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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Dominique Sachse secretly married


Dominique Sachse answered questions from viewers on her YouTube channel and revealed she had a secret wedding in June to an unnamed man.


"This very, very incredible, special, amazing person in my life. Um, is someone I've known since we're in our 20s, a long time friend, and somebody who actually lives in the Dallas Fort Worth area. 


So when I tell you when I got that call from Merit Street and this job opportunity, it really happened at a time when we were really ready to come together as a couple in that way, um, and not having to do long distance anymore. So it made my decision so much easier to come here and has just flourished ever since I've gotten here. 


So to answer your question, there have been a lot of changes significantly this very special person in my life. This change of my home and this change of my status.


 I am a married woman and we have this house together, and we wanted to honor God and honor our relationship by not moving in together until we were married. And so we did that privately and preciously. And now we have a new place to call home. 


And that's about all I want to say, which I think is plenty good and plenty sufficient, and still will give me the privacy that I've really, really enjoyed and wanted and desperately needed. And so I will. I know this probably is a big shock to many people, but it is. It's something that has been able to play out in my life in such a great way, and I would love, love nothing more than to be able to keep it that way."



Speaking of relationships and YouTube, years ago in January 2022, Sachse also discussed her divorce from husband Nick Florescu.  


(Thanks Shad and Cindy)


Monday, July 22, 2024

Voting begins for 2024 Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductees


(Houston, TX) July 22, 2024: The Texas Radio Hall of Fame (TRHOF) has released the names of the fifty (50) nominees for its 2024 Induction Class.

 The voting portal will be open and accessible to voting members via www.TRHOF.net through midnight on Monday, August 5th. 

“We’ve been continually working to refine, streamline, and demystify the nomination and voting process” observes TRHOF Executive Director Doug Harris, “and each year we continue to make major steps forward. Once again, we have a group of outstanding broadcasters for our voting members to consider with a balloting platform that includes their photos and biographical information for review.” 

Over two hundred broadcast professionals with ties to Texas radio were nominated for consideration by the TRHOF Review Committee, which reached a consensus on the final fifty. Voting members of the TRHOF will now determine the twenty individuals who will be honored in the TRHOF’s Annual Induction Ceremony at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, TX. 

“We are very pleased with this slate of nominees, which spotlights the depth and breadth of Texas radio talent,” says Harris. “From the tower to the boardroom to the conference room, this list of nominees touches the geographic boundaries of the state and connects to a variety of markets, formats and virtually every position of service in the broadcast world.”

Those selected for the 2024 Induction Class will be honored during the organization’s Annual Induction and Reunion Weekend, November 1-2, 2024, at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting and Communications in Kilgore, Texas. Information on becoming a TRHOF voting member is available on the organization’s website and interested parties may still join—and vote—in this year’s selection. 


TEXAS RADIO HALL OF FAME 2024 NOMINEES


DAN ACREE

DAVID ANDERSON 

JUD ASHMORE 

BOB BARRY 

JAY BRITT

MIKE CAPPS

STEVE COFFMAN 

RAOUL CORTEZ

FRANK “BIG FRANK” EDWARDS

STEVE EVERETT

JOHN FROST

PAUL GLEISER

JOHN GRANATO AND LANCE ZIERLEIN

HENRY GUERRA 

MAT “THE MIGHTY QUINN” GUINN

DENE HALLAM

JERRY AND WANDA HANSZEN

JAY HOWARD

JOJO AND PATCHES

JANE PRINCE JONES

JAY JONES

MARY LENOUE 

ANDY LOCKRIDGE

MICHAEL MAIN 

GARY MASON 

MELANIE MILLER

GEORGE HENRY NELSON

JOHN NELSON

JOHN “THE LAMA” OAKES

MICHAEL PACKER

CHARLIE PARKER 

PHIL PARR

DAN PENA

TOM PERRYMAN

PAULA PRINCE 

TOM RICHARDS

ROSINDA RIOS BURNS 

CHRISSIE ROBERTS

JOHN ROBERTS

J D ROSE

KEN RUSH

RAY SCHILENS

CLIFTON “KING BEE” SMITH

DR. J. THOMAS SMITH

GARY STONE

TERRI THOMAS

HARVEY “HARVEY T” THOMPSON

JERRY TRUPIANO

GARY “BLUE EYES” WALKER

VAL WILSON



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.


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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 mikemcguff.com:


"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.