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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Which Houston media members are going to be turkeys?

The 2015 TXU Energy Houston Media Turkey Calling Contest contestants are...

Jeff Ehling is Houston media's biggest turkey

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I got a chance to meet some of the FOX 26 KRIV morning & CBS Houston crew at the Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center.
Once again I'll be participating in the TXU Energy Houston Media Turkey Calling Contest which takes place this Saturday, 9:30am at the Houston Zoo Reflection Pool near the zoo entrance.

This year I will not be a contestant, but serving as emcee with FOX 26 KRIV weekend morning anchor Sally MacDonald.

Let's talk turkey on how this happened. I came in second last year. The winner for 2014 was the Houston Chronicle's Craig Hlavaty. Now, Hlavaty really likes being the top Houston media turkey and I think he wants to make sure I don't take his crown...err feathers. Previous winner, Grego from NewsFix, is not participating either. We might want to start a search party for him...

On a serious note, the turkey calling contest exists to promote the annual TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot - the second largest footrace in Houston and a tradition for many families on Thanksgiving morning. More than 20,000 supporters flock the Galleria area to make a difference and support more than 160,000 seniors and children Neighborhood Centers serves each year.

A few weeks ago, I took a tour of the Neighborhood Centers Baker-Ripley facility in the Gulfton area. It was amazing to see what is happening there to help area residents. More than a building, it actually could be called a campus, made up of several buildings, including a school, legal assistance center, a credit union, restaurant and more. Turns out one building used to be a retirement place where my grandmother worked in the 1970s!

My fellow emcee, Sally MacDonald, featured one touching story we encountered on her Facebook page.

I met this beautiful woman, Ammi, today at the Baker Ripley location of Neighborhood Centers Inc. She wanted a better...
Posted by Sally MacDonald FOX 26 on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

So the 2015 TXU Energy Houston Media Turkey Calling Contest contestants are (so far):

Craig Hlavaty - Houston Chronicle/NewsFix
Jo Jo - Univision Radio 104.9
Kristina Ramey - 104.1 KRBE
Ron TreviƱo - KHOU 11
Sarah Pepper - Hot 95.7
Jeff Ehling - KTRK abc13
Joey Guerra - Music Critic/Writer, Houston Chronicle
Joy Sewing - Fashion & Beauty Editor, Houston Chronicle

See you this Saturday, 9:30am at Houston Zoo!

Jeff Ehling is Houston media's biggest turkey

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