Friday, June 23, 2017

Paul Berlin, Houston radio legend, passes away

Paul Berlin will be remembered as one of Houston's greatest broadcasters

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Paul Berlin interviewed in Dan Lovett's Houston radio documentary
When you think of the greats in Houston radio history, one of the first names to enter your mind has to be Paul Berlin.

Unfortunately, the news has been spreading around social media that Berlin has passed away. I believe he would have been around 87.

"He was a gentleman with the sunniest personality," former 740 KTRH reporter Tracee Evans told "I looked forward to seeing him walk in the building when I was at Clear Channel. He was a walking smile."

Brent Clanton has told me this Saturday night from 6pm-8pm on KSEV 700, the last station Berlin still played songs from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s on the weekends, broadcasting greats Scott Arthur, Walter Hammock and Ronnie Renfrow will air a special tribute to the Houston radio legend. (LISTEN HERE: Archived Berlin KSEV broadcasts)

Berlin played everything from early rock n roll to big band on Houston stations such as:
- 1230 AM KNUZ
- 102.9 KQUE
- 700 KSEV
- 790 KBME
- Then back to 700 KSEV

So many great articles have been written about Berlin's life through the years, I am linking to some of the best, so you can reminisce about this fantastic broadcaster:

Paul Berlin says goodbye to loyal listeners
December 17, 2004
Louis B. Parks

At one time Berlin was the highest-paid disc jockey in the Houston area. He was offered a job at New York station WABC at $50,000 a year, a $10,000 raise, with the chance of doing TV, but he turned it down.

"I said, 'I've got three little boys. I'm making $40,000 right now, and I'm promoting rock 'n' roll shows. But most of all, I'm happy.' What price do you put on happiness?"

Berlin and Nezzie, his wife of 52 years, had five sons in all.

He's been a nominee for radio's Marconi Award. His face and voice are seen and heard in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. He's in the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. He's proud of the accolades, sure, but adds, "I can take a kick in the butt, too, for screwing up. I've done that." READ MORE

Paul Berlin has entertained listeners for 65 years
March 22, 2013
By David Barron

He also promoted concerts, beginning with big bands at the Plantation Ballroom on South Main, and owned two nightclubs, the Dome Shadows near the Astrodome and a short-lived location on Richmond. His acts ranged from the Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and Artie Shaw big bands to Nat "King" Cole, Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, the Dave Clark Five and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

Perhaps the biggest one, alas, got away in 1964. Berlin said he had just booked a show for Sonny and Cher when he received a call asking if he was interested in bringing the Beatles to Houston on that same date.

"I said I couldn't do it, and I asked them please not to bring the Beatles in on that date, because they would kill Sonny and Cher," Berlin said. "So they booked them in Denver."

Berlin tried to get the Beatles a year later, but KNUZ management insisted that promoters guarantee the Fab Four would show up without sending replacements. The promoter refused, and the Beatles' Aug. 14, 1965, shows at the Sam Houston Coliseum were sponsored by KILT. READ THE REST


Michael Garfield KPRC 950
"Sad loss. A legend indeed. Story time: when I started at Clear Channel in 2002 the KPRC studio shared a window with KBME Oldies. Paul was always doing his thing on-air while I was on the other side of the glass just learning radio. Talk about intimidating...staring at the legend whilst he stared back at me. He couldn't have been nicer. Always said "Hey, baby, what's shakin'? You're doing a great job. A superstar!" His stories were amazing. Nevah gonna be anyone like him. RIP, Pablo."

'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen' coming to Houston and Dallas TV

“Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” coming to Houston and Dallas TV FOX owned stations

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No doubt “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” has been a hit on cable, so now the Bravo show is going to have a summer run on FOX owned TV stations in Texas.

“I'm thrilled our show has the opportunity to reach a broader audience at all hours of the day,” said Andy Cohen, Host and Executive Producer in an announcement.

If you are in the Lone Star State, you can watch the talk show on Fox 26 KRIV Houston at 11:30pm and KDFI 27 Dallas-Fort Worth at 9:30pm weeknights starting June 26th.

I understand some of the biggest names that have appeared on the 30-minute show will be guests on this summer preview.

“Once again, we’re making it a priority to provide fresh options for our viewers during the summer," said FOX Television Stations SVP Frank Cicha in a statement.

The show will run for four weeks on OTA TV.

Here is a description of the show:

"Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" is Bravo's late-night, interactive talk show that features guests from the world of entertainment, politics and pop culture. Hosted by Andy Cohen, the series has become a nightly destination for A-listers including Meryl Streep, Cher, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Lawrence, Mariah Carey, Will Ferrell and Gwyneth Paltrow. Whether “Pleading the Fifth” or “Opening The Vault,” endless memorable moments have been revealed as host Andy Cohen continues to challenge some of the biggest celebrities and Bravolebrities on the only truly live, interactive series in late night television.

Michelle Choi joins KHOU 11

Michelle Choi joins KHOU as MMJ from KTEN Sherman-Denison, TX

Michelle Choi

KHOU 11 has hired KTEN Sherman-Denison, TX (DMA 162) reporter Michelle Choi as its latest multi-media journalist and she is no stranger to Houston.

"I'm very excited that I get to finally be with my family," Choi told the KTEN audience on her last broadcast. "It's been, gosh, three years since I've been to Houston to live."

The Stratford High School grad was born in South Korea, but was raised in Houston since age three.

She received a degree in Business Marketing at the University of Houston, but the call to television journalism sucked her away from the world of Excel and office buildings.

Choi joined KTEN in 2015. Before that she was an associate producer with FOX 23 KOKI in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Just yesterday, I played catch up and blogged that Rose-Ann Aragon joined KPRC 2. - No One Gets You Closer

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Texas media wins big in national 2017 RTDNA Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

Listed below are the national 2017 RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Award Texas media recipients, organized by market size/entry division.

Houston Press Club 2017 Lone Star Award Winners

Large Market Radio

Excellence in Social Media

KUT Social Media
Austin, TX

Excellence in Video

One Crisis Away: Rebuilding a Life - Jennifer Anderson
Dallas, TX

News Documentary

Texas Standard: Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting
KUT - Texas Standard
Austin, TX

Small Market Television

Feature Reporting

A Labor of Love
Temple, TX

News Documentary

From the Ashes of Vietnam
Waco, TX

Large Market Television

Overall excellence

Fort Worth, TX

Breaking News

Dallas Officer Ambush
Fort Worth, TX

Excellence in Social Media

Houston, TX

Excellence in Sound

The Mariachi
Fort Worth, TX

Investigative Reporting

Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Investigating DCS
Fort Worth, TX


News 8 at 10: Dallas Police Ambush
Dallas, TX

Small Digital News Organization

Overall excellence

The Texas Tribune
The Texas Tribune
Austin, TX

Continuing Coverage
Bordering on Insecurity
The Texas Tribune
Austin, TX

Excellence in Social Media

A Sniper On Campus
The Texas Tribune
Austin, TX

Investigative Reporting

Hell and High Water
The Texas Tribune / Pro Publica
Austin, TX

Large Digital News Organization

Breaking News

Eight Hours of Terror
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas, TX

Rose-Ann Aragon joins KPRC 2

WHILE I WAS AWAY: Rose-Ann Aragon joined KPRC 2 from WCPO 9 Cincinnati, Ohio

Rose-Ann Aragon

Back in the dark days of spring when I was hardly posting here, Houston got a new on air staffer.

Rose-Ann Aragon joined KPRC 2 from WCPO 9 Cincinnati, Ohio as a multimedia journalist.

Before WCPO, Aragon did a bit of everything as a reporter/photographer/fill-in anchor/fill-in producer at WEEK/WHOI-TV NBC News 25 ABC HOI-19 News Peoria, IL. While doing all of those gigs, she also trained photographers as the Multimedia Director of IMPULSE Magazine.

And here's where her bio gets interesting.

I always joke most reporters/anchors in a Stepford Wives manner prosaically write they like to run and play tennis.

Not Aragon.

She apparently co-founded a Filipino-American young professional network and co-coordinated the largest leadership development/community building Filipino-interest conference in the Midwest.

But that's not all. She also speaks Italian, loves old school jazz and is only recently retiring as the starting fullback in an all-girls football league.

Aragon earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fmr. Austin anchor Olga Campos releases 'It’s News to Me'

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Former broadcast journalist Olga Campos Benz (KVUE) launches her new career as a contemporary novelist with her much-anticipated first book, It's News to Me. The modern fiction novel features a bold and beautiful Latina television news reporter whose life is endangered by criminals, enhanced by sensuous encounters, complicated by loved ones and spiked throughout with shots of tequila and irreverent humor!

Olga Campos Benz is one of the most honored anchor/reporters to grace the Texas airwaves, having spent more than 30 years covering the biggest news stories in Houston, Corpus Christi and Austin. While fictionalized, Campos Benz now brings this experience to the page in It’s News to Me, offering readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Texas newsroom.

"During my thirty years as a reporter/anchor, viewers always asked what it’s like to work at a TV station,” said Campos Benz. “‘It's News to Me’ answers that key question by providing an unfiltered look at the intense relationships that are always simmering in every newsroom in America. Readers will also savor the gritty details of the competitiveness, the sarcastic humor, and the never ending drive to break a big story!"

Life in television news is not as glamorous, exciting or entertaining as viewers might think. At least it’s not for anchor-reporter Marissa Cavelo who is tired of being typecast as a feature reporter.

There are only so many ribbon-cutting ceremonies a reporter can handle without going insane! Marissa is determined to break a
big exclusive story to prove she’s a serious broadcast journalist. She also hopes to grab the attention of a national talent scout who’s searching for the next network news anchor.

While out on yet another “fluff’ story, Marissa stumbles upon breaking news and the “live” coverage unexpectedly propels her career forward, but it also angers a violent criminal who has a longstanding vendetta against Marissa’s family. Her bumbling bosses and competitive colleagues don’t want her to succeed for their own selfish reasons, so in an attempt to stop her quick rise to fame, the
Executive Producer hands Marisa an impossible assignment - one she is guaranteed to fail.

Marissa tackles the tough assignment while maneuvering the crazy, often hilarious world of local television news at K-A-T-X in Austin,
Texas. As she digs up dirt on a bogus money-making operation, Marissa finds herself sexually drawn to her handsome partner/photographer. At the same time she is pulled further away from her twin sister who hates being in the expanding shadow of
her celebrity sibling.

It turns out Marissa’s twin sister is living a secret life that puts both women in danger leaving Marissa forced to choose between using her investigative reporting skills to either save her sister or expose her enemies with cameras rolling. Either way Marissa risks her shot at becoming a network anchor. Fortunately for the fans of this savvy Latina, her sarcastic humor and the perfect margarita are always free flowing in “It’s News to Me”!

In addition to her new career as a novelist, former broadcast journalist Olga Campos Benz also holds the role of Community Relations Director for businessman and honored philanthropist, Milton Verret, and his companies. She continues her connection and commitment to the Austin community by serving on several nonprofit boards including The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), the Austin Film Festival, the Joe R and Teresa Lozano Long Center, and the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. In 2013, the Austin Business Journal named Olga one of the “Profiles in Power: Women of Influence”.

She was inducted into the City of Austin Commission for Women Hall of Fame in 2014.

Olga and her husband Kevin live in Austin are proud parents of 26 year old twin daughters, Corazon and Allegra.

Thursday, June 22 Casa Ramirez FOLKART Imports, 241 W. 19th Houston, TX 77008 6:30 – 8:30 pm

(This post was taken from a release)

Jennifer Bauer leaves KPRC 2; and she's not the only one leaving

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KPRC 2 reporter Jennifer Bauer signed off from KPRC 2 last night. She follows her husband, Mike Guerrieri, to Florida. Guerrieri, who has been head of KPRC promotions, landed a new gig with NBC in Miami:

NBC 6 / WTVJ today announced that Mike Guerrieri has been named Vice President of Creative Services for the station. Guerrieri will lead the station’s on-air and off-air marketing efforts, as well as community outreach and programming. He will report directly to Larry Olevitch, President and General Manager for NBC 6. His first day at NBC 6 will be June 12.

“Mike has extensive experience in developing and executing outstanding marketing campaigns that help to connect local audiences with valuable information and resources,” said Olevitch. “We are very excited for Mike to join our team.”

A five time Emmy-award winning broadcaster, Guerrieri has nearly 20 years of experience working in broadcast and multimedia marketing for local televisions all across the country. He joins NBC 6 after working as the Vice President and Director of Creative Services for NBC’s Houston affiliate, KPRC-TV since 2010. Previously, Guerrieri held various executive roles in marketing and local programming for television stations in Jacksonville, Florida, Detroit, Michigan and Hartford, Connecticut.

“I’m happy to continue being part of the NBC family and look forward to working with the creative team at NBC 6 to support the station’s continued success and growth in the market,” added Guerrieri.

Guerrieri earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Connecticut and has served as Chairman of the NBC Station Marketing Council Committee since 2014.

About NBC 6 / WTVJ
NBC 6 / WTVJ is the NBC-owned station serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. NBC 6 was Florida’s first television station and has been covering news in South Florida for more than 60 years. WTVJ was founded on three basic principles: commitment to the community, excellence in journalism and pioneering and innovation. Today, NBC 6 South Florida produces more than 30 hours of local news and programming per week, delivers dynamic multi-platform content on and COZI TV and continues its commitment to the community by cultivating local partnerships and capturing the diversity of South Florida.

Guerrieri will probably most enjoy not having to answer questions from at his new station.

Bauer joined KPRC 2 News as a reporter in 2010. She moved to the Bayou City from Jacksonville after spending six years as a reporter at KPRC's sister station WJXT. The Michigan native received her journalism degree from Michigan State University.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Energy Flow Network or EFN launches in Houston

Houston-based Energy Flow Network or EFN launches in Houston

Anytime I feature a TV news operation in Houston that is not a television station, my broadcast working readers suddenly see a career escape strategy. While I have no idea if this place has job openings right now, you might take notice for the future.

Energy Flow Network or EFN is an online video operation that launched months ago in Houston. This new shop is TV news for the energy world. As you probably know, Houston is in the center of the energy universe.

EFN produces U.S. and global energy market information, which covers a wide array of topics from energy commodity insight, daily breaking news, energy price analysis, long-range weather forecasting, geopolitical perspectives, market psychology, cross commodities, currency relationships to energy, economics, upstream, mid-stream, downstream and as I'm typing this I don't even know what all this means, if you are still reading to this point, hopefully you do as this long and winding sentence finally comes to an end.

Now longtime Houston media watchers might know this is not the first time the Bayou City has hosted such an operation.

Natural gas pipeline company, Williams (also the namesake for the tallest Houston building outside of downtown that I still like to call Transco), bowed in October 2000 which was way ahead of its time in the pre-broadband days. Remember what it was like trying to watch a 30 second clip of pixelized video back then? Anyways, the site shut down in 2002.

I'd say these days certainly would be more favorable to a niche video network. Hopefully EFN won't have a SnapChat account.

What makes EFN so effin' cool in my book is the addition of one Mr. Pat Fant. Fant has become an inspiration to me over the years. This is why I digitally stalk him to see what he's working on now. Fant was the creator of 101 KLOL. He then restored the station to great heights in the 80s and 90s. Proving lightning can strike twice, Fant also created The Buzz. You will see waaaayyy more about Fant in my upcoming KLOL final edit now since you asked.

Fant, along with Alan "PetroDamus" Lammey, who have hosted an energy radio show together, will be contributors to EFN. You can watch some of their work below. It's definitely not your average, boring energy coverage.

You can watch EFN at and now Comcast Houston channel 75.

I just cut the cord so I only get web service now. Upon plugging my TV up to an antenna, I picked up around 100 channels in the Houston airwaves. Most are total crap. What's worse is that all these low power stations have a ton of sub-channels with nothing on them. Some are actual color bars with a rent me sign on them.

I've said it before, if I can find investors like EFN did, maybe I should lease one of these sub-channels for my blog. Mike McGuff TV has a nice ring to it. You, me and five of the viewers who might watch it could have a dandy time together.

The best thing that could happen is that I'd do a live call in show and Richard or Sal would prank me. Hit 'em in the Hein.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Josh Innes moves to mornings on SportsTalk 790; other moves

iHeartMedia Houston Debuts New Lineup for SportsTalk 790

Houston, Texas – June 19, 2017– iHeartMedia Houston announced today its new weekday lineup for SportsTalk 790, Houston’s Home for Your Home Teams, effective July 17.

The new schedule will begin at 6:00 a.m. weekdays with “The Josh Innes Show,” which has been broadcasted in afternoons on SportsTalk 790 since October 2016. Innes is a veteran sports radio personality who first worked in Houston radio in 2009. In January
2013, he moved to Philadelphia, where “The Josh Innes Show” was one of the most listened to afternoon drive sports radio shows in the city.

Josh Innes
“We’ve received a lot of great feedback since Josh joined SportsTalk 790,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming for iHeartMedia Houston. “Love him or hate him, he’s one of the most passionate guys on the radio right now and that resonates with sports fans.”

In addition to new time slots for on-air personality Matt Thomas and “In the Trenches with Koch & Kalu,” SportsTalk 790 announced that veteran football scout, writer and fantasy football expert Jayson Braddock will join hosts Adam Clanton and Sean Jones on
“The Bottom Line,” which will now air during the afternoons. SportsTalk 790 will also continue its broadcast partnerships with the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets and the University of Texas football and basketball teams.

“At SportsTalk 790, we have some of the most knowledgeable sports experts and live and local programming in Houston,” said Erickson. “We’re extremely excited for this new lineup, which will provide Houston’s sports fans with even more exciting updates, insights and compelling conversation about the teams they love.”

Full Programming Lineup:

“The Josh Innes Show” 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

“In the Trenches with Koch & Kalu” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“The Matt Thomas Show” 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“The Bottom Line” 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

iHeartMedia Houston has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises – both broadcast and digital – including SUNNY 99.1, 94.5 The Buzz, The All-New 93.7 The Beat, KTRH and SportsTalk 790 – and produces legendary marquee events including Buzzfest and The Houston Beat Down.

iHeartMedia is a leading media outlet in the Houston market and its content is available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast station; online via its branded digital site; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio, the all-in- one streaming music and live radio service – with its more than a billion downloads and 100 million registered users.

Lance Zierlein leaves SportsTalk 790 KBME coverage

What do you think about the move? Talk with Houston radio listeners

(The following post was taken from a release sent to me by IHeartMedia Houston)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

LA Guns footage from Reloaded Tour 2017 Houston - 6/15/17

Unfortunately I missed the latest L.A. GUNS with a reunited Tracii Guns And Phil Lewis show in Houston at Proof Rooftop Lounge Midtown.

Still true to my rocking ways, I missed it because I was working on the Rock 101 KLOL documentary. A good excuse if you ask me.

There is a YouTuber named Carlos Melendez who is always bringing us clips of Houston rock shows on his channel. He lets me vicariously be at Bayou City rock shows. Here is some of what he captured at LA Guns this week...including a new song called "Speed" off the bands upcoming album.

It's like 1988 all over again!

Metallica rocks Houston and media shows up