Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Darby Douglas to return to KHOU 11

After 5 year absence, Darby Douglas returns to KHOU 11

UPDATE OCTOBER 05, 2014
Katherine Whaley joins KTRK abc13

Here is something out of the surprise file. After exiting KHOU in 2009, the very popular Darby Douglas is returning to channel 11 to do traffic. Douglas' replacement, Katherine Whaley, will remain at the station as a reporter (watch an old clip of Darby Douglas on KHOU 11).

UPDATE JULY 16, 2014
Darby Douglas' father dies hours before his KHOU return

More from the KHOU 11 press release:

Darby Douglas
Darby Douglas
KHOU 11, Houston’s CBS affiliate, announced today that Darby Douglas will return to report the traffic on KHOU 11 News This Morning, beginning in early July. Douglas will help navigate Houstonians on their morning commute weekdays from 4:30-7 a.m. as the station’s traffic anchor.

“Darby is a one-of-a-kind guy, there’s nothing cookie cutter about him. He’s not just another morning traffic guy—Darby’s a storyteller. He loves weaving a personal yarn or two as he shares his wisdom on how to beat the latest freeway mess,” said KHOU 11 Executive News Director Phil Bruce. “That’s his passion, talking to people and being completely authentic in what he says and how he presents himself. After all these years on the air in Houston, Darby Douglas is a friendly voice and a familiar face viewers know they can count on. We’re looking forward to having him back in the KHOU Family.”

Douglas has over 28 years of radio and television experience, most recently holding the position of Assistant Director of Operations/Houston at Total Traffic Network. Douglas is also heard on the airwaves as the weekday afternoon traffic anchor as part of Clear Channel Media & Entertainment’s nine Houston stations.

Katherine Whaley
Katherine Whaley
Viewers may remember Douglas as the morning traffic reporter at KHOU, a post he held from 1996-2009. He was also voted “Houston's Ultimate Traffic Reporter” by the Houston Chronicle in 2005.

Douglas is a native Houstonian who graduated from Stratford High School and attended the University of Houston. In his down time, Douglas enjoys playing a round golf, watching college football and spending time with his family.

Katherine Whaley, who has been reporting the traffic since 2009, will continue as a reporter for the station. Whaley, the station’s resident foodie, has most recently been instrumental in the development of the popular Food Truck Fridays segment.

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27 comments:

  1. Katherine Whaley can report news? And how is this going to help KHOUs ratings?

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  2. doesn't look like she eats much. Maybe only on Friday's for report.

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  3. Darby back on the air doing traffic is wonderful!!!!! I was so upset by the news that he left five years ago, but I am glad that KHOU decided to give another look and welcome back Darby!!!! Kudos to KHOU for making this right decision!!!!! :)

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  4. It's simple: When Darby was let go, David was the AM Meteorologist. Now that Chita is the AM Meteorologist, they don't need another white female. What are they lacking? A white male!

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  5. Katherine did news reporting and anchoring in Lafayette, La., before she came here for the traffic gig. I'm assuming they're wishing/hoping/praying Darby's return will get more people to watch their struggling AM show.

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    1. No, I'm sure they are doing this because they hope no one watches. DUH! Why do you think ANY station makes choices on anchors? Do you think KPRC has that goofball Ruben on because he's such a thoughtful journalist? The morning news landscape in Houston shows all four local stations pretty close in the ratings most days. The right person can turn the tide. That's how Channel 2 went from fourth to second almost overnight. And Ch 13, in spite of what the promos say, is a shadow of what it was ratings wise. Insiders know this is anybody's game right now. So enter Darby Douglas. We will see.

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  6. I can't figure any of this out. Tv managers are now hiring hot babes for ratings, like channel 11 has in the morning, but the show lags in the back of the pack ratings-wise. Instead they bring in a middle aged white man who they dumped before to boost ratings. I'll never get this industry.

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  7. Will miss Katherine Whaley in the morning..thought she did a great job! Put her back on at noon?

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  8. How long before Whaley decides to leave KHOU-TV to get a better job ? I mean KHOU is DESPERATE for attention. I don't watch their morning show anyways (I watch Ch. 13 and will continue to watch them via online).

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    1. You sound so smart. Really smart. Really.

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  9. Now, let's make things interesting and put Lanny Griffith back on the Fox 26 traffic beat!

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  10. Darby who? I love seeing Lily, Chita and Katherine first thing in the morning.

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  11. I have always watched CH 11 in the morning. I LOVE RON and Mia and Lily too. Chita is great in morning. I loved Darby before Katherine stepped in. But am sure now that the station has Gannett as ownership can move the top traffic reporter back. I listen to Darby on the Radio. Katherine I didn't even like at Noon with Ron. Shern Min is Great there with him.

    But always nice to hear the best Traffic reporter out there. Don is ok with CH 13 and Lanny was great when was with Fox 26 but now is on with 92.1 associated with Channel 11.

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  12. Listen, if you are struggling int the ratings w/ Lilly, Chita, and Whaley....bringing Darby back ain't gonna help! I guess people really don't care about the 'T&A' morning pony show after all, although I have to say Katherine and Chita are just about the hottest blonde combo I've ever seen in the Houston market!

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    1. Some people are intelligent and base who they watch on talent and not blond hair dye, tons of makeup and surgery.

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    2. Do any real people even engage in this stuff, or is it all station hacks towing their own propaganda? Look at any of the local morning news. It's all car wrecks, dead people, robbery victims interrupted by chirpy weather chat and silly fillers. Not a knock, it is what it is. And obviously people watch it or the stations would just stop. But let us not pretend that any of this is really good. I'm sure the people are nice, but the shows are background noise for shaving, eating breakfast and make a final pit stop on the way out the door.

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  13. We'll see if KHOU's ratings either go upward or downward in the long run.

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  14. Darby may be good at broadcasating the traffic on the radio, but he's far from television quality. Maybe Channel 11 should grab Don Armstrong while it can...at least he's got a look for t.v.

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    1. Were you living under a rock or just not watching Channel 11 at the time? Darby was and will again be the BEST !!!

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  15. The Houston Traffic Council prophesized the one would come to restore order in Houstons morning newscasts. I dont think they beleived it was Darby but he might be the one.

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  16. I think Whaley has tried too hard to mimic Chita. She changed her hair color, starting dressing more like her and started even using the same hand motions. It's weird. I'm a loyal KHOU morning show watcher but I couldn't help but notice the changes she made to her persona after Chita came along.

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  17. Personally, I look forward to his return! I love Channel 11 and their early morning show, in particular.

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  18. Katherine has improved, so I hate to see them move her now. I'm a native Houstonian and it really bothered me that she didn't know Houston well enough to give accrate alternate routes. She does a great job with Friday Food Truck segments. I'm sure she'll do great with feature assignments. Good luck Katherine! I'm pulling for you!

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  19. Welcome back Darby, missed you. Will miss Katherine in the morning though! Ron has had a great team of all women in the morning.

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  20. Nice to have Darby back, we missed him him so much!

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  21. We enjoy Ron and the crew, nice to have Darby back again.

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  22. Darby was missed and now Katherine you will be missed. Channel 11 your decisions are becoming very disappointing!!

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