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Friday, December 03, 2021

Mariel Ruiz joins WFAA 8 Dallas

Mariel Ruiz

Mariel Ruiz announced next week is her last as the morning meteorologist for KVUE Austin as she is headed to join WFAA 8 Dallas.

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Here is a partial transcript of what Ruiz posted to Facebook:


"I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be joining the WFAA weather team near my hometown in DALLAS, TX. To say this feels like a dream is simply an understatement. I’ll be forecasting for the community I was raised in! 

I’m grateful for my time in Austin. The community, sights, and food are incredible. I’ll miss it dearly. 

My coworkers are some of the best people I’ve met. I can genuinely say I’ve gained lifetime friends.

A big thank you to my husband. His patience and support are the driving force behind my career.

Join us next week! My last day on-air will be December 9th."


Ruiz joined KVUE Austin in September 2019.  

Before that, the Arlington native worked at THV11 KTHV Little Rock, Arkansas as a morning meteorologist. Fun fact, Ruiz worked at THV11 with newly hired KVUE morning anchor Rob Evans.

Ruiz started her broadcasting career at KWES Newswest 9 Midland.

A Texas A&M University grad, Ruiz received a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and interned at CW33 KDAF in DFW.

The Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) is fluent in Spanish and provides weather forecasts in Spanish on social media. 



Texas TV news and radio job moves November 2021

Texas TV news and radio job moves November 2021


Send tips for the monthly Texas media job list here.

TAB Launching Statewide Broadcast News Awards Program - Successor to Texas AP Awards, Entry Window Opens Jan. 3.

2021 Lone Star EMMY winners
Texas 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards Winners

DALLAS - FORT WORTH

Univision promotes Calixto Gonzalez to vice president of news at KUVN Dallas from assistant news director role at Univision’s KWEX San Antonio.

Anchors at FOX 4 KDFW celebrated getting new duratran backgrounds on its 15-year-old set.

How WFAA’s Marc Istook Does the Holidays.

KCBI/Dallas-Ft. Worth Taps Sonny Delfyette For PM Drive.

CUMULUS MEDIA Signs New Deal With Mark “Hawkeye” Louis, Longtime DFW Morning Personality on New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM.
- KSCS (New Country 96.3)/Dallas' Mark 'Hawkeye' Louis Will Host New Podcast, 'Hawkeye On Hawkey

Former TV anchor Brendan Higgins among 9 suing over alleged priest sex abuse.

DFW teacher moonlights as online journalist hoping to inspire his students.

Audacy Makes Alternative Lineup Changes In Dallas & Kansas City As Klein & Ally Go Back To Los Angeles Only.

Former DFW radio host indicted on sexual assault charge from New Year’s Eve party.

North Texas Radio Host Gets 3 Life Prison Terms for Targeting Listeners in Scheme.

D Magazine Booted off Grocery Store Magazine Rack.

Nick Starling joins CBS 11 KTVT DFW
Natalie Solis leaves FOX 4 KDFW
David Goins joins NBC 5 KXAS
Kalee Dionne to leave WFAA Dallas
WFAA 8's Chris Lawrence interviews Santa Claus


HOUSTON

Freddy Cruz Exits Middays At KRBE/Houston After 21 Years.

Hulu Pulls abc13 KTRK ‘Astroworld: Concert From Hell’ Documentary After Backlash 

Mitchell Zevallos joins Telemundo Houston KTMD as an MMJ.

KPRC 2 sports journalist Alex Radow leaves to join the Angleton School District as their Multimedia Coordinator.

Landry Locker Takes Something From Everyone.

VMG Announces Sale of the Houston Press.

Cox Media Group Houston Names Melissa Rivera Integrated Sales Manager.

Former abc13 KTRK reporter Foti Kallergis becomes Director of Public Relations and External Communications at Comcast from Director of Communications and Public Relations for Houston Airports, the City of Houston's Department of Aviation.

Tom Zizka enters into a new contract with FOX 26 KRIV.

Click2Houston.com wins EPPY Awards.

According to social media, Moriah A. Ballard leaves abc13 KTRK to go across the street to KPRC 2 to become a digital producer.

SportsMap Radio Launching 'Fred Nation.'

Kyle King joins 104.1 KRBE as part-time on air talent. 

Daniella Guzman rejoins KPRC 2
Patrina Adger joins abc13 KTRK
Dave Froehlich joins KHOU 11
Addison Green leaves KHOU 11
Tom Koch shaves his mustache!
Rilwan Balogun joins KPRC 2
Justin McKee is HPM's New Director of Creative Services
Kevin Lightfoot joins WCBS NY as assistant news director
Brian Shannon returns to Houston at KHOU
Houston's SuiteRadio racking up affiliates
Laurie Johnson-Ramirez promoted to HPM news director
Dave Strickland & Rod Ryan honored by Houston Children’s Charity
Fmr. Houston TV producer talks hyperlocal news
89.3 KSBJ Recognizes Outstanding Service with Community Impact Awards
Dave Ward honored by Houston Police Foundation
Houston TV getting ATSC 3.0 December 2021
Maggie Flecknoe is married
Charly Edsitty in “Our America: Indigenous and Urban”
Vida Unida to debut on 91.7FM Houston
Broadcast Bulletin TV News podcast launches in November
Tom Abrahams is in the top 10!
Former KPRC reporter talks "Disrupting The News"
Houston TV traffic anchors battle over METRO buses
Larry Weidman: From KPRC 2 to NBC News


SAN ANTONIO

Emily Baucum is officially the permanent Sunday evening newscast anchor for News 4 SA WOIA and FOX 29 KABB.

Morgan Burrell announces she is leaving News 4 San Antonio and KABB FOX 29 News San Antonio where she has worked as multimedia journalist for the last two years.

Why KENS 5's Vinnie Vinzetta makes helping foster children a priority.

Leigh Munsil, an editor at CNN Politics, has been named the next editor-in-chief of the nonprofit San Antonio Report, succeeding founding Editor Robert Rivard.

Alek Halverson named PD, KJ97/San Antonio.

Deborah Knapp steps back from KENS 10pm, anchors 5pm
Sarah Forgany talks KENS 5 career and baby life
Audrey Castoreno named KENS 5 noon and 4pm anchor
Leigh Waldman joins KSAT San Antonio
Alanna Sarabia is married
Sarah Duran joins KENS 5
Ryan Shoptaugh joins KENS 5 San Antonio


AUSTIN

KXAN's Britt Moreno, Robert Hadlock discuss journalism with Nightly News' Lester Holt.

Stef Manisero leaves Spectrum Austin, where she was a sports anchor and MMJ, returning to New York as a Spectrum NY1 MMJ.

“Texas Standard’s” Joy Diaz turns the page on her journalism career to start a new season of public service.

Christopher Nunley, Ph.D. joins KVUE Austin
Dominique Newland joins KVUE
Daranesha Herron promoted to KVUE anchor
Tori Larned leaves KVUE Austin
Kelly Saberi joins FOX Austin
KVUE Austin gives thanks


AROUND TEXAS

400 Consecutive Football Broadcasts for "Voice of the Baylor Bears" John Morris.

Fidel Moreno-Meza joins KDBC CBS 4 El Paso as morning reporter.

Diana Maldonado joins CBS4/NBC23 KVEO Rio Grande Valley as assistant news director after working in newspapers for nearly 15 years. 

KCEN 6 News' Kris Radcliff named best local TV personality.

KCEN Holds Veterans Day Fundraiser For Fort Hood USO.

CBS19 KYTX in Tyler Sports Director Johnny Congdon returning to Alabama to work for ABC 33/40 WBMA as a Sports Reporter Birmingham.

CUMULUS MEDIA Appoints Nadia Cowart as Digital Sales Manager for Beaumont/Lake Charles.

CBS7 KOSA Odessa’s Joshua Skinner has been promoted to weekday anchor.

Tyler, TX AM-Translator Combo Sold.

Trevor Thompson joins KTSM 9 News El Paso
Texas Country Reporter host Bob Phillips celebrates 50 years
Texas TEGNA stations make major changes November 2021
WTAW College Station celebrates 100th anniversary of first play by play US broadcast
Stephania Martinez joins KMID
Amanda Atwell to leave KVEO Local 23/CBS 4 RGV
Greg McAlister named GM KCBD-KLCW Lubbock
DeJonique Garrison leaves 12News KBMT Beaumont


REMEMBERING

KUT/Austin Weekend Host, Veteran Commercial And Sports Producer Bill Harwell Dies.





Thursday, December 02, 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Larry Weidman: From KPRC 2 to NBC News


Larry Weidman spent a huge chunk of his television news career at KPRC 2 starting in the 1960s working his way up from Reporter, Photographer, Radio News Anchor, Producer, Associate News Director to News Director.  

He recalls his time working for channel 2, the legendary Ray Miller and the Hobby Family. 

Plus, you will read how Weidman moved from KPRC to the network level working around the world!

Mike McGuff: You worked in Wichita Falls in the 1960s and then moved to Houston in the latter part of the decade, what was it like moving to a big market station like KPRC 2 at that time?

Larry Weidman: It took me a year to move to Houston for good. In the summer of ’65, I came to Houston on vacation from KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls (where I grew up), to look up Jon Burkhart, who left Wichita Falls a year earlier to direct at KPRC. It happened that was the week of Gemini 4—the first spaceflight controlled by the new Manned Spacecraft Center. KPRC was handling the remote for NBC News, at Building 6 and the Crest Hotel across NASA Road 1 from the entrance to the MSC. One of their crew got sick, and Jon hired me to be the night floor manager in the “Bubble Studio” NBC had built on the roof of the Crest. It had floor-to-ceiling clear glass windows overlooking the MSC, with no curtains or filters. Launch day was to be in color for the first time, so NBC brought in a one-camera truck with an RCA TK-41 color camera, and it needed a lot of light.

David Brinkley walked into the studio, sat down at the anchor desk, and said (in Brinkley voice), “Who did the lighting? (Brinkley pause) Roto-broil?” He was right, the lighting was brutal to overcome the daylight streaming through the glass. That week was a great experience for me, I got to work with a lot of NBC folks, “Rocket” Roy Neal, Aline Saarinen, Ray Scherer, and got my first look at Ray Miller, who did some reporting for NBC. I even sat in the back of the room when Ron Stone interviewed Mike Wallace for KHOU. Ron had come to Houston from KSWO-TV, in the Wichita Falls/Lawton market a couple of years earlier, and we had friends in common.

I also talked to two other ex-KAUZ friends who worked across the street in Public Affairs at NASA. That led to my leaving KAUZ a month later and starting a job as a media producer in the Public Affairs Office at NASA. But a couple of weeks after I started, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara came back from Vietnam and announced the first of the big troop buildups for the war, and a consequent jump in the draft. So I wound up staying just two months at NASA and going back to Wichita Falls for classes at Midwestern University, and my student deferment. But I did get to work in the MOCR for Gemini 5, as the producer for the overnight voice of Mission Control, Terry White. That’s the same Mission Control used for the remainder of the Gemini program, and then Apollo, and which was recently restored.

Back in Wichita Falls, I worked weekends that school year at KWFT, an old-time, locally owned AM radio station doing some sports, some news and some board shifts as a DJ. In the summer of ’66, I went back to Houston for summer classes in Radio-TV at UH. By then, my friend Ted Shaw (another ex-KAUZ’er) was also working at KPRC, and he and Jon Burkhart convinced me to apply to Ray Miller for a job. The chief cameraman, Bob Harper, looked at a reel of film stories I’d shot at KAUZ, and then Ray offered me the best job I ever had in TV working ten hours a day Saturday and Sunday as a photog and reporter, for fifty bucks a week. I had a paid-off VW bug, shared a “Sin Alley” apartment with Ted on Mid Lane and went to summer school at UH during the week.

Unfortunately, that weekend gig only lasted a month before Ray offered me a fulltime job as the night police reporter/photographer/editor. My first day at work was August 1, 1966: the Charles Whitman-in-the-Texas-Tower day. Ray called me in early and sent me down to Needville where the family of Whitman’s wife lived. He had killed her, and his mother, the night before. I did some interviews with neighbors, and that night we did a half-hour special on the shooting, with me live in the studio. Welcome to Houston.


MM:  Talk about working at KPRC under the Hobby family, Ray Miller and other amazing talents such as Ron Stone?

LW: KPRC was a big-time operation, even then. They had color news film with their own processor the year before, and about the time I started, the switch to color studio broadcasts. Larry Rasco was the prime anchor then, but Steve Smith came to work about the same time and began doing the 10:00. The reporter and photographer ranks were just as impressive. But it all revolved around one man, Ray Miller. It seemed as if he did everything. He was the news director, assignments editor, the executive producer; he did editorials, and a weekly interview program called “The Last Word.” He also co-anchored big events, like election night. There was a picture frame hanging on the wall in the newsroom at this point we were still in the 1952-era building on South Post Oak near where the Lakes of Post Oak are now and in this frame was a big paper mache needle, with the legend: “The Needler.” That was something I think the city council had given him when he became news director and quit covering City Hall. I expect there was relief down there when that happened.

But the point is, Ray was a newsman from the soles of his feet. He had been a submariner in the Navy in World War II and was recalled for the Korean War. He had nerves of steel, and absolutely did not suffer fools gladly or any other way. If he gave you an assignment, you would do just about anything other than fail to return with the goods. The people who survived working for him revered him, people like Frank Dobbs, Steve Smith, Cal Thomas, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ron Stone, Sara Lowrey Mackie, Bob Brandon...the list goes on and on.

Here’s the other thing--the guy Ray worked for, Jack Harris, was just as tough. The Hobby family brought Harris to Houston from Nashville after the war just as they were buying Channel 2. And he ran it from 1949 until he retired in the mid-80’s. He had been General McArthur’s radio chief in the Pacific, and was there for the surrender of the Japanese, setting up the live radio coverage of the ceremony on the USS Missouri and the arrival of Americans to take over Radio Tokyo. He was a bird colonel when the war ended. Mrs. Hobby, Oveta Culp Hobby, was also a colonel, of course. She had been commander of the Women’s Army Corps during the war. In the Army, the date you get your promotion is a big thing, and her date-of-rank for colonel was earlier than Col. Harris’, so she outranked him, and never let him forget it.

By the way, here’s a book plug. Don Carleton is Executive Director of the Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin, and he’s written a great book which covers a lot of the history of Houston Media: The Governor and the Colonel—A Dual Biography of William P. Hobby and Oveta Culp Hobby.


MM: So when you left KPRC for NBC News in 1980, did that mean moving desks to the NBC bureau in the same building? What was that experience like? 

LW: I started at the NBC News Bureau on March 31,1980. The bureau was actually located across the driveway from Channel 2’s “new (1972)” building on the Southwest Freeway. But I didn’t go to the office that day. My first assignment as a network field producer was a news conference at Texas Stadium in Irving, where Roger Staubach announced his retirement from the Dallas Cowboys. It was obviously a big deal in Texas, it even made NBC Nightly News.

As news director at KPRC, my time had been filled with management stuff and very little hands-on news work. That changed overnight, literally. At NBC, my days were all news: looking for stories, setting up logistics for travel, working with crews on shoots, helping correspondents with scripts and editors cutting the stories. The Houston Bureau’s principal area of responsibility, aside from Texas, included Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and some of New Mexico, but I traveled all over the country on stories, sometimes with correspondents from New York or Washington.


MM:  Many local TV journalists dream about moving to the networks like you did.  What was that move like?

LW: I was lucky because I had been able to watch an amazing team of network people up close for years, because as I said, the actual bureau was literally next door. The Bureau Chief for most of those years was Arthur Lord, a dynamic newsman. The correspondents were George Lewis and Sandy Gilmour; producers Don Critchfield and A’Lelia Bundles. And the true ringmaster was bureau coordinator Joyce Barnell, a legend in her own right. We saw them all the time and when I got the chance to move across the driveway to the Bureau, it seemed very comfortable.


MM:  What was the difference between working in a familiar place to you like Houston or Dallas and then moving off to the Tel Aviv and Rome bureaus? 

LW: When I got the call about Tel Aviv, the first thing I did was call Tom Cheatham in New York. He had been Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv, and his first piece of advice was to go over and meet the people in the Bureau. I did and loved it. My wife was born in Scotland and her family emigrated to Canada and then the US when she was a child. So, she kind of knew what to expect. Our daughter was eight and adapted quickly to the American International School. By the time we moved onto Rome three years and a half years later, we were all seasoned ex-pats:)


MM:  You recently donated some of your tape archives to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.  Why do you think it is important for these stories to be archived? 

LW: In my years at KPRC, we were covering a city expanding and changing every day. It was explosive growth. But we were able to draw a direct line to the start of TV coverage and use our film and video files to give some perspective to our daily coverage. So, I’ve always had an appreciation of trying to preserve our visual history. Once electronic news gathering came along, it was much easier to hold on to personal videotapes, and so I did through the years. And then, amazingly, Caroline Frick and her team at TAMI came along so there was a place pass on what I had saved. Thankfully, KPRC and KHOU felt the same way, and that’s where their archives are now.


MM: Anything else you want to add?

LW: I just would say that the Texas Archive of the Moving Image is doing something now, that generations to come will appreciate. TAMI is also trying to upgrade its technical operation with a state-of-the-art scanner for faster and better film preservation, along with other improvements. Contributions are welcome: https://texasarchive.org/support-us


Larry Weidman's resume

1963-1965
 KAUZ-TV, Wichita Falls, Texas
Photographer, Reporter, Anchor

1965
NASA/MANNED SPACECRAFT CENTER, Houston, Texas
Media Producer

1965-1966
KWFT-AM, Wichita Falls, Texas
News/Sports Anchor

1966-1980
KPRC-TV-AM, Houston, Texas
Reporter, Photographer, Radio News Anchor, Producer, Associate News Director, News Director

1968-1970
U.S. ARMY, Würzburg/Nürnberg, West Germany
Broadcast Specialist, Third Infantry Div.; Host, “Marne Monitor.”

1980-2004
NBC NEWS, New York, NY
Bureau Chief: Houston, Tel Aviv, Rome Correspondent/ Producer: Dallas
Retired September, 2004

2005-2010
AMERICAN RED CROSS, Washington, DC
Public Affairs Media Training


EMMY© NOMINATIONS

1992
Outstanding Instant Coverage of a Single News Story
NBC News Special: “City on Fire” (The Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles)
Producer

2001
Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw: “Attack on America” (September 11, 2001)
Producer



Monday, November 29, 2021

DeJonique Garrison leaves 12News KBMT Beaumont


DeJonique Garrison has left 12News KBMT-KJAC Beaumont where she was worked in two on-air roles for almost five years. 

Garrison's last day was November 23, 2021.

Here is part of what Garrison posted on Facebook:

"There aren’t enough words to capture my sincere gratitude surrounding the last 4.5 years. From historic hurricanes to culturally-charged seasons, I’ve grown both personally + professionally in ways that were beyond my wildest dreams.

Thank you for allowing me into your homes each night to tell your stories…it’s was a responsibility + privilege that I didn’t take lightly. Thank you for your kind nods, gentle words and silent prayers through the years. They will remain with me always.

Thank you to those who indirectly pushed me to define my values and draw firm lines in the sand surrounding my philosophy on journalism. The tough times affirmed that I EARNED my seat at the table. God placed me here to take up space by using my voice, all while staying true to ME."

Garrison started at the TEGNA station as an investigative reporter/anchor on The Beat and KJAC Tonight. In 2020, Garrison and 12News assistant news director Jordan Williams were named the new evening co-anchor team for 12News 5, 6, and 10pm.

Before Texas, Garrison was a multimedia journalist for FOX 54 WFXG Augusta, Georgia.

The Lone Star EMMY winner is also a magna cum laude grad from Clark Atlanta University who went on to complete a Master of Science in Journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

While studying at Northwestern, Garrison was a reporter for the  Medill News Service.

The New Orleans native previously worked as a production assistant for WGXA Macon, Georgia and for Bunim Murray Productions who produces "The Real World" for MTV.

Garrison also owns Deauxs Lifestyle, LLC., a self-care journaling company.





Sunday, November 28, 2021

Addison Green leaves KHOU 11

Addison Green News 12

Addison Green announced he is leaving KHOU 11 to become a weekday meteorologist for News 12 New York.

"It’s sad to say “Goodbye Houston” but my last day w/ @KHOU is this TUE," Green tweeted.  "It’s been a wonderful 2 years here! I’ve accepted a job w/ @News12  as one of the weekday meteorologists. I start on 12/15. Me & @KHOULauren debut Sun AM show in 1/2020, so it’s fitting we worked 1 last time."

"Going to miss this guy," Talarico tweeted.  "Wishing @addisongreenwx all the luck in the world on his new adventure in NY! He’s a great colleague and even better friend." 

Speaking of the Northeastern United States, recently Green got engaged in Connecticut to his girlfriend Christina.

Green joined KHOU in December 2019.  

Before channel 11 Houston, Green worked for Verizon FiOS1 News New York and Northern New Jersey.

The EMMY winner previously worked for:

WeatherNation TV - Meteorologist

Media Logic Group / AerisWeather - Minneapolis, MN - Meteorologist

CBS News - Weather Producer / Meteorologist

FOX 5 WNYW New York - Weather Producer / Meteorologist

The New York City native attended the State University of New York at Albany - Albany, NY and State University of New York at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

WFAA 8's Chris Lawrence interviews Santa Claus

Houston TV traffic anchors battle over METRO buses


Houston TV traffic anchors guide drivers through the maze we call a freeway system, but now they are the ones that have to do the driving.  

And they are driving behind the big wheels of a METRO bus.

The TV bus driving competitors:


Jennifer Reyna / KHOU 11

Coco Dominguez / FOX 26 KRIV

Anavid Reyes / KPRC 2

Rodolfo Sánchez / Univision 45 KXLN


In the 2022 METRO Traffic Reporter Bus Rodeo, these brave Houston-area traffic reporters got behind the wheel to see if they have what it takes to wrangle a 40-foot METRO bus through one of the toughest safety courses in Texas! 

And the winner is...KPRC 2′s Anavid Reyes!



Want to get behind the wheel of your own METRO bus? METRO is looking for new Bus Operators.  

Houston radio was not left out.  104.1 KRBE's The Roula and Ryan Show on-air talent gave it a try too.  





Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Sarah Forgany talks KENS 5 career and baby life

Sarah Forgany is usually the one on camera delivering the news as a KENS 5 San Antonio morning anchor. 

Recently however, "Great Day SA" turned the tables and featured Forgany's personal life and television news career on its segment "Women with Heart."

"I'm used to being the one asking the questions," Forgany posted to Facebook.  "This time I'm on the other side of the camera. I'm flattered Roma Villavicencio - KENS 5 decided to feature me for her Great Day SA "Women With Heart" segment.  Believe it or not, I was super nervous about this story because it's the first time in my career I've done something like this. Roma was so easy to talk to and I very much enjoyed it." 

Forgany gave birth to baby Bella in May 2021.