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Friday, December 06, 2019

Steven Romo's great grandmother witnessed JFK assassination

abc13 KTRK weekend morning anchor Steven Romo's great grandmother worked for Zapruder and was in Dealey Plaza day of JFK assassination

I now interrupt our regularly scheduled Houston TV news pregnancy/birth announcement for news on something else...

abc13 KTRK weekend morning anchor Steven Romo posted some interesting news that I missed a month ago, but is still relevant based on the time of year.

In the photo (embedded below), Romo is featured in Dallas' Dealey Plaza where he offered the following personal information:

Standing in roughly the same spot my great grandmother did almost 56 years ago in Dealey Plaza as she waited for President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade to pass by.

She worked as a seamstress for Abraham Zapruder. She moved to Dallas from Alabama after being beaten for years by her husband. She escaped that traumatic life and started over – only to find herself in the middle of one of the most traumatic events in US history.

Nothing could stop her though. She went back to work the next week. Maudie Bell Richardson died in 2004. One of the strongest and most humble people I’ve ever known

Great story.

The Dallas native joined channel 13 Houston in 2016. Before Houston, he worked for KJRH in Tulsa, OK, KCEN's KAGS-HD newscasts Bryan/College Station, KZTV Action 10 News Corpus Christi, KRIS 6 Corpus Christi, KAUZ Wichita Falls and KFDX Wichita Falls.

Former Houston radio manager takes on political correctness

Houston, Texas - November 2019 - Highball Time with Uncle Otis just made landfall on reVolver Podcasts. This scalding social and political commentary may finally “finish off what’s left of political correctness for a grateful nation.”

With Uncle Otis, a 10-point buck from Texas, masculinity rides shotgun, not in the back seat. If you’re going to be looking for a Welcome Kit in the mail after listening, Uncle Otis is probably not your guy. Think of it like an AOL Weekend for the Apple crowd.

Indelicate, but dignified, Uncle Otis may have become our Coach-Class Ticket to Comedy, throwing jet fuel on the flames of an already overheated political climate. You probably won’t get fired for listening to Uncle Otis. That’s what the nose and glasses are for.

Uncle Otis, self-proclaimed US ambassador to the Bachelorette, adds new episodes weekly to his Masterpiece Collection on reVolver Podcasts. They include Uncle Otis on Picking Impeach-Me-Nots, Vaping in a Sock Hat, Swing States, Uncle Otis’ Southern Apology for China, Vodka Senior Living Centers, Uncle Otis on Wife Supremacy, Popeye Meets Gender Neutral Barbie, Gluten-free Bread Lines and many more. Be warned: Slower listeners keep right.

Uncle Otis is a creation of the mind of idea-fountain Pat Fant. He is a 2011 inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, capping more than three decades as Mastermind and Commander of some of America’s best-known, major-market rock radio stations (KLOL, KTBZ The Buzz).

Pat then jumped way out front of brand-built digital media when he co-founded Houston-based RFC Media in 2009, now the leading supplier of private-label radio channels for brands and events. Fant, who also created the KISS Kasket for Gene Simmons (R.I.P. Dimebag), holds two U.S. Process Patents and has become an internationally ignored investor.

Uncle Otis first gained notoriety as host of the acclaimed Christmas radio series Balls in the Tree. His world view may have been shaped while serving as Bait Shop Attendant on Galveston Island, where his Bait-Coin, although a failure, is still generally regarded as the first crypto-currency.

Uncle Otis can still ride a bike without holding on to the handlebars. Can you? His favorite appetizer is ice.

Today, Uncle Otis maintains a busy schedule hosting impromptu neighborhood scrapbooking meetings and chronicling the cultural displacement within the New America.

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(This post was taken from a release sent to me by 3D Communications)

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Brittany Jeffers has baby

KPRC 2 reporter Brittany Jeffers' baby girl is here!

"... and then there was you. The most precious girl I’ve ever laid eyes on arrived on December 3rd and my whole world shifted. You are our everything, Vivianne Kristine. We love you more than words can say. πŸ’—πŸ™πŸΌ," Jeffers posted on Facebook.

This is the first child for Jeffers and her husband, Andrew.

Looks like we are nearing the end of the great KPRC baby boom of 2019.

But with the Houston TV market, you never really know.

Maria Salazar is pregnant

Maria Salazar is pregnant

FOX 26 KRIV reporter Maria Salazar announces she is having a baby

In my opinion, FOX 26 KRIV reporter Maria Salazar took her baby news to a deeper level. Meaning, I might have totally missed the message if I were mindlessly scanning through a social feed, because she required me to actually think.

And you know from reading my blog posts, thinking is not what I do best!

In the announcement, Salazar and her husband are featured with fur baby, their dog named Conchita. Conchita is wearing a bandana that says "Big Sister" on it. This is the first time I have ever used the term "fur baby" on my blog, but I have to keep up with the times.

"Conchita is ready to report for guard dog duties beginning May πŸ‘ΆπŸ½ πŸ’™," Salazar posted on Instagram.

And yes, even I can realize the baby will be a boy thanks to the blue heart thank you very much. I got that much. Although the #babyboy probably helped me get it too.

Salazar arrived in Houston to work for channel 26 in February 2018.

"I look forward to becoming a Houstonian and serving our community, sharing in the lives of our viewers and having the privilege to tell their stories,” she said at the time.

Before H-Town, Salazar worked as a reporter at WFMZ 69 News in Lehigh Valley, PA, a reporter and producer at WKTB Telemundo Atlanta and a client engagement specialist and on-air talent at WUVM 4 Azteca Atlanta.

She is a graduate of Georgia State University.

Brittany Jeffers has baby

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The KHOU James Bond connection

If you listened to my college radio show, then you might remember Howling Mad Murdock. didn't listen? Well anyway, Murdock sent me the new trailer for the latest James Bond film called "No Time To Die."

We went through a period of "will he, or won't he" with current James Bond star Daniel Craig, but he obviously did return in what looks like the last film for his era.

So what does this have to do with KHOU?

Last week, when I wrote about channel 11 consumer reporter Tiffany Craig getting engaged, I noticed this part on her official station bio.

What else might we like to know about you?
I have a famous second cousin. His name is Daniel Craig, but you probably know him as Bond, James Bond.

So there you go, yes, Tiffany Craig of Houston is actually related to Daniel Craig. In case you didn't know, also from her bio, our Craig moved from Dingwall, Scotland to Houston as a child.

Does this mean Tiffany Craig likes her martini "shaken, not stirred?" Is Sally Ramirez her M? Is Bill Bishop like her Q? Who is Moneypenny?

Addison Green joins KHOU

Meteorologist Addison Green joins KHOU after FiOS1 signs off

On-Air Meteorologist/Weather Producer Addison Green announced on Twitter he is joining KHOU 11.

“One door closes and another one opens and I’m on to the next chapter of my career," Green tweeted. "I will be joining the wonderful & amazingly talented people of @KHOU, the CBS station in #HOUSTON!"

Talk about Thanksgiving.

His last job, Verizon FiOS1 News New York and Northern New Jersey, just shutdown in mid-November.

He has a lot to be thankful for to land a new job that fast in the TV news biz.

Now, Green already has some history with a weather colleague at channel 11. He and Erika Lopez both worked at WeatherNation TV in Denver, CO.

"SOOOOO excited for @AddisonGreenWX to join the @KHOU weather team!!! πŸ‘ See ya soon, Friend," Lopez tweeted.

Besides FiOS1 and WeatherNation TV, Green also has worked for Media Logic Group / AerisWeather - Minneapolis, MN. He was also a weather producer for both CBS News and FOX 5 WNYW New York.

The EMMY winner attended the State University of New York at Albany - Albany, NY and State University of New York at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY.

Monday, December 02, 2019

Jacob Rascon has a new baby son

While we are past eating turkey and stuffing, KPRC 2 weekend morning anchor Jacob Rascon, and his wife Ashley, are thankful for their latest bundle of joy.

"Welcome to the world Noah Daniel Rascon! Born three weeks early at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. What a miracle life is! So beautiful! So amazing," he posted on Facebook.

Rascon notes that Noah's birth was more complicated than usual.

"Ashley lost a lot of blood during the surgery. This was her fifth cesarean section! Noah spent more time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit than our other children. It was hard to see them like that. But mom and baby are improving! We thank God for the privilege of being parents. For the privilege of life! For the Savior of the World, whom we celebrate always, but especially during Christmastime. For a great job! For friends," Rascon added.

In June, Rascon and Ashley, released a video of their other children, Olivia, Malachi, Elijah and Elena breaking the news to the world of their coming little brother.

I'm sure that Noah's grandfather, Art, is excited about his arrival.

Texas TV news and radio job moves November 2019

Best TV News Bloopers November 2019


Alanna Quillen joins NBC5 as new early morning reporter

Jairo Lozano leaves Telemundo San Antonio for Univision Dallas.

CW 33 KDAF trying out new anchor team?

99.5 THE WOLF KPLX morning host Nathan Fast has departed.

Cumulus Media Re-Signs The Musers On KTCK.

KERA Names A New CEO: Nico Leone, Who’s Pushed For Collaborative Journalism


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Former national reporter, city editor and Sunday editor at the Houston Chronicle, Tony Freemantle, retires.

104 KRBE Inks 'The Roula And Ryan Show' To Multi-Year Deal.

Former Channel 2 TV reporter Ryan Korsgard stars in a Houston love story with charming wedding.

Houston Chronicle reporter Jenny Deam joins the paper's investigative team.

Jonathan Adams has been promoted to managing editor of the Houston Business Journal.

KHOU 11's Kyle Porter has been promoted to Lead Visual Storyteller.

- KiTiRik - Houston's greatest TV host?
- Famous media HISD graduates
- Jonathan Martin is inspiring Houston's youth with "Beyond the Game"
- Jose Grinan honored by Houston Association of Black Journalists
- The New 93Q’s Kevin Kline Runs the Arctic Circle for Pediatric Cancer Patients
- Bo Corona launches Puro Tejano Fierro 101.1 HD2
- Telemundo Houston wins big at Saturday's Lone Star Emmys
- abc13 KTRK anchors switch schedules
- Chita Craft says goodbye for maternity leave
- Where is Stephanie Simmons?
- KTRK abc13 tower gets lit
- Natalie Bomke offers tips for aspiring journalists
- Rashi Vats and Daniel Gotera having baby #2
- The Astrodome past and future
- Tiffany Craig is getting married
- Houston Film Critics Society Announces New Award for Best Stunt Coordination Team


KENS-5 names Aaron Wright as the evening anchor alongside Deborah Knapp.


Meteorologist CARLO FALCO moves to weekends at KTBC-TV in Austin (from KOKH-TV, Oklahoma City).
- Steve Swienckowski at DCA Talent

Cori Coffin, formerly of KVUE, joins NBC News as a freelance anchor in New York.


KKTX/Corpus Christi's Jim Lago To Retire.

Immaculate Heart Media’s Purchase Of Nine Stations From Salem.

KDDD-A/Dumas, TX To Go All-Christmas Friday, Launching New Format After The Holidays.

Best TV News Bloopers November 2019

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Houston Film Critics Society Announces New Award for Best Stunt Coordination Team

Ellyn Needham, wife of the late Hal Needham, will participate in the inaugural presentation

The magic of movie stunts will be celebrated by the Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS) with the debut of a new award for Best Stunt Achievement, presented to the stunt coordination team of a qualifying 2019 film. The first honoree of this newly established, annual tribute will be announced at the organization’s 13 th Annual Movie Awards ceremony on January 2, 2020.

“This is the perfect year to introduce our award for stunt coordination,” says HFCS President Doug Harris, “and we are thrilled to be among the first film critics associations to formally recognize this essential and perhaps most challenging element of the craft of movie-making.”

When considering the addition of this award category, HFCS members acknowledged the astonishing stunt work in several 2019 films including Avengers: Endgame, Ford v Ferrari, Gemini Man and John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum, and recalled the foundation of such
accomplishments in the groundbreaking work of industry pioneers Buster Keaton and Yakima Canutt, both born in 1895. The group further noted that one of the year’s most talked about films, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, centers around the adventurous life and work of a
fictional stunt man.

In association with this inaugural recognition, the HFCS has planned a tribute to Hal Needham, widely considered to be in the top echelon of Hollywood stuntmen. Ellyn Needham, widow of the legendary performer, will be on hand as the HFCS’s special guest.

The salute will spotlight Needham’s legendary work as a stunt man in movies and television, as well as his direction of stunt-filled films Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper and The Cannonball Run, among others. In 1986, Needham and William L. Fredrick received a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the design and development of the Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane. In 2012, he received an honorary Oscar from the Academy for what the organization described as “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement.”

The new Best Stunt Coordination Team will be the 18 th category honored by Houston Film Critics Society this year. In addition to its customary lineup, the organization recognizes the best movie poster design as well as the year’s worst film and presents the Texas Independent Film Award (TIFA) along with its companion, the TIFA Visionary Award.

The 13 th Annual HFCS ceremony will be held Thursday, January 2, 2020, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and is underwritten by the Keystone Family Companies with additional support by Balcones Distillers. Information on event tickets, local accommodations and underwriting opportunities is available from HFCS President Harris.

About the Houston Film Critics Society
The 40 members of the HFCS are working film journalists on television, radio, online and in traditional print. Together, they reach millions of people each week across the United States with their critiques and commentaries on film. The organization, which actively promotes the advancement and appreciation of film in the Houston community, also offers annual scholarships to student film makers and journalism students with an interest in film critique. For additional information and a list of members, visit

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by the Houston Film Critics Society)


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