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Aereo Announces Austin Launch Date

aereoLess than a week after a federal judge granted broadcasters a preliminary injunction against Aereo, the streaming television service has announced plans to expand to the Austin DMA.

Austin is the fourth city in Texas — after Dallas, Houston and San Antonio — where Aereo will be available. The Austin launch, scheduled for March 3, adds 12 new counties to Aereo’s coverage.

“Aereo makes using an antenna easy again – the way it should be.  We’re looking forward to kicking off in Austin,” CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement.

Judy Maggio Set to Retire From KEYE

judy maggioAfter 11 years at KEYE and 22 more on television in Austin, Judy Maggio has announced she will retire in May, Austin360 reports.

“I’ve always said I’d leave the TV business on my own terms,” Maggio said. “KEYE has been nothing but supportive in my 11 years here and recently offered me a generous contract to stay. I will deeply miss my colleagues, who are some of the most dedicated people in the business.”

Maggio joined CBS affiliate KEYE in 2003 from rival KVUE. A search is underway for her replacement as the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor.

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Anchor Shuffle at Austin FOX Station

petrowski_ktbcKTBC weekend anchor Lauren Petrowski is moving to “Good Day Austin” for the FOX owned station.

Beginning Monday, February 3 she’ll join Amanda Salinas and Dave Froelich.

Petrowski replaces Keri Bellacosa who left the station last week. Michael Lewis, KTBC GM said in a statement, “We mutually agreed to part ways. We want to thank Keri for her many contributions to FOX 7 during her time with us.”

[Austin 360]

Former KTBC Anchor Diagnosed with Leukemia

hernandez_cropped_ktbcLoriana Hernandez left Austin FOX owned station KTBC earlier this month. She told viewers she was leaving to be with her husband and two year old son in Washington, D.C.

But, as Austin360.com reports, when Hernandez had some blood work done as part of the process to have a second child via in vitro fertilization, doctors found she had leukemia.

“The doctor called me crying,” Hernandez told Austin360. “I said, ‘What? You must be kidding.’ I was yelling and crying. It was unreal.”

Sadly, her doctor wasn’t kidding. She was very, very ill.

Hernandez wasted little time, booking a last-minute ticket and arriving at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital late Monday. She expects to start six weeks of on-and-off chemotherapy Tuesday or Wednesday.

“They told me, ‘This can’t wait,’” she said.

The support from friends, former co-workers — and viewers who’ve never met the vibrant broadcast journalist — has been, from the start, overwhelming, Hernandez said. She says she is so incredibly grateful.

“I’m so touched,” she said. “My stomach hurts from crying so much, but I know I can beat this. I can kick its ass. I look at my precious son and I say, ‘Failure is not an option.’”

Austin Reporter Uses Fall During Live Shot as Teachable Moment


During a morning live shot, KEYE reporter Ashley Miller gave viewers of the Austin CBS affiliate a firsthand look at the icy conditions she was reporting on.

After her slip, she got back up and told viewers, “So it’s extremely slippery. I actually just fell on the pavement and that’s the same thing that’s happening on the roadways.”

KTBC Adds Anchor to ‘Good Day Austin’

salinas_kdafAmanda Salinas has been named anchor for “Good Day Austin,” the morning news show for Austin FOX owned station KTBC.

“As a native Texan, who graduated from the University of Texas and has spent most of her career reporting and anchoring here, there is no one better versed on all things Austin than Amanda,” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Salinas comes to KTBC from KDAF in Dallas. She has also worked at WPBF in West Palm Beach, WFAA in Dallas, KCEN in Waco and KGNS in Laredo, TX.

Beginning January 20, she joins Dave Froehlich, Zack Shields and Keri Bellacosa on “Good Day” and Froehlich as anchor on the Noon news.

Former KVUE General Manager Dies

Joe Jerkins, the former president and general manager of KVUE, died Tuesday from leukemia. He led the Austin ABC affiliate from 1979 to 1989 and served as president of the Texas Association of Broadcasters in 1991.

Watch KVUE’s tribute to Jerkins above. [h/t Austin 360]

Loriana Hernandez Leaving Austin FOX Station

hernandez_cropped_ktbcLoriana Hernandez has announced she is leaving KTBC.

“I have some bitter sweet news to share this Tuesday morning,” Hernandez wrote on her facebook page. “After 7 years here at Fox 7 I have decided it is time for me to join my husband Cesar in the DC area so we can raise our 19-month old son Gabriel under one roof. My husband and I have commuted for the past few years so I could keep doing what I love doing here at FOX 7 but we need to be together as a family.”

The morning anchor for the Austin FOX owned station went on to say her last day on-air would be January 3, but plans to stay in Austin until late January.

Hernandez came to KTBC in 2007. She started her career at CNN and CNN En Español and has also worked at KSEE in Fresno and KXAS in Dallas.

[Austin 360]

KXAN Ups Shannon Wolfson to Evening Anchor

wolfson_croppedKXAN has promoted investigative reporter Shannon Wolfson to evening anchor for the Austin NBC affiliate.

Beginning December 2, Wolfson will join Robert Hadlock, chief weathercaster Jim Spencer and sports director Roger Wallace for the KXAN 5, 6 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts and the 9:00 pm. news on CW affiliate KNVA.

“I’ve been so honored and humbled to be part of this team of incredible journalists at KXAN for the last seven years,” Wolfson said in a statement. “I’m beyond excited about this new opportunity and look forward to continuing my investigative reporting, as well.”

Wolfson takes over for Leslie Rhode who announced she was leaving last month. She started at KXAN in 2006 as a reporter and was named named main anchor of the CW news at 9:00 p.m. in 2009. She came back to the station as an investigative reporter in June after a three month hiatus.

[Austin American-Statesman]

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