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Noreen Jaramillo Leaving KTSM

picture-12058Morning anchor Noreen Jaramillo has decided to leave KTSM, the El Paso, Texas, NBC affiliate. Jaramillo announced the news on Facebook yesterday, writing:

Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be my last day on News Channel 9 Today – it has been a wonderful last three years waking up with you. I will remain here in El Paso with my husband and kids… so hopefully I will see you around! Again THANK YOU for your support throughout my TV career here in El Paso!

Jaramillo was famously the first-ever anchor at El Paso’s KFOX and spent the next 10 years there. She later left to work at FOX affiliate KTVU in San Francisco, only to return a few years later. Jaramillo eventually took a break from TV news to work as the public information officer at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, serving as spokesperson and media liaison.

There’s no word on what she will do next, but Jaramillo’s not worried: “I believe God has another plan for me and that one door may close but another will open.”

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GM Promises Changes at KFOX and KDBC: ‘Sinclair Has a Different Perspective on El Paso’

20140927__EPT-L-TVchanges-0928~p1With El Paso Fox affiliate KFOX and CBS affiliate KDBC set to merge under one roof in a new, Sinclair-built facility later this month, the duopoly’s general manager, Kevin Hayes, promises plenty of changes both on air and off. “Sinclair has a different perspective on El Paso”, Hayes told the El Paso Times:

“The challenge is to build the CBS4 news product that doesn’t cannibalize the KFOX news audience,” Hayes said.

It can be done, he said, because the two news operations will have different styles. The two stations also have vastly different viewer demographics, he said. KFOX has a young audience while KDBC tends to draw older viewers.

KFOX will have a new news set, and much bigger studio than at its current, years-old location at 6004 N. Mesa. But it will continue to have fast-paced, investigative-leaning newscasts, Hayes said.

“It is the same brand, but different” news operations, he said.

New Spending, New Hires for El Paso’s KFOX, KDBC

kdbc_logoEl Paso’s oldest television station, CBS affiliate KDBC, will soon get a massive infusion of money and manpower, in the form of a new facility and dozens of new staffers. Robert Gray writes in El Paso Inc.:

Sinclair has also invested $11 million to turn the former Currey Adkins building at 200 S. Alto Mesa into a high-tech home for KDBC as well as KFOX, which has been located near the intersection of North Mesa Street and Shadow Mountain Drive on the Westside for almost 20 years.

According to Hayes, the cameras will roll at the new location by the end of next month.

“For the first time in years, CBS is going to have their own set, their own control room, their own reporters, their own team,” Hayes said.

What Did They Cover in El Paso Last Night?

El Paso, TX, is nestled where Texas, New Mexico and Mexico meet.

Of the four network affiliated stations, NBC affiliate KTSM and CBS affiliate KDBC had the most similar newscasts. That’s because while KDBC may be owned by Sinclair, it’s operated by Communications Corporation, the owner of NBC affiliate KTSM.

And, if you’re looking for a different perspective on what’s going on at the border than what you’re seeing on the networks, watch an El Paso newscast to see how they cover it.

El Paso Anchor Says Goodbye Just Like LeBron James

wildman croppedKVIA sports anchor Asher Wildman‘s facebook goodbye might sound oddly familiar to sports fans.

Wildman is leaving the El Paso ABC affiliate for a station in Tallahassee, but not before imitating NBA star LeBron James.

James wrote a piece in Sports Illustrated detailing his recent decision to head back to his hometown of Cleveland to play for his first team, the Cavaliers. It was called, “I’m Coming Home” and has been spoofed by Frank Caliendo in Morgan Freeman‘s voice on ESPN radio.  Let’s just say James sentiments inspired Wildman.

In the opening paragraph, LeBron wrote:

Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. (click here to read the entire LeBron piece)

Wildman wrote:

Before anyone ever cared where I would start my broadcasting career, I was a red headed Jewish step child from Parkland, Florida. It’s where I played little league. It’s where I got bar mitzvah’d. It’s where I laughed. It’s where I slept. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up thanks to social media. I sometimes feel they live vicariously through my Facebook or Twitter account. (click here to read the entire Wildman piece)

Of course, some of Wildman’s facebook followers thought he was being serious. One commenter wrote, “Wow, Asher; this made me even prouder of you! I wish every El Pasoan who has returned read this and understood the importance of their return!”

Matt Dougherty Signs Off from KVIA

dougherty kviaEl Paso ABC affiliate KVIA gave anchor weekend anchor Matt Dougherty a send off Saturday night.

Apparently, Dougherty is known for his fabulous hair since he was given a collection of hair care products as part of his on-air goodbye. Click here to watch the video.

Dougherty started at KVIA in 2012 and began his career in the Rio Grande Valley before working in Victoria, TX. He has also worked in Louisiana. There’s no word where he’s headed.

Sinclair Purchases El Paso Building For KFOX and KDBC

sinclair logoSinclair Broadcast Group has purchased office space for two of its newly-acquired stations, KFOX and KDBC in El Paso.

The building, which used to be a theater, will undergo significant renovations before KFOX and KDBC move in. Sinclair plans to build news sets, satellite farms and sales and administration facilities for the stations.

“We are very excited about the merger, which we believe gives us an increased opportunity, and responsibility to serve our community,” KFOX general manager Kevin Hayes said in a statement. “To meet those needs, we plan on expanding the KDBC news team and leveraging the strength of KFOX to build two news teams in order to provide more comprehensive and superior news products.”

Jacqueline Crea Joins KHOU

jacqueline creaJacqueline Crea is joining Houston CBS affiliate KHOU as a general assignment reporter, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Crea comes from KTSM, the NBC affiliate in El Paso, where she is a multimedia journalist. She has previously worked at KNSD, the NBC owned station in San Diego.

Crea begins at KHOU next month, McGuff reports.

KVIA Raises Questions Over Coverage of Rival Anchor’s Arrest for Domestic Violence

El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA is under fire for its coverage of KTSM anchor Adrienne Alvarez‘s recent arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

After teasing the story of Alvarez’s arrest off the top of its 10:00 p.m. news, anchor Ashlie Rodriguez told viewers the station sent a crew to Alvarez’s house to get her side of the story. They then aired footage of a KVIA intern approaching Alvarez in what appeared to be Alvarez’s driveway. When Alvarez backed away from the intern, the intern said, “That’s fine. Thank you for your time,” which was echoed by what sounded like the photographer saying the same thing.

That report left some in El Paso, including a writer at the El Paso Times, questioning if the station was a little too aggressive in its reporting.

KVIA apologized to viewers for its coverage, once at at the end of the 10:00 p.m. news and once the next day when anchor Estela Casas told viewers, “Well last night we aired a story about KTSM’s Adrienne Alvarez. It was a misguided attempt to provide someone accused of wrongdoing a chance to explain her side of the story. However, we exercised an error in  judgment. That type of report does not meet our standards for ethics or journalism and what you’ve come to expect from ABC-7. We assure  you this has been a learning experience for those involved. We apologized at the end of yesterday’s newscast and we apologize again tonight.” Read more

KTSM Anchor Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Adrienne Alvarez, the primary anchor at El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM, was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of domestic violence, the El Paso Times reports:

Alvarez, 28, allegedly was involved in a fight with her husband at about midnight on the 100 block of Desert Garden Drive in Santa Teresa, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s officials said.

She was arrested on suspicion of battery against a member of a household, officials said. She was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center. She was released on a $1,000 bond later that day.

In a statement, KTSM-KDBC general manager Gary Sotir said the station was aware of the arrest “but will wait for more details before making any other comments.”

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