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Midland-Odessa

FCC Hits Texas Station with Fine for Violations Possibly Dating Back 22 Years

fcc-logo_white-on-blackThe Federal Communications Commission levied an $86,400 fine on the parent company of Midland and Odessa,Texas NBC affiliate KWES.

The FCC says it asked Midessa Television, which also owns KTLE in Odessa, KWAB in Big Spring and KTLD in Midland, about its use of Broadcast Auxiliary Services for audio and video feeds between its studio and transmitter sites.

Midessa responded on January 31, 2014, and admitted that it operated three BAS facilities without authorization and failed to operate six BAS facilities in accordance with their respective authorizations. Midessa noted that it learned of the violations in May 2012 in the course of conducting an audit of its BAS facilities.

TVTechnology writes the violations surfaced when Midessa applied “for three new as-built stations and six modified stations in April of 2013.”

“Midessa stated that, even after interviewing former station staff, it could not identify the exact dates the violations occurred, but that they probably were ongoing at various times for at least four years,” the Notice said. “Further, Midessa stated that it could not rule out the possibility that some of the stations were noncompliant at the times of their acquisitions in 1991 and 2001.” Read more

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KWES Photographer Involved in Fatal Car Accident

kwes accidentJerome Chavez, a photographer for KWES in Midland-Odessa, was involved in a fatal car accident on his way to cover a story, the NBC affiliate reports:

DPS Troopers tell NewsWest 9, a 2010 Toyota Scion XD was traveling westbound on Yukon when the vehicle left the roadway, overcorrected and went into a side skid. The Scion then crossed into the eastbound lane and hit a 2001 Saturn SL1 traveling eastbound.

The driver of the Saturn, 61-year-old Robert Kounce of Midland was killed in the accident. The driver of the Toyota Scion XD, 28-year-old Jerome Chavez, who is a NewsWest 9 photographer and was driving a NewsWest 9 vehicle to a story, was injured in the accident.

Chavez was taken to Medical Center Hospital for his injuries where he will be undergoing surgery on Wednesday.

Shannon Murray Joining KVUE From KOSA

Shannon Murray is joining KVUE in Austin as a reporter and fill-in anchor, Austin media blogger Bill Church reports.

Murray has spent two years working at KOSA, the CBS affiliate in Midland-Odessa, Texas. She has also worked as a local radio correspondent.

“I lived in Austin for four years and most of my friends are there, so it was always my goal to get back there,” Murray told Church. “I’ve had a great experience here in Midland-Odessa and I’m sad to leave everybody here, but I could see myself building a life in Austin. I love the town.”