Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Texas TV and radio job moves December 2017


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D-FW's list of 2017 TV newsroom exits.

WFAA investigative reporter Brett Shipp resigned to run for the United States Congress as a Democrat.

Veteran reporter Joel Thomas has ended a 14-year career at D-FW’s CBS11.

Jack Highberger from Minneapolis’ Fox-owned KMSP-TV is the latest addition to Fort Worth-based NBC5 KXAS’s reporting staff.

WFAA 8 is adding Jonah Javad to its sports staff as a reporter and fill-in anchor.

Fox O&O KDFW Dallas (DMA 5) hired Alberto Romero as a meteorologist.

Allie Spillyards joins KXAS in Dallas as a freelance reporter. Most recently, she was a reporter and weekend anchor at WIS in Columbia.
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Former FOX 26 KRIV reporter Kristine Galvan has joined KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley as a reporter. Galvan tells she is in training to go in a management role.

Forty year Houston radio veteran John Wesley Downey returns to 740 KTRH. He first worked with the station back in 2002. According to his bio, in his long radio career, Wesley has anchored news and traffic, been a movie reviewer, hosted talk shows, and been a public affairs director for several Houston stations.

Grace White renews her agreement as a reporter with KHOU in her hometown of Houston.
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Larry Seward renews his agreement with KHOU in Houston as a general assignment reporter.
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Chip Brewster leaves KPRC 2.

Rita Garcia leaves FOX 26 KRIV for FOX 11 LA.

CultureMap revamps editorial team: Arden Ward named editorial director and Steven Devadanam replaces Clifford Pugh as Houston editor.

After 10 years, abc13 KTRK consumer reporter Patricia Lopez quits abc13 KTRK.

FOX 26 weekend morning anchor Sally MacDonald named morning anchor after Rita Garcia moves to LA.

TSU Basketball set to be broadcast on AT&T Sports Network Southwest with Butch Alsandor and former TSU Lady Tigers head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke.

Rick McFarland retires from KPRC 2 after almost 40 years.

Who left or joined the Houston media scene in 2017?

Top mikemcguff blog posts for 2017 by your clicks.


KENS-TV anchorwoman Karen Grace, a station vet of 12 years, has resigned.

KABB met Shaun Stevens bids farewell to his job of 12 years.

KENS reporter Natassia Paloma leaves for an anchor job in El Paso's KTSM NewsChannel 9.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. announced that Dean Radla has been named to General Manager of WOAI (NBC) in San Antonio, Texas. He will continue to be the General Manager of KABB-TV (FOX 29) and retain oversight of Sinclair's provision of services to KMYS-TV (CW 35) under a joint sale agreement. Mr. Radla has served as General Manager for KABB (FOX 29) and has been responsible for oversight of Sinclair's provision of services to KMYS (CW 35) under a joint sale agreement since 2012. Prior to that, he served as Director of Sales at the same stations since 1999. From 1997 until 1999, he was the Local Sales Manager for KABB (FOX 29). Mr. Radla has over 35 years of sales and management experience, including 27 years in the television industry in the San Antonio market where he began his television career in 1990 at KMOL-TV (now WOAI-TV). During his career with Sinclair, Mr. Radla has been involved in numerous corporate wide projects focusing on inventory management and revenue strategies. In addition, he has also performed the duties of Regional Sales Consultant, with oversight in Sinclair Broadcast's Oklahoma City market. Mr. Radla received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising from Texas State University.

Houston native Niku Kazori has joined KENS 5 as a multi-skilled journalist. She previously worked at WVLT Knoxville, Tennessee; WCBD Charleston, South Carolina and KCBD Channel 11 Lubbock.


Top 10 Austin TV/radio posts of 2017.


Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. announced that Matt Kaplowitz has been promoted to General Manager of KFOX (FOX) and KDBC (CBS) in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Kaplowitz has been the Director of Sales at KFOX-TV (FOX) in El Paso, Texas since 2013. He began his career in television sales working for the ABC affiliate in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Kaplowitz moved to KFOX in 2001 where he worked as an Account Executive until 2009. In 2009, he moved to Reno as a Local Sales Manager working for KRXI and KAME for three years before being promoted to Local Sales Manager of WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh. In 2013, Mr. Kaplowitz moved back to El Paso to assume the role of Director of Sales for the now Sinclair-owned KFOX-TV and KDBC-TV. Mr. Kaplowitz holds a degree in media arts from the University of Arizona.

Marco Revuelta is leaving his job as an MMJ/weekend anchor at KGNS Laredo for KWTX Waco/Temple/Killeen.

Jasmine Styles jumps 129 markets to become weekend anchor and reporter at WFTS in Tampa. Previously, she was a primary anchor at KBTV in Beaumont.
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Daniela Pardo jumps over 70 markets to become an MMJ at KXTV in Sacramento. Most recently, she was a reporter at KTSM in El Paso.
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Robert 'Bassman' Washington of Majic 102.1 and 97.9 the Box passes away.

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