Friday, May 16, 2014

Britta Merwin joins KPRC 2 as meteorologist

Britta Merwin joins KPRC 2 as weekend morning meteorologist after years away from KCRA Sacramento; Idolina Peralez exits

UPDATE MAY 19, 2014
KPRC 2 sees two departures over the weekend

Britta Merwin
Britta Merwin

UPDATE 5/24/2014
*Britta Merwin started today on KPRC Local 2's Saturday morning newscast.

According to internal KPRC memos obtained by mikemcguff.com, weekend morning meteorologist Idolina Peralez is leaving the Houston NBC affiliate this weekend after a year on the green screen.

The memo says Peralez, who previously went by Idolina Walker at KIFI, is taking her career in a different direction.

So who is replacing Peralez?

The answer, found in another memo, is Britta Merwin who formerly worked at KCRA Sacramento, CA. TVSpy reported in 2011 that Merwin, who was seven months pregnant at the time, was leaving California and moving to Florida to be with her husband, who was training to be a Coast Guard pilot.

Looks like she decided to make her TV return in Houston! And we are a perfect place to work if you are married to a member of the Coast Guard.

Merwin could be a familiar face to KPRC viewers because she used to work at NBC Weather Plus and CNBC. Other stops in her local TV news career include KNSD San Diego and News 12 New Jersey.

According to various bios I could fine for Merwin over the years, she was born in San Antonio. She graduated from Stony Brook University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences-Meteorology with Cum Laude honors. While at the university, she was also captain of the cheerleading squad.

Merwin might be the first TV talent I've written about to have her own entry in the online urban dictionary.

I contacted Peralez for comment, but did not hear back. As for Merwin, I couldn't find a way to contact her. She has no social media accounts that I could find under her TV name.

No word on when Merwin starts at KPRC, but in the meantime, you can watch video of her work over the years embedded below:






12 comments:

  1. She looks like she'd be carded if she tried to buy a beer on Washington.

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  2. Anon, Idolina Peralez leaving Houston ?

    What is going on over there at KPRC-TV ?

    They're turning into the news station of the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team: one and done non stop.

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    1. A better comparison would be the NBA team the Toronto Raptors. Everyone on the team hops on and then leaves.

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  3. Hey Mike McGuff, why doesn't Eric Braate get consideration for this role? He seemed to fill in more during the week than Idolina did. Weird. She never seemed to assume the big part that Mary Lee had here.

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    1. I think Braate is executive producer for weather. Would such a move be a demotion?

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  4. It does seem to be a bit of a revolving door over there. However, among other recent changes I was happy (and not surprised) to see Lauren get bumped out of the weekday morning news slot. Rachael is a grand improvement.

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  5. Anyone got the skinny on where Idolina is heading?

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  6. It is all about Frank. Every body else in the weather department at KPRC is a lame duck, any time and any place.

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  7. I love all the people at KPRC but thought Idolina just didn't fit in...she just didn't have that spark the rest of the crew has. Britta is a cutie pie & a welcome addition to the KPRC weather team!!!

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  8. Get your degree, work 1 year, then go to start an online business with your husband. Mary Lee was a tough act to follow.

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  9. Hopefully, Idolina found a Spanish speaking gig as English was obviously her second language.

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  10. Merwin is smart and pretty but seems to have a bit of camera fright. We'll see how long she lasts.

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