"I am excited to be joining a great team of professionals that are established in the market," Vazquez told mikemcguff.com. "Together we are going to do some great things and grow the station."
I know I said I was on break, but come on, we don't have someone cross the street to be an ND everyday in Houston TV.
Gerardo “Jerry” Vazquez is an award-winning broadcast journalist, with over 28 years of experience. He's been at KTRK for the past 13 years as an executive producer where he has overseen the 5, 6 and 10pm newscasts through that time period. Before that, Vazquez was the news director for KMID Midland, TX. He tells me during that time the station jumped from 5th place to number one.
"I want to thank KTRK for the last 13 years of my career," Vazquez added. "I will miss my friends who I worked along side, and not only worked with, but also learned from."
This will not be Vazquez's first time with Telemundo. In 1989, he helped launch Telemundo San Antonio’s “Noticiero 60.” There he served as its first Assignments Editor/Assistant News Director. He was later recruited to join KMOL (now WOAI).
Vazquez is a two-time EMMY winner, a seven-time nominee and won an Edward R. Murrow Award for producing a 30-minute news documentary about “Juan Diego” in 2003. He has won numerous AP awards for Best Newscast, a 2013 Station Emmy for overall News Excellence and various other community service awards throughout his career.
His first day will be August 4th.
Naturally this isn't the only high profile KTRK manager to leave the station in the last week. Last Friday I broke the story that KTRK news director Dave Strickland resigned.
Lest you think that Vazquez bolted because of that, I doubt it. One would think applying/interviewing for a news director gig with an NBC owned station would take longer than that!
While I'm here...Telemundo's competitor Univision sent me a release today claiming the title of July 2014 sweeps winner:
KXLN UNIVISION 45 NO. 1 IN HOUSTON DURING THE JULY 2014 SWEEP REGARDLESS OF LANGUAGE
HOUSTON – July 31st, 2014 – KXLN Univision 45 finished the July 2014 sweep ranked as the No. 1 broadcast station among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 in major dayparts including: daytime, early evening news, primetime, late news and total day regardless of language.
Primetime Ratings Highlights:
· During the July sweep, KXLN achieved a higher primetime rating than all other broadcast stations, including all the major English-language network affiliates: KPRC-NBC, KTRK-ABC, KHOU-CBS, and KRIV-FOX.
LOCAL NEWS RATINGS HIGHLIGHTS
· “Noticias 45 a las 5” weekdays at 5 p.m. is the No. 1, most watched, early evening local newscast among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, averaging 50,000 (1.7 rating) Adult 18-49 viewers and 55,000 (2.1 rating) Adult 25-54 viewers, ahead of local KTRK-ABC, KPRC-NBC, KHOU-CBS, KRIV-FOX affiliates in Houston.
· Airing weekdays at 10 p.m., “Noticias 45 Edición Nocturna” also ranked No. 1, averaging 116,000 (4.0 rating) Adult 18-49 viewers, 127% more than No. 2 KHOU-CBS. Additionally, among Adults 25-54, “Noticias 45 Edición Nocturna” also ranks No. 1, averaging 115,000 (4.3 rating), 58% more than No. 2 KPRC-NBC.
ADDITIONAL KXLN UNIVISION 45 HIGHLIGHTS:
In Daytime (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), KXLN is the No. 1 station, averaging 39,000 (1.3 rating) Adult 18-49 viewers.
· KXLN’s was also the top ranked broadcast station in total day viewing, averaging 49,000 (1.7 rating) Adults 18-49 viewers, 133% more than No. 2 KTRK-ABC.
Source: The Nielsen Company, NSI, July14 (07/03/14-07/30/14). Live+Same Day. Primetime based on KXLN, KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KTMD M-Sat 7:00p.m.-10:00p.m./Sun 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m. and KRIV, KIAH M-Sat 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m./Sun 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.; early evening local news based on KXLN, KPRC, KRTK, KHOU M-F 5:00p.m-5:30p.m.; KRIV, KIAH, M-F 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.; late local news based on KXLN, KPRC, KTRK, KHOU M-F 10:00p.m.-10:30p.m.; KRIV, KIAH, M-F 9:00p.m.-10:00p.m.; total day based on M-Sun 6:00a.m.-2:00a.m, all stations.
Also, I got word that KPRC had a "historic" sweeps in a good way. The NBC affiliate won every margin newscast for the first time in decades.
* This post has been updated with quotes from Vazquez and new bio info.