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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dave Crockett had police protection because of the New Kids on the Block



I was talking to former Houston DJ Dave Crockett (93Q, KIKK, KHMX) the other day, and I knew he worked in Chicago, but didn't realize he worked at the legendary WLS (aka Z-95 WYTZ at the time).

Back then, Crockett was known on the airwaves as Steven Craig. It's the same name he also used on Mix 96.5 later on in Houston.

"It was very frightening to fly into Chicago and fly over Lake Michigan and see how big it was," Crockett told me. "It was very intimidating to work there at the same place as John 'Records' Landecker, Larry Lujack and Fred Winston."

The DJs at the station were treated like rock stars.

Crockett saw that first hand while giving out New Kids on the Block tickets every minute at the rock n' roll McDonalds in downtown Chicago. Around 5,000 kids showed up in the rain to win. The station assigned Crockett an off duty Chicago police officer to escort him through the madness.

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Crockett was at WLS in the late 80s when you would could hear Bon Jovi played right before Bobby Brown on a Top 40 station. If memory serves, that would have been the same here on 104 KRBE at the time.

Naturally I had to hear his Z-95 air check which he provided me (embedded below).

In the early 90s, Crockett went MTV.

The 93Q KKBQ morning host was selected, along with other DJs from across the country, to appear in The Heights and Beverly Hills, 90210 actor/musician Jamie Walter's video for the song "Hold On." Watch for him at the very end.


These days, Crockett owns a voice studio in west Houston. His voice can be heard on lots of car dealer commercials as well as many other things like the national television commercials for Oscar Myer. Included in the air check playlist is his journey into movie trailers too. Also a clip from his 95.7 KIKK country days.



Monday, December 10, 2018

Uncle Otis is back for 'Handcuffed for the Holidays'


Uncle O, Uncle O, Uncle Otis all the way!

Have you heard of Uncle Otis? He is Galveston Islands favorite reprobate. What this BOI lacks in class, he more than makes up for in his commentaries.

Tonight at 9pm Central is his Christmas special, Handcuffed for the Holidays, on North Pole Live!

But Otis isn't just mistaken for a bad Santa...he's doing naughty things all year!

Check him out at uncleotis.net.

You might start letting him into your mind through his commentaries, but I wouldn't suggest letting him in your house...at least unsupervised!


Sunday, December 09, 2018

New #KHOU morning team photos with Stephanie Simmons #HTownRush


I've been blogging about how KCBS LA's Stephanie Simmons is on her way to KHOU 11's re-branded morning show #HTownRush and now we see the first shots of the updated AM team.

Guess we could see Simmons on channel 11 this week.

PHOTO


Simmons posted on his video on Instagram telling her concerned Los Angeles television viewers on why they are not seeing her on KCBS anymore.



Frank Billingsley announces he is cancer free


Last September, KPRC 2 chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley announced his prostate cancer diagnoses in attempts to raise awareness for early detection.

Now Billingsley Facebooks a great update on that:

GOOD NEWS: Last Friday's MRI following my gold nanoparticle procedure for prostate cancer came back this evening as Cancer Free! I'll have a PSA test in January and a biopsy again in March to confirm, but Dr. Steven Canfield and his colleagues are very confident that I've had a successful procedure. The pic below is my first MRI from July 20th. It's been a long few months. Thank you, everyone, for the support!

The reason the cancer was detected was thanks to a conversation with anchor Dominique Sachse about nutrition and diet.

"She suggested going to her doctor, who ran a standard blood panel and discovered my PSA prostate cancer test that was off the charts," Billingsley said on the newscast a few months ago. "So my summer has been one of letters: PSA, DRE, MRI, CAT, etc."

At just 57 years of age at the time of the test, Billingsley's prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test came in at a high 17.

"The message is, like with any cancer, the sooner you know, the better the prognosis," Billinglsey added. "Prostate cancer is not an old man’s cancer, it’s a man’s cancer. Anyone over 40 should be tested during their regular checkups."




Saturday, December 08, 2018

Erica Simon's baby shower photos



Lots of well wishes went to pregnant abc13 KTRK weekend morning anchor Erica Simon after I posted about her recent car accident. Don't worry, if you didn't read the news, mom and baby are good now.

Now, here is some lighter news about Simon and her future baby girl...photos from her baby shower this weekend!





Erica Simon involved in wreck while pregnant

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Erica Simon's baby shower photos


Some scary news for abc13 KTRK weekend morning anchor Erica Simon who was just involved in a car wreck Wednesday night...but she tweeted it could have been worse:

What a long, awful night (due to a wreck). 😣 Very sore and car was damaged, but I thank God it wasn’t worse. Baby and I are going to spend the day recovering, so I won’t be on the air this evening.

After meteorologist Travis Herzog responded to Simon's tweet, she replied to him that the incident happened at 59 and 610.

"Head hurts and back is sore, but I’m so glad I was wearing my seat belt," Simon told fans on Facebook. "We have been monitoring the baby’s movement. Her kicks are still strong! That’s the most important thing. Car can be fixed. Body will heal with rest. Was crying on the side of 610 when everything happened, but I’ve calmed down quite a bit. Our prayers for protection aren’t in vain!"

As she noted, Simon took Thursday to recover, and was cleared to return to the newscasts Friday.

Simon announced in October that she was pregnant with a girl.

UPDATE
Erica Simon's baby shower photos




Friday, December 07, 2018

Carlos Robles promoted to Telemundo Houston chief meteorologist

Telemundo Houston KTMD promotes lead meteorologist Carlos Robles to chief meteorologist



As temperatures are predicted to drop this weekend, Telemundo Houston lead meteorologist Carlos Robles is on the rise as he is promoted to the station's chief meteorologist title.

More from an internal KTMD memo written by Vice President of News Jerry Vazquez obtained by mikemcguff.com:

I am pleased to announce the promotion of Carlos Robles to Chief Meteorologist for Telemundo Houston.

These past three years, Carlos has led our “Autoridad en el Tiempo” local weather coverage, elevating KTMD’s multi-platform weather content and enhancing our weather storytelling with augmented reality graphics. His passion for excellence is recognized by his peers and his efforts have been highlighted across the NBCU station group.

Please join me in congratulating Carlos on his promotion to Chief Meteorologist.

Prior to joining Telemundo Houston in 2016, Robles worked as a Meteorologist for Univision 45 Houston KXLN for nine years. Before Houston, Robles worked as a Weather Anchor for Univision Puerto Rico WLII from 2003 to 2007.






Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Hottest Houston social media stars November 2018



After tracking Houston TV news social media for a year, I have realized things don't change too much month to month. I've had male talent ask me how to boost their numbers, you can try this.

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

Top 5 individuals
  1. Eduardo Rodríguez (Yusnaby Pérez) - 47 Telemundo
  2. Mark Berman - FOX 26 KRIV
  3. Jonathan Feigen - Houston Chronicle
  4. Steve Campion - abc13 KTRK
  5. Erica Simon - abc13 KTRK

KPRC 2
  1. Jennifer Reyna
  2. Justin Stapleton
  3. Adam Wexler
  4. Dominique Sachse
  5. Bill Balleza

KHOU 11
  1. Brandi Smith
  2. Chita Craft
  3. Tiffany Craig
  4. Bill Bishop (Managing Editor)
  5. Doug Delony

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

FOX 26 KRIV
  1. Mark Berman
  2. Ivory Hecker
  3. Randy Wallace
  4. Kaitlin Monte
  5. Melissa Wilson

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

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

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

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.




Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Texas #TVnews and radio job moves November 2018


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DALLAS - FORT WORTH

Chris Lawrence of NBC-owned WRC Washington, D.C., will be joining WFAA to replace the retiring John McCaa.

KFOX14 El Paso anchor Kezhal Dashti is heading to Dallas to be the Social Media Anchor/Reporter for WFAA Daybreak, weekday mornings.

A major cancer relapse for former WFAA-TV medical reporter Janet St. James.

HOUSTON

Former Houston Radio One regional vice president Doug Abernethy is back in Texas. He is now in Austin as Regional President for Entercom overseeing 14 markets.

Houston radio fixture Bobby Duncan joins KGON/Portland as PD.

Mark Shecterle Taking Up Market Manager Role.

Houston writer Marcy de Luna joins the Houston Chronicle as a Web Producer.

Shane Allen leaves the new CW39 KIAH's Morning Dose to work as a production director and producer of live broadcasts at an unnamed company.

Following investigation, Houston Chronicle retracts eight stories.

Top 40 WNOW (RADIO NOW 100.9)/INDIANAPOLIS morning show to also air on 92.1 KROI.

Former 790 KBME host Adam Clanton returns to the air on SportsRadio 610 KILT with KPRC 2 reporter Adam Wexler.

Denisse Gómez joins Telemundo Houston KTMD as a producer from Telemundo San Antonio KVDA.

I hear former NewsFix CW39 KIAH MMJ Mike Rosenhouse is joining the KHOU creative services department.

- Jerry Vazquez on the rise of Telemundo Houston
- Stefania Okolie joins abc13 KTRK
- Lindsey Day joins CW 39 KIAH Morning Dose
- Stephanie Simmons joins KHOU 11
- Texas Radio Hall of Fame 2018 highlight videos
- Why Ilona Carson is no longer on the 10pm news
- Don Kobos honored in Lone Star EMMY Chapter Silver Circle
- Samica Knight returns to abc13 KTRK
- Dave Ward announces new book 'Good Evening, Friends'
- iHeartMedia Houston and the Houston Astros extend partnership
- Telemundo Houston takes home 15 Lone Star EMMYS
- InnovationMap launches from Gow Media
- Natasha Barrett joins city of Baytown
- Christine Noël joins KPRC 2
- WFAA's Carolyn Mungo News Director of the Year 2018
- Univision 45 November 2018 sweeps victories
- Telemundo Houston releases November 2018 sweeps wins
- Lainie Fritz gets her ring
- Lance Roberts rejoins 700 KSEV
- VIDEO: KHOU 11 returns to air during Hurricane Harvey
- Craig Hlavaty leaves Houston Chronicle for HMNS

SAN ANTONIO

VANESSA CROIX joins KENS-TV as Reporter.
- Steve Swienckowski at DCA Talent

MMJ Alicia Barrera joins KSAT San Antonio from Telemundo 40 McAllen.

AUSTIN

KVUE anchor Quita Culpepper celebrated her 20th anniversary at the station.

AROUND TEXAS

Dan Robbins announces retirement from KIII Corpus.

TEGNA VP Bruce Cummings was named president and general manager of KIII-TV, in Corpus Christi.

TV meteorologist Chuck DeBroder out at Channel 9-KTSM after 23 years at El Paso station.

REMEMBERING

90.1 KPFT host and iconic Houston civil rights activist Ray Hill passes away at 78.



Monday, December 03, 2018

Grace White adds to KHOU family



Three years ago, KHOU 11 reporter and fill-in anchor Grace white welcomed a baby boy.

This past weekend, little William got a new brother!

Sunday surprise! Thrilled to welcome Henry James to our family a few days early. 9 lbs 4 oz, 21.5 inches long


Congrats! And I love that kid's middle name!