Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Univision 45 won more Emmys than you thought

KXLN Univision 45 President & General Manager of Univision Houston David Loving and Vice President of News and News Regional Director, Martha Kattan

Univision station across Texas won big in the 2017 Lone Star EMMY Awards.

Houston's KXLN 45, Dallas' KUVN 23 and San Antonio's KWEX 41 were recognized with more than 30 EMMY statues a few weekends ago at the ceremony in San Antonio.

In fact, the stations won more EMMY statues than you might have realized.

More on that in a moment.

Univision 45 KXLN Vice President of News and News Regional Director, Martha Kattan, who previously worked at DFW's KUVN, was inducted into the Lone Star Emmy Chapter 2017 Silver Circle in recognition of more than 25 years of experience in the broadcast industry.

But she's not looking to the past.

Instead she's excited about another KXLN win, and this one certainly has its eyes toward the future.

Edicion Digital team at Lone Star Emmy Awards 2017

"We are thrilled and honored to be the recipients of Lone Star EMMY award for Edicion Digital Houston, the first local Spanish-language newscast conceived, designed and produced to engage Latino millennials," Kattan told mikemcguff.com.

Edicion Digital is anchored by Laura Sierra and Osvaldo Corral.

The TV show airs on TV weekdays at 11:30am. It also simulcasts on digital platforms.

I'm told Edicion Digital was number one in its time slot when it debuted last May. It was also number one during the July 2017 sweeps book.

Now, you might not have realized that Edicion Digital Houston won the Emmy.

It turns out while reporting on this story, I learned that it was not named in the ceremony as a winner in the Newscast - Morning/Daytime category.

Only KXAS NBC 5 in Dallas - Forth Worth was named, but both stations earned the honor.

Univision was told after the fact there had been an error.

I contacted the Lone Star Emmy chapter about this, and it has now been added to the website.

Edición Digital Houston
Salvador Cruz, Executive Producer
Laura Sierra, Anchor
Carolina Ayala, Producer
Maricela Abarca Martinez, Editor
Osvaldo Corral, Anchor
Martha Kattan, News Director


Monday, November 20, 2017

89.3 KSBJ tower upgrade means it can reach more listeners

If Hurricane Harvey proved anything, it is that we are Houston Strong. And out of the darkness of the storm, light can emerge.

89.3 KSBJ was taken off the air due to transmitter damage for two days during the flood's high waters.

As a result, the station has received some much needed good news.

Thanks to that damage, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a move of the KSBJ transmitter to a new location.

Right now, the signal is available to 4.7 million people throughout the Houston area.

With that 30+ mile southwest move from Plum Grove, TX to northwest Houston, the signal will increase its reach to a potential 6.4 million listeners – an increase of 1.7 million people.

The station wrote on its website that this process can normally take up to two years. The station is feeling thankful it got approval in just nine days.

KSBJ signal improvements by the numbers

  • Relocate the 1,000’ tall, 100,000 watts of power 89.3 KSBJ FM transmitter from Plum Grove, TX (East of Splendora) closer to a highly dense Houston populated area (290 and Beltway 8).
  • Increase the population coverage to 6.4 million people. An increase of 1.7 million.
  • The increase in signal strength will allow for stronger penetration into buildings, apartments, and other facilities as well as the desired coverage over Katy, Pearland, Clear Lake and Downtown Houston. KSBJ’s signal will now be on the same level as other major radio stations in Houston.
  • Projected to increase listenership by 275,000 + people.
  • Signal improvement is planned to ensure KSBJ is clearly heard in all areas north, east and south of Houston including Livingston, Beaumont and Victoria.
  • KSBJ is seeking gifts for signal improvement which will have a lasting impact in our communities for generations and allow KSBJ to spread the message of Christ well beyond its current capacity.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Anoushah Rasta leaves KPRC 2

Eric Braate, Jacob Rascon and Anoushah Rasta when Rascon debuted

KPRC 2 weekend morning anchor Anoushah Rasta is packing up and heading west.

"Houston has been great, this has been a phenomenal experience, but I really miss my family and I want to be closer to them, you know it's been tough," an emotional Rasta told the KPRC 2 newsroom.

Rasta went on to joke she doesn't usually get this emotional.

At least she got a goodbye cake after her newsroom speech.

She made no mention of a new job, so we'll have to be on the lookout to see where she ends up next.

Rasta arrived at channel 2 back in 2014 from KTSM News Channel 9 El Paso where she had worked as a weekend anchor.

She started off her TV career in Los Angeles where she worked as a KABC-TV as a news assistant, apprentice and freelance traffic producer.

Now here is something to ponder as I know many like to do when there are Houston TV personnel changes.

We had NBC corespondent Jacob Rascon start anchoring weekend mornings in early October.

That meant that Rasta stayed on the anchor desk while co-anchor Sofia Ojeda left the weekend morning show to become a reporter.

With Rasta leaving, does that mean Ojeda returns to fill the spot next to the newly minted Rascon?

Stay tuned.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sunny 99.1 goes all Christmas music for the holidays

It's one of the biggest questions I get all year.

When is Sunny 99.1 KODA going all Christmas?

Well guess what...Santa was in the IHeartRadio studios today flipping the big holiday switch so the answer is today - November 17th, 2017!

According to Facebook, the first song played was "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

Next up...89.3 KSBJ.

Sarah Frazier and CBS Radio Houston Honored at Houston Hispanic Chamber Annual Awards

In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Awards at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Houston on Saturday November 18th.

The largest Hispanic gala in the region, the Chamber’s Annual Awards honors the accomplishments of the Houston business community every year.

This year, the Chamber will recognize winners across many categories, including the Chairman/President & CEO Award which will be awarded to Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President & Market Manager for CBS Radio’s work in the Houston community in 2017.

Notable items are donating of over $3 million in airtime to local charities, raising a million dollars in cash donations across all six stations, hosting two DACA/immigration forums for the Hispanic community, lobbying on behalf of small business owners in Washington to keep the deductibility of advertising as a business expense in the new tax plan, broadcasting Eye on Houston, a weekly public-service show supporting local non-profit efforts, and broadcasting four days of live and local non-stop coverage of Hurricane Harvey in both English and Spanish.

The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards is the largest Hispanic gala in Houston.

The Annual Awards recognizes successful executives, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and is attended by 1,000+ local business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders.

Annual Awards winners are chosen through a rigorous selection process and represent the very best of their chosen field and professions.

The Chamber receives hundreds of nominations yearly, of which only six are chosen as honorees.

(This post taken from a release sent to me by CBS Radio)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

KHOU officially moving thanks to Harvey

We can stop reading the tea leaves or between the lines about KHOU's future home.

Channel 11 announced tonight they are moving from Allen Parkway:

Statement from KHOU President and General Manager Susan McEldoon:

“I recently shared with KHOU staff plans for our operations going forward.

As you know, KHOU evacuated from our building at 1945 Allen Parkway during Hurricane Harvey.

Within hours, we began working from Houston Public Media.

They graciously welcomed us in and we plan to stay until we move to a new, permanent space.

We will be able to announce more details on our permanent location in early first quarter of the New Year.

Our team has shown incredible resilience and flexibility during this time.

As I recently reminded them, a building does not make a TV station.

Our people do.

We are proud to stand with the community as we rebuild together and thank all of our viewers and customers for their continued support.”

Well, it certainly looked like this was going to happen when I posted my Is KHOU 11 rebuilding or moving? update last month.

I had posted in September that KHOU hired restoration companies to work on the building.

A lot of people who are fixtures in the Houston TV community have been telling me this is something TEGNA has to do after the multiple bouts of rising water in their opinion.

NASA DJ to broadcast radio show from space thanks to Houston company

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba spins the records on Third Rock Radio from the ISS, 250 miles above Earth

You know we always do it bigger and better in Houston, so it should be no surprise we're getting another out of this world broadcast thanks to an astronaut.

NASA's Third Rock Radio is hosting the return of The Joe Show, a transmission from 250 miles above the Earth on board the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba will spin the records in a two hour special broadcast of New Rock from Space Thursday, December 7th from 4-6pm central time.

He will share his new rock discoveries along with a peek behind the curtain of an astronaut in space.

Acaba last played a space DJ in 2012 for Third Rock Radio.

"From the recordings launched aboard the Voyager spacecraft to the wake up songs on shuttle missions, NASA and music have a long history together," Acaba said in a statement back then. "As a former educator, I also appreciate the strong links between music and math, one of the core STEM components that is so critical to my work as an astronaut."

Third Rock Radio is produced under a NASA Space Act Agreement with RFC Media of Houston. It was created to help cultivate new interest in STEM among hard-to-reach young Americans.


I know people used to say rock DJs were a little spacey, but this takes it to a whole new level!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fmr. Houston anchor Phillip Mena debuts on NBC

I never dreamed that when I was covering former KPRC 2 talent Phillip Mena one day NBC News would be calling me.

And yes, it actually happened.

The former channel 2 weekend anchor left Houston for ABC News a few years ago.

Now he has jumped over to NBC and MSNBC as an anchor. Thus the reason for the peacock network call.

Here was my one part in the article:

“Phillip came from El Paso, which is a big jump up,” said Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. “He (Mena) immediately had a good presence as an anchor, which is rare, not everyone can do that right away.” READ MORE

I'm glad that NBC writer Raul A. Reyes was able to make something of my ramblings.

Hey, is it NBC News week around here or something?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Telemundo Houston honored with 13 Lone Star Emmy® Awards

Telemundo Houston was recognized with Lone Star Emmy® Awards including the top honor of “Overall Excellence”

HOUSTON, TX – (November 14, 2017) – The Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Telemundo Houston / KTMD 13 Lone Star Emmy® Awards during the 15th Annual Lone Star Emmy® Awards Gala held on Friday, November 11 in San Antonio, Texas.

Telemundo Houston took home several awards including the night’s highest honor: “Overall Excellence.” The station’s consumer investigative unit, Telemundo Houston Responde, was recognized with five awards including an award in the “Talent – Reporter – Investigative” category for Crystal Ayala’s excellence in investigative reporting. KTMD’s coverage leading up to Super Bowl LI was honored with two awards including “Continuing Coverage” and “Technical Achievement.”

Additionally, Telemundo Houston’s sports program “Domina La Acción En La Prepa” received their second consecutive win in the “Sports Daily or Weekly Program” category. The Hurricane preparedness special “El Golfo En Alerta” was awarded an EMMY® in the category “Weather Program Special or Feature.” To watch the two-part special in Spanish, click here and here.

According to Tony Canales, KTMD President and General Manager, “Our commitment to the Houston and surrounding communities is a responsibility we respectfully embrace, as we strive for excellence to best serve them each and every day. It is an honor for Telemundo Houston to be recognized with the Emmy® award for “Overall Station Excellence” in Texas, as it serves as a testament from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences that we are delivering best-in-class journalism to our local audiences.”

Below is the full list of wins for Telemundo Houston:
• Overall Excellence
• Journalistic Enterprise: “Responde Houston - Periodismo De Investigación”
• Continuing Coverage - No Time Limit: “Superbowl LI Coverage”
• Investigative Report - Single Story: “Sin Luz Propia”
• Investigative Report - Series: “En La Mira”
• Feature News Report - Light Feature / Series: “Muerta en Vida”
• Business/Consumer - News Single Story / Series / Feature: “Sin Correspondencia”
• Human Interest - News Single Story: "Reencuentro Consumado”
• Sports - Daily Or Weekly Program: “Domina La Acción En La Prepa”
• Weather - Program / Special / Feature / Segment: “El Golfo En Alerta 2017”
• Talent - Reporter - Features / Human Interest: “La Vida” Rubidia Guzman
• Talent - Reporter – Investigative: “Crystal Ayala Investigates” Crystal Ayala
• Technical Achievement: “Howdy: Super Bowl LI Edition”

FULL LIST: 2017 Lone Star EMMY winners

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

VIDEO: 2017 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee acceptance speeches

We learned over the summer who the 2017 inductees of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame would be and now the following broadcasting greats are officially in!

The big event took place November 4th at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, TX.

I have linked the acceptance speeches and bio videos below.

Congrats to all:

Nick Alexander (D/FW)

Mark Carrillo (San Antonio)

R.W. “Catfish” Crouch (Houston)

Bobby Lopez (San Antonio)

John McCarty (D/FW)

Roger W. Garrett (College Station)

Tempie Lindsey (DFW)

Mark Watkins (D/FW)

Bill Ingram (Houston)

Bill Harrison and Dana Adams

Bill Davis (Tyler)

Sam Malone (Houston)

Denise Partridge (Spectacular Sales-Houston)

Ed Chandler (Marble Falls)

Chrissie Murnin (“SAMMY” Winner/San Antonio)