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Monday, July 22, 2024

Tiffany Huertas to leave KSAT San Antonio

Tiffany Huertas will leave KSAT 12 San Antonio on July 31, 2024.

Huertas' departure adds to the list of KSAT departing journalists. You can watch their goodbye videos here.

Here is what the Alamo City reporter/anchor posted to Facebook. 

"Gracias por su apoyo.  Your love, kindness, and support have meant the world to me.

 I have read every message and comment you have sent me throughout the years. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your lives and trusting me to tell your stories. 

Working at KSAT 12 for more than seven years has been an honor. Putting together a newscast or story is a team effort, so thank you to the incredible photojournalists, producers, editors, directors, and everyone in the news department. 

I look forward to seeing you all in the community. Les mando un abrazo muy fuerte."

Huertas joined KSAT in May 2017 from CBS4 KGBT Rio Grande Valley where she was an anchor/reporter.

Before Texas, the award-winning journalist was an MMJ/Anchor/Producer for WJHG 7 Panama City, Florida. She also worked as a news writer for WSVN 7News Miami.

The Florida International University grad was part of the first class in Telemundo Network's Media Futures Program. 

Saturday, July 20, 2024

How fast can DJs voice track an hour shift?

Many radio stations worldwide use pre-recorded DJs who "voice track" their shifts. Here are some DJs giving us behind-the-scenes looks at how they record and how fast they can do it.

If you are interested in these radio videos, check out my documentary "Runaway Radio," which is now streaming and on DVD.

Friday, July 19, 2024

Grace White leaves KHOU 11 Houston

Grace White

Grace White announced she's leaving her Consumer Investigative Reporter position with KHOU 11 Houston after nearly a decade.

Here is what White posted on Instagram.

"Some big news to share! I never thought I would leave KHOU this year, but sometimes unexpected doors open. In August, our family will be moving to Canada for my husband’s job.

First, I want to say thank you Houston and @khou11 for so many wonderful years. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a decade! I still remember what it felt like when I walked into Allen Parkway in 2014. I was thrilled to be working in my hometown. 

From covering dozens of cold cases and launching our “Missing Pieces” series, to in-depth coverage on Harvey and now Beryl, and most recently taking on consumer investigations - it’s been an incredible ride! The cases we have covered and the families we have worked with will always be close to my heart. 

For this next chapter, we’re excited to live in Calgary and give our kids ages 8, 5 and 3 the chance to explore beautiful Banff and the mountains! Hellooooooo snow ☃️ We do plan to eventually return to Houston, this will always be home."

White has been with KHOU 11 since October 2014 as a reporter. 

Since then, we have watched her family grow to include three children.

When Tiffany Craig left Channel 11 in 2023, White was promoted to her Consumer Investigative Reporter role. 

White joined KHOU 11 from News 4 San Antonio WOAI where she was an anchor/reporter. 

Before that, she worked as a reporter for WEAR ABC 3 Pensacola, Florida, and KLFY NEWS 10 Lafayette, Louisiana.

The native Houstonian graduated from Memorial High School and the University of Mississippi and interned with competitor ABC13 KTRK, Houston City Hall, and the White House.

KHOU 11 has had many job moves recently.  We've seen departures from Stephanie WhitfieldKimberly DavisAdam BennettMatt Musil and Robert Springer.  Then we've seen arrivals from Trason BraggDavid Loving and Luis Ortiz.

Luis Ortiz joins KHOU 11 Houston

Luis Ortiz joined the KHOU sports team as an anchor/reporter in July 2024.

Grace White leaves KHOU 11 Houston

Ortiz comes from Telemundo Houston KTMD, where he has been a sports anchor since January 2019.

Before Houston, Ortiz worked as a Telemundo 60 KVDA San Antonio sports anchor since 2016. 

The Lone Star EMMY award winner started his professional TV news with Univision 48 KNVO and Fox 2 KFXV Rio Grande from 2013 to 2016 as a bilingual sports anchor/reporter.

He is a University of Houston grad.

The hiring of Ortiz returned the KHOU sports department back to full strength after Matt Musil retired.

(thanks Shad and Taylor)

CBS4 and KFOX14 El Paso newscast changes

Next month, Sinclair Broadcast Group El Paso stations CBS4 KDBC and KFOX14 are about to experience changes.

Here is the statement Sinclair Broadcast Group provided

"Beginning August 5, we will be making changes to the way we produce news in El Paso and refocusing our resources across our two stations in the market, CBS4 and KFOX14.  

In the short-term, CBS4 will continue to air its10pm newscast, adding a simulcast of KFOX14’s newscasts in other dayparts. A reconceptualized newscast will debut on CBS4 later this year.

KFOX14 will see an expansion of news content, with the addition of several hours of newscasts and The National Desk broadcasts joining the station’s lineup over the next several months. 

Sinclair remains committed to local journalism in the communities which we serve. The refocusing of resources in El Paso will allow us to ensure the long-term success of the stations and continue to bring the top local, regional and national news to the market." 

Rosemary Montañez, recently promoted to anchor for competitor ABC 7 KVIA's "Good Morning El Paso," posted a supportive message about the journalists she competes against.

Texas TV stations affected by internet outage

The global internet outage affected airlines, cities, and even television stations.

In Texas, we saw problems with media companies such as TEGNA, Disney, Sinclair, Scripps, and probably others. 

WFAA 8 Dallas-Fort Worth had to broadcast from its newsroom, where it had its sendoff to Tashara Parker (click on Instagram video to play).

Around the rest of Texas, we saw: 

Tashara Parker leaves WFAA DFW

Tashara Parker

Tashara Parker left WFAA 8 Dallas-Fort Worth on July 19, 2024, where she was a Daybreak morning anchor/traffic reporter.

There is no word on her next job, but in the clip below on her last day, it's said she is staying in Dallas. 

"Thank you to every single soul who has continued to fuel my growth here at the station," Parker posted on X.  "Y’all have no idea how you’ve challenged and helped me through that 2am alarm clock daily! I love y’all!"

Things have been busy for Parker lately. She was recently engaged and testified for the Texas CROWN Act House Bill 567, passed in the 2023 legislative session. This was after she received backlash for a natural bun hairstyle she wore on-air in October 2020. The four-time EMMY winner also hosted a series called "Rooted" on the subject for channel 8.  I was also there in the same session, testifying before the Texas House of Representatives Human Services Committee for HB 1673, which passed.

With more than 162,000 followers across multiple social media platforms, Parker won D Magazine's best Dallas television news anchor honors in 2022.

Parker joined WFAA in 2019 from TEGNA sister station CBS19 KYTX in Tyler, where, according to her bio, she was the first Black woman to anchor the station's evening newscasts.

She started reporting with KAGS HD News Bryan/College Station, also owned by TEGNA.

The Texas A&M University grad also has a master’s degree in journalism from DePaul University in Chicago.

Anne-Parker Coleman joins KVUE Austin

Anne-Parker Coleman joins KVUE Austin as a sports multi-skilled journalist (MSJ) in August 2024.

Coleman arrives from CBS19 WCAV Charlottesville, Virginia, where she has been everything from sports director, sports reporter-anchor, and news reporter since July 2021.

The University of Virginia grad worked as an ESPN production assistant and for the school's student-run WUVA News.

Speaking of KVUE sports, we recently saw weekend sports anchor Tyler Feldman leave the station.

Madalyn Bierster joins WTOC 11 Savannah

Madalyn Bierster joined WTOC 11 Savannah, Georgia, in June 2024 as a weekend evening anchor. 

Bierster comes from Big 2 News and Fox 24 News KPEJ Midland-Odessa, where she has been an evening anchor since June 2021

Before that, the Suwanee, Georgia raised anchor worked for News 13 WMBB in Panama City, Florida, as a reporter, Multimedia Journalist (MMJ), and fill-in anchor.

A University of Mississippi grad, Bierster interned at WSB Atlanta and worked as a sports reporter/anchor for the school's NewsWatch Ole Miss show. 


Thursday, July 18, 2024

Two Barajas reporters at channel 2?

You are not hallucinating. There are two reporters named Barajas on KPRC 2 Houston at the moment.

The Channel 2 audience knows the recently engaged weekend anchor Bill Barajas, who has been here since 2019.  

But now, you also see his brother, John Paul Barajas, on Houston TV. He's here in Houston helping out after Hurricane Beryl from Graham Media Group's sister station KSAT 12 San Antonio, where Bill previously worked.

And guess who their father is?  That's right, former FOX 26 KRIV evening anchor Mike Barajas.

"Bill is a graduate of the University of Houston just like his old man and he is following in the broadcasting footsteps," Mike Barajas told back in 2013 when Bill Barajas started at KSAT 12.

And then some of you are yelling at me through the screen about ABC13 KTRK Houston anchor Erik Barajas.  Yes, Erik is Bill's and John Paul's cousin.

Isiah Carey called it in 2010. It's the Barajas Media Dynasty.

You can watch John Paul's reporting for KPRC 2 below.