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Ashlei King to Join San Antonio FOX affiliate

king kabb croppedAshlei King is set to join San Antonio FOX affiliate KABB.

King comes from Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV where she started in February 2012. She has also worked for KTXS in Abilene, TX.

KABB news director Blaise Labbe told TVSpy King will start May 12th.

Stacey Cameron to Join WOAI

cameron woai croppedStacey Cameron has announced he’ll be joining San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI.

“Well it’s official. I’m off to Texas and WOAI News 4 San Antonio,” Cameron wrote on his facebook page. “While I will miss Kansas City, I am incredibly excited to make the to move to a station committed to meaningful investigative journalism.”

Cameron said he’d been hired as one of the station’s lead investigative reporters and will “work as an old school ‘watchdog reporter’ holding government and corporate wrongdoers accountable.”

According to Bottom Line Communications, Cameron left KCTV in January when his contract wasn’t renewed. He has also worked at WRAL in Raleigh, NC, KWTV in Oklahoma City, OK, and WCHS-WVAH in Charleston, WV. He starts May 19.

With the Addition of Adam Caskey, Steve Browne to Scale Back at KSAT

steve browneSan Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT has announced Adam Caskey will be the meteorologist on the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts when he joins the station. Caskey replaces Steve Browne (pictured), who will remain on the 10 p.m. newscast.

“Father time and constant deadline pressure was taking a toll leaving me with the realization that it is time to ask for help,” Browne wrote on the KSAT website. “…I will have more time to pursue other interests. I am not retiring,  just stepping back. I truly believe this is a win win situation for all involved and look forward to the future.”

Caskey joins KSAT after 11 years at WJLA. Browne has worked at the station since 1992.

Meteorologist Adam Caskey Heading to KSAT

caskey wjla_croppedMeteorologist Adam Caskey is leaving Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA for San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT.

“After 11 years at WJLA/News Channel 8, the Caskeys are moving to the Lone Star State,” Caskey wrote on his facebook page. “My last day on-air in DC will be Friday the 18th. I love Washington and will truly miss you all, but I’m very excited for a new opportunity with the talented team at KSAT-TV in San Antonio.”

Caskey started his career with KVRR in Fargo,N.D, and has worked at WJLA since March 2003.

Fiesta Desk! San Antonio Station Debuts Answer to Ice Desk


It’s a piñata! It’s an anchor desk! It’s KENS 5 Fiesta Desk! Yay!

San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS revealed its warm weather answer to the ice desk in honor of the city’s annual party “Fiesta.”

Simon Gonzales, the man who built the anchor desk piñata “says the “KENS 5 Fiesta Desk” isn’t the weirdest piñata he’s ever made… he’s made life-sized elephants, piñatas of celebrities like Michael Jackson and Tim Duncan and even Justin Bieber”

San Antonio TV Personality Reveals He Spent Time in Prison

solis_kabbEstaban Solis , who appears on San Antonio FOX affiliate KABB and NBC affiliate WOAI, spoke with San Antonio website MySA about his checkered past and his shot at redemption.

The co-host of  “Daytime at Nine” on KABB revealed he served time in prison after his probation for an aggravated assault charge was revoked because of a DUI arrest.

When Solis, 32, was a young man of 20, he was at a party at a friend’s house and a fight broke out. So, he tried to help.”I saw my friend was in a jam. I did what any friend would do,” he says. “Unfortunately the consequences that came next came with it.” The charge — aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — netted him five years probation.

Solis served four years of a five year sentence.

He hosts a feature called “Changed Lives” highlighting others who have turned their lives around and credits WOAI GM John Seabers with giving him his second chance. Read more

Former KSAT News Director Dies of Cancer


Former KSAT news director Jim Boyle died Saturday after a five month battle with cancer.

Boyle had been news director for the San Antonio ABC affiliate for 29 years. He started at KSAT in 1984.

KSAT remembered Boyle during its newscast, “He led his newsroom through huge events, personal and professional triumphs and four Spurs championships.”

Jim was deeply rooted in and loved San Antonio.

He and his family would host an annual Christmas party. This past Christmas, with Jim bedridden, numerous members of the news department and their loved ones brought the party to him by singing him Christmas carols.

Jim’s wife, his two daughters and grandchildren never failed to bring a smile to his face.

We at KSAT12 would like to think Jim’s biggest legacy is what you see on our newscasts every day. Many of us still find ourselves asking, “What Would Jim Do?”

Boyle was 66.

San Antonio Anchor and WNYW Reporter Save Lives In Separate Incidents

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Two on-air talent at two different stations roughly 1800 miles apart are being hailed separately as heroes.

San Antonio, TX, anchor Delaine Mathieu said she was on her way home from NBC affiliate WOAI when she came upon a man named Paul Hernandez who had been hit by a car on the freeway.

Hernandez’ car had spun out and hit the freeway median after blowing a tire. He was hit when he got out of his car. Mathieu fashioned a tourniquet out of a scarf and tied it around Hernandez’ nearly severed leg. She was credited with saving his life.

In Yonkers, NY, just north of New York City, John Huddy reporter for FOX owned station WNYW saw a man fall on the tracks of at a Metro North train station. While Huddy’s photographer rolled, several people along with Huddy teamed to pull the man to safety. According to the New York FOX owned station, the man was unhurt.

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San Antonio Station Issues Apology After Meteorologist’s Racist MLK Slip

KABB_Martinez_MLKSan Antonio FOX affiliate KABB has issued an apology for what meteorologist Mike Hernandez said near the end of yesterday’s 6:00 a.m. show.

Hernandez was wrapping up the seven day forecast. When he got to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day he said, “Look at the highs bouncing back through the weekend and into Monday for Martin Luther coon..Martin Luther coo..uh, King day.”

The station posted an apology to its facebook page that read in part, “We do not tolerate this language. We sincerely apologize to you, our viewers, for the use of this offensive language on our air. Please know that we take this seriously and we are taking action internally.”

The reaction on facebook was overwhelmingly in Hernandez’ favor, though only a few were from African-American viewers. One viewer wrote, “If he is released from his duties we will boycott your channel. Don’t make it more then (sic) a simple blunder. You should have left it as is. Shame on you for exploiting it.”

Bernice Kearney Promoted to ND at KSAT

ksat logoBernice Kearney has been named news director at San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Kearney replaces Jim Boyle, who has retired from KSAT. In addition to assistant news director, she has also worked as a producer and executive producer at the station.

“Trying to continue the legacy Jim Boyle has created in this community will be a real challenge, but one that I’m proud and honored to accept as we lead KSAT12’s evolution into a multi-media company,” Kearney said in a statement.

“We will greatly miss Jim’s leadership, his vision for KSAT12 and San Antonio, and his unbridled connection to this community,” VP-GM Phil Lane said. “It is with a very heavy heart that we accept his retirement and we know that he will forever be connected to the people he mentored and led for the past 30 years.” [h/t Mike McGuff]

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