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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

KTRK on FAIL Blog, KHOU old school, evil coworkers and more

KHOU 11 News Promos and Opens (1995)
- KHOU 1993 Promos

Media co-workers out to get you
The Grape chronicles how some media colleagues like to derail the careers of co-workers with email bombs.

KIAH 39's Eye Opener gets some big changes
According to Uncle Barky, Tribune's Chicago-based Eye Opener (first aired exclusively on KIAH 39) will soon be produced out of Dallas. The show will also air in more markets than just Houston.
- KIAH 39 to start morning news with Eye Opener; Mia Gradney returns
- KIAH 39's Marci Izard and Mayra Moreno return to anchor

Hurricane Path FAIL
KTRK 13 chief weather guy Tim Heller gets posted on the FAIL Blog for his Lee computer models. In his defense, I'm sure he did not come up with these projected paths himself. (Thanks Bill)

HISD hires former city spokesman
The Houston Independent School District’s media department has hired Patrick Trahan, the former press secretary for Mayor Bill White and a spokesman for the Houston Fire Department.  He replaces Norm Uhl as a spokesman for HISD (officially, he’s a senior media relations specialist). Before PR, Trahan was an assignments desk editor at KTRK when I started there in 2001. (Thanks Trent)
- HISD Press Secretary Norm Uhl's departure shocks Houston media

Anchors tweak grooming routines to fit KABB’s new HD
There are drawbacks to delivering the news in HD, as KENS-TV morning anchorwoman Sarah Forgany pointed out with humor in a Facebook post last week.
- Will San Antonio embrace a third local lifestyle show on TV in the mornings?

Univision KXLN 45 news director out
KXLN-TV Isabel Gonzalez left this Univision o-and-o last month, so the search is on for her replacement.

Halftime for TXA21 prime-time news, with the 8 to 9 p.m. hour being dropped
The 8 to 9 p.m. hour of TXA21 News: First in Prime will be supplanted in September by the syndicated version of America's Funniest Home Videos.

Drama over departure of Chron and Culturemap staffers
Culturemap Facebooks opinion piece from Free Press Houston that slams outgoing staffers from Culturemap and Houston Chronicle. It is filled with drama.
- Rick Casey retiring from Chronicle, to be replaced by Patricia Kilday Hart

KHOU Visits the Shelter
Photos of KHOU 11's Mario Gomez and Katherine Whaley visiting a Houston SPCA shelter.

Houston sports talker followers
Houston Media Watch tracks how many Twitter followers the Houston sports radio talk show hosts have.

Arrival of Al Jazeera Reporter Sends Texas School Into Panic
Al Jazeera reporter Gabriel Elizondo supposedly freaked out Booker, Texas officials.

Texas Watchdog celebrates three years of journalism
Since first pushing the "on" button at the Texas Watchdog website in August 2008, the group has published nearly 120 original, featured reports and hundreds more daily stories.

Charlie Hodge, Matt Sadler gone from KLBJ-FM
More music, less talk. That’s what research shows listeners want middays on 93.7 KLBJ-FM, so the station has dumped the “Charlie Hodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Halftime Show” featuring Charlie Hodge and Matt Sadler. The show aired weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Joint UT/A&M network discussed 3-4 years ago
As Texas and Texas A&M deal with the PR fallout from their impending conference split, athletic directors DeLoss Dodds and Bill Byrne offered separate versions of a conversation three to four years ago about the TV venture that became the Longhorn Network.
- Longhorn Network adds cable distributor, Kansas game
- Longhorn Network inks deal with Grande Communications
- UT trots out fancy new TV ads

Carrera joins Telemundo Austin
Lourdes Carrera has joined Telemundo Austin as a news producer for the station’s weekdays 5 and 10 pm news.

Chinese Radio Targets Expats And Those Learning Mandarin
The airwaves in Houston are filled with ethnic programming — and not just in Spanish. There are radio shows for the Expat Indian community, as well as Vietnamese programs and Chinese broadcasts — all targeting specific audiences. For example, the Chinese community is served on radio and television with programs in Mandarin and English.

The Grind of the News Business
“Retirement Day 1: gym, guitar, write something that lasts. Life is good.”—Today’s post by former Austin American-Statesman editor Fred Zipp. Zipp retired at the age of 56.

El Paso media moves
More reporters coming and going in the El Paso TV market.

KUBE switches on high-def signal
KUBE, channel 57, has switched its main signal from sandard-definition (480i) to high definition (720p).

ANTONIO LUJAN JUMPS 56 markets to ABC AFFILIATE KTVX in SALT LAKE CITY where he will be a general assignment reporter. ANTONIO who is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin comes to KTVX from KNVO in Harlingen.

Bri Winkler, a meteorologist at KAMR in Amarillo, is jumping 129 markets to join KABC in Los Angeles as a meteorologist.

Former WFAA reporter Bert Lozano dead at 42
WFAA lost a member of the News 8 family. Former reporter Bert Lozano died after suffering cardiac arrest. He was just 42 years old.
- Former KSAT reporter Lozano dies at age 42
- Former KRGV Anchor Bert Lozano Died Wednesday

Saying goodbye to Cactus Pryor
Austin broadcast legend Cactus Pryor laid to rest Friday.
- Remembering Cactus Pryor, a selection of radio and TV clips

- Regis Philbin’s Last Day on ‘Live!’ Will be Nov. 18
- Marysol Castro Out at ‘The Early Show’
- ‘GMA’ Returns To Ground Floor of Times Square
- A Look Back At The 'CBS Morning News' From 1973 (VIDEO)
- Katie Couric to Interview Sarah Jessica Parker in First ABC News Appearance
- ‘Real Housewives,’ The Family of Amy Winehouse Are Among Anderson Cooper’s First Daytime Guests
- Your Nostalgia Is Killing You: The 30 Worst TV Theme Songs Of All Time (Thanks Will-E)
- Susan Lucci: 'All My Children' Star Memoir Rips ABC, Brian Frons For Cancellation
- Here’s Glenn Beck’s New Set for GBTV
- Making Use of Decades-Old News Footage
- Eddie Murphy to host Academy Awards
- America's Most Wanted returning on Lifetime
- The TV Watch: No Jerry Lewis, but Telethon Still Offers Suspense
- Disney Abruptly Loses Its Licensing Chief
- We’re Starting to Think Newspapers Do Not Have a Bright Future

- Apple Puts Old Version of Final Cut Pro Back on Sale
- Q&A with Jenni Hogan, Twitter’s top local TV journalist
- iHeartRadio taps The Echo Nest for custom music channels
- Inside NBC Philadelphia’s Foursquare efforts

- KRIV 26's 40 years celebrated with cake
- How to give a great media interview: 5 tips
- KXAS 5 launching new newscast
- 1560 KGOW's David Nuno now hosts RIVALS on Yahoo! Sports Radio
- Texas TV market changes for 2011-2012 - Nielsen
- KIAH 39's NewsFix is bringing revolution to schools

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