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Friday, February 23, 2024

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Dallas Mavericks to Broadcast 10 Games Free Over-The-Air in Five Additional Texas Markets

TEGNA Inc. today announced that in addition to WFAA, its Dallas-Fort-Worth ABC affiliate, KCEN in Waco, KYTX in Tyler, KWES in Midland-Odessa, KIDY in San Angelo and KXVA in Abilene will air 10 Dallas Mavericks games this season, enabling fans across Texas to watch the games live through their free over-the-air broadcasts and through stations’ broadcast distribution with cable, satellite, and streaming services. Nearly nine million Texans will have access to these games across these six markets.

Mark Followill, in his 19th season as the Mavericks play-by-play announcer, Mavericks legends Derek Harper and Devin Harris, along with Jeff “Skin” Wade and Lesley McCaslin will be on the call for these games, with pre- and postgame coverage from Dana Larson and Brian Dameris.

“Providing access to games has always been our top priority,” said Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall. “We are thrilled to work with additional TEGNA stations to bring more fun and excitement to our MFFLs across Texas.”

“We are very proud to expand our partnership with the Dallas Mavericks, one of the hottest teams in the NBA coming out of the All-Star break, to make these important late-season games available to more fans across Texas,” said Brad Ramsey, senior vice president of media operations for TEGNA.

The 10 games available to viewers are:

Fri., Mar. 1 @ Boston, 6:30 p.m. CT

Mon., Mar. 11 @ Chicago, 7 p.m. CT

Wed., Mar. 13 vs. Golden State, 7:30 p.m. CT

Thurs., Mar. 21 vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m. CT

Fri., Mar. 29 @ Sacramento, 9 p.m. CT

Thurs., Apr. 4 vs. Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. CT

Fri., Apr. 5 vs. Golden State, 7:30 p.m. CT

Tues., Apr. 9 @ Charlotte, 6 p.m. CT

Wed., Apr. 10 @ Miami, 6:30 p.m. CT

Fri., Apr. 12 vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m. CT

The NBA and Diamond Sports Group earlier reached an agreement to allow teams to join with local broadcasters for a limited number of over-the-air games during the remainder of the regular season. The 10 games airing on TEGNA stations’ schedules will not be available on Bally Sports Southwest or the Bally Sports app. All other remaining Mavericks games this season will be aired and streamed by Bally Sports, and/or by the NBA’s national media partners, as previously scheduled.

More details on how to watch these Mavericks games can be found on your local TEGNA station site: (Dallas-Ft. Worth), (Waco), (Tyler), (San Angelo and Abilene). Fans can visit for information on how to purchase or set up an over-the-air antenna to watch games free over-the-air.

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KPRC shows life in 1972 Houston through Black journalists' perspective

In 1972, four of KPRC 2's Black reporters shared their experience living in Houston in a first-of-its-kind broadcast titled "Going Through Changes."

The four journalists were Elsa Y. Ransom, Napoleon Johnson, Alvin Herbert, and Charles Scott, who were in their late 20s to early 30s.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Dallas TV reporters welcome baby!

Natalie Haddad

Dallas television news reporters Natalie Haddad of WFAA 8 and David Sentendrey of FOX 4 News introduced their baby Yuma Noor Haddad Sentendrey to the world. 

Yuma was born Monday, February 19, 2024 at 10:49am and weighed 6lbs 7oz measuring 19.5 inches long.

The DFW TV news couple announced the pregnancy last year. 

Haddad joined WFAA from KVUE Austin in May 2023.

Houston's first televised Downtown Rodeo Parade in 1959

Yes, that's former abc13 KTRK Houston morning anchor Tom Koch narrating this video posted today on the station's YouTube account. 

The video from 2014 focuses on Houston's first televised Downtown Rodeo Parade in 1959.

A great look back.

Stephanie Shields leaves KTSM 9 El Paso

Stephanie Shields is the latest to leave KTSM 9 El Paso, where she was an anchor for "News at Noon" and a recently added hour-long 4pm newscast.

Shields is leaving the TV news biz and joining the City of El Paso with the El Paso Police Department media relations/public affairs team. 

She worked for KTSM 9 for five and a half years.

Here is what Shields posted on Facebook:

"I started working at KTSM in 2018 when I returned home to El Paso from grad school at ASU. Ever since then, every day has been an adventure being able to tell the stories of my hometown and our community.

I grew up here at Channel 9. Started as a young woman, worked hard through 2 pregnancies, and became a mama all during my time here.

I learned nearly every role here from being a “one-man band” shooting, editing and reporting my own stories on the weekend, to doing some sports anchoring, and then anchoring my own shows.

I fell in love with my Borderland community every day, being able to tell your stories. Some good, some sad, and some that brought me joy and laughter.

So thank YOU, to the viewers. To those who’ve allowed me into your homes to give you the news. To those who make me so passionate about journalism and those who remind me why it’s always important to be an advocate and share the stories of our community."

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) grad and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University master's degree earner previously worked as a sports reporter for Cronkite News. 

Since you are still here, let's look at other KTSM 9 anchor changes in 2024.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Dominique Sachse introduces co-host Fanchon Stinger

Dominique Sachse introduces us to her new "Morning on Merit Street" co-anchor, Fanchon Stinger.

Stinger joins Sachse after 12 years as an evening news anchor for FOX59 WXIN Indianapolis. 

Her 30-year career includes 11 years anchoring and reporting for FOX 2 News WJBK Detroit. 

In addition to TV news, Stinger co-founded Grit & Grace Nation, a nonprofit empowering young women with leadership skills.

Dr. Phil McGraw's cable broadcasting network Merit Street Media will debut with the new AM duo on February 26, 2024.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Does Cynthia Izaguirre look like she's from 'The Flying Nun' TV show?

Looks like Pete Delkus is stirring up trouble again at WFAA 8!

KPRC 2 2024 studio - photos and more details

As promised on my social channels last Friday, here are photos from my visit to the new KPRC 2 studio, which debuted in February 2024.

The 70-foot by 25-foot set certainly stands out because it's evenly lit, so an anchor can walk around and be seen clearly on camera the entire time. From what I've observed, that is not usual in the industry.  Anytime I go on a normal TV set, the floor director usually places me in a less lit area, so I am more challenging to see. That wouldn't work anymore at KPRC. Maybe that's why the crew kept asking me to stand behind the camera. 

The number one question my readers want to know is why the anchors are standing deskless on the evening newscast.

To prove I am not cut out to be a channel 2 investigative reporter, I never got a clear answer about that.

I guess they want the newscasts to stand out and get viewers talking. Based on social media chatter, that has worked.

An article about the new set on says, "The goal was to break free from the mold of a typical TV newscast set, creating a space that transcends traditional boundaries."

So, there you go. 

And what about that rolling desk when it is used in the mornings and afternoons? You can't see wires powering it on TV because it runs off a battery. It really can be moved anywhere.  The Big "2" logo (if you get that reference, then you have been watching for a long time) in the front of the desk is actually a monitor and not just a lit panel like I first thought after seeing it on-air.

One reason not to have a desk is to use what they call the big feature wall or "BFW," which is a very large 32 by 9 aspect ratio screen.  The 27.5-foot wide and 7.75-foot tall monitor is so large that you can split the video signal in half and make it into two screens where an anchor can hand off the segment to sports or weather. 

Nearby is the Cube Wall LED at 19.68 feet wide x 6.64 feet tall with another 3.93 feet wide x 8.83 feet tall Slab LED.

Behind the cube wall is where the meteorologists work when not on TV.  It looks like a smaller version of NASA's JSC Mission Control Center. At first, I thought I saw meteorologist Justin Stapleton launch a rocket, but then I realized it was just those visions I've been having lately from lack of sleep.  I will get those checked out. 

It's safe to say KPRC has more overall screen pixels than you with 17,224,704 at their disposal. 

As you have probably seen, the set's walls can change colors with a golden hue in the morning and a bluish one at night, thanks to LED technology.  But it could turn red, for example, if there is a breaking news situation.

Brian Perry, KPRC 2's Manager of Streaming & Creative Content, was gracious enough to take me on the tour and told me more is coming with the set, too. 

For example, a vertical monitor, which I don't believe has been on the air yet, can be controlled by a phone.  So, if an anchor wants to talk about a mobile app or something you might see on your phone, they can actually use a mobile device and show what it will look like on the giant screen. 

A new track will be laid to get some fluid shots of the talent and set. That leads to the fact that there are no platforms on the set, which can cause injuries as meteorologists, for example, have to set up or down to get to the chroma key wall (green screen.)

Speaking of the green screen, talent can now use a full one to show them from head to toe.  No cut-off feet. In his off time, I could see morning anchor Owen Conflenti filming a full superhero movie with it.  Let's face it, that guy is creative on TikTok. 

Nearby is a hundred-inch touchscreen that offers "telestrator" capabilities for the user.

And while I was at KPRC, I got bonus snaps of the "Houston Life" studio just for you.