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101 KLOL documentary Runaway Radio Houston screening
WATCH: Mike McGuff's "Runaway Radio" 101 KLOL documentary - now streaming!

Friday, April 12, 2024

Trason Bragg joins KHOU 11 Houston


Trason Bragg is joining KHOU 11 Houston after working for the CBS Local News Innovation Lab out of the now-named CBS News Texas KTVT in Dallas - Fort Worth, where he was an anchor/reporter for CBS-owned and operated stations nationwide.

I am back from my 2024 Washington, DC, work and will return to regular blogging.  Let the Houston and Texas media news flow again! Now, when I'm off, I can replace the lack of blog posts with my documentary, "Runaway Radio."

My DFW readers may recall seeing Bragg on "CBS News DFW Now on TXA21."  And for those in Houston, you'll likely recognize Collin Myers, a meteorologist Bragg worked with starting in 2022 when the news division was launched. 

For three years, Bragg was a reporter and sports anchor/reporter for CBS 46 WGCL (now called Atlanta News First).

He got his television news start with KRGV 5 Rio Grande Valley as a reporter in 2017.

Bragg might look familiar to television viewers outside of Texas and Georgia since he appeared in season three of BET’s reality show Baldwin Hills. According to IMDB, he was also featured in Whiz Kids (2013) and Almost Famous: The Series (2012).

TRIVIA TIME
Speaking of reality shows and local TV talent, which former Texas TV meteorologist appeared on CBS' Big Brother?

But wait, there's more.

Sports fans in California might recognize Bragg's name from when he played football for UCLA. 







Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Watch Mike McGuff's "Runaway Radio" 101 KLOL doc


Since I am not posting this week as I'm in Washington, D.C., why don't you at least kick back and watch my 101 KLOL Houston documentary "Runaway Radio" via Video on Demand (VOD)!


WATCH IT HERE


    “With Runaway Radio director Mike McGuff has created a raucous rock and roll documentary about the iconic Houston Album-Oriented-Rock (AOR) radio station 101 KLOL. It started in 1970 as a progressive rock station, where DJs played what they liked. It grew into a national phenomenon that was revered and copied widely.”

    – Bradley Gibson, Film Threat


   “‘Runaway Radio,’ a documentary celebrating the wild and woozy heyday of the pioneering local rock radio station KLOL-FM. On the air from 1970 to 2004, KLOL transformed over its life from shaggy, free-form anarchy to loudmouth, shock-jock insanity, all the while providing the guitar-heavy soundtrack for a couple of generations of head-banging Houstonians.”

    – Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle


    “Freedom is a theme that comes up frequently in Runaway Radio, a film produced and directed by Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. KLOL broke damn near every rule that had previously governed FM radio, raising a middle finger to local blue noses and keepers of decency for over thirty years. Meantime, KLOL was generating huge ratings and even bigger profits as one of the most successful rock and roll stations in the country. We’re talking powerhouse. The Big Kahuna. King Kong.”

    – Tom Richards, Houston Press


    “The writer-director keeps the documentary moving at a swift pace while cramming a substantial amount of information in the 83-minute running time making this a must-see for rock fans.”

    – Joe Friar, Fort Worth Report




Monday, April 08, 2024

Mike McGuff in Washington, D.C. this week

Mike McGuff


Hello from Washington, D.C., this week. Your favorite Texas media blogger is asking Houston-area members of Congress to help end Alzheimer's disease.

This time, a familiar face will be on the trip, KHOU 11 weekend anchor Marcelino Benito, who is now a Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter Board Member!

Below is a video I produced covering 2023's Walk to End Alzheimer's Houston, in which Benito bravely shares the story of his mother's battle with the disease.

As an Alzheimer's Ambassador, I will meet the staffers of my member of Congress, Representative Lizzie Fletcher of the Texas 7th Congressional District. 

Here is my story as an Alzheimer's Association, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter Board Member fighting against the disease that took my mother's life.

If you live in Texas' 7th Congressional District (now with new boundaries), meaning Rep. Fletcher is currently your member of Congress, JOIN MY AMBASSADOR TEAM HERE. We can ensure that Rep. Fletcher and Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz know we are serious about ending Alzheimer's disease! You can help by simply tweeting or doing as much as going to D.C.

You can also help me in my fight by supporting my Walk to End Alzheimer's Houston team.  







Dominique Sachse's first week back on live TV video


Dominique Sachse joined Dr. Phil's new network, Merit Street Media, as a morning show anchor for Morning on Merit Street

Here is the former KPRC 2 anchor's video about her first week back on air.

Other former Houston TV journalists who have joined Sachse include Sonia Azad and Haddie Djemal.




Saturday, April 06, 2024

'Last Call With Steve Noviello' launches on FOX 4 KDFW


In December, I blogged about EMMY Award-winning FOX 4 KDFW Dallas—Fort Worth consumer reporter Steve Noviello launching a show called "4Real" on sister station KDFI Ch 27.

This week, the station announced that the show will relaunch this weekend as "Last Call With Steve Noviello" on FOX 4.

"'Last Call With Steve Noviello' is DFW’s first local late-night talk show," the station's Facebook page posted.  "Join Steve and a rotating panel of familiar faces for a fresh look at what’s going on in the world.  No desks, no scripts, no boundaries and NO BAD NEWS."

You can catch the new show on Saturday at 10:00pm and Sunday at 10:30pm on FOX 4.



Disney’s Fight To Save ESPN From Cord Cutters


This CNBC documentary delves into ESPN's strategies to survive in a digital-centric world.

For over four decades, ESPN has reigned supreme as the undisputed leader in sports media. Its revenue, surpassing $16 billion annually, has soared through consistent hikes in fees charged to cable TV providers. 

However, the landscape of media is swiftly evolving. 

Over the past ten years, approximately 40 million U.S. households have severed ties with traditional cable TV. 

ESPN must adapt to cater to potential customers who do not subscribe to cable bundles, especially as new rivals such as YouTube TV, Apple, Amazon, Peacock, and potentially Netflix enter the fray by bidding on live sports packages. 




Friday, April 05, 2024

93.7 The Beat KQBT Houston schedule changes


93.7 The Beat KQBT Houston announced a schedule change in April 2024.

DJ Carmen Contreras moves from afternoons to mid-days, 9am-2pm.

Jerrel ‘Hardbody Kiotti’ Brown moves from nights to afternoons, 2pm-7pm.

That puts Ashlee Young moving to nights 7pm to midnight from mid-days.

The Breakfast Club stays in the morning timeslot.




NBC and Telemundo FAST Channels’ Eclipse Programming Begins at 11am


NBCUniversal Local will present comprehensive coverage of the upcoming total solar eclipse on its NBC and Telemundo streaming news channels on April 8, beginning at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT. The free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channels will feature multiple hours of unprecedented bilingual coverage, with reporting from Mexico to Maine, as the astronomical event crosses North America.

The live special anchoring the extended streaming coverage will be produced by Dallas-Fort Worth’s NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX. The program will be led by anchors Brian Curtis, Deborah Ferguson, Nancy Leal and Carlos Zapata, and Chief Meteorologists Nestor Flecha and Rick Mitchell from Reunion Tower in Dallas. Additional reporters and meteorologists will contribute from more than a dozen different locations in the eclipse’s path.

Program schedules vary by channel. Select NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations will deliver complementary or exclusively local coverage on their respective stations and streaming channels, including NBC Chicago News (beginning at 8 a.m. CT). Check channel listings for programming information; times subject to change.

NBCU Local’s 24/7 streaming news portfolio includes 11 NBC local news channels – which cover each of NBCU Local’s NBC-owned station markets – and four regional Telemundo channels: Noticias Telemundo California, Noticias Telemundo Florida, Noticias Telemundo Noreste and Noticias Telemundo Texas. The channels are available nationwide on leading streaming services and connected TV (CTV) platforms.

NBC local news streaming channels

    NBC New York News – Coverage starting at 12 p.m. ET

    NBC Los Angeles News – Coverage starting at 9 a.m. PT

    NBC Chicago News – Coverage starting at 8 a.m. CT

    NBC Philadelphia News – Coverage starting at 12 p.m. ET

    NBC Dallas News – Coverage starting at 11 a.m. CT

    NBC Washington DC News – Coverage starting at 12 p.m. ET

    NBC SF Bay Area News – Coverage starting at 9 a.m. PT

    NBC Boston News – Coverage starting at 2 p.m. ET

    NBC South Florida News – Coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET

    NBC San Diego News – Coverage starting at 9 a.m. PT

    NBC Connecticut News – Coverage starting at 12 p.m. ET


Telemundo regional news streaming channels:


    Noticias Telemundo California – Coverage starting at 9 a.m. PT

    Noticias Telemundo Florida – Coverage starting at 2 p.m. ET

    Noticias Telemundo Noreste – Coverage starting at 12:30 p.m. ET

    Noticias Telemundo Texas – Coverage starting at 11 a.m. CT


*Times subject to change.


(Taken from a release sent to me by NBC Univeral)

 

Jen Phillips anchors with baby on Lubbock TV


When Jen Phillips brought baby Lia to work after her birth, the KAMC Lubbock morning anchor probably didn't think the two would become an impromptu anchor team!

"When the babysitter is out of town...we do what we have to do," Phillips posted.  "Lia’s TV debut was pure chaos but I wouldn’t have it any other way."

It also probably wasn't the April Fools' Day event she was expecting.

A newscast featuring a baby has happened in other Texas markets over the last few years.  I understand.  When my son was two, I had a meeting in the executive conference with him and KPRC 2 bigwigs! He behaved better than I did, probably. 

Phillips joined KAMC from News12 KXII Sherman in August 2022.