TVNewser LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps

Austin

After 36 Years, Jim Swift Retiring from KXAN

KXAN reporter Jim Swift has announced he’s retiring from the Austin NBC affiliate after 36 years.

“I have been enormously blessed to be able to do this kind of work for so long,” said Swift in a statement. “Meeting literally thousands of gifted, creative, funny and heartfelt people and getting to help them tell their stories has thrilled me, entertained me, inspired me and often, moved me to tears. I deeply hope others have been impacted the same way.”

Swift, who started at what was then KTVV in 1977, is best known for his “On the Porch” reports which news managers asked him to create to showcase regular people, “people whose contributions to society might otherwise go unnoticed.”

“Jim has an incredible sense of what subjects and which people will be compelling,” said KXAN news director Chad Cross. “His storytelling is truly an art, from the writing and narrating, to the photography and editing.”

[Austin360.com]

Shannon Wolfson Returns to KXAN

After a three-month break from television, Shannon Wolfson is rejoining Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

In her new role, Wolfson, who previously anchored the 9 p.m. newscast on KXAN sister station KNVA, will work full time as an investigative reporter.

“I’m thrilled to be back at KXAN with the opportunity to tell stories that really make a difference,” she told the American-Statesman. “This is the kind of storytelling I’ve always loved, but haven’t always had the time or resources to accomplish.”

Dave Froehlich Joins KTBC From KRIS

Dave Froehlich is joining KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, as co-anchor of “Good Day Austin.”

Froehlich joins KTBC from KRIS, the NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, where he was an anchor and reporter. He has also worked at WDAF in Kansas City, KVII in Amarillo and KREX in Grand Junction, Colo.

“Dave will be a real asset to our newsroom. His intelligence, quick wit and experience covering news in Texas make him a great fit for our morning news,” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Froehlich will co-anchor alongside Keri Bellacosa and meteorologist Zack Shields. He replaces Greg Kerr, who is leaving KTBC after just a year with the station.

KXAN Cuts to Commercial Seconds Before Game Winning Goal in Stanley Cup Finals

It’s not quite on the level of the NFL’s “Heidi Game,” but viewers of Austin, TX, NBC affiliate KXAN missed the winning overtime goal deciding game four of the Stanley Cup Finals because the station cut to commercial seconds before it happened.

The game was tied up at five and in overtime. With the Chicago Blackhawks on the attack against the Boston Bruins and with the puck almost on the stick of the man who scored the decider, the station cut away to a morning news promo and a car commercial. When the station cut back, the Blackhawks were coming off the bench to celebrate.

KXAN apologized to fans following the game. Ironically, the “sorry” came right after a package about hockey in Texas. “We unexpectedly and accidentally went to commercial break during overtime in tonight’s game,” said anchor Leslie Rhode. “It was, admittedly, the worst possible time to do that. We are so sorry. We apologize for that error.” Read more

Austin Morning Anchor Following Investigative Reporter Husband to Oregon

KTBC morning anchor Katherine Kisiel plans to follow her husband, investigative reporter Chris Willis, to his new job in Portland, OR, in a couple of weeks.

Last week we reported Willis, who used to work for Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, had been hired by Portland NBC affiliate KGW.  The station said he’ll start there in early July.

The Austin FOX owned station has plans for an on-air goodbye for Kisiel, though the date for that has not been set. Kisiel started her career as a reporter/anchor in Yuma, AZ. She’s also worked in Yakima, WA, and Tri-Cities, WA.

[Austin360.com]

KTBC Promotes Dennis de la Pena, John Hygh

KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, has promoted two on its sports team. Dennis de la Pena (left) has been named weekday sports anchor and John Hygh (right) has been named weekend sports anchor.

Dave Cody, who was KTBC’s weekday sports anchor for 28 years, announced his retirement in March. Before their promotions, de la Pena was the weekend sports anchor and Hygh was the sports reporter.

Hygh, an Austin native, has worked at KTBC for seven years. De la Pena has worked at the station for more than a decade.

Investigative Reporter Chris Willis Out at KXAN

Investigative reporter Chris Willis has parted ways with Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Willis has worked at KXAN since 1999. In 2011, he left the morning anchor desk to become a full-time investigative reporter.

Willis’ bio has been stripped from the KXAN website. The American-Statesman reports the station has not commented on his departure.

Walt Maciborski Joins KEYE From WXIN

Walt Maciborski is joining Austin CBS affiliate KEYE as evening co-anchor, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

It is a return to Austin for Maciborski, who worked at ABC affiliate KVUE from 1994-2000. He will co-anchor the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Judy Maggio, who he worked with at KVUE, beginning June 24.

“KEYE is on the move in a city that is booming,” Maciborski told the American-Statesman. “It’s a great station with a great team … and I get to sit next to my good friend Judy Maggio again. I’m proud to be a part of what’s happening there.”

Maciborski comes from WXIN in Indianapolis. He replaces Ron Olivera, who left KEYE earlier this year after his contract was not renewed.

Local Newsrooms Celebrate April Fools’ Day

The April Fools’ Day pranks are out in full force in newsrooms around the country today.

At KVUE in Austin, the morning news team pranked staffers by putting an empty donut box in the newsroom and shot video of staffers opening it looking for treats:

And on Louisville’s WDRB, Mike Marshall and Jude Redfield were tricked into eating dog biscuits on the air: Read more

KTBC Sports Director Dave Cody to Retire

KTBC sports director and anchor Dave Cody is retiring after 28 years with the Fox O&O in Austin. In an email to some KTBC staffers Wednesday, Cody said he is moving to Alabama to be closer to his elderly parents.

“I was reminded recently that it is important to ‘honor your mother and father.’ My 92 and (almost) 91 year old parents are in Montgomery, Alabama. They need me and frankly I need them,” Cody wrote. “….28 years ago this week (March 1985), I walked into this building, KTBC-TV, for a job interview that would begin a near 3 decade journey.”

“Dave has been a sports icon in this market for the last 28 years.  There is no one that knows this city and the sports history we’ve shared better than him,” KTBC VP and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement. “He will truly be missed.”

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>