Sunday, February 19, 2017

On my quest to finish 101 #KLOL documentary

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I realized if I am ever going to finish my Rock 101 documentary, then I need to either stop writing this blog for a spell or ship my children off. Well, my children are heading to Hobby today at clearly I need to cut back on the old blog.

The Houston and Texas media party will still continue on my social media accounts. Make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram to keep up with what's going on while I'm away from here.

And just because I'm not currently posting, doesn't mean you have to stop dropping by here. I have a Houston news page updating stories 24 hours a day, the same for a media news page, a page with Houston media member tweets and a Texas TV jobs page.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Samantha Ptashkin leaves KPRC

KPRC 2 multi-media journalist (MMJ) Samantha Ptashkin has left KPRC 2

KPRC 2 multi-media journalist (MMJ) Samantha Ptashkin has left the station after three years.

No word on a new job as of yet, but I hear from multiple sources she is moving to be closer to her family.

Hopefully she'll provide us with an update.

Ptashkin, which is pronounced P-tash-kin, arrived to Houston from KVOA News 4 Tucson.

According to her bio, she previously worked for Fox 11 KMSB-TV Tucson as a reporter and weekend anchor and a reporter and noon show anchor at WREX-TV in Rockford, IL.

She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Chita Craft baby update


Chita Craft's baby is here. From her Facebook page:

Welcome Les William Craft 💙 Born 3/3/17 9 pounds 15 ounces and 22.5" long. Delivery was HARD- no one prepared me!!!! But I would do it a million times to welcome him! We are both so in love!

PICS: Chita Johnson and Lane Craft wedding photos #ChitaGetsCrafted

KHOU 11 morning meteorologist Chita Craft announces maternity leave

Can you believe it's almost time for the Chita Craft to have her baby?

"Last day of work for 3 months and my hubby came in to surprise me," Craft wrote on Facebook. "Our baby coming soon!"

Looks like meteorologist Kailey Carey is filling in for Craft. She writes on Twitter, "Back in my hometown! Excited to help out @KHOUweather while @chitakhou is on mat leave! Tune into @KHOU tmrw morning 7am #Houston."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lily Jang to return to Houston TV

Former KHOU morning anchor Lily Jang to produce documentary for Houston Public Media TV 8 KUHT

Former KHOU morning anchor Lily Jang has announced she will be working with Houston Public Media (TV 8 KUHT) on producing a documentary about Vietnamese refugees that came to Houston after the Vietnam War.

Jang, who was born in Vietnam, and whose family made the journey to Houston themselves, will have a unique look on the subject.

She and a KUHT crew will travel to Vietnam to document her family's history.

This local look at Vietnam will be aired in tandem with THE VIETNAM WAR, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS in September 2017.

Jang left KHOU last December where she had worked since 2012.

Houston Public Media sent me a synopsis of what Jang will be working on:

Lily will travel to Vietnam to show the vibrant culture of the country today. They will meet expats from Houston including a fashion designer who started “Project Runway Vietnam.” He’ll show the crew the youthful and edgy fashion scene in Vietnam. They will meet an advertising executive who lives a global existence: raised in the Texas Hill country, he now works in Vietnam, has a son in Norway and a home in Houston. Lily will also experience the street food scene from the back of a moped on a “Back of the Bike” foodie tour, where she’ll surely look for the best banh-mi and pho in Saigon. Lily will also journey back to the street where she was born and share the incredible trails that her family experienced making their way to America. It will be a personal journey full of joy and excitement.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rashi Vats has a baby

FOX 26 KRIV reporter Rashi Vats and KHOU 11 sports reporter Daniel Gotera have a baby boy

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I told you last October how FOX 26 KRIV reporter Rashi Vats and KHOU 11 sports reporter Daniel Gotera were expecting.

Well their baby boy has arrived. No word if he is already credentialed for Texans practice at White Sulpur Springs yet.

"Meet my new man," Vats wrote on Facebook. "Rian Lincoln Gotera was born 2/11/17! Daniel and I are so in love!!! Still can't believe I'm a MOM! What!"

"I'm proud to introduce you to my new pride and little Rian Lincoln Gotera," wrote Gotera on Facebook. "My wife Rashi (who is FANTASTIC) and I are beyond blessed. He was born yesterday, 7 pounds & 11 ounces...we haven't stopped smiling since. What an incredible feeling."

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Dave Ward, Shara Fryer, Ed Brandon and Wayne Dolcefino to reunite is giving you a chance to hang out with Dave Ward, Shara Fryer, Ed Brandon and Wayne Dolcefino

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Legendary KTRK abc13 anchor team Dave Ward, Shara Fryer, weatherman Ed Brandon and investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino are reuniting for one night only and you get a chance to be there.

This is not a TV event, but a real life one in the name of charity.

You'll get a chance to meet and mingle with the iconic Houston news team. I'll be there hosting the event.



KENS 5 debuts new set in 2017

Thanks to Eric who let me know that KENS 5 in San Antonio debuted a new set. See the station's page on the big change.

TEGNA sister station KHOU 11 debuted a new set in 2016.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Houston Chronicle reporter Dale Lezon has died

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Not much information to go on, but longtime Houston Chronicle breaking news reporter Dale Lezon has died.

According to social media, Lezon died last Friday. He even had an article in that days paper.

There has been no mention of his death in the Chronicle that I could find.

Colleague Mike Glenn posted on Twitter there will be a celebration for Lezon February 18th (2-5pm) at 1919 Houston Ave 107 W. 12th.

Stay tuned as we get more info.

Here is his bio from the paper's website:

Dale has worked at the Houston Chronicle as a reporter since 2000, when he moved to Houston from New Mexico. As a General Assignment reporter, he has covered criminal and civil trials, City Hall matters, environmental issues and many other news stories. He also has written human-interest features. Among his stories are breaking news reports from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and from Galveston during Hurricane Ike. He also reported from east Texas during the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster. Currently, he handles breaking news, including homicides, fires and other fast-breaking stories.

The Chronicle posted a story behind its paywall tonight about Dale Lezon's death. Here is the synopsis:

Dale Patrick Lezon, a veteran reporter for the Houston Chronicle whose love of writing began long before he set foot in a newsroom, died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed heart condition last week. He was 62.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Chase Murphy new Mix 96.5 KHMX program director

HOUSTON, TX, February 6, 2017-- CBS RADIO Houston today announced that Chase Murphy has accepted the position of Program Director for Mix 96.5, KHMX-FM (Hot AC), effective today. As Program Director, Murphy will have day-to-day responsibilities for Mix 96.5 including digital and event creation.

“Chase is a leader, a team builder, a talent coach and a builder of brands. He is the perfect fit for KHMX, a big brand with great heritage in the Houston market,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Houston.

“I would like to thank Sarah Frazier, Jeff Sottolano, Steve Salhaney and Bruce Logan for all their support! I’m looking forward to working with the industry’s best and brightest at CBS Radio! Being a kid from Texas and getting a chance to program KHMX is like a dream come true! Go Texans!"

Murphy will join Mix 96.5 after stints at iHeart Media as an Operations Manager and Regional Program Director. He also spent time in Greenville with Entercom.

Murphy is also a published author of Pull the Trigger and #TryHarder as well as a blogger and motivational speaker.

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

Friday, February 03, 2017

Jillian “JJ” Simmons leaves 97.9 The Box KBXX

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In a surprise move this evening of Super Bowl Houston weekend, Jillian “JJ” Simmons has announced she is leaving her 10-3pm slot on 97.9 The Box KBXX.

The popular radio DJ explained in a video on her website, that she is involved in many activities from radio, non-profit work and writing a book. After some health issues, her boss told her she might want to cut back. That conversation made her pause, take note of life and eventually resign from her six-figure KBXX job.

Simmons told her fans that she plans to stay in Houston, travel the world, but other than that, has no concrete plan for the future as of yet.

"But what I do know, is that from this day forward, I will wake up everyday and live in my purpose," Simmons said. "I am confident that God has something so amazing for me and it is coming. And I dont know exactly what it is, but until then I'll keep doing what I love to do."

The radio fixture and NewsFix contributor has been at KBXX for five years. She previously worked at HOT 96.3 WHHH Indianapolis, Indiana, WBLS New York, 101.1 The Wiz WIZF Cincinnati and WROU in Dayton, Ohio.

Outside of radio, Simmons is the founder of the JJ's I'm Me Foundation. According to its website, the foundations serves to "encourage at risk middle and high school girls to be the best version of themselves, by exposing them to leaders and influencers in the community who provide career development, lifestyle planning, health and wellness training, and character education."

Last October, Simmons published her book "Without Bruises: A Journey to Hope, Help and Healing," her story of an abusive relationship.

As a single mother, Simmons has also started a network and website to motivate others.