Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mayra Moreno engaged #abc13 #ktrk

KTRK abc13 weekend morning anchor Mayra Moreno gets engaged

After Monday's terrible shooting incident, let's try to celebrate the positive in life. Last week KTRK abc13 weekend morning anchor Mayra Moreno said yes to her longtime boyfriend when he dropped to one knee.

According to her Facebook post, her co-workers knew it was coming.

(Thanks Steve Boudreaux!)

Monday, September 26, 2016

KTRK abc13 photographer Jaime Zamora risked life during Houston shooting incident

KTRK abc13 photographer Jaime Zamora was first on the scene during the Houston shooting, and continued delivering TV viewers excellent coverage the rest of the morning

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There were lots of heroes in today's Houston active shooting incident. Obviously the Houston, West U and Bellaire police officers and other first responders who ducked for cover, risking their own lives to stop the shooter, are heroes.

Then there was the man who reportedly got out of his car, turned on his flashlight, and waved other commuters away from the shooting area. I'm sure we will hear about more heroes in the coming days.

But since this is a Houston media blog, let me focus on one of the journalists who put his life on the line to bring television viewers coverage.

KTRK abc13 photographer Jaime Zamora was the first journalist on the scene in the West U area.

"Nothing like starting the week in the middle of an active shooter scene," Zamora tweeted a few hours after the scene settled down. "Must have heard 40 shots. Hid behind [a] pillar."

Channel 13 anchor Natasha Barrett said on air that Zamora was at the nearby Randall's supermarket, behind those pillars, trying to photograph what was happening. It was dark and at the time no one knew what was happening, where the gunshots were coming from or how many shooters were involved.

Once daylight broke, Zamora continued reporting from the scene - even on camera which is rare for a TV photog.

Thanks to Zamora's interview with attorney Skip Cornelius, the Houston TV audience first learned about one of the shooting victims. Cornelius' son was shot in the arm while in his car.

TV viewers noticed Zamora's hard work and showered the longtime KTRK employee with praise.

On a lighter note, Zamora was just featured on ESPN last week:

KTMD launches 'Noticiero Telemundo Houston' at 4pm today

Paulina Sodi and Crystal Ayala will co-anchor new half-hour weekday newscast “Noticiero Telemundo Houston” at 4 PM

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HOUSTON, TX – (September 23, 2016) – Telemundo Houston / KTMD will launch a new half-hour weekday newscast on Monday, September 26.

Paulina Sodi and Crystal Ayala will co-anchor Noticiero Telemundo Houston a las 4 PM. Additionally, news anchor Martin Berlanga will deliver news segments during the new newscast and will continue to anchor the station’s 5 PM and 10 PM weekday newscasts alongside Sodi.

“This local news expansion gives us the opportunity to deliver more local breaking news and up-to-the-minute weather forecasts to our Spanish-language viewers, first,” said Jerry Vazquez, Vice President of News of Telemundo Houston. “With Paulina and Crystal at the helm of the new 4 PM newscast, and our entire team of journalists delivering more news, we will help keep our communities informed about the issues they care about the most.”

The added newscast will bring viewers in Houston an additional 150 minutes of local breaking news coverage and up-to-the-minute weather forecasts each week, more than any other Spanish-language station in the market.

Telemundo Houston is one of 14 Telemundo-owned stations that will add a new half-hour local newscast at 4 PM CT on September 26, to deliver even more local news and information to the communities the station serves.

Telemundo Houston 10pm news most watched in market September 2016

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

Friday, September 23, 2016

The New 93Q wins prestigious Marconi Award for 2016 Country Station of the Year

This is 3rd time The New 93Q KKBQ has received an award as significant as this

HOUSTON – September 23, 2016 – Cox Media Group Houston’s station: KKBQ-FM/The New 93Q was named 2016 Country Station of the Year at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Radio Awards. This is 3rd time The New 93Q has received an award as significant as this. The awards were announced Thursday night at the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held during the Radio Show in Nashville, TN.

"Accepting the Marconi on behalf of Cox Media Group and the entire team of KKBQ is truly an honor and privilege," said CMG Houston VP and Market Manager Mark Krieschen. "The nomination and the win are true reflections of the kind of ‘radio’ KKBQ does each day: super-serving our audience, our advertisers, and the local community."

Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio.

"This incredible honor is a reflection of the fantastic team we have at The New 93Q and the wonderful listeners who support us every single day,” said CMG Houston Operations Manager Johnny Chiang. “I could not be more proud of the passion our folks have for country music, radio, and our community makes The New 93Q a very special radio station and an incredibly rewarding place to work."

The passion KKBQ has for its listeners, talent, community and advertisers is the direct result of The New 93Q reining as Houston’s country music leader and the 1.1M Houstonians who tune in weekly.

(The following post was taken from a release sent to me by Cox Media Group)

Telemundo Houston 10pm news most watched in market September 2016

KTMD also returns as most-watched Spanish-language station in the market during Primetime for third consecutive month

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HOUSTON, TX – (September 22, 2016) – Telemundo Houston / KTMD closed out the September 2016 survey period as the most-watched station in the market, regardless of language at 10 PM among Adults 18 to 34.

The station also tied for the top spot in the market among Adults 18 to 49. Additionally, KTMD’s late newscast, Noticiero Telemundo Houston a las 10 PM, delivered the largest local late news audience for the third quarter of 2016 (July, August and September) among Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49. Telemundo Houston ranks as the #1 Spanish-language television station in the market, during the late news time period among Adults 18 to 34, Adults 18 to 49, and Adults 25 to 54 for the third quarter of 2016.

In Primetime (Monday to Friday from 7 PM to 11 PM), KTMD was the most-watched Spanish-language station in the market among Adults 18 to 34, Adults 18 to 49, and Adults 25 to 54 during September 2016. This is the third consecutive month that Telemundo Houston ranks as the #1 Spanish-language television station in the market, during the time period among all three demographic groups. Additionally, Telemundo’s super series Señora Acero 3 La Coyote at 9 PM was the most-watched program in the time period, regardless of language,
among Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49.

Source: Nielsen (NSI) Houston; September 2016, Q3 AVG (6/30-9/21); 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 Ratings M-F 9p-1030p (KTMD, KXLN, KFTH, KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, KIAH)

KTMD launches 'Noticiero Telemundo Houston' at 4pm

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

GM Roger Bare to leave KIAH CW39

After 12 years, Roger Bare stepping down from GM at KIAH 39

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Roger Bare
Roger Bare, longtime vice president and general manager of KIAH CW 39, is stepping down from his job after 12 years but looking to stay in Houston.

"It's time for me to challenge myself in a new way," Bare told mikemcguff.com. "I plan to explore sales and marketing opportunities in cycling, running and related businesses that promote a healthy lifestyle; and also opportunities in the local media/advertising community."

Not only has Bare sat in the top chair at channel 39 since 2004, but he's been with the Tribune owned station long before. Prior to the GM position, Bare was the station's general sales manager for six years.

Before that, he worked in the sales department at 104.1 KRBE.

Lots happened at channel 39 during Bare's tenure. Here are some highlights.

Under his leadership, 39 changed call letters from KHWB to KHCW and then to KIAH. Before Bare, the station's calls were KHTV.

The anchorless newscast NewsFix launched in 2011. According to Bare's LinkedIn page, NewsFix improved its time slot ratings, and delivered a 34% margin in less than two years. NewsFix was later expanded into the 10pm slot.

Bare also managed the launch of Tribune morning show Eye Opener in multiple markets. He took a slow day part for the Tribune stations and according to his LinkedIn page, created new demographics, gained market share, increased revenue and profitability.

For a while, Bare took over duties as Senior Vice President/General Manager of the company’s Dallas television station, KDAF, in addition to his Houston duties.

In 2015, Bare was awarded the 2015 Silver Star of Excellence Award by The Media Alliance of Houston (MAH), an affiliate of the Alliance of Women in Media (AWM). Why that's almost 39 Gold (you had to be in Houston in the 1980s to get this one)!

[Thanks Thanks to PR Fairy @farbulous]

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Got a hot new podcast? Then you could win with Radio Brave

Radio Brave Launches North American Search for the Next Podcast Sensation with $5,000 Cash Prize - Podcast Development and Marketing Firm Hunts for Promising New Talent

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HOUSTON, TX—September 19, 2016—Radio Brave, the digital broadcast platform launched in May 2016 by broadcast marketing innovator Doug Harris, is on the lookout for rising stars in the podcast world to support the public’s explosive interest in the platform.

“Radio Brave’s purpose is to bring new content, from new people, to new audiences,” explains Harris. “We began with weekly, one hour shows but since our studios and crew are perfectly suited to produce and distribute shorter formats, we’re making podcasts, podcasting, and podcasters our focus. We are all about ‘the P word’”.

Radio Brave’s Master ‘Caster Talent Search will begin accepting entries on October 3, 2016 at Slam@RadioBrave.com. Submissions must be in English, no longer than four minutes and presented as audio files. Official rules are posted at the bottom of the home page at RadioBrave.com or http://www.radiobrave.com/master-caster/. One grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and a one year development, distribution and promotion contract with Radio Brave. The winning podcast must conform to iTunes and Google Play Music’s terms of service before its worldwide launch by the Radio Brave team.

“The man or woman we select will get the best that Radio Brave has to offer,” says Harris.” If their talent is raw, they’ll get coaching as needed. If their production is amateurish and that’s not part of its appeal, we’ll clean it up. And if they don’t have a name, or an audience, or a sponsor, we’ll make that happen, too. We have the best team and the best studios available to podcasters and our doors are open to established content generators as well as the podcast-curious.”

Doug Harris
Radio Brave’s portfolio of podcasting-related services will be overseen by respected programmer and talent developer Bobby “Slam” Duncan, and will include not only the recording and production of audio episodes, but also the marketing and promotion of the podcast and the pursuit of revenue for its creator.

“America’s podcast superstars are putting out great product, attracting large audiences, and generating advertiser revenue,” Duncan observes. “But most people don’t start out at that level. Unless they already have a national presence or an established brand, they’re going to have to earn their way to popularity and profitability. And we’re here to help them.”

Radio Brave’s current long form broadcasts will continue but each show is also offered as an individual podcast, available for download on iTunes and Google Play Music. In addition, hosts of new podcasts will have their installments placed in rotation on RadioBrave.com’s 24 hour platform, available online and via TuneIn.

“People can tune in to Radio Brave like they would any talk station,” suggests Harris. “If they hear something they like, and want more of it, they can search iTunes and Google Play Music by program name. Podcasters get a one-two punch of exposure.”

Radio Brave’s programming content has been retrofitted to include podcasts, along with the existing longer form broadcasts. “Healthy Kids, Happy Kids” with concierge pediatrician Dr. Barbara Taylor-Cox, “Joy Ride” with the Metaphysical Moms, “Sip, Smoke and Savor” (spirits and cigars show), “Energy Recon with Alan Lammey”, and “The Critics Circle” from the Houston Film Critics Society are all currently offered as podcasts and on Radio Brave’s 24 hour digital platform.

For additional information on podcasting services from Radio Brave contact Bobby Duncan at Slam@RadioBrave.com or (901) 825-0731.

(This post was taken from a press release sent to me by Radio Brave)

News 88.7 KUHF’s Laura Isensee reporting from Pakistan

Houston Public Media’s Laura Isensee selected for fellowship in Pakistan

HOUSTON – (Sept. 16, 2016) – Houston Public Media’s News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee is traveling to Pakistan this week for a fellowship with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) as part of their U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism program. Over the next two-weeks, Isensee will share interesting aspects of her journey online at www.houstonpublicmedia.org/pakistan.

As part of the fellowship, Isensee will learn the realities of Pakistani journalism and life in Pakistan through site visits and interviews and she will also have the opportunity to interact with journalists, officials and locals. She is then extending her stay to work on a reporting project for News 88.7 focused on education.

"I'm very excited about the ICFJ fellowship to learn more about Pakistan and appreciate the opportunity,” said Isensee. “There are so many ties between Houston and Pakistan -- I think it will be fascinating to bring that story home to Houston."

Eight U.S. journalists from a wide variety of news organizations across the U.S. were selected to participate in this year’s fellowship program.

As the education reporter for News 88.7, Isensee covers K-12 and higher education in Greater Houston. Isensee joined Houston Public Media in 2013. Prior to returning to her hometown of Houston to work at Houston Public Media, she was a staff reporter at the Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Isensee has won awards for her work in print and radio, including best specialty/beat reporting from the Texas AP Broadcasters Association in 2015 and best talk show from the Lone Star Awards for a collaboration with KERA in Dallas.

“This is a great opportunity for Laura to not only experience the rich culture and world of reporting in another country, but to bring our listeners along on this exciting journey,” said Jose Jimenez, interim news director of Houston Public Media.

ICFJ is a non-profit, professional organization located in Washington, D.C. that promotes journalism worldwide. Their U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalist program is a multi-year program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that aims to bring 230 Pakistani media professionals to the U.S. and send 70 U.S. journalists to Pakistan.


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

Monday, September 19, 2016

Andrea Watkins to leave FOX 26 KRIV

Reporter Andrea Watkins calls it a career at FOX 26 KRIV after 26 years

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It looks like FOX 26 reporter Andrea Watkins picked the perfect number of years to close her chapter at KRIV...26 years years, just like her channel's number.

Watkins is a no-nonsense reporter who could easily handle the hard news all the way to stories on how to save consumers money.

The channel 26 staple posted the following message on her Facebook page.

Just letting you know that today is my last day at Fox26. I've enjoyed 26 great years at the station but it's time to relax a bit, enjoy more time with my family, and look for new adventures down the road.
It's been a great pleasure and privilege to tell the stories I have told over the years. Thank you to all for allowing me to share your information, concerns, and experiences with the people in the Houston area and beyond!
I wish all the best to the wonderful friends I've met in my journey. I'm sure we will find ways to stay in touch.

"I have never seen anyone attack a subject like Andrea Watkins," Lanny Griffith, a former co-worker of Watkins at FOX 26 for 15 years, told mikemcguff.com. "Her interviews were piercing and relentless especially when it came to elected officials. She kept the flames turned up under their feet. They don't make 'em like her anymore."

Watkins arrived at KRIV in 1990 as a weekend anchor and producer. She came to Houston from KFDA Amarillo where she reported for four years. It was in her home state where she started her TV career at WVIT in Hartford, CT. She attended the University of Connecticut.

You might remember that in 2011, Watkins battled breast cancer and was working part-time.