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Monday, April 04, 2011

KTRK 13's Melanie Lawson, NewsFix prank, former KPRC anchor and more

KTRK 13 anchor Melanie Lawson profiled
KTRK 13 anchor Melanie Lawson: Every soul in Houston loves her. Every. Soul. After all, for more than 25 years, she has been coming to the living rooms (do people still watch TV in their living rooms?) of many Houstonians every week day as co-anchor of Channel 13’s Live at 5 and Eyewitness News at 11a.m. And on the weekends, she hosts the community affairs program, “Crossroads.”

Images: Behind The Scenes Of KPRC Promo Shoot
KPRC Local 2 traveled all across the Houston area to shoot our new "image campaign." Take a peek behind-the-scenes to see why we’re so "Proud 2 Cover Houston."

Charlie Sheen's Violent Torpedo of Truth sinks star live in Detroit
Charlie Sheen's remaining credibility was blown out of the water as fans booed him off-stage on the first night of his 20-date tour.
- Charlie Sheen-isms in your newscast

Former KIAH 39 News meteorologist Keith Monahan
Former KIAH 39 News meteorologist Keith Monahan checks in with Ken Hoffman.

Tribune’s KIAH 39 Set to Launch Video-Less Newscast
TVSpy has fun with KIAH 39 NewsFix in an April Fool's Day joke.
- Matt Lauer Pranks Ann Curry on ‘Today’

More on reinventing News on TV...or any screen
Former Tribune Chief Innovation Officer and NewsFix creator Lee Abrams says treat news like a movie with the story line being the news of the moment. Sexiness can be an ingredient, but the whole show is focused on visual stimulation which is a timeless characteristic of anything on a screen.
- Lee Abrams will be in Las Vegas on April 11 as part of a Compelling Content panel

Former KPRC 2 anchor Larry Audas becomes big man in charge at new station
Larry Audas named president and general manager of WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC.
- VIDEO: KPRC 1993 news update featuring then-anchors Larry Audas and Shern-Min Chow(KHOU)

YNN Austin gets new news director
Your News Now (former News 8 Austin) ups Michael Pearson to news director.
- News 8 Austin’s news director Kevin Benz is gone

Keith McMahan Succeeds the Late Greg Koelfgen as KABB News Director
Keith McMahan has been promoted to news director of San Antonio’s KABB.
- TV anchors, reporters across S.A. mourn news boss’ passing

Isiah Carey AKA The Insite gets profiled
Isiah Carey AKA The Insite gets proiled in Houston Defender.

Texas Watchdog contributor to investigation that won Peabody Award
Texas Watchdog was a part of a multi-part series with the Center for Public Integrity and National Public Radio that won a Peabody Award for a 2010 series on sexual assault on college campuses.

Best pair of shoes in morning news
When it comes to the Insite shoes of the week, that honor goes to FOX 26 KRIV morning anchor Chris Stipes.

TV-hospital news coverage raises questions about ethics
Hospitals have long competed for patients by advertising in television commercials and newspaper ads. Increasingly, the ads can blend into news as economic pressures in the health care and media industries have created partnerships that some say cross the ethical line separating marketing and journalism.

Michael Berry: TV pitchman
740 KTRH and 950 KPRC talk show host Michael Berry went from Houston city council member to TV pitchman.

New urban channel coming to KVQT
A new promo reel began to run for Urban Houston Network on KVQT 21.6 in Houston. The reel consists of rap videos. The promo says the station will be starting on May 1.

Sabrina Hall leaves KIII Corpus Christi
She leaves the weekend anchor thing for a primary co-anchor and consumer reporter role at WKOW Madison.

An Awkward Moment on ‘Fox News Watch’
“Fox News Watch” had an awkward moment this week while discussing the story that NBC News did not cover General Electric’s $0 tax bill.

- Mike Barajas' old job posted by Fox 26 KRIV
- Former Korn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch in Houston COMMENT: Click to leave your thoughts on this post here