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Monday, February 14, 2011

San Antonio traffic TV anchors, HABJ, Janice Dean's baby and more


KXXV 25 Waco anchor Bruce Gietzen promo when he was at KTRK 13

Former Houston radio talent Janice Dean has a baby
The world knows Janice Dean as a Fox News meteorologist, but in Houston we know her voice on our radio stations. Well, she just gave birth to a baby boy!

Former CBS11 anchor Suzanne Sena redeploys as Onion News Network's super-vain Brooke Alvarez
Suzanne Sena admittedly can be a bit restless. But she at last may have found her true calling as vainglorious news anchor Brooke Alvarez on IFC's new Onion News Network (9 p.m. central on Fridays).

Photos: HABJ 25th Annual Awards
The Houston Association of Black Journalists 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner, “Lift Every Voice,” was held Friday, February 11 at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston.

Some love for traffic reporters
With Valentine's Day approaching and some of San Antonio's wackiest weather just behind us, what better time to send some overdue love to a group of TV's unsung heroes?

What a TV newsroom looked like in 1990
For one thing, there were no computers around.
- VIDEO: What a TV newsroom looked like in 1993

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee takes on Pepsi Super Bowl ad
An ad for Pepsi Max aired during the Super Bowl 2/6/11 has gotten a mention in a location other than the living rooms of America – Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) took to the floor of the US House of Representatives to criticize the commercial, which she found “demeaning.”

KTEN Denison names Mark Farrell News Content Manager
TV agent Rick Gevers says Farrell previously worked in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio among other places.

Ousted Miss S.A. opens up to ‘Inside Edition’
Ousted Miss San Antonio Domonique Ramirez has given her first national TV interview to syndicated newsmagazine “Inside Edition.”

UH gets new beat writer
Sam Khan took over the Houston Chronicle’s UH sports beat from Steve Campbell. Khan was hired by the Chronicle straight out of college and served as the high school beat writer for the past five-and-a-half years.

New ACL venue opens
Austin City Limits opens its new home Thursday after spending more than 30 years on the University of Texas campus.
- Willie Nelson plays at new ACL Live Moody Theater

The Latest on Gary Cogill’s Movie Making Adventures
It has been four months since award-winning film critic, Gary Cogill, left WFAA-TV, Channel 8 to pursue his dream of making movies.

Angelika replacement to open this summer
City in on talks with Robert Redford's Sundance Cinemas.

Houston-based artists The Art Guys say Morgan Spurlock ripped them off
The Art Guys feel the similarities between their "SUITS" project and director Morgan Spurlock's branded suit from his new product placement documentary "POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" are too strong to be a coincidence.

Urban Television Network finds home
Urban Television Network, a recently opened Houston station, has leased 12,411 square feet of office and warehouse space in Antoine Crossing from Boxer Property Management Corp.

Robert F. Schenkkan, giant in public broadcasting, dies
Robert F. Schenkkan, a founding father and tireless defender of public broadcasting, spent five decades nurturing public radio and television in Austin.

New documentary explores Houston's role was air hockey capital of the universe
It’s a well-guarded secret, but Houston has been the Mecca of competitive air hockey for over thirty years. That’s right: air hockey.

- KPRC 2 assistant news director Rick McFarland still at station
- Chris Baker heading to 700 KSEV afternoons
- Syma Chowdhry moves from News 12 New Jersey to WWJ Detroit COMMENT: Click to leave your thoughts on this post here