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Abilene-Sweetwater

Leah Mazzarelli Signing Off From KRBC

Leah Mazzarelli is leaving KRBC, the NBC affiliate in Abilene, Texas. According to the Abilene Reporter News, she will become the media relations and communications manager for the city of Abilene on July 1.

Mazzarelli, who anchors and produces KRBC’s morning and 11:30 a.m. newscasts, joined the station in June 2012. Before that, she was a producer at sister station KTAB. In a Facebook post, Mazzarelli said KRBC evening anchor Nora Hartfeil will be taking over for her on the morning and midday newscasts.

“I won’t be going far. I’m sure you will still see me around Abilene,” Mazzarelli wrote. “Thank you for your viewership & support!”

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KTXS Makes News Director and Anchor Moves

KTXS, the ABC affiliate for Abilene, TX, has announced a few newsroom changes.

Jason Goodwin has been promoted from assistant news director to news director, replacing George Levesque who has led the news department since 2007. Levesque who is also an anchor, moves to managing editor and anchoring the station’s 10:00 p.m. news alongside Wayne McCormick.

“George has been an outstanding leader for KTXS News and now he will be able to use that same leadership to KTXS News at 10,” said KTXS vice president and general manager Albert Brown. Read more

Albert Gutierrez Named VP-GM of KTAB-KRBC

Nexstar Broadcasting has named Albert Gutierrez vice president and general manager of KTAB-KRBC, the CBS and NBC affiliates in Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas.

Gutierrez comes from KMID, Nexstar’s ABC affiliate in Midland, Texas, where he has been VP-GM since 2010. Earlier in his career, he worked in a local sales position at KRBC. He has worked at several other Texas stations throughout his career, including KLST-KSAN in San Angelo, KTEN in Sherman and KZAV in Brownsville.

“He has an impressive background in all aspects of our business, and a proven track-record of leading teams that delivered compelling and effective marketing solutions for local and national advertisers,” Nexstar COO Brian Jones said in a statement. “We are confident that his depth of expertise, ability to develop strong relationships with advertising clients, and dedication to the communities he serves will be important attributes in his new position in Abilene/Sweetwater.”

See the full press release after the jump. Read more

For Abilene Viewers, Local Meteorologist Steals Scene From Streisand in ‘The Guilt Trip’

Mark Rowlett, chief meteorologist for KTXS, the ABC affiliate for Abilene, TX, made the jump from the green screen to the silver screen for the mother-son road comedy “The Guilt Trip.”

The movie may star Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, but for KTXS viewers and Rowlett’s friends and family there are only a few seconds of the movie that really matter, the scene featuring Rowlett. “I say it was two seconds, my daughter says it was four seconds,” Rowlett told the Abilene Reporter-News.

In the scene, Streisand and Rogen stop at a motel in Abilene.  While Streisand is at the motel bar, Rowlett can be seen on a TV in the background giving the weather forecast.  Rowlett’s voice continues to be heard while the movie cuts to Rogen, lying on the bed in his motel room listening to the forecast.

Fame did not go to Rowlett’s head, though.  He told the Reporter-News he needed some coaxing to see his film debut. “My wife and youngest daughter dragged me, I mean, took me to see it,” he said.

London Broadcasting Promotes Justin Riggan to VP-GM of KIDY-KXVA

Justin Riggan has been named vice president and general manager of two London Broadcasting Fox affiliates in Texas: KIDY in San Angelo and KXVA in Abilene.

Riggan joins the stations from another London Broadcasting station, KYTX in Longview, where he has been general sales manager since 2009. Prior to that, he was general sales manager for KTAB-KRBC in Abilene.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Justin’s character and experience on our management team and are very happy to provide this opportunity of increased responsibility to him,” London Broadcasting EVP-COO Philip Hurley said in a statement. Read more

Bud Brown to Lead Bonten Stations in Texas

Bud Brown has been hired as vice president and general manager of Bonten Media Group’s stations in Abilene and San Angelo, TX. His appointment is effective August 13.

In his new role, Brown will oversee KTXS-KTES, the ABC and CW-affiliates in Abilene, and KTXE, the ABC-affiliate in San Angelo. Previously, Brown was general manager at WWL in New Orleans, a position he has held since 2005.

“Bud Brown will provide outstanding leadership for our Abilene and San Angelo, Texas operations,” Bonten Media chairman and CEO Randy Bongarten said in a statement. “His background not only in general management but also marketing makes Bud an excellent fit for our Company. We are fortunate to be able to attract an individual with Bud’s track record of creativity and success.”

KTAB Solicits Donations For ‘On the Road’ Tour

Abilene CBS-affiliate KTAB is asking viewers for donations to fund its annual “On the Road” tour, a week-long event where station talent and executives visit five different towns in Texas.

“We are asking if you could help by making a donation to help cover our cost,” vice president and general manager Eric Thomas writes on the station website. “From Talent fees, Satellite fees, Travel cost, Food expense, and Equipment rental the bills pile up.”

The tour takes place this week and is scheduled to stop in Colorado City, Ballinger, Clyde, Cross Plains and Haskell. There is a minimum goal to reach for each town, and donors will not be charged until the minimum is reached.

KTXS Names Mike Skow Sports Director

Mike Skow has been named sports director at KTXS in Abilene, TX.

Skow has been with the ABC-affiliate for the past four years, working as a news reporter and sports anchor.  Skow replaces Bryan Keating, who recently left KTXS for a job at KOCO in Oklahoma City.

“Mike has been with us for over four years, starting on the weekends in news,” KTXS news director George Levesque said. “He’s grown to become a valued member of the sports team and will no doubt excel at leading our sports department.”

Skow, who began his broadcasting career at KGUN in Tucson, has served as KTXS’s weekend sports anchor for the past year and a half.

KTXS Meteorologist Danielle Dozier Joining KOCO

Danielle Dozier, the morning meteorologist at KTXS in Abilene-Sweetwater, is leaving the ABC-affiliate after four years.

Dozier is joining KOCO, the ABC-affiliate in Oklahoma City, where she will be a weekend meteorologist. Her last day in Abilene was today.

In a statement on the station’s website, Dozier said she is looking forward to the challenge of forecasting the weather in Oklahoma City, which is located in the heart of Tornado Alley.

KTXS Brings HD Local News to Abilene-Sweetwater

ABC-affiliate KTXS became the first station in the Abilene-Sweetwater market to broadcast its local news in HD on Wednesday with its 5 p.m. newscast.

“Our viewers hold us to a higher standard and with KTXS News in high definition, they will be very pleased with this tremendous upgrade to their viewing experience,” said Kyle Krebs, KTXS’s vice president and general manager.

KTXS news director George Levesque called the HD launch a “seminal moment for KTXS and for Abilene. It gives people a chance to see for the first time amazing detail of the cities, towns and counties they live in.” (Video of the station’s HD introduction here).

To show off its new HD look, the Bonten Media Group-owned station is airing  a 90-second video of natural scenery from the area at the close of its 10 p.m. newscast.