Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Erin Hunter promoted to KLST weekend anchor

Erin Hunter has been promoted to the KLST San Angelo weekend anchor position in July 2022.

"Happy 1 year anniversary to me and I’m celebrating with a promotion," Hunter tweeted. "I am now officially KLST’s weekend anchor!  I have evolved so much over the last year as a person, a journalist, and a believer! I can’t wait to see what the next year brings West Texas!"

Hunter joined KLST in July 2021 as a news reporter. 

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln grad interned with KLKN 8 and 10/11 News KOLN/KGIN all of which are located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Mike Iscovitz talks weather myths

FOX 26 Houston KRIV chief meteorologist Mike Iscovitz takes to YouTube to talk his "Top 5 Favorite Weather Myths."

Iscovitz asks should we actually nuke a hurricane? Why does toilet water spin that way? What are those lines in the sky coming from airplanes really? 

And before you write in, no, I didn't choose that thumbnail. 

Karina Vargas leaves NBC 23 KVEO Rio Grande Valley

Karina Vargas has left her weekend anchor/reporter position with NBC 23 KVEO Rio Grande Valley.

Here is what Vargas posted on Instagram:

"What a journey it’s been. It’s my last few weeks in the RGV and it’s a very bittersweet moment. 

The valley has grown on me in so many ways from the lifelong friendships I’ve made to the experience I’ve gained as a journalist. 

Needless to say the 956 will forever hold a special place in my heart. 

To everyone I’ve met here, each one of you has made this journey special. Thank you, and stay tuned for what’s next."

Vargas joined KVEO as a multi-media journalist (MMJ)/reporter in September 2019 and was promoted to weekend anchor in August 2020.

The California State University, Northridge grad worked for ABC7 KABC Los Angeles as a news assistant and intern. 

Friday, August 12, 2022

2022 Texas National Edward R. Murrow Award Winners

The Radio Television Digital News Association announced the national winners of the 2022 Edward R. Murrow Awards. 

Here are the Texas winners.

The Murrow awards recognize more than 100 outlets for outstanding work in digital, radio and television journalism in technical and editorial categories.

Winners will be honored at the Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala on October 10, 2022 in New York.


Breaking News Coverage
Timberview High School Shooting
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

KXAN Investigates – kxan.com
Austin, TX

Excellence in Innovation
Mental Competency Consequences: The Hidden and Unreliable Data Texas Tracks ... or Doesn’t
Austin, TX

Catalyst: Season 4 – Police Transparency Update | ‘Keep the Hope Alive’
Austin, TX

Excellence in Innovation
Vaccinating Texas: A Tracking Project
Texas Standard
Austin, TX

Excellence in Writing
Who is Buried in this Cemetery on 51st Street in Austin?
Austin, TX

Feature Reporting
Who is Buried in this Cemetery on 51st Street in Austin?
Austin, TX

Overall Excellence
Texas Public Radio
Texas Public Radio
San Antonio, TX

Sports Reporting
How Major League Soccer Passed Over San Antonio for Austin
Texas Standard (in partnership with Texas Public Radio)
Austin, TX

Hard News
Migrants Expelled
El Paso, TX

Overall Excellence
The Texas Tribune
The Texas Tribune
Austin, TX

Chelsey Khan joins CBS Austin

Chelsey Khan, who Houston/San Antonio/Victoria TV audiences know as her pre-married name of Chelsey Hernandez, is back on Texas television at CBS Austin KEYE's "We are Austin" show.

Here is what Khan wrote on Facebook:

"I’m so excited to share I’m the new host of 'We Are Austin' on CBSAustin! 

This is an opportunity that presented its self at the exact right moment. I’m in awe at how all the puzzle pieces just fell into place and I thank God for paving this way for me.

Now, not only am I living out my dream job of hosting, but I’m doing it in my hometown!! (For those who are new to this page I grew up in Pflugerville a suburb of Austin before moving to Victoria, TX for High School.)

Everyone on this team is truly magical + creative + passionate. I’m thrilled to work with such talented people. 

You can catch me LIVE M-F at 9am on CBSAustin and I’ll make sure to share the streaming link with you all! My first show is THIS Friday! 

So make sure to tune in! We’ll talk all things ATX and beyond getting you caught up in Entertainment News + Lifestyle tips including America’s Steals and Deals you don’t want to miss!

Make sure to like the shoes page We Are Austin for exclusive content and more!"

It appears Khan will be joining "We Are Austin" host Trevor Scott.  Khan will apparently replace Taylor Ellison who left the lifestyle show in July 2022.

Most recently, Khan was the host of WAVY 10 Norfolk, Virginia's "The Hampton Roads Show.

Khan left behind her home state of Texas in 2021 when she left abc13 KTRK Houston where she was the station's "Stretch Your Dollar" reporter.

Before that, the The University of Texas at San Antonio grad was a KENS 5 San Antonio traffic anchor and a 25 KAVU Victoria morning anchor/producer.

Chelsey Hernandez appears in movie

Mia Montgomery joins KSAT San Antonio

Mia Montgomery

Mia Montgomery is joining KSAT 12 San Antonio from KBTX 3 Bryan-College Station where she is the "News 3 at Noon" and "First News at Four" meteorologist.

Here is what Montgomery posted on Facebook Thursday evening:

"The next few weeks will be my last at KBTX. 

After calling the Brazos Valley home for the past 6 years through my time at A&M and here at KB, my next chapter is taking me back home to San Antonio where I’ll be joining the incredible team of meteorologists at KSAT 12 next month! 

We still have some time together, but I would just like to say thank you for allowing me to be a part of this community and for giving you all things weather alongside the rest of the PinPoint Weather Team. 

I can’t imagine finding a better place to start my career than right here in Aggieland & am SO blessed to have had both Shel & Max to look up to & learn from over the past few years. KBTX & Aggieland will always hold such a special place in my heart."

If I had to guess, I bet Montgomery is replacing meteorologist Kaiti Blake who left KSAT and the TV news biz in July 2022. But as news directors tell me, it is sometimes hard to say person x is actually replacing person y's spot. 

Montgomery joined the KBTX weather department in May 2020.

The Texas A&M University Bachelor of Science in Meteorology grad interned at KBTX and the Weather Channel. 

It is only fitting that the fourth generation Aggie started her TV career at KTBX.

Brenda Matute leaves NBC 23 KVEO Rio Grande Valley

Brenda Matute is leaving her morning anchor position with NBC 23 KVEO Rio Grande Valley.

Sydney Gray leaves KVEO too

Here is what Matute posted on Instagram:

"It’s been a bittersweet journey and I can’t help but feel grateful today.  We got the opportunity to launch a new morning show in the Rio Grande Valley and I worked alongside some pretty wonderful people. Most importantly, we served a unique community. It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime. While today closes a zany chapter in life, a new one unfolds. For now, I’m calling it the ‘bumming it out for a bit’ spell. And I think it will be good for me. Ciao Valley!"

Matute joined the Nexstar Media Group owned KVEO in August 2020 from KZTV Action 10 News /  KRIS 6 News Corpus Christi where she was a reporter/fill-in anchor.

She got her TV news biz start with KIDY/KXVA San Angelo as a morning show producer and then reporter. 

The University of Houston grad worked for ESPN 97.5 KFNC Houston while in school.


Houston-based RFC Media Proud of its 3 New Inductees into The Texas Radio Hall of Fame


Texas Radio Hall of Fame (TRHOF)

Longtime Houston radio hosts Pam Kelly, Laurie Kendrick and Maria Todd have been elected to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame’s class of 2022, the latest members of Houston-based RFC Media’s talent roster to be inducted.

Maria Todd has brought her larger-than-life electric personality to every studio she has entered for over three decades and now co-hosts a syndicated morning radio show for RFC Media. 

Laurie Kendrick is an American humorist, writer, news director and creative force for 30 years in the funniest of radio. 

Pam Kelly makes that studio on-air light glow a little brighter each time she cracks the mic, with 3 decades of cross-format expertise ranging from legendary KLOL to Alt Rock, Country and Christian.

All three remarkable talents will now be recognized by the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

These three new inductees join a distinguished list of RFC Media’s six other notable Hall of Fame members, including Donna McKenzie, Rowdy Yates, Pat Fant, Outlaw Dave Andrews, Dan Gallo and Ed Chandler. 

“RFC is very proud of these three accomplished professionals and their contributions to radio in Texas,” said Fant, Chief Operating Officer of RFC. 

“In taking their place with other RFC talent in the Hall, they are underscoring the unique role that RFC plays in radio syndication, music and entertainment, and within the new audio landscape for corporate communications.”

This year’s induction ceremony will be held on November 5th at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore. 

About RFC Media

RFC Media LLC is the leading developer and publisher of custom produced, content-rich, digital radio channels for brands, events and ideas. Our staff of radio luminaries artfully design and host a full line of on-purpose audio streams that build community and deepen relationships among fans.  RFC Media’s original content lends flair to any brand story and becomes an immersive customer experience that is way more active and alive than legacy social media alone.  On behalf of its clients, RFC Media/SuiteRadio award-winning presenters have created some of the most influential radio experiences of our time, like NASA’s Third Rock Radio. The company also serves broadcasters nationwide with 24/7 on-air programming. For further information, visit www.rfcmedia.com.

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