Thursday, June 17, 2021

Rob Evans joins KVUE Austin

Rob Evans is joining the KVUE Austin Daybreak team from THV11 KTHV Little Rock, Arkansas, June 21, 2021.

"The people who work and lead the newsroom at KVUE are world-class," Evans said on the KVUE website.  "I’m so excited to learn from them, while sitting next to the incredible Yvonne, working alongside Jason and reuniting with Mariel, whom I worked with in Arkansas."

As Evans noted, meteorologist Mariel Ruiz left the KTHV AM newscast in August of 2019 to join KVUE.

Evans will anchor with Ruiz, Yvonne Nava and Jason Mikell on the Central Texas morning newscast.

Prior to arriving in Little Rock in September 2016, Evans worked for ABC7 WZVN Fort Myers, Florida.  Before that he was at KOLR Springfield, Missouri.

The St. Louis native is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Based on his bios, Evans is a "handyman" and frequently found at hardware stores when he is not with his wife and two kids. 

"What’s exciting about Rob is that he’s not just another anchor who sits at a desk, he’s a reporter at heart," KVUE President and General Manager Kristie Gonzales said on the station's website.  "He believes in getting out in the community, meeting people and telling the stories of Austin." 

Evans takes over for Mike Rush who left KVUE a few months ago and has been a top clicked story on my blog for a long time. 



Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Shannon LaNier leaves CW39 KIAH

Shannon LaNier, who has been a morning anchor on CW39 since 2018, announced he is leaving Houston television news.

"It is #BitterSweet that the LaNier family says goodbye to #Houston," LaNier posted on Instagram.  "We #LOVED our time here & will never forget all the amazing #friends & #family members we have gained. This week's posts will be dedicated to #HTown as we make our way to... Florida! Watch out #MickeyMouse here we come. Bigger announcement will come next Monday;) #StayTuned... don't DM to ask;) haha."

Note to self...do not slide into his DMs.

Before Houston, LaNier was a weekend morning anchor at Fios1 News in New York. 

Previously LaNier hosted daily culture and entertainment series “Arise Entertainment 360,” which aired  aired on Centric, BET’s sister station. 

He also worked on Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Black Enterprise Business Report” and “Our World With Black Enterprise” as a correspondent and senior producer.

LaNier also worked as a multi-media journalist (MMJ) for the News 12 Networks.

The Kent State University grad joined WCBS New York as a segment producer after college.

Outside of TV, LaNier wrote the book, "Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family," about being a 9th generation direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. In 2020, he participated in a Smithsonian Magazine project where historical figures were re-imagined through their living descendants.

LaNier also hosts the Daddy Duty 365 podcast.




Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Dominique Sachse answers top 30 questions

Dominique Sachse took to her YouTube channel and answered her viewer's questions.

The KPRC 2 anchor answers questions about divorce, hormones, menopause, weight gain, getting sleep and out of a funk, public speaking, life regrets and more! 





Monday, June 14, 2021

Ivory Hecker Fox 26 Project Veritas on air announcement video and firing


Ivory Hecker is no longer a reporter for FOX 26 KRIV after announcing live on the station's Monday 5pm newscast that she was teaming up with Project Veritas to expose owner FOX Television Stations. 

"FOX 26 adheres to the highest editorial standards of accuracy and impartiality," a FOX 26 spokesperson told mikemcguff.com in a statement.  "This incident involves nothing more than a disgruntled former employee seeking publicity by promoting a false narrative produced through selective editing and misrepresentation." 

Here is a partial transcript of Hecker's report from what aired Monday during the FOX 26 Houston 5pm newscast.

"Before we get to that story, I want to let you the viewers know that Fox Corp has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers, and from what I'm gathering. I am not the only reporter being subjected to this. I am going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox because it implies to you, the viewers, I found a nonprofit journalism group called Project Veritas is going to put that out tomorrow. So tune in to them."

Tuesday evening, Project Veritas released its video interview with Hecker you can see embedded below. The Daily Beast talked with Hecker too.



After the Project Veritas video was released, Hecker took to Instagram to say she has more recordings to release.

"This story has not fully been told," Hecker said on the embedded Instagram story below.  "It is very sad that it came to this. This is a company I loved and wanted to stay with. This is all very tragic. But I want to tell you guys, the outpouring has been so heartwarming. And I know that I know that it's because you guys are as fed up with this as as I am of news corporations saying that they just don't care about the questions and concerns of a large swath of the audience."


Before Hecker joined FOX 26 as a reporter in 2017, she also worked as a television news reporter for:

KARE Minneapolis
WLEX Lexington, KY
WACH Columbia, SC
KBJR Duluth, MN

Hecker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.



*This post has been updated with new Ivory Hecker video and FOX 26 KRIV official statement



Bob Boudreaux & Minerva Perez reunite!


Bob Boudreaux and Minerva Perez (Courtesy: Perez)

Bob Boudreaux and Minerva Perez reunited at a 2021 luncheon by surprise.

And neither former abc13 KTRK anchor even knew the other one would be in attendance!

Perez told mikemcguff.com, that it was her first outing in more than a year of lockdown, and after she had been fully vaccinated.

She walked into the restaurant, and there was her former co-anchor!

Perez is still as active in the Houston community as she was as an TV news anchor.

Boudreaux has been busy too.  You can catch him acting in the television series "Atlantic Crossing" which airs on PBS.



Sunday, June 13, 2021

Houston Sports Show moving to CW39

The Houston Sports Show is moving to CW39 KIAH and will air Saturday nights at 10:00pm on channel 39 starting June 19, 2021.

The show, hosted by Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon and ESPN 97.5 KFNC host Lauren Leal, debuted on KPRC in March of 2019. Rachael Van Oranje, also of ESPN 97.5 KFNC, has been added as a host.

(Thanks Christian)

Friday, June 11, 2021

Roula Christie wins a 2021 Gracie Award

Roula Christie

Roula Christie, of 104.1 KRBE's The Roula & Ryan Show and Westwood One nationally syndicated weekend radio program, “Weekends With Roula,” has has been honored with a 2021 Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF).

Christie earned a Gracie Award in 2019 too.

“Weekends With Roula” wins a Gracie for category Weekend Host/Personality (Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial). 

The three-hour-long weekend show airs across the United States on more than 50 radio stations including KRBE. Christie mixes pop culture and entertainment news with conversations between her kids and mom.

“Weekends With Roula” launched in 2020.

The Gracie Awards ceremony will take place on September 27th, 2021, in Los Angeles.

 Names like Kerry Washington, Catherine O’Hara, Lena Waithe, Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Rodham Clinton, DeDe McGuire, Danielle Monaro and Erin Andrews will also be honored this year.

The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets. 



Joe DeCarlo joins KIII 3 Corpus Christi

Joe DeCarlo joins KIII 3 Corpus Christi as a weekend meteorologist from Fox West Texas KIDY San Angelo.

"I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted a job @kiii3news in Corpus Christi, TX," DeCarlo tweeted.  "I am very excited to move down to the Coastal Bend and join the #1 news team in South Texas and to be staying in @TEGNA. I can't wait to move down to the coast and get started!"

He replaces Alan Holt who moved to evenings after Bill Vessey retired earlier in 2021. That means weekend meteorologist Ryan Shoptaugh moved to mornings, hence Decarlo's hiring.

DeCarlo had worked as an meteorologist/anchor with Fox West Texas since June 2019.

The University of Oklahoma graduate interned with DTN, Weather Decision Technologies Inc. and Meisinger Aviation, LLC.  

Growing up in Chicago, DeCarlo cites WGN's Tom Skilling and NBC5 WMAQ's Brant Miller as influences.




Thursday, June 10, 2021

McGuff Media produces Alzheimer's Association video

As you know, when I am not blogging, I am designing websites/digital marketing campaigns, producing videos, working with the Alzheimer's Association, finishing my KLOL documentary or helping raise two kids.

Here is where two of those activities came together. 

I just finished producing this 30 minute video for the Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas chapter featuring Ray Cordes (served in Fort Bend County for many years), Don Baird and Jim Ray, Ph.D.,  head of research for the Neurodegeneration Consortium (NDC), a collaboration between MD Anderson, Baylor College of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

The Reason to Hope 2021 video spotlights the struggles and achievements in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Jim Ray
Dr. Jim Ray


Mike McGuff interviewing Ray Cordes.
Mike McGuff interviewing Ray Cordes


Don Baird
Don Baird