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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.

KENS Loses Traffic Reporter, Names Replacement

KENS traffic reporter Natalie Tejeda is leaving the San Antonio CBS affiliate.

“Natalie has done a wonderful job for KENS 5,” KENS news director Triston Sanders told the San Antonio Express-News. “She has a very bright future ahead of her. I know anchoring is a focus for her, and we’ll miss her, but I absolutely applaud her for pursuing her dreams.”

According to the Express-News, the station has announced Danielle Saar will replace Tejeda once she leaves in August. Read more

NBA Finals Score Near-Record Ratings With Miami Heat’s Game 7 Win

The Miami Heat’s win against the San Antonio Spurs in game 7 of the NBA finals delivered a 17.7 overnight rating, the second-highest rated NBA game in ABC history. The ratings peaked at 22.6 from 11:30 – 11:45pmET, during the game’s last five minutes.

With a 44.2 metered market rating on WPLG, the game was the highest-rated NBA game ever in Miami. In San Antonio, KSAT’s coverage of the game delivered a 46.4 metered market rating.

This year’s NBA finals averaged a 12.4 metered market rating, up +5% from an 11.8 for last year’s NBA finals.

Triston Sanders Named Executive News Director at KENS

Triston Sanders is joining KENS, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio, as executive news director, TVSpy has learned. It is a move within Belo for Sanders, who has been assistant news director at WWL in New Orleans since September 2012.

“Triston has quickly become a part of the WWL-TV team and has contributed greatly to the recent growth of our news ratings. And while we will certainly miss her enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to excellence, we are thrilled that she will be able to take this next step in her career with BELO,” WWL general manager Tod Smith wrote in a memo to staffers Monday.

Before joining WWL, Sanders was the news director at WCTV in Tallahassee. She has also worked as a producer at WSVN in Miami and WFLA in Tampa.

Sanders begins at KENS on July 1. She replaces Kurt Davis, who was recently named vice president of news services for CBS News.

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