Monday, January 12, 2015

PHOTOS: KPRC staff's big Anthony Yanez KNBC send off party

KPRC staff and Houston media members send Anthony Yanez off in style at Saint Arnold Brewing Company

The countdown is on for Thursday when KPRC morning meteorologist Anthony Yanez leaves Houston for Los Angeles' KNBC NBC4 (with Daniella Guzman).

So Saturday night, channel 2 staffers and other members of the Houston media said goodbye to Yanez and his wife Rebecca in style at the Saint Arnold Brewing Company. (Click here to see photos from the party if above slideshow is not working for you. You can click on the photo for a photo ID.)

Just imagine, I used to get food from that building as a student. In the past, brewery's building was the HISD food service facility building!

For those outside of Houston, Yanez and anchor Owen Conflenti are known bros. The KPRC staff joked the "bromance" was coming to an end as Yanez heads off to California (I bet they will still Skype). I even got photo evidence as they mugged for the camera as you can see above.

Seriously though, as KPRC's morning news ascends in the ratings, the fact that anchors like each other, is a positive. There are negative vibes being passed around news desks across the nation as anchors don't like each other or just simply don't vibe. These two had chemistry like Tom Koch and Don Nelson before them at KTRK abc13 and it showed in the TV ratings gold.

I also had my first meeting with KPRC chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley who had the best line of the night in my opinion when he told me, "you look more normal in person than on your blog." I don't know Frank, there are others who might think the cartoon character version of me is actually more normal!

So who's taking over for Yanez? The station has announced Britta Merwin is moving to mornings.

I've already hit Yanez up for a tour of KNBC if I'm ever in LA. And by the way, I now have a copy of his officially released book, A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle. He autographed it to my kids and it looks great. I sent an advanced copy to my son's Kindergarten class and the kids and teacher loved it! It just so happens they were studying the water cycle.

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