Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

I saw this celebratory 4th of July post from Dr. Jim Siebert of FOX 26 KRIV and I just knew I had to share it.

This wasn't my idea to share, but here is me wishing you a very "Happy 4th of July" and you may begin! What can I say, I'm patriotic. #Fox26ForLife
Posted by Dr. Jim Siebert FOX 26 News on Thursday, July 2, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bob Allen diagnosed with cancer

Bob Allen announces he's ready to beat his cancer diagnoses - will take extended leave from KHOU 11

Our friend and colleague Bob Allen shares he’s been diagnosed with cancer. It’s a form of T-Cell Lymphoma and Bob is...
Posted by KHOU 11 News on Monday, June 29, 2015

Bob Allen
Bob Allen
KHOU 11 announced today on Facebook that its sports anchor Bob Allen has been diagnosed with cancer. The Houston CBS affiliate reports it's a form of T-Cell Lymphoma and Bob is very encouraged about his chances for recovery.

“I’m ready for this—and I’ll beat it,” Allen was quoted on the post.

Allen has been a fixture on Houston's sport scene since the early 1970s when he joined KTRK abc13.

He stunned everyone when he left channel 13 in 2013 and went across the street to KHOU 11 where he has been ever since.

On a personal note, Allen is one heck of a nice guy and obviously a sports icon in the Bayou City. He's seen it all and been there to tell us about it.


KHOU 11 News Sports Director Bob Allen has shared that he has been diagnosed with cancer. The cancer is a form of T-Cell Lymphoma and Bob is very encouraged about his chances for recovery. When he talks about facing this challenge, Bob displays the same confidence and optimism Houston television viewers have come to expect from him over the past four decades as the city’s leading sports anchor.

“I’m ready for this—and I’ll beat it,” Bob says, adding that he appreciates the support and kind words coming his way.

During his treatment, Bob will be taking an extended leave from his on-air work at KHOU 11 so he can focus all his energy and attention on getting well. He’ll keep viewers posted on his progress and KHOU 11 will make sure all the people who know him, trust him and care about him have the latest word on how he’s doing.

“Bob is a fighter—he’s never backed away from a cause or an effort he believes in,” says KHOU 11 Executive News Director Philip Bruce. “Now his cause is beating cancer. And my money’s on him.”

For now, you can share your thoughts with Bob on and on our Twitter and Facebook pages, using the hashtag, #GETWELLBOB.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mix 96.5 KHMX drops 'The Atom Smasher Morning Show'

'The Atom Smasher Morning Show' no longer to air on Houston's Mix 96.5 KHMX

Shawnda McNeal & Atom Smasher
Shawnda McNeal & Atom Smasher 
Atom Smasher posted on his Facebook page that The Atom Smasher Morning Show on Mix 96.5 KHMX is no more.

Smasher and co-host Shawnda McNeal came to the CBS station from Hot 96 WSTO-FM Evansville, IN in January 2014.

"Grateful for the opportunity to return to my 2nd home and Katie's 1st, and trying my best, it just did not work out," Smasher wrote. "Such is life."

Smasher had previously worked for Houston's 104.1 KRBE as both a night jock and then later the morning show host along with Maria Todd after Sam Malone left for KHMX. In between Houston and Evansville, Smasher worked afternoons at Dallas' 106.1 KISS FM KHKS.

He is looking to stay in Texas.

"Houston is my home away from home," Smasher told in 2014. "I grew up in South Louisiana, but when I worked here, I developed relationships that tied me to this city forever. One being my wife who is from Kingwood. We were married here in 2005."

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mike McGuff to open Houston’s Social Media Day Conference

I will be kicking off the Houston’s Social Media Day Conference next week talking Twitter and Facebook. Do you think I can do the entire speech in 140 characters? Maybe.

My speech will include social media tips that can be taken right out of old school broadcasting. That's right, old media can help new media every once in a while.

Houston’s Social Media Day Conference
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Houston Food Bank – Conference Center
535 Portwall St.
Houston, TX 77029

Getting asked on social media for a start time. The conference kicks off at 8am with a proclamation from the mayor's office and then I'm up at 8:30am. I will be nursing a Dr Pepper 10 that day!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cathy Hernandez joins KPRC 2

Cathy Hernandez joins KPRC 2 from KDVR and KWGN Denver

Cathy Hernandez
Cathy Hernandez
KPRC 2 has confirmed to that Cathy Hernandez has joined the station as a temporary reporter from KDVR and KWGN Denver where she's been since April 2014 .

It's a return home for the Houston native.

In fact, I'm excited to report that Hernandez was on my blog way back in 2007. When I was just a lowly web producer, I was tasked with building a Houston Texans cheerleader section for that included a contest where Hernandez and other contestants were vying for a spot on the squad.

She eventually made it, but left the bright lights of football stadiums for those of TV studios a few years later.

According to her bio, Herenandez first started in the TV news biz at KPRC as an associate producer.

Before Colorado, Hernandez worked as a reporter, anchor and producer at KTSM and KDBC in El Paso.

She is a gradate of the University of Houston.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Karla Barguiarena exits abc13 KTRK

Reporter Karla Barguiarena leaves abc13 KTRK

Karla Barguiarena
Karla Barguiarena
Houston TV viewers are losing Karla Barguiarena for a second time. The abc13 KTRK reporter is leaving the Disney/ABC Television Group after working there since 2013.

She took to Facebook to leave a message for her fans.

Hi everyone! I have some very bittersweet news to share. Tomorrow will be the last time I'll hold the 13 Eyewitness...
Posted by ABC13-Karla Barguiarena on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I had wondered about Barguiarena's future in Houston after her husband, former KHOU 11 news director Keith Connors, got a job earlier this year at WTNH in New Haven, CT.

Before returning to Houston, Barguiarena worked as a media relations expert at Angie's List.

Houston TV news viewers will remember Barguiarena from her reporting work at KHOU 11 in the mid to late 2000's. Before that she worked at Telemundo Houston KTMD for five years.

- Angela Chen departs KTRK abc13
- Elita Loresca joins KTRK abc13 after LA's KNBC 4

Friday, June 12, 2015

Elita Loresca joins KTRK abc13 after LA's KNBC 4

Elita Loresca joins abc13 KTRK as meteorologist after KNBC 4 Los Angeles

Elita Loresca
Elita Loresca

Watch out Chita and KHOU, KTRK abc13 is also importing a California meteorologist that will soon be causing a heat wave across Houston TV screens and she's got the readers of FHM magazine to prove it.

Former KNBC 4 Los Angeles morning meteorologist Elita Loresca is heading to Houston next week as channel 13's weekend morning meteorologist. And it's probably good that Loresca is moving to an ABC owned station where the Today show isn't on the air.

Consider her an unofficial West Coast/Gulf Coast swap for former KPRC meteorologist Anthony Yanez who left for KNBC earlier this year.

Working in television market #2 for so many years as she did, Loresca certainly got a lot of attention. For example, in 2012, LA Weekly named her one of LA's 5 hottest weather 'girls.'

But it was while working for Miami's WSVN when Loresca got even a bigger honor when readers of FHM magazine voted her "America's Sexiest Newscaster" in the magazine's October 2006 issue.

She talked about the honor with the La Verne Online:

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For Loresca, it was good, wholesome, healthy fun, which also had to be a ratings bonanza for her station.
“I tell you what,” Loresca said. “I call that an opportunity. Not very many people can say they were voted America’s sexiest newscaster. What bothers me are people who like to form opinions based on the pictures, or who state the only reason I am where I am is ‘blah, blah, blah.’

“For me, it was just kind of a bonus and a reflection of how hard I’d worked in my career and how I’d taken care of myself, not just from a health and fitness standpoint, but emotionally and spiritually. I was in a good place in my life where I could show that off. It was a great opportunity.”

Loresca generated fan mail across the United States, as well as Europe. “When the issue first came out, I got a lot of European fan mail asking me for signed autographs,” she said. READ MORE

In another LA Weekly article from 2008, Loresca also talked about the FHM award:

She characterizes the FHM thing as an “interesting” experience, on the whole beneficial, since it was done in a “tasteful” manner agreed upon by her parents and the station. These days, though, you’re more likely to see her in a little black blazer on KNBC rather than a rain-soaked negligee — she says she’s dressing both weather- and age-appropriate (she is 31). “It gives people an indication of what it’s like outside,” Loresca says. “‘Oh, she’s wearing a turtleneck, it must be cold.’” READ THE REST

But she isn't only about looks. According to her bio, while at WSVN Miami, Loresca covered hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma from the National Hurricane Center. In fact on her first day at the station, she began forecasting the 2004 hurricane season with Hurricane Frances. Necessary experience for a Houston meteorologist.

Before Miami, Loresca was the morning and noon meteorologist at KGPE Fresno, California and the noon meteorologist/assignment editor for KGET Bakersfield, California. She is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and earned the Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology at Mississippi State University.

While born in the Philippines, Loresca moved to Southern California at 10 months old growing up in both Los Angeles and Chino, CA.

From what I understand, current weekend morning and evening meteorologist David Tillman will now focus on weekend evenings only with Loresca's arrival.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Jonathan Martinez joins KPRC 2 as weekend anchor

Galveston raised Jonathan Martinez joins KPRC 2 as weekend anchor from KNWA Northwest Arkansas News

Jonathan Martinez
Jonathan Martinez
After Phillip Mena left for the big leagues at ABC News, KPRC 2 is hiring Jonathan Martinez as its new weekend co-anchor alongside Syan Rhodes.

"Jonathan is a hometown guy," said KPRC news director Rhonda LaVelle in an email to "He’s originally from Galveston and his family all still lives in the Houston area."

Currently, Martinez is the 5, 6 and 10pm anchor for KNWA Northwest Arkansas News.

Previously, he worked at KTRV-TV, Boise, ID as a morning news anchor, KLAS-TV, Las Vegas as a fill-in anchor/general assignment reporter, KABB-TV, San Antonio as a general assignment reporter and KBMT-TV, Beaumont as a morning anchor/general assignment reporter.

The award winning journalist is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.

Martinez will start at channel 2 in August.

Yeah, I know, two posts in two days. Crazy. I don't know how many more there will be though. The KLOL documentary is on a roll now!

Monday, June 08, 2015

Angela Chen departs KTRK abc13

After less than a year, reporter Angela Chen leaves KTRK abc13

UPDATE JUNE 22, 2015
Angela Chen debuted on Fox 26 KRIV as a reporter.

Angela Chen
Angela Chen
KTRK abc13 reporter Angela Chen has departed the station after arriving in November 2014, but expect to see her elsewhere on the Houston TV dial.

The rumor is that Chen will jump to Fox 26 KRIV. Stay tuned to see if that is correct. If so, she will follow in the footsteps of Katie McCall.

Before Houston, Chen was at KOLO 8 Reno News Now as a reporter/fill-in anchor.

Click here to read about all the other places Chen has worked before the Bayou City.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

How did Houston media do during the floods?

Grading the Houston media's response to last week's floods

I was on Houston Matters (88.7 KUHF) yesterday grading the media's response to last week's floods. Listen below. Which station did the best/worst during the storm? And what made this coverage different than that of Hurricane Ike's? LISTEN HERE FOR MOBILE

Houston flood 2015 photos and video