Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dallas sports guys are quitting, WFAA bulldozed? plus more!

- This Is The Video CNN Will Play When The World Ends | Gremlins 2 parody
- Tim Meadows as Accu-Cast weatherman John John Mackey
- Is This the First Live Shot Interruption of 2015?
- Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel Proves Love of Water Sports, Pees on Reporter
- Local promo showcase: Fox4's "Where the Locals Go"
- Police Officer Videobomb News Blooper
- KHOU 11 Surprise Squad
- Reporter Ice Scraper News Blooper
- CNN contributor gets sinking feeling

Babe Laufenberg leaving KTVT-TV after 17 years in sports department
“After 17 years, CBS 11 and I could not reach a new agreement. So tomorrow will be my last show. Please watch. It has been a great 17 years.”

Stalwart D-FW sports reporter George Riba is ready to hang 'em up
George Riba, who joined WFAA8 in September 1977 after much briefer stints at KTVT-TV and KXAS-TV, will be retiring on Feb. 20th.

High-speed rail station could displace Dallas Morning News, WFAA
A high-speed rail station could dramatically reshape downtown Dallas, possibly taking over the Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV station on Young Street, according to renderings produced by Dallas Area Rapid Transit.
- Bullet train proposal could force WFAA, Dallas Morning News to move

There Was a Dick Pic on WFAA's Homepage This Morning (NSFW)
WFAA "share" is a community engagement tool that allows users of the ABC affiliate's website to upload their photos and videos to potentially be featured on an image carousel on the station's homepage. Tuesday morning, right there on WFAA's front page, just above Dale Hansen's frowning mug, it featured a big, hairy dick.

CBS11's Karen Borta segues into sleep deprivation phase
CBS11’s early morning picture remains a work in progress but its new centerpiece is now in place.

Arkansas Reporter Moving to Dallas ABC Affiliate
Houston native David Goins is leaving Little Rock, Ark. FOX affiliate KLRT to work at WFAA in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas.

NBC5's new weekend morning meteorologist is Amarillo's Brian James
NBC5 has tabbed Brian James as the D-FW station’s new weekend early morning meteorologist. The Michigan native is scheduled to arrive in March from KVII-TV, Amarillo’s ABC affiliate.

Joangel Concepcion No Longer with KDFW
Joangel Concepcion is out at Dallas-Ft. Worth FOX owned station KDFW.

WFAA Assistant News Director Leaving After A Little More Than Three Months
George Rodrigue is leaving Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, a little more than three months after being named assistant news director.

Behind A.H. Belo's Buying Spree
Having purchased three marketing companies in January, A.H. Belo, owner of The Dallas Morning News, is making further steps to reduce its reliance on print advertising.

Expecting TV news anchor and friends rock trendy River Oaks bistro at baby shower brunch
Not long before she took a temporary break (maternity leave) from her post as KHOU Channel 11 weekend news anchor, the charming Rekha Muddaraj whooped it up with BFFs at the trendy Brasserie 19.
- KHOU's Rekha Muddaraj announces maternity leave

Radar the weather dog gets ready for surgery
Radar the weather dog is a Houston favorite and part of our Local 2 family. And you may remember back in December, we shared Radar's health scare with viewers after his groomer found a growth on his toe. The growth is cancerous and now Radar is set for surgery to have it removed.

Manor of Speaking
Houston Public Media's Manor of Speaking will be airing across the country starting this weekend - the following is just a partial list... (If your city is not listed, contact your local PBS station - and you can find them at PBS.org). [Thanks Thanks to PR Fairy @farbulous]

Houston bloggers go undercover as secret diners for Best New Restaurant reality TV show
Two popular Houston bloggers will be making a star turn into the upcoming reality show Best New Restaurant. When the show debuts on Bravo Jan. 21 at 9 p.m., look for, the dynamic duo behind Urban Swank, in their role as "Undercover Diners" at four Austin restaurants. [Thanks Thanks to PR Fairy @farbulous]

KYOK Mobile Studio
These pictures are from March, 1978.

Miami Reporter Joins Telemundo San Antonio as Anchor
Arlena Amaro will join Alex Hernandez, weather anchor Lilian Perez and sports anchor Johnathan Solarte on the KVDA 4:30, 5:00 and 10:00 p.m newscasts.

West Coast has the most San Antonio TV news
Sometimes, it requires a trip to the West Coast to catch up with celebrities and shows with San Antonio ties.

Bill Schoening named Texas Sportscaster of the Year
The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association has announced WOAI's Spurs play-by-play announcer Bill Schoening has been named Texas Sportscaster of the Year.

In key demo, KXAN’s evening newscasts rank No. 1
New demographic data shows Austin NBC affiliate KXAN is the station of choice among evening news viewers in the age bracket advertisers covet most.

KVUE dropping 24-hour weather channel
The forecast is grim for fans of KVUE’s digital weather channel.

Austin’s news chopper war
We head back in time to 1999, when KEYE and KXAN had dueling news choppers.

Grandmother of FOX 7 employee dated Elvis Presley
FOX 7 has a unique connection to the King; the grandmother of an employee was actually his girlfriend in the mid-1950's.

Recovering KCEN met starts doing weather online
KCEN Weather Anchor Patrick Crawford has been off the air since getting gunned down in the station's parking lot. But, now that Crawford is home from the hospital and recovering, he is slowly getting back into is weatherman role.

Ex-El Paso Times editor’s new gig at El Norte won’t mean end of his recently launched El Paso sports site
When Óscar Cantú, owner of the daily newspaper El Norte de Ciudad Juárez, announced he would retire from his duties at the newspaper to focus on personal and philanthropic efforts, Cantú named Chris Lopez to replace him as editor and publisher.


Star Tribune Business Editor Todd Stone announced he will be joining the Houston Chronicle as Deputy Managing Editor for business and sports in early March.

Longtime KFDM news director to leave
DAVID LOWELL is leaving KFDM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Beaumont, TX, at the end of the week. He’s been the news director here for 28 years, and at the station (in his second stint there) for 34 years.

KENS 5 San Antonio news director leaves
TRISTON SANDERS is departing Gannett owned KENS 5 after two years as ND. She’s moving to New York, where she will work as a consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates.

KVIA’s new sports director looks forward to providing ‘top-notch coverage.’
Danny Mata, formerly of News 92 KROI, joins KVIA El Paso as sports director.

TWC News Austin sports reporter Lauren Mickler leaves for Houston.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2015: Lauren Tostenson joins KHOU 11


Johnnie Chuoke, San Antonio's 'Happy Handyman' Dies at 84
Johnnie Chuoke, whose hearty laugh and catch phrase 'its a great day to paint' helped San Antonians fix their decks and caulk their bath tubs for twenty years as WOAI's Happy Handyman' has died at the age of 84.

- Massive Texas media job moves through late 2014 right here
- Chauncy Glover joins KTRK abc13 as anchor
- PHOTOS: KPRC staff's big Anthony Yanez KNBC send off party


  1. WFAA-TV being bulldozed ? Now that sucks.

  2. Word thru the grapevine is, KHOU hired a new reporter from NBC CT, Josh Chapin