Monday, July 26, 2010

Fox 26 KRIV steals Michelle Merhar from 740 KTRH



We saw Erin Anthony deliver a tearful goodbye on her last day at the Fox 26 KRIV traffic department a few weeks ago. Today the station debuted Michelle Merhar in that role. You might know that name from when she was at 740 KTRH as a web reporter...oh...let's see...just last week. Merhar has left KTRH and moved over to Fox 26 mornings officially.

Watch Merhar's official television debut above. Just think, this video could be history in the making. If Merhar is still on the traffic post 10 years from now, or maybe even a TV anchor, we can all return to this post and say, "I was there for her first day!" It's almost akin to when The Wall fell. Cue David Hasselhoff.

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- VIDEO: Erin Anthony's tearful goodbye from Fox 26 KRIV traffic beat

37 comments:

  1. When are they going to start hiring young, good-looking men to be on tv and on the radio? I would like them to stuff their pants too, just like all the traffic chicks stuff their bras. It just seems like all the unattractive men that run radio and tv stations don't want to hire men that are good-looking. They don't have a problem hiring ditsy, fake women with zero talent.

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  2. These are the signs of the times. Even all the older people who work here in my office are being pushed out.I boss who is a perverted man is hiring all young girls. And they dont know what they are doing. They dont want to work. They are just plum lazy.

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  3. I think you kind of have to feel sorry for these women that spend an hour doing their hair and makeup and get jobs because men find them attractive. One day they are going to be old and all the makeup, plastic surgery and push-up bras, aren't going to help them. What are they going to do then?

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  4. I think Michelle is very talented and professional. Sounds to me like your a sour grape....I guess you never listened to her 4 years of her reports on KTRH. Hold on to your seat as she blasts to the stars!

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  5. It's actually "you're". Sounds to me, like "you're" not very intelligent. I guess you must work in radio or local tv!

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  6. Sounds to me like everyone has to make fun of others in order to feel better about themselves. She did the work to get where she is today and is a talented traffic reporter. Some people must have nothing better to do than to try and bring others down in their free time. I happen to know her personally and know that she is a sweet person and hard worker. Dont be jealous of the fact that while you're commenting anonymously on a blog, you know that you could never look half as good as she does and won't go anywhere in life. Dont be jealous of her hard earned success, it'll get you nowhere in life.

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  7. I'm sorry, but I just don't think you are very intelligent. I did not make fun of her. If you actually read what I said, instead of reading what you wanted to read, you would have noticed that I was talking about all the men that hire women based on what they "appear" to look like. Maybe you are so defensive, because you know I'm right? Secondly, if you want to think I'm jealous because of the way she "appears" to look...go for it! She's a very cute girl, but nothing special. If she looked like Elizabeth Taylor or Meagan Fox....I would be jealous! Finally, she works at fox 26 as a traffic reporter. I would not call that, "going somewhere in life". If they went to a strip club and picked one of the girls off the stage to do traffic..they could do it!.. Traffic reporting does not require any talent.

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  8. I agree, it's bad... I keep waiting for her to spontaneously break into, "Oh my God, that's totally like an accident." What is this??? I was hoping she was a sub, but she's permanent? I'm watching something else in the mornings.

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  9. I agree Michelle is attractive, but I think she is great. There is nothing wrong with some fresh young talent. Give her some time to adjust before you make your assesment, it looks like she is a little nervous on her first day. I bet everybody warms up to her. Good Luck Michelle!

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  10. Much ado about nothing...she's not great...she's not bad...just a little boring.

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  11. I think the new traffic woman is good! She works the traffic reports well, and seems sweet, and is attractive. I also like her attire. I have heard Michelle for four years on the radio and she has produced very intresting reports! I am watching to see her move up just like others broadcast ers have!

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  12. Way to go Michelle. You made a great transition from radio to television. I listend to you on KTRH and now enjoy your traffic report on Fox.

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  13. I think that Michelle is very talented and smart and obviously a good fit with Fox!

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  14. I have been viewing Michelle, she has talent and rocks! She does a good job. I think she will work well with the team @ FOX. She has talent, and will use it.

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  15. It sounds like to me that your holding everything against Michelle because she's beautiful!!! I think she is a great addition and Im sure she will be just as great on TV as she was on the radio!!! give her a break!! Its ashame that people post negative comments about people that they have never met!!!

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  16. LOL this has to be Michelle herself and her family posting this stuff! Beautiful?? A scrawny, plain jane in my opinion-looks like an average girl you would see working at Chili's or a bowling alley serving beer- but I'll give her "pleasantly mediocre attractive" for argument's sake... What I don't care for is the actual delivery of the traffic and I obviously am not the only one who feels this way. The whiny voice is annoying, she's just overall bad. Come on FOX, what are you thinking?

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  17. "LOL this has to be Michelle herself and her family posting this stuff! Beautiful?? A scrawny, plain jane in my opinion-looks like an average girl you would see working at Chili's or a bowling alley serving beer- but I'll give her "pleasantly mediocre attractive" for argument's sake.."

    Ha ha, could not agree more. The profile pic she used to have on KTRH was less than flattering, "Hey Michelle, the 80's called and it's wants that bad hairdo back". As for hard working, I have no idea but how hard is it to collect a few pictures and videos for posting on a radio's "Connected" page then spend 30 seconds on air promoting that minimal "work". Best of luck to her, seems like a nice person. Won't be watching her traffic reports though. I'll stick with Jennifer Reyna on Channel 2. Not sure of her broadcasting talents but she sure looks good. :)

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  18. Sounds like jealousy to me! You sure seem to have followed Michelle's career. If I didn't like someone, I certainly would not waste my life studying her career. What is really up with you?? Time to get a life of your own!! My suggestion, go back to the bowling alley and continue to evaluate the talent at the strip club. Keep working at your current job, we will be pulling for you. Frustation is a terrible thing, but you will overcome it. LOL

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  19. Someone tell this ding-dong to stop saying the word "issue" when describing a wreck or fender bender! I have heard it at least five times this hour alone. Someone's "over-therapied" maybe?

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  20. Wow.... I was shocked when Erin left. She was very calm and knew her job!
    The very first day I saw Michelle, with her "mousy brown" hair...I looked at my husband and said "I give it one month or less, before she is streaking blonde in her hair and wearing heavy make-up." Then low and behold, two weeks later a few blonde streaks, a week after that more...and now her make-up is piled on and her hair all tusseled with highlights. I'm all for self improvement. However, it seems FOX wanted a new person to mold into a version of Melissa Wilson or Natalie Bomke or even some of the KHOU personalities such as Dominique Sachse. It's no longer about reporting GOOD traffic broadcasting...it's about how she looks. I agree with another poster...they can go to any strip joint and get a "hawt" body (like Jennifer Reyna, my husband say's) but you can't replace the quality with those methods. Nothing personal but I no longer give FOX my morning ratings any longer. I have returned to Eyewitness news. I have no wish to watch them transform Michelle into a fresh face sacrificing quality for their vision of beauty. I believe Erin was beautiful inside and out. Farewell Erin!

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  21. I suppose FOX knows what they are doing, but I don't like this annoying, high-pitched girl. I miss Erin Anthony too. She was soothing and calming. I'm sure this girl is a fine person on the inside and she's attractive, but I don't want to watch her or listen to the shrill delivery for my traffic updates. If I wanted to see this, I would watch ICarly on Nickelodeon.

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  22. I would listen to KTRH regularly and I would tune out when Connected came on because her voice was like nails on a chalkboard. She isn't nearly in the same category as Jennifer Reyna in the looks department. Maybe Michelle was all they could get at last minute. She should go back to radio but not ktrh. I like the new connected girl Samantha Jordyn much better. She's hot. Her and Michelle should switch places.

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  23. This chick's got a face for radio. What the hell are you thinking Fox?

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  24. I admit Michelle started off pretty rough, but she is getting better. If you notice, these traffic reporters have to fit a lot of information into a small time frame. They have hard stops each time it is there turn. Give her a break.

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  25. hm, do believe i went to highschool with her... don't know if shes married. don't believe thats her maiden name. anybody got ideas, let me know. maybe i can score, and if i'm doing it with the traffic girl...well... i can say i'm doing it with the traffic girl. that's all she wrote.

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  26. All I can say is yuck. This chick has got a face for radio. They could've found a better looking girl working at the gas station by my house. At least if she was good it would be ok, but she sucks. Her voice is shrill and she's just all around bad. I turn off the tv when her traffic reports come on. Not that traffic reporting takes any talent but she doesn't even have that.

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  27. I need a petition started to get this idiot off the air. Out of all the girls out there, they went with an ugly girl with a horrible sounding voice. On top of that, she's an idiot! Merhar couldn't deliver a traffic report without sounding like an airhead if her life depended on it. My wife and I have switched channels.

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  28. Don't understand the hate here. I knew her back in high school (she's from the Houston area) and she's a really nice person. I always thought she did great on KTRH and she's been doing great on Fox 26. You folks need to calm down, you're probably just a bunch of jealous wrinkled up old housewives with unfaithful husbands.

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    1. Not trashing anyone's appearance, just think this person is annoying and squeaky.

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  29. She sucks and is ugly. Don't want to see or hear that in the morning. End of story.

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  30. I just started watching Fox in the mornings and saw this girl giving traffic. I thought it was her first day but she's been there awhile?? She's the worst traffic reporter in the Houston area that I've seen. I'm switching back.

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  31. Sadly, I think she's there to stay. Don't know who is making the decisions at Fox 26 these days but Natalie Bombke is just as bad as this irritating woman.

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  32. I love how they take an unqualified airhead to do a serious job. I've met this annoying lady at events and she's FAKE FAKE FAKE. Tries way too hard and acts like you're supposed to be priveledged or excited to meet her because she's a 'traffic girl.' Go get a job at McDonald's Michelle and leave the reporting to people that actually have a brain.

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  33. does it ever get tired being jealous?

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  34. Please make it stop. Someone. Anyone? This girls irritating voice kills my coffee buzz in the morning. Thank god its the weekend.

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  35. I agree fox houston has let all the talent go...except Melissa Wilson! Wheres Lanny, Matt Levine...Natalie has to go and so does the rest of them....going back to 13

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  36. Lanny is now doing traffic on the new News 92 Fm, a station much better than KTRH. I want news and traffic in the morning, not politics and the like. Listen to 92.1 FM in the mornings .

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