Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Samica Knight promoted as new KTRK abc13 anchor; Katie McCall to report

Samica Knight plays switch-a-roo with Katie McCall to become new KTRK abc13 weekend morning anchor

UPDATE MARCH 07, 2014
Katie McCall exits KTRK abc13

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This post is brought to you by my son throwing up in the car last night so that means we're going to make this post a fast one and there might be fewer posts the rest of the week.

Young people coming up in the broadcast business say things are not official until they appear in mikemcguff.com. I appreciate the compliment, but the following is official because it was added to the newscast open.

It's been coming for weeks, and now KTRK abc13 reporter Samica Knight is the new weekend morning co-anchor for longtime staffer Elissa Rivas.

Knight returned to KTRK in 2010 as a reporter (she had interned at the ABC owned station in the mid-2000s). Before that she worked at WHP CBS 21 in Harrisburg, PA, KXXV Waco and KSAN San Angelo.

Since Knight arrived at KTRK, I've heard she would be a rising star and her quick elevation in job status proves that. Will she be a main anchor at the station in a few years? (See what I did, if that happens in the future, then I can claim I predicted it years ago. If not, no one will remember my prediction anyway.)

As for Katie McCall, who has been anchoring in that spot since 2009, I hear she wants to have normal weekday hours, so that's when you'll find her reporting from now on.

McCall returned to Houston after working at CBS owned Chicago station WBBM. Before that Houston viewers will remember her time at Channel 39 KHCW KIAH.

Let me pull a psychic moment like Shawn Spencer on USA's Psych (Don't you think actor James Roday could play Jim Morrison in a biopic?) and predict I could be updating this post by the end of the year.

UPDATE MARCH 07, 2014
Katie McCall exits KTRK abc13

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Knight and Rivas laughing at the open of the last Sunday's 6am that they are featuring a story on the Houston Texans' announcer when the Texans are not yet playing.


21 comments:

  1. Hmmm, now that Katie no longer is an anchor, will her pay be reduced?

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    1. I certainly hope not!

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    2. I think Katie got the shaft. Looks like the old hire and promote game using the "quota system" is not dead! A real shame.

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  2. Now that Samica Knight became a weekend morning anchor at KTRK, Is Katie McCall gonna anchor KTRK's 11am and 4pm shows in place of Ilona Carson?

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  3. Big mistake by 13.

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  4. Congratulations! She's wonderful and the best dressed anchor at the station!

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  5. Why is it a big mistake? Samica is very beautiful, outgoing, and talented! Stop being such a hater. Congratulations Samica! Way to go!

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  6. It appears Gina may need to rethink her spot. I would be happy for Samica to take her place. After all she kicked Shara Fryer out of the chair. Karma drives a bus.

    I hope Katie really did want the normal hours and its not just a cover story too.

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    1. Wow..Samica as the main anchor next to Dave Ward. That would be a fast move up.

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    2. Gina didn't kick Shara Fryer out of the chair; she was ready to retire.

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  7. No offense to anyone, but Gina Gaston is hard on the eyes and always sounds like she has a food in her mouth--and her outfits and hair look like she just walked out of a thrift shop. Samica is refreshing to watch.

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    1. you have no class. gina is a good anchor and one of the best dressed anchors in houston.

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  8. Who cares what someone looks like! It's news! Gina is a wonderful anchor. I'm so tired of people putting news people down about what they look like! It news. If you want to see pretty women then they have places for that. Gina is great at what she does. She didn't just kick shara fryer out! Shara was sick and decided to leave. I loved Shara and I watched 13 news since I was a boy, so for 38 years I have watched. They have the best team period.

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  9. Gina sucks, Sharon sucks and Samica.
    I would go with Lona Carson. They should all take notes from the Fox News Channel. all of those brawls are smart and sharply dressed. Maybe gina liberism can takeover Fredrika of CNN. They're both biased but at least she's better than Fredrika.
    The hell with all of them period. I listen to Shara Fryer on 74.0 am, Houston

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  10. Samica's talented and does a good job of presenting the news. But she's still not in Katie's league.

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  11. What?!?!?! Kate McCall was the hottest thing on that station. I will miss seeing those beautiful blue eyes in the morning..........Bring her back!!!

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  12. Give me back Katie on a consistant basis. Good bye Ilona, or Gina. No issues with Samica. Channel 13 your slipping..

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  13. I miss Katie McCall....WHERE IS SHE!!! Bring her back. If she really wants regular hours..then have all three weekend anchors switch off. We like her and want to see her!

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  14. What a cackle fest. It's a shame. Can't even get away from a bunch of hens tack about there damn close at 4am. Miss the good old days when it was straight business. Not this home invasion mixed with fashion show. LAME!

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  15. well nothing replaces gina gaston

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  16. Get a life people! All the anchors and reporters at Channel 13 are professional and dress professionally. They are the most diverse TV station in Texas. I appreciate the management, staff and whatever decisions they make to remain as the number one new spot in Houston!

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