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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]

After Walking Off Set Over Michael Sam Kiss, Dallas TV Host Speaks to Fox News

Amy Kushnir, the KXTD host who walked off the set of  “The Broadcast” this week after a conversation about the Michael Sam draft kiss got heated, appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” last night.

Kushnir defended her stance and told Shannon Bream, who was filling in for Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File,” that the segment has resulted in “death threats, rape threats, petitions to be fired.” Watch:


Kushnir’s co-hosts, Courtney Kerr and Lisa Pineiro, were also on Fox News this week: Read more

Talk Show Host Doesn’t Want to Watch Anyone Kiss on TV, Especially A Gay NFL Draftee

The Broadcast on Dallas independent station KTXD is a local version of a four host news and entertainment talk show.

Lisa Pineiro started the show’s second hour by tossing to WFAA sports director Dale Hansen talking about gay NFL draftee Michael Sam.

The women of The Broadcast started talking about ESPN showing Sam kissing his boyfriend on live TV and what that means for America.

The discussion got pretty heated until Amy Kushnir walked off set. When Pineiro observed that the aggravated host was leaving, Kushnir said, “No. I”m going to go to Midland.” Which TVSpy guesses is code for a place where no one ever kisses on TV.

Randy McIlwain Set to Join KNBC

Veteran reporter Randy McIlwain is trading one NBC-owned station for another as he joins KNBC in Los Angeles from KXAS in Dallas:

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports McIlwain will sign off from KXAS on June 20 and start at KNBC on July 7.

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