“I grew up going to the station with him and being able to play with the teleprompters, knowing the behind the scenes of news directing,” Bell told New York. “And it’s very similar to acting. He had a lot of hesitancy because he knew the rejection that was possible. He had been the one forced to reject people.”
“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to be a part of this newsroom and moreover this city,” Heath wrote on Facebook, announcing his move to Dayton. “San Antonio doesn’t just feel like home, it is home. This is the city where my wife and I celebrated our first anniversary, bought our first home and welcomed our son into this world. Thank you San Antonio for everything!”
Heath joined KENS in 2008 as an anchor-reporter and his last day with the station was Sunday. No word yet on when he’ll make his on-air debut with WKEF. Read more
Ursula Pari, an evening anchor on San Antonio ABC-affiliate KSAT, is making the move from anchoring the 10 p.m. newscast to anchoring the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts in order to spend more time with her kids.
“I’ll be home at 7 p.m,” she told the San Antonio Express-News. “I can have a late dinner with my kids, help with homework, talk about what happened to them in their day without feeling so rushed.”
Pari’s last day on the 10 p.m. newscast will be November 30. She will be replaced by weekend anchor Isis Romero, who frequently reports for the program.
“I really think people are going to like Isis a lot, if they don’t already,” Pari said. “I’m really rooting for her. She’s more than qualified and competent to do a great job.”
San Antonio CBS-affiliate KENS was forced into damage control mode on Sunday after its feed of a lopsided Cowboys game was switched to a more competitive contest.
“We know we had some angry viewers today,” KENS sports anchor Vinnie Vinzetta said at the top of his segment during the station’s 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday. “The Dallas Cowboy game went away before the fourth quarter with Dallas leading 34 to 7. That was a decision made by the CBS Network, that was not a KENS5 decision. We hugely apologize for the situation nonetheless.” Read more
“This whole thing unfolded right in front of our eyes as we were sitting in our live truck,” KENS reporter Marvin Hurst said of a fistfight that erupted near his crew yesterday (video above). “This scuffle turned into a knock-down, drag-out fight between two transgender individuals in a convenience store parking lot this morning.”
The fistfight, which took place around 4 a.m. Monday morning and was captured by a KENS photographer, resulted in an arrest by the San Antonio police. Read more
KSAT in San Antonio and WFAA in Dallas are sharing memories of their respective former colleague, reporter Bert Lozano, who died Wednesday after suffering an apparent heart attack over the weekend. He was 42.
Lozano was most recently a reporter at WFAA, from 2004 to 2007. “While he was a very dedicated journalist, to us it’s his sense of humor and friendship we’ll remember most,” WFAA reported (watch the video tribute — which includes a light-hearted look at Lozano’s most famous on-air moment, involving a streaker — above). “The smile … his laugh.” Read more
Albert Flores, a former weathercaster at San Antonio’s KENS, left the CBS affiliate in 2002 after The San Antonio Express-News accused him of plagiarizing weather columns he was writing for the paper. Now Flores is getting a second chance to report the weather — at another San Antonio station.
Flores will be guest-forecasting on WOAI, the market NBC affiliate, from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. next week. “WOAI said, ‘Let’s do it for a week and see what kind of audience response we get, so I’m hoping people tune in and respond positively,’ Flores told The Express-News. “And if not, I’m back to sweeping floors.”
Flores, who launched his own digital advertising company called Diverse Media while he was away from the television business, said he would be open to a permanent job with WOAI.
“I went in and cut an audition tape,” he said. “They were impressed that after eight years, I just got up there and did it. They liked what they saw obviously, and asked me back. It was like riding a bike.”
Former San Antonio police officer Joe Salvaggio has filed a defamation lawsuit against WOAI and several of its staffers, alleging that the NBC-affiliate caused him shame and mental anguish in reporting that he had been caught cheating on a promotional exam.
Last spring WOAI reported that Salvaggio, a 23-year veteran of the force, was facing disciplinary action after he was caught cheating on a promotional exam. In July of 2010, Salvaggio was fired.
WOAI news director Tom Bell told the San Antonio Express-News that he hasn’t yet gotten a chance to review the lawsuit. Bell was named in the suit along with anchor Randy Beamer and several other WOAIers.
According to the Express-News, Salvaggio’s initial filing did not specify damages being sought.
“Jim has run KSAT for 20 years and the results speak for themselves,” said Post-Newsweek CEO Alan Frank in a memo obtained by TVNewsCheck. “It’s a dominant station by every measure–ratings, revenue and impact in the community. This success is a reflection on Jim’s leadership, his character and the great team that he has assembled.”
KSAT viewers know Joslyn for his regular editorial segments and in 1997 he was recognized by the Texas Associated Press for his editorials and commentaries.
KSAT has yet to name Joslyn’s successor.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Covarrubias was pulled over shortly before 2 a.m. after he hit a parked car and failed to stop at the scene.
Covarrubias joined the NBC-affiliate last year after working as the main anchor for KVEO, the NBC-affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley. He began his career with KZTV in Corpus Christi.
This week WOAI aired an in-depth investigation into drunk driving. Video inside… Read more