Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jerome Gray to leave KPRC 2; possible replacement

I heard the rumor a few months ago that longtime Houston anchor Jerome Gray was having contract re-negotiating 'issues' with KPRC 2. Guess that appeared to be true.

David Barron with the Houston Chronicle reports that Gray's last day will be November 18. Economics were cited as the reason. The same thing happened to his co-anchor Wendy Corona.

Gray started in Houston with KHOU 11 and had a good run there, followed by his managing editor and 4/6pm anchor gig at KPRC.

The buzz in the Houston media has been that Iain Page, from the Golf Channel, who started recently at KPRC 2 weekends as an anchor is Gray's replacement. Who knows? Although that makes sense considering KPRC has had a one anchor weekend show for a very long time now. Also, in this economy, hiring a guy with national exposure for weekends doesn't make a lot of sense. Then late last night I heard it could be KPRC morning anchor Owen Conflenti. Personally I don't see why KPRC would take him off its successful morning show, unless they want to rub a little Conflenti magic on the afternoon shows. We will wait and see.

18 comments:

  1. Mike are you on crack dude? Since when did KPRC have a good morning show.

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  2. I haven't looked at the morning ratings in a while, but I can say that a few years ago KPRC mornings were getting hash marks. In the last few years I thought it was the number 2 morning show. Is this correct?

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  3. Owen rocks, but his personality is better suited for mornings, when he can be looser and have some fun.

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  4. Owen is an idiot - his act is as old and mothball smelling as the clothes that Freeman wears.

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  5. flombAviewer since 1977 exclusively but will probably end my loyalty now that Jerome Gray has been cut. I seethed when Wendy Corona got cut and stiff Lauren Freeman stayed. corona and Gray are the classiest people Kprc
    has employed in all the years I've watched. What are you thinking? Also. the new traffic girl, Lauren Freeman's sister? Come on now ! Owen is cute but he should have been cut to give him time to grow up.

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  6. Ain't Iain Page African American ?

    On Gray leaving KPRC, I think there's more to the story of a "not renewing contract" mess.

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  7. Hate to see Jerome Gray leave KPRC will not be watching without him as anchor.

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  8. Why are you hating on Owen? I look forward to watching him every morning as I get ready for work and I know many of my friends and fellow coworkers do as well. "Grow up?" He can be silly at times, but with all the murders and negativity that he has to report every morning it is nice that he can uplift his viewers with his wit & charm (and good looks)..it is no "act", on contrare, whatcha see is whatcha get!

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  9. I cannot bear to watch Owen C. and Lauren Freeman on KPRC. Owen's personality is horrible and Lauren looks as if she was attacked by Max Factor with pancake makeup. And Dominique....Yuck. Give me KHOU any day....except for Lucy Noland.

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  10. Guys, I am new to Houston and the entire team is a joke. I especially cannot stand Iain Page, the new guy, talk about boring. I do like Dominique, she's about the only one.

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  11. Since Jerome left KPRC 2, I have switched to Khou 11.

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  12. I thought I was the only one who saw Owen as silly. And Lauren, I don't know who told her she's a Barbie doll, but they must have been blind. I like Jennifer Reyna, but when she isn't on I go to 13.

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  13. Amen about Lauren Freeman! I cannot stand watching her. I love Channel 2, but she is just not pleasant to look at - she's like the poster child for the wrong way to wear makeup - and the 80's hair has gotta go. It's like nails on a chalkboard for my eyes!

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  14. C'MON yall!! Jennifer Reyna is mega hot, Owen has a certain dangerous mix of boyish charm and chiseled good looks that make him the number one panty dropper on Houston morning TV. Lauren is pretty and reads real good. Now the biggest issue in Houston news is why does Jessica Wiley always look like she just got broken up with?!?!?!?:?

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  15. I love to watch the 4:30 news with Owen and Anthony... all the joking around and such makes me laugh , THEN comes Lauren at 5:00 and she is a dud !! No fun anymore. She doesn't fit in and I wish Jennifer would take her spot.

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  16. I wish Owen Conflenti would stay on the morning news, he is th he reason I watch channel 2. Wish that Idolina Peralez gave the weather report in the mornings.

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  17. owen conflenti talks like he has a mouth full of oatmeal and he does not pronounce his words very clearly--he kinda thinks he is funny, which he is not

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  18. please take owen conflenti off air--he can not pronounce words very clearly

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