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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Houston and TX TV & radio job moves while I was away...there are lots of them

A roundup of Houston and Texas TV moves and departures since I went on vacation in early July...lot's of action around the state.

Chris McDonald starts at KHOU 11 this week as an assignments editor he confirmed to me. Fox 26 KRIV, McDonald's previous employer where he worked as the assignments desk manager, posted on Facebook in late June that McDonald was taking a news director position in Victoria, TX.

Got word that News92FM reporter Pattie Shieh is leaving KROI and moving on to LyondellBasell.

Larry Giele has joined CBS 11 (KTVT-TV) and TXA 21 (KTXA-TV) as controller. Giele comes to the stations from WKYC in Cleveland, where he held the same position.

Bob French has been Chief Meteorologist and weeknight weather anchor at KBTX since 1990. That appears to be no more. Right before I left on vacation I got a tip he was gone and now his KBTX social media accounts and bio page have been erased. The station reported in May that French was on extended leave to attend to family matters.

Gary Striewski leaves KPRC for NESN
Gary Striewski put a year in at KPRC 2 and jets off to New England's NESN.

Jeff McShan leaves KHOU for Harris County District Attorney's Office PIO gig
Jeff McShan gives up KHOU for the Harris County District Attorney's Office PIO position.

Mary Lee to leave KPRC 2 for California
Mary Lee leaves KPRC 2 after arriving at the station in 2010.

Garry Seith no longer in CBS11's weather picture
Veteran meteorologist Garry Seith, who has been working the weekday early morning shift at CBS11, is “no longer with the station."

Scott Padgett joing CBS11 as new early morn meteorologist
CBS11 has named Scott Padgett of Miami’s WPLG-TV as its new weekday morning meteorologist.

Tragedy: Jon Dillon is no longer on 92.5 KZPS-FM
Jon Dillon’s career in Dallas radio dates back to 1969, when he was, for a while, the sole voice of KFAD-FM, which briefly poked its head out of the rock-and-roll underground from 94.9 on your FM dial.
- Jon Dillon, the voice of classic rock in Dallas when it was still ‘underground,’ is out at KZPS

The Mack Show on 700 KSEV
Mack has taken “leave” from the afternoon show on KSEV.

Traffic reporter at KENS moving on
KENS-TV traffic reporter Natalie Tejeda will be busy making her own travel plans soon.

Mike Barajas' son moves to KSAT
If you followed my Facebook page, last week you would have seen that Bill Barajas, is moving up to a higher TV market his dad, Mike Barajas told me. Currently the younger Barajas is at KRGV in the Rio Grande. But starting next month, Bill moves up to KSAT

Labbe Named WOAI News Director
Blaise Labbe, KCTV Kansas City news director, has been named director of news for Sinclair's WOAI-KABB San Antonio.

KVUE Defenders add Austin American-Statesman’s Tony Plohetski
KVUE’s long-standing and award winning investigative unit, The Defenders, grows even stronger by adding Austin American-Statesman investigative journalist Tony Plohetski to the team.

Weekend anchor Jenni Lee departs Fox 7
KTBC and Jenni Lee, the station’s weekend news anchor, have parted ways.

Paul Cicala leaving KVIA
Channel 7-KVIA sports director Paul Cicala is leaving and returning to his hometown of Tucson.

El Paso’s KVIA Adds Reporter
Collin Carroll will join El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA as a multimedia journalist.

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