Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Houston now 8th Nielsen Designated Market Area (DMA)

Houston is moving on up from 10 to 8 in the Nielsen TV Designated Market Area (DMA) list

I guess all the news about people moving to Houston is true. Today, ratings company Nielsen announced its list of the 2016-2017 television markets and Houston jumped from market 10 to 8!

If Houston moved up to 8, that means we passed Boston (Manchester) and Atlanta.

So what does it matter? I am no sales expert, but I understand advertisers like to buy spots in the top 10 markets. So I'm not sure what this means for us moving up two spots. Bragging rights?

"Other than proving the point that Houston is a growing market, I’m not sure this changes anything on TV pricing," Chris Caldwell of advertising firm Briggs & Caldwell told "So, yes, bragging rights are probably the biggest stake. When Houston went from #11 to #10 a few years ago, stations told us that they would be on more national buys (advertisers who target top ten markets)…thereby making inventory tighter, and driving up rates. The change in rank is probably more of an impact to news talent who are constantly trying to upgrade the size market for which they report. Boston and Atlanta people will now want to come here. LOL."

Heck, I remember the old days when we were market 11. In fact, I remember when we hit market 10. Now that did make a difference. On a personal level, when I was working in the channel 13 consumer office, we immediately started getting more emails from companies trying to get us to test their products.


Top 10 Local Television Market Universe Estimates
Estimates as of January 1, 2017 and used throughout the 2016-2017 television season
Estimates are effective September 24, 2016
1 New York
2 Los Angeles
3 Chicago
4 Philadelphia
5 Dallas-Ft. Worth
6 San Francisco-Oak-San Jose
7 Washington, DC (Hagrstwn)
8 Houston
9 Boston (Manchester)
10 Atlanta

2016 Lone Star EMMY nominations

14th annual Lone Star EMMY Awards nominations

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No joke, just a part of Wayne Dolcefino's office shelf.

Congrats to all of the 2016 Lone Star EMMY nominees.

Next up, the 14th Annual Lone Star EMMY Awards October 15, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.


Here's a quick look at the top category nominees:


Excelencia KWEX Unvision
Christopher Morris, General Manager

KHOU Overall Excellence
Susan McEldoon, President/General Manager

Tom Ehlmann, President/General Manager

Telemundo 39
John Trevino, President/General Manager

Telemundo Houston's Overall Excellence
Tony Canales, General Manager

Univision DFW: Entertain, Educate And Empower
Mark Masepohl, Senior Vice President/General Manager

Mike Devlin, President/General Manager


KHOU News Excellence
Philip Bruce, Executive News Director

NBC 5 News
Mark Ginther, Vice President, News

Noticias 45 Tu Gente Tu Voz
Martha Kattan, News Director

Telemundo 39
Sandra Thomas, Vice President Of News

Telemundo Houston's News Excellence Entry
Jerry Vazquez, News Director

WFAA-TV: News 8
Carolyn Mungo, News Director

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- 2014 Lone Star EMMY winners
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VIDEO: Top TV news bloopers August 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Keli Rabon joins KHOU 11

After leaving KTRK abc13 last year after months on the job, Keli Rabon pops up at KHOU 11

Keli Rabon

Keli Rabon is back for more Houston TV...this time at KHOU 11.

"Who," you are asking right now?

Let's go back to just last year, when I wrote Keli Rabon is coming to KTRK abc13 from Denver's KMGH. She started work at channel 13 right near the beginning of the summer 2015 and by September she was gone.

Poof...just like that.

A source close to Rabon has filled me in on why she left KTRK after months on the job. Apparently Rabon felt the job did not turn out as promised. Rabon, who has been a longtime investigative reporter, wanted to focus on that kind of journalism while the station had other plans.

To give her credit, Rabon's predecessor, Brian Collister, only stayed a short time at 13 Undercover as well. No one replaced her.

In the meantime, she got married and had a baby.

Now we learn Rabon is joining KHOU 11's investigative department.

Prior to Denver, the Schulenburg, TX native was the Chief Investigative Reporter at KVUE in Austin for less than a year.

Before Austin, Rabon worked as an investigative reporter for WREG Memphis. She was also previously a reporter at WLOX Biloxi/Gulfport/Pascagoula in Mississippi.

Rabon interned for both Fox News and WOAI San Antonio and is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University.

According to Rabon's bio, she's been honored with some big time awards like the 2014 duPont-Columbia Award, one National and two Regional RTNDA Murrow Awards for Investigative Reporting; twice a Finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists; two Gracie Awards for Investigative Reporting from the Alliance for Women in Media; the Sigma Delta Chi National Award for Public Service In Television Journalism and the Sigma Delta Chi National Award for Investigative Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists; a four-time finalist for Investigative Reporters & Editors Award for Investigative Reporting, and has won several regional journalism awards including three Emmys.

- Josh Marshall joins KHOU 11
- Jason Miles joins KHOU 11

Jason Miles joins KHOU 11

WMC Memphis reporter Jason Miles joins KHOU 11

Jason Miles

I got word that reporter/anchor Jason Miles has joined the KHOU 11 news team.

He comes from a decade plus of work at WMC in Memphis, TN where the award winning reporter certainly broke and made news.

Miles is a favorite of the Memphis Flyer which featured his creative stand ups. The newspaper's Chris Davis liked posting images of Miles in different situations like under a car, coming through a doggie door or on a birthday cake (don't worry Jason, that attention will stop in Houston since you will probably have much less time to do stuff like that).

A 2013 arrest involving an alleged verbal altercation with police also got Miles some extra media attention. As a result, a Facebook page named Free Jason Miles was created.

Prior to Memphis, Miles worked as a reporter/weekend anchor at WHNT Huntsville, AL, a reporter at WRBL Columbus, GA and reporter/anchor for WGST AM/FM in Atlanta.

In his bio, Miles says Dan Rather is a news mentor, "And not just because he worked for KHOU."

And to cap it all off, Miles also has a blog on the same platform as mine, so make sure to go check it out.

- Keli Rabon joins KHOU 11
- Josh Marshall joins KHOU 11

Monday, August 29, 2016

91.7 NGEN KXNG's Power the Tower free concert

Hip-hop artists Manafest and Gawvi featured performers at 91.7 NGEN KXNG's free concert 'Power the Tower'

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Drew Wilson, NGEN Program Director

WHO: NGEN Radio, a local faith-based station, is celebrating the launch of its new signal 91.7 FM with a city-wide celebration. Chart-topping, hip-hop artists Manafest and Gawvi will be the featured performers and NGEN radio personalities will be on-location to meet listeners and fans.

WHAT: Power the Tower is a celebration open to the public, however guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure entry. The Downtown concert arena can accommodate 2,815 people. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the recently launched 91.7 FM signal, acquired by KSBJ. This full powered FM signal reaches over 5 million people in the greater Houston area to share the messages of hope, unity, and love with millennials. Sponsored in part by McCune Electrical Services, the goal of the new station and launch event is to ultimately inspire listeners to lead within their communities and among their peers.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

WHERE: Revention Music Center, 520 Texas Avenue Houston, Texas 77002

WHY: NGEN, which stands for the Now Generation, hopes to provide a positive alternative to Houston teens and young adults through special events and broadcast media. The launch of their new signal will allow them to spread their messages to a new generation of Houstonians in search of positivity in their lives. NGEN welcomes people from all walks of life through the universal language of music, while still engaging listeners with top hip-hop and pop hits.

91.7 NGEN KXNG lineup

Susan Schiller named FOX 26 KRIV news director

New FOX 26 KRIV news director Susan Schiller previously served as ND for KYW and WPSG Philadelphia

Susan Schiller

HOUSTON – Susan Schiller has been named Vice President and News Director of KRIV, the FOX-owned station in Houston, announced station General Manager, D’Artagnan Bebel. Effective September 6th, Schiller will oversee all aspects of the Fox 26 News operations, reporting directly to Bebel.

In making the announcement, “We are very pleased and excited to have a news leader of Susan's caliber and experience leading our team.”

Previously, Schiller served as Vice President and News Director for KYW-TV and WPSG-TV in Philadelphia. Earlier in her career, she held producer positions at “CBS Evening News,” “CBS This Morning,” CBS News Services (Newspath), and KMOV in St. Louis, MO and WCAU in Philadelphia, where she later returned as Assistant News Director. Most recently, Schiller was Broadcast Media Advisor for the World Meeting of Families Organization during the Papal visit in Philadelphia.

Schiller added, “I am excited to join the Fox family. I look forward to working with the talented and innovative team at Fox 26 and living in Houston, an amazing city and competitive market.”

A graduate of Lindenwood University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Political Science.

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.

Bob Morford leaves FOX 26 KRIV news director gig

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

Friday, August 26, 2016

Michael Saunders named 93.7 KQBT The Beat program director; Urban Brand Coordinator


HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 26, 2016 – iHeartMedia announced today that noted radio veteran Michael Saunders has been named Program Director for 93.7 The Beat KQBT-FM in Houston, effective immediately. In addition, Saunders will serve as Urban Brand Coordinator for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group. iHeartMedia Houston has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises – both broadcast and digital – including 93.7 THE BEAT, 94.5 The Buzz, SUNNY 99.1, KTRH NewsRadio 740, KPRC AM 950 and SportsTalk 790.

iHeartMedia has massive consumer reach and influence across multiple platforms and delivers more live programming than any other media company. As the Program Director for 93.7 THE BEAT, Saunders will work closely with on-air personalities and sales to oversee the station's on-air content, digital footprint and music programming. In his new role as Urban Brand Coordinator, he will serve on iHeartMedia’s Urban Brand Management Team, which provides strategic guidance to the company’s Urban music brands and connects keys advertisers with iHeartMedia’s Urban music audience.

Michael Saunders
Saunders joins iHeartMedia Houston from Star 94.7 WCFB-FM in Orlando, where he has been Program Director for the past five years. He also previously served as Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit and Program Director for iHeartMedia’s Power 105.1 in New York City. In addition, Saunders’s extensive background includes serving as Operations Manager for CBS Radio’s Washington, DC
market, Program Director for WJHM-FM in Orlando, Vice President of Client Services for the Left Bank Organization in Los Angeles and Operations Manager and Program Director for WPEG-FM, WBAV-FM and WGIV-AM in Charlotte.

He began his radio career as an on-air personality for WGCD-AM in his hometown of Chester, SC.

“Michael is a proven leader who will bring incredible results to iHeartMedia,” said Marc Sherman, Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Houston. “We are excited to bring a programmer of his caliber to Houston and are eager to make history
as we transition to this exciting new chapter of THE BEAT.”

“I'm excited to have Michael back on iHeartMedia’s Urban programming team,” said Doc Wynter, Senior Vice President of Urban Programming and Urban Brand Manager for iHeartMedia. “He is one of the best in the business when it comes to understanding the Urban format and its listeners. I can't wait to get back into the radio trenches with him.”

“I’m thrilled to be returning to iHeartMedia to work with the Urban Brand Management Team and the amazing talent and staff in Houston,” said Saunders. “In less than three years, THE BEAT has become Houston’s premiere destination for Hip Hop and R&B
and they are a prime example of iHeartMedia’s unparalleled reach with Urban music audiences. I can’t wait to help THE BEAT and all of iHeartMedia’s Urban stations continue to grow and serve millions of listeners.”

iHeartMedia has the number one reach of any media outlet in the Houston market. Its radio brands and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; 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 more than 90 million registered users.

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

Telemundo Houston delivers largest primetime Spanish-language audience for 2nd consecutive month

Station’s Local Weekday Newscast, “Noticiero Telemundo Houston a las 10 PM” is Most-Watched Spanish-Language Late News in the Market

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HOUSTON, TX – (August 25, 2016) – Telemundo Houston / KTMD delivered the largest Spanish-language Primetime weekday audience among Adults 18 to 34, Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54 for a second consecutive month.

Led by the success of Telemundo network’s new primetime series: Silvana Sin Lana at 7 PM, Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso at 8 PM and Señora Acero 3, La Coyote at 9 PM, Telemundo Houston outperformed all of its local Spanish-language competitors in the market among all three key demographic groups during August 2016. Additionally, the station delivered its best August Primetime performance to date, among Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54.

At 10 PM, Telemundo Houston’s local weekday newscast, Noticiero Telemundo Houston a las 10 PM, was the most-
watched local Spanish-Language late newscast, among Adults 18 to 34, Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25-54.

Source: NSI Houston; August 2016-August 2008; Preliminary Live +SD; Arianna Reports; Daypart AQH Impressions M-F 7p-10p (KTMD, KXLN, KFTH, KZJL, KYAZ, KTBU, KHLM, KUVM, KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, KIAH, KTXH, KUBE); News Program Average Impressions M-F 9p-1030p (KTMD, KXLN, KFTH)

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