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Friday, June 22, 2018

Sean Salisbury joining SportsTalk 790 KBME

iHeartMedia Houston announced today its new weekday lineup for SportsTalk 790, Houston’s Home for Your Home Teams, effective July 9


Lots of stuff happening in the Houston sports radio world as I was in Washington DC working with our Congressional offices to get funding for fighting Alzheimer's disease in my mother's name.

I received the below press release earlier this week so I wanted to bring it to your attention now I'm back in H-Town.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reported that the former hosts in that time slot, Jayson Braddock and former Houston Oilers defensive lineman Sean Jones, were let go. Adam Clanton, also apart of the show, was let go in May after a Twitter beef with morning show host Josh Innes.

As I tweeted earlier this week, Clanton is now working part-time at SportsRadio 610 KILT.



Here is the press release about Sean Salisbury joining KBME:

Former NFL Quarterback Sean Salisbury joins the weekday lineup from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. “We’re thrilled to be adding Salisbury to the team. The former QB brings a unique perspective from his days on the gridiron,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming for iHeart Media Houston.

In addition to playing professional football for 10 years, Salisbury has worked as an NFL analyst on ESPN, appearing on Sports Center and NFL Live, and served as a consultant for the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard.

“I've been blessed with a full career and this opportunity to work with iHeart and Sportstalk 790 was too good to pass up in so many ways. I don't take these great moments lightly,” said Salisbury. “The last 5 years have been special. I fully expect this new journey to be filled with WOW moments that make our listeners feel like they are getting the show they deserve!”

Salisbury joins a lineup featuring Josh Innes, Matt Thomas and former NFL players Greg Koch and N.D. Kalu. SportsTalk 790 will also continue its broadcast partnerships with the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets and the University of Texas football and basketball teams.

“We’ve put together an All Star lineup of guys who know sports and love talking about sports,” said Erickson. “Sportstalk 790 is truly the best destination for compelling local sports content in Houston.”

Full Programming Lineup:
“The Josh Innes Show” 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
“In the Trenches with Koch & Kalu” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“The Matt Thomas Show” 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
“The Sean Salisbury Show” 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

iHeartMedia Houston has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises – both broadcast and digital – including SUNNY 99.1, 94.5 The Buzz, The All-New 93.7 The Beat, KISS FM, Newsradio 740 KTRH, AM 950 KPRC and SportsTalk 790 – and produces legendary marquee events including Buzzfest and The Houston Beat Bash.

iHeartMedia is a leading media outlet in the Houston market and its content is available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast station; online via its branded digital site; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio, the all-in-one streaming music and live radio service – with its more than 1.7 billion downloads and 110 million registered users.

About iHeartMedia Houston
iHeartMedia Houston owns and operates KBME-AM, KISS-FM, KQBT-FM, KODA-FM, KPRC-AM, KTBZ-FM, KTRH-AM), and is part of iHeartMedia. With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 131 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leading media company in the U.S., iHeartMedia serves over 150 local markets through 849 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, on satellite, at iHeartRadio.com, on the company’s station websites and on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital music, podcast, on demand and live streaming radio service, available on over 250 platforms and 2,000 devices, including on digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables and smartphones, on virtual assistants, smart speakers, TVs and gaming consoles.

iHeartRadio offers users the country's top live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist, on demand features and the top podcasts and personalities. The all-in-one digital service has more than 1.7 billion downloads, 110 million registered users and is the No. 1 commercial radio podcaster in the U.S.

iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital, social, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRTQ). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.




Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thanks to KPRC 2 for covering my mom's Alzheimer's story #endalz


Special thanks to KPRC 2 for covering my mom's story in her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The story aired at 10pm last night. I actually did not see it live on the air because I was still on a plane coming in from my trip meeting with the staffs of the Houston-area Congressional offices.

For Mike McGuff, life is all about creating precious memories with his two boys -- James and David.

The local web designer and creator of the popular media blog MikeMcGuff.com realizes just how quickly life can change, and one's memory can fade completely.

"If you look at those pictures, you would not know, but by then, she was disappearing rapidly at that point," McGuff said as he described his mother, Elizabeth. READ MORE

Tera Roberson, John Hill, Bill Carruthers, John Barone and Andy Cerota did a fantastic job covering this informative story with care and compassion.

Hopefully it can help someone.

For more information click here or to help fight the disease with a donation, click here.





Saturday, June 16, 2018

KLOL would get ratted out by the Houston Chronicle in the 1970s


I told you about Runaway Radio Rewind the other day.

runawayradiorewind.com/

It's a video podcast that looks back at the crazy world of rocker 101 KLOL by the people who were working there. They are even throwing in a classic Stevens and Pruett Uncle Waldo for good measure!

Above is episode #1 which goes into the early days of the station in the Rice Hotel in downtown Houston. This is back in the early 1970s.

In this podcast episode, Pat Fant, the man who signed on KLOL, talks about the early days of the legendary rock station. This part includes how the station used to get in trouble thanks to the Houston Chronicle which was across the street:

So that was the Rice Hotel setting. It was downtown Houston on Prairie at Travis I think. And the Houston Chronicle Building was directly across the street from the KLOL studios in the Rice Hotel.

And the rooftop of the Rice Hotel annex was just at the right height. That if we went out stairs got in the stairwell went up to the roof and did whatever it was we did on the roof, the people looked out the window from the Chronicle and they could see everything we were doing.

So, then that would appear in the paper from time to time that, You know, those hippies with KLOL were caught again. On the roof with their pipes and all that. So that was another running joke.

You can read more of the transcript here on the 101 KLOL documentary blog. Make sure to sign up to the documentary's email newsletter and social media sites so you know when the trailer comes out!



Friday, June 15, 2018

KPRC's Sara Donchey is expecting


The official announcement is here (at least this is the first I've seen of it).

KPRC 2 anchor Sara Donchey is having a baby. She just posted the news on her Facebook page.

The text: "When you have one too many plates of carne asada..."

Viewers have been asking me if Donchey was pregnant...but ladies and gentlemen...I am not touching that news until I see an official announcement.

Can you imagine if a bunch of viewers wrote me about a news anchor who was "pregnant," I posted "the news" and then only to find out it wasn't true!

That it really was "too many plates of carne asada."

Yikes.

I'd have carne asada all over my face in that instance.





2018 Lone Star Awards announced by Houston Press Club


It's that time of year again! The Houston Press Club has announced the 2018 Lone Star Awards winners.

If you were a big winner, click here to learn how to get your award.

RADIO


Radio Use of Sound

First Place 2018
Jack Morgan
Texas Public Radio
“Beethoven Maennerchor Sings The Praise of Being German Americans”

Second Place
Jack Morgan
Texas Public Radio
“San Antonio Remembers, Sings Praises For Alameda Theater”

Third Place 2018
David Martin Davies
Texas Public Radio
“Rebuilding After Harvey: A Rockport Fulton Christmas Carol”

Radio Talk Show

First Place 2018
Jill Ament, David Brown, Rhonda Fanning, Leah Scarpelli, Casey Cheek
Texas Standard
“Sexual Harassment At Texas Capitol”

Second Place 2018
David Martin Davies, Kim Johnson, Jan Ross Piedad
Texas Public Radio
“After Sutherland Springs, How Do We Cope With The Trauma Of Another Mass Shooting?”

Radio Hard News Feature

First Place 2018
Carson Frame
Texas Public Radio
“Closed Doors & Toxic Fumes”

Second Place 2018
Alan Stephens
Texas Standard
“Blowback”

Third Place 2018
Paul Flahive
Texas Public Radio
“Remote Workers Vulnerable In Disputes With Company, Says Employees”

Radio Politics/Government

First Place 2018
Ryan Poppe
Texas Public Radio
“Texas’ First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Set To Open In December”

Second Place 2018
David Martin Davies
Texas Public Radio
“Questions Rise About Manuel Medina’s Many Roles In Bexar County Democratic Party”

Radio Series

First Place 2018
Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
“Rebuilding After Harvey”

Second Place 2018
Joy Diaz
Texas Standard
“Help Wanted – Get Out”

Third Place 2018
David Martin Davies
Texas Public Radio
“Lead Poisoning In San Antonio Zip Codes”

Radio Soft News Feature

First Place 2018
Michael Marks
Texas Standard
“Operation Longhorn”

Second Place 2018
Carson Frame
Texas Public Radio
“A Swan Song For Some Military Bands: Budget Cuts Stop The Music”

Third Place 2018
Paul Flahive
Texas Public Radio
“San Antonio’s Last Traveling Typewriter Repairman”

Radio Journalist Of The Year
Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio

INTERNET


Internet News Feature Story

First Place 2018
Ernie Manouse, Matthew Brawley, Shannon Harrison
Houston Public Media
“Bufkins Christmas Wonderland”

Second Place 2018
Stacey Welsh
KENS5.com
“Keep Going: Texas Veteran Marks 75th Anniversary Of Bataan Death March”

Third Place 2018
Ron Kabele, Curtis Craven, Eliot Stone, Susan Shore, April Garner
Texas Historical Commission Texas Time Travel Website
“Marcelino Serna, A World War 1 Hero”

Internet Collaborative News Reporting

First Place 2018
KENS Staff
KENS5.com
“Team Coverage: The Sutherland Springs Church Massacre”

Second Place 2018

KENS Staff
KENS5.com
“Ingram Square Fire: A hero dies, a suspected arsonist speaks”

Internet Opinion

First Place 2018
Elizabeth Fordham
Energy Marketing Conferences
“Ghostwriting: The Very Apparent Fork In The Road”

Second Place 2018
Elizabeth Fordham
buffythebitchyblogger.com
“More Than 13 Reasons Why”

Third Place 2018
Nathan Cone
Texas Public Radio
“No One Is Innocent: Revisiting “Fire Walk With Me””

PUBLIC RELATIONS


Public Relations Annual Report

First Place 2018
Roy Prichard, Dwight Andrews, Darla Brown
McGovern Medical School, UTHealth
“McGovern Medical School Year In Review”

Second Place 2018
Doris Huang, Rebecca Hall
Houston Methodist Institute For Academic Medicine
“Houston Methodist Institute For Academic Medicine Annual Report”

Third Place 2018
Roy Prichard, Dwight Andrews, Darla Brown
McGovern Medical School, UTHealth
“Institute of Molecular Medicine IMMPact Report”

Public Relations Corporate Video

First Place 2018
Daniel Villarreal
Harris Co. Department of Education
“HCDE Tax Rate”

Second Place 2018
Gordon Williams, Jonathan Tippett, Tyler Hargraves, Edward Long, Johnny Lively
LUTV Productions
“Lamar University Department of Theater & Dance”

Third Place 2018
Daniel Villarreal
Harris County Department of Education
“Mayor GoPublic Message”

Public Relations Feature Article

First Place 2018
Ronda Wendler
MD Anderson Cancer Center
“To Treat Or Not To Treat”

Second Place 2018
Ronda Wendler
MD Anderson Cancer Center
“A Recurring Nightmare”

Third Place 2018
Carol Vaughn
Harris County Department of Education
“Overcoming Grief and Anger with Harris Co. Dept. of Education’s Help”

Public Relations News Release

First Place 2018
Mike Emery
University Of Houston-Downtown
“UHD Professor Teaching Criminology Using Comics”

Second Place 2018
Rob Cahill
UTHealth Website
“UTHealth/Harris Health physician performs emergency brain surgery during Hurricane Harvey”

Third Place 2018
Elizabeth Fordham
Newswire
“Three steps for developing a system-wide access strategy”

Public Relations Publication

First Place 2018
Michael Clark, Ronda Wendler, Andy Olin
MD Anderson Cancer Center
“Conquest Magazine”

Second Place 2018
Mike Emery, Sheryl Taylor, Thomas Shea, Elisa Crossland
University of Houston-Downtown
“UHD Magazine Winter 2017”

Public Relations Communicator Of the Year

Rob Cahill
UT Health Website

NEWSPAPER/PRINT


Newspaper – News or Feature Story

First Place 2018
Mike Hixenbaugh, David Hunn, Mark Collette
Houston Chronicle
“Fifty-one Inches”

Second Place 2018
Maria Recio
Austin-American Statesman
“An Austin company is among bidders for Trump’s border wall”

Newspaper – General Commentary/Criticism

First Place 2018
Lisa Falkenberg
Houston Chronicle
“We shouldn’t accept ‘new normal’ of mass shootings in America”

Second Place 2018
Arnold Wayne Jones
Dallas Voice
“Appreciation: Rene Moreno”

Print Photography

First Place 2018
Cody Duty
TMC Pulse
“Scar Stories: Portraits Of Survival”

Second Place 2018
Lindsey Sanders
Harris County Department of Education
“Focus”

Third Place 2018
Arnold Wayne Jones
Dallas Voice
“North To Vancouver”

Print Journalist Of The Year

Mike Hixenbaugh
Houston Chronicle

TELEVISION


TV Hard News Feature

First Place 2018
Kyle Porter, Grace White
KHOU
“Battle For The Border”

Second Place 2018
Greg Groogan, John Heads, David Lanier, Ray Williams, Matt Matejka
KRIV
“11 Voices of Suffering On The San Jacinto”

Third Place 2018
Mario Diaz, John Barone, Jon Hill, Bill Carruthers, Allen Reid Aaron Wische
KPRC
“Harvey Emissions”

TV Investigative Series

First Place 2018
Greg Groogan, John Heads, Aprille Meek, Ray Williams, Matt Matejka
KRIV
“Toxic Trouble”

Second Place 2018
Rose-Ann Aragon
KPRC
“Series: Generation Under Fire”

TV Soft News Feature

First Place 2018
Laura Lucas, Matthew Brawley, Shannon Harrison
Houston Public Media
“Eco-Artist Grant Manier”

Second Place 2018
Oscar Margain, Jose Sanchez
KENS
“Mowing Man”

Third Place 2018
Daniel Gotera, Mike Orta, Justin DeYoung
KHOU
“A Storyteller’s Story”

TV Documentary or Public Affairs

First Place 2018
Rachel McNeill, Allen Reid, Dawn Campbell, Robert Grant
KPRC
“Saving Madagascar”

Second Place 2018
Karen Loke, Ron Kabele
Texas Parks & Wildlife Television
“In Memory of Jacob”

Third Place 2018
TV Documentary or Public Affairs
Daniel Gotera, Mike Orta, Justin DeYoung
KHOU
“The Program: Pearland Oilers”

TV Editing

First Place 2018
Matthew Brawley
Houston Public Media
“Bufkins Christmas Wonderland”

Second Place 2018
Michael Humphries
KENS
“A Glimpse Into Heaven”

Third Place 2018
Tammy Griffin
KRIV
“EaDo Street Art”

TV Feature Photography

First Place 2018
Michael Humphries
KENS
“A Glimpse Into Heaven”

Second Place 2018
Matthew Brawley
Houston Public Media
“Unbelievably Cool Easter Eggs”

Third Place 2018
Matthew Brawley
Houston Public Media
“Eco-Artist Grant Manier”

TV Sports Feature

First Place 2018
Daniel Gotera, Mike Orta
KHOU
“Maggie’s Second Chance”

Second Place 2018
Daniel Gotera, Mike Orta
KHOU
“Fishing With An Angel”

Third Place 2018
Vinnie Vinzetta, Marcus Floyd, Jason Eggleston
KENS
“Loveable Losers: The Saga of the San Antonio Gunslingers”

TV Journalist Of The Year
Dillon Collier
KSAT

TV Photojournalist Of The Year
Kyle Porter
KHOU

MAGAZINES


Magazine Column

First Place 2018
Britni Riley
TMC Pulse Magazine
“Curated: The Intersection of Arts And Medicine”

Second Place 2018
Kristopher Sharp, John Wright
OutSmart Magazine
“The Deadly Consequences of Texas’ House Bill 3859”

Third Place 2018
Shanley Chien Pierce
TMC Pulse Magazine
“On the Side: How TMC Employees Spend Their Spare Time”

Magazine Layout

First Place 2018
Maggie Galehouse, Alyssum Klopp
TMC Pulse Magazine
“TMC Pulse March 2017”

Second Place 2018

John Wright, Blase DiStefano, Alex Rosa, Ashkan Roayaee, Staff
OutSmart Magazine
“Harvey’s Heroes: OutSmart October 2017”

Third Place 2018

Staff
Houstonia Magazine
“February 2017 Issue”

Magazine Article

First Place 2018
Shanley Chien Pierce
TMC Pulse Magazine
“Twin Skin: 3 TMC Doctors, 2 Identical Sisters and 1 Extraordinary Transplant”

Judges Comment: Adeptly balances the personal story of two sisters in sync with the larger, life and death drama surrounding them.

Second Place 2018
John Wright, Alex Rosa
OutSmart Magazine
“Harris County DA Kim Ogg Is America’s Top Gay Cop”

Third Place 2018
Roxanna Asgarian
Houstonia Magazine
“Family In Transition”

STUDENT CATEGORIES


Student Print Sports Story

First Place 2018
Nathan Keil
The Baylor Lariat
“Baylor football shows signs of life”

Second Place 2018
Karisa Norfleet
Lamar University Press
“Worst to first”

Third Place 2018
Nathan Keil
The Baylor Lariat
“West Virginia stuns Baylor on overtime free kick”

Student Print Photography

First Place 2018
Shane Proctor
Lamar University Press
“State Fair Carousel”

Second Place 2018
Liesje Powers
The Baylor Lariat
“Bonfire marshals”

Third Place 2018
Matt Beadle
Lamar University Press
“Cards demolish Falcons”

Student Print News or Feature Story

First Place 2018
Dani Yan
The Review
“Deliverance: How a father-son duo decided to brave Harvey’s waters … ”

Second Place 2018
Sophie Caldwell
The Review
“Culture of Silence: How a lack of consent education harms high school students”

Third Place 2018
Dani Yan, Emily Chen, Sophie Gillard
The Review
“Locked Down: Campus security changes prove vital”

Student TV & Radio News or Feature Story

First Place 2018
Jessica Babb
The Baylor Lariat
“Board to vote on task force recommendations”

Second Place 2018
Brooke Kirchhofer
LUTV News
“Dream Still Alive?”

Third Place 2018
Jessica Babb
The Baylor Lariat
“Trump inauguration”

Student TV & Radio Sports Story

First Place 2018
Elisabeth Tharp
The Baylor Lariat
“NCAA volleyball first round”

Second Place 2018
Brooke Kirchhofer
LUTV News
“Raising Steers”

Third Place 2018
Jennifer Yacuta
LUTV News
“Knocking Out Addictions”

Best Student Newspaper

Baylor Lariat Staff
The Baylor Lariat


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Darby Douglas exits KHOU 11

Darby Douglas tells me about KHOU: "I hope our paths cross once again. I’m already missing it!"


Darby Douglas has confirmed to mikemcguff.com that he is no longer with KHOU 11 as of this morning. The station opted out of his contract.

This was the second tour of duty at channel 11 for the popular traffic anchor.

“I am so honored to have gotten to be part of the KHOU team for a second time in my life," Douglas told mikemcguff.com. "But as you know, things change and unfortunately I will not be part of those changes. Who knows what the future brings, but I hope our paths cross once again. I’m already missing it!”

Douglas originally worked for the then Belo owned station from 1996 to 2009.

He then went on to do traffic on Houston radio for what was then Clear Channel and also for Salem Communications.

And then when his KHOU replacement, Katherine Whaley, turned into a reporter briefly before bolting for abc13 KTRK, Douglas returned to KHOU 11 in 2014 to reclaim his old job.

When KHOU fired Douglas in 2009, there was big viewer outrage. Sadly for him, Douglas also had a near death experience after exiting 11 as he told me later that year.

"I must tell you that two weeks after KHOU terminated my services, I came down with pneumonia," he told me back then. "It was a bad case. The doctor said had I waited much longer, I might not be interviewing with you right now."

Douglas has more than 30 years of radio and television experience, including time as the assistant director of operations/Houston at Total Traffic & Weather Network.

The native Houstonian was voted "Houston's Ultimate Traffic Reporter" by the Houston Chronicle in 2005 and "Houston's Ultimate TV Personality" honorable mention in 2007. He is a graduate of Stratford High School and attended the University of Houston.

Send your messages to Darby Douglas here.




Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jake Reiner leaving KPRC 2


KPRC 2 reporter Jake Reiner is leaving KPRC 2 and the TV news business.

Back in 2015, when I blogged that a Reiner was coming to channel 2 from KION Salinas, California (Market 125), I never thought his last name was connected to the famous Hollywood family.

Someone in my comments immediately pointed out Jake is the son of actor/director Rob Reiner and grandson of Carl Reiner.

Well, the acting bug has bitten the younger Reiner, so he is leaving TV news biz and heading back to Hollywood to perform and be with his family.

"I really want people to know that I'm going home, not only because I have this passion for acting and performing (but) I want to be closer to my family," he told the Houston Chronicle's Cary Darling. "My girlfriend lives in L.A. and I love her very much and I want to be closer to her. I would say more than anything, it's a quality of life decision."

The Chron says Reiner will be at KPRC until August, but will make an appearance on the big screen in his dad's upcoming film, Shock and Awe.

And it's a perfect role for a TV news journalist. Here is the summary from IMDB:

"A group of journalists covering George Bush's planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the presidents claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction."

The movie stars Woody Harrelson, James Marsden and Milla Jovovich.

Recently I pitched a scenario to Reiner that could garner him social media super-stardom! He should do a parody of his father's film Spinal Tap but instead of rockers, target the TV news world! Turn that IFB up to 11!

Instead of a tiny Stonehenge scene, you have a tiny news set delivered to the station!

Say goodbye to Reiner here and help me come up with more Spinal Tap-ish news parody ideas. Maybe we can still produce this? Kickstarter anyone?



Monday, June 11, 2018

Kevin Quinn leaves KTRK 13, joins Harris County Precinct 1

Longtime abc13 KTRK reporter Kevin Quinn signs off, announces new roles as full-time spokesperson with the Constable for Precinct 1 in Harris County, Alan Rosen and media liaison for Houston Crime Stoppers

Jennifer Rosen, Harris County Pct. 1 Constable Alan Rosen, Kevin and Elizabeth Quinn

Back in March when he announced his resignation, lots of my readers were shocked reporter Kevin Quinn was leaving the abc13 KTRK airwaves after covering the news at the Disney–ABC Television Group owned stations since 2003.

Last Friday was his official last day.

And the mikemcguff.com roving camera sneaked into his Quinn's goodbye party Saturday night which was thrown by colleague Miya Shay at Union Kitchen on Washington Avenue.

"I have accepted a full-time position as a spokesperson with the Constable for Precinct 1 in Harris County, Alan Rosen," Kevin announced. "I’ll also be working some as a media liaison for Houston Crime Stoppers. I’m excited about these new challenges and I look forward to what’s to come."

As you will see in the photos, Constable Rosen was at the party and spoke very highly of Quinn.

Clearly Quinn will be missed in the TV newsrooms. Lots of people from all sides of the camera and from various stations showed up to say goodbye.

But don't worry, he'll still be dealing with the media, just in a new role!


Kevin and Elizabeth Quinn

Kevin Quinn and Mary Benton

Blanca Beltran, Casey Curry, Miya Shay


Casey Curry, Elizabeth Quinn, Carl Hahn

Kevin Quinn and Elissa Rivas

Mike and Trace Menchaca with Jennifer and Wayne Dolcefino

Denise Davis and Doug Miller

Jonathan Chastain, Jerry Nunez, Chris Stipes

Mike Glenn and Mike McGuff (Photo credit: Natasha Barrett)





Sunday, June 10, 2018

KHOU 11's Melissa Correa opens up about her mental health


After the suicides of both designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef/TV host Anthony Bourdain, members of the media are sharing their emotional struggles.

In Dallas, Jeff Cavanaugh from 105.3 The Fan told his story.


In Houston, KHOU 11 reporter Melissa Correa shared her brave story about how Bourdain's untimely death sent her into a spiral of depression. The event led her to take to Facebook to share her story of depression since college and how covering the daily news can weigh on her soul.

The good news, Correa also talked on how she has been improving her situation with therapy.

Based on her Facebook video and the support from viewers, the station had Correa talk about mental health on air. She encourages everyone to share their stories using the hashtag #SharingIsCaring.





Saturday, June 09, 2018

Former KTRK abc13 reporter Gene Apodaca has apparently died


Sad news to report from social media. Former KTRK abc13 reporter Gene Apodaca has apparently died according to posts from his friends and family.



Comments on his Facebook page say the funeral is today in Albuquerque, NM.

The last post Apodaca made on both Twitter and Facebook was "Buenas noches Facebook" on May 16th.

That is all I know at this time. There are no official reports of his death in the media at the time of this writing.

UPATE
Crossroads Today reports that the 45-year-old died of a heart attack. A former channel 13 colleague of Apodaca's also told me the same cause of death.

He most recently was working as a reporter and anchor for NY1 News in New York City. After Houston, he also worked in Santa Fe TV.

Apodaca left KTRK and Houston in 2010 after working there as a reporter for six years.

Before channel 13, he worked in Miami, WPTV West Palm Beach, KIII Corpus Christi and KOSA Midland/Odessa.