announced a four-year partnership extension to keep KTMD-47 the official Spanish television partner of the team.

Telemundo Houston’s Noticiero Telemundo Houston a las 10PM and primetime programming delivered Houston’s largest average viewership among weekday Adult 18-34 and Adult 18-49 local late news and prime audiences last year, regardless of language. (HOU Nielsen; Live +SD; 2017 AVG [1/1-12/31/17]; M-F 9p-1030p Program Local News; M-F 7p-10p TP; AQH Impressions)

“We have an incredibly large and loyal Hispanic fan base and we are so grateful for their support. Through our partnership with Telemundo and utilizing their expansive reach, we are able to serve our current fans in an exceptional way and develop new fans that will share in the fun and excitement of Houston Texans football,” remarked Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes.

New this season, the Telly Award-winning program “Primero y Diez” (First and Ten) will extend to a 30-minute show and air on Sunday nights at 11 p.m. during the preseason and regular season. Telemundo will also host a pregame and postgame show that will be distributed exclusively on the network’s Facebook page.

“We are thrilled and honored that viewers are largely choosing Telemundo Houston as their local source for news, sports and entertainment,” said Tony Canales, President and General Manager, Telemundo Houston. “Most Houstonians are watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ on KTMD, making us their station for both futbol and football, which is right around the corner. We are excited to continue our relationship with the Houston Texans.”

Telemundo Houston delivered 71% more Group Stage, Round of 16 and Quarter Final total viewers than FOX/FS1. (HOU Nielsen; Live
+SD; Person 2+ AQH Impressions; Group Stage Game AVG [6/14-6/28/18]; Round of 16 AVG [6/30-7/6/18]; Same ‘Live’ Games airing on KTMD, KRIV, FS1; FOX=AVG KRIV+FS1)

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

Monday, July 16, 2018

Tim Heller to leave abc13 KTRK in January 2019

ICYMI: abc13 KTRK chief meteorologist Tim Heller to leave the station Friday, January 11, 2019

Last week, I was sitting at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial when I saw the following press release from channel 13. The station's chief meteorologist Tim Heller announced on air and on Facebook that he is leaving the station in 2019 for a new career. You can read that below.

Here is the KTRK release:

ABC 13 KTRK TV today announced that Tim Heller, chief meteorologist for the station, has informed senior management of his intention to retire from ABC 13 in January 2019.

“For nearly 35 years, I have covered blizzards in Iowa, tornadoes in Dallas, hurricanes and floods in Houston and even a few sunny days,” said Heller. “I’ve been thinking about this for awhile and thankfully I have the full support of my loving wife, Monica. We are excited about the future.”

Tim has served as the Chief Meteorologist at KTRK Channel 13, the ABC owned TV station in Houston, Texas for 16 years. He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and member of the American Meteorological Society. His weathercasts have also earned the Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

“Our commitment to keeping viewers safe and informed during severe weather has never been stronger and Tim has played a huge role in developing this remarkable team.” said Wendy Granato, VP of News for KTRK. “Tim will always be part of the ABC13 family. We wish him well in all of his new adventures.”

Heller’s weather coverage over the past 35 years has earned him several awards including four Emmy Awards, one for his coverage of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Tim has also received multiple Best Weathercast awards from the Houston Press Club, the Dallas Press Club and the Texas Associated Press.

“When someone has an opportunity to pursue a dream you support and celebrate with them. We will miss Tim,” says Henry Florsheim, President and General Manager of KTRK-TV ABC-13. “He has led what we know are the strongest team of meteorologists in Houston for nearly two decades. He takes his craft very seriously and has worked tirelessly to keep the community informed whether it is a life threatening situation or how you should plan for your weekend. We are fortunate that Tim has agreed to stay through the end of
the year. We wish him nothing but happiness.”

Heller has been covering weather for more than 30 years. The award winning meteorologist has taken home honors from the Lonestar Emmys, Houston Press Club, the Dallas Press Club and the Texas Associated Press.

Before Houston, Heller worked for FOX 4 KDFW in Dallas. He previously worked for KGAN Cedar Rapids, Iowa; KRCG Jefferson City, Missouri; KDUB Dubuque, Iowa and WIFR Rockford, Illinois.

According to his bio, Heller is a graduate of the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University, and has a BA in Communications from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa.

He is originally from Prairieburg, Iowa. He and his wife have three children.

Here is what Heller wrote on Facebook in case you can't access it:

Hello Facebook Friends,

I wanted you to be among the first to know that I’m retiring as a broadcast meteorologist and will be leaving ABC13 to pursue a different career.

This photo was taken nearly 35 years ago at KDUB-TV in Dubuque, Iowa, where I did the weekend weather. Since then, I’ve worked at six different TV stations forecasting blizzards in Iowa, tornadoes in Dallas, hurricanes and flooding in Houston…and even a few sunny days. There’s not a weather event I haven’t covered.

Even though the weather changes every day and the technology has changed considerably over the last three decades, the job is essentially the same today as it was back in 1984. I simply need a new challenge.

I know this might sound crazy. Who gives up a high-profile job and starts over? I do. And apparently a lot of other people do too. Google the words “second career” and you’ll get 876-million results.

This is not a sudden decision. I’ve been thinking about this for a few years and I made this decision after some careful personal and financial planning.

Thankfully I have the full support of my loving (and equally crazy) wife, Monica. We are confident and excited about the future.

I’m going to take some time and consider my options. My plan is to find a job that allows me to still serve the public in some way.

This isn’t good bye! We still have the rest of hurricane season to get through together. My last on-air broadcast will be Friday, January 11, 2019.

Finally, thank you for following me. I truly appreciate it.

And thank you for watching ABC13.

That time Donna McKenzie shut down #101KLOL

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Former 101 KLOL DJ and Texas Radio Hall of Fame member, Donna McKenzie, just told a great story on the Runaway Radio Rewind video podcast.

In case you haven't subscribed, go check out the YouTube or Facebook page.

Also, if you can't get enough of KLOL, go subscribe to the email and social media accounts for my upcoming Rock 101 KLOL documentary! That's where you can find out when the trailer launches.

In the second episode of the Runaway Radio Rewind podcast, a new video podcast put on by the KLOL staff members that were there, McKenize talks about how she joined the legendary Houston rock station and more:

I was working at Z107 (KZFX) which was a classic rock station that was the first classic rock station FM in the nation. And so it became a real competitor to KLOL and I was doing afternoons there and that was the time when Dayna left KLOL, Danya Steele, left KLOL and she went to California. So she called me, she called me and she said listen you know I think you would be a good fit and I would you know we’ve been talking about you. Are you interested? And so I was on maternity leave at the time, I just had my daughter, and so I took a meeting with the program director at KLOL at the time and that didn’t work out. I think it was, I don’t think it was too close to me just for having had a kid. And you know he actually asked me you know how how do you think having a child will, you know, affect your work because we are very hands on. We’re out all the time. And I was like even the president has kids anyway so it was about a year and a half later, new Program Director, and I wound up meeting him at a show. READ THE REST \\ Facebook \\ Twitter

Friday, July 13, 2018

VIDEO: Ivory Hecker gives us a behind the scenes look

[A blogging break is in effect, but I'm auto posting anyway. Who loves you?]

FOX 26 KRIV anchor/reporter Ivory Hecker gives us a behind the scenes look at the day in the life of a Houston TV journalist.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hottest Houston social media stars June 2018

Summer is here. It's hot. And the Houston media social world is pretty stable for June 2018.

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.

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

Top 5 individuals
  1. Eduardo RodrĂ­guez (Yusnaby PĂ©rez) - 47 Telemundo
  2. Mark Berman - FOX 26 KRIV
  3. Samica Knight - abc13 KTRK
  4. Kaitlin Monte - FOX 26 KRIV
  5. Lindsey Henry - FOX 26 KRIV

  1. Dominique Sachse
  2. Jennifer Reyna
  3. Adam Wexler
  4. Frank Billingsley
  5. Justin Stapleton

  1. Melissa Correa
  2. Chita Craft
  3. Brandi Smith
  4. David Paul
  5. Darby Douglas

abc 13 KTRK
  1. Samica Knight
  2. Erica Simon
  3. Mayra Moreno
  4. Chelsey Hernandez
  5. Travis Herzog

  1. Mark Berman
  2. Kaitlin Monte
  3. Lindsey Henry
  4. Ivory Hecker
  5. Melissa Wilson

Univision 45 KXLN
  1. Marcela Perez Barros
  2. Karina Yapor
  3. Deysy Rios
  4. David Herrera
  5. Albert MartĂ­nez

Telemundo 47 KTMD
  1. Eduardo RodrĂ­guez (Yusnaby PĂ©rez)
  2. MartĂ­n Berlanga
  3. Ubaldo MartĂ­nez
  4. Carlos A. Robles
  5. Antonio HernĂĄndez

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

DISCLAIMER: The top five Houston Chronicle staffers are listed at the bottom. I did not include KIAH 39 because it does not have five full-time on-air employees to make up the list. No Houston radio stations are listed in the Share Rocket database.