Thursday, July 01, 2010

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

UPDATE
Fox 26 KRIV steals Michelle Merhar from 740 KTRH




After 14 great years, Fox 26 KRIV traffic reporter Erin Anthony announced she was leaving the television station Wednesday morning on air and Facebook. What are Houston's morning commuters to do?

I found this video online of her tearful goodbye. It was nice to see real emotion on a newscast for once. The crew gave her a nice send off too. (UPDATE 7/26/2010: Fox 26 replaces Erin Anthony)

According to her bio, Anthony was the assistant director of operations at Metro Networks/Westwood One and worked as a radio news and traffic anchor at radio stations like KPRC, KWWJ, KPTY and KMJQ.

You might not know that Anthony is married to former NBA Standout Purvis Short. She is the current President of Behind the Bench the National Basketball Wives Association. In 2007 she made travelled to South Africa with Habitat for Humanity, Feed the Children and Basketball Without Borders.

Good luck Erin. Please let us know what you are up to next.

35 comments:

  1. I got lost in traffic just trying to listen to what this woman was saying or trying to say. I hope they fire all those losers over there. And they call that place a newscast?????

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  2. That was nice of them to give her a good send off unlike so many others that just disappear.

    PS.. I think deleting the previous comment wouldn't be considered a bad thing.

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  3. Erin did a great job for Fox, and I wish her all the best. I hope they don't replace her with that Reuben Guy...he's not very good and not much to look at. My gut tells me we'll see a Jennifer Reyna type on Fox as the new traffic anchor

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  4. I totally agree with the 1st comment.

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  5. I came here to anonymously rip Erin and Ruben to shreds because I'm secretly jealous of them but I see Anonymous, Anonymous and Anonymous already took care of that. Oh well...

    I want to wish good luck to Erin and continued success to Ruben!

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  6. What happened I was watching the traffic and she started crying and the next thing I know the two newsprancsters on there said how sweeet Erin was and that was her last day! Was that the sendoff and did she quit in the middle of the week? What really happened.

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  7. what a foolish looking male anchor! Did they get him from central casting? He looks happy to see her leave, unbelievable.

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  8. When it comes to criticizing/attacking folks on here, the "rules" seem to change by the day.

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  9. It is so sad to see anyone leave after so many years at any job.Give the woman a little credit.How can anyone get lost in traffic? Shouldn't you already know where you're going before you get there?Leave it to an anonymous post to say something so meaningless.Get a gps system already.

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  10. This doesn't strike me as a voluntary departure. Way too upset. As another poster mentioned, I'm thinking the new ND will put a Reyna or Whaley clone in that spot. Is Don Armstrong still there, or did he leave, too?

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  11. Looks like there is a big shake up at Fox. Several people are missing from the line up. Best wishes Erin. You're the best!

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  12. Ms. Anthony is a professional and my family always relied on her to give the traffic report. We will miss her and wish her the best in her future. I am disappointed in Fox concerning her departure.

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  13. Is Ken Hoffman out there? He'll know if it was a voluntary retirement, or if she was just told before the last traffic update that IT WAS HER LAST.

    Ken???

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  14. Is Ken Hoffman out there? He'll know if it was a voluntary retirement, or if she was just told before the last traffic update that IT WAS HER LAST.

    Ken???

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  15. I'm really sad to see Erin leave. I depended on her to inject some of her humor into what is, unless a wreck/Car-B-Q or police chase makes the camera shot, dull. I liked it when she talked about her kids, shopping or just goofing around. She is awesome. That Dart guy (GM?) gets rid of talent & replaces with clowns. Ruben, & the new chick make my skin crawl. Get rid of Lanny & the Jumbo brassy gal makes me change the channel, & now Erin replaced with a gal with a face for radio! I just don't know anymore!

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  16. GOOD MORNING... I HAVE BEEN A FAITHFUL FOX VIEWER FOR MANY YEARS.. I WAKE UP EARLY AT 5 TO WATCH THE NEWS AND I WATCH IT OVER EACH UPDATING HOUR.. BUT ON WEDNESDAY I MISS THE NEWS ALL TOGETHER AND DID NOT KNOW THAT ERIN MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF HER LEAVING.. I HAD BEEN MISSING HER SINCE THURSDAY, IT WASN'T UNTIL I LOGGED ON THE FOX 26 WEB SITE AND DISCOVERED THE HEART BREAKING NEWS...... MRS. ERIN ANTHONY HAS BROUGHT SUCH HUMOR,SPUNK, AND MAJOR CLASS TO TRAFFIC NOT TOO MANY CAN DO THAT... MY GRANDMOTHER LOVED TO WATCH ERIN IN THE MORNINGS WITH NO CAR OR PLACE TO GO BECAUSE SHE GOT A KICK OUT OF ERIN'S JOKES UNTIL SHE PASSED AWAY MARCH 18, 2009... SO EVERY MORNING I WOULD WATCH ERIN JUST LIKE MY GRANDMOTHER NO CAR OR PLACE TO GO JUST TO FEEL CLOSER TO MY GRANNY AND NOW THAT ERIN'S GONE WHAT AM I GOING TO DO? ERIN I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST AT WHAT EVER GOD'S PLAN IS FOR YOU... AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BRING MY 71 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER JOY UNTIL THE DAY SHE PASSED AWAY.... ALWAYS PRAYING WITHOUT CEASING FOR YOU AND THE WHOLE FOX 26 NEWS CREW..... P.S. TELL MR. JOSE I THINK HE LOOKS BETTER WITH A MUSTACHE..... LOVE TESHEKA MREMA

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  17. I had been wondering what happened to Erin Anthony... after a short search I came upon this. For the past 5 years, the only reason I watched Fox morning news was for her traffic reports! The new replacement doesn't work for me AT ALL. If I wanted to listen to Sarah Palin everyday, I would have voted for her. I have switched to another station.

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  18. Wow! Interesting comments. I've been a Fox viewer every since I moved from Denver 13yrs ago. I valued the ethnic diversity. I too loved Erin, I can see how she could be mysteriously pushed out the door and replaced with something/someone that fit the part better....at least in our new analysts eyesight (all is speculation).
    I wish Mrs. Anthony well and I do believe until I see more effort on Fox's part to place ALL races on the forefront, I'll be researching another news station.

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  19. I agree with most of you. I loved Erin's traffic report. I work overnight and would already be home when she came on but I still loved watching her. I don't like the new girl at all. She doesn't seem familiar with Houston streets and highways nor does she seem interested in anyone getting anywhere! She is just going with the flow. I wish Erin the best of luck. She is the epitome of professionalism with a humanistic view we all could relate to. The new girl is seems to be an airhead. Good luck Erin and regardless of why you left Fox will most definitely be lacking.

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  20. Normally every morning my grandson wants to watch SpongeBob so I have been unable to watch the news so I decided today to watch Fox26 and saw a new traffic reporter and was wondering what happen to Erin so I searched on the internet and found her tearful goodbye and I also will really miss her giving the traffic report, the lady on now seems to sort of boring so hopefully she will improve and gives the traffic report like Erin. I wish all the luck Erin and I know you will succeed.

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  21. Me and my son would watch the 26 news in the morning. When we did not see Erin for a little while, we were like maybe she is on school break w/ her kids. When break was over, we still did not see her. Then we see someone totally different. Wow!. Good luck Erin, and know that u can never be replaced!!!

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  22. Fox seems to be in a house cleaning mood. I can say I started watching the KRIV newscast from the time it started. The "improvements" to the cast I can't honestly say improve much. I am a native Houstonian, and I really enjoyed fox morning news, untill they seem to just completely direguard the viewers and their opinions. I would like to see less blond more real! Alot of the dissapearing talent is sad and off putting. I have stopped watching for the most part.

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  23. The new girl(Michelle Merhar) is a black belt so don't talk any smack to her or she'll put a can of whup-ass on you.

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  24. WELL WELL WELL,NOW I KNOW WHAT HAPPEN
    TO ERIN ANTHONY,BUT WHY WOULD THEY REPLACE HER WITH ALL THIS NEW CHICK,I SEE NOTHING HAS CHANGED-YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE RIGHT COLOR TO STAY ON TV UP
    FRONT-YOU WILL DO MUCH BETTER SOME PLACE ELSE.FOX USED TO BE A GREAT STATION NOT ANYMORE.I GUESS WE WILL SOON SE THAT OTHER PEOPLE WILL B LEAVING.

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  25. I really tried to give Michelle Merhar a chance but she is no Erin. Her voice is annoying and he seems clueless. Like she isn't the brightest bulb in the drawer. Maybe if you put a bag over her head she was be ok, but I have switched stations for traffic. I don't want to hear some bubble head trying to give traffic.

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  26. Merhar sucks. Erin was fun, bright and knew her audience. I can't stand watching traffic with this new girl. Very bland. I'm guessing they were going for a "Jennifer Reyna" type, but apparently Fox didn't look at her before giving her the job. Her voice annoyed me when she was at ktrh too. Bring Erin back!

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  27. I've had it with this new chick Merhar. They need Erin back. This girl is annoying, no personality, and ugly. Why Fox? WHY?

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  28. I miss Erin doing the traffic as well. I have noticed the transformation of the new girl, Michelle. I guess like most normal folks...it takes a little while to get set in at a new job. I like her new clothes and I think she is going to fit in just fine.

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  29. i miss you erin. and the new girl she couldnt tell traffic even if you drove it up her a___.you know what i mean?

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  30. i miss you erin. and the new girl she couldnt tell traffic even if you drove it up her a___.you know what i mean?

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  31. Michelle is terrible. And not even attractive to look at. She doesn't know anything about traffic or how to explain it. Where the hell did they find this flake?

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  32. I'm glad Michelle is gone from KTRH. I like the new girl better. Michelle's voice that early in the morning was like my buzzer from my alarm clock going off: annoying until I finally just said screw it and turned it off. I think she should go work for McDonalds or something because she's got no talent.

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  33. i had been wondering and asking friends.what happen to ERIN ANTHONY,on thenews?finally got the internet,and to my dismay;she's gone!i loved the sound of her voice,and she was really down to earth.
    now the've replaced her with a miss ""googie two shoes that thinks she's better!me;back to reading the newspaper! politics is being playing out everywhere.''jose''you're next! they finally allowed you to let your gray hair comeout! what's next? you would'nt wanna know. to think,imade it a pint everyday to watch the news,especially the traffic,because i drive a lot.
    whydon't thebig shots ask the public their opinions,when it comes to who goes or who stays!since we (the pulic) are the ones that ultimatly maters.like isaid..POLITICS...A BONUS....INSTEAD OF WATCHING COMMERCIALS, I CAN ENTERTAIN MYSELF,WITH STORE SALES,.
    THANKS MARIE

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  34. I still miss her. I really liked her traffic reports. So did she pass away? I don't understand where she went.

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  35. I enjoyed Erin Anthony. I agree that the new girl has zero personality and is so skinny it's scary (especially since they say that the camera puts 10 lbs on you - that's probably all she has).

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