Monday, May 20, 2019

Bill Barajas joins KPRC 2

Bill Barajas, KSAT 12 San Antonio anchor/reporter, joins KPRC and now I need to draw up a family tree!

KSAT 12 San Antonio's Bill Barajas is joining Houston sister-station KPRC the anchor/reporter posted on Facebook.

"In what might be the worst kept secret I’m happy to announce that after almost 9 years I’m going HOME," Barajas wrote over the weekend. "I have accepted a job a KPRC Channel 2 in Houston. I have one week left at KSAT and while I’m beyond excited to start the new gig I will forever love SA and the friends/co-workers that have become like a family to me."

Now, you might say Barajas...that name sounds familiar to me. There is a reason for that.

You can go read my 2010 post TV anchors named Barajas taking over Houston and Texas to get the full picture. I even wrote, "It's a Barajas TV news world in Houston - you and I just happen to watch it." Then in my more fun loving days, I listed six things that Barajas anchors could do if they worked at every Houston TV station. Go ahead and read it. I'll wait here for you to finish and then we can continue together.

I've been covering Bill Barajas since he was a reporter for KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. The reason...he is the son of former FOX 26 KRIV anchor Mike Barajas.

"Bill is a graduate of the University of Houston just like his old man and he is following in the broadcasting footsteps," Mike Barajas told back in 2013 when Bill Barajas started at KSAT 12.

You may also know his cousin, Erik Barajas, who anchors for abc13 KTRK.

"Erik worked at KSAT before moving up to KTRK," Bill Barajas told in 2013. "He always talked about the first rate station that they run there."

In reality, the Barajas clan is now playing catch up in the Houston television news family dynasty world.

While Erik and Bill are now working for KTRK and KPRC respectively, both of those station also employ Rascons!

Yes, longtime abc13 KTRK anchor Art Rascon's son, Jacob, joined KPRC from NBC News just a few years ago.

Maybe John Paul Barajas, Mike's other son, can go work at KHOU one day just so the family can claim another station in its dynasty! John Paul has been with KRGV 5 since 2017.

(Thanks Taylor!)

Friday, May 17, 2019

Get a look at the new SkyEye13 tech

KTRK abc13 posted a behind the scenes look at its new SkyEye13 configured Bell 505. The station says its chopper has the technology no other station in Houston has.

In the above video, abc13 KTRK reporter Katherine Marchand rides in the helicopter to show off the feature and interview helicopter reporters Tammy Rose.

SkyEye13 has a new feature called Skymapping. It must use GPS to identify which streets the helicopter is flying above and overlays the information on top of the video so the viewer knows exactly which roads they are looking at.

- Dave Ward's new book; a new Marvin Zindler shirt
- VIDEO: The brand new SkyEye13

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Dave Ward's new book; a new Marvin Zindler shirt

Last week I went to the Dave Ward book signing at his eponymous Crime Stoppers of Houston building in Midtown and found long lines of folks waiting for his new biography and a photo with the legendary anchor. Click the above link to see who showed up from abc13 KTRK!

Order your copy of Good Evening, Friends: A Broadcaster Shares His Life here by Ward and Jim McGrath.

You can see I have my copy, but that's not the only abc13 KTRK related item that I have in the photo!

T-shirt company Thnapple was nice enough to send me its cool Marvin Zindler shirt!

"We grew up watching the legendary Marvin Zindler," the Thnapple crew told me via email. "We wanted to create a tribute to a Houston icon who would be uniquely familiar to long time Houstonians. His charisma embodied the passion that Houstonians have for their favorite sports team, so we decided to capture all that energy into one and create an 'all things Houston' shirt."

Marvin is decked out in a jacket that honors the Astros, Rockets, Texans and Dynamo. And his look is all brought together with the Eighth Wonder of the World - the Houston Astrodome.

The shirt is already getting press from none other than Marvin's longtime television home, channel 13.

See the Zindler shirt and more at

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Darby Douglas enters next chapter

Darby Douglas leaves the Houston broadcast world for the financial one

Lots of Houston television news viewers have been asking me on the whereabouts of former KHOU 11 morning traffic anchor Darby Douglas.

Well, we have the answer!

"Mike, it’ll be official tomorrow, I’m working for Edward Jones Investments as a financial advisor," Douglas told "I say official because I’m getting an office tomorrow out in Katy."

Douglas exited channel 11 last June.

"I’ve been with EJ since November of last year, but had to go back to school and go through extensive training to be able to practice," Douglas told me. "It’s been a tough road, but a rewarding one."

The University of Houston (UH) grad been a longtime player in the Houston radio and television world with more than 30 years of TV and radio experience.

Douglas' first stint with KHOU was from 1996 to 2009. He returned to channel 11 mornings in 2014 until last year.

- Darby Douglas' near death experience, plus life after KHOU 11
- Watch Darby Douglas do traffic on KHOU 11 once again

Dayna Steele revisits 'Rock to the Top' with Sammy Hagar

Dayna Steele is back with new edition of first book Rock to the Top - It Now Goes to Eleven: What you can learn about success from the world's greatest rock stars! with added 11th chapter and an afterword by Sammy Hagar

Dayna Steele has been a legendary 101 KLOL DJ, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, congressional candidate but now she is putting her author hat back on.

The 11th-anniversary edition of the original Rock to the Top - It Now Goes to Eleven: What you can learn about success from the world's greatest rock stars! with an added 11th chapter and an afterword by rocker Sammy Hagar is now available.

It takes more than talent to get to the top of the charts. Be a rock star in any business with these eleven tips from the world's greatest rock stars. Rock star success speaker Dayna Steele educates, motivates, and rocks you with The Rock Star Principles of Success and this 11th anniversary, updated version of her first book. Improved customer service, sales growth, focused leadership, strong teamwork, innovating for the future, recognizing trends - all learned from the greatest rock stars in the world. With her true stories and photos, this rock radio Hall of Famer and creator of Your Daily Success Tip takes the reader on a wild, fun, and thought-provoking rock and business journey from backstage all the way to becoming a rock star in your own life and business!

Steele even made time to sit down with me for my upcoming 101 KLOL documentary!

I got the scoop from Steele on the updated book and how it now goes to 11!

Mike McGuff: After a decade, what made you want to go back and revisit this book? I assume over the years, you have more advice to share?

Dayna Steele: One of my favorite business books of all time is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I went back and re-read it several years ago and was pleasantly surprised by how much of it is still relevant to building a successful business and network. Yes, there are some parts of the book that seems a bit old-fashioned and a couple of things are totally outdated – but for the most part – it is classic business advice that never goes out of style.

That is what I hope you find here with this anniversary edition of my first book. I have tried not to change much of it at all, just a few tweaks here and there to correct and update some things. Otherwise, it is the book I wrote eleven years ago with an additional chapter from me and with closing advice from rocker and very successful entrepreneur Sammy Hagar.

MM: Is there any knowledge you will share in the book you learned after running for Congress?

DS: The book is updated but the advice remains the same - that's the cool thing about classic business advice. I did add an 11th chapter, one on Communications and best practices for communicating with others - it needs to always be on their terms, not yours. And, there was a lot of that over an almost two-year run. I am working on a book about the run. It will be a guide to help others step up and lead.

MM: In the first edition Gene Simmons wrote the forward, now you have Sammy Hagar? How long have you known the Red Rocker?

DS: I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit. Sammy had written something for me some time ago, mainly focused on how important your network is to success. Who you know and who they know is a big part of the equation of success. I've known Sammy since the 1983 Texxas Jam. Pace Concerts sent me out to do interviews on the road with Sammy prior to the Texxas Jam to promote ticket sales. Sammy's manager, Ed Leffler, became one of my best friends and a tremendous mentor. Much of what I learned about business, networking, negotiation, promotion, and more came from spending time on the road, year after year, with Ed. He passed away in 1993.

MM: Anything else you want to add?

DS: I will always appreciated what ABC News said about the first book: "Ridiculously sane advice in an ever-challenging world."


Monday, May 13, 2019

Houston social media stars April 2019

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.

- Texas TV news and radio job moves April 2019
- Best TV news bloopers April 2019

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

Top 5 individuals
  1. Eduardo Rodríguez (Yusnaby Pérez) - 47 Telemundo
  2. Dominique Sachse - KPRC 2
  3. Samica Knight - abc13 KTRK
  4. Isiah Carey - FOX 26 KRIV
  5. Marcela Perez Barros - Univision 45

  1. Dominique Sachse
  2. Lainie Fritz
  3. Adam Wexler
  4. Jennifer Reyna
  5. Britta Merwin

  1. Brandi Smith
  2. Chita Craft
  3. Daniel Gotera
  4. Tiffany Craig
  5. Melissa Correa

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

  1. Isiah Carey
  2. Kaitlin Monte
  3. Melissa Wilson
  4. Mark Berman
  5. Ivory Hecker

  1. Sharron Melton
  2. Maggie Flecknoe
  3. Maria Sotolongo
  4. Courtney Carpenter
  5. Trey Serna

Univision 45 KXLN
  1. Marcela Perez Barros
  2. Karina Yapor
  3. Deysy Rios
  4. Albert Martínez
  5. Laura Sierra

Telemundo 47 KTMD
  1. Eduardo Rodríguez (Yusnaby Pérez)
  2. Ubaldo Martínez
  3. Carlos A. Robles
  4. Antonio Hern√°ndez
  5. Ruby Guzm√°n

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

DISCLAIMER: No Houston radio stations are listed in the Share Rocket database.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Top Baby Names for 2018

Emma and Liam Repeat as Social Security’s Top Baby Names for 2018 - Jacob and Abigail Fall Out of Top 10

Liam and Emma are once again America’s most popular baby names in 2018. This is the second time Liam is atop the boys list and the fifth year in a row for Emma. Two long timers on the list, Jacob and Abigail, toppled out of the top 10 for the first time since 1992 and 2000. There are two new names in this year’s top 10—Lucas for the first time ever, and Harper makes her way back on the list.

Here are the top 10 boys and girls names for 2018:

1) Liam
2) Noah
3) William
4) James
5) Oliver
6) Benjamin
7) Elijah
8) Lucas
9) Mason
10) Logan

1) Emma
2) Olivia
3) Ava
4) Isabella
5) Sophia
6) Charlotte
7) Mia
8) Amelia
9) Harper
10) Evelyn

For all of the top baby names of 2018, and to see where your name ranks, go to Social Security’s website,

While you are there, Acting Commissioner Nancy A. Berryhill encourages everyone to enjoy the baby names list and create a my Social Security account at my Social Security is a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing while receiving Social Security benefits.

Social Security beneficiaries can have instant access to their benefit verification letter, payment history, and complete earnings record by establishing a my Social Security account. Beneficiaries also can change their address, start or change direct deposit information, and print a replacement SSA-1099 online. People receiving benefits can request a replacement Medicare card online.

People age 18 and older who are not receiving benefits can also sign up for a my Social Security account to get their personalized online Social Security Statement. The online Statement provides workers with secure and convenient access to their Social Security earnings and benefit information, and estimates of future benefits they can use to plan for their retirement.

Additional Baby Names Information:

Social Security began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, thus making Social Security America’s source for the most popular baby names.

Each year, the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on naming trends. Royalty seems to have influenced parents in 2018.

Meghan was the fastest rising girls’ name, moving 701 spots to number 703 from number 1,404 in 2017. This jump speaks to the popularity of Meghan Markle, an American who joined the royal family when she married Prince Harry in 2018. Tune in next year to see how newborn Archie influences Moms and Dads in 2019. The name Archie actually reappears in the top 1,000 in 2018 for the first time since 1988, and he will likely continue climbing up the list after the latest royal news.

Winter is coming for “Game of Thrones” fans. The name Yara voyaged 314 spots from number 986 in 2017 to number 672 in 2018 on the girls’ side. Followers of the hit HBO show know this probably is due to Yara Greyjoy, a character on the popular series.

For the boys, Genesis is the fastest rising name for 2018, shuffling his way 608 spots to number 984 from number 1,592 in 2017. There has been a resurgence of classic names in the top 10 baby names in recent years, so perhaps Genesis is a harkening back to the classic English rock band led by Phil Collins. Speaking of Genesis, award winning Grammy singer and coach on "The Voice," Alicia Keys named her son Genesis after his birth.

Please visit to view the entire list.

The agency is proud to announce Instagram as its newborn social media channel. The new addition arrived in April and will share information and resources that can help you and your loved ones.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by the Social Security Administration)