Friday, August 28, 2015

Steven Tyler stops by Houston's 93Q & The Eagle

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler drops by 93Q KKBQ and 107.5/106.9 The Eagle KGLK

 photo Steven_1_zpsj724fcv8.pngRock royalty and Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is in Houston today...because of country music?

Yes, half of the former Toxic Twins, is waving his microphone scarves for the Nashville crowd [hear his new song here]. But let's face it, there were some 90s Aerosmith tunes that kind of veered in that direction anyway.

With added twang in his voice, Tyler was here to meet 93Q KKBQ program director Johnny Chiang and music director Christi Brooks, plus sit down with the Q Morning Zoo to talk about his move into country music.

A Cox Media Group representative tells that Tyler was incredibly nice and even brought his two dogs with him.

And being that this is the lead singer of one of America's greatest rock bands, Tyler did stop in to talk with Dean & Rog over at classic rocker 107.5/106.9 The Eagle KGLK.

Kelly pointed out that after his radio appearances, Steven Tyler headed over to Cafe Express in Uptown Park.

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A photo posted by Steven Tyler (@iamstevent) on

This is totally going to be my Christmas card the year....#MerryChristmasFromTheTylersSteven Tyler, I <3 u!<3 The Fabulous Jennifer Tyler
Posted by Houston's Eagle on Friday, August 28, 2015

Mayra Moreno joins KTRK abc13 from KENS 5

KENS 5 San Antonio anchor Mayra Moreno comes back to Houston at KTRK abc13

Mayra Moreno
Mayra Moreno
A familiar face is returning to Houston TV. Former KIAH 39 MMJ Mayra Moreno is coming back to the Bayou City as an anchor/reporter at KTRK abc13.

"Years ago when I embarked on my journey to become a journalist, I always envisioned myself working for the station I grew up watching in Houston," Moreno posted on Facebook.

She leaves KENS 5 San Antonio where she has been since 2011. Moreno was hired as a reporter for the now TEGNA station, eventually being promoted to Saturday morning anchor.

Moreno started in TV at KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley.

The new KTRK anchor was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and raised in Houston. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston with a double major in Journalism and Spanish.

"After spending 4 years in San Antonio with KENS 5 CBS it is bittersweet," she added. "To all my loyal viewers over the years I thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to bring you the news and stories that impacted the community. I feel blessed to be given an opportunity to return home, accomplish a long-time goal and continue to do what I love."

As I wrote years ago for her switch from KIAH to KENS, I worked with Moreno in the last days of KIAH 39s news department.

Dear San Antonio,Years ago when I embarked on my journey to become a journalist...I always envisioned myself working...
Posted by Mayra Moreno on Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Disturbed announce Houston & Dallas, Texas 2016 tour dates

Disturbed announce 2016 US tour dates

Hard rock titans Disturbed have announced a 2016 tour in support of their upcoming sixth studio release, Immortalized, out August 21 via Reprise Records. The tour, which kicks off March 11 in Vancouver, will offer a rare chance to see Disturbed's arena-ready show in an up close and personal setting, such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Irving Plaza in New York City, Roseland Theater in Portland, and more.

"Our return from hiatus was for one reason: we are dying for our fix of the live experience," said David Draiman. "We need to satisfy our addiction to the feeling you get when you play to the most dedicated and vibrant fan base in existence, the Disturbed ones. We know the Arena shows will come, but we wanted to start out feeling like it did in the old days. Intimate, hot, and intense. We can't wait. Prepare yourselves. The Leviathan has risen."

The Grammy Award-nominated foursome returned from its four year hiatus earlier this summer by announcing Immortalized. The album features single "The Vengeful One," currently #2 at Rock and Mainstream Rock radio and lauded by Loudwire, who said, "Expect 'The Vengeful One' to take its place alongside the band's biggest hits."

Watch/share the official video for "The Vengeful One":

Order the new album:

Formed in Chicago in 1996, the multi-platinum Disturbed - David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass] - have sold 12 million albums globally, scored nine No. 1 singles at Active Rock Radio, and had four consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, a feat shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band. Their quadruple-platinum 2000 debut The Sickness formally announced their arrival as hard rock leaders, with that status solidified by their subsequent Grammy Award nomination as well as gold-, platinum- and double platinum-certified records.

03/11 Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
03/12 The Showbox - Seattle, WA
03/14 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
03/16 The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
03/17 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
03/20 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
03/23 House of Blues - Dallas, TX
03/24 House of Blues - Houston, TX

03/25 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
03/27 Iron City - Birmingham, AL
03/29 House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
03/30 The National - Richmond, VA
04/01 Baltimore Sound Stage - Baltimore, MD
04/02 Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
04/04 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
04/05 Rapids Theater - Niagara Falls, NY
04/07 St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
04/08 Orbit Room - Grand Rapids, MI
04/10 New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN

VIDEO #TBT: A Day In The Life of WFAA News 1991

Here is a DFW Throwback Thursday

A day in the life of WFAA 8 Dallas-Fort Worth News circa 1991. This video follows the news process from 6am thru 6am the following day. Featured are the great Bert Shipp, Marty Haag, and John Miller. You will also notice Carolyn Fessler, Jana Sims, Chip Moody, and Lisa McRee. This video was edited by Brad Kaplan and produced by Becky Slack.

Telemundo Houston KTMD has most watched 10pm news in August 2015

Telemundo Houston’s 10 PM Local Weekday Newscast Outranked All English-Language Late News Programs Among Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49, For Four Consecutive Months

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Telemundo Houston / KTMD today announced that Noticiero Telemundo Houston at 10 PM was the market’s most-watched late local newscast, regardless of language, from Monday to Friday among Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49 during the August 2015 Sweep Period.

This is the first time that KTMD’s 10 PM weekday newscast leads the market as the most-watched local late news program among Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49 during an entire survey period. Additionally, August 2015 marks the fourth consecutive month that Noticiero Telemundo Houston at 10 PM outranked all English-language market competitors' late local news among Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49.

At the close of the August 2015 sweep period, Telemundo’s Super Series, El Señor de los Cielos, was the market’s most-watched program in the 9 PM to 10 PM time period for two consecutive months, among Adults18 to 34, Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25-54.

“Our responsibility is to deliver the news and information that our viewers need to stay ahead and flourish in their daily lives,” said Tony Canales, President and General Manager, Telemundo Houston. “It is very exciting and humbling to know that our local communities are choosing Telemundo Houston as their local news source. This honor reinforces our commitment to be our community’s first informers and deliver best-in-class journalism day-in and day-out.”

Specifically, Noticiero Telemundo Houston at 10 PM (Monday to Friday) averaged a 2.2 rating for 34,860 Adult 18 to 34 impressions and a 2.2 rating for 64,493 Adult 18 to 49 impressions. El Señor de los Cielos averaged a 3.1 rating for Adults 18 to 34, a 3.0 rating for Adults 18 to 49, and a 3.3 rating for Adults 25 to 54.

Source: Nielsen HOU Sweeps; Prelim Live +SD; (Aug15, Jul15, Jun15, May15); 9p-1030p M-F Chronological Program Averages KTMD, KXLN, KFTH, KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, KIAH, KTXH, KZJL, KYAZ, KTBU, KUVM; AQH Ratings & Impressions.

KTRK abc13 EP Jerry Vazquez to be KTMD news director

(This post is taken from a release sent to me by Telemundo Houston KTMD)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lisa Hernandez delivers baby girl

KHOU 11 anchor Lisa Hernandez and Houston Rockets director of broadcasting/radio announcer Joel Blank welcome baby daughter

Lisa Hernandez
Lisa Hernandez

KHOU 11 anchor Lisa Hernandez delivered a baby girl this morning. Hernandez "delivered" the big news on Facebook (embed below).

Taylor Angeline Blank is 7-pounds 4-ounces.

"So in love with her already," gushed Hernandez. "Feeling truly blessed!!!!"

In how quickly things change news, Hernandez announced the pregnancy on a channel 11 newscast last March. At the time, she handed out Blue Bell ice cream to her fellow anchors.

Hernandez got engaged to Houston Rockets director of broadcasting/radio announcer Joel Blank in 2013. They were married last year.

Finally here! Taylor Angeline Blank was born this morning...7lbs 4oz... so in love with her already! Feeling truly blessed!!!!
Posted by Lisa Hernandez KHOU on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tom Abrahams releases Allegiance Burned: A Jackson Quick Adventure

Tom Abrahams is back again with his second Jackson Quick novel Allegiance Burned.

Allegiance Burned is the second novel in an exciting series of action adventures. It combines political thriller with espionage and science fiction in the explosive, fast-paced world of a reluctant hero...
Guns. An heiress. Nuclear Fission. Jackson Quick just couldn't stay away.
A scientist is murdered a mile beneath the earth, his secret laboratory exposed. A formula capable of shifting power among the world's largest nations is missing and its rightful owner wants it back. After staying hidden for months, Quick is pulled back into the darkness he despises. Forced to face his demons and align himself with the very people who betrayed him, he agrees to hunt for the formula. Racing against time and an evil black-market czar, Quick crosses the globe in search of a mathematical equation so valuable that nations and terrorists will pay whatever the cost to control it. From the scientist's lab in South Dakota, to London, Chernobyl, Ukraine, and Heidelberg, Germany, Quick uses his guile and good luck to outwit the competition at every turn. Or so he thinks. In the end, is his freedom worth the price he'll pay to earn it? Or is he better off letting the formula fall where it may.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dr. Red Duke remembered through videos

"From The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, I'm Dr. Red Duke"

Tonight, The Houston Chronicle reported that Dr. James "Red" Duke Jr. died of natural causes at the age of 86. The Texas proud doctor most importantly founded Houston's Life Flight helicopter ambulance system. In addition, he was made famous by his local TV reports across the country.

Here are some great Red Duke clips I found on YouTube - from a tribute by his medical colleagues, a montage of his television news work, to the story of his presence at Dallas' Parkland Hospital when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Jeopardy! moves to KTRK abc13 from KHOU 11 after many decades

KTRK abc13 to start airing Jeopardy! Sept 14th at 3pm

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Alex, I'll take a great Houston TV steal for $1000.

Based on the email and social media comments I'm receiving, KTRK abc13's grab of Jeopardy! from KHOU 11 must be one of the best gets in Houston television history.

The Alex Trebek hosted game show has aired in Houston on KHOU 11 for at least 20+ years if memory serves. So in the Bayou City, this is quite a seismic shock.

Now, other shows have moved around the Houston TV dial, but let's face it, not many syndicated shows have the history of Jeopardy! So after decades on the same channel, this is a big deal to Houston TV watchers.

Now for the Daily Double. The big question I'm getting is why is this happening? Well, TV shows pay a fee to the owners of syndicated shows (non-network) like Jeopardy! Maybe new KHOU 11 owner Tegna doesn't want to pay the Jeopardy! price anymore. Maybe channel 13 was willing to pay more? Don't know the answer, but money always plays a part in these moves.

If Wheel of Fortune leaves channel 11's 6:30pm slot, then I think the entire city will shut down like on half-inch snow days.

Channel 13 will start airing Jeopardy! Sept 14th at 3pm. Tune in early on the same day at 1pm for Tyra Banks' new show FABLife.

On one last abc13 related note, just announced this morning, Joy Behar is returning to ABC’s The View next season.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Media job moves across Texas since May 2015

School's back and I'm giving you the TX TV, radio and newspaper media job moves since May 2015

Send TX media job announcements to me via email. See which Texas TV jobs are open here.

Dallas - Fort Worth

Veteran WFAA Dallas reporter Byron Harris to retire in October.

NBC5 KXAS DFW adds Chris Jose as reporter.

Dallas-based TEGNA8 drops featured early morning reporter Brian Glenn from Daybreak.

After more than four decades in the trenches, CBS11 reporter Bud Gillett is bowing out.

Fox4 reporters Latoya Silmon, Calvert Collins are both putting the station behind them.

Ray Villeda leaving, Meredith Yeomans arrives at NBC5 KXAS DFW.

Fox 4 KDFW Dallas investigative reporter Becky Oliver retires.

The NBC Owned Television Stations appointed KXAS 5 DFW news director Susan Tully president and general manager of WVIT Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (DMA 30).

NBC-owned KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth (DMA 5) appointed Mark Ginther vice president of news.

Rick Hadley, the longtime news director and even longer-time newsman for WBAP/820 AM and its sister station KLIF/570 AM, left radio to be the executive director of communications for the Grapevine-Colleyville school district.

WBAP promotes Freda Ross to news director.

Amanda Fitzpatrick leaves Dallas TV for WCCB.


FOX 26 KRIV reporter Kristine Galvan announced her departure from TV.

Lora Hines left the Houston Chronicle where she was a reporter covering the health care biz and went to Houston's Methodist Hospital as a web writer.

KPRC assistant creative services director Michael Penix jumps across the street to be creative services director at KIAH 39.

Justin Sternberg returns to Houston TV as KTRK abc13 Sr. Project Manager, News and Digital.

Former KTRK abc13 producer Adam Darsky leaves WABC NY as an executive producer to become assistant news director at WTNH New Haven, Connecticut. Houston media watchers might remember that former KHOU 11 news director Keith Connors is now the WTNH news director.

Houston TV and radio assignments manager Joe Segura left to be assignments manager for KGBT-TV in Harlingen.

Chris McDonald leaves the KHOU assignments desk to become the KEYE Austin assignments manager.

John Brewer left KPRC 2 as an assignments editor to be assignments manager at KXAN Austin.

Christine Nguyen left KENS 5 San Antonio to be a producer at KPRC 2 Houston.

Mix 96.5 KHMX/Houston Ups Chad Pitt To APD/Afternoons.

TAMMY JOHNSON departs KSBJ EDUCATIONAL Contemporary Christian KSBJ (89.3 GOD LISTENS)/HOUSTON for an opportunity to work with the band SWITCHFOOT.

Benjamin Phoenix left 104.1 KRBE's The Roula & Ryan Show.

Former News 92 KROI anchor Bonnie Petrie is the new morning news co-anchor on WTMJ-AM (620) Milwaukee.

Courtney Fischer joins KTRK abc13.

Devi Dev promoted at 93.7 The Beat KQBT.

Casey Curry and Travis Herzog switch places on KTRK abc13.

Mix 96.5 KHMX drops 'The Atom Smasher Morning Show'.

The Dave, Mahoney & DK Morning Show to hit Mix 96.5 KHMX.

Pablo Alsina Joins KHOU 11.

Cathy Hernandez joins KPRC 2.

Sara Donchey joins KPRC 2 from KRIS.

Sharron Melton exits KTRK abc13.

John Fenoglio joins KTRK abc13.

Angela Chen departs KTRK abc13 for FOX 26 KRIV.

Jonathan Martinez joins KPRC 2 as weekend anchor.

Elita Loresca joins KTRK abc13 after LA's KNBC 4.

Karla Barguiarena exits abc13 KTRK.

San Antonio

Mayde “Mimi” Gomez, a multimedia journalist and fill-in co-host on KSAT San Antonio’s, “SA Live,” is heading to KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

Former KSAT investigator April Molina joined News 4 San Antonio WOAI’s Trouble Shooters unit.

Claudia Garofalo took on a new role with WOAI and KABB beginning the week of May 18th, guiding viewers through their daily commute on the stations’ morning newscasts as the full-time traffic reporter.

KENS 5 San Antonio general manager Robert McGann announced retirement plans.

KENS-TV’s comedic traffic reporter Jennie Stencel leaves job and S.A.

Kevin Cuenca signed off from San Antonio Fox affiliate KABB.

After three years as KENS-TV morning anchorman, Mat Garcia bid farewell to his job.

KENS 5 reporter James Doughty (aka James Muñoz) joins KWES NewsWest 9 as news director.

Chelsey Hernandez joins KENS 5 San Antonio.


5 p.m. anchor Jim Bergamo retiring from KVUE Austin.

Shelton Green, one of Austin’s longest-tenured and most recognizable TV news reporters, left KVUE after 27 years in the news business – 19 of them on the air in Austin.

Christine Haas leaves Fox 7 KTBC Austin to start new business.

Fox 7 KTBC Austin hires new weekend meteorologist Chelsea Humphrey joined the station taking over the spot vacated by Scott Prinsen, who left for a job outside the TV business.

Fox-owned KTBC Austin, Texas (DMA 39), named reporter Ann Wyatt Little weekend anchor of Good Day Austin.

Jenni Lee returned to Austin TV as a reporter/anchor at KVUE-TV.

Tom Miller left KVUE to become a reporter at KCRA Sacramento, CA.

Collin Myers joins KEYE Austin as a meteorologist.

Around Texas

KABC reporter Robert Holguin has left the Los Angeles ABC-owned station for a job at El Paso's KFOX.

Veteran anchor Wayne McCormick retired from KTXS, the ABC affiliate for Abilene, Texas.

JANE MONREAL to Weekend Morning Anchor at KSHB in Kansas City (from KIII in Corpus Christi).

Tara Mergener Joins KWTX Waco As Anchor, EP

Field Sutton leaves East Texas TV for WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Central Florida.

Zack Henrick leaves KTEN Texoma region to be an MMJ reporter for News 4 WOAI and KABB Fox 29.

Josh Gorbutt has been named interim news director of KBTX Bryan-College Station. He was the news operations manager and replaces Jamie Burch, who had been news director. at the station since October 2013.

Three on-air talent are getting their start in local TV thanks to KETK Tyler, TX - Morgan Boydston, Allison Smith and Elisabeth Armstrong.

Eddie Flores Joins KGBT Rio Grande Valley as Anchor.

KCEN Waco morning anchor Ashley Allen is now in the same gig at KION Salinas, CA.

Chris Davis leaves KCEN Waco to be a reporter at WHTM / ABC27 Harrisburg, PA.

Nestor Mato has started a new job as a Multimedia Journalist for KGBT 4, the Sinclair-owned CBS affiliate in Harlingen, TX.

Send job announcements to me via email. See which Texas TV jobs are open here.

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