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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Another Houston TV baby wave?

Remember when KPRC 2 had baby fever? After my recent post about Fox 26 KRIV's Traffic Authority Michelle Merhar pregnancy, I learned that KPRC 2 reporter Jennifer Bauer ‏is also expecting (see a photo of her pregnant).

I know someone else at KPRC who is also excited about this baby bump. KPRC Vice President/Creative Services Director Mike Guerrieri is Bauer's husband and I'm sure a very happy father to be.

Bauer tweeted the baby girl is due at the very beginning of January. Maybe their daughter will be the big story on New Year's Day as the first baby of 2013!  Congrats!

Speaking of KPRC chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley married longtime partner Kevin Gilliard.

In case you missed it too, late Friday I posted how KPRC 2 reporter Nefertiti J√°quez was leaving for a new gig. Former Fox 26 KRIV reporter Kristin Kane also announced a new job. (click on their name for more info)

Is that Shasta on TV?

Through my time in the Houston media, one thing is for sure, you meet a lot of University of Houston Coogs in the industry. UH hooks up current students with the media alumni each year at the annual Media Homecoming. 2012 was the fifth event. This year's guests included Pattie Shieh (News92, ex-FOX26), Joy Sewing (Houston Chronicle) and Joey Guerra (Houston Chronicle). It was presented by the UH chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. Previous guests have included Cougar communicators Doug Miller (KHOU Ch. 11), Marisa Ramirez (host of KUHF's "UH Moment"), Amy Davis (KPRC Ch. 2), David Dalati (ESPN 97.5 FM) and Anna Megan Raley (Houston Chronicle/CBS Radio).

Santa Claus the DJ?

Not Houston media, but still cool...Santa will give your kid a personalized phone call. It's thanks to Austin-start up Audingo which I wrote about in September. Austin's Mix 94.7 lets listeners text their child’s name to 512-MIX-0054, and Santa rings the phone number within 10 minutes, addressing the recipient by name with a special message. Try it through Christmas Eve. The child can even reply to Santa with a voice message using Audingo’s TalkBack feature. Messages from kids around Austin are posted on Mix 94.7’s website here:
- Photo Santa Claus by YOUR Christmas tree

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