Thursday, December 01, 2016

Dave Ward has open heart surgery

Dave Ward will be off the air for a while as he recovers from heart surgery

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As the news came out that KTRK abc13 anchor Dave Ward had heart surgery Thursday, Houston has responded with an outpouring of support on social media.

As a huge Ward fan, it makes me emotional to see the love you are sending him.

It was quite an honor to sit down with him last month and conduct those interviews about his career.

Dave, hang in there, we are praying for you.

KPRC 2's Sofia Ojeda welcomes baby

KPRC 2 weekend morning anchor Sofia Ojeda welcomes her baby daughter.

KPRC 2 posted the following on its Facebook page:

KPRC2 Sofia Ojeda and KPRC2 / Click2Houston welcomed Leora James into the world at 9:41 this morning at 9 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches long!


KPRC 2's Sofia Ojeda is pregnant

Texas TV & radio job moves November 2016


Meteorologist Remeisha Shade leaves NBC 5.

Veteran sports reporter Ted Madden hanging it up at WFAA 8.

Lauren Nevitt made her debut November 5th as the traffic anchor for WFAA Saturday mornings from 7-9.

KTVT CBS 11 producer Kyle Weeks moves over to WFAA 8.

Kevin Graham Named PD At WBAP-KLIF/Dallas.

- Atom Smasher says he was let go from Dallas' 102.1 The Edge KDGE after format flip


SB Nation Radio host Steve Bunin (formerly of CSN Houston, ESPN) is leaving Houston to become the morning anchor at KING Seattle.

FOX 26 KRIV reporter Natasha Geigel moves from evenings to mornings.

KTRK abc13 reporter Lauren Lea has left the station.

Charese Fruge To Exit CBS/Houston VP/Programming & OM Post.

Houston Chronicle education reporter Ericka Mellon is leaving the news biz to work in communications at the University of Houston College of Education.

Chris Stipes has joined UH media relations team.

Senior Media Relations Specialist Marisa Ramirez is now the Executive Director of Communications at UH Sugar Land.

- Dave Ward's father did not want him working at KTRK and other stories
- Dave Ward's honor saved by waitress and other radio stories
- Dave Ward traveled with the Houston Oilers for $15
- How Dave Ward found love in charity
- Lindsey Henry joins FOX 26
- Janelle Bludau joins KPRC 2
- Scarlett Fakhar is no longer with FOX 26


Rebecca Trejo has started a new job at Austin’s KVUE News as a multi-media journalist.

KXAN Asst. News Director Tim Vetscher has left Texas to work in the investigative department of KSTP 5 Saint Paul, MN.


Meteorologist Zac Scott leaves KSWO Lawton, OK for KCEN Waco, Temple and Killeen.

WIAT 42 Birmingham, Alabama reporter Michael Oder returns to KBTX Bryan/College station as assistant news director.

News Channel 9 KTSM EL Paso Weekend Weathercaster/Reporter Vianey Arana leaves to work at KNTV San Francisco/Bay Area.

KLTV Tyler anchor/reporter Skylar Gallop leaves the news biz to become Communications Director of The Williams Group.


Alma Newsom, trailblazing black television anchor, dies at 70
- Former KHOU anchor Alma Newsom passes away.


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Bill Balleza to hit 50 years on TV with KPRC 2 contract extension

KPRC 2's Bill Balleza to stay in anchor chair through 2021

Bill Balleza
After deciding to continue in his anchor role at KPRC 2, Bill Balleza will hit 50 years on the air in a few years, although not with the same station the entire time. With his latest contract extension, he will keep anchoring at channel 2 through 2021.

Balleza's illustrious TV career started as a gamble.

After serving three years in the Marine Corps (including 13 months in Vietnam where he was positioned as a scout/sniper), broadcasting was a degree Balleza's guidance counselor at San Antonio College advised him not to pursue. The reason, at the time in the late 1960s, Balleza says few Hispanics were working in the industry.

"I chose broadcasting anyway because there was no math requirement, and I had flunked algebra twice in high school," Balleza told

Graduating with a degree he never expected to use, Balleza did manage to land a job on the floor crew at his hometown station KSAT San Antonio. And then Balleza says his big break came.

"Stations around the country were looking for minority candidates because activist groups began challenging their licenses based on employment practices," Balleza told me. "My first reporter job was at KRON in San Francisco in May of 1971."

Houston's own KHOU 11 hired the young Balleza as a reporter in 1973.

Balleza moved to KPRC in 1980, following the legendary Ron Stone as main anchor in 1990.

"Looking back, algebra might be the main reason my career will span 50 years when I retire in June of 2021," Balleza joked.

And on that summer five years from now, Houston viewers will say goodbye to another television legend. But hey, maybe we can twist his arm to sign another five year extension!

- KPRC 2 claims top spot in November 2016 sweeps
- KPRC 2 launches new graphics package 2016

KPRC's official release:


Emmy-Winning Journalist’s Career Spans More Than Four Decades

Houston, TX: KPRC 2 is proud to announce longtime news anchor Bill Balleza has renewed his commitment to Houston news viewers with a contract extension into 2021.

Balleza, who joined KPRC 2 in August of 1980, began his career as a reporter at San Francisco’s KRON-TV in July of 1971. With his contract extension, Balleza is set to reach a milestone of 50 years in television broadcasting.

“We are delighted that our viewers can continue to count on Bill, who they’ve known and trusted as a leader in the Houston community for more than 35 years,” said KPRC 2 VP/General Manager, Jerry Martin. “His energy and presence at the anchor desk represents the gold standard in the broadcast industry. I know our viewers join me in my enthusiasm as they welcome Bill into their homes on KPRC 2 News well into the future.”

Balleza anchors KPRC 2 News at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm, Monday through Friday.

“I am so grateful to be part of such a great news organization with such dedicated and caring professionals,” said Balleza. “I am grateful, too, for the opportunity to report news in the most dynamic and diverse city in America. The Houston area is a great place to live, and I’m so proud to have called Houston home for most of my adult life.”

KPRC 2 News at 10 with Bill Balleza, Dominique Sachse, Frank Billingsley and Randy McIlvoy is a consistent ratings leader and scored a dominant victory during the November 2016 Nielsen measurement period with a 2.7 rating representing a full point advantage over the nearest competitor (Adults 25-54 based on Nielsen Live + SD overnights, Monday-Friday for the measurement period of October 27, 2016 through November 23, 2016).

A native Texan, Balleza graduated from San Antonio College. He is a Vietnam veteran who served as a Marine Scout Sniper during the Tet Offensive of 1968.

Balleza’s remarkable journalism career has found him covering historic events like the Murrah Federal Building explosion in Oklahoma City, the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the election of Pope Francis and much more. He won an Emmy for his reporting on the deadly fertilizer company explosion in West, TX.

FOX 26 getting new set for 2017

FOX 26 KRIV broadcasts from newsroom as new set is being built for 2017

We just saw KHOU 11 get a new set for 2016, and now FOX 26 KRIV is getting one for 2017.

Luckily for channel 26, they have a newsroom set and it appears they are broadcasting the news from there for now.

A reliable source tells me the new set is expected to debut in January.

Example of old set that has been in use since the last decade.

(Thanks Eric)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

KPRC 2 launches new graphics package 2016

KPRC 2 has launched a new graphics package with a refresh of lower thirds, full screens, weather...etc. Here is a quick rundown of the new look.

The last time I published about KPRC getting a new graphics package was back in 2011, but I'm pretty sure they had some changes after that.

My question is, what will happen to KPRC's newscasts when it moves to its new building next year? Will they move the current set or debut a new one? Will these graphics remain? Stay tuned.

- Houston TV station graphics launches through the years
KPRC 2 launches new set for 2013

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Best TV News Bloopers November 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

FOX 26 November 2016 sweeps highlights

FOX 26 KRIV sweeps highlights for November 2016

FOX 26 KRIV sends us its ratings highlights for November 2016.

FOX26 AM News is #1 at 4am in A18-49
FOX26 AM News @ 4am tied for #1 in A25-54
FOX26 AM News @ 9am is #1 in A25-54 and A18-49
FOX26 Sat-Sun AM News at 5-7am moves up in rank from #3 to #2 in A25-54

FOX26 News at 4a is +2 in rank from Nov16 vs Oct16 in A25-54.
FOX26 News at 9a is +2 in rank from Nov16 vs Oct16 in A25-54.
FOX26 News at 4a is +1 in rank from Nov16 vs Oct16 in A18-49.
FOX26 Sat-Sun News at 5a-7a is +1 in rank from Nov16 vs Nov15 in A25-54.

FOX26 AM News at 4am finished the November 2016 ratings period @ #1 in A25-54.
- In Nov 2016 FOX26 AM News at 4am delivered a 0.4 rating in A25-54 (9,957 viewers).
- KTRK’s Eyewitness News @ 4am (0.4 rating in A25-54, 10,070 viewers)
- KPRC’s CH 2 News @4am (0.2 rating in A25-54, 6,136 viewers)
- KHOU’s 11 News This Morning @4am (0.1 rating in A25-54, 3,944 viewers)
All but, KTRK fell short in Nov16.

FOX26 AM News at 4am finished the November 2016 ratings period @ #1 in A18-49.
- In Nov 2016 FOX26 AM News at 4am delivered a 0.3 rating in A18-49 (8,921 viewers)
- KTRK’s Eyewitness News @ 4am (0.3 rating in A18-49, 8,727 viewers)
- KPRC’s CH 2 News @4am (0.2 rating in A18-49, 5,372 viewers)
- KHOU’s 11 News This Morning @4am (0.1 rating in A18-49, 3,293 viewers)
All fell short in Nov16.

FOX26 AM News at 9am finished the Nov 2016 ratings period @ #1 in A25-54.
- In Nov 2016 FOX26 AM News at 9am delivered a 0.7 rating in A25-54 ( 21,284 viewers).
- KTRK’s LIVE WITH KELLY @ 9am (0.7 rating in A25-54, 19,822 viewers)
- KPRC’s TODAY SHOW @9am (0.7 rating in A25-54, 18,823 viewers)
- KHOU’s GREAT DAY HOUSTON @9am (0.3 rating in A25-54, 9,298 viewers)
All fell short in Nov16.

FOX26 AM News at 9am finished the Nov 2016 ratings period @ #1 in A18-49.
- In Nov 2016 FOX26 AM News at 9am delivered a 0.6 rating in A18-49 ( 17,212 viewers)
- KTRK’s LIVE WITH KELLY @ 9am (0.5 rating in A18-49, 16,763 viewers)
- KPRC’s TODAY SHOW @9am (0.5 rating in A18-49, 15,871 viewers)
- KHOU’s GREAT DAY HOUSTON @9am (0.2 rating in A18-49, 7,154 viewers)
All fell short in Nov16.

McGuff Holiday Gift Guide 2016

There is so much cool stuff out there right now. From the Amazon Echo to Googe Home, tech is rapidly moving into our homes.

No phone, no problem. So here are some of my favorite gifts out there I'm throwing in the Holiday Guide.

And as the source for Houston media books, check out some of the titles I've covered over the last year.

H-Town Gift Guide: 6 Sweet T-Shirt Shops

If you purchase from the links here, Amazon gives me a cut, you don't pay anything extra.


Houston media books

Books from Tom Abrahams, Dayna Steele, Minerva Perez, Randy Hames (Hudson and Harrigan) and Dan Lovett.

Telemundo Houston ranks #1 in primetime & 10pm, regardless of language, in November 2016 sweeps

KTMD returns as Houston’s Spanish-language Primetime leader, for a fifth consecutive monthh

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In my recent post The rise of Houston Spanish TV, I told you things were going well for Telemundo and Univision.

Now Telemundo tells us it once again had wins in primetime and late news. And the marketers will note, they win in young viewer$ too. Ka-ching!

HOUSTON, TX – (November 28, 2016) – Telemundo Houston / KTMD closed out the November 2016 sweeps period as the most-watched station in the market, in any language, during Primetime and Late News (Monday through Friday) among Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49. This is the fourth consecutive month that KTMD’s late local newscast, Noticiero Telemundo Houston at 10 PM outranks* all other local late news competitors among both demographic groups.

Additionally, Telemundo Houston was the most-watched Spanish-language station in the market during Primetime (Monday through Friday), among Adults 18 to 34, Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54 for a fifth consecutive month. The station’s stellar Primetime programming delivered half of the market’s Spanish-language viewership in this time period and among all three demographic groups.

Source: Nielsen (NSI) Houston; July-November 2016, Preliminary Live +SD; Arianna Reports; News Program Average Ratings M-F 9p-1030p (KTMD, KXLN, KFTH, KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, KIAH); Daypart AQH Ratings M-F 7p-10p (KTMD, KXLN, KFTH, KZJL, KYAZ, KTBU, KHLM, KUVM, KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, KIAH, KTXH, KUBE); Spanish-language Share (KTMD, KXLN, KFTH, KZJL, KYAZ). *Tied KPRC Aug16 A18-49.

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- FOX 26 November 2016 sweeps highlights