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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

KTRK 13 hires fmr. KVUE sports dir. Hugh Lewis

Hugh Lewis courtesy of KTRK's airwaves
It's big news when KTRK channel 13 makes a change of any type to its sports department. After all, sports director Bob Allen has been with the Houston ABC owned and operated station since 1974, Tim Melton since 1981 and Bob Slovak since 1998.

That's why it's getting attention that a new face in the Houston TV sports scene is now filing sports reports for KTRK. That face belongs to Hugh Lewis who started appearing on channel 13's airwaves over the past few days (watch one of his reports below).

However Lewis is well known in other parts of Texas and even the nation. In fact Lewis was KVUE 24 Austin's sports director back in the 80s and early 90s. According to Austin blogger Jim McNabb, in his post TV life, Lewis worked at KVET-AM (Austin), partially owned and managed Austin's Indoor Professional Football Team and put time in at HDNews TV (a former New York based network).

Recently Lewis has been a blogger with his son at (listen to Lewis talk sports on DayBreak USA)

It is now becoming more obvious to Houston viewers that Tim Melton has not appeared on the KTRK 13 airwaves since mid-October (Melton's bio is still on the station's site). The station has offered no official explanation that I am aware of for Melton's absence. That has forced the station's viewers to come and ask me for answers. We can only assume that Mr. Lewis has been hired to fill the void in the station's sports department until Melton returns.

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