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of  “Daytime at Nine” on KABB revealed he served time in prison after his probation for an aggravated assault charge was revoked because of a DUI arrest.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

San Antonio Anchor Following Husband to LA

ramon_cropped_woaiElsa Ramon, anchor for San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI, has announced she is leaving the station.

Ramon will join her husband who recently got a new job in Los Angeles. Her last day will be December 20.

“I cannot even describe how bittersweet this is. My husband made a sacrifice for me to come to San Antonio, and now it’s time for me to exercise the give-and-take of marriage and let him follow his dream,” Ramon said in a statement.

Ramon has been with WOAI for five years. She has also worked in Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

“We are saddened to lose such a quality professional as Elsa,” said John Seabers, WOAI general manager and group manager for Sinclair Television Texas. “We know her unique brand of journalism in San Antonio will be missed. Sinclair Broadcast Group believes family comes first, and we feel Elsa is doing the right thing for her family.”

Scott Pelley Sits Down With KENS Anchors Jeff Goldblatt and Sarah Lucero

KENS anchors Jeff Goldblatt and Sarah Lucero recently turned the tables on Scott Pelley, interviewing the “Evening News” anchor at the CBS News headquarters in New York (video above).

Pelley, who has been vocal about the state of journalism, talked about the role nightly newscasts play as the media landscape continues to shift.

“I think a lot of folks at home look at the stuff on the Internet and they wonder, is this true? Is it not?” Pelley said. “So they want to find a brand that they can trust.”

Pelley also talks about his childhood in Texas and his favorite local spots. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Blaise Labbe Named ND at WOAI-KABB

Blaise Labbe has been named news director at KABB and WOAI, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Fox and NBC affiliates in San Antonio, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

News of Labbe’s hire was first reported on Rick Gevers’ weekly newsletter. He moves to San Antonio from Kansas City, where he has been news director at CBS affiliate KCTV since 2010. Labbe replaces Tom Bell, who left San Antonio to join KOVR in Sacramento.

Before KCTV, Labbe worked at KWTV in Oklahoma City, KENS in San Antonio and KHOU in Houston.

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