Tuesday, May 03, 2016

VIDEO: Is Samica Knight having a boy or girl? The big reveal...

After two cupcakes, curious co-anchors and Facebook Live...now we know if it's a boy or girl for KTRK abc13 anchor Samica Knight

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Ready with a pink and blue cupcake, her co-anchors and a Facebook Live audience, KTRK abc13 anchor Samica Knight revealed the big question this morning...is she having a boy or a girl?

Before you watch the video embedded below...gender spoiler alert...it's a boy. And Rey is really a Skywalker (OK, the last spoiler I'm just guessing).

Co-anchor Tom Koch immediately suggested the name "Tommy Travis."

Knight says she is excited about a boy because her family is full of girls at this point.

Patricia Lopez closed out the broadcast by joking in 10 months, they'll reassemble to do a video on guessing the sex of Katherine Whaley's baby.

BTW, did you see Katherine Whaley's wedding photos I posted last night?

Monday, May 02, 2016

Katherine Whaley wedding photos

Houston TV stars take the fast lane to KTRK abc13 morning traffic anchor Katherine Whaley's wedding

KTRK abc13 morning traffic anchor Katherine Whaley and Chris Wadley tied the knot last weekend and the Houston TV landscape was well represented. Here are some of the photos taken from the big event.

Nakia Cooper joins CW39 NewsFix from KPRC 2

CW 39 KIAH NewsFix gets Click2Houston manager Nakia Cooper as newly created Digital Executive Producer and Content Manager

KPRC 2 senior web editor Nakia Cooper is heading up the Southwest Freeway and exiting Westpark to join KIAH CW 39's NewsFix as Digital Executive Producer and Content Manager.

"I started at KHOU as an intern at Great Day Houston, fought my way up to Senior Producer of Digital Media at KHOU.com and learned from the best," Cooper told mikemcguff.com. "I took that knowledge to the Click2Houston team at KPRC and was instrumental in helping to increase numbers across the digital board as Senior Web Editor.

"Now, I'm off to 'do my own thing' by managing the CW39.com team."

As someone who knows a little about TV stations and the digital world, let me tell you, 39's online presence will be a site to watch from now on under the guidance of Cooper. Not only that, but there is a bigger historical perspective with Cooper's new job.

"To my knowledge, I am the first African American woman to manage a Web Department at a Houston television news station and I'm very proud," Cooper added. "Not only that, I'm ready."

Outside of her TV work, Cooper also publishes NewsWithAttitude.com.

Rock 101 KLOL archives + more to launch on Radio Brave

Talk is Cheap. Finally. Doug Harris Launches Radio Brave Online

You heard it here first (well pretty much everything Houston media related is seen here before anyone else has it), but this time, I'll be the first to tell you about a new project from former Rock 101 KLOL visionaries.

Former KLOL promotions director/marketing genius Doug Harris and KLOL creator Pat Fant have teamed up again to launch Radio Brave this week. You can read more about it in the release below.

KLOL fans take note, Harris and Fant are looking back on the legendary station plus playing old clips on The Runaway Radio Hour: The Story and Glory of KLOL which will be exclusive to RadioBrave.com.

Since I'm working on a documentary about KLOL, I will host the first edition of the show where I will be interviewing the names you know and love from the former Texas Rock N' Roll Authority. Watch out for that soon.

By the way, this past weekend I showed an early Rock 101 KLOL documentary trailer cut to a bunch of the station's former staff and they seemed to like it!

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Here is the release:

Music and Talk Platform Offers Accessibility, Affordability to Specialty Broadcasters

HOUSTON, TX—May 2, 2016-- Broadcast industry veteran Doug Harris will introduce Radio Brave to digital audiences on May 4, 2016, with an invitation to responsible parties with something interesting to say—and a checkbook-- to jump on board. Calling on the expertise of his former KLOL and KTBZ colleagues Pat Fant and Cruze through their Houston-based RFC Media, Harris will offer an appealing mix of music and lifestyle-related talk accessible worldwide on RadioBrave.com and TuneIn.

“Across the country, the weekend lineup of countless AMs, and an appreciable number of FMs, is filled with content from experts and entrepreneurs who are paying for that time,” observes Harris. “Radio Brave will offer business category exclusivity, multiple fixed-position listening episodes throughout the week, and an hour of music between shows. That means no back-to- back messages on the same station from people who are unquestionably competitors.”

A further delineation for Radio Brave will be the absence of infomercials, extended non-English language programming, and overtly political content.

“It’s likely that people will tune-in for a specific show,” Harris explains, “then stick around to discover additional favorites. Our ‘Mind+Music’ descriptor says it all.”

The list of specialty broadcasters who will be on board for Radio Brave’s first day include:
*The Houston Film Critics Society’s production of The Critics Circle
*Joyride, with the Metaphysical Moms Tiffanie Williams and Kerry Walker
*Energy Recon, with energy analyst Alan Lammey
*Culinary Adventure, hosted by food and wine expert John Demers

In the coming weeks, Radio Brave will welcome Big Ideas for Small Business, It’s All Greek to Me, and The Flower Power Hour.

Also in the works is a special treat for fans of Houston’s legendary AOR KLOL-FM, where Fant and Harris first collaborated. Its working title is The Runaway Radio Hour: The Story and Glory of KLOL.

“We’re taking hours and hours of archived audio from KLOL’s heyday, mixing it with current interviews with the folks who made it happen, and turning it into a one hour weekly show,” explains Fant. “This is catnip to Houstonians who haven’t heard Stevens
and Pruett on the radio for over a decade. There are so many stories to be told and fortunately the statute of limitations on most of these offenses has run out.”

Rock programing specialist Bobby “Slam” Duncan will serve as Radio Brave’s Operations Director, working with RFC’s Cruze to curate a music mix that is lively and adventurous but still welcoming and palatable to an audience that will be largely adult and gender balanced.

Duncan offers an intriguing description of Radio Brave’s playlist. “We’ve identified a deep list of songs that are as ‘foreground’ as the non-music content they will bookend. How do we keep people on board until the next show? Give them music they love and some they would love if only they’d heard it. Decidedly familiar, but with a little taste of something new every once in a while. This is as big a challenge as I have ever faced as a programmer.”

With regard to the non-music programming, Harris promises an open door for content providers who respect the demands of the medium and its power to entertain, inform, and influence people.

“This is not a place for angry fist-shakers, those who fleece hard-working Americans, deluded zealots, or hatemongers,” explains Harris. “We’re going to provide intelligent, satisfying content, have some fun, and make some money. Just like the old days.”

For additional information on Radio Brave, contact Bobby “Slam” Duncan at Slam@RadioBrave.com or (901) 825-0731.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Chris Chicago joins NGEN as morning show host and production director

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Chris Chicago
NGEN Radio is pleased to announce the addition of veteran Christian radio talent Chris Chicago as its new morning show host and production director.

Chicago started his career in Christian radio at 16 years old and brings nearly two decades worth of experience to his new gig. He is most well known for his top-rated, nationally syndicated Christian hip hop show and work within the Christian music industry.

The move comes slightly ahead of the station’s planned switch to the 50,000-watt KUHA (91.7 FM) signal its parent company, KSBJ Educational Foundation, purchased from the University of Houston in February.

“In my opinion, KSBJ is one of the greatest, most well-done Christian stations in the country. To be a part of their NGEN Radio brand with its history-making Top 40 format is a such a fantastic and exciting opportunity for me,” Chicago said.

Chicago said he wants to play a vital role in making NGEN Radio a Top 5 station in the Houston market and impacting over million listeners with the gospel message through music.

For the last 11 years Chris Chicago has lived in the Nashville area with his wife, two sons, and young daughter. He admits the move will be difficult but said he is most looking forward to experiencing Houston’s diverse population, world-class museums, and yearly rodeo season.

Although Chicago will be working from NGEN’s offices starting Monday, May 9 an official start date for his morning show has not yet been determined.

“All the more time for me to explore the city and find out who has the best barbeque and tacos,” he quipped.

For more information on NGEN Radio’s ministry and listening options, visit www.ngenradio.com.

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Jonathan Martin joins FOX 26 as evening anchor

Al Jazeera America correspondent Jonathan Martin joins FOX 26 KRIV as evening anchor

Jonathan Martin
Jonathan Martin
Jonathan Martin joins FOX 26 as evening anchor, announced station Vice President and News Director, Robert Morford. Effective May 9, 2016, Martin will co-anchor the weekday 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts, alongside Melinda Spaulding.

In making the announcement, Morford stated, “Jonathan is an accomplished storyteller, a charismatic partner for co-anchor Melinda Spaulding, and will undoubtedly be a prime leader in the editorial life of our newsroom.”

Most recently, Martin served as a national correspondent for Al Jazeera America. Previously, he was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for WSMV in Nashville. Prior to that, Martin was a weekend evening anchor and daily reporter for WRDW in Augusta, GA. Before that, he served as a News Reader for WFXA-FM Radio in Augusta, GA. Martin began his career as a field reporter intern for WSB in Atlanta.

A graduate of Auburn University, Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Martin added, "I’m thrilled to join a station that truly values creative storytelling and is located in an awesome city with lots of news to cover.”

KRIV is part of the FOX Television Stations, one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 28 stations in 17 markets and covering over 37% of U.S. television homes. This includes seven duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by FOX Television Stations)

Don Teague suddenly exits FOX 26 KRIV

Former KHOU 11 news director Philip Bruce joins KTUL Tulsa

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Philip Bruce
I first reported to you last December that Philip Bruce was out as the KHOU 11 news director after around four years. Now FTVLive is reporting that Bruce is joining KTUL in Tulsa.

The blog says he will start in early May.

Bruce had a long history with Houston's channel 11. He was an award-winning reporter and Washington Bureau Chief for the station from 1985-1995.

Besides KHOU, Bruce also ran the Washington Bureau for KDFW-TV/Dallas and led an EMMY award winning news team as News Director at KCET-TV/Los Angeles. He also reported for LA’s top rated KTLA-TV “News at Ten.”

Right before returning to Houston, Bruce was the deputy national editor and a senior network news manager for NPR (National Public Radio). He also served as Managing Director in charge of NPR West in Culver City, California, which is NPR’s largest broadcast center outside of its home base in Washington, DC.

According to an internal KTUL memo obtained by FTVLive, Bruce also has connections to his new gig. He grew up in nearby Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

VIDEO: Move over MMJs, TV photogs still have true story-telling power

Two KTRK abc13 photographers produce excellent nat sound piece on last week's flooding

I know hiring multimedia photo journalists, VJs, one-man bands, backpack journalists (whatever you wanna call them) is all the rage in TV news these days, but here is some video to show the true story-telling power of tried–and–true television news photographers.

TV photogs are the true backbone of the business. How can it be TV without video after all? They know the streets they are covering, who to talk to, how to get the video no matter the dangerous conditions...and oh yeah...they usually know the best restaurants in town too!

KTRK abc13 photo journalists Chris Graczyk and Francisco Barragan put together this excellent nat sound piece about last week's Houston floods. I assume they both shot all the video (although maybe they pulled from the other staff members too), but do yourself a favor and check out some real captivating footage of a truly horrible experience for Houston.

I should note that every time I post a Texas journalism awards post, Graczyk has usually been the winner for photography. No surprise after watching this.

Another Houston TV reporter's flooding coverage should be recognized

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mario Gomez & others to leave KHOU 11

KHOU 11 weekend meteorologist Mario Gomez and other station staffers apparently taking TEGNA buyout

Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
KHOU 11 anchor Shern-Min Chow broke the news about more station staffers apparently taking the TEGNA buyout. By now you know about reporter Doug Miller, but now we learn weekend meteorologist Mario Gomez and others are on the list too.

Here is what Chow wrote on Facebook:

Farewell salute to 7 KHOU staffers, (l to r) Mario Gomez KHOU, Sports photographer George Jensen (Alice C Jensen), Master control operator Gary Makowsky, (not retiring! MC Greg Hurst KHOU) Chief photographer Tony Delgado, Assignment Editor Bill Langlois, (not retiring! GM Susan McEldoon) political reporter Doug Miller, and Photographer Gustavo Pereyra. They leave with 240 years combined experience. You are looking at News History.

Main anchor Greg Hurst is in the below photo, but Chow points out he was just hosting this send off event. KHOU 11 General Manager Susan McEldoon is also not retiring, but pictured according to Chow.

Gomez has been at the station for decades. Here's a channel 11 weathercast Gomez did on 12/22/1989 with the late Sylvan Rodriguez.

I've always enjoyed watching Gomez deliver the weather.

He has a nice and calming presence that is becoming a rare commodity in a business that seems to more and more embrace dramatic deliveries. That's a plus in a place like Houston where the weather can turn against us in a moment's notice (Remember earlier this week?). Gomez could always deftly navigate us through the bad stuff without freaking television viewers out.

According to his bio, the San Antonio native has lived in Houston since 1984. Other than that, we only get a glimpse of his past. His bio for many years has read:

Gomez graduated with a degree in meteorology from the University of Colorado. He served as an air weather officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the National Weather Service in Denver, Colorado. Gomez is a member of the American Meteorological Association and the National Weather Association. He maintains Television Seals of Approval in both organizations.
He is the father of three and participates in many of Houston's charitable events. Gomez served as host of the first annual Houston SPCA telethon in 1995 which raised more than $100,000.

I've never personally met Gomez, but I imagine this is a low key bio for a low key guy. We'll miss you Mario.

I reached out to Gomez earlier. If/when he gets back to me, I'll post his responses here.