Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The KLOL documentary trailer!

Today marks 15 years since Rock 101 KLOL went off the air.

So, to acknowledge this date, here is the KLOL documentary trailer!


Looking to release the film in 2020 which just so happens to be the 50th anniversary of when the station signed on the air.

Now, I need your support to get across the finish line!

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Houston social media stars October 2019

Share Rocket gives us data on how each Houston TV station and the corresponding air staff members performed on Facebook and Twitter.

Share Rocket is, "a social media ratings and audience solution providing media companies an easy way to quantify their social media equity, benchmark against peers and turn social market intelligence into insights that drive social success."

The numbers are pulled from station usage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using Share Rocket's "Share" measurement.

First we are looking at every Houston media company in the Share Rocket database and top personalities. Then I am looking at the top 5 on air staff members at each station in order of channel number.

- Texas TV news and radio job moves October 2019
- Best TV News Bloopers October 2019

Houston Media
  1. abc13 KTRK
  2. FOX 26 KRIV
  3. KHOU 11
  4. KPRC 2
  5. Houston Chronicle
  6. Univision 45
  7. Telemundo 47
  8. Houston Press
  9. Houston's 39
  10. CultureMap Houston

Top 5 individuals
  1. Mark Berman - FOX 26 KRIV
  2. Dominique Sachse - KPRC 2
  3. Samica Knight - abc13 KTRK
  4. Steve Campion - abc13 KTRK
  5. Brian T. Smith - Houston Chronicle

  1. Dominique Sachse
  2. Jennifer Reyna
  3. Cathy Hernandez
  4. Adam Wexler
  5. Justin Stapleton

  1. Daniel Gotera
  2. Melissa Correa
  3. Brandi Smith
  4. Bill Bishop
  5. Chita Craft

abc 13 KTRK
  1. Samica Knight
  2. Steve Campion
  3. Erica Simon
  4. Chelsey Hernandez
  5. David Nuño

  1. Mark Berman
  2. Isiah Carey
  3. Melissa Wilson
  4. Kaitlin Monte
  5. Ivory Hecker

  1. Sharron Melton
  2. Shannon LaNier
  3. Maggie Flecknoe
  4. Trey Serna
  5. Maria Sotolongo

Univision 45 KXLN
  1. Karina Yapor
  2. Marcela Perez Barros
  3. Albert Martínez
  4. Deysy Rios
  5. Laura Sierra

Telemundo 47 KTMD
  1. Ubaldo Martínez
  2. Carlos A. Robles
  3. Antonio Hernández
  4. Ruby Guzmán
  5. Augusto Bernal

Houston Chronicle
  1. Brian T. Smith
  2. Hunter Atkins
  3. John McClain
  4. Jonathan Feigen
  5. Joseph Duarte

DISCLAIMER: No Houston radio stations are listed in the Share Rocket database.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Jose Grinan honored by Houston Association of Black Journalists

FOX 26 KRIV morning anchor Jose Grinan honored at 2019 Houston Association of Black Journalists (HABJ) Media Masquerade Ball

FOX 26 KRIV morning anchor Jose Grinan was honored by the Houston Association of Black Journalists Saturday night at its 2019 Media Masquerade Ball themed: “Eyes Wide Open, Mouths Never Shut" held at the Groovey Grill Mansion in Historic Third Ward.

Grinan was honored for his commitment to excellence in Houston media, leadership and community support.

The KRIV anchor has been with the FOX Television Station since 1993.

Before Houston, Grinan was an anchor/reporter for KDFW in Dallas - Fort Worth in the early 90s. In fact his bio says he was one of the first reporters on the scene at the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas. He also worked as a correspondent and host for Crime Watch Tonight and as a freelance correspondent for CNN.

From 1984 until 1990, Grinan worked for WTVJ Miami. Before that he worked as an anchor for the Satellite News Channel from 1982 to 1983.

Grinan was at Miami's WCKT (now WSVN) from 1978 to 1982.

He got his start at KTSM AM-FM-TV El Paso in 1975 as a reporter and weekend anchor.

As I've written here before, Grinan also appeared in the 1972 movie The Daredevil with George Montgomery.

Grinan attended the University of South Florida.

Other Houston journalists who received special recognition included honorees include Melanie Lawson, Isiah Carey, Jonathan Martin, Deborah Duncan, Khambrel Marshall, Brandon Walker, Shannon Lanier, Sharron Melton, Phyllis Bailey, Kathy Sapp, Jerome Solomon and Charles Hudson.

Also present was GRAMMY-nominated rapper and VH1 reality star YoYo.

HABJ is a nonprofit organization of media professionals from the Houston area with members in every facet of print and broadcast media. Part of HABJ’s mission is to provide professional development, honor excellence in journalism, cultivate young journalists and ensure accurate coverage of the minority community. Consistent with its mission, HABJ provides scholarships, future workforce development and summer training opportunities for college students majoring in communications. Additionally, HABJ presents community outreach programs, seminars and town hall forums free for community groups and communication professionals.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Texas TV news and radio job moves October 2019


KXAS NBC 5 anchor Meredith Land will leave the 10 p.m. anchor chair.

Reporter Tim Ciesco leaving NBC5 as 2019 TV newsroom exodus continues.

Gilma Avalos Named WNBC Weekend Evening News Anchor.

FOX 4 KDFW promoted Blake Hanson to weekend evening anchor.

WFAA8 tabs Tashara Parker as Daybreak traffic anchor.

FOX 46 WJZY Charlotte reporter David Sentendrey leaves for FOX 4 KDFW.

DFW sports radio landscapes changes with departure of Ben and Skin from 105.3 The Fan KRLD.

KVIL (ALT 103.7)/Dallas MD Lindsey Martin Exiting November 15th To Join Atlantic Records.

Matt Yurus moves to Phoenix and joins KPNX as weekend anchor and reporter. He leaves KTVT in Dallas where he reported and was the first digital anchor for CBS. - Napoli

- WFAA morning anchors better know how to dance
- NBC 5 KXAS anchor Kris Gutierrez appears on "The Kelly Clarkson Show"


Ken Hoffman gets up close and really personal with longtime Houston TV anchor Bill Balleza.

KHOU’s Big Lease – Plus a $10 Million Redo – Generates Upswing at Westheimer Office Tower.

San Antonio Express-News reporter Allie Morris will succeed Ryan Poppe on the Houston Chronicle's Texas Take podcast with Scott Braddock of The Quorum Report.

Former KPRC 2 anchor Irika Sargent has Hawaiian wedding.

MIX 96.5 KHMX host Lauren Kelly officially joins the KPRC Houston Life team.

90.1 FM KPFT has been broadcasting from Montrose for half a century.

Talk radio host Rick Kamla leaving SportsRadio 610.

Mike Snyder: I worry about the stories the Chronicle can no longer cover.

Maria Douglas Reeve will become The Houston Chronicle’s managing editor for content on Nov. 12. Mark Lorando, will become managing editor for audience on Oct. 29.

Alex Stuckey joins the Houston Chronicle investigative team.

Radio Ink’s 2019 Radio Wayne Local Sales Manager of The Year, from Cumulus’ KRBE in Houston, Tim Gratzer.

Night Host JC Exits 100.3 KILT The Bull.

Bryan Luhn joins KPRC as Executive Producer of Special Projects and Investigations. He left FOX 26 KRIV earlier this year where he was a senior executive producer.

- Melissa Wilson celebrates 19 years at FOX 26 KRIV
- Cynthia Cisneros announces retirement from abc13 KTRK
- Owen Conflenti is ruling TikTok
- Dominique Sachse celebrates 1 million subscribers with TODAY Show appearance
- Lizzo is a Houston success story!
- Dominique Sachse's Today Show appearance video
- Christine Noël engaged
- MaryAnn Martinez joins KPRC 2
- Houston TV stars support Crime Stoppers
- Chelsea Edwards joins FOX 26 KRIV
- Caitlin “CJ” Johnson joins The New 93Q KKBQ
- Chelsey Hernandez is engaged
- John Hannon named President and General Manager of Univision 45 Houston KXLN
- KPRC legendary anchor Bill Balleza to retire
- Jennifer Reyna is leaving KPRC 2
- Rachel Briers is expecting
- Brhe Berry is pregnant
- Jennifer Reyna breaks silence after leaving KPRC
- Lindsey Henry leaves FOX 26
- Tom Abrahams celebrates 20 years at abc13 KTRK
- Lisa Hernandez has her baby!


Vanessa Martin will permanently return to the traffic desk for both FOX-29 and WOAI.

KENS 5 reporter Adi Guajardo joins KMGH Denver.

Reporter David Caltabiano leaves WOAI and KABB for KTVK and KPHO Phoenix, AZ.


Longtime NewsRadio KLBJ afternoon host Jeff Ward gone after 20 years on the air.

Josh French moves to KVUE in a digital position from Tulsa.

- Why is "Adios, Mofo" famous in Texas?


Joshua Eure joins KXXV Waco, Temple, Killeen as news director.

Alyssa Faykus joins the Brenham Banner Press as a reporter.

Florencia Giménez-Levit returns to Telemundo El Paso as weekday weather anchor.

Joey Carrera moves to KTVK Phoenix as a freelance reporter. Previously, he was weekend anchor and reporter at KVIA in El Paso. - Napoli


Country Radio Legend Bob Kingsley Dead at 80.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Josh Innes returns to Houston radio Monday

Josh Innes is returning to Houston for what he says is a one time fill-in appearance on ESPN 97.5 KFNC.

"This will be my first time hosting a radio show in 8 months," Innes tweeted. "The longest such stretch of being off the air I've had in 17 years. That's something."

Innes will be filling in during the Blitz (4 to 7pm) with Lance Zierlein while hosts AJ Hoffman and Fred Faour are in London with the Texans.

Way back in March, while I was in London, SportsTalk 790 KBME let go Iness, his wife Jilly and producer Jim Mudd. “The Sean Salisbury Show” was named as the replacement.

Innes had been in mornings on 790 since June of 2017. He was hired by KBME to return to Houston radio from Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia in October 2016 where he replaced Charlie Pallilo in the afternoons. Before Philly, Innes was an afternoon show host with Rich Lord on SportsRadio 610 KILT.

So you might be this substitute gig an audition? We will have to wait and see.

In the meantime, Innes and Jilly with calls by Mudd can still be heard on the Josh Innes Show podcast. There are Houston and Philadelphia episodes every weekday.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Jonathan Martin is inspiring Houston's youth with "Beyond the Game"

FOX 26 News anchor Jonathan Martin is touring Houston high schools with the goal of inspiring young people to dream beyond sports

FOX 26 KRIV 5pm and 9pm anchor Jonathan Martin has created a valuable community initiative called "Beyond the Game."

The panel of Houston leaders, from all areas of expertise, exists to inspire young people to dream beyond professional sports.

Martin, who is a former high school varsity athlete himself (basketball and track and field in his hometown of Atlanta, GA), realizes sports is a passion for many, but not something everyone can make a career.

The Houston tour launched last night Booker T. Washington High School. On November 6th, it continues at Yates High School and November 8th at Worthing High School.

I caught up with Martin to find out more about "Beyond the Game."

Mike McGuff: How did you come up with the idea for this program?

Jonathan Martin: After visiting several high schools, particularly in Houston’s urban areas, I repeatedly met young men whose sole career goal was to play professional sports. As a former athlete, I know sports can be rewarding. I also realize only a tiny percentage of athletes reach the elite level. By exposing Houston’s young men to great leaders and other possibilities, I’m hoping fewer will limit their dreams to the basketball court or football field.

Was it hard to recruit the big names who are speaking with you?

All of the panelists were eager to participate. Each of them agreed this conversation is worth having. I reached out to men in our community who are inspiring, successful, and relatable. Each panelist has a unique story that I hope will empower the students!

The panel consists of former professional athletes, like LeMarcus Newman, James Ihedigbo and Ralph Sampson III. I’ve also included business leaders like music executive Mathew Knowles, Fox 26 Vice President & General Manager, D’Artagnan Bebel, and Exclusive Furniture owner, Sam Zavary.

During the hour-long conversation at each high school, the panelists will speak candidly about their road to success, their mistakes, and encourage the young men to think bigger than “the game.”

Talk about the tagline, "beyond sports." Why is that included?

The goal of the tour is to exposure students to various paths to greatness. We’re not discouraging anyone from pursuing a career in sports. We just hope to inspire them to think broader. They can be creators, writers, or business leaders. They can own a restaurant or lead a tech company.

As my general manager D’Artagnan Bebel told me, if this tour inspires just one young man in Houston, then it’s all worth it.

What is the future of the tour?

Since I announced the tour, dozens of school leaders and teachers have reached out from surrounding districts, asking us to visit their schools. Our plan is to reach as many students as we can in Houston ISD, before expanding to others.

The following schools will be our first stops (Madison was originally on the flyer, but is being rescheduled due to testing)

Oct 31- Booker T. Washington High School
Nov. 6- Yates High School
Nov. 8- Worthing High School

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lisa Hernandez has her baby!

KHOU 11 anchor Lisa Hernandez delivers her second daughter

KHOU 11 anchor Lisa Hernandez and ESPN 97.5FM host Joel Blank got a terrific treat the day before Halloween with the birth of their second daughter!

"She’s here! Baby Madison made her debut this morning, Oct 30th, at 7lb 9oz & we are over the moon," Hernandez posted on Facebook.

Would have been even cooler if she were born the day when the Astros won their second World Series, but hey, it was a great run.

Big sister Taylor was born in 2015.


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