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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Fox 26's new weekend sportscaster...Rita Garcia?

Keith Calkins
Keith Calkins
Rita Garcia is filling in on sports for Fox 26 KRIV

With Fox 26 KRIV's 20+ year weekend sportscaster Keith Calkins not on the station anymore, I wondered who would be doing sports this weekend.

I watched Fox 26 KRIV's 5pm weekend show tonight and anchor Rita Garcia was filling in on sports in a segment called "Sports in 2."

In a two minute package format, complete with a countdown clock, Garcia voiced the day's sports news. Garcia's performance was a home run by the way.

Rita Garcia
Rita Garcia
We'll see if "Sports in 2" continues until someone is hired or not.

It's not a good time to be a sports anchor/reporter in local TV news. While NBC, CBS and Fox are all building cable sports networks to rival dominant player ESPN, there have been some local TV stations across the country cutting sports departments in recent years.

Speaking of sportscasters, in addition to Calkins, we've seen Houston's own  Bob Allen of KTRK abc13 and KHOU 11's Butch Alsandor leave their TV stations in 2013.

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