Friday, July 21, 2017

Cartoonist Nick Anderson let go from Houston Chronicle

While I was away, The Houston Chronicle eliminated staff political cartoonist Nick Anderson.

The Pulitzer Prize winner's firing caught the eye of the Washington Post which wrote Texas now has zero staff political cartoonists, as Houston Chronicle fires Pulitzer winner.

Here is what Anderson posted to his Facebook page:

I have an unfortunate announcement: Today is my last day at The Houston Chronicle. My position was eliminated. Much has been written about the reduction of staff editorial cartoonists at newspapers (along with print journalists in general) and today, the odds caught up with me. Ironically, thanks to social media, my cartoons are seen more widely than ever.

One cartoon I posted during the heat of the presidential election campaign last year was shared around 550,000 times on Facebook alone, and those were just the ones I could track. I was at a wedding in New York around that time. The woman sitting next to me asked me what I did for a living. I told her, and she said, "Oh, I saw your cartoon on Facebook today." She pulled out her phone and there it was. Thanks to the internet and social media, the reach of editorial cartoons has never been greater.

While the internet and social media help spread my work widely, they also have made it harder for anyone in the news business to make a living. I was able to drive significant traffic to my employer's web site at times, but not on the same scale as the Facebook traffic. And traffic alone isn't enough anymore. Newspapers are moving to a subscriber/paywall model. Unfortunately, the powers that be decided a full-time cartoonist was not going to be a part of that model.

I've had a good run, and I'm grateful to been a political cartoonist for so long. I've been extremely fortunate in my professional career. I really want to thank my readers for their encouragement, comments, and feedback. Even the insults and disagreements have been appreciated.

But you're not rid of me yet. I'm still syndicated with The Washington Post Writers Group. I’ll continue to draw 3 to 4 cartoons a week for the foreseeable future and, hopefully, for many years to come. Meanwhile, please feel free to let me know of any opportunities that you think would be a good fit, inside or outside of journalism.
One last note: I called our Human Resources department earlier this year to see about getting more vacation time -- be careful what you wish for...

-Nick Anderson

Anderson came to the Houston Chronicle in 2006 after working for years at The Louisville Courier-Journal

CW39 KIAH to air Houston Cougars Football season opener

UH football opener to air on CW39 KIAH Saturday, September 2nd

KIAH-TV is pleased to present live coverage of the University of Houston Cougars vs. the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners college football game, Saturday, September 2nd at 6:00pm on CW39.

The game will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

“We understand the excitement for U of H football in the city of Houston,” said Harvey Saxer, of KIAH-TV. “The Cougars are coming off a great season, they’ve got a new head coach, and there’s a lot of optimism for what lies ahead. We’re thrilled to be the exclusive television home for the season opener. We know that it will be an exciting time for all those associated with the University of Houston and everyone else in the Houston area that loves college football.”

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ron Trevino marks 35 years at KHOU 11

KHOU 11 anchor Ron Trevino has been doing a bunch of #TBT's this month as he celebrates 35 years at KHOU 11! Here is part of something Trevino posted on on his 30 year anniversary:

I was 23 years old when I was hired. I was still in college, so some of the interns in the news department were actually older than me! Now, I work with people who weren't even born when I got hired.

People are amazed when I tell them about the old days…working WITHOUT computers and all the fancy animated graphics. We had electric typewriters back then, which was a huge upgrade for me, because I worked with manual typewriters down in Corpus Christi.

I started out as a producer here, and some of the anchors I worked with included names like, Mitch Duncan, Steve Smith, Sylvan Rodriguez, Chip Moody, Amanda Arnold and Clare Casademont…any of those names jog the memory banks? READ THE REST

The most epic TV anchor intro...ever

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Deneige Broom joins FOX 26 KRIV

The Houston heat must be making you and me delirious.

Apparently FOX 26 KRIV got a new reporter in June and I didn't notice, and most importantly, no Houston TV viewers wrote in to tell me.

That's odd.

I mean, viewers contact me about rings appearing and disappearing on anchor's fingers.

Some seem to watch newscasts with magnifying classes against the screen to see if {insert TV personality name here} has popped a zit.

Anyway, Orlando Sentinel columnist Hal Boedeker just wrote a piece about Deneige Broom leaving WFTV Orlando for FOX 26 KRIV.

At least the humidity won't catch her off guard.

Broom started at WFTV in 2013.

“I came from a much smaller market (Tallahassee), and WFTV taught me how to investigate stories and analyze things in a way that I don't think I could've been shown anywhere else," Broom told Boedeker. "It was a lot of work and stress at times, but I'm thankful for the growth and opportunity to report and anchor in my hometown market so early in my career.”

Before Orlando, Broom worked in the Valdosta, Ga. bureau for Tallahassee's WCTV.

She attended Florida State University and even covered football there as a sideline reporter for ESPNU.

According to her bio, Broom lived in Madrid, Spain and worked for the Spanish government as a teacher where she became fluent in Spanish.

Speaking of FOX 26, I understand meteorologist Lisa Vaughn is still missing.

Will let you know if I hear anything.

I still have viewers writing in about Vaughn.

KPRC 2 staff in 1953 and 2017 photo

Here is a photo shoot that is 64 years in the making!

The first is a photo of the KPRC channel 2 staff at the station's old Post Oak building (near the Galleria) in 1953. Last week, the 2017 KPRC staff took this shot at its new building on the Southwest Freeway (aka Hwy 59, aka I-69).

I'm told not every staff member was included in the current day shot, after all, someone’s gotta do the news.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Former Houston sportscaster joins syndicated show

Former KPRC 2 sports reporter Gary Striewski joins "morning dose"

Former KPRC 2 multi-media news, then sports reporter Gary Striewski is returning to Houston TV...sorta.

In 2013, Striewski left channel 2 to work as a reporter/sports anchor at NESN "New England’s most watched sports network."

According to Boston area news reports, he left the network earlier this year.

So where will he end up on Bayou City TV screens?

Well, instead of Houston's channel dos, Striewski will be appearing on "morning dose" (sorry I couldn't resist). You can tell "morning dose" is hip and different because it refuses to be constrained by capitals.

For the uninitiated, morning.dose is the new Tribune morning show that replaced Eye Opener from the studios of KDAF in Dallas-Fort Worth.

You can watch it and Striewski in Houston on CW39 KIAH.

VIDEO: “Tu Voz es Poder: Your Voice is Power - A Latino Town Hall

Houston Public Media and Univision 45 to hold live Town Hall to explore issues around immigration and stories of success

HOUSTON – (July 11, 2017) – Latino leaders, activists and entrepreneurs are coming together for an interactive 90-minute town hall broadcast to explore issues around immigration and stories of success. “Tu Voz es Poder,” which translates to “Your Voice is Power,” will be broadcast live on Houston Public Media TV 8 on July 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

This Houston Public Media production, in partnership with Univision 45, will be simulcast in Spanish (SAP) and live streamed on and in English and Spanish. The town hall will also stream via Facebook Live on both organizations’ Facebook channels (Houston Public Media and Noticias 45 Houston.)

“Houston has one of the largest Hispanic communities in the country so immigration legislation impacts our city in many ways,” said Lisa Shumate, associate vice president and general manager of Houston Public Media. “As part of our mission to provide in-depth local news and information, Houston Public Media is excited to partner with Houston’s leading Spanish-language TV station, Univision 45, to examine the challenges and opportunities faced in our community.”

Special guest hosts for the town hall include Osvaldo Corral, news anchor/reporter and host of Univision 45’s “EdiciĆ³n Digital Houston,” and Gabriela Natale, three-time Emmy-award winning producer/host of the television show, SuperLatina. Corral and Natale will guide the conversation in front of a curated studio audience with a panel of guests that include:

Art Acevedo – chief, Houston Police Department
Ali Noorani – executive director, National Immigration Forum
Cesar Espinosa – executive director, FIEL Houston (immigrant rights organization)
Alex Lopez Negrete – president and CEO, Lopez Negrete Communications
David Cordua – executive chef, Cordua Restaurants (Americas, Artista and Churrascos)

"Univision 45 is proud to partner with Houston Public Media to help bring relevant immigration information to our audience," said David Loving, senior vice president and general manager for Univision Houston. "Many members of our community are concerned about the impact new immigration policies will have on their families. As a mission-driven company, it is our responsibility to empower them with accurate information,” added Loving.

Social media interaction with viewers will be an integral part of the town hall. Immigration lawyers will be in the digital studio with host, Aurora Losada, director of digital operations at Houston Public Media, to answer questions. The community is invited to join this important conversation live via social media using the hashtag #YourVoiceIsPower.

“Tu Voz es Poder” is part of Houston Public Media’s DiverseCity project (#DiverseCity), a yearlong multi-media initiative looking at what Houston’s diversity means for the city. Stay tuned to for all Houston Public Media stories and content related to this initiative.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by Houston Public Media and Univision)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Leigh Frillici joins KPRC

Former KHOU 11 reporter Leigh Frillici joins KPRC 2

My 2012 post Where's KHOU's Leigh Frillici? is suddenly becoming relevant for 2017.


Frillici will be back on KPRC 2 starting soon as a temporary reporter.

"It's exciting to return to Houston news with a powerhouse station like KPRC," Frillici told "They needed a freelance reporter and this opportunity came at the perfect time. Looking forward to joining this strong team in telling the stories that matter to Houstonians."

Five years ago, Frillici told me she did not renew with KHOU because she had two young children and wanted to concentrate on them.

Apparently last fall, the TV bug called back to her. She did some freelance reporter for WTNH New Haven, Connecticut.

How did she pick that station to make a return to TV?

Before KHOU, Frillici reported for WTNH and WFSB in Connecticut.

And it just so happens, that her former Channel 11 news director, Keith Connors, is now the news director for WTNH.

Even when not on the air, TV News has been in Frillici's thoughts.

In 2014, Frillici and Connors co-founded UNews Digital, LLC. The company makes an app for TV stations that, "enables better monetization of digital video and content across multiple platforms while creating a personalized news experience for the viewer."

CultureMap and KTRK abc13 team up

Years ago, and KTRK abc13 teamed up online. Then CultureMap teamed up with KHOU 11 in 2012. Now CultureMap and KTRK are back together.

(Houston, TX) – Gow Media, owner of, the leading digital provider of lifestyle content in Texas, and ABC13 KTRK-TV, the leading news provider in Houston, announced a new partnership to share and cross promote content. The
partnership will allow both companies to leverage additional resources, and reach a wider, complementary audience.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us,” said David Gow, CEO of Gow Media. “We have long respected ABC13’s leading voice in our market, and are delighted to add their content to our site. We are also excited to have our CultureMap stories featured on, which will undoubtedly enable us to reach new audiences.”

“CultureMap is a leader in covering restaurants, events and the many exciting cultural developments in our city,” said Henry Florsheim, President and General Manager of ABC13. “We think their stories are a good fit for our TV viewers as well as our digital
audiences on the ABC13 news app and We also see the partnership as a great opportunity for ABC13 stories to get in front of new audiences on”

In addition to, Gow Media owns two sports radio stations in Houston, KFNC 97.5 FM and KGOW 1560 AM, and one of the country’s largest national sports radio networks, SB Nation Radio. CultureMap was acquired in February 2017, and shortly thereafter, Gow hired Ken Hoffman, the popular columnist from the Houston Chronicle.

“We are committed to providing market-leading sports and lifestyle content,” said Gow.

About Gow Media
Gow Media, LLC is a leading sports media company founded in 2007 and based in Houston. The company owns two sports stations in Houston: ESPN 97.5 and SB Nation Radio 1560. The company also owns one of the country’s largest sports radio networks, SB Nation Radio, which it runs in partnership with SB Nation Radio provides 24/7 sports shows and sports updates to over 500 affiliate radio stations across the country, Sirius Satellite Radio, and mobile and digital partners. Gow Media, LLC is backed by a private investment group with significant experience in media ownership. The investor group includes Steve Webster, co-manager and co-CEO of Avista Capital; Patrick Dugan, vice president and general counsel of Nortex Corporation; and David Gow, chairman and CEO of Gow Media, LLC.

- Charlie Pallilo heading to SB Nation 1560 AM KGOW and ESPN 97.5 KFNC
- Ken Hoffman leaves Houston Chronicle for CultureMap
- AUDIO: Ken Hoffman talks move to CultureMap from Houston Chronicle