Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Kalyn Norwood to leave KVUE 24

KVUE reporter Kalyn Norwood to join KOAT 7 News Albuquerque as weekend evening anchor/reporter

KVUE 24 Austin reporter Kalyn Norwood announced she's leaving the TEGNA owned station and Texas after two and a half years.

"Now the beginning of a new chapter," Norwood tweeted. "I’m excited & humbled to be named weekend evening anchor/reporter @koat7news in Albuquerque."

Her last day with KVUE is August 17, 2020.

Before returning home to the Lone Star State, the Dallas native was a weekend anchor and reporter for KEZI 9 News Eugene Oregon.

Prior to KEZI, Norwood was a student news anchor/producer/reporter/MMJ for the Annenberg TV news serving the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she earned her BA in broadcast journalism.

As a student, she interned for such companies as Martin Chase Productions, FOX Networks Group, TD Jakes Film & Entertainment and KTLA 5.

She later earned her MBA from Rice University in Houston.

Mark Silberstein joins KRIS Corpus Christi

Mark Silberstein is the new Senior Director of Local Media Content for KRIS 6 Corpus Christi according to his socials.

Before KRIS, Silberstein was senior producer of WNEM TV5 Bay City, Michigan for nearly 6 years.

He also served in news management for WETM Elmira, NY and KSLA News 12 Shreveport, LA as news director and assistant news/content director respectively. Before that, he was the managing editor for WOIO Cleveland/Akron, Ohio.

Silberstein earned his news chops as an assignments manager at just stations such as:
WLVI Boston
WJAR Providence, Rhode Island
WPRI Providence, Rhode Island
WLNE Providence, Rhode Island
KSNW Wichita, Kansas
WILX Lansing, Michigan

KRIS has seen a lot of change this year.

President and GM Greg McAlister left the station last December. Recently McAlister was working 85 miles as the interim GM for KAVU Victoria.

Ramon J. Pineda took over as KRIS vice president and general manager in late June.

In July, I blogged how morning noon news anchor Mike Gillaspia, morning Meteorologist Maclovio Perez and MMJ Catherine McGinty all left the NBC affiliate.

The reason for the KRIS job moves? One would guess the fact The E.W. Scripps Company bought KRIS in 2018 from Cordillera Communications and officially taking control in 2019.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Chelsea Edwards is pregnant...no joke this time

FOX 26 KRIV reporter Chelsea Edwards announces a baby is on the way

Congrats to FOX 26 KRIV reporter Chelsea Edwards who announced on Facebook she is pregnant:

You guessed it! My Quarantine-15lbs... is a baby!
I appreciate everyone who was scared to ask if I was pregnant.
Shirt @ratemystationshop
Pants @adidas bc what can I fit right now?
Fun Fact: My bump wasn't showing, so I ate 5 tamales before these pics to accentuate my belly... then it just stayed that way.

Edwards joined FOX 26 in October of 2019.

If you saw the Houston native's announcement back then, you will know Edwards fooled all of us with a reveal video that appeared to be a gender reveal, but was really about her new gig at cahnnel 26.

She worked at KWTX 10 Waco-Temple-Killeen as a reporter prior to her Houston return.

Joe Puma joins KVII Amarillo

Good Morning Illinois on WEEK 25 morning meteorologist Joe Puma heads to ABC7 KVII Amarillo as chief

Joe Puma is wrapping up his time this week for Good Morning Illinois on WEEK 25 (Peoria and Bloomington areas of Central Illinois) to take the chief meteorologist position at ABC7 KVII Amarillo, TX.

"I am beyond excited for this next opportunity in Amarillo, and hope you will stick around to follow me on my journey," Puma posted on Facebook. "It's an area with a wide array of weather from dust storms to wildfires to tornadoes. I can't wait for this new challenge and adventure."

Puma has been with the WEEK weather team since August 2017. He became an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) in 2019.

The Illinois native started in TV at KTEN Denison as a meteorologist. He also interned with the Texas station.

He earned his BS in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

Puma takes the slot vacated in May 2020 by KVII chief met Steve Kersh. That same month, KVII midday meteorologist Alyssa Pawlak and Investigative Reporter/Anchor Niccole Caan left the station too.

No word on Kersh's whereabouts.

Just days ago, Pawlak posted to her Facebook page for the first time since she left channel 7 to say that she was supposed to get married this month, but was not able to, presumably because of COVID-19.

Caan left for KENS 5 San Antonio as the TEGNA station's consumer investigative reporter.

NBC 5 KXAS Lesson Plan: Learning at Home

NBC 5 KXAS DFW addresses at home options and resources for virtual learning during coronavirus crisis

FORT WORTH / DALLAS, TEXAS – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth/KXAS will broadcast NBC 5 Lesson Plan: Learning at Home, on Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. As North Texas schools plan for virtual learning or a hybrid of at-home and in-person instruction due to COVID-19, NBC 5’s special will equip parents to be successful in both scenarios.

Many parents are facing challenges determining how to best facilitate and balance their child’s virtual learning until students are able to return to the classroom for in-person instruction at school full time.

NBC 5 education reporter, Wayne Carter, will share alternatives to standard at-home learning, such as micro-schooling, community center day camps and community programs in place to help with student instruction and socialization. NBC 5 anchor and health reporter, Bianca Castro, will discuss the anxiety and mental health effects of learning at home versus traditional in-school learning. She will also provide resources for parents who have children with common learning disabilities.

“Our goal is to help parents prepare for a back-to-school season that will look very different in light of the pandemic,” said Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 President and General Manager. “We are committed to helping North Texans navigate these uncharted waters with useful information and resources.”

NBC 5’s sister station Telemundo 39 (KXTX) will present the same information during the Spanish-language news special Regreso a Clases airing Monday, August 10 at 4:30 p.m.

A comprehensive list of resources will be available online at NBCDFW.com and Telemundo39.com.

About NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth / KXAS
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth / KXAS is the local NBCUniversal-owned television station serving the communities of North Texas with quality local news, weather forecasts, consumer and investigative reports and sports and entertainment programming across all platforms, including the station’s dedicated website NBCDFW.com, its mobile app, social media channels and on COZI TV (Digital 5.2) and NBC LX (Digital 5.3), the station’s multicast channels.

(This post was taken from a release)

Friday, August 07, 2020

Thursday, August 06, 2020

KPRC 950 AM to continue as Houston Cougars Football & Men's Basketball flagship station

The University of Houston Department of Athletics and Learfield IMG College, the university's multimedia rights partner, have announced that KPRC 950 AM will be extending its partnership and continue to serve as its flagship station for Houston Cougars Football and Men's Basketball for the next three years. 

A member of the iHeartMedia group and sister station to SportsTalk 790 AM, KPRC 950 AM offers UH fans a consistent spot on their radio dial. The Cougars are the only sports organization to call the station its home.

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with iHeartMedia Houston and KPRC 950-AM," Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said. "We are thankful for their dedicated support over the last seven years and we looked for to this valuable partnership continuing to grow in the future."

KPRC 950 AM will also continue to serve as the home for the weekly in-season Dana Holgorsen and Kelvin Sampson Radio Shows. Fans can check out the 2020 Houston Football broadcast scheduled by clicking here.
"We're thrilled to continue our partnership with the University of Houston and Learfield IMG College for another three years," said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming for iHeartMedia Houston. "We look forward to bringing the Houston community all of the action and excitement of Cougar football and basketball for years to come".  
Kevin Eschenfelder returns for his eighth season as the Voice of the Cougars for Houston Football and he will continue to be joined in the booth by analyst Ted Pardee, who enters his 15th season as a member of the UH broadcast team.
Sideline reporter Jeremy Branham and returns to the field for the eighth straight year, while Matt Thomas kicks things off one hour prior to kickoff with the Houston Football Pregame Show.
Branham also returns as the Voice of the Cougars for Houston Men's Basketball and will be joined by Houston great Elvin Hayes, who enters his 11th season as the team's analyst.
KPRC 950 AM will also continue to be the home for weekly in-season Dana Holgorsen and Kelvin Sampson Radio Shows.

(Taken from UH release)

Isaac Williams joins NBC 23 KVEO Brownsville

FOX Carolina meteorologist Isaac Williams joins NBC 23 KVEO Brownsville as chief

FOX Carolina WHNS Greenville, SC meteorologist Isaac Williams announced he's heading to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to work for NBC 23 KVEO Brownsville.

"Up next is the RGV of southern Texas where I’ll be Chief Meteorologist at KVEO-TV, NBC 23," Williams tweeted. "I can’t even begin to thank everyone here at FOX for helping me grow and be ready for this next step."

Williams joined FOX Carolina in February 2017.

He previously worked for:
WVUA 23 Tuscaloosa, Alabama
WAAY 31 Huntsville, Alabama
WCBI 4 Columbus, Mississippi

Williams, who grew up in Tuscaloosa, earned graduated from the University of Alabama and earned his master's degree in geosciences from Mississippi State University.

Last week, I blogged how Faith Woodard joined KVEO Brownsville as a weekday evening anchor.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Andrew Tate joins KTEN Sherman

Andrew Tate joins KTEN 10 Sherman/Denison, TX as a part-time weather anchor.

Tate arrives from NBC 5 KXAS Dallas - Fort Worth where he has been working as an associate weather producer and morning helicopter photographer.

He graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Earth Sciences and Meteorology.

He interned at KXAS.

Bailey Vaughn joins KTEN 10