Monday, December 29, 2014

Britta Merwin to replace Anthony Yanez on KPRC 2

As Anthony Yanez heads to KNBC LA, weekender Britta Merwin takes KPRC morning meteorologist job

Britta Merwin
Britta Merwin
Channel 2 viewers are emailing me that KPRC is running promos announcing a new morning meteorologist has been named and it is current weekend morning met Britta Merwin.

"I am honored and excited," Merwin told mikemcguff.com. "Anthony will be truly missed and we wish him good luck with his new adventure, although he will not need it. KNBC is lucky to have him."

As I blogged in October, current morning meteorologist Anthony Yanez is heading west to KNBC Los Angeles in 2015 so we knew there would be an opening.

When I recently blogged that KEZI 9 News chief meteorologist Justin Stapleton is joining KPRC from Eugene, Oregon, many readers thought he would be Yanez's replacement. I told them on Facebook, not so fast. A couple of station sources were pointing to Merwin for the main morning gig. So I guess we can assume Stapleton will replace Merwin on weekend mornings.

Let's face it, when Merwin was hired to do weekend mornings, I figured she would move up fast. She has a pretty impressive television resume. Merwin came to KPRC after working at KCRA Sacramento, CA. Before that she put in time at NBC Weather Plus and CNBC. Other stops in her local TV news career include KNSD San Diego and News 12 New Jersey.

As mentioned when Merwin was hired, I also believe she is the first TV talent I've written about to have her own entry in the online urban dictionary if that means anything to you.

Merwin will officially start the main morning gig January 16th.

As for Yanez, the man whose upcoming departure created this scenario, he's been busy too.

Leading up to his January 15th KPRC send off, Yanez has been busy plugging his new children's book A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle - a children's book that teaches weather science to younger readers.

He recently made an appearance at the Children's Museum of Houston to read from his book with help from Santa Claus! Click the title to find out more about Yanez's A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle.

The official site is jakeandalice.com.

* Post updated with Merwin response



14 comments:

  1. Knew she was going to take over the weekday morning weather gig due to watching commercials.

    It appears KPRC-TV wants to compete with KHOU-TV, Fox 26 and Ch. 13 for female weather anchors in the weekday mornings.

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  2. This doesn't surprise me that she would be taking the spot. An all female Weathercasting morning with Casey, Chita, and more so why not this change.

    I didn't realize Anthony was leaving. I would catch him at 11 in morning but guess missed the move with him. But was curious when watching Channel 2 and saw the promo.

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  3. I'm glad its her. The commercial they've been running to promote the change is pretty funny too.

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  4. Why was the entry in Urban Dictionary mentioned? It's totally irrelevant to article!

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  5. Have you ever wondered if all women were required to have the same haircut and wear no makeup, which women would still have their jobs, in any industry? This would be such a fun experiment! I'm not saying she does not have talent, but I just think it would be very interesting to see the outcome!

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  6. Speaking of KPRC, was Melissa Hawkes only a temporary fill-in? Or did she decide she hated Houston? Or ... ? Cuz now she's back in Tulsa, working for KOTV. (She was at KOKI before.)

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    1. Sachse probably ran her off like she did Lorelle, Corona and others who are classier and better. Dom only likes to keep people who aren't a threat, like the one who blinks a lot or the one who ends every sentence with an annoying drawn out money note.

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  7. Of course KPRC is trying to get the hot woman to compete with the other hot women (Chita being the top hottest and Casey being 2nd).

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    1. Chita is too thick. And she talks like a redneck.

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  8. I wonder if FOX 26 will get a hot single weather woman next.

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  9. I will miss Anthony. Britta is not a good replacement. He was the best.

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    1. I'll miss him too. He was so sincere and nice.
      Britta is great too, though. This week it's also been great seeing Courtney Gilmore in the mornings and no sight of the usual childish errors we get from the regular traffic chick.

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    2. Dump Britta too plastic and tired of hearing about her kids......

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