Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DFW anchor arrested, WFAA hires a cop to do morning news, plus other DFW TV job moves

The big Dallas - Fort Worth TV job moves while I was on a blogging break

KTVT anchor Brendan Higgins dropped from station
CBS11 anchor Brendan Higgins is dropped from station, issues statement about his arrest in Aspen.
- Dallas anchor arrested on vacation

Corporal Nick officially enters WFAA8's early morning traffic flow
A week after unclebarky.com reported his hiring, DeSoto police Cpl. Nick Bristow joined the station’s Daybreak team on Tuesday, Aug.19th as the D-FW market’s first uniformed traffic anchor.
- "Corporal Nick" still a bumper car as Daybreak's new traffic reporter
- WFAA8 puts up stop sign for Daybreak traffic reporter Shane Allen

KTVT Anchor Tracy Kornet Leaving Station
Tracy Kornet, an anchor/reporter and eight-year veteran of the CBS O&O KTVT, has decided to leave the Dallas station.
- CBS11 anchor/reporter Tracy Kornet leaving after eight-year stay
- Kornet's farewell comments from her

WFAA8 reporter Teresa Woodard is latest to join PR world
Teresa Woodard, who quickly established herself as one of WFAA8’s standout reporters after joining the station in March 2012, will be leaving to take a public relations position with an educational software company.

Dallas-Fort Worth Telemundo Station Adds Weekend Weather Anchor
Teresa Gonzalez will join KXTX Telemundo 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth as weekend weather anchor.

CBS11 reporter Susy Solis latest to take PR position
CBS11’s Susy Solis, who joined the station in January 2011 after a four-year stay with NBC5, has now opted to join Real News PR, which is run by former Fox4 reporter Jeff Crilley.

Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 Lone Star EMMY nominees list

12th annual Lone Star Emmy Awards nominations

Congrats to all of the 2014 Lone Star EMMY nominees in the quest for the coveted 12th annual Lone Star Emmy Awards.


Next up, the 12th Annual Lone Star EMMY Awards in Houston at the Bayou Music Center on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Once again, Houston represents in the news excellence category:

Houston's News Leader
David Strickland, News Director And Vice President

KHOU Stands For Houston - News Excellence
Philip Bruce, Executive News Director

Noticias 45 News Excellence
Martha Kattan, News Director

WFAA: News 8
Carolyn Mungo, News Director

- 2013 Lone Star EMMY nominees list
- 2013 Lone Star EMMY winners
- 2012 Lone Star EMMY nominees list
- 2012 Lone Star EMMY winners
- 2011 Lone Star EMMY nominees list
- Lone Star EMMY Awards winners 2011
- 8th Annual Lone Star EMMY Awards winners
- 7th Annual Lone Star EMMY Award winners

TV station lawsuit, offensive tweets and more media news from around Texas

The Houston and Texas media stories going on while I was on a blogging break

- Best News Bloopers July 2014
- KHOU 11 Weather Wheel
- Beauty and the two beasts
- abc13 KTRK's Tom Koch on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
- Caller Tells KABC Water Main Break Caused by ‘A Really Large Dump’
- H.G. Wells and Orson Welles interview. Radio KTSA San Antonio on October 28, 1940
- "Chip, Clarice and Dale: Only on Channel 4"
- Mike Tyson goes off on anchor
- Doesn't anyone check the archives?

Follow their leads? Aspire to have as many or more Followers as they do?
Top bosses at DFW's four major TV news providers demand "social media" visibility while barely participating themselves.

Latest NBC5/DMN content-sharing initiative gives Dave Lieber's The Watchdog column some TV time
Upsides to content-sharing? Here’s one. Dave Lieber, whose The Watchdog column deservedly has gained quick traction at The Dallas Morning News, will be getting his own weekly mini-segment with the newspaper’s TV partner, NBC5.

So long "Spirit of Texas," hello Gannett8
Dallas-based WFAA8, which will be re-christened Gannett8 later in this post, touted its new “Graphics” during Wednesday’s newscasts.

Cumulus Promotes Dan Bennett To RVP Over Houston And Dallas
CUMULUS ups DAN BENNETT to Regional VP, overseeing its station operations in HOUSTON and DALLAS.

Mother Claims TV News Defamed Her
Houston's CBS TV affiliate defamed a woman in a broadcast that claimed she left her two young children in her hot car while she got her hair cut, the woman claims in court.

KRIV Apologizes for Airing Offensive Tweet
Houston FOX owned station KRIV is apologizing today for airing a tweet someone sent out using offensive language to describe Cowboy’s Quarterback Tony Romo.

Rod Ryan AMA
My name is Rod Ryan from the Rod Ryan Show & 94.5 The Buzz!Go Ahead! AMA!
- Jared Leto Takes Up KTBZ Morning Show Host Rod Ryan's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

KCOH Radio and Houston Forward Times
A Powerful Combination That’s All About The Community

Houston Texans Game Day on SportsRadio 610
SportsRadio 610 continues its 13 year long partnership with the Houston Texans as the official home for Texans Radio and will carry each game of the 2014 football season. New this year is the addition of John Harris, Rich Lord and Sean Pendergast.

Clear Channel taking it to Radio One in Houston
It's Radio One's biggest cash-flowing market and CEO Alfred Liggins admits Clear Channel is hurting his revenue in that city.

Discovering Houston on the Cheap
Sally MacDonald, FOX26 Houston

10 Questions with ... Terri Thomas
KMJQ & KBXX operations manager/program director Terri Thomas gets put in the hot seat

Research Director, Inc. Presents Exclusive August PPM Analysis For Houston
- #6 Houston-Galveston TX

Look who's turning 5
CultureMap celebrates a media milestone, looks back at a tiny beginning

Minerva Pérez wins Telly Award
Minerva Pérez, creator and executive producer of Latina Voices: Smart Talk, is a winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards, a national recognition. The syndicated talk show went up against competitors in all 50 states and took a Bronze Telly which was announced in early August. Minerva and her co-host/co-producer, Sofía Adrogué, are proud of the award that was given for their 100th show. Says Minerva, “the 100th show is a compilation of the 5 years of Latina Voices and showed off well, the caliber of guests and production value.” The Telly Award, founded in 1979, is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. Latina Voices: Smart Talk is produced at Houston Television, HTV.

TV news stars throw a special bridal bunch that sees a politician turn into an omelette wiz
Those with a nose for news were on their toes over the weekend, but it was omelettes and brownies that reporters were sniffing out rather than collie hoarding or smash-and-grab burglaries. Recently retired KHOU Channel 11 investigative reporter Courtney Zubowski Haas and Dr. Eric Haas provided the scene for a Sunday gathering of media personalities.

“The Trouble With Ray”
Houston video agency, Proud Pony International, is pleased to announce the inclusion of their short documentary, “The Trouble With Ray”, in the Raindance Film Festival in London, England, on the first full night of the festival, Wednesday, September 25, 2014. The film has also been nominated as one of the top five short documentaries submitted to Raindance this season.

S.A. TV anchors welcome baby boy
The blessed event came a day early for S.A. anchor couple Isis Romero and Phil Anaya. The TV news pair became parents of a beautiful baby boy named Elijah.
- PHOTOS: KENS 5's Phil Anaya welcomes baby Elijah

Coyote, Silver Dancers, more! S.A. TV show enlivens downtown
It wasn’t a huge crowd that showed up to celebrate the grand premiere of “SA Live” on KSAT Monday, but its setting, the Buckhorn Saloon on Houston Street, sure came alive with entertainment.
- Vikki Carr turns KSAT-TV glitch into glory

Cox Classic Rock Rebrands As The Eagle
Cox Media Group/San Antonio has re-branded San Antonio’s only classic rock KTKX 106.7 FM as 106.7 FM The Eagle. Former brand was X106.7.

John Lisle gone
KZEP moved; Hot 104.5 launched

CBS taps former KENS co-host for Thursday night NFL coverage
Megan Alexander, who once co-hosted “Great Day SA” on San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS-TV, has a new gig. She will be part of CBS’ new Thursday Night Football coverage.

S.A. TV loses newscast, gains new half-hour
September sees the death of a San Antonio TV newscast.

S.A. anchor tears up; Beamer steps in
Randy Beamer came to the rescue of Evy Ramos earlier this week when his lovely WOAI news partner became too emotional to finish a story about two young children seriously injured in an automobile accident.

KUTX Shuffles Programming
Longtime deejay Ed Miller is out, John Aielli shifts times, and more

Telemundo Station Expands in Rio Grande Valley
KTLM, the NBC Universal-owned Telemundo station, has expanded its broadcasts.

Mary Mays announced move from KXXV Waco to WINK Fort Myers on Facebook
"Good morning everyone and happy Friday! I have an announcement to make. Today is my last day at KXXV. I'm moving to Fort Myers, FL where I'll be working at WINK."

El Paso Anchor Says Goodbye Just Like LeBron James
KVIA sports anchor Asher Wildman‘s facebook goodbye might sound oddly familiar to sports fans.

Sinclair grows El Paso TV stations
Group invests $11M, will hire 40 people • KFOX, KDBC to share renovated studios

Leah Durain is the newest one-man band at Beaumont's KBMT.

Rebeca Trejo is a new reporter at Beaumont's KBMT. The University of Houston grad interned at KTRK abc13 and wrote for The Daily Cougar.

Texas station hires former lingerie football player
KZTV in Corpus Christi has hired Sports Anchor and she is a former "athlete" herself.


Fox News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz Dead At 51
Majchrowitz worked for Houston's KPRC 2 and 740 KTRH.

Houston AP sports reporter Duncan dies at 43
Christopher Duncan, a sports reporter for The Associated Press who covered the Houston Texans, Houston Rockets and the Kentucky Derby, has died at the age of 43.

- Why is Sharron Melton a KTRK abc13 'field anchor' now?
- abc13's Tom Abrahams signs 3-book deal
- NewsFix gets vote of confidence from new Tribune boss
- Kai Ryssdal and Marketplace in Houston event close to selling out
- The New 93Q KKBQ wins Marconi Award for 2014 Major Market Station of the Year

Friday, September 12, 2014

The New 93Q KKBQ wins Marconi Award for 2014 Major Market Station of the Year

The New 93Q wins prestigious Marconi Award for 2014 Major Market Station of the Year

Earlier this year, we saw 93Q KKBQ jump to number one in the ratings (12+) and now the Houston country music radio station receives some big honors.

Owner Cox Media Group announced The New 93Q was named 2014 Major Market Station of the Year at the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced Thursday night at the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held during the Radio Show in Indianapolis, IN.

This is the first time The New 93Q has received an award of this magnitude according to the station.

"It's a great honor for our radio station, especially our employees to be recognized as best in class,” said CMG Houston VP and Market Manager Mark Krieschen. "We are privileged to have the opportunity to entertain, inform, and inspire our listeners each day."

The awards recognize radio's outstanding on-air personalities and stations.

"This incredible honor is the culmination of hard work by the entire team at The New 93Q,” said CMG Houston Operations Manager Johnny Chiang. “I could not be more proud of the folks whose passion for country music, radio, and our community makes The New 93Q a very special radio station and an incredibly rewarding place to work."

The station adds that 1.3 million Houstonians tune into the station on a weekly basis.

Earlier this month, Cox Media Group Houston announced the Country Music Association (CMA) nominated KKBQ-FM as a finalist for two prestigious awards: Major Market Station of the Year and Major Market Personality of the Year for The Q Morning Zoo with Tim Tuttle, Kevin Kline and Erica Rico.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards Show will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live on ABC-TV from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 5th at 7pm.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jessica Holloway lands KTRK abc13 reporter gig

Former KVUE 24 reporter/fill-in anchor Jessica Holloway starts reporting at KTRK abc13

Jessica Holloway
Jessica Holloway
Former KVUE 24 Austin crime and criminal justice beat reporter, Jessica Holloway, showed up as a reporter at KTRK abc13 during my blog break time.

It was just two years ago I blogged about her arrival in Austin! My how time flies.

"Growing up in a family of six kids, I understand there can be six versions of the same story," Holloway wrote in her KVUE bio. "I strive for fairness. I'm dedicated to finding the truth. Once I begin an investigation, I see it through to the end."

Holloway, a native Houstonian, previously reported for KOCO in Oklahoma City. She started her TV career at KFDM Beaumont.

"My most memorable times being a journalist are when natural disasters, life-changing or major events have affected people's lives," Holloway wrote in Austin. "I've never felt more connected to the craft as when I stood outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont, Texas, reporting for KFDM-TV, warning families that Hurricane Ike was headed our way, and the county would be calling for a mandatory evacuation. Several people died in that hurricane. I knew in that moment, holding the microphone, staring into the camera, nothing mattered more than warning people to get to safety."

Kai Ryssdal and Marketplace in Houston event close to selling out

I hear this is close to selling out. So if you are a Marketplace fan like me, act fast so you can do the numbers...

An evening with Kai Ryssdal and Marketplace® presented by Houston Public Media and American Public Media

How I learned to stop worrying and love the numbers: Marketplace® 25th Anniversary National Tour

Ready for an entertaining and revealing look behind the numbers that parade through our daily lives like the Dow, the NASDAQ and more? Don't miss this lively, one-night-only show featuring Senior Editor of Marketplace®, Kai Ryssdal, along with the Marketplace team and compelling local experts like Neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. David Eagleman as they explore the numbers like you've never seen them explored before. Enjoy fascinating stories and in-depth interviews from the personalities you love. It’s everything Marketplace does best, but on stage and before your eyes.

Joining Ryssdal in Houston are David Brancaccio, host of Marketplace Morning Report®, Ben Johnson, host of Marketplace Tech®, Adriene Hill, senior reporter for LearningCurve and Scott Tong, correspondent for Marketplace’s sustainability desk.

Special Houston guest, Dr. David Eagleman, directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, where he also oversees the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.

Tues., September 30 at 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Wortham Theater Center- Cullen Theater
501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

Meet Kai Ryssdal and the Marketplace team at the exclusive post-show reception when you purchase your ticket at the $100 level. Join us to meet and mingle with the show’s cast and learn the secrets of how they do the numbers. General admission tickets start at $35.00 plus tax and service fees. To purchase tickets, visit:

Hashtag: #Numberslove

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

James Starks joins KPRC 2 as sports anchor/reporter

James Starks comes to KPRC 2 as a sports anchor/reporter from WLTX Columbia, South Carolina

James Starks
James Starks
James Starks follows Lauren Talarico from WLTX Columbia, South Carolina to Houston. But instead of KHOU 11, Starks has joined KPRC 2 as sports anchor/reporter.

His arrival happened week ago, while I was away.

What makes Starks standout is his time in the NFL. According to his bio, in 2008, Starks signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. An injury led him to play in Italy for the Ancona Dolphins. Before going pro, Starks was a two-time All-American at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. In 2007, he was the Ohio Athletic Conference's defensive back of the year.

Post football, while earning a broadcast masters degree at Kent State University, Starks jumped into TV part-time at WOIO and Fox-8 in Cleveland as a sideline reporter and anchor.

Starks follows another KPRC recent sports hire, Simone Eli, who was also a college athlete.

I forgot to mention that Starks replaces Nick Giovanni who left the KPRC sports department for WUSA in Washington DC. You know who else works at WUSA? Jan Jeffcoat. Houston TV viewers will remember her from the 2000s as the Fox 26 KRIV morning anchor.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

NewsFix gets vote of confidence from new Tribune boss

Tribune's new news chief, Katherine Green, wants to figure out how to increase the audience for Eye Opener and NewsFix on KIAH 39 and KDAF 33

TVNewsCheck's Diana Marszalek interviewed Tribune's new news chief Katherine Green about the company and NewsFix on KIAH 39 Houston and KDAF 33 Dallas-Fort Worth came up...and it appears the new boss likes the concept:

You inherited some of the more offbeat news shows out there — NewsFix, the anchorless newscast on KIAH Houston, and the syndicated morning show Eye Opener. Are those models for other markets, or are there other non-traditional formats in the works?

We have these two formats, Eye Opener and NewsFix, which took big risks and I think we really owe it to those products to look at them closely and figure out how we can increase the audience for them.

NewsFix and Eye Opener are fascinating, and I like watching them to see how we can deliver information in a different way. Not everything needs to be done with two anchors and a desk. But when I say that it doesn’t mean that you get rid of those things, but understanding that we’re looking for something more interesting, more distinctive than the traditional model.

We have some newscasts where they are taking down the boundaries. The [WGN] Chicago morning show for example has real people with real lives who have a sense of humor but can also be serious. They are people who let their hair down a little bit.

Sometimes it feels like the people behind the news are behind the Plexiglas screen and I think that we should be all in this together. But I am not the person behind all the ideas. It’s really more about how do we give [the stations] permission to move forward without trying to be gimmicky.

- NewsFix: How are ratings for KIAH 39's anchorless news?
- Steve Simon expands NewsFix to KDAF from KIAH
- EXCLUSIVE: NewsFix Behind The Scenes of CW39 KIAH

Eye Opener's Maggie Flecknoe wins!

abc13's Tom Abrahams signs 3-book deal

KTRK abc13 anchor Tom Abrahams signs three-book deal with Post Hill Press

Tom Abrahams continues to find success in the literary world. First with self-published Sedition, then with Post Hill Press published Allegiance.

Ken Hoffman reported Abrahams has signed another deal with Post Hill Press for three more books.

"I’ve already written the sequel (to Allegiance), which is in the rewrite phase and I hope to have out late 2014," Abrahams told me earlier this year.

Abrahams told me in 2013 he puts himself on a consistent writing schedule. That means pounding out 600 to 1000 words a day before leaving for his weekend anchor/reporting job at KTRK abc13. Abrahams explains more in the above video.

"TV news writing is very succinct," Abrahams told mikemcguff.com. "At its best it gets to the point quickly, hits the highlights, and lets the video (or audio) carry the story. A book needs more color. There's no video or audio to fill in the blanks. I actually found myself having to work really hard to add little details that I normally would leave out. But both are better when edited and rewritten multiple times. In news we'll cut a 2 minute story to 1:30. In SEDITION, I cut it from 106,000 words to about 90,000."

Now Hoffman rips on his own tome You Want Fries with That?

Hoffy needs to lighten up. I actually own a copy of that book! It got me through the Harris County Jury Assembly Room!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Don Kobos retires from KTRK abc13

mikemcguff.com exclusive:  Assistant news director and former reporter Don Kobos to retire from KTRK abc13

Don Kobos
Don Kobos
After 32 years at KTRK abc13, and 40 years in the business, assistant news director Don Kobos is retiring from the Disney/ABC Television Group station multiple sources have told me.

Houston TV viewers will recognize Kobos as a reporter at the Houston station since 1982. Kobos arrived at KTRK as an investigative reporter and ended up covering everything from politics, education to general assignments.

In 2000, after covering the George W. Bush inauguration, Kobos became assistant news director.

Before Houston, Kobos was a reporter at WRAL in Raleigh. He graduated from Wake Forest where he played football.

Interesting stuff about Kobos, I remember him having business cards with a cartoon image of himself drawn by Bill Hinds of Tank McNamara fame. He had a sandwich named after him at Kahn's Deli in the Rice Village which I blogged about in 2006.

Kobos also used to call Rice University football games on the radio, he had a column in the Houston Community Newspapers and wrote a study skills booklet for junior high students.

John Thomas Kobos, Don's son, is an anchor at Corpus Christi's KIII 3.

Kobos' departure follows those by longtime news director Dave Strickland and executive producer Jerry Vazquez.

It was announced earlier in the week that special projects executive producer Wendy Granato has taken over the newly expanded role of Vice President of News and Digital Content.