Monday, July 24, 2017

Tim Heller's wife has health scare

KTRK abc13 chief meteorologist Tim Heller has a health report, you might want to read

Tim Heller's wife recently was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance.

And from what the KTRK abc13 chief meteorologist tells us, her experience can be a lesson to us all!

I certainly did not know about a silent heart attack like this.

Heller took to Facebook to tell us what happened:


“They’re taking me to the hospital in an ambulance.”

That’s not what I was expecting my wife to say when I answered the phone two weeks ago. She had been complaining about chest pains for about three weeks. Initially we thought she pulled a muscle during yoga. When the intermittent throbbing didn’t subside after a couple of weeks she decided to call her doctor for an appointment. It was the doctor who called the ambulance. An angiogram at the hospital showed her main artery was 95% clogged.

My wife had what doctors call a “Silent Heart Attack.”

She wasn’t experiencing shortness of breath. Her arms didn’t tingle. She wasn’t breaking out in cold sweats. Her blood pressure was good. She wasn’t exhibiting what we might think are the classic signs of a heart attack. Except for the chest pains. And according to Google, more than half of the people who experience chest pains are not having a heart attack. We didn’t realize she was in the other half.

A little stent now keeps blood flowing through that part of her heart. After a week of rest, she’s feeling much better. Not 100% yet, but almost.

I’m sharing this story in the hopes that it might save someone else. According to the American Heart Association silent heart attacks are more common in women than men. My wife had enough blood flowing to prevent a full-fledged knock-down heart attack. But with only 5% getting thru her main artery, there wasn’t much room or time for error.

If you're not feeling well, see your doctor.

Check the American Heart Association website for more information on Silent Heart Attacks: http://bit.ly/1b2RU2z

You might remember that Heller has his own health scare a few years ago.



James Doughty joins KAVU Victoria, Texas

Former KENS 5 San Antonio reporter James Doughty joins KAVU Victoria, Texas as morning anchor

Former KENS 5 San Antonio reporter James Doughty (aka James Muñoz) is now the morning anchor at KAVU in Victoria, Texas.

He even has a memorable start date at the station too.

Doughty started working July 21st, which just so happens to be the station's 35th birthday.

It would have been cool if the station rolled out a giant cake into the newsroom for him to jump out of as an introduction to the staff.

Scratch that...that might only be cool to me.

"Rockport is in our coverage area," Doughty told mikemcguff.com. "My 3rd great grandfather, James Murray Doughty was one of the founding fathers of Rockport. He was also first sheriff of Refugio County another area KAVU covers. I will be using my birth name James Doughty."

Speaking of family, Doughty wrote a book called Some Monument To Last about finding his family in unique circumstances after interviewing Walter Cronkite.

Doughty previously worked as the news director for NewsWest 9 KWES Midland/Odessa.


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 mikemcguff.com 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.