Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Did KPRC 2 anchor desk drive male viewers crazy last weekend?

This past weekend the stars aligned, the sky was bluer and life was more vibrant for many KPRC 2 male viewers. Why was it such a perfect two days? You got Jennifer Reyna anchoring in the morning and Nefertiti Jaquez in the evening.

"But McGuff, why would you make this claim," you ask.

Both Reyna and Jaquez are in the top 10 mikemcguff.com reader searches for 2011 so far. Reyna comes in at number 6, Jaquez at number 8. The only people who came in ahead of them were talk show host Chris Baker and former Fox 26 KRIV anchor Mike Barajas (and both of these guys had job changes to make them such popular searches). Former KHOU 11 anchor Lisa Foronda shows up in between Reyna and Jaquez. Other spots are filled up with 106.9 The Zone and various versions "Mike McGuff" and "blog". As you might guess, a certain crime dog shows up and hijacks my last name in the number 10 spot.

Get this, if I am writing a blog post at 10pm on a normal week night, and I check my live blog reader stats at that moment, I can tell you if Jaquez is working. How? She will immediately be the top keyword search after she hits the channel 2 airwaves. I don't even have to turn on the TV to check. As for Ms. Reyna, she is not only the number 6 keyword, she comes in at number 11 with user search query "jennifer reyna married," and 20 with "jennifer reyna hawaiian tropic." Yes, that means web surfers are searching those phrases on Google and finding this blog even though I've never written about either topic.

Here is video of Jaquez behind the anchor desk with Joel Eisenbaum from last weekend. Speaking of Eisenbaum, I found video of him from the previous weekend co-anchoring with his own wife, Amy Davis. If I were a better blogger, I would have caught that and written about it already. The post could have been a clever Ken Hoffman like interview with the TV news couple.  Well, that's why he gets paid the big bucks and I don't I guess.

The reason for the game of KPRC musical anchors is because of the well publicized baby train many KPRC staffers have been riding lately. Courtney Zavala and Daniella Guzmán are still out on maternity leave so someone has to fill in for them.

And another note, our time to watch KPRC 2 and future WSB reporter Carl Willis is winding down as he leaves for Atlanta. So enjoy him while you can. In fact, I hear next weekend is his last on Houston TV. Good luck Carl.

23 comments:

  1. Nefertiti Jaquez and Jennifer Reyna are to KPRC Local 2 like what Hope Solo and Alex Morgan are to the U.S. Women's soccer team.

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  2. I don't think it's because of these two, Dominique Sachse, Hasti Taghi, and Lauren Freeman are also big female attractors to the channel. I think that channel 2 is trying hard to attract young males particularly those in college and those in their 20's. As a person in that demographic; I don't mind it one bit, but I've always wondered if that strategy also alienates female viewers and/or older viewers?

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  3. Nefertiti Jaquez is more poised to become the new star of KPRC, that's why she is being plastered out there. As for Jennifer Reyna it may seem that way as well, but I can see her go somewhere else in a few years, perhaps to another local station or back to radio.

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  4. Why are people searching "Jennifer Reyna married"? I dunno but don't they ever look at the left ring finger for answers?

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  5. The search terms you pose suggest that horny, unemployed and non-advertising users are fantasizing about these amateur personalities; or perhaps these ruthless hacks are themselves flooding the web traffic to falsely build belief they are popular so they can steal an anchor chair. But have no doubt - they are annoying, average looking at best, terrible reporters and readers, and in my opinion not role models that any young girls should mirror in their own journey to a career. Look to Benton, Wilson and Lee for true role models in local news.

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  6. Your right. I use to work for KPRC. Bill and Dominque got moved to anchor Sunday. Originally, they were the evening anchors M-F -- in which they are. KPRC was trying to hope attract more viewers by adding Bill and Dominque on Sunday and having Iain and Rachel anchor Friday evening. Apparently corporate (Post Newsweek) didn't like the idea. I never liked working for KPRC. The newsroom organization was bad. And do you really need two executive producers, assistant news director plus the producer in the booth when there is breaking news?

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  7. I still don't think she has anything on Reyna! I still love Rate Reyna. WWW.twitter.com/ratereyna

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  8. I think (but McGuff will certainly know if this is true or not since he's in the business), that Sunday night is the most watched local news night. And i bet it is watched far more than Friday nights. So having a top anchor like Bill on makes sense. Fake Red, however, is only there because her contract must force them to make her the lead anchor, even tho she's terrible. Anyone remember that arrogant "Uniquely Dominique" promo? Naseauating.

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  9. To the first commenter, I partly agree. In this pic of Hope Solo, from Sunday when the women's soccer team returned to the US, there's a stunning resemblence to both Nef and Jen.
    http://swxrn.images.worldnow.com/images/15108067_SA.jpg
    Alex Morgan is in a league of her own. She's talented, beautiful, humble and au natural. So no comparison at all to Nef or Jen.

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  10. Anon for 3:35pm....I dunno I see some slight resemblance from Alex Morgan to Jennifer Reyna.

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  11. They added an executive producer for Sunday nights...

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  12. They should just have Nefertiti and Jennifer kiss each other on camera.

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  13. I think all of the men and women of KPRC seem nice. They're my fav station. I enjoy all of them. Why do people have to come on here and bash people they don't even know based on "looks?"

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  14. They're jealous, that's why.

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  15. Seems most "bashing" is observations based on talent and personality -- or lack thereof -- and not looks.

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  16. Jenn I prefer on Traffic but I like the Nerfertti girl on the desk. Talent is based on opinion.

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  17. "Bashing" from behind a computer screen is absurd. I agree with one of the posters above. This is about jealously. We're supposed to be empowering people, minorities, and women not degrading them!

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  18. Forehead hair is horrible on the desk tonight.

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  19. They're jealous, that's why.

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  20. how old are they?

    Jen has been around a while.

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  21. I dunno but I think they're in their late 20's or early 30's.

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  22. 2 fugly women there...i tell you what.

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