Friday, June 24, 2022

Shelby Rose joins FOX 26 Houston


Shelby Rose is returning to FOX 26 KRIV Houston as a freelance reporter.

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Rose comes from KATV ABC 7 Little Rock, Arkansas where she worked as a reporter since August 2018.

Before KATV, Rose worked as a multi-media journalist (MMJ) for KX News KXMB Bismarck, North Dakota.

The Sugar Land raised Rose is a University of Texas at San Antonio grad.  

As I referenced in the open, this is a return to FOX 26 for Rose since she interned there as a UTSA student. 



Thursday, June 23, 2022

Clay Falls leaves KBTX 3 Bryan


The Bryan ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved KBTX Senior Reporter/Fill-in Anchor Clay Falls as the school district's next Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Monday, June 13 board meeting.

Falls, who has lived and worked in the Bryan community for over 12 years, replaces Matthew LeBlanc, who moved to the Fort Worth area in May. Falls said it is tough to leave his longtime news home but is excited about the opportunity that lies before him in Bryan ISD.

"I am honored and excited to join Superintendent Carrabine's team and their incredible communications department,” Falls said. “Amazing things are happening every day in Bryan ISD. I look forward to sharing the stories of the school district, our teachers, staff and students as well as this next chapter in my career. I'm excited to stay in our wonderful community and expand the longtime relationships built in my more than a dozen years here at KBTX-TV and in B-CS.”

Education is near and dear to Falls' heart. His mother was a physical education teacher for more than 30 years in the North Texas area, and he worked as a substitute teacher at Granbury ISD earlier in his career. He said he shares his mom’s passion for education and is thankful for the opportunity to use his media experience and knowledge in a field that means so much to him.

Bryan ISD Superintendent Ginger Carrabine connected with Falls' love for education and the deep relationships he’s formed in Bryan.

"Clay's love for Bryan and its schools is a huge asset," Carrabine said. "His experience is impressive, but his love for his community is even more impressive."

About the Hire:

Clay Falls graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Before joining KBTX, Falls worked as a bureau reporter for two years at CBS 19 in Longview. He's received several awards throughout his extensive journalism career, including being part of a team that won a Lone Star EMMY Award for coverage of tornadoes and storm damage. He was also part of KBTX’s 2022 Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news coverage.

In his free time, Falls can regularly be seen running up and down Bryan streets, preparing for his next marathon, or skiing on both the water and the snow. He also volunteers at his church, First United Methodist in Bryan where he teaches Sunday School and sings in the choir.

Clay and his wife Heather have a three-year-old daughter named Kendall.

“My wife, daughter and I have made this home,” Falls said. “Our child will be a student in Bryan ISD in a few years. We are excited about this new journey."


(This post taken from a Bryan ISD press release)



KTSU celebrating 50 years of broadcast excellence with Backyard Party

KTSU


Texas Southern University’s award-winning KTSU 90.9FM “The Choice” is celebrating its 50th anniversary of service to the Houston community with a Backyard Party.

The TSU Board of Regents was issued a license by the Federal Communications Commission in 1972. KTSU first hit the air the following year, on June 23, 1973, with just 10 watts of power. That day, KTSU became the first African-American FM station on Houston’s airwaves. The first song ever played on KTSU was “The Funky Worm” by the Ohio Players. To date, KTSU remains a source of local music of all genres, and a destination for Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Rhythm and Blues, and more.

“KTSU has been a beacon in the Houston community since its inception,” said KTSU general manager Ernest Walker. “From the beginning, the station has been committed to the greater good of Houston. Not only is KTSU a source of entertainment, but it is a major component of outreach as a source of news and public affairs information that ensures our listeners know what’s happening in the community around them. We are thankful for the members who support us, and for every listener who makes KTSU a part of their daily routine.”

The public is invited to celebrate with the entire KTSU family, past and present, at a free 50th Anniversary Backyard Party outside the KTSU station (3100 Cleburne St., Houston, TX 77004) on Friday, June 24, 2022, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be live performances by Houston artists Mary Griffin, Spud Howard, Melanie Covington, and Werner Richmond, as well as other celebrity guests. There will also be live DJ performances by Chilly Bill Smith, Paul “PD” Davis, and Michelle McKnight.

KTSU is a training platform for students enrolled in TSU’s School of Communication. In 2019, the station launched KTSU2 “The Voice,” a student-run streaming radio platform. KTSU expanded further with the launch of The Vibe in 2020. The Vibe is the digital and innovative Urban Alternative station, powered by KTSU, that appeals to Millennials and Generation Z, offering the latest in Hip Hop, R&B, and Neo-Soul on the FM dial and through 24-hour streaming.

“KTSU continues to evolve to meet the growing needs of an ever-expanding audience,” said Melinda Spaulding, TSU’s Vice President for Communications and Advancement. “As we celebrate 50 years of being a leading public radio station and a fixture in our community, we look forward to all KTSU will accomplish and all the students who will launch into successful broadcast careers over the next 50 years.”

Tickets are not required for the Backyard Party. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs. Anniversary events began in June 2021 and will continue throughout the year.


(This post was taken from a press release)




Matthew Seedorff is engaged

Matthew Seedorff announced he is now an engaged man.  His new fiancé, Natalie, said yes to the FOx 26 KRIV Houston reporter.


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Mike Rush joins KXAN Austin


Mike Rush has been named as KXAN Austin weekend anchor/consumer investigative reporter according to CBK Media Management.

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Rush left competitor KVUE Austin in March 2021 where he was an evening anchor, then later a morning anchor. He joined the TEGNA station in March 2017.

Before returning to Texas, Rush was an anchor for KSDK NewsChannel 5 St. Louis, Missouri.

Rush also worked as:

- Weekend Anchor WPMI Mobile, AL

- General Assignment Reporter WGNO New Orleans, LA 

- Weekend Anchor KPLC Lake Charles, LA 


The Houston native and former Bellaire High School cheerleader graduated from the University of Houston and interned at FOX 26 KRIV.



Drew Davis joins KBTX Bryan-College Station


Drew Davis is joining the KBTX 3 Bryan-College Station weather department.

Here is what Davis posted on Facebook:


"I’m super excited to announce that I am joining the KBTX Weather team right here in Bryan-College Station! 

I’m super thankful for my time with the KTEN Weather team. They have been incredibly supportive throughout my collegiate career.

Cannot wait to get started working with the whole KBTX Media team!"


Readers of this blog might recognize Davis from his Super Mario Bros. Texas weather report.

Davis comes from KTEN 10 News Sherman where he's a part-time weather anchor. 

According to his KTEN bio, the Red Oak, Texas native is a meteorology major at Texas A&M University 


San Antonio TV stations launch NEXTGEN TV ATSC 3.0


Four television stations serving the San Antonio market yesterday began broadcasting with NEXTGEN TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. Yesterday’s launch includes KABB (FOX), WOAI-TV (NBC), KMYS (DABL) and KCWX (MyNet).

ATSC 3.0 NEXTGEN TV IN TEXAS
Houston TV stations launch NEXTGEN TV

Based on the same fundamental technology as the Internet and digital apps, NEXTGEN TV can support a wide range of features that are currently in development. In addition to providing a new, improved way for broadcasters to reach viewers with advanced emergency alerts, NEXTGEN TV features stunning video with brilliant color, sharper images and deeper contrast to create a more life-like experience.

NEXTGEN TV adds a new dimension to TV viewing, with vibrant video and new Voice+ dialogue enhancement that brings voices to the foreground. Movie theater-quality sound lets viewers hear every voice clearly and keeps volume consistent across channels. NEXTGEN TV also can be enhanced with Internet content to enable viewers to get the most out of live sports, live news, and live events in real-time, without looking away from TV screens.

Powered by ATSC 3.0, NEXTGEN TV is the most significant broadcast technology upgrade to date. Features available on NEXTGEN TV will vary by device and station as broadcasters roll out service across the country. Shoppers should look for the NEXTGEN TV logo to be sure a TV or device is compatible with ATSC 3.0 signals.

Yesterday’s launch in San Antonio follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by the local stations. KMYS, which is owned by Deerfield Media, has converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions. KMYS will broadcast its own programming, as well as the programming of the other participating stations, in NEXTGEN TV format. All programming of all participating stations will continue to be available in the existing DTV format, which can be received on all modern television sets. BitPath, which is developing new data broadcasting services, led the planning process and coordinated efforts across the four television stations.

From Seattle, Washington, to Washington, D.C., and from the Great Lakes to the Lone Star State, NEXTGEN TV service is already on the air in more than 45 cities across the country. San Antonio viewers can learn more about NEXTGEN TV by visiting www.WatchNextGenTV.com, which offers a guide listing cities currently carrying the service, as well as links to available NEXTGEN TV set models.

Antenna viewers without NEXTGEN TV sets can simply rescan their TV sets to ensure uninterrupted service. Rescan instructions are available at fcc.gov/rescan. Cable and satellite subscribers do not need to take any action.

About KABB and WOAI-TV – Sinclair

KABB and WOAI-TV are leading stations in the San Antonio television market. The stations are owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI), a diversified media company and a leading provider of local sports and news. KABB is affiliated with the FOX television network and WOAI-TV is affiliated with NBC. Sinclair owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands; owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets; owns multiple national networks including Tennis Channel and Stadium; and has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital and streaming platforms NewsOn and STIRR. For more information, please visit https://foxsanantonio.com/, https://news4sanantonio.com/ and sbgi.net.

About KMYS - Deerfield

Deerfield Media (San Antonio), Inc. is proud the serve as the ATSC 3.0 host for the San Antonio television market, where KMYS is the exclusive affiliate of the DABL network. Deerfield Media (San Antonio), Inc. is a member of the Deerfield Media affiliated group of companies, which comprise 10 television station serving mid-size television markets within the United States. In addition, Deerfield Media (Mountain Resort), Inc. is a leading video production house serving clients throughout the intermountain west region and is engaged in action-sport video production and syndication.

About KCWX - Corridor

KCWX, the MyNet affiliate for San Antonio, Texas is owned and operated by Corridor Television, LLP. KCWX is excited to be working with Sinclair, Deerfield and BitPath to bring NextGen TV, the new digital broadcast technology, to the San Antonio market.

About BitPath

BitPath is building the nation's first dedicated broadcast data network to provide innovative new services like BitPoint™ and NavPath™ at a fraction of the cost of other systems. Based in Arlington, Virginia, the BitPath network will launch this year covering dozens of cities. For more information, visit bitpath.com.


(This post taken from a press release)



Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Samica Knight featured on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" segment


Samica Knight posted that she was featured on abc13 KTRK Disney-owned sibling "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on ABC in the segment "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship."


Here is video of the full segment with the Houston morning anchor's appearance.




Meredith Aldis joins FOX 7 Austin KTBC


Meredith Aldis is joining FOX 7 Austin KTBC from Local 3 News WRCB Chattanooga, Tennessee where she was a reporter.

 Here is what Aldis tweeted:


"I’M COMING HOME! I’m so excited to announce I’ll be a @fox7austin reporter starting in July. 

Thank you @Local3News family for an unforgettable two years. Austin has always had a special place in my heart."


Aldis joined WRCB in June 2020 from FOX34 KJTV Lubbock, Texas where she was a reporter.

The Cypress, Texas native graduated from Baylor University where she was honored as an Academic All-Big XII, athlete, competing on the acrobatics & tumbling team with her identical twin sister, Madison.

While in school, Aldis worked for the Baylor Lariat and Lariat TV News. She also interned with KATV ABC 7 Little Rock, Arkansas.