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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

'Dave Ward's Houston' to launch on abc13 KTRK

Iconic anchor launches history segment "Dave Ward's Houston" this September on abc13 KTRK


In May of 2017, we watched legendary anchor Dave Ward sign off from abc13 KTRK anchor desk, now we learn he is returning to TV and launching a new segment with the Disney ABC Television Group station.

Called Dave Ward's Houston, the weekly feature, which launches in September, will take a look back each week at a topic in Bayou City history that even natives like myself might not be familiar with.

"I have thought about doing this for quite some time and mainly because there are whole generations of young people in Houston who aren't aware of some of the history of this great city and how we got here and how we grew and what the future looks like," Ward told mikemcguff.com.

Ward says in his five decades at KTRK, he reported on what was happening in Houston and around the world that day. Now he can report on the past and go in-depth on one of his personal passions - history.

In all my years of blogging, I have never seen a main anchor launch a new chapter of his career by returning to his former station, when frankly he doesn't really need to. He's clearly earned his spot in history with his awards and achievements. In fact his online bio reads like a man who has already lived many lifetimes.

The idea of producing Houston history segments after leaving the anchor desk has been in Ward's mind for awhile now. To him, it is a thank you gift to longtime viewers who tuned in every night, gave him the opportunity to interview five US Presidents and travel the world telling stories.

"I feel that I owe a lot to the viewers who kept me on the air down there for the 50 years I was there," Ward emotionally told me. "And if I could, in some way repay them by giving them some information, the history of this beautiful city that they did not know, I think that it will make me feel good."

If memory serves correctly, he did repeatedly say he was not totally retiring.

So now enjoying the slower pace of his new life, Ward will not have to pull the long, late hours required in his previous anchoring career.

In fact he will even be changing where he works in the KTRK studios. After 50 years, he will no longer sit at his desk in the hectic Eyewitness Newsroom, but work out of the quieter world of the KTRK programming department under Vice President/Program Manager, Kim Nordt-Jackson.

Since leaving television, the longtime TV friend of Houston has been as busier than ever. Ward donated books to veterans, appeared in a new legal TV campaign, served as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade’s grand marshal, took the Rockets “First Shot”, was profiled in a magazine, shared a nice moment concerning former first lady Barbara Bush and threw out the first pitch at as Astros game with longtime friend Jeff Bagwell.

Ward has also taken time to indulge one of his other passions, trains. Earlier this summer he travelled to Chicago on the Sunset Limited.

"I've always loved taking a long distance passenger train, and so I've done that several times," Ward said.

Now viewers can jump on board the Dave Ward train again and take a trip to the past where they might gain a better understanding of today's Houston and why so many want to call Space City home today.

"I've researched a lot of topics, a number of topics, and one of the first ones is the tie between the Astrodome and the channel 13 studios," Ward told me.

Some other topics in consideration for Dave Ward's Houston:

- Why the Colt .45s changed their name to the Astros
- Just where is the statue of Sam Houston in Hermann Park pointing?
- What Bob Hope thought of Houston?
- The history of the Johnson Space Center (Ward covered it from the beginning)
- How President John F. Kennedy spent his last night in Houston
- The tragic tale of William Marsh Rice

Ward says you can submit ideas to his Facebook page (which has more than 28,000 fans) or his website, DaveWardsHouston.com in the meantime.

According to a press release issued earlier today, the station says the segment launches in September, but gave no details on which newscasts it will air.

And as far as the auto-biography Ward hinted about during his 2017 KTRK sign off, Ward would only say this.

"Well, Mike...stay tuned."

So there you have it. If Ward promised his viewers a book, then they will be getting a book.




abc13 and anchor emeritus Dave Ward launch Dave Ward's Houston




August 14, 2018 - KTRK-TV is pleased to announce the upcoming September launch of Dave Ward's Houston, a new ABC/13 Eyewitness News & multi-platform series exploring the people, places and events that make this city so special.

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EXCLUSIVE: Dave Ward talks with mikemcguff.com about his return to Houston TV
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As ABC/13 Eyewitness News' Anchor Emeritus, Dave Ward was the longest serving news anchor at a single television station, anchoring the news for more than 50 years at KTRK. Dave started his tenure at KTRK-TV on November 9, 1966, as a reporter-film photographer. He was quickly promoted to the anchor desk where over the years he led the newscasts through triumphs in space, to the tragedies of nature,
including many hurricanes. During his career he interviewed numerous presidents and led the station through 13 Presidential elections. He reported on wars from Vietnam to Syria in the Middle East.

Dave Ward is excited about his return to KTRK and says, "I could not be happier to have this unique opportunity to reconnect with my viewers and KTRK colleagues as we explore the history of what I consider to be the greatest city in the world and connect with a new generation of viewers."

KTRK-TV President and General Manager Henry Florsheim says he is thrilled the Station found a way for Dave to remain a part of the KTRK-TV family. "We all look forward to his unique storytelling and look at our City."

KTRK-TV's award winning Vice President of Programming Kim Nordt-Jackson will supervise the production of the special segments and looks forward to working with Dave. "If you think you know everything there is to know about our great city, you haven't spent time with Dave Ward.

Dave not only intimately knows the places, people and stories that are Uniquely Houston, Dave knows the stories behind the stories. Our team is very excited and can't wait to start this new adventure with him!"

(This post is taken from a release sent to me by KTRK abc13)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Katherine Marchand joins abc13 KTRK

NewsChannel 9 WTVC reporter Katherine Marchand joins abc13 KTRK


NewsChannel 9 WTVC Chattanooga, Tennessee reporter Katherine Marchand has posted on social media she will be joining abc13 KTRK in the same position.

"The last three years in Chattanooga have made a huge impact on my life," Marchand said on Facebook. "The people here not only helped me grow as a journalist but have also become my closest friends. I'm sad to leave them and the beautiful city that I love so much (there's no Walnut Street Bridge in Houston!), but I'm so excited for this new opportunity."

Marchand spent three years at WTVC (Sinclair Broadcast Group owned station) where she started her reporting careers.

Before that, she interned at CNN's “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and WSB Atlanta.

Outside of journalism, Marchand also interned at the White House in the Communications Department where assisted with taped/live interviews of President Barack Obama and other administration officials. According to her station's bio, she was at the White House during the roll out of the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown. She described it, "As a very interesting time to be in Washington!"

If spending time with the president doesn't look good enough on your LinkedIn, then you should read about Marchand's academic career.

Marchand might be the first reporter I've written about that earned an industrial engineering degree. And she earned it with a 4.0 GPA from Georgia Tech! Wow! Not only that, but she was the valedictorian of her class at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia.





Friday, August 10, 2018

Butch Alsandor & Jorge Vargas to call TSU football on AT&T SportsNet

Texas Southern Football home games slated to be broadcast on AT&T SportsNet

Butch Alsandor and Jorge Vargas

HOUSTON- Texas Southern University is pleased to announce that the TSU Tigers Athletics program has reached a renewal agreement with AT&T SportsNet to have all of the Tigers five home football games broadcast on the network during the upcoming football season.

"We're very excited to once again partner with AT&T SportsNet for the broadcasting of our home football games," said TSU Vice President of Athletics Dr. Charles McClelland. "The brand awareness, visibility and overall exposure our football program receives from this partnership is truly extraordinary and we look forward to giving viewers of our games an exciting season of Tigers Football."

Texas Southern Fans can tune into all of the action on AT&T SportsNet this season as Butch Alsandor [former KHOU 11 sportscaster] returns to the booth to handle play-by-play duties with color analyst Jorge Vargas [former KIAH CW39 sportscaster].

The first broadcast of the season is slated for Saturday, September 1st at 7:00 pm as the Tigers host UT-Permian Basin at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Following their home opener the Texas Southern Tigers will subsequently host Alabama A&M (Oct. 6), Grambling State (Oct. 13), and Miss. Valley State HC (Oct. 27), before closing out the home portion of their schedule against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 17).

Follow Texas Southern Athletics
For complete coverage of Texas Southern Athletics, please follow the Tigers on social media at @TXSOTigers (Twitter), Texas Southern University Athletics (Facebook), @TXSOTigers (Instagram) or visit the official home of Texas Southern Athletics at tsusports.com.

About AT&T Sports Networks:
AT&T SportsNet is the nation's premier regional sports network providing a unique and special experience for local sports fans, sponsors, teams and media partners. AT&T Sports Networks operates AT&T SportsNet regional sports networks in Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions. AT&T Sports Networks is a subsidiary of AT&T. The AT&T SportsNet brand brings powerful meaning to the local fan's viewing experience and creates our own identity that aligns more closely with our team partners, the fans and our regions.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by TSU)



Thursday, August 09, 2018

Telemundo Houston's Martín Berlanga to leave KTMD



After nearly six years behind the Telemundo Houston anchor desk, KTMD's Martín Berlanga announced on Facebook he is leaving the station at the end of August:

Hoy comparto algo importante en mi vida profesional. Luego de casi seis años de trabajar para Telemundo Houston KTMD he decidido emprender un nuevo capitulo. No tengo mas que agradecimiento hacia Telemundo Houston que me hizo sentir muy orgulloso. He vivido, sin lugar a dudas la mejor etapa de KTMD en toda su historia y les deseo todo lo mejor siempre, admiro cada dia a todos mis compañeros por su gran esfuerzo. El auditorio de Houston me ha tratado siempre de lo mejor. Juntos hemos visto como la television en español se ubica ahora en unas circunstancias muy distintas a la que se tenian hace tiempo cuando llegaba a este pais.

En Telemundo Houston fui practicante hace 24 años, cuando apenas emigraba y ahora me marcho cuando estamos experimentando unos niveles de audiencia que nunca se habían tenido.

Aqui en Texas nacieron mis hijos, aqui en Houston siempre me he sentido en casa. Me voy convencido de que hay que tomar decisiones a tiempo para seguir creciendo en todos los planos. Estaré al aire hasta finales de este mes, pero desde ahora quiero que se enteren por mi.

Juntos atravesamos muchas cosas, el peor de los huracanes en suelo estadounidense, unas muy controvertidas elecciones, terremotos, visitas papales, en fin, estoy convencido de que he cumplido mi labor de decirle a la audiencia en donde tiene puestos los pies para tomar conciencia de la ciudad, el pais, el planeta en que vivimos, y eso seguiré haciendo. En su momento sabrán de mi nueva trinchera pero por lo pronto espero hacer una breve pausa y estar con los míos. Bendiciones siempre.

Martin Berlanga

According to his bio, Berlanga previously worked as:
- a news correspondent Univision 41 San Antonio / KWEX
- a reporter and presenter for the weekend news for Univision 45 Houston / KXLN
- a news anchor for KXYZ Radio
- as a reporter and presenter for television stations in Monterrey Nuevo León in Mexico

Berlanga received his degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Coahuila in 1992.



The former coasters of Six Flags Astroworld!


I didn't realize a lot of Astroworld's rides had been moved from another park and re-branded for Houston!

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Hottest Houston social media stars July 2018



With all of the Houston media vacations, summer has proven that social media stats don't change too much.

Share Rocket gives us data on how each Houston TV station and the corresponding air staff members performed on Facebook and Twitter.

Share Rocket is, "a social media ratings and audience solution providing media companies an easy way to quantify their social media equity, benchmark against peers and turn social market intelligence into insights that drive social success."

The numbers are pulled from station usage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using Share Rocket's "Share" measurement.

First we are looking at every Houston media company in the Share Rocket database and top personalities. Then I am looking at the top 5 on air staff members at each station in order of channel number.

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Houston Media
  1. abc13 KTRK
  2. KHOU 11
  3. FOX 26 KRIV
  4. KPRC 2
  5. Houston Chronicle
  6. 45 Univision
  7. 47 Telemundo
  8. Houston's 39
  9. Houston Press
  10. CultureMap Houston

Top 5 individuals
  1. Eduardo Rodríguez (Yusnaby Pérez) - 47 Telemundo
  2. Mark Berman - FOX 26 KRIV
  3. Samica Knight - abc13 KTRK
  4. Jonathan Feigen - Houston Chronicle
  5. Kaitlin Monte - FOX 26 KRIV

KPRC 2
  1. Dominique Sachse
  2. Adam Wexler
  3. Jennifer Reyna
  4. Justin Stapleton
  5. Britta Merwin

KHOU 11
  1. Brandi Smith
  2. Melissa Correa
  3. Doug Delony
  4. Chita Craft
  5. David Paul

abc 13 KTRK
  1. Samica Knight
  2. Erica Simon
  3. Melanie Lawson
  4. Steve Campion
  5. Chelsey Hernandez

FOX 26 KRIV
  1. Mark Berman
  2. Kaitlin Monte
  3. Lindsey Henry
  4. Isiah Carey
  5. Ivory Hecker

Univision 45 KXLN
  1. Marcela Perez Barros
  2. Deysy Rios
  3. Karina Yapor
  4. Albert Martínez
  5. Suheily Lopez-Belen

Telemundo 47 KTMD
  1. Eduardo Rodríguez (Yusnaby Pérez)
  2. Martín Berlanga
  3. Carlos A. Robles
  4. Ubaldo Martínez
  5. Antonio Hernández

Houston Chronicle
  1. Jonathan Feigen
  2. Brian T. Smith
  3. Mike Glenn
  4. Joseph Duarte
  5. Charles Apple

DISCLAIMER: The top five Houston Chronicle staffers are listed at the bottom. I did not include KIAH 39 because it does not have five full-time on-air employees to make up the list. No Houston radio stations are listed in the Share Rocket database.




Friday, August 03, 2018

Doug Miller named Rice University director of news and media relations



Doug Miller, a member of the Houston Chronicle editorial board and a longtime reporter and manager for KHOU-TV, has been appointed director of news and media relations in Rice University’s Office of Public Affairs, effective Aug. 8.

He succeeds B.J. Almond, who retired Aug. 3.

"Doug Miller's writing and editing skills and decades of experience in print and broadcast journalism will be valuable assets to our news and media relations team," said Vice President for Public Affairs Linda Thrane. "Doug knows Houston and his journalism experience and expertise will help us strengthen our efforts to share news about Rice University with the world."

Miller will oversee the team that issues news releases, expert alerts and media advisories, responds to media queries and produces Rice News, Dateline Rice and @Rice. He will also serve as a member of the Crisis Management Team and assist with emergency notifications to students, staff and faculty.

"Rice University is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the nation, so I'm honored just walking onto the campus knowing I now belong here," Miller said. "After more than 30 years in the news business, I feel like I just grabbed a brass ring."

Miller joined the Chronicle's editorial board in 2016 and has served as a public policy adviser and writer covering positions and candidates endorsed by the newspaper. He has written editorials on local, state and national issues.

Prior to the Chronicle, he spent nearly 25 years at CBS affiliate KHOU, where he won four Emmys and two Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He served as a senior reporter, executive editor and chief of the Washington bureau between 1993 and 2016. He led a staff of 20 broadcast reporters and he specialized in politics and government reporting,

At KHOU, in addition to supervising political polling and election coverage, he organized partnerships with academic institutions and worked on political surveys with Rice political scientist Bob Stein. He also collaborated with Rice sociologist Stephen Klineberg to produce television reports based on the Kinder Houston Area Survey. Miller served as a panelist and organizer of live televised debates between candidates for U.S. president, Congress, Texas governor and Houston mayor. He covered the White House, Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court during his tenure as Washington bureau chief.

Miller's journalism experience also includes serving as managing editor of the Houston Business Journal from 1985 to 1993 and as a news reporter, news anchor and talk show host for KTRH-AM from 1980 to 1985. He has been a traffic reporter for Houston Traffic Central, a news anchor for KULF-AM in Houston and for KROD-AM in El Paso, Texas, and a talk show host for KISO-FM, also in El Paso.

Miller is a founding member of the Texas chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences..

A native of Fredericktown, Mo., Miller has a B.A. in history from the University of Houston. His interests include bird-watching, photography, bicycling and marathon running. He was the first Houstonian to appear on the syndicated version of "Jeopardy!" and won $16,000 during his three-day appearance on the game show in 1985.

(This post taken from a release sent to me by Rice University)




Telemundo Houston most watched station July 2018

Telemundo Houston’s weekday primetime programming are watched by more Houstonians, regardless of language


HOUSTON, TX – (July 31, 2018) – Telemundo Houston / KTMD closed out the July 2018 survey period as the most-watched station in the market from sign-on to sign-off among Adults 25-49 and Adults 25-54, in any language, according to Nielsen. As the Spanish-language home of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, KTMD also outperformed FOX/FS1 among Adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, regardless of language, with its first-ever presentation of the World Cup from June 14 to July 15.

During Primetime, KTMD was the most-watched station in the market among Adults 25-49 and 25-54. In addition, KTMD’s late local weekday newscast “Noticiero Telemundo Houston” at 10 PM outranked ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX or CBS stations’ late local news among Adult 18-34 and 18-49 viewers, regardless of language.


Additional highlights of the July 2018 survey period include:

· Weekdays at 8 PM: Powered by Telemundo’s Super Series™ Sin Senos Sí Hay Parasío, KTMD was the most-watched station in the market, in this time period, among Adults 18-49 and 25-54 in any language; and

· Weekdays at 9 PM: Fueled by Telemundo’s Super Series™ El Señor de los Cielos, KTMD was the most-watched station in the market, in this time period, among Adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 in any language; and

· World Cup: KTMD’s presentation of the final match between France vs Croatia (7/15) was the most-watched by Adults 18-49 and 25-54, regardless of language, outperforming FOX/FS1.

Source: Nielsen (NSI) Houston; Prelim Live +SD; Arianna Reports; JUL18 sweep period; AQH Impressions; Time Period (M-Su 3a-3a; M-F 8p-10p 9p-10p & 7p-10p) (KTMD, KXLN, KFTH, KZJL, KYAZ, KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, KIAH, KTXH, KUBE); LN PAV M-F 9p-1030p (KTMD, KXLN, KTRK, KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, KIAH); FIFI WC AVGs [(Qtr Finals 7/6-7/7/18) (Semi Finals 7/10-7/11/18) (Final 7/15/18); KTMD, KRIV, FS1]

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by KTMD)



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