Thursday, January 29, 2015

WFAA uses iPhone to tape half-hour show

WFAA 8 Dallas shows us the future of TV: The reporter and the iPhone


If you work in TV, then you've probably heard someone say at one point there aren't enough photographers around to shoot the day's stories. This means a reporter or producer will have some waiting time until these unsung heroes of the newsroom finish taping and get back to the station to shoot the next stuff.

We've heard stories online of reporters taking matters into their own hands...literally...by shooting stories all by their lonesome with nothing but a phone or iPad.

Well, WFAA Dallas Good Morning Texas host Mike Castellucci has taken it a step further and actually produced an entire half-hour special with only his iPhone aptly called Phoning It In. And if the former "Why Guy," didn't continually point out the iPhone was recording the video, you might not notice because it looks great.

There is even a running joke in the show concerning channel 8 chief photographer Mark Muller waiting back at the station with his $50,000 high-def camera and nothing to do.

This is all kinda ironic if you realize how much WFAA pioneered the use of high definition back in the 1990s. In fact according to a press release, WFAA became the first station in the Dallas/Fort Worth television market and America to broadcast a high definition VHF signal.

Now that pioneering spirit becomes much smaller and cheaper...and well, fits in your pocket. And it certainly fits in the modern newsroom's budget. It's no secret there have been cuts in terms of equipment and personnel throughout the broadcasting industry. What better way to solve these problems than have reporters shoot their own news on a phone?

There are tripods, lenses and other equipment that can make the video quality more professional looking. Once everything is in the phone, apps can be used to fix the lighting and colors of the video or you can touch it up in a real post-production environment. Pull out the USB cable and you're in Final Cut Pro X or whatever else is the flavor of the moment.

But photographers shouldn't be heading to the unemployment office just yet. You have to actually find folks as talented as Castellucci and willing to do the work with just a phone first. That's the hard part.

So make sure to watch the video and see if you agree that phones are the future reporter multi-media journalist (MMJ) cameras of the future!




Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Opens from bad 70s TV, 80 sci-fi shows and kid television

Ahhh...the memories. From bad 70s TV, 80s sci-fi TV to kiddie shows, the opens you can't forget (or maybe you can actually.)







Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The cartoons that inspired 'Family Guy' and 'Office Space'

See how these iconic characters got started

Before Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane created its precursor called Larry & Steve (1997). You will notice the Larry and Steve characters are earlier versions of Brian the Dog and Peter Griffin.

And before Office Space, creator Mike Judge put together the animated shorts Milton (1991) featuring two characters from the film, Milton Waddams and Bill Lumbergh.

Watch both embedded below:






Monday, January 26, 2015

Ken Hoffman joins Twitter @KenChronicle & brings unique humor along

Houston Chronicle columnist Ken Hoffman joins Twitter; laughs ensue

Ken Hoffman
Ken Hoffman
Last week, legendary syndicated Houston Chronicle columnist Ken Hoffman (formerly of the Houston Post) finally joined Twitter.

It's the real deal this time, not a parody account. Although one of those was pretty funny too.

So make sure to follow him @KenChronicle.

And since Hoffy is the topic of discussion right now, listen below to this hilarious interview I did with him about his newspaper career.

Or you can read it here.



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kris Gutierrez returns to Texas, Rekha Muddaraj's fill-in? plus more



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- Be advised, if you are a serious Journalist, this will make you sick to your stomach

Kris Gutierrez returning from Chicago to be NBC5's new 5 p.m. co-anchor
Kris Gutierrez is circling back to North Texas to become co-anchor of NBC5’s 5 p..m. weekday newscasts.
- NBC 5/KXAS-TV Hires Kris Gutierrez to Co-anchor NBC 5 News at 5 p.m.

Turbulent times at CBS11 news, where anchor departures and relocations are suddenly commonplace
OK, it’s not entirely fair to say that CBS11 has had more movement lately than a Belly Dancing 101 class.  There’s been a whole lot of shakeups going on, though.

Better than a time machine
NBC5, UNT digitizing and posting decades-old news footage
- Want to time travel? UNT, KXAS have a new portal

D/FW Radio: KKDA, DeDe McGuire Staying Together
DeDe McGuire will continue to wake up Dallas-Fort Worth listeners on the “DeDe in the Morning” show on KKDA 104.5 FM K104.

KLIF Puts Zann Into Nights
CUMULUS Top 40/Rhythmic KLIF (NEW HOT 93.3)/ DALLAS names ZANN as its new nights host.

Dallas programming VP Davis adds Austin duties
IHeartMedia-Dallas VP of programming Patrick Davis has expanded his oversight to include Austin in addition to Dallas.

Rebutting some of the quick trigger fingers on Twitter and Facebook when it comes to commenting on two recent unclebarky.com posts
It’s ridiculously easy in these times to cross-check the web -- or even read the original story -- before firing off an impulsive Tweet or Facebook.

Where’s My Carol Burnett?
Carol Burnett & Friends on MeTV/KTXA 21.2 - why it is not being shown locally even though there are promotional spots airing?

#6 Houston-Galveston TX
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Who is filling in for KHOU's Rekha Muddaraj?
I told you how KHOU weekend anchor Rekha Muddaraj is on maternity leave. So readers have been asking who will fill in for her? KHOU 11 Executive News Director Philip Bruce tells mikemcguff.com that the fill-in anchors will be Lauren Talarico, Grace White and Malini Basu.

Tricks of the Trade
Houston TV anchors and hosts reveal beauty secrets on how to look your best — on camera or off.

"Que Te Perdone Dios" wins
The premiere of Univision's new Novela, "Que Te Perdone Dios," racked in 4 million total viewers and outperformed all English and Spanish language stations with key demos across several markets including Houston in that time period on KXLN.

The rarely seen Kitirik photo
Kitirik, Channel 13's black cat mascot, is shown here riding the baggage chute into the plane she took off in this morning from the Houston International Airport.

Radar the weather dog's life-saving surgery
Radar the Weather Dog underwent surgery.

New hope for Houston's oldest African American radio station
Former Houston mayoral candidate Ben Hall is the new owner of KCOH with big plans for keeping the legacy of the legendary station alive and on the air.

Radio One Houston turning around
In an 8K outlining a proposed amendment to its credit agreement, Radio One says its Houston cluster is pacing up 11%.

Arbitron Trends, 74-76
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Justice (Network) to be served starting Tuesday
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Fox O&Os Game For Latest Diginet: Buzzr TV
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And The Authors Are…
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S.A. TV pioneer getting major arts award
San Antonio’s Spanish-language TV trailblazer Emilio Nicolas Sr., who founded the network that became Univision, are among amazing and talented Texans in the arts who will be honored at next month’s prestigious 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Awards.

S.A. TV vet in hospital after undergoing surgery
Colorful San Antonio TV and radio veteran Gary DeLaune is recovering after undergoing triple bypass surgery Tuesday in Methodist Hospital.
- Former KENS broadcaster recovers from triple bypass

JB and Sandy now heard mornings and afternoons on The Fringe
If you’re not up early enough to catch morning radio hosts Sandy McIlree and JB Hager, don’t fret.

Emmis Asks FCC For KROX Signal Boost
EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS is asking the FCC to sign off on the relocation of one of its antennas to boost the signal Alternative KROX.

Shot Texas television meteorologist returns to air
KCEN Meteorologist Patrick Crawford returned to the airwaves on Monday morning, even as the search for the person who shot him continues.

New Valley TV news set
KGBT Action 4 News for the Rio Grande Valley is getting a new set.

Houstonian on Steve Harvey airing on FOX 26 KRIV
Serena Gordillo, a 34 year old banker from Houston, TX will be a guest on “Steve Harvey,” in the episode airing Friday, January 23. Serena turned to Steve for help in turning her dating life around. Serena gets a BIG surprise on the show, when Steve reveals that her sorority sisters, family members and even her pastor are all there to help crowd source her next date! They get to ask questions to three potential bachelors and will make the final decision as to which one she will go on a date with! Tune-in to see if her friends and family end up choosing the right bachelor for Serena!
Locally, “Steve Harvey” can be seen on FOX 26 (KRIV), weekdays at 3:00PM. Check local listings or go to http://www.steveharveytv.com/ for time and channel in other markets.

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If you are finally ready to roll the dice and turn your fantasy into reality then apply now at:
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MOVING

Longtime KTRK abc13 engineer Tom Kline is now the FM Chief Engineer for Clear Channel IHeartMedia Houston handling all five FM station’s studio and transmitter facilities.

WFAA photographer Tim Auman retired after 38 years at WFAA and got a camera out of it.

FOX 26 KRIV Senior Digital Content Producer Kathryn Yglecias has moved to the The Lake District, UK. Cheerio! Alexander Supgul takes over.

KWTX Waco Sports Anchor/Reporter Brian Kaufman moves to WWMT-TV West Michigan in the same position.

KSBJ's Jessica Arrendell joins Christian Music Broadcasters
CMB has hired Jessica Arrendell in the newly created position of Multimedia Manager. She comes from KSBJ.

Former abc13 KTRK intern Brooke Wellborn lands first TV gig at KBTX College Station.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
- Two Houston media pregnancies; KPRC 2 & KTRK abc13
- New 'Telemundo Responde' Consumer Investigative Unit Launched in San Antonio
- KTRK and ABC owned stations will 'LAFF' on tax day
- Caitilin Espinosa to leave FOX 26 & going digital
- Josh Chapin joins KHOU 11
- Irene Sans leaves Telemundo Houston KTMD
- Brandon Walker joins KPRC 2



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Brandon Walker joins KPRC 2

Brandon Walker joins KPRC 2 from News 12 Connecticut

Yankee Doodle came to Houston, Riding in a news van, Stuck an IFB in his ear, and dropped off two reporters.

I start off with a cheesy version of Yankee Doodle today because it is the state anthem of Connecticut and Houston TV is receiving two reporters in one week from the Constitution State (I am also sick and slightly feverish, but nevertheless still blogging for you).

Brandon Walker joins KPRC 2 as a morning reporter the station has confirmed to mikemcguff.com. The other New England reporter hitting the soon to be steamy streets of the Bayou City this week was Josh Chapin who joined KHOU 11.

Walker arrives from cable outfit News 12 Connecticut where he was a reporter and fill-in anchor. Before that he worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at YNN, Your News Now, in Albany, New York as a bureau chief.

 From 2008 to 2010, Walker worked on the national desk of CBS New York. Ahead of the network, he worked as news director/anchor/producer for KRLX-FM, Northfield, Minnesota.

No stranger to humidity, Walker actually got his broadcasting start as an assignments editor at WGNO-TV, New Orleans while in high school. He certainly earned his stripes there in the days following Hurricane Katrina.

Walker has degrees from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.





Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Irene Sans leaves Telemundo Houston KTMD

KTMD Telemundo Houston meteorologist Irene Sans says goodbye on Facebook

After two years, meteorologist Irene Sans has left KTMD Telemundo Houston according to a note on her Facebook page.

Friends - Thanks for your comments asking where I’ve gone to
I am infinitely thankful for these past two years in Houston. This is a vibrant city, with great people! It has felt like home since the very beginning. Thanks for making me part of your family, for your love and unconditional support. I am in route to a new phase in my career and hopefully soon I will be able to share the good news, and celebrate with all of you! Let’s keep in contact through social media; you can continue to count on my forecasts. See you and see me soon! THANKS HOUSTON!
Much Love,
Irene Sans

"My last day on air was December 30th, as I left for vacation right after that," Sans told mikemcguff.com in an email after this post was originally published. "Contract was up on the 11th and I am looking into some options on the table now."

A KTMD representative confirmed to mikemcguff.com that Sans is no longer with the station but would not elaborate. The station does say a search for her replacement is underway.

Before Houston, Sans worked for Telemundo 51 Miami WSCV. She has also worked for Weather Services International and has been working for StatWeather since 2013.

Sans is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in meteorology. She interned at Univision 23 WLTV Miami.

*updated with comment from Sans to mikemcguff.com



Monday, January 19, 2015

Josh Chapin joins KHOU 11

Reporter Josh Chapin joins KHOU 11 from NBC Connecticut WVIT

Josh Chapin
Josh Chapin
Josh Chapin of NBC Connecticut WVIT is starting as a reporter today at KHOU 11 confirmed station Executive News Director Philip Bruce to mikemcguff.com.

Chapin said on Facebook he is from the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It got me thinking, and I wondered if he was related to musician Harry Chapin. Bruce told me no, but Chapin's mom is an entertainment lawyer. No cats in the cradle here!

According to his bio, Chapin joined WVIT in November 2012 as a reporter in NBC's New Haven bureau. Before that, he worked at News 12 The Bronx and News 12 Brooklyn as an anchor/reporter.

Chapin is a 2009 graduate of Duke University where he earned a degree in classical languages and broadcast journalism.

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KTRK and ABC owned stations will 'LAFF' on tax day

ABC stations like KTRK will run LAFF network on digital channels

While the Live Well Network will continue for the time being (past its announced cut-off date), KTRK and other ABC owned stations will launch the LAFF network on .3.

The country's first-ever, over-the-air broadcast television network devoted to comedy around-the-clock will launch this spring when Katz Broadcasting debuts LAFF on April 15, 2015, it was announced today.

LAFF will feature a mix of contemporary off-network sitcoms and popular theatrical motion pictures, with a target audience of adults 18-49. The LAFF brand will cross multiple platforms, with the linear network carried on the signals of local broadcast television stations and corresponding cable carriage while companion digital content will be available at LAFF.com and via the LAFF app.

Katz Broadcasting also announced two major distribution agreements for LAFF:

The ABC Owned Television Stations will carry LAFF in New York (WABC-TV), Los Angeles (KABC-TV), Chicago (WLS-TV), Philadelphia (WPVI-TV), San Francisco (KGO-TV), Houston (KTRK-TV), Raleigh (WTVD-TV) and Fresno (KFSN-TV).
The E.W. Scripps Company will also launch LAFF on its stations in Detroit (WXYZ-TV), Phoenix (KNXV-TV), Tampa (WFTS-TV), Denver (KMGH-TV), Cleveland (WEWS-TV), Indianapolis (WRTV-TV), Baltimore (WMAR-TV), San Diego (KGTV-TV), Kansas City (KSHB-TV), Cincinnati (WCPO-TV), West Palm Beach (WPTV-TV), Buffalo (WKBW-TV) and Tulsa (KJRH-TV).
These initial agreements will make LAFF available to more than 35% of the country, with more distribution additions expected to be announced shortly.

LAFF joins GRIT, the first broadcast network targeting men, and ESCAPE, the first over-the-air network designed for women, in the Katz Broadcasting portfolio. Katz Broadcasting was established in 2014 by Bounce TV founder/COO and former Turner Broadcasting executive Jonathan Katz. Katz is President and CEO of the company while also still serving as COO of Bounce TV, the nation's first and only over-the-air television network for African Americans.

"In launching three television networks within ten months, we are clearly very bullish on the renaissance of free broadcast television," commented Katz. "This burgeoning new broadcast ecosystem resembles the early days of basic cable, expanding to offer viewers diverse new choices and complementing the growing number of over-the-top subscription services."

"The ABC Owned Television Stations and E.W. Scripps Company stations are among the strongest players in their DMAs, which include the biggest markets in the country. We are thrilled and proud to have these two preeminent groups as our charter distribution partners for LAFF," commented Katz Broadcasting Chief Distribution Officer Jeffrey Wolf. "We look forward to welcoming more station groups to the LAFF family."

LAFF expects to make more announcements in the coming weeks.

(thanks Mike)


Friday, January 16, 2015

Caitilin Espinosa to leave FOX 26 & going digital

FOX 26 KRIV Weekend morning meteorologist Caitilin Espinosa is retiring from TV and is starting a YouTube channel

UPDATE 1/30/2015
Looks like Caitilin Espinosa has been removed from the FOX 26 KRIV website.

Caitilin Espinosa
Caitilin Espinosa
FOX 26 KRIV weekend morning meteorologist Caitilin Espinosa is hanging up the green screen and calling it a TV career after eight years.

"The past 6 months I have been dealing with personal health issues, and I took it as a sign to leave the TV industry," Espinosa told mikemcguff.com. "My health is good now but I need a job with fewer environmental stresses. The cold studio, long unusual hours really made things worse for me."

Espinosa tells me she can mark a TV career off her bucket list. The Houston native and Cypress Falls graduate's goal was to work in a top 10 television market and her hometown. Check and check.

Prior to coming back to Houston, Espinosa was the morning meteorologist for KIII-TV in Corpus Christi. Before that she was at KVEO-TV in Brownsville. She is a graduate of Baylor University.

"It was a very tough decision to leave and everyone at FOX has been incredible, begging me to stay," Espinosa told mikemcguff.com. "I am really going to miss my FOX family!"

Espinosa tells me she's staying put in the Bayou City. And this week, she's launching a new YouTube channel called #DearCaitilin. You can call it an advice channel for life.

But don't expect to see the "Caitilin Espinosa goodbye stories" on FOX 26 just yet. She says she signed a contract extension to help out until the station finds a replacement. And I hear other Houston weather folks are interested in her job. Stay tuned.

"I am happy about how and where my TV career is ending," Espinosa told me.



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