Friday, February 12, 2016

VIDEO: Best TV kissing bloopers

Happy Valentine's Day weekend! If you run into your favorite television reporter doing a live shot, you might want to give them a big smack-a-roo on live TV!

VIDEO: Chita Johnson shakes her thing on the runway

Chita Johnson does her thing on the runway, her parents to appear in Kay Jewelers' commercial

TV anchors and weather people sometimes get a chance to show their moves on the fashion runway, but KHOU 11's Chita Johnson turns it up to 11 when she gets a turn (get it 11, like in Spinal Tap and her channel number...oh never mind). Johnson and fiance Lane Craft were supporting non-profit Dec My Room at Tootsies.

According to its Facebook page:

Dec My Room…Is all about “creating a healing place”. Volunteers shop and then decorate a room, with knowledge of the likes and interest of each individual patient. The goal is to change a dull hospital room into a cozier, more personalized room.

My baby and I walked the runway to support Dec My Room ... I decided to have fun! Sometimes you just have to shake it! TOOTSIES great event!!
Posted by Chita Johnson KHOU on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

And don't forget about Chita's parents. They are doing an NBC - Kay Jewelers A Valentine’s Day Story this weekend. Watch it here.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

FOX 26 KRIV sheds management positions

FOX 26 KRIV assistant news director and managing editor jobs cut

TVSpy is reporting that FOX 26 KRIV eliminated two newsroom positions today.

Assistant news director Howard Dorsey and managing editor Geoff Roth are both out according to the site.

Dorsey came to the Houston FOX owned and operated station in 2013 from WPIX NY. Roth had been at KRIV for a while, left for startup WJZY Charlotte, NC with reporter Ned Hibberd, then returned to Houston in the last few years.

Rumor had it this post on FTVlive about a FOX O&O was talking about happenings at KRIV. Now you have to wonder.

The TV trade site also reports that FOX 26 lost two executive producers to the Bay Area in the last weeks, Brandice Bailey and Andrew Gillfillan.

VIDEO: Dominique Sachse doing traffic on KPRC 1993 #TBT

Throw yourself back to 1993, when Dominique Sachse was starting off at KPRC 2 as the morning traffic anchor

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I broke social media's rules this week by posting a Throwback Tuesday with Dave Ward interviewing President George Bush, so I'm correcting things with a real Throwback Thursday. Now way am I getting a #TBT citation!

Here is a #TBT people are always jonesing for...early video of Dominique Sachse's television career.

That's right, Ms. Sachse started off at KPRC 2 doing morning traffic and you can see it for yourself in this clip. She was on the air with anchor Dan O'Rourke and meteorologist Roland Galvan who died at the age of 48 back in 2005.

I've probably told this story before, but I met Sachse back then when I was picking up some tape at KPRC for my boss. She was very nice and showed me around the channel 2 studio a bit.

Sachse first got some fame in the Houston market as a DJ on Mix 96.5 KHMX.

Another famous KPRC traffic anchor, you might have heard of her, Jennifer Reyna, also got her start in radio at 101 KLOL. You'll see people occasionally posting photos of her Miss Rockwear 2003 win.

By the way, if you have any audio, photos, paraphernalia from the 101 KLOL days, email me! I need to see them for my documentary on the iconic Houston rock station! I'm also looking for 97 Rock and 100.3 KILT rock stuff too!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AUDIO: Houston Chronicle's 100 years in downtown

Houston Chronicle chairman Jack Sweeney talks with Houston Matters' Craig Cohen about the 100-Year history of the paper's downtown headquarters and its upcoming move to the old Houston Post building.

The move will be complete by the end of this month.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

VIDEO: Dave Ward interviews President George Bush

Dave Ward interviews President George Bush on Air Force One before 1992 election

As Dave Ward told me last week, he'll be off the KTRK abc13 6pm for a few weeks after his injury, but that doesn't mean we can't watch him deliver the news.

Dave Ward
Dave Ward
Since New Hampshire voters are making their big decision tonight, let's do a throwback (I know, I know, it's not Thursday, how dare I break protocol) to when Dave Ward interviewed President George H.W. Bush #41 in October of 1992 on Air Force One.

Some dude from Dallas named Ross Perot was making trouble for the commander in chief in the polls.

We'll also catch a glimpse of Bob Boudreaux, Minerva Perez, Tim Melton and Frank Billingsley in his pre-KPRC days.

Speaking of Minerva Perez, she has a book signing for I GOTTA STORY: My 30 Years in TV News this coming Saturday at 1pm in Fort Bend.

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Houston man starts radio station "JoeFM" on TV channel 38.9

Houston broadcasting enthusiast starts his own "JoeFM" radio station on TV at 38.9 KZHO-LD

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How would you like to run your own TV or radio station? Well, one Houston man has figured out how to do both.

I first wrote about Joe Donalson a few years ago when he opened up a 93Q Top 40 era tribute site. Well, now he has decided to build his own radio station from the ground up.

It started with Donalson then wanted to get on real radio with a low power FM (LPFM) radio station. That didn't work out so he started leasing a TV channel. You read right...a sub-channel on one of the many new low powered TV stations popping up in the Houston area.

So now you can find "JoeFM" on channel 38.9 KZHO-LD.

"While the FM band is crowded and it costs an ungodly amount of money to lease or buy an existing radio station, the over-the-air TV band has a lot of empty channels with colored bars and/or channel for lease notices," Donalson told "So here I am, an individual using my own limited resources, who now has a TV channel. No overhead to pay a staff or rent a building for fancy studios. Thanks to modern technology, I control what goes out from any location that my laptop has Wi/Fi."

The format is classic hits from over five decades - the 60s all the way to the 2000s. Former Top 40 93Q era voice over guy Mark Landis is even lending his voice to the project.

"While Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio all have radio stations playing classic hits, we don't have one here," Donalson told me. "And despite all our bemoaning, its clear that the corporate giants are not going to give us one because the demographics of the Houston market apparently they will not have many listeners."

UPDATE: Donalson says this is too technically difficult to do every morning.
With permission from 1070 The Answer, Donalson is also rebroadcasting The Sam Malone Show during the morning hours.

So far, the station is commercial free audio-wise, but since there are images on a TV channel, Donalson is experimenting with graphical ads.

"I intend to keep it commercial-free as long as my personal finances can sustain it," he added.

In the near future, Donalson wants to move the station to a new Houston television station he says is hitting the airwaves, channel 4.

Monday, February 08, 2016

KHOU 11 hires Sally Ramirez as news director from KGW Portland

KHOU 11 hires Sally Ramirez as Executive News Director from TEGNA’s KGW Portland; her husband KGW anchor Russ Lewis joins KHOU this summer

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Sally Ramirez
KHOU 11, Houston’s CBS affiliate, announced today that Sally Ramirez will join KHOU 11 as Executive News Director. Ramirez comes to KHOU after serving as assistant news director at TEGNA’s KGW in Portland since 2012.

“We are thrilled to have Sally join us. She has a solid news background, a history of innovation and will be instrumental in transforming KHOU into a digital first newsroom,” said Susan McEldoon, KHOU president & general manager.

Ramirez started her career in El Paso, Texas as producer at KTSM-TV. She later worked as a producer in Tucson, Arizona at KVOA-TV and in Washington, DC at WRC-TV. Ramirez worked as an executive producer in Chicago, Illinois at WGN-TV and as a special projects producer in Sacramento, California at KCRA-TV. She joined KGW in 1998 as an executive producer before being promoted to assistant news director at the station.

“I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining one of the finest group of journalists in the country. KHOU 11 has a long standing tradition of producing quality journalism on all platforms,” said Ramirez. “Their solid investigative work has garnered national attention and awards throughout the years. I'm honored to lead this team!”

Russ Lewis
Russ Lewis
A native of Chicago, Ramirez graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She is married to Russ Lewis, co-anchor of KGW News at Sunrise and has two teenage daughters.

Ramirez will begin her new role in mid-March. Her husband Russ will be joining the KHOU 11 on-air team later this summer.

- Philip Bruce is leaving KHOU 11
- VIDEO: KHOU 11 Super Bowl 50 image spot

(This post is taken from a release sent to me by KHOU 11)

Will Chita Johnson be tempted by Darby Douglas?

KHOU 11's Chita Johnson is going on a plant-based diet, but Darby Douglas is waving the carbs in front of her face!

It's February sweeps and KHOU 11 meteorologist Chita Johnson is going on a five day plant-based diet. She posted this video talking about what she's trying to do, but traffic anchor Darby Douglas has other ideas. His involve bread and oil.

Another channel 11 staffer told Chita she will have lots of gas.

I'm starting my plant based diet ... Hmmmm .. Chitas Challenge day 1
Posted by Chita Johnson KHOU on Monday, February 8, 2016

By the way, Johnson is talking with Houston YouTube sensation and Rawfully Organic Co-op owner Fully Raw Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram. And did you know that Bucaram has a book out now? The Fully Raw Diet: 21 Days to Better Health, with Meal and Exercise Plans, Tips, and 75 Recipes just came out a month ago.

I interviewed Bucaram a few years ago when I took the Snap Kitchen #21DaysforGood challenge. So for the last year, I've kept the 20 pounds plus off! For me, portion control was the big issue.

Friday, February 05, 2016

VIDEO: Casey Curry surprised by WWE's Sgt. Slaughter

KTRK abc13 meteorologist Casey Curry gets in the ring with WWE's Sgt. Slaughter!

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Social media was full of mentions for National Weather Person Day today. But only KTRK abc13 meteorologist Casey Curry was honored with a surprise appearance by WWE legend Sgt. Slaughter!

I still remember him when he was a member of the GI Joe team. Yo Joe!

Attention! A salute to Casey Curry on National #WeatherPersonsDay. Check out #WWE's Sgt. Slaughter who paid her a suprise visit!

Posted by ABC 13 Houston on Friday, February 5, 2016