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Mike Garber Named News Director at Dallas Station

ktvt logo_304x200Mike Garber has been named VP and news director for Dallas-Fort Worth CBS owned stations KTVT and KTXA.

“I am pleased to be joining the smart and experienced team at CBS 11 and TXA 21,” Garber said in a statement. “My new colleagues have long done a terrific job of putting the community first, and I look forward to making sure that we keep that focus and provide the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the highest quality local news coverage in the market.”

Garber was rumored to have left WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL, last week. He had been news director there since 2012. He has also worked as news director at WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville, FL, and WLTX in Columbia, SC.

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Dallas HS Basketball Coach Fired After Threatening Reporter

A Dallas High School Basketball coach has been fired after sending threatening tweets to WFAA reporter Brett Shipp.

According to the Dallas ABC affiliate, Shipp uncovered a recruiting scandal that included several Dallas coaches and administrators who were then fired. Two of those fired were relatives of Dallas Kimball coach Royce “Snoop” Johnson. Johnson, then went after Shipp on twitter.

“You went at me which is cool, but when you go after my family [sic] lights out!” Snoop Johnson tweeted Friday evening hours after news broke of the mass firings. “Now I’m coming for you. I fear none of you.”

In another tweet, Royce Johnson posted: “Let’s go! I’m not waiting for you to come for me. I’m coming.” Read more

WFAA Makes Fill-In Co-Anchor Permanent, Moves Carla Wade to Weekend Mornings

wade_conomosAlexa Conomos (pictured right) is now the full time co-anchor for News 8 Daybreak on WFAA.

Conomos has been filling in on the Dallas ABC affiliate’s morning show for Cynthia Izaguirre who moved to evenings earlier this year.

“Alexa is a parent and relates to so many of our viewers trying to get children up, and out the door every morning,” executive news director Carolyn Mungo said in a statement. “Her concerns are their concerns, and she brings a special warmth to the broadcast.”

Conomos has worked at WFAA for 12 years. She started as a traffic reporter after working at Texas Cable News and KMIR in Palm Springs, CA.

The station also announced that Carla Wade will move from anchoring Sunday nights to weekend mornings while contuing to report.

Shon Gables Leaves Dallas ABC Affiliate

Shon-Gables-2012WFAA anchor and reporter Shon Gables is no longer with the Dallas ABC affiliate.

The move was confirmed by WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo. Gables wrote on her facebook page, “#ThanksDallas I am grateful for the opportunity.”

Gables, who started at WFAA in 2010, began her career at KWCH in Wichita, KS. She has also worked at KWTV in Oklahoma City, OK, WDIV in Detroit and WCBS in New York.

[Uncle Barky]

KTXA Scraps Local Sports Show

the fan sports showKTXA, the CBS-owned independent station in Dallas, has canceled “The Fan Sports Show,” Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports. Beginning next week, the station will shift “Inside Edition” to 6:30 p.m. and will air classic Western shows, such as reruns of “Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza,” from 7 to 8 p.m.

“It will create a fun summertime escape for fans of these classic shows,” KTVT-KTXA general manager Gary Schneider told Bark. “And we’ll be introducing them to other viewers for the first time. This is truly timeless television.”

“The Fan Sports Show” is anchored by Bill Jones, with Jane Slater as the regular fill-in. Both of them will remain with KTVT-KTXA, according to Bark.

Earlier this week, KTVT-KTXA sportscaster Steve Dennis parted ways with the stations after being told they were cutting back on sports.

Nerissa Knight Leaving Dallas for Los Angeles

knight kdafKDAF morning anchor Nerissa Knight is heading to Los Angeles.

A Tribune spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy Knight will join Tribune’s CW affiliate KTLA as a freelance reporter later this month.

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark first reported Knight left KDAF last week.

Before coming to KDAF, Knight worked at CBS owned KTVT in Dallas. She has also worked at KBTV in Beaumont, TX, KATV and KHTV in Little Rock, AR, WALA in Mobile, AL, WDJT in Milwaukee, WI, and KNBC in Los Angeles.

Steve Dennis out at KTVT, Told Station ‘Cutting Back on Sports’

dennis ktvtThe Dallas Morning News reports KTVT and KTXA sports reporter Steve Dennis is out at the Dallas CBS owned stations.

The Morning News said management at the station told Dennis Thursday he was “no longer needed” after 16 years.

“I’m looking for work,” Dennis said Friday. “The Cowboys season is bearing down on us and I have to be there.”

Dennis, 53, said station management told him, “We love you but we are doing away with your position.”

Gary Schneider, general manager at channels 11 and 21, confirmed, “there was no issue with his performance.”

Schneider said the stations would be cutting back on sports programming, particularly at Channel 21.

Karen Mendez Named VP of Content at KXTX

kxtx logoKaren Mendez is joining KXTX, the Telemundo station in Dallas, as the vice president of content. In her new role, Mendez will oversee the local news operation and report to John Trevino, the president and general manager of the station.

“Karen is an experienced leader with a track record of improving local news and a strong commitment to the Hispanic community,” Trevino said in a statement. “She is the right person to lead our Emmy award winning team.”

Mendez moves to Dallas from Washington, D.C., where she was the news director for Unvision’s WFDC. She will officially join KXTX on June 16.

Reporter for Houston ABC Station Heads to Dallas ABC Affiliate

fernandez facebookDemond Fernadez is leaving Houston ABC owned station KTRK to work as a reporter at Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

“I’ve enjoyed three awesome years in Houston,” Fernandez told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff who first reported the move. “I’d like to thank the ABC 13 viewers, neighbors and community members across the area who trusted me to help tell their stories. I’m very excited about this new journey in my career.”

Fernandez started at KTRK in May 2011. He has also worked at WOAI in San Antonio, WEYI in Flint, MI, and WSYM in Lansing, MI.

WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo told TVSpy Fernandez will start June 23.

Anderson Cooper Objects to Dallas TV Host Who Objected to Michael Sam’s Kiss on TV


CNN anchor Anderson Cooper put KTXD host Amy Kushnir on his Ridiculist for storming off the set over ESPN airing the Michael Sam kiss.

Cooper expressed his opinion about Kushnir’s opinion about showing two gay men kissing on TV.

He then rolled a clip casting doubt on Kushnir’s objection she doesn’t want to see anyone kissing on TV. The clip showed Kushnir being held aloft by two shirtless male strippers who she then…wait for it…kissed.

[Huffington Post]

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