Wednesday, March 04, 2015

3 WFAA on-air types leave, TXCN to sign off, TX TV ratings & more

- Truck crashes during liveshot
- Houston Magazine 10th Anniversary
- Kid Eats Microphone News Blooper
- The first ever Roula and Ryan Road Show!!!
- WFAA's Dale Hansen shows his home life and dogs
- Pete Delkus reads "Mean Tweets"
- Houston media members battle it out in goat milking competition

- Univision 45 KXLN wins during February 2015 sweeps in key demo
- Ups, downs and at least one winning hand for all in February D-FW newscast "sweeps"
- Every station can claim at least one Nielsen sweeps victory
- KSAT-TV sweeps news races again
- KXAN, KVUE are Austin’s top-rated TV stations in February

WFAA hires Jane McGarry to host Good Morning Texas
And Jane McGarry is back! Beginning Monday, the former NBC5 news anchor will be the co-host of Channel 8’s Good Morning Texas. She will replace the long-time face of the GMT franchise, Amy Vanderoef, whose last day is Friday.

Janet St. James leaving WFAA/Channel 8
One of the most familiar faces on WFAA/Channel 8 is leaving after nearly 19 years with the station. Janet St. James, the station’s medical reporter, announced her departure early Tuesday afternoon via Facebook.
- Stalwart veteran medical reporter Janet St. James leaving Gannett8

George Riba looks back at his 37-year TV career
Veteran WFAA sports reporter George Riba condenses almost four decades of his career into three minutes.
- WFAA's George Riba Thank You Salute
- Simply the best: A fond farewell to sports reporter George Riba

Amy Vanderoef exiting Gannett8's Good Morning Texas
Amy Vanderoef, a longstanding co-host of Dallas-based WFAA 8’s Good Morning Texas, will be leaving the show early next month.

WFAA Sportscaster Goes Beyond Just Scores
Dale Hansen isn’t afraid to speak his mind. Nothing unusual about that. Hansen does that on TV in front of millions of viewers.

Kris Gutierrez leaves Chicago
Friday was the last day at the CBS-owned station for Kris Gutierrez, who never lost his homesickness for Texas and packed it in after three years to join KXAS-TV, the NBC-owned station in Dallas.

TXCN to sign off on April 1
Texas Cable News — TXCN — will cease operations on April 1 after providing TV viewers across the state with around-the-clock news, weather and sports for more than 16 years.

Reporter Diana Zoga Joins KDFW Dallas
Diana Zoga joins Fox O&O KDFW Dallas (DMA 5) as a general assignment reporter.

Meteorologist Milmar Ramirez Joins KXTX
Telemundo-owned KXTX Dallas (DMA 5) named Milmar Ramirez meteorologist for Noticiero Telemundo 39 on weekends at 4:30 and 10 p.m.

DFW TV reporters’ ice and snow follies
Among the people we don’t envy are the local-TV field reporters who are sent out in freezing and dangerous freezing conditions to tell everyone how freezing and dangerous everything is. But the reporters have bosses, so they do what they have to do.
- Dallas station airs ’14 box’ for storm coverage
- Dallas forecaster tweets Snowmageddon ‘prayer’
- WFAA's favorite Pete Delkus memes
- Freeze!!! -- while we shoot you live: having an arctic blast with D-FW TV's storm troopers

#5 Dallas-Fort Worth
January 2015 Portable People Meter 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid (Updated: 02-17-15)
- Radio ratings prove KERA’s calm talk beats loud talk

Dallas sports talker launches local music show
A local music show on a sports talk station? That’s the ticket for Cumulus Media’s “The Ticket” KTCK-FM&AM, Dallas (96.7, 1310).

ABC13’s Don Nelson signs off with wit and grace
How do you tie a bow on a broadcasting career that’s spanned nearly 50 years? For ABC13 (KTRK TV) personality Don Nelson, who signed off the air for the final time Friday morning, you do it the way you’ve done hundreds of times before: with trademark wit.
- KTRK's Don Nelson can sleep in after Friday
- Five more questions with KTRK's Don Nelson

Melanie Lawson to receive top honor at 2015 HCC Black History Scholarship Gala
Melanie Lawson, news anchor at KTRK/ABC 13 in Houston, will receive the Joyce M. Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 HCC Black History Scholarship Gala.

Research Director, Inc. Presents Exclusive January PPM Analysis For Houston
HOUSTON-GALVESTON: It’s Always Sunny In H-Town
- #6 Houston-Galveston TX

KRBE Puts Tyler Frye In Nights
CUMULUS MEDIA Top 40 KRBE/HOUSTON has named TYLER FRYE as its new nights host. Previously, he did nights at WDCG (G105)/RALEIGH

Program director, talk show host Tepper leaving Gow Media stations for new job in Omaha
Dave Tepper, program director for Gow Media’s KFNC (97.5 FM) and KGOW (1560 AM) and co-host of KFNC’s midday talk show, will leave the company next week to become operations manager for a station group in Omaha, Neb.

Rick Steves in Houston
Rick Steves – author of over 50 European travel guidebooks, host of the public television series, “Rick Steves’ Europe,” and host of the radio program, “Travel with Rick Steves” – will be in Houston this week. He’ll be live in the Houston Public Media studio on Thursday, March 5 starting at 8:00 p.m. to present special features on France and Italy on TV8 as part of the March fundraising campaign. He’s also in town for a sold out event at the Christ Church Cathedral hosted by Brazos Bookstore.

Wayne Dolcefino Inspires A Young Journalist
Wayne Dolcefino came to the Houston Chronicle Classroom to talk about his career in journalism.
- Wayne Dolcefino at Downtown Houston Pachyderm Club this week

New menu item at Kenny & Ziggy's deli
A 'Ken Hoffman' sandwich has been born.

After 93 years, a Texas AM gets an FM
Heritage San Antonio’s KTSA (550) has been an AM-only operation since 1922. But the march of time and listeners to FM has led Alpha Media to give the news-talk station an FM signal.

Iconic sportscaster Gary DeLaune inducted in SA Sports Hall of Fame
An iconic sportscaster and member of the KENS 5 family was honored Saturday for his lifetime of achievements. Gary DeLaune was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.

Austin Radio: 105.3 FM Drops the Fringe For Classic Hits
Austin is losing The Fringe, but gaining Classic 105.3 T-FM (K287FG) fed via KTAE 1490 AM.

KBTX Anchor John Gilbert Saying Goodbye
KBTX Anchor John Gilbert leaves for account executive gig at KWTX. Same market, same company.

KTRE launches Telemundo news briefs
“Telemundo Noticias Breves con John-Carlos Estrada” debuts.

Scott Lawrence named News Director at KFDM & KBTV
Veteran reporter and longtime producer Scott Lawrence has been named News Director at KFDM and KBTV News in Beaumont.

KWES Meteorologist Tom Tefertiller Adds News Director To His Title
Tom Tefertiller, chief meteorologist at KWES, the NBC affiliate in Midland, Texas, has added an impressive new title to his resume: news director.

Format Shuffle In Lubbock
Walker Broadcasting & Communications is reshaping its portfolio in Lubbock, TX.


Brent Clanton is coming to Houston Public Media News 88.7
Brent Clanton, 2014 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee, will join Houston Public Media News 88.7 as the part-time weekend host on Saturdays from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. starting on March 7, 2015.
“Brent is a natural fit for News 88.7 and we’re fortunate to have a voice like his on our air. He’s a true radio professional who brings a lot of enhanced credibility to our weekend programming,” says Houston Public Media news director Jack Williams.

Houston Chronicle garden editor Kathy Huber is retiring after 34 years.

Eric Valadez moves from WFAA nightside EP to assistant news director.

KHOU 11 sports producer Drew Shirley leaves station to go back to working as an attorney.

David Raziq leaves Houston
David Raziq, executive producer for Investigations at Houston’s KHOU will serve as EP of Investigations for Gannett sister station KSDK in St Louis.


Houston friends knew Harris Wittels was Hollywood-bound
Longtime friend said Wittels had been sober for months before death

Roger Holland Bateman
Houston radio's Roger Holland Bateman, 65, a native Houstonian, passed away on February 21, 2015, at 8:29 a.m. in Missouri City, Texas.

- Houston media shutdown Arturo's Uptown Italiano
- 'Texas Standard' debuts on Houston Public Media News 88.7 KUHF
- Rebecca Spera becomes abc13 KTRK afternoon traffic anchor
- Malini Basu leaves KHOU 11 for WFXT Boston
- Crystal Ayala named Telemundo Houston KTMD Consumer Investigative Reporter
- 'Downton Abbey' after show 'Manor of Speaking' season finale photos


  1. If Dave Ward retires from KTRK when he gets to 50 years, Ilona Carson may be moving full time to 6 and 10pm(even though will continue to anchor 6:30pm), Ilona Carson may no longer anchor the 4pm news and most likely to be replaced by Sonia Azad.

  2. I was part of the TXCN launch many years ago and some of the best people I've ever worked with were there.
    And, as in every workplace, there were also several people there who we'd have been better off without.
    Unfortunately, many of these people were in leadership positions and I think that ultimately they weren't up to the task.
    I was a little sad when they finally discarded what was left of the original vision of the place and turned it into basically nothing but replays of newscasts from their various stations.

    About a year and a half ago, I was at some random motel out in west Texas and their cable system had TXCN.
    It was good to see that even after everyone else was gone, Kevin Selle was still there giving endless pre-recorded weather updates several times an hour.

    So I mourn the death of the TXCN that could have been rather than the one it became.
    And more than anything, I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did.

  3. With TXCN cable channel set to go away after April 1, it would remain to be seen if Time Warner Cable News could be mulling over possibly expanding its Texas presence to fill the void that TXCN and other former cable news channels will be leaving (or have already left). It would also remain to be seen if Gannett is mulling over whether to close NewsWatch 15 in New Orleans anytime soon. Gannett will keep NWCN in the Pacific Northwest up and running.

  4. It saddens me that i won't able to see y'all anymore,been a fan on txcn for over ten yrs