Monday, January 21, 2013

Jane McGarry to WFAA, new Houston meteorologist and more


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Former NBC 5 anchor Jane McGarry returning to TV on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas
Jane McGarry hasn’t been on TV since May 2012, after pleading no guilty to a DWI charge and leaving KXAS-TV (Channel 5). But she’s set to hit TV screens again on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas.
- Former NBC5 anchor Jane McGarry talks about returning to TV with 5-part series on WFAA8's Good Morning Texas

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Fox4 meteorologist Ron Jackson gets his gray on
Veteran Fox4 meteorologist Ron Jackson's official station website picture hasn't quite caught up yet with his latter day on-air look

NBC5 saying goodbye to sports anchor-reporter Matt Barrie, who's heading to ESPN
Matt Barrie, a distinctive, live wire sports anchor-reporter for NBC5 since joining the Fort Worth-based station in 2008, has decided to take his considerable talents to ESPN.

Dick Siegel Dies at 73
One half of the legendary “Hal and Dick” team on WBAP has passed away at age 73. Dick Siegel suffered a heart attack.

Longtime radio man Legendary Ron Champan recovers from pre-Christmas stroke
Ron Chapman, who’s meant more to Dallas radio than electricity, suffered a stroke December 23.

Conspiracy theories cloud CSN's distribution progress
Just as expectations escalate and tempers flare at the midpoint of the NBA season with the clock ticking toward baseball's spring training, words and emotions fly thick and fast in Houston's latest spectator sport: chatting, speculating and grousing about the carriage developments, or not, of Comcast SportsNet Houston.

For some TV reporters, a 'fan' can become a danger
Andrea Nguyen was excited about her new job as a television reporter in San Diego. It was her first chance to work in a big city market. The Houston native didn't have time for a social life. After work, Nguyen would usually just drive home.

Dallas' longest-running radio show goes silent
"Soul 730 is no longer broadcasting on the radio," the station's website reads. "The frequency has been sold to another company. We thank you for listening and for all your support."

Ex-Texans player Payne joining KILT’s midday radio show
Former Texans defensive lineman Seth Payne will join Mike Meltser as co-host of KILT’s (610 AM) midday “Mad Radio” talk show beginning Monday, the station announced.

Houston Chronicle reporter fired for stripper gig lands new journalism job
Sarah Tressler, 30, was fired in April as a society reporter for the newspaper after failing to inform her supervisors of her after-hours career, which she chronicled on her blog, “Diary of an Angry Stripper.”

Sans takes job in KTMD Houston
Irene Sans has been named Chief Meteorologist at KTMD-47, Telemundo Houston.

KTSU Radio volunteer behind bars for ID theft
A former KTSU Radio volunteer is behind bars on accusations he stole personal information from hundreds of donors.

The most-watched TV shows in Houston for 2012
Here are the most-watched shows on Houston television during 2012, ranked by the average number of total viewers in the Houston market, which has just under six million viewers age 2 or over.

Houston Dynamo switches to new radio partner
The Houston Dynamo has not renewed its English-language radio partnership with Clear Channel Communications Inc., inking a new multiyear deal instead with Gow Media.

Ashby’s TV deal leads return of Astros favorites
Former Astros announcer Alan Ashby has agreed to rejoin the team as a television analyst and play-by-play announcer for Astros games on Comcast SportsNet Houston.

Former Astros Broadcaster Brett Dolan Talks About Awkward Formats, Milo Hamilton and the New Astros Front Office
Many Astros fans were shocked at the news that radio voices Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond had been dismissed from the team the day after the season ended.

KSBJ named one of the best Christian workplaces for fourth straight year
KSBJ has been named one of the Best Christian Workplaces of 2013 by the research-based organizational and human resources consulting firm, Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI).

Jeff Vaughn to Anchor for WXYZ
Former KENS 5 anchor Jeff Vaughn heads north to WXYZ with David Solano.

Amy Hadley returns to YNN as anchor
After spending the past two-plus years in Prague, Amy Hadley has returned, anchoring the midday newscasts on Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour local news channel.

Listening Post Shutting Down; Final Scorecard On Austin TV News Teams
Bill Church's breakdowns Austin’s best newscast, best anchors, reporters, etc.

KUT launches sister station
KUTX 98.9 FM will be purely music all the time while it’s sister, KUT 90.5, will be news and talk radio.

London closes on Texas TV package
London Broadcasting Company expanded its Texas group, and deal was further notable for the ROI enjoyed by the seller.

Former KTSM anchor Ben Swann taking heat for viral Sandy Hook video
Former El Paso television news anchor Ben Swann is taking national heat for a report that has gone viral questioning whether the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut was really the work of a lone gunman.

KLAQ radio host splits from station after 12 years
El Paso talk radio legend Teresa Provencio is out at KLAQ Radio.

Former KVII Anchor Killed in Head-On Collision
A.J. Swope, former anchor and reporter for KVII was killed in a head-on car crash.

Abilene meteorologist spotted in 'The Guilt Trip'
On the TV in the bar, there's a news show with the weather forecast for the area. But that's no actor on the small screen. That's KTXS-TV chief meteorologist Mark Rowlett.

Abilene FM station drops ESPN Radio, now broadcasting CBS Sports Radio
Abilene's 98.1-FM The Ticket followed a national decision made by Cumulus Media — which owns 98.1 — to switch from ESPN Radio to CBS Sports Radio.

Texas’ Herald-Banner names editor
Caleb Slinkard has been named editor and online editor of the Herald-Banner.

Belo Corp. Television Stations Provided 135 Candidates Free Airtime
Television company Belo Corp. announced today that its stations provided free airtime to 135 congressional and gubernatorial candidates across the U.S. during the 2012 election season through the Company's "It's Your Time" program.

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