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50 Years of KIII’s ‘Domingo Live’

domingo liveKIII, the ABC affiliate in Corpus Christi, will broadcast a special edition of “Domingo Live” on Sunday to mark the show’s 50th anniversary.

“We are so proud and honored to present this special program to the viewers of South Texas,” KIII vice president and general manager Dan Robbins said in a statement. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase the history of the program that celebrates the culture, music and community events of the entire Coastal Bend.”

According to KIII, “Domingo Live” is the longest-running locally produced live music and information show in the country. The two-hour special will originate from the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown, Texas in conjunction with local radio station KSAB’s annual Cinco De Mayo Festival.

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John Rupolo Joins KZTV-KRIS in Corpus Christi

john rupoloJohn Rupolo has joined KZTV-KRIS, the CBS and NBC affiliates in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Rupolo is a former reporter for WFTX, the Fox affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla. He parted ways with the station in January after he was arrested for violating a domestic violence order of protection. At the time, he told TVSpy that the charge was “false, unfounded, and not true.”

At KZTV-KRIS, Rupolo is a nightside reporter.

VIDEO: Explosion Near KIII Studio Rocks Morning Newscast

A home located five blocks away from the KIII studio exploded this morning during the Corpus Christi ABC affiliate’s morning newscast, startling anchors Jane Monreal and John Thomas and meteorologist Kristin Diaz.

“The studio had a little bit of a ruckus. We’ll have to see what that’s about. We might be making our own news,” Monreal said immediately afterwards.

At least two people were injured in the explosion, which happened at 5:30 a.m., KIII reports. [h/t Jacob Wycoff]

KRIS Adds Paul Alexander as News Director, Mike Gillaspia as Morning Anchor

KRIS, the NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, has hired Paul Alexander as news director and Mike Gillaspia (pictured) as morning co-anchor.

“Both will be great additions to our staff,” KRIS general manager Greg McAlister told TVSpy in an email.

Alexander joins KRIS from KVEO, the NBC affiliate in Brownsville, Texas. KRIS has been without a permanent news director since Sandra Richards was let go last year. Alexander will officially begin at KRIS in August. Gillaspia, who begins in July, comes from KWES in Midland, Texas, where he is the 6 and 10 p.m. anchor. He replaces Dave Froehlich, who is joining KTBC in Austin, as morning co-anchor.

McAlister told TVSpy KRIS has also hired Alan Harwell, a former sportscaster at rival KIII who was let go several years ago due to budget cuts. In his break from television, Harwell has been coaching at two local high schools. Read more

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.

KIII Expands Morning Newscast on Subchannel

Corpus Christi ABC affiliate KIII has expanded its morning newscast into the 7 a.m. hour on a digital subchannel.

“We are pleased to add another hour of 3News First Edition for our viewers who want more local information during that important hour,” VP-GM Dan Robbins said in a statement. “The format will provide more time for special issues and a variety of topics for our viewers.”

The additional hour will be helmed by morning anchors John Thomas and Jane Monreal and meteorologist Kristin Diaz. “Good Morning America” will continue to be seen at 7 a.m. on KIII’s main channel.

One Interim News Director Out at KRIS Another Interim News Director In

Hollis Grizzard, interim news director for Corpus Christi NBC affiliate KRIS has announced he is leaving the station and has appointed another interim news director to take his place.

Grizzard, a senior strategist for Audience Research and Development, LLC in Fort Worth, TX, appointed Rob Dean as his successor.  Dean will keep the interim title until a permanent news director can be found.

The station has been without a permanent news director since Sandra Richards was let go by Cordillera Communications in November. Read more

Greg McAlister Named President-GM of KRIS

Greg McAlister has been named president and general manager of Cordillera Communications’ stations in Corpus Christi, Texas.

McAlister will lead NBC affiliate KRIS, Telemundo affiliate KAJA and independent station KDF. He will also oversee KZTV, Sagamore Hill Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate that Cordillera operates under a shared services agreement.

McAlister worked at KAMC in Lubbock, Texas, for 20 years, including as president and general manager from 1991-99. He most recently was VP-GM of KAMC-KLBK and managed a regional hub for Nexstar Broadcasting.

McAlister begins March 11. He replaces Tim Noble, who left the stations in December.

Longtime Texas Anchor Walter Furley Dies

Walter Furley, who spent 45 years as a reporter and anchor in Corpus Christi died Wednesday. He was 84.

Furley had non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to the AP. He joined KZTV, the CBS affiliate in Corpus Christi, in 1957, serving as a reporter, anchor and eventually news director. He retired in 2002.

Corpus Christi ABC affiliate KIII interviewed Furley’s family about the longtime anchor. Video is after the jump. Read more

Sandra Richards Out as KRIS News Director

TVSPy has been told longtime KRIS news director Sandra Richards is out at the Corpus Christi NBC affiliate.

Tipsters tell TVSpy Richards was let go after a visit by Cordillera Communications executives who blamed poor ratings for her dismissal.

TVSpy has also been told Hollis Grizzard will be the interim news director for the station.  Grizzard is currently a senior strategist for Audience Research and Development, LLC in Fort Worth, TX, which bills itself as,”The Premier Local Media Company.”

Multiple attempts by TVSpy to reach general manager Tim Noble for comment have been unsuccessful.

[newsblues.com]

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