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Longtime Anchor Out at San Antonio Station

valdes kabb croppedMichael Valdes no longer works at KABB.

Blaise Labbe, news director for the San Antonio FOX affiliate, confirmed the news with TVSpy.

According to a cached version of his station bio, “Valdes is one of the original members on the FOX News at Nine team that made its debut in March of 1995. Hired as a reporter, Valdes was named the weekend anchor six months later. He was then promoted to weekday anchor in March of 2000.”

He started his career with KMID in Midland, Tex. in 1994.

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KSAT Apologizes for Reporting One Rapper’s Arrest, Showing Picture of Another

San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT sent out a tweet about rapper Young Jeezy getting arrested after a shooting at a Wiz Khalifa concert. Trouble is, the station sent out a picture of rapper Birdman instead.

The San Antonio Express-News caught the mistake.

The station put up a statement on its website saying a “third party graphics provider” had a picture in its library that identified Birdman as Young Jeezy. A producer at the station used the photo by mistake. The station said it told the graphics company about the problem and apologized to viewers.

You can read the apology after the jump. Read more

Telemundo San Antonio Adds Audrey Savage as VP of Sales

savage san antonioKVDA, Telemundo San Antonio, has named Audrey Savage VP of Sales.

Savage, who starts next Monday, will be responsible for developing and implementing all local, national and digital sales strategies for the station.

“This is a very exciting time to be a part of the Telemundo Station Group family,” Savage said in a statement.

She most recently worked as the local sales manager for Telemundo 39 Dallas-Forth Worth. Between 2003 and 2012, she was the local and national sales manager for Univision and Telefutura in Dallas.

KABB Saying Goodbye to Anchor and Assistant News Director

garcia_keithKABB anchor Ted Garcia (left) and assistant news director James Keith (right) are leaving the Sinclair owned FOX affiliate.

Garcia, who is leaving for a job in talk radio in San Diego, CA, told the San Antonio Express-News, “I’ll miss my Fox family,” and added, “The opportunity I’m taking was too good to pass up.”

Keith confirmed with the Express-News, he was leaving KABB for a job as the chief communication officer at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

He’s left the station once before. In 2010, when he was an anchor at KABB, he went to work for a local school district. He returned in 2011 as assistant news director.

“This is one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make,” Keith said. “Great things are happening at KABB and WOAI and I’ll miss everyone I work with.”

Garcia has worked at KABB since August 2010.  He has also worked at KSWO in Lawton, OK, KSAT in San Antonio, KFMB in San Diego and KTLA in Los Angeles.

Prissila Sánchez Joins KWEX in San Antonio

univision logoPrissila Sánchez has joined KWEX, the Univision-owned station in San Antonio, Media Moves reports. In her new role, she will be a weather anchor and videojournalist, as well as reporting entertainment and lifestyle stories for the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Sánchez began her career in Monterrey, Mexico, where she was a weather anchor for TV Azteca’s morning newscast for four years. Her first day on the air at KWEX was Monday.

Jennifer Dodd Joins KENS as Assistant ND

kens logoJennifer Dodd is joining San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS as assistant news director, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Dodd is a former reporter for KSAT, the ABC affiliate in San Antonio. Most recently, she has been news director at the Victoria Television Group in Victoria, Texas, where she oversees operations for the ABC, Fox and Univision affiliates.

“My husband and I are thrilled to be moving back to the city we love,” Dodd said. “We met in San Antonio, my daughters were born there and many of our loved ones live there.”

‘Post-Newsweek’ Name Retired, Company Now ‘Graham Media Group’

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Post-Newsweek Stations announced today the company would now be known as Graham Media Group, effective immediately. The name change comes after the sale of The Washington Post to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The company owns five television stations, WJXT in Jacksonville, WDIV in Detroit, KPRC in Houston, KSAT in San Antonio, and WKMG in Orlando.

In a statement, Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, said the new name was a better fit for the company:

“Much like our parent company, Graham Holdings, this new name better reflects the diversity of our creative and innovative company,” said Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group. “We provide our communities with the best local news, programming and critical information, delivered on-air, on-line and on-demand, via our television stations, websites and social media, as well as 90 news, weather and community-focused mobile apps. In addition, we have recently made a strategic investment in Storm Pins, a crowd-sourced, social weather and breaking news app that connects you to your community, and we continue to look for ways to expand our reach into local communities through innovative digital media and web-based communications.”

Miami station WPLG, previously a Post-Newsweek station, was sold this year to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway

San Antonio Station Declines to Identify Restaurant Found Storing Food in Bathroom

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When a customer shot cell phone video that appeared to show a San Antonio restaurant storing food in the men’s room, KENS seemed to have quite a story. The station described the video as “stomach-turning” and brought it to the city health department. The person who recorded the video also questioned restaurant employees, who can be heard on the video saying they have “storage issues” and that, out of necessity “we clean the restroom and we store the food.”

The story had it all–except, perhaps, the most important information to a local viewer. Which restaurant are we talking about? Amazingly, KENS never named the restaurant in their story, on the station’s website, nor after questions were raised about their failure to identify the business.

On the KENS website, the station says “the owner of the establishment took immediate action and fired the employee seen on the video and because of that KENS 5 has chosen not to name the establishment.” That explanation has not been good enough for viewers, who have ripped the station on Facebook–noting that the local Fox station, KABB, reported the story completely, protecting nobody.

“KENS 5 “Covered Up” the story by NOT Reporting the full story, shielding the identify of the owner and the restaurant. I thought news agencies were supposed to report all the facts. Can’t help but wonder if Andrew Weissman, the Owner of The Luxury Restaurant, knows people at KENS 5. Must be nice when a news agency like KENS 5’s “Got Your Back”. Way to go Fox 29 !!”

San Antonio Anchor Breaks Down During Report on Burned Child

622x350KSAT anchor Isis Romero was unable to continue reading a story Monday, overcome by emotions as she told viewers of the San Antonio ABC affiliate of an infant badly injured in a fireworks accident. Romero, who is expecting a child, apologized on her Facebook page for becoming overwhelmed by the news:

“My apologies everyone. We did a story about a 4 month old baby that got burned by fireworks, and then a story about another baby who was left abandoned on a subway platform, and I just couldn’t get through it. As a mommy-to-be, my heart just couldn’t take it. Those poor, precious babies. Thanks to Steve (Spriester) for jumping in for me.”

Viewers, who hate fake tears but respond overwhelmingly to real ones, flooded Romero’s post to voice their support. “I immediately knew what happened and I got a lump in my throat thinking of you,” wrote viewer Cecilia Herrera Diaz. “Steve made a flawless transition. You don’t have to apologize for being human!”

Another viewer, Lea Phelps, said she was deeply moved. “I was in my kitchen when the story started and I heard your sweet voice. Then, I heard Steves voice. I asked my husband to replay the story and sat down to watch. Isis I have to tell you. I now have a new found respect for you. You brought tears to my eyes. Your sweet love and compassion was so evident. Thank you for being you.”

Jacqueline Ortiz Leaving San Antonio’s WOAI

jacqueline ortizAfter 16 years at WOAI-KABB, Jacqueline Ortiz is leaving the stations to spend more time with her family, the San Antonio Express- News reports.

“It was her decision,” WOAI-KABB news director Blaise Labbe said. “She wanted to spend more time with her family. Before she signed her last contract, she had said her husband wanted her to be home more with her kids — a son and daughter — but she decided to stay on the job.”

Ortiz will continue to co-anchor the weekend newscasts until July 13. Until a permanent replacement is hired, KABB weekend anchor Grace White will anchor alongside Jaie Avila on the WOAI weekend newscasts and Ted Garcia will anchor solo on the KABB weekend newscasts, according to the Express-News.

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