Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Blake Mathews joins KHOU 11 weather

Meteorologist Blake Mathews of WJXT Jacksonville to take Mario Gomez's weather spot at KHOU 11

Blake Mathews

KHOU 11 has hired Houston native Blake Mathews to fill Mario Gomez's empty weekend weather seat.

For the past five years, Mathews has worked at WJXT Jacksonville, Florida as a meteorologist/weather producer.

"As many of you know I am not a permanent fixture on the air (at WJXT)," Mathews wrote viewers on his Facebook page. "My time is mostly spent behind the scenes. In order for me to be successful in my career, I deemed it important to be on the air full time and that's what I've decided to pursue."

Before that, Mathews worked as an assignments editor at KPRC 2 for almost year.

"When I moved [to Florida] nearly 5 years ago, I didn't think I could do it," Mathews wrote. "I had never lived more than 80 miles from my parents so this was a big adjustment. I learned a lot about myself and made lots of friends who have become my family."

His entry into the TV weather world began at KBTX 3 Bryan/College Station where he worked as a morning and weekend meteorologist.

He is a graduate of Texas A&M.
UPDATE:
Mathews tells me that he attended Texas A&M but is not an actual graduate of the university. He left and transferred his Aggie credits to Mississippi State University where he is currently working on a degree. Question for weather folks...WJXT refers to him as a meteorologist on its website, if he is still finishing his degree, can he hold that title officially? Should he actually be referred to as a weathercaster?

Watch for Mathews to start at channel 11 September 6.





13 comments:

  1. Blake Mathews is the new weekend weather guy and the successor to Mario Gomez at KHOU, He doesn't start until Late September or Early October

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  2. And KHOU 11 is going to find a new sports director to replace Pablo Alsina

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    1. I think Matt Musil will become the permanent sports director for KHOU-11.

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  3. Sorry but I felt Mario Gomez was a legitimate weatherguy. Growing up watching Dr. Neal Frank, I prefer the brainy guys who did not feel the need to entertain me. I like to hear about the meteorological forces driving the forecast and the event. On a much simpler level, they replaced a older seasoned minority with another white guy. If you look at the weather channel, they seem to be able to maintain a diverse roster of talent. This is about attracting viewers. This guy might be ok. Then again.. they are all ok.

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    1. It's funny how you don't have a problem when they replace a white person with a minority. Why is that? If you count up all the different races and ethnic groups on TV news in this city, you will find that there are less whites, in a city which is still majority "white." So, I'm just wondering why you don't have a problem with that. People like you think diverse means less whites. If anything, they are looking for better looking men in the city, with all the recent hires. It's about time since we have to watch incompetent women who wear tons of makeup, and who have had surgery(not all).

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  4. Nice to see they found a replacement. I felt like I had heard this name before. I loved Mario and I LOVED Neil Frank being in there at KHOU as well with his Expertise and more. Yes I will take his Hurricane Expertise any time.

    As far as the Sports goes they will not put Matt in Full time if wanted to do that would have done it long ago. Am sure someone will be coming soon.

    But Mario will be missed at KHOU and myself hope he enjoys retirement as well too.

    But we shall see how things go as Weekends will be pretty much Saturday mornings and at 10 pm pretty much during the Fall time with College Football and NFL football taking the earlier Newscasts with KHOU anyways. Lucky if in Fall/Winter you see the 6 pm news on Saturday or the 5:30 on Sunday


    But hope things go smoothly and more and well maybe getting near last of big changes till next Summer

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  5. So I guess this means the buck toothed fake blonde is still being paraded as their "best" meteorologist?

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    1. She's great and beautiful. Quit hating on her.

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    2. This is a different anon, but I just want to ask, why do you believe everything you see? This is an honest question. Do you think if she had a natural hair color, wore no makeup and had no surgery, you would even notice her, if you say her walking around? I'm just wondering why people don't understand this about women. I actually notice more men than women realize this. Maybe, it's because women don't want to admit the truth, or hear the truth; especially, when it comes to looks. They actually did a study which proved that people are more attracted to women who aren't naturally good-looking and have to do stuff to make them pretty, over women who wake up pretty. I just wonder why people are so attracted to fake.

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  6. Actually, He starts at KHOU 11 earlier than expected September 6th, Yesterday was his last day at WJXT 4 and his last day in Jacksonville is September 2nd, See at https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1240427219323053&id=309911489041302

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  7. Mr. McGuff,

    You've got to be kidding me! Is KHOU trying to lie to us and suggest this guy can offer me life-saving advice in a hurricane when he doesn't even have a college degree? My son has a degree in engineering and uses the weather channel app on his phone. I would trust him more than this guy. Are they trying to get people cheap and pass it off as if he's knowledgable? Thank you for vetting him, Mr. McGuff because obviously either the TV station did not, or they're being dishonest. Hiring a guy with a high school diploma and trying to pass him off as a meteorologist has got to be the worst kind of lie when we're told over and over to, "trust" their local news in the endless commercials. The scary thing is that this isn't happening in some no-name town, it's happening here in Houston.

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    1. I can see how that would be unfair. That guy who was an anchor on 2 wanted to be one, so he went back to school to get a degree in that. You know, that Kanbrell( I know that is not how you spell his first name) Marshall. This guy is working on his degree, but I don't think TV stations even care any longer. I think they want young, ethnic, look a certain way, etc. They are going after a less educated demographic and the younger people; even, those who have degrees aren't as intelligent as past generations. They just care about things that don't matter.

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