Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mario Gomez & others to leave KHOU 11


UPDATE JULY 31, 2016
Mario Gomez's last KHOU 11 weathercast tonight

KHOU 11 weekend meteorologist Mario Gomez and other station staffers apparently taking TEGNA buyout

Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
KHOU 11 anchor Shern-Min Chow broke the news about more station staffers apparently taking the TEGNA buyout. By now you know about reporter Doug Miller, but now we learn weekend meteorologist Mario Gomez and others are on the list too.

Here is what Chow wrote on Facebook:

Farewell salute to 7 KHOU staffers, (l to r) Mario Gomez KHOU, Sports photographer George Jensen (Alice C Jensen), Master control operator Gary Makowsky, (not retiring! MC Greg Hurst KHOU) Chief photographer Tony Delgado, Assignment Editor Bill Langlois, (not retiring! GM Susan McEldoon) political reporter Doug Miller, and Photographer Gustavo Pereyra. They leave with 240 years combined experience. You are looking at News History.

Main anchor Greg Hurst is in the below photo, but Chow points out he was just hosting this send off event. KHOU 11 General Manager Susan McEldoon is also not retiring, but pictured according to Chow.

Gomez has been at the station for decades. Here's a channel 11 weathercast Gomez did on 12/22/1989 with the late Sylvan Rodriguez.

I've always enjoyed watching Gomez deliver the weather.

He has a nice and calming presence that is becoming a rare commodity in a business that seems to more and more embrace dramatic deliveries. That's a plus in a place like Houston where the weather can turn against us in a moment's notice (Remember earlier this week?). Gomez could always deftly navigate us through the bad stuff without freaking television viewers out.

According to his bio, the San Antonio native has lived in Houston since 1984. Other than that, we only get a glimpse of his past. His bio for many years has read:

Gomez graduated with a degree in meteorology from the University of Colorado. He served as an air weather officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the National Weather Service in Denver, Colorado. Gomez is a member of the American Meteorological Association and the National Weather Association. He maintains Television Seals of Approval in both organizations.
He is the father of three and participates in many of Houston's charitable events. Gomez served as host of the first annual Houston SPCA telethon in 1995 which raised more than $100,000.

I've never personally met Gomez, but I imagine this is a low key bio for a low key guy. We'll miss you Mario.

I reached out to Gomez earlier. If/when he gets back to me, I'll post his responses here.


UPDATE JULY 31, 2016
Mario Gomez's last KHOU 11 weathercast tonight



38 comments:

  1. Not pictured: SAT/ENG Operator Eddie McCain.

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  2. Wow. Mario leaving. Feel odd with him not on weekends and such. Wonder who the new person will be. But I wish him luck and more with his retirement.

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  3. We'll miss you, Mario. Sadly, this is what happens when implants, bucked teeth and bleached hair is favored over job competence.

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  4. He was always a good meteorologist. I wonder if it was his choice to go to weekends from weekdays when Chita arrived. Seems like a demotion.

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    1. Nope. Mario Gomez has been doing weekends for KHOU 11 forever. Since the 1990s at least.

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  5. This exit of talent is just going to accelerate the downward trend in their ratings.

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  6. TEGNA sucks. It's bad enough that TEGNA has changed the production values for the worse, but now the company is running off the talent (the reason that we watch). Sadly, Channel 11 is not only in deteroriation in quality. All of the local news operations are worse.

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  7. LOCAL NEWS IN HOUSTON IS LIKE LOCAL RADIO, THEY BOTH SUCK BIG TIME. SAD TO SEE ALL OF THIS TALENT OUT OF THE DOOR. THEY WILL REPLACE THEM WITH BIG EGO FREAKS THAY LOOK PHONY AND ARE PHONY. I GUESS THEY WILL BE PAYING THEM LESS MONEY AS WELL. ONCE BELO SOLD I KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF THEM AND MAY GOD BLESS THEM ALL AND KEEP THEM FOREVER HEALTHY.

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    1. I like you! I feel the same way. I think radio has become much more horrible though, because they have people on the air who don't even speak proper English, or who know 3rd grade grammar. It's sad.

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  8. The avg. age of KHOU viewers: 50+. TV stations are trying anything to get younger people to watch...

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    1. Well they're trying to get younger viewrs with Lily, Chita, and Brooks. It's working to some extent.

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    2. Can you show us where this is working? Also, all those people are at least 35 aren't they? Is that young? Chita and Lily are going to look 80 when they are 50. That's what wearing pounds of makeup every single minute of everyday does to your face. Chita even wears it to work out...sad!

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  9. Here comes the Channel 11 parade of new cheap "talent" with pretty faces, poor language skills, relatively no experience and a lack of knowledge of what real journalism is. Or, if they do know, they won't be allowed to exercise their knowledge. I see even less "real news" and more dog stories, murders and fires are on tap.

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    1. All the stations have become this way. The sad thing is all the " pretty" faces; I use that term lightly because they look like crap without all their hair and makeup, don't realize that this will one day happen to them. 13 was really good, but now it is just as bad as the rest. I really am to the point that I don't even want to watch the news, or read the paper here.

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  10. With all the changes so much with the stations hard to keep track of who is who these days and when someone is out with KHOU I start to wonder with all this.

    Wonder if Ron will be next with the Morning Crew and such. Have loved him in the mornings.

    But I do agree times a change and other things and too ever since the Gannet Take over and with Tegna a subsidiary taking the news stations these changes

    I know with weekends with KHOU there is only the Saturday Morning news and then the 6 pm on Saturdays permitting with Sports runovers or anything and of course the 10 pm for both and 5:30 pm on Sundays as KHOU has no Sunday morning news.

    Wonder if someone is nearing to come in and such even with Chita going to take time off soon as we are nearing May and she will be taking leave before too long for her Wedding time and such.

    So who will fill in around that time.

    But as said will feel different not seeing Mario on Weekends whenever his last weekend is or if was already.


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    1. Mario is not leaving until
      June

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  11. Wish they would get rid of Brooks Garner. The guy is dorko/nerd. Really sad to see Mario Gomez go.

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    1. From one fellow USAF veteran to another: HOOAH!!!!!

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    2. Gotta keep Chita happy....so Brooks won't be going anywhere!

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    3. I think he's great. Someone with half a brain, and doesn't look so bad either.

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    4. Who's the next to leave KHOU-TV ?

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  12. The sad part is these buyouts that happened at all the TEGNA stations are all cost cutting measures to reign in pension liabilities.

    That being sad, KHOU is lucky in the fact that they only lost two people. KVUE had I feel worse when the News Director and the Chief Meterologist gets bought out plus your General Manager is leaving due to this and Tyler Sieswerda is leaving (on different reasons).

    KING5 lost their lead male/lead female/chief meteorologist/lead investigate reporter on Friday.

    The TEGNA stations soon enough will be soulless shells of their former selves.

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    1. If TEGNA doesn't want to honor the pensions, then it should not buy the station. Plain and simple.

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  13. And rumors of Gannett of buying Tribune and such due to them having some issues.

    I am waiting to see if Ron and or Matt will be next or just not taking it as they have been with KHOU for 30 plus years. I would hate to see Matt gone from the sports.

    Sad to see all these people leaving and more.

    Still be waiting to see who comes in for Mario on Weekends. Hard to get used to people then all of a sudden gone after a few years. I can see to perhaps other stations with moving or such maybe.

    But we shall see what comes over the Summer if anyone else from KHOU is in mix.

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  14. I think KHOU should get Jennifer Reyna from KPRC and let her do weather at noon.

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    1. Chita is the last person anyone looks to when serious weather reports are needed, or when serious weather issues hit Houston. She is what she is...a no trick pony.

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  15. It appears as though TENGA is perfectly content with KHOU as a perpetual third-place news-ratings station as Mario was one of the very few bright spots remaining. I already have to switch channels anytime Pablo "English is Actually my Third Language" Alsina appears to do his nearly unintelligible soccer reports (not so cleverly disguised as an actual "sports report"), so now I may have no reason to watch even during the weekends.

    Best of luck to you, Mario!

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  16. I think all three major networks are losing in a major demographic shift.

    I have three "30-something" kids...all have smart TV or ROKU...all get their news from the internet, none have cable.

    That's the wave of the future that network TV needs to prepare for.

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  17. Who's going to replace Mario on the weekends ?

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  18. Is Bob Allen coming back?

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  19. It's June & I'm happy to see Mario Gomez still on the airwaves. Has something changed?

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  20. Just learned Mario is leaving. He is the only bright spot in the weather reporting department. His reports are concise, hits the important points, and he does not talk down to viewers as others do. The others are so full of themselves they ramble on and on. Really? If one needs to take some action on account of the weather, one doesn't have time to sit there and listen to same thing repeated a dozen ways. Good luck Mario. Hello Frank. You have gained another viewer.

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  21. Why is Mario leaving, was he forced out or is he retiring? I really enjoyed his Weather reports and the only one when I wrote that wrote back. (asking him to give the water temperature, an item usually left out of the weather report until Mario started doing it. I will truly miss him and enjoyed watching him on the weekend, and also his dedication to the animal welfare and trying to find homes for the homeless pets. So kind, caring and truly a person that will be missed from KHOU. Does anyone know what his plans are?

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  22. that's why i switch to 13 mario and david paul are the only ones i like at channel 11 i quit watching when they got rid of katherine wayley for knucklehead

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  23. Mario Gomez just changed his Twitter bio to "Former KHOU 11 Meteorologist (33 yrs)." I am so happy for him! Enjoy it!

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  24. Sherry Williams is one of the best anchors I've seen. That she hasn't been given a permanent anchor slot is proof of how clueless and shallow the TV bigwigs are.

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  25. Was Mario Gomez asked to leave? I have enjoyed watching him with the weather report. Sad that he is leaving.

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