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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Where is KTRK's Wayne Dolcefino and 13 Undercover?

UPDATE 11/21/2012
Wayne Dolcefino and KTRK 13 divorce

I know it's Halloween, but I can assure you this is no trick or treat.

Every TV sweeps period since I can remember, KTRK 13 Undercover's Wayne Dolcefino has been on the air with a big investigation. Not only that, the investigative reporter would have endless promotion the rest of the time when the news wasn't on the air.

This sweeps...crickets. No Wayne, no 13 Undercover. We're now almost a week in from what I understand.

Then I get emails from people in the TV biz asking me about rumors concerning his whereabouts. All I can tell you is that Dolcefino's bio is still on the station's website.

According to that bio, Dolcefino has been a staple at the ABC owned station since 1985. As I've blogged here over the years, Dolcefino has won a ton of awards such as 25 Emmys, three IRE medals, the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Best Investigation and a lot more.  Before KTRK, Dolcefino was in radio at 740 KTRH and 590 KLBJ Austin.

Maybe Dolcefino will show up before sweeps ends and all the current questions will be forgotten.

Looking through my blog's archives for Dolcefino mentions, I found a comment that former Houston city council member and current 740 KTRH talk show host Michael Berry left about the 13 investigator in 2010.

"I sat on City Council for 6 years, and I'll tell you that elected officials quaked when [Wayne] walked in," Berry commented on my blog. "There was fear that he had targeted you, because once he did he would lay it all bare.

"I've seen how he goes about investigating, the extent to which he chases down sources, and I admire how he weaves it all together. His multiple day pieces are good for ratings, and they're just good tv."

KTRK 13 Undercover's Wayne Dolcefino says stop copying my work

UPDATE 11/21/2012
Wayne Dolcefino and KTRK 13 divorce

Monday, October 29, 2012

KHOU 11 'Stands for Houston' anchor IDs

Montage of KHOU 11 "Stands for Houston" anchor IDs.  I created this post back in June, forgot to post it, so here you go.

KTRK 13's Casey Curry talks engagement & doggie tweets

Casey Curry gets married

I’m teaming up with TXU Energy to help get the word out about the upcoming TXU Energy Turkey Trot benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services. The race takes place at Dillard’s near the Galleria on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012.

That means I'm also promoting the Houston media turkey calling contest (The contest will be 10am, Saturday, November 10th at the Houston Zoo - Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo).

The media winner will have the opportunity to designate a public place to have a tree planted by TXU Energy and the Texas Trees Foundation.

KTRK 13's popular morning meteorologist Casey Curry is a participant in the contest. Recently Curry got engaged so I had to get the scoop on that and find out about her dog's Twitter account.

Mike McGuff: The big news for you is that you were recently engaged! Did you see the proposal coming?

Casey Curry: I did not see Carl’s proposal coming at all! It was a total surprise! He’s been planning it for months and even flew to NYC twice to design my ring. Carl says he kept it a secret and didn't tell anyone, except (my dog) Nanook. Of course, Nanook gave her blessing! We’re both very smitten with him.

Carl and I were actually set up by Eyewitness News Reporter Kevin Quinn and his wife, Elizabeth. Needless to say, Elizabeth is very proud of her matchmaking skills! Their three girls are already lobbying to be flower girls at the wedding!

Anyone who follows you on Twitter knows that your dog also has a Twitter account (@NanookCurry). What's been the reaction to that?

Nanook does have a Twitter account. Some people think it’s strange, but she leads a very interesting life and I think it’s fun to be able to share that with people. She’s getting a doggie chiropractic adjustment this week…I’m sure she’ll have lots to tweet about that! My hope is that people will get a bit of joy out of her tweets. Plus, it’s another way to bring attention to some of the organizations helping our furry friends.

You are involved in a lot of animal issues? Why is that important to you?

I have always loved animals. I feel like it is our job to protect and care for those that are vulnerable, especially children and animals. I am so happy that I have a job that allows me to the time and the public platform to be able to bring awareness to issues that are close to my heart. I also really enjoy volunteering my time with groups like Red Collar Rescue (I have successfully fostered 7 dogs for Red Collar Rescue), Friends of BARC, SNAP, Barrio Dogs & CAP. Of course, my other passion is encouraging young people to pursue careers in math and science. I make many appearances each year at area schools to talk about the value of a solid, well-rounded education that focuses on math and science.

In addition to Curry, other Houston media participants include KHOU 11's Lily Jang, Fox 26 KRIV's Natalie Bomke, Houston Press' Craig Hlavaty, the Houston Chronicle/CBS Radio's Anna-Megan Raley and KUBE 57's Todd Freed.

Get all the details for the race and Sheltering Arms Senior Services at

(This post has been sponsored by TXU Energy. Learn more about the company at

- PHOTOS: KTRK 13 morning show promo shoot
- KTRK 13's Casey Curry on GMA, must be the weekend

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Reporter vs fish video, new WFAA hires and more

- Reporter Stayed Calm As a Roach Crawled All Over Him During a Live Broadcast
- Spider Makes Cameo During Newscast
- Tom Hanks Drops F-Bomb on Good Morning America
- News anchor cursing
- Senate Candidate Apologizes For Saying Male Reporter Is ‘Prettier’ Than Candy Crowley
- News 4 WOAI anchor on fire?
- Everybody Loves Babe on CBS 11!
- Wasp Flies Through KWTV Commentary

Wolf Delkus and a disheveled Dale
The Pete 'n' Dale show, starring weathercaster Pete Delkus and sports anchor Dale Hansen, resumed in earnest Monday on the 6 p.m. edition.

WFAA8 gets Jobin Panicker from KSEE-TV
WFAA8 continues to replenish its reporting staff, adding Jobin Panicker from KSEE.

Jason Wheeler to Dallas
Jason Wheeler joins WFAA from KEYE.

Big Tex blaze makes page one
Big Tex burning was top news in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Reporters Banned From Dentist's Dallas Mansion
A dentist accused of Medicare fraud won a restraining order against the real estate reporter and Belo-owned television station that he claims have defamed him.
- UPDATE: Judge decides WFAA may not photograph dentist's house from air for 13 days
- Dentist Goes to War With Belo Station

NBC owned stations launching multicast channel
The new multicast channel featuring a mix of classic TV shows, movies and original programming will debut on the 10 NBC Owned Television Stations (like KXAS NBC 5) early next year and the group is looking for affiliates in other markets.

IHeartRadio Adds Local News Streams For 20 Cities
Repeating loop of news headlines, weather and traffic for the likes of Dallas and Houston.

Keep it classy, Houston
Ron Burgundy "joins" the KHOU 11 morning team on set.

TV news ready to pull out big guns for sweeps
While everyone gears up for the final stretch of the presidential race, S.A.'s TV-news teams are busy preparing for their own crucial contest - November sweeps.
- Who will you vote for – on local TV?

New GM for San Antonio cluster
Breeanna Malik upgrades from director of sales to market manager of Clear Channel’s seven-station San Antonio cluster.

Spotlighting Austin's Sports Directors: KVUE's Mike Barnes, the shy guy
KVUE's Mike Barnes claims that his on-air persona and off-camera demeanor are quite different.

Fox 7’s Dave Cody, the veteran guy
In the third of a five part series, the dean of Austin sportscasters, Dave Cody, talks about his many great experiences.

Longhorn Network is both blessing, curse for Brown
Texas coach Mack Brown said he is not comfortable with the amount of access the Longhorn Network has to his program.
- LHN needs more Mack Brown shows, not fewer

New owner of Fox affiliate serving Abilene taps general manager with local ties
Addison-based London Broadcasting Company, the new owner of several television stations in Texas, including Fox affiliates in Abilene and San Angelo, has tapped West Texas native Justin Riggan as vice president and general manager in charge of operations of the newly acquired stations.

Local TV personnel updates and Weekend TV Picks
Mornings and weekends are shaking up on the three major Amarillo newscasts.

- Fox 26's Kristin Kane says goodbye
- The 88.7 KUHF NPR drinking game
- KPRC 2's Eric Braate returns to the green screen
- Houston TV anchors who were network stars
- Houston Press' Craig Hlavaty discusses the good and bad of dream jobs
- NBC5 KXAS names Deanna Dewberry Consumer/Investigative Reporter & anchor
- Fox 4 KDFW hires Latoya Silmon
- Dating scam reads like TV sweeps

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dating scam reads like TV sweeps

In the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center's (IC3) recent scam alerts update, a dating extorion scam was featured that sounds like something right out of November TV sweeps!

The IC3 has recently received reports regarding a scam that baits individuals into intimate online conversations and then extorting them for financial gain. The scam was initiated after the victims met someone online, such as on a dating site, and were asked to connect via a specific online social network. Shortly after, the conversations became sexual in nature. Later, victims received text messages, either containing their names, asking if it was them or containing a statement that indicated their names were posted on a particular website. The victims were provided a link to a page on the website that claimed they were a “cheater.” Photos of the victims and their telephone numbers were also posted. There was an option to view and buy the posted conversations for $9. Victims were also given the option to have their names and conversations removed for $99. Some were even told that once the payment was made, the information would be removed within an hour and the website would not allow anyone to post anything pertaining to the victims’ names again. However, reports do not indicate that the information was ever removed.

Talk about a television sweeps promotable. Although finding victims to talk to might be tough. But your local FBI office is just a phone call away.

- Sexy sweeps TV story ideas just in time for November
- Sex TV sweeps story cancelled after violent threats
- Must be TV sweeps month when the anchor pole dances
- Top 5 Houston area cell phone wreck hot spots
- Diets put to the test
- Top 10 homemade remedies for what ails you
- The great sweeps promo decoder
- AUDIO: TV Sweeps from Hell
- VIDEO: Truth behind hotel drinking glasses...
- Pocket change could be a real treasure [I was Emmy nominated for this one]

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fox 4 KDFW hires Latoya Silmon

Courtesy @LatoyaSilmon
Latoya Silmon joins the FOX 4 KDFW news team, announced Robin Whitmeyer, the station’s Vice President and News Director. Effective November 5th, Latoya will be a general assignment reporter for “Good Day” from 4:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

In making the announcement, Whitmeyer stated, “Latoya’s passion for local news, versatility and ability to connect with viewers make her a great addition to the ‘Good Day’ team.”

Most recently, Silmon served as Anchor/Reporter for KTUL-TV in Tulsa, OK. Prior to that, Silmon was Anchor/Reporter for KOTV-TV, Tulsa, OK. Earlier, Silmon was Reporter/Anchor for WYFF-TV, Greenville, SC and Reporter/Producer/Anchor at KCEN-TV in Waco, TX.

Added Silmon, "It’s a dream come true to be able to return to my hometown and work for FOX 4. I can’t wait to get started telling the stories of the community that shaped the person and professional I am today.”

Silmon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Houston.

(This post was from a release sent to me by Fox Television Stations)

NBC5 KXAS names Deanna Dewberry Consumer/Investigative Reporter & anchor

NBC 5 / KXAS-TV today announced that Deanna Dewberry will be its new consumer/investigative reporter and anchor NBC 5's 6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, newscast on digital channel 5.2. Dewberry joined the station earlier this month.

Dewberry will focus on uncovering issues important to North Texas consumers while Scott Friedman will continue to lead NBC 5's investigative unit.

Dewberry has been a news anchor and investigative reporter at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the past seven years. She was previously an anchor/reporter at Texas Cable News and WFAA in Dallas, KTHV in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as KLBK and KCBD in Lubbock.

She earned her degree in journalism from the University of Texas in Austin and is a four-time Emmy Award winner, including three Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy Awards in 2011 for an investigative report, a feature report and anchoring. She has also been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press, National Association of Black Journalists, Texas Speech Communication Association and the American Cancer Society.

"With the successful launch of our investigative team earlier this year, the timing is perfect for an experienced reporter like Deanna to take on issues very practical to us as consumers," said Susan Tully, NBC 5 Vice President of News.

"I love what I do for a living and believe in the service provided a community by strong investigative reporting. Having the opportunity to join the extraordinary team of journalists at NBC 5 and do what I love in my native Texas is an absolute joy. It's good to be home," said Dewberry.

North Texas' only 6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, local newscast can be found over-the-air on channel 5.2 or the following cable channels: Time Warner 365, Verizon 460, Charter 105, One Source 801, GEUS 126, Grande 280 and Suddenlink 110/128/731.

KXAS NBC5 reporter Kimberly King leaves station

(This post taken from an NBC press release)

Houston Press' Craig Hlavaty discusses the good and bad of dream jobs

I’m teaming up with TXU Energy to help get the word out about the upcoming TXU Energy Turkey Trot benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services. The race takes place at Dillard’s near the Galleria on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012.

That means I'm also promoting the Houston media turkey calling contest (The contest will be 10am, Saturday, November 10th at the Houston Zoo - Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo).

Houston Press Assistant Music Editor/Staff Writer and KIAH 39 NewsFix contributor Craig Hlavaty has signed up to be a participant in the turkey media contest. He was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer some of questions.

Mike McGuff: Being a music critic/writer is a dream job for many, give us a few favorite moments over the years.

Craig Hlavaty: Since I started scribbling onto a computer about music six years, I have seen and done so much. It's easy to get locked into the moment and forget that you have a dream job. I have met and interviewed some of my idols, and also discovered newfound appreciations for acts that normally I would have dismissed. As for great moments, jeez, it's hard to remember them all, and it's not just because I have a beer or two now and then. A few weeks back I got to hug Willie Nelson. That's the biggest thing that has happened recently. It was like touching God.

Now, all dream jobs usually have some negatives, what are some annoying things about being a music writer your readers don't know about?

If there can be a bad side to my job, it's not having the time or energy to see everything I want. Local and national acts flood this town nightly. Especially the locals. I wish I could hear and see everyone running around out there, but I have to remember that I have a girlfriend, a dog, and a back patio to tend to. Sometimes I need to stay home and lay on the floor and listen to Neil Young to recharge.

How was ACL this year?

ACL was great as always, though my favorite part was seeing Iggy And The Stooges totally baffle and excite the late afternoon crowds. I hope some kids got converted into the Holy Church Of Iggy that day.

Get all the details for the race and Sheltering Arms Senior Services at

(This post has been sponsored by TXU Energy. Learn more about the company at

KHOU's Lily Jang talks morning drama & chemistry

Monday, October 22, 2012

Houston TV anchors who were network stars

Since I recently posted about Univision West Coast correspondent for Network and Affiliate News, Raul Peimbert, coming to work at Univision 45 KXLN, I thought it would be a good time to look at other former network folks (I'm also counting cable networks) who are currently on the air in Houston. There have been others in the past too.


Anchor Keith Garvin spent time as an ABC News correspondent. I remember watching him on World News.

Main sports guy Randy McIlvoy spent years working at Fox Sports Net's Southwest Sports Report.

New weekend sports anchor Kyle Montgomery worked for the Atlantic Coast Conference Digital Network, NBA TV/ and hosted the first children's hoops show, Run it Back, on the Cartoon Network.

KHOU 11:

I remember watching Len Cannon on Dateline NBC. Cannon was also a backup anchor for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and Weekend Today.

KTRK 13:

Art Rascon was a CBS News correspondent (Watch Art report for CBS).

In between working at KTRK 13, Gina Gaston hosted an MSNBC show called Home Page with co-anchors Mika Brzezinski and Ashleigh Banfield. (Watch Gina on Home Page)

Fox 26 KRIV:

Anchor Don Teague worked both as a CBS and NBC correspondent. (Watch Don report for CBS)

If I forgot anyone who currently works on Houston TV and was a former network person - let me know.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

KPRC 2's Eric Braate returns to the green screen

Eric Braate worked as a meteorologist at KPRC 2 from January 2007 to May 2008 according to his LinkedIn account.

Longtime readers might remember I posted about his departure to KPRC sister station WDIV Detroit in 2008.

Once again according to LinkedIn, Braate stayed at WDIV until 2010 and then returned to Houston and KPRC in 2011. Since his return, it appears Braate has served as an of air member of the weather department.

Looks like today though he got to put a suit on, jump in front of a camera and fill-in for Mary Lee on the green screen.

Watch his weather report today only here (the video on KPRC's site does not stay active for long).

(Thanks Taylor)

Friday, October 19, 2012

The 88.7 KUHF NPR drinking game

It's time for the 88.7 KUHF Houston NPR Fall 2012 Membership Campaign. So what did I think to do? Create a KUHF drinking game!

Now I listen to Morning Edition on KUHF, so you might want to take a shot of caffeine (I'll take a shot of Dr Pepper Ten) instead of hard liquor every time you hear one of the following. Now what you do during All Things Considered is up to you!

So take a drink:

When you hear anchor Rod Rice read the news because he's been a consistent source of information in Houston for years.

When David Pitman plays Depeche Mode or Ministry as bed music.

When Ed Mayberry takes over at 9am and plays some Floyd as bed music.

When the Bauer Business Focus comes on. It has good info, but it really signifies...IT'S FRIDAY!

When the voice (I think of Classical 91.7 KUHA's Catherine Lu) reads a sponsorship with a mention of Schlumberger.

When you hear Gail Delaughter file a report but think she should be covering the courts!

When Elizabeth Rose tells us it will take more than an hour to drive in from Katy or The Woodlands.

When Paul Pendergraft brings us the events calendar.

When the space-age music of The Engines of Our Ingenuity starts.

When you hear the 888-909-0887 number to donate during the Fall 2012 Membership Campaign.

You can also donate online here.

The campaign will end Friday, October 26th at start donating!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fox 26's Kristin Kane says goodbye

I told you that Fox 26 KRIV reporter Kristin Kane was leaving Houston in November. Kane promised that she would post a goodbye letter to everyone on her Facebook page and let me know that it is there now:

Friends and Followers,

My contract with Fox is up in just about a month and I have decided not to renew and stay in Houston. My last day will be Friday November 16th.

I have had a wonderful time in Houston, working for a great station, telling some amazing stories and meeting a lot of incredible people...but it is time for me to move on and explore other opportunities.

My Fox26 family will be greatly missed! I have learned so much from everyone in our newsroom and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work here.

As for my fans, where do I begin? You guys are the BEST and you all are so loyal. I hope that you will stay with me as I continue onto my next adventure. Your tweets, posts, messages and emails have meant so much to me...thank you!

As most of you know, I am getting married next year and it's important Tom and I make this next move together: same city, one roof! I can't wait! As for that next stop...stay tuned! You know I'll post all the details here :-)

Houston, Texas will always hold a very special place in my can bet I'll be back for Rodeo!

Fox 26's Kristin Kane engaged?

Weatherman Erection Graphic, Outlaw Dave & more

- Weatherman Erection Graphic News Blooper
- Anchor wardrobe malfunction
- Detroit’s WDIV Follows Saga of Raccoon with Jar Stuck on His Head
- Jack White - Blue Blood Blues - Live from Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012
- Reporters Not Ready Camera Falling News Blooper

The new CW33 news
Dallas-based CW33's drastically revamped 9 p.m. whatchamacallit, tentatively set to launch on Nov. 1st, has put out descriptions of 11 full-time positions on among other venues.

Melissa Newton leaving CBS11 to join husband meteorologist in OKC
CBS11 reporter Melissa Newton will be leaving soon to join her husband, Damon Lane, in Oklahoma City.

Chita dancing to benefit the Halo House
KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Chita Johnson has been practicing her dance moves for an upcoming charity event to benefit the Halo House.

KTRK set modification
Message board says that KTRK 13 replaced the projection screen with plasma monitors. I turned the news on, sure enough, there were new monitors.

Terrance Harris joins NOLA Media Group as sports special projects reporter
Terrance Harris has accepted a position with the NOLA Media Group as a sports special projects reporter. Harris is going to New Orleans from Sports Radio 610 KILT in Houston where he was a columnist/on air contributor with a focus on Houston Texans, Rockets and Astros coverage.

Lopez Has The Big-Head … Really. TV Show On The KUBE
Sports Radio 610′s and In The Loop‘s John Lopez has teamed with the KUBE’s Brooke Bentley for a new weekly talk radio-styled TV show called, He Said, She Said.

Former Houston anchor Alan Hemberger on air
Former KTRK 13 and KIAH 39 anchor Alan Hemberger has moved to California and is already back on air. He announced on Facebook that he will be doing a weekend shift on the new 93.5 FM in Laguna Beach. He says you can see the Pacific Ocean out the window!

The sounds of the Houston Chronicle
Here are seven Houston Chronicle ads that presumably appeared on the radio in the late 1960s. The 30-second tracks were taken from a 45-rpm record.

Outlaw Dave show moves
Outlaw Dave tweeted that his show is moving from 5 to 7pm on 950 KPRC. Recently it aired at 8pm. Dave is replacing Michael Savage who has stopped doing radio with his former company. He just signed a deal with Cumulus.

Outlaw Dave's Worldwide Headquarters
Outlaw Dave has opened Outlaw Dave's Worldwide Headquarters at 6502 Washington Ave., Houston.

Fun with corndogs!
The KHOU 11 Morning crew hams it up with corndogs. Male viewers get excited.

Fox 26 KRIV had high hopes for the Houston Texans
Fox 26 KRIV had high hopes for the Houston Texans season based on this CG.

Kathy Williams lands at WTLV-WJXX
TVSpy reports that former Fox 26 KRIV news director/KPRC 2 assistant news director Kathy Williams is the new news director at WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville, Fla.

KILT dominates sports stations in September Arbitrons
The September ratings period (Aug. 15-Sept. 12) was, to put it mildly, a smashing success for KILT (610 AM).

Rice University’s KTRU studio named to honor former station manager
Rice University student radio station KTRU will honor the memory and contributions of Rice alumnus and former station manager Ben Horne ’02 by naming the KTRU broadcast studio in his honor. Horne, 32, died in a mountain climbing accident in Peru in July.

Reporters writing to impress other journalists?
Former San Antonio Express-News editor Robert Rivard writes about thin skinned reporters who write for their peers.

Spotlighting Austin's Sports Directors: KXAN's Roger Wallace, the booth guy
In the first of a five-part series, CultureMap profiles Roger Wallace as he talks about his KXAN sports show duties as well as his job as the radio analyst on University of Texas football broadcasts and television play-by-play of local high school games.

Crime and Publishing
Inside a small-town paper’s police blotter.

Bryan/College Station Gets Peace
The former 107.7 KKLB launched its new format as Christian AC “Peace 107” KPWJ.


Eric Ross moves on
He posted on Facebook: "After spending a year at KFDA-TV NewsChannel 10 in Amarillo, I've accepted a reporting position at KOAA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs. My last day will be Tuesday, Oct. 23. Thanks to everyone who has helped me settle in here over the past 13 months."

Lisa Leigh Kelly sort of leaves KEYE
TVSpy reporting that KEYE investigative reporter Lisa Leigh Kelly is leaving the station for an Austin PR firm. The site adds she'll still work at KEYE as a freelancer. First time I've heard of a PR person freelancing in TV.


Russ "The Weird Beard" Knight passes away
Russell Lee Moore, better known in the broadcast industry as Russ "The Weird Beard" Knight, passed away on Friday, October 12, 2012. Russell was a radio personality at many stations throughout the United States, but his most memorable stints were as The Weird Beard on KLIF in Dallas and KILT in Houston, Texas.

- Fox 26 grabs Caitilin Espinosa from KIII
- KHOU's Lily Jang talks morning drama & chemistry
- KTRK 13's Casey Curry engaged
- Univision 45 KXLN hires Raul Peimbert from the network
- Fox 26 KRIV's new weather schedule
- Fox 26's Kristin Kane leaving Houston
- Houston media turkey winner gets a tree

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Houston media turkey winner gets a tree

More Houston media folks are signing up for the TXU Energy Turkey Trot media turkey calling contest (more posts on that soon). I just blogged about KHOU 11 morning anchor Lily Jang's participation.

As I've told you before, I’m teaming up with TXU Energy to help get the word out about the upcoming TXU Energy Turkey Trot benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services. The race takes place at Dillard’s near the Galleria on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012.

I'm promoting the Houston media turkey calling contest (The contest will be 10am, Saturday, November 10th at the Houston Zoo - Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo).

Here are two big news items involving the contest.

First, the winner of the media turkey calling contest will have the opportunity to designate a public place to have a tree planted by TXU Energy and the Texas Trees Foundation. As part of its commitment to the communities it serves, TXU Energy has a long-standing partnership with the foundation to create healthy communities through tree planting for neighborhood associations, schools, nonprofit organizations and municipalities. Together, the foundation and TXU Energy grow and maintain the TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm and Education Center, the largest nonprofit urban tree farm in the nation.

TXU Energy is excited to give the winner of the media turkey calling contest the opportunity to designate a public place for a tree to be planted. More info here.

Also, Cowboy Dave from 100.3 KILT will be the emcee of the event this year.

Get all the details for the race and Sheltering Arms Senior Services at

(This post has been sponsored by TXU Energy. Learn more about the company at

Fox 26's Kristin Kane leaving Houston

Last August, I told you how Fox 26 KRIV reporter Kristin Kane was engaged, and now it looks like she's leaving Houston to be with fiance Tom.

Fox Television Stations has confirmed to me that Kane's last day at Fox 26 is November 16th. The TV company gave me no reason for her departure, but with an upcoming wedding, we can guess that's playing a major part.

"We've been together 5.5 years, half of that has been long distance," Kane told a few months ago. "Tom lives up north, but we've been able to make it work. We see each other every two weeks. Talk about a lot of traveling! I'm so tired of getting on planes unless it's for vacation."

Kristin came to KRIV from WSFL in Miami in 2010 where she worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor. According to her bio, Kane also worked at WICU/WSEE in Erie, PA. She is a graduate of Columbia University in NYC.

Local TV aficionados will know that Kane won the CBS Houston's Hottie Media Babe tournament two years in a row.

As I blogged before, Kristin and fiance Tom will be married later next year at the Aldrich Mansion just outside of Newport, Rhode Island. It's the mansion featured in the movie Meet Joe Black with Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins.

Kane was travelling when I contacted her, but tells me she will be posting more info about her move from Fox 26 soon.

(Correction: I had originally referred to KRIV's owner as Fox Broadcasting, it is actually Fox Television Stations and that has been corrected above.)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fox 26 KRIV's new weather schedule

After the departure of Fox 26 KRIV morning and mid-day meteorologist Kristi Powers last June, the Fox owned Houston station has hired Caitilin Espinosa (recently of KIII in Corpus Christi) as her replacement.

Espinosa started Sunday morning, but things will be a little different this time.

When I posted about the hiring of Espinosa, I got lots of questions about which shift she'll be working. The big difference for Espinosa, now there is a Fox 26 weekend morning show since Powers left.

I did a little digging and found out Espinosa will be doing the 7am, 8am and 9am weather and noon news on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (meteorologist Mike Iscovitz handles the earlier shows all week). She'll be off at the end of the week and will return to do the three hour morning newscast on the weekends.

That means current weekend morning and night meteorologist John Dawson will return to doing just the weekend night shift at 5pm and 9pm. I'm told that Dawson will also produce the weekday morning weather and occasionally appear on air there too.

Univision 45 KXLN hires Raul Peimbert from the network

Univision 45 KXLN is pulling out the big guns in its latest main anchor hire.

Univision West Coast correspondent for Network and Affiliate News, Raul Peimbert, will be sitting behind the desk at Houston's channel 45 soon. Before working for the network, Peimbert was the main anchor for Los Angeles' Univision 34 KMEX.

According to the network, Peimbert is one of the most well-known journalists in the Hispanic broadcasting world. He covered the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, the last three Presidential inaugurations and has conducted one on one interviews with 56 Heads of State and Government. Those interviewed by Peimbert include former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush, Latin American leaders Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega among others.

Peimbert has won seven Emmys and earned 11 nominations. He won a Peabody Award for his role in the Univision campaign "It's time: Citizenship."

On Monday, Peimbert tweeted, "I joined the Univision news team in Houston! Certainly a long wait and desired career goal."

Peimbert starts at Univision 45 KXLN Thursday, October 25 along side newly named anchor Michelle Galvan.

Media Moves is reporting that Peimbert will anchor the 10pm news, while current anchor Osvaldo Corral will continue working the 5pm newscast with Galvan.

Monday, October 15, 2012

KTRK 13's Casey Curry engaged

Casey Curry gets married

KTRK 13's Casey Curry talks to me about engagement

Sorry of the most popular on air talents in Houston is off the singles list. KTRK 13 morning meteorologist Casey Curry announced this morning on air that she is now engaged.

Curry's finance, Carl Hahn, proposed to her in Michigan (where he is from), on a trip to see the Michigan vs Illinois game for homecoming weekend.

She said on air that it was not one of those big public engagements, because she is no fan of those. When asked what she would have done if Hahn had proposed openly at the stadium for the crowd to see, she responded, "I probably would have punched him."

Then she would have said yes anyway of course.

Congrats Casey!

(Thanks Susan Farb Morris!)

KTRK 13's Casey Curry talks to me about engagement

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KHOU's Lily Jang talks morning drama & chemistry

I’m teaming up with TXU Energy to help get the word out about the upcoming TXU Energy Turkey Trot benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services. The race takes place at Dillard’s near the Galleria on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012.

That means I'm also promoting the Houston media turkey calling contest (The contest will be 10am, Saturday, November 10th at the Houston Zoo - Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo). KHOU 11 morning anchor Lily Jang is one of the participants. Gobble, gobble.

Lily and I emailed about how her new anchor gig is going since joining the Houston Belo station last February.

Mike McGuff: Most Houston morning shows are pretty stable anchor wise. What is it like to be the semi-newly staffed show on the block?

Lily Jang: I've only been back in Houston 7 months so I'm the newest kid on the block. I think my bosses had to work the pieces of the puzzle to get the chemistry juuuuuuust right and I love what they've done. People always ask me if it's a big cat fight with 3 ladies (Katherine Whaley, Chita Johnson and Mia Gradney)in the mornings. Oh my gosh, not at all! We're each other's biggest supporters. There are no egos and no divas. We really are friends and we hang out after work and on weekends and I think you can see that chemistry on TV. People were hoping for some drama. Sorry! Haha

What changes have you all brought to the show? Anything on the horizon?

No more anchor changes that I know of. I'm truly a morning person so I have that natural annoying morning pep! I think the fact that we are all so close, the crosstalk and the energy is just natural and you get the "real us". You can't force chemistry. We're a little family. For viewers, I hope it's like having breakfast with four friends.

Do the ladies on the show keep Ron Trevino in line?

Awwwwwww...we love Ron!!!!!! We're always so chatty and giggly that he can't get a word in edgewise. We've been called everything from "Ron's Angels" to "Ron and the Ronnettes". I think he secretly loves it though........ *wink*.

How cool is it being an anchor in your hometown?

I am so blessed. I've had people from 1st grade come out of the wood works and we've reconnected! It's crazy! Most of the time, it just feels like I never left. I'll be on KHOU mornings til they run me out of this town!!!

Anything else you wanna add?

Yes - I love social media because with TV, I get to be a part of YOUR life. With facebook and twitter, you get to be part of MINE :). I write back to everyone who posts on fb and twitter. Come say hi -->

Get all the details for the race and Sheltering Arms Senior Services at

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Space shuttle Endeavour angers Los Angeles residents

There are tons of stories in the media about space shuttle Endeavour’s journey through the streets of Los Angeles to its final resting place at the California Science Center and they are full of complaints from "our friends" (to borrow from VP Biden) in La La Land.

I've been to LA a bunch of times...never heard of this California Science Center. (not that my visits make me a Southern California tourism expert, but if it were a major destination, you'd think it would be more prominently featured).

Anyway, those stories are full of angry LA residents. Here is an example from

Some South Los Angeles residents are not excited about the historic event and see the weekend road closures as an inconvenience. Chris "Frost" Boone is one of those people. I met him on Crenshaw near 43rd Place waiting for the No. 210 bus.

"Most of the people on this side of town don't care about no space shuttle anyway," says Boone. "Why does it have to come this way?"


"That's going to kill my business for Saturday," says Brown. "I'm going to pretty much be sitting here all day, not doing anything."

For Brown, not doing anything means losing the $300 he makes on a Saturday. He says it costs him $100 a week to rent his booth, so he's taking a hit. Brown wants somebody to compensate the businesses in South L.A. "I don't know, the city, the museum," says Brown. "Whoever is doing all this, they should pay us for our day, at least."

I'm sure lots of Houston area residents would put up with the inconvenience. In fact here it wouldn't be considered an inconvenience, the streets/freeways would be lined up with Houstonians watching it's final journey to the NASA/Space Center Houston area in Clear Lake.

Houston lost the space shuttle to this?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fox 26 grabs Caitilin Espinosa from KIII

Courtesy Caitilin Espinosa Facebook page

Caitilin Espinosa to leave FOX 26 & going digital

Caitilin Espinosa joins KRIV FOX 26 as Meteorologist of “FOX 26 Morning News,” announced Tom Doerr, the station’s Vice President and News Director. Caitilin’s first day on the air will be Sunday, October 14th.

In making the announcement, Doerr stated “As a Houston native, Caitilin knows the needs of our viewers. She is a great addition to the FOX 26 Gulf Coast Weather Authority team.”

Most recently, Espinosa served as Weather Anchor for KIII-TV in Corpus Christi, TX. Prior to this, she was Weather Anchor for KVEO-TV in Brownsville, TX. Espinosa began her career as a weather intern for KXXV-TV in Waco, TX.
John Thomas Kobos and Caitilin Espinosa at KIII. 

Added Espinosa, “I am overjoyed to be returning to my hometown, where my family, friends and heart have always been. I look forward to joining the talented team at KRIV and can’t wait to give viewers the information they need to get their days started, as well as keeping them informed when severe weather arises.”

A graduate of Baylor University, Espinosa holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography, with an emphasis in Meteorology.

Caitilin Espinosa to leave FOX 26 & going digital

Fox 26 KRIV's Kristi Powers exits weather center

(This post is from a release sent to me by Fox Broadcasting)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Rating Chita Johnson, KVUE reporter to Houston and more

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Dallas-based KTXD-TV (Ch. 47) is best known at present for its menu of vintage TV series repeats via an affiliation with ME-TV. Unfortunately, the premiere of The Texas Daily ended up being repetitive as well.

Belo Corp. Television Station WFAA-TV Wins National Emmy Award
WFAA was honored with a National News and Documentary Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. WFAA was one of only two local television stations honored at the 33rd annual event.

"Transitioning" at CW33 claims first wave of staffers
"Transitioning" began in earnest at Dallas-based CW33 Monday, with reporters Dawn Tongish and Charles Bassett notified that they will not be part of the station's drastically revamped prime-time newscast.
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Dallas Paper To Keep, Maybe Tweak Paywall
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Dallas: Flush with foreign auto spending
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Twitter feed rates Chita Johnson
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KPRC Busts It: The Story Of HPD Sergeant Stacey Soro, Nude Model
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KVUE Sportscaster Cory Hepola Leaving for Houston Sports Channel
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Oprah and Joel Osteen pack the house for 'Life Class' series
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A day of goodbyes for Hamilton and Fox Sports Houston
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New Video May Be Clue to Missing Journalist's Location
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Vern Dailey, man behind the scenes of WFAA's 'Peppermint Place', dies
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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Comcast SportsNet Houston launch party & news

Comcast SportsNet Houston sidewalk level studio - you can walk right up and look

I figured the Comcast SportsNet Houston launch party Monday at the network's new Houston Pavilions studio would be big, but it hit me just how big when I walked up and standing there on the street was Calvin Murphy. Then, as I was getting my badge, Kevin McHale's was right behind mine! You know me, it doesn't take much to excite me since I rarely get out anymore.

The crowd was full of Houston Astros and Rockets players and staff members (both teams own the network along with Comcast/NBC Sports). After a little crowd smoozing, members of the University of Houston Cougar Marching Band showed up to drum the crowd into the House of Blues which is directly across from the new sports network's studios.

Houston City Council Member James G. Rodriguez, who represents this area of town, said the city recognized the day as Comcast SportsNet Houston day.

Houston Rockets broadcaster Bill Worrell took the microphone and addressed the crownd about how Houston cable sports coverage started on Home Sports Entertainment (HSE), then became Prime Sports Networks and eventually Fox Sports Southwest and Fox Sports Houston. He says a lot of the original crew is back with CSN Houston.

Comcast Sportsnet Houston newsroom
Worrell added he likes the fact that CSN Houston will be broadcasting live Houston sports news in the afternoons and evening instead of the two minutes the rest of Houston TV devotes to it.

Matt Hutchings, President and General Manager at Comcast SportsNet Houston, closed the evening saying CSN Houston will be one of the best regional sports networks in the country. No stranger to Houston, Hutchings said he grew up here and his father worked for the Houston Astros under Judge Hofheinz.

Three CSN programming partnerships were announced last night:
- UH/Rice
- The Marathon Oil Corporation Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards
- Houston Shell Open

The Houston Rockets begin pre-season play so we'll see how CSN Houston handles team coverage for the first time.

- Comcast SportsNet Houston launches

Monday, October 08, 2012

Minerva Perez talks TV anchor bullying

No doubt you've heard of the La Crosse, Wisconsin television anchor bullying incident and subsequent response from WKBT News 8's Jennifer Livingston. Livingston's on air statement went viral and landed her on the network morning shows.

The anchor bullying event struck a chord with one Houston talk show host and former TV anchor. Minerva Perez, host of Latina Voices, and former KTRK 13 Houston and KTLA 5 Los Angeles anchor, contacted me to share her experiences on the subject with you.

The following is a guest blog post from Minerva Perez:

Jennifer Livingston is NOT ALONE

Watching La Crosse, Wisconsin anchor Jennifer Livingston deliver what will go down as one of the gutsiest editorials in the annals of TV news, in response to hate mail about her weight from a male viewer, struck a chord with me. As a former News Anchor at Top 10 Markets, who had similar experiences throughout my career, I cheered her on while at the same time was reminded of similar real life experiences throughout my career.

She is not alone.

From the beginning of my career in a small Rio Grande Valley market, which was 95% Latino and from where all my family hails, I was questioned about the way I used a Spanish pronunciation of my name, correctly and accurately rolling the rrrr’s in both my first and last names: Minerva Pérez...sacrosanct where I come from.

My nickname as a kid was Minnie, Minnie Mouse and Mini Skirt. Would viewers take me seriously if I used nicknames? I was supposed to come across as a serious Journalist.

After leaving the Valley, and moving to the mid-size market of San Antonio and away from family and friends, the catty comments started coming. Some of my colleagues, especially, laughed and sniped behind my back. I knew it and I ignored it. My news director brought me in and said “perhaps you should consider the way you say your name.” I ignored him. I refused to homogenize my name and identity for the sake of my job and instead stayed true to my heritage. It was the decade of the Hispanics, after all.

Several markets later, and arriving in the 2nd largest TV Market in the country of Los Angeles, the hate or bullying heated up. It was there, the biggest Latino market next to Mexico City that the hate mail started arriving. “You’re too Latina,” one cowardly and anonymous person wrote. Another suggested I should “go back to México!” As Anchor Jen openly told the author of her egregious email and her viewers, “you don’t know me.” Little did my haters know I am a 4th generation Texan, whose family goes back hundreds of years…before Tejas was taken by the Texians. The common Tejano saying goes, “the border crossed us.” We still own part of a major land grant.

Consistently, some colleagues in all the TV markets where I worked, friends, I wrongly thought, generated some of this bullying. In one market, one co-anchor with an air of much superiority, turned to me and pointedly asked, “Why do you say your name that way?” A not-so-kind, icy query. Another one would encounter me in the hallway and loudly mimic me, “Minerrrrrva Pérrrrrez.” I laughed as his insulting words. Another one said the way I pronounced my name “jarred the ear.” Jarred the ear? This, while they all went out of their way to correctly pronounce Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They went crazy with French names. Latino names? Not so much.

Conversely, I also received a lot of praise from Latinos in every community in which I worked. They loved that I represented them proudly in what they considered a not-so-welcoming “white world.” To see me on TV was to see themselves.

Jennifer Livingston’s criticism by a male viewer is typical and discriminatory. Only female anchors are targeted. There are many men, some currently on national and local TV, who could use a trim down.

Why don’t viewers approach them about their weight? Not an issue when it comes to male anchors. The question is WHY?

For a time, due to chronic illness and badly prescribed medications, not to mention Menopause, I too was a “plump anchor.” Sadly, men in TV can’t or won’t understand that one. Neither does the average Joe. One male viewer picked up the phone, called in and told the AP that answered, “tell Minerva she’s been eating too many cookies.” I was 7 months pregnant for darn sake! Even a local columnist took it upon himself to send a message. Without naming names, the columnist wrote about “plump anchors.” It, no doubt, came from the inside as a veiled message to me. That is bullying and to top it off, it was done in a cowardly fashion.

To describe what happened to me for years, is now described as “bullying,” the new catch phrase. I was a victim my entire career and chose to ignore it for fear of more personal attacks. So cheers to Jennifer Livingston who chose not to. She’s speaking for all of us who were “bullied” then and now.

Minerrrrva Pérrrrez
Executive Producer/Show Creator
Latina Voices: Smart Talk
Past President of the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals HAHMP
Lifetime member, National Association of Hispanic Journalists NAHJ

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Houston media sports moves

Looks like the Houston sports media scene is getting some changes...from TV, newspaper and radio.

KPRC 2 MMJ Gary Striewski moves to the station's sports department according to Twitter chatter. Messages of congratulations from Striewski's colleagues about his going to the sports department gave the move away. He came to Houston from KGWN 5 in Cheyenne, Wyoming last May. KPRC 2 sports guy Adam Clanton left the station in August to host a show on 1560 KGOW with John Wessling.

Speaking of KPRC sports...the NBC affiliate lost two sports photographers to the new Comcast Sportsnet Houston channel. Both Allen Reid and Daryl George are now NBC dudes and still getting to shoot Houston sports.

Houston Chronicle baseball writer Zachary Levine announced on twitter he is moving on, "Don't know where I'm headed next, but I'll keep tweeting and keep you posted." Chronicle sports editor Nick Mathews added, "To Mr. @zacharylevine, as your editor and a reader, I thank you most sincerely for your amazing work at @HoustonChron. You will be missed." is reporting that Houston Astros announcers Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond, who along with Milo Hamilton, have called games for the last seven years are out. Brian McTaggart writes the duo's contracts were not renewed so the team will have a totally brand new broadcasting team for 2013.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Top Houston media chickens?

I told you before about the Houston media turkey calling contest 10am, Saturday, November 10th at the Houston Zoo. Now I can report things are coming together.

It's all to promote the TXU Energy Turkey Trot benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services. The race takes place at Dillard’s near the Galleria on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012.

The Houston media participants are being invited and booked right now, but I understand some of them might be more chicken than turkey? Yeah, apparently some TV types in this town are the wrong type of barnyard animal and not accepting the turkey call invitations!

It's time to talk turkey and quit messing around.

Stay tuned for names of the booked participants and the big host of the event.

Get all the details for the race and Sheltering Arms Senior Services at

(This post has been sponsored by TXU Energy. Learn more about the company at

VIDEO: Network anchors uncut over satellite feeds

TV anchors and reporters in front of the camera can always be "live" - not necessarily on TV, but satellite.  Case in point, here are a few "live on satellite" videos of major network folks you can find on YouTube.

These are so-called backhaul or wildfeeds that people with satellite receivers or who work at TV stations recorded of the network stars. Generally the feeds are for affiliates so the network anchors can promo their shows on local newscasts.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Bob Goosmann is NewsRadio 1080 KRLD's new chief met

Local broadcasting veteran Bob Goosmann has been named chief meteorologist for NewsRadio 1080 KRLD, effective immediately.

“Bob lives and breathes North Texas weather, and greatly respects KRLD’s commitment to accurate and dependable forecast information every ten minutes” said Bruce Gilbert, Vice President of News/Talk/Sports Programming for CBS RADIO Dallas-Fort Worth. “NewsRadio 1080 KRLD listeners can rely on him, not only for accurate forecasts, but also for the information they need to stay safe when severe weather strikes.”

Goosmann is an award-winning meteorologist with twenty-six years’ experience in radio and television. Most recently, he was chief meteorologist for KDAF-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth. Prior to that, he held the same position at KDVR-TV in Denver. He also served as chief meteorologist for KRLD’s sister CBS Television station KTVT (CBS 11) in Dallas-Fort Worth for nine years. In addition, he has worked at stations in Providence, Rhode Island and Richmond, Virginia.

Goosmann’s work has been recognized with awards from the Associated Press, the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Press Club of Dallas. He holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the AMS Seal.

(This post is from a release sent to me by CBS Dallas)

Stephen Dean joins WRTV Indianapolis

The last time we heard from former KPRC 2 investigative reporter Stephen Dean, he had just resigned from WSYX 6 in Columbus, Ohio citing journalistic ethics issues.

But you don't have to worry about this Peabody Award winning journalist's employment, because he just got a new investigative job.

Dean's new station is E. W. Scripps owned WRTV in Indianapolis, Indiana (TV market #26). In those parts the station is known as RTV6.

WRTV is run by former KPRC 2 general manager Larry Blackerby. Blackerby left Houston in 2011 for Indianapolis.

"I admired his management style and his careful and methodical approach to decision making at Local 2, and I had always hoped I’d get to work with him again," Dean told "Most of us at Local 2 felt like he was the best GM we could have ever worked for. Morale was at an all-time high when he was there."

Dean and his wife, Cindy, are happy they get to stay close to their hometown of Columbus. When he left Houston for Columbus, Dean told me it was his dream to return to his hometown.

"When my original effort to head home to Columbus exploded in flames, I was humbled to get a couple other offers presented to me within 24-hours of word hitting your page and other industry sites," Dean told me. "While staying in Houston was an appealing thought, it was never really in the cards."

Dean says when he was thinking about leaving KPRC to get closer to home, Blackerby was his first phone call. He says there wasn't an opportunity at that point, but Blackerby recently focused on building the station's investigative unit.

"The station also has some of the ratings challenges that faced Local 2, and I admire Larry’s plan of attack and I’m ready to be a part of it," Dean said. "Larry knows what I bring to the table from his years at Local 2, and he wants the kind of journalism that I’m best at for his station.

"I did the best work of my 28-year career at Local 2, and all I’ve wanted to do is continue what I had built when I was having the most fun in Houston. Now here’s the guy who was in charge of the station during that time, so I get to go back to serious digging and compelling journalism."

Dean starts at RTV6 later this month.

New DFW newscast, Houston sports changes and more

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Dallas TV drops in demos
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‘TMZ Live’ Now In Dallas
KDFW Fox 4 will air 'TMZ Live' at 1pm.

Myers campaign launches 'WFAA Sucks' protest and money bomb
The John Jay Myers for US Senate campaign is targeting WFAA TV again for their refusal to include their candidate in the statewide "Belo Debate" broadcast scheduled for October 2.

Comcast SportsNet Houston launches Monday
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Astros' Milo Hamilton signs off with style in final home game
Milo Hamilton's ended his career as a full-time Houston Astros broadcaster after almost six decades with seven major league clubs, including 28 years with the Astros.
- Calvin Murphy returning to Rockets’ telecasts

KFNC adds Chronicle's Solomon to midday show
Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon will return to ESPN Radio affiliate KFNC (97.5 FM) as part of a programming shuffle accompanying longtime host Carl Dukes' departure for Atlanta station WCGZ.

Minerva Perez in new movie
Latina Voices host Minerva Perez is in a new movie called In Search of the American Dream. It's a movie by former KTRK 13 intern Baldemar Rodriguez.

Z Rock 106.9 FM Returns In Web Form
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Bring Ann Curry To KPRC Local 2 News
Yep...someone really wants NBC's Ann Curry to work at KPRC 2 and started a Facebook page to make it happen.

S.A. TV giant Bill Moll retiring as KLRN chief
After three years as KLRN CEO and president, Bill Moll said he is passing the public TV “mantle of responsibility” to Executive Vice President/Station Manager Mario Vasquez. Vasquez officially starts his new duties
- KLRN: TV blackout ends

Austin couple featured on ‘The Amazing Race’
Reality TV’s love affair with the Austin area is still going strong.

London Broadcasting Signs a Definitive Agreement to Acquire Fox Affiliates in Abilene and San Angelo
London Broadcasting Company announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Texas television stations KXVA-TV, Abilene; KIDY-TV, San Angelo; KIDU-CD, Brownwood; KIDB-LD, Sweetwater; KIDV-CD, Albany; and KIDT-CD, Stamford, from Bayou City Broadcasting, LLC, a company controlled by DuJuan McCoy.

- Houston lost the space shuttle to this?
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