Friday, January 24, 2020

Heather Sullivan joins FOX 26

Heather Sullivan joins FOX 26 KRIV serving as a consumer reporter for “Houston’s Morning Show” and other newscasts

Heather Sullivan will join FOX 26, announced station Vice President and News Director, Susan Schiller. Effective February 2020, she will serve as a consumer reporter for “Houston’s Morning Show” and various station newscasts.

In making the announcement, Schiller stated, “As your FOX26 for Life station, we are committed to helping our viewers make the most of every dollar they have. As an award-winning consumer reporter, Heather has the experience and knowledge to give them day-to-day practical advice on how to spend money and avoid making costly mistakes.”

Most recently, Sullivan served as a business, consumer, and political reporter for NBC12 WWBT-TV in Richmond, VA. Prior to that, she was a national consumer correspondent for AMERICA NOW, a product of Raycom Media. Previously, Sullivan held the position of consumer investigative reporter and anchor for WSPA-TV in Greenville, Spartanburg, SC, and, before that, in WZVN-TV in Fort Myers, Fl. She also served as an anchor, reporter and host for Ocean County Newschannel in Los Angeles. Sullivan began her career in broadcasting as an anchor and reporter for KVAL-TV in Eugene, OR.

Sullivan added, "I can't wait to help Houstonians and their families save money, fight scams and rip-offs, and make smarter financial decisions.”

A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, she holds a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Communication. She also has an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

FOX Television Stations owns and operates 28 full power broadcast television stations in the U.S. These include stations located in nine of the top ten largest designated market areas (DMAs), and duopolies in 11 DMAs, including the three largest DMAs (New York, Los Angeles and Chicago). Of these stations, 17 are affiliated with the FOX Network. In addition to distributing sports, entertainment and syndicated content, our television stations collectively produce nearly 1,000 hours of local news every week. These stations leverage viewer, distributor and advertiser demand for the FOX Network’s national content.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by FOX Television Stations)

KLOL doc featured on CW39 Morning Dose

Thanks to CW39 KIAH's Morning Dose for featuring the KLOL Documentary. Dayna Steele, Outlaw Dave and I were interviewed by Sharron Melton!


Thursday, January 23, 2020

FOX 26's Ivory Hecker is a singer-songwriter

FOX 26 KRIV reporter/fill-in anchor Ivory Hecker's guitar hobby is developing into a real passion

If you watch FOX 26 KRIV reporter/fill-in anchor Ivory Hecker's Instagram, then you'll know she is developing into quite the singer/songwriter.

I asked Hecker about her guitar and singing journey.

Mike McGuff: How long have you been playing guitar?

Ivory Hecker: I’ve been playing guitar off and on since I was about 14. My dad bought me a classical guitar for Christmas that year.

How many songs have you written?

I’ve written ten songs in the past two months. I couldn’t write before that. I was hit with a lot of inspiration in 2019, and the songs came effortlessly and unexpectedly. I grabbed my guitar one day in November to play the covers of my favorite songs, like I often do when I want to zen out. This time an original song flowed right out of my soul and caught me by surprise. I was delighted. I wrote it down. The songs have kept coming to me ever since. Some of them have come in my sleep. It’s been fascinating. I started meditating in 2019, and I think that has something to do with it—detaching from my thoughts a bit and allowing my soul to speak.

Has a story you reported on touched you so much, that it became the basis of a song?

Not at this point. Nine of the songs are about my personal life—love songs. One song was inspired by something someone said to me at a press conference—unrelated to the story I was covering. That one is still being written.

When did you feel comfortable enough to perform live for a crowd? Where have you played publicly?

I call myself a hermit musician because I’ve been playing for so many years, but only alone in my room—never for an audience. I was asked to play publicly for the first time at a charity event last October. I was surprised by the invite, but I decided to say yes since the event was benefiting a mental health charity (NAMI), and I know first-hand how beneficial guitar is for mental health. It was out of my comfort zone, but it was a lot of fun. After that I got a lot of invites to play elsewhere.

Have you ever performed in the FOX 26 newsroom?

Yes, CoCo Dominguez invited me to bring my guitar into the newsroom last month and jam out live on her Fox 26 Facebook Live show “Cup of CoCo.” We had a fun conversation about music, and I played the latest song I had written that week.

Anything else you want to add?

If you follow your heart, you’ll get to experience life’s magic. I couldn’t write a single song until I detached from the rat race in my head enough to hear what my heart was asking for. That’s when life became really beautiful and rich and the songs started to flow. Meditation was key. I started meditating with the Headspace App—highly recommend it!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Cathy Hernandez has baby!

KPRC 2 reporter Cathy Hernandez announced a world changing event!

"Our hearts are overflowing!! 💖 Andrea Marie arrived on January 20, 2020 and we’re completely in love. Our world is forever the most AMAZING way," she posted on Facebook.

Last August, Hernandez and her husband celebrated the baby girl's gender reveal with pink smoke cannons.

Coincidentally, the same day as Hernandez's big announcement, the 2019 KPRC baby boom brought us channel 2 anchor Lauren Freeman's fifth child!

Houston sports legends - the 34s come together

After the week we recently had with the Houston Texans and Astros, I thought I'd pass along this event that will help you remember past Houston sports greats:

Houston- Fiterman Sports announces for the first ever and what may be the only time ever, it will have Houston Legends better known as the three 34’s at The Autograph Show of Texas at the Pasadena Fairgrounds. Nolan Ryan will be joining Hakeem Olajuwon and Earl Campbell to take photographs together with fans and sign autographs on Sunday, January 26th.

“This will be an extraordinary event for the city of Houston. For fans to be able to see the three 34’s together at one place at one time is truly momentous.” says Ryan Fiterman CEO of Fiterman Sports.

In addition to these legends, The Autograph Show is proud to host the official WWE Royal Rumble Meet and Greets featuring EIGHT WWE SUPERSTARS. Wrestlers include Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt.
The Autograph show is divided into three days with Entertainment Television and Movie actors including Carmen Electra, Ralph Macchio and Mario Lopez on Saturday along with WWE Stars and UFC Champs Randy Couture and Matt Hughes and Sunday; Hall of Fame and professional Athletes: Dennis Rodman, Lawrence Taylor, Rudy Tomjanovich, Clyde Drexler, Ricky Williams, Vince Young, Pete Rose and Allen Iverson.

Autograph Tickets will be limited, and fans can go online to purchase them by going to PRE-SOLD tickets are not mailed but picked up during the show hours at the WILL CALL booth by showing your PHOTO ID.

Admission tickets are all purchased the day of the event and CASH ONLY. Kids under 12 are free. Parking is complimentary. VIP Passes are sold for EACH Day at $29 and this gets ticket holders to the front of any photo opportunity or autograph line. Photo Ops are limited to 2 adults per paid photo opportunity ticket. Children can join in the photo. Photos will be taken by
a professional photographer with an 8x10 printed within minutes. There is also plenty of unsigned merchandise to purchase for each guest in attendance.

The Autograph Show also features a variety of vendors and merchants, including the WWE Royal Rumbel POP UP Shop, as well as concession stands with barbecue and beverages. The Pasadena Police along with Houston Police will be onsite each day to ensure the safety of our
customers and celebrities.

Friday: 3pm - 9pm
Saturday: 9am - 6pm
Sunday: 9am - 6pm
Daily Admission
(1) Day Adult Admission: $10 (Kids under 12 Free)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Where is Samica Knight 2020?

abc13 KTRK morning anchor Samica Knight has not been on air in weeks, nor has she posted to social media since January 7, 2020.

Unfortunately that is about all I can tell you about Knight's whereabouts.

What I can tell you is that my social media messages and email are filling up with questions from concerned channel 13 viewers!

Viewers tell me Brhe Berry has been filling in for Knight.

In my 2018 Where is Samica Knight on abc13 KTRK post, Knight had left enough clues on social media to let us know she was experiencing medical issues.

So, not much info is available this time, but I wanted to let you know I am aware of the situation and please let me know if you see her back on TV or posting to social media.

Let's hope she is just on vacation.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Jennifer Reyna update 2020

Former KPRC 2 morning traffic anchor Jennifer Reyna says "sleeping in has been amazing"

Within four hours, former KPRC 2 morning traffic anchor Jennifer Reyna's first 2020 update on Instagram had 11,069 views.

Wow! There are teams of people at the Houston TV stations trying to figure out how to get numbers like that on video.

"Miss you guys soooo much!! 😘❤️ A big thanks to each and every one of you who inquired or sent me well wishes. Sleeping in has been amazing. I’m human now, lol. 🦄🧍🏽‍♀️ Cheers to that and hope you are walking into 2020 fully energized! #TheWalk #WomanLikeMe 🎧 #LittleMix #JReyStyle"

Lots of questions have been coming in on what she's doing now? Why isn't JRey on TV?

First, I would guess that Reyna had at least a six month non-compete clause in her channel 2 contract. So that means at the time of this post, we are still in the middle of that. This type of clause prohibits her from appearing on any other Houston TV station during that time period.

People ask me where she's going?

 I have no clue.

 But based on what I hear, you would think KHOU 11 would want to hire Reyna in some capacity...that is if she even wants to work in TV news anymore.

Jennifer Reyna breaks silence after leaving KPRC

In case you have been living under a rock, KPRC announced last October it could not reach a new agreement with Reyna.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Hannah Mackenzie joins KPRC 2

WEAR Pensacola anchor/reporter Hannah Mackenzie joins KPRC 2 as a freelance reporter

Hannah Mackenzie, a former anchor/reporter for WEAR Pensacola, FL, is joining KPRC as a freelance reporter.

"HOU-ge news! I’m heading back to my hometown where I’ve accepted a freelance reporter position with @KPRC2 - the station I grew up watching. So excited for this next chapter! #Houston here I come," Mackenzie tweeted.

So when I get asked who is replacing the recently departed KPRC 2 reporter Sophia Beausoleil, let's assume its Mackenzie. Or it could be a total coincidence - if you are around TV news long enough, you get this.

Mackenzie grew up in Houston, but is originally from Aberdeen, Scotland. She is not the only Houston TV reporter who immigrated to H-Town from Scotland. So did actor Daniel Craig's (you know James Bond) second cousin, KHOU 11 consumer reporter Tiffany Craig, who moved here from Dingwall, Scotland.

She left WEAR in October 2019 and started with the station in 2016.

Here are other career highlights:

News Anchor/Reporter/Producer
McAllen, Texas
Aug 2013 – Jun 2016

YNN Austin

News Intern
Jan 2013 – May 2013

Mackenzie is a University of Texas at Austin grad with a Bachelors degree in Journalism.