Wednesday, October 06, 2010

KVUE 24 says goodbye, Fox 4 KDFW's new look and more

Remembering KVUE's Thea Williams
KVUE is saying goodbye to a dear friend and colleague. The station's Daybreak and Midday executive producer Thea Williams passed away after a lengthy illness.

Rapping weatherman story takes an odd turn
In one of the strangest career moves of all time, Beaumont TV meteorologist Nick Kosir — the Rapping Weatherman - signed a two-year contract last month with a station in San Francisco. That's movin' on up, Jeffersons-style, from TV market No. 141 to No. 6. Then he disappeared like a cloud after a rainstorm.

Fox4 KDFW'S new 9pm look
Newscast isn't quite a slam dunk, but does include a dunking meteorologist.

KBXX (97.9 The Box)/Houston adds night jock
Kiotti comes with mixer DJ Eque.

Let's expand low-power FM
Everyone is familiar with FM radio; it is ubiquitous. Most of us, however, know next to nothing of LPFM, low-power FM, a noncommercial radio service restricted by the Federal Communications Commission to no more than 100 watts of broadcast power as compared to the usual tens of thousands of watts. (Houston's Pacifica Radio, KPFT-FM 90.1, for example, broadcasts at 100,000 watts of power.)

Turn Your Anchor Tosses into Anchor Teases
Because these are usually unscripted, these can be some of the most dynamic moments of the show.

Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer, CNN's duo of civil dispute
They are, somewhat self-consciously, an odd couple, the Northern pol and the Southern belle, the prosecutor and the journalist, the man trying to recover from disgrace and the woman graciously forgiving his sins.

IB Pairs with CoreMedia on Stations' Management System
Internet Broadcasting (IB) has linked with the web firm CoreMedia to offer CoreMedia's content management system (CMS) to IB clients.

Sirius XM expects peak subscriber total by year’s end
Audio satellite service Sirius XM says it expects a net pick-up of 1.3M subscribers for 2010 as a whole, arriving at a new estimated total of 20.1M.

No more talkin' 'bout ABC's My Generation
Made-in-Texas series now are a done-and-gone two for two after just two weeks of the new fall season.

Peek at OWN - Oprah's next chapter
CEO Christina Norman previews the Oprah Winfrey Network, set to launch January 1, 2011.
- KHOU 11's Gene Norman has powerful TV biz connections

In the end, Opie & Anthony renew with Sirius XM
They grumbled about their lack of negotiating leverage on Friday’s show, but both Opie (Gregg Hughes) and Anthony Cumia did eventually sign.

Google TV Announces Its Programming Partners, but the Top Networks Are Absent
Google announced on Monday its first Internet and media partners for Google TV, its effort to bring Web entertainment to television sets.

KFTX Corpus Christi’s 'Dr. Bruce' Plans To Retire
Dr. Bruce Nelson Stratton, a 52-year broadcasting veteran and member of three different halls of fame, has announced plans to retire at the end of the year from his job as GM and morning host at Quality Broadcasting’s country KFTX (97.5) Corpus Christi, Texas.

MYTX to Broadcast MyNetworkTV Programming
MYTX is part of the London Broadcasting Southeast Texas group that includes KBMT ABC, K-JAC Your NBC and Azteca.

- KTRK 13 gets a PR!MO editor in Fox 26 KRIV's Alex Luster
- KPRC 2 gets Golf Channel's Iain Page as new anchor
- Shakeups all over the national news network world

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