Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Can you imagine Houston TV after Dave Ward?

Dave Ward wants to hit 50 years with KTRK abc13 - but what happens to us after that?

Bob Allen, Laura Ward, Dave Ward
While I was on my blogging break, David Barron wrote about Dave Ward's latest contract extension. Ward's goal is to stay on KTRK abc13 for 50 years.

Then it hit me...we will one day have Houston TV without Dave Ward (I guess we had David Ward for a spell, but that's a different story).

As I said on the radio a few weeks ago, on the day I was born, The Houston Chronicle listed Ward, Ed Brandon and Bob Allen as the talent on that day's Live at 5 in the TV section.

From hurricanes to wars, Ward has been there giving us the details for decades. Others like me only know life with Dave Ward on TV! Seriously, he's probably been more consistently in the lives of Houstonians than family members.

Just on this blog alone, I've watched Ward hit the 40 year milestone, 45 year milestone to last year just announcing, "They’ll probably carry me out of [KTRK abc13] feet first."

All good things must come to an end though (unless Ward can become virtual like Max Headroom).

So that leads us to who will take over Ward's main anchor chair at Houston's top rated station KTRK?

Will it be?
A) Tom Koch
B) Art Rascon
C) Tom Abrahams
D) Erik Barajas
E) Another internal candidate
F) Someone from the outside

If I were a betting man, I'd pick D. Why? You never bet against the Barajas TV Dynasty. It is their destiny!

If this prognostication becomes true, I will link back to this post over and over again forcing you to call me by the snazzy name "The Newstradamus of H-Town." If it doesn't happen, you'll never see a link to this post again.  This is preparing me for a life as a political pundit one day.

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27 comments:

  1. Call me a Ron Trevino fan-boy but I'd really like to see his name on this list. It's also too bad you don't have any women on your list. There are some talented women anchors in the Houston market that could show some of these fellas up! ;-)

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    1. I would doubt they would replace Dave Ward with a woman. Call it sexist, but you rarely see two female anchors on any TV station's night newscasts. Mornings and AM time slots are a different story as KTRK regularly has two female anchors Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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    2. Sorry - I guess I misunderstood your question to mean that after Ward is gone another station in town might become the "top rated station" - thus opening the field to really ANYONE in or out of the market. Also, Gina Gaston gets not honorable mention here?

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    3. Gina already has the job next to him and her time with Ward has only been a blip on the radar for his long career.

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    4. I got 2 words for y'all on who will replace Dave Ward at Ch. 13 when he retires or dies on the job: TOM KOCH.

      Koch is an obvious choice to get the prime-time spot to succeed Ward. It'll be great to see Tom & Gina at the anchor desk together again.

      Assuming Koch replaces Ward in the evening weeknights, the choice on who'll replace Koch in the mornings would be Tom Abrahams.

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    5. I agree. Tom Koch is the best choice.

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  2. I think it's probably Barajas also.

    The quality of that newscast has gone down so much over the past couple of years (including problems even getting the damn thing on the air at times!) that I'm not sure it will matter so much who the next guy is, although he will probably get more blame than he deserves.

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    1. I think it will be a difficult transition for anyone who replaces a Houston TV icon like Dave Ward.

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    2. I'll forgive those problems if you give me some sweet and sticky erik barajas. yummy!!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. It won't be difficult for ANYONe to transition into Dave Ward's position. Maybe a month, but after that... nah! Younger viewers don't care.

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  3. You know, more power to Dave Ward. Pulling something like this is you putting up with the network, the network putting up with you, and the network lasting long enough to make such a feat possible. I personally think Houston TV without Dave Ward is like Houston TV without another legend- Marvin Zindler. Television is an industry, and industries have to evolve and have new stars to ensure its future success. ABC 13 will be no different.

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  4. Tom Abrahams would make a better replacement anchor for Dave Ward than Erik Barajas, in my opinion. Tom is a proven well rounded journalist. He earned my respect particularly during the state and national election coverage. Erik comes across as a "male trophy" type journalist relying too much on his looks. I could be wrong...

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    1. I'd strongly prefer TOM KOCH to replace Dave Ward at KTRK Ch. 13

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  5. I's pretty obvious Tom Abrahams has been groomed to be a replacement for Ward for years.

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  6. I would like Tom Koch, he and Gina have some of the best chemistry together than any other in this city! But Tom Abrahams would also be great! In fact anybody but the awkward Erik Barajas. Used to love Eyewitness News at 4 before he joined, so wooden and rehearsed to me.

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  7. As a ABC 13 viewer for years and years my pick would have to be Tom Abrahams....I feel he is Houston's best anchor and journalist...Tom has had my respect for years... Tom is believable and down to earth. Tom's political knowledge blows away anyone at 13....not to mention his professionalism. Yes Erik is good looking, but so is Tom Abrahams....When the time comes ABC 13 should pick Tom.

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  8. When the time comes whether he retires or passes away, no one will really care about Dave Ward. Just like Marvin Zindler you will remember the past and then move on. Honestly, only old people or the old heads will care. For young people, it's time to get some new blood in there. I don't think it will be hard for ANYONE to transition into that position because it's LONG overdue. Erik Barajas is extremely attractive and talented I would LOVE to see him take over the 10pm spot, but I wouldn't be disappointed if Tom Koch took over. He can be both funny and serious. Tom Abrahamson while he's a good journalist is just too mechanical. He hardly smiles on the fluff stories. I would Like to see Barajas first and then Koch. They are already getting ready for Ward's demise, by having fill-ins. I don't think anyone below 50 will care about whether Ward stays or goes.

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    1. Do young people watch tv news?

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    2. Keep beating that drum Sparky.

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  9. My vote is Tom Abrams.

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  10. LOL...Young people could care less about the news...why do you think our country is in this mess? They get their news from rappers tweets. I like Koch, but not for my evening news.
    Erik is like a male cheerleader...He would be better doing the sports. "Fluff" stories are silly...just give me the news that matters....Tom Abrahams is the best one for the position.

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  11. Any of the candidates listed would be fine, EXCEPT Art Rascon! His constant bumbling and messing up even reading the teleprompter is embarrassing, and enough to make me turn the channel whenever he is on! He would be better suited for a skit on SNL!

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  12. I like Tom Koch and Gina Gaston together. I like Art Rascon with Melanie Lawson. Tom Abrahams can take Tom Koch's places in the mornings like he did a few years back and I like Erik Barajas but I think he is too young for the 6 & 10pm news.

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  13. Hey Mike McGuff, Is Erik Barajas replacing Dave Ward at KTRK 13 when he retires after 50 years.

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  14. definitely tom koch is the ideal candidate to have the job.

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  15. Tom Koch or Art Rascon are the perfect choices. But please NOT Erik Barajas. He is too ugly. If Erick takes over, then I will stop watching channel 13 completely. When he gives out the news I change the TV to channel 11 or 2. I just can't stand the man. He seems to be to pushy. He acts like he wants to be the only one to give out the news. He sometimes doesn't give the other news anchor a chance to talk.

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