Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Jack Williams leaves 88.7 KUHF & Houston

Houston Public Media News 88.7 news director and host, Jack Williams, leaves station

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Jack Williams

Houston Public Media/NPR fans will be sad to hear that longtime news director and afternoon host, Jack Williams, is saying goodbye to News 88.7 KUHF and Houston.

His wife landed a great job in Omaha, so the family is starting its Midwest chapter.

"I feel very fortunate to have spent nearly 18 years here in Houston," Williams told mikemcguff.com. "Professionally, I couldn't have asked for anything more. Personally, Houston is home now and hopefully I'll be back someday. For now though, it's off to another adventure."

Williams has been a fixture in Houston since 1999 when he hit the radio scene as an anchor/reporter at 740 KTRH. By 2000, he jumped across to the same position at KUHF. In 2008, he became the public station's news director.

His radio career kicked off in 1994 as a reporter and anchor at stations in the Rio Grande Valley's KURV and later at Austin's KVET.

Williams has been named the Houston Press Club’s “Radio Journalist of the Year” and has won a number of regional Edward R. Murrow and Texas AP broadcast awards for his reporting. He’s also the radio president of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters board.

While Williams is taking off, another HPM staffer is moving up.

Here is the release:

Houston Public Media names Joshua Adams executive director of operations

HOUSTON – (June 13, 2016) – Houston Public Media has named Joshua Adams the executive director of operations, a newly formed executive position. Adams most recently served as director of operations and technology for the organization.

In his new role, Adams will oversee all technical operations; broadcast and online content for general news, arts and culture, and education; digital and creative services; and all other internal operations.

“Josh has played a significant role in positioning Houston Public Media for the future," said Lisa Trapani Shumate, associate vice president and general manager of Houston Public Media. "His experience in news, production, technology and digital media make him an ideal leader for Houston Public Media operations."

Adams, an Emmy award-winning producer, has more than 16 years in the broadcast media industry. Prior to joining Houston Public Media in 2012 as the executive producer for TV 8, Adams held leadership positions at KHOU-TV in Houston and WNCN-TV in Raleigh, NC.

“I look forward to serving Houston Public Media and the community in this expanded capacity,” said Adams. “Houston Public Media plays such a vital role in informing and enriching our community and I’m excited to be a part of this team.”

Beyond his role at Houston Public Media, Adams serves as vice president of the Houston Area Local Communications Committee charged with oversight and activation of Emergency Alert System (EAS) alerts in southeast Texas. Additionally he serves on the Board of Directors of Houston Regional Amber Plan, the Amber Alert activator for southeast Texas.


5 comments:

  1. McGuff, what happened to Linda Lorelle ? Did she quit the KUHT-TV show, "Red, White & Blue" ?

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  2. Jack is one of the most professional and nicest people I ever worked with in all my years in radio. He's also an incredible husband to give up what he has in Houston to be the "trailing spouse" for his wife Raquel in Omaha. FYI: his wife works in PR at Union Pacific RR in Omaha. I feel certain Jack will find a new radio home up there.

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  3. Bill Van Rysdam6/15/2016 03:17:00 PM

    Class act and will be missed. Best of luck!

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  4. Deb Fraser-npr for Wichita6/15/2016 10:20:00 PM

    Jack will be welcomed to radio in the Midwest with open arms!

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  5. I second Anonymous' comments. Jack is a pro and a helluva good guy, and his move is a loss for Houston. I worked with him as a reporter and as a spokesman and - with the exception of his inexplicable devotion to the LA Dodgers - it has always been a pleasure. Good luck to Jack, his wife and girls!

    Joe Stinebaker

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