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Sherman-Ada

KXII Hires Oklahoma City Reporter

Dan-Thomas-jpgDan Thomas is heading to Sherman, Tex. to anchor for CBS affiliate KXII.

Starting in November, Thomas will join Maureen Kane as co anchor of News 12 at Five, Six and Ten. He will also anchor the News 12 at Nine.

“We are extremely excited to get to showcase Dan’s talents on a nightly basis,” said Matt Griffin, KXII news director. “His experience both on the desk and reporting in the field will be an asset to everyone in our newsroom, as well as to our many viewers at home.”

Thomas comes from KOCO in Oklahoma City where he was an anchor and reporter. Before working at KOCO, he was an investigate reporter at WEAR in Pensacola, Fla.

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KXII Launches Morning Newscast on Fox Affiliated Subchannel

KXII, the CBS affiliate in Sherman, Texas, is launching a new morning newscast on a digital subchannel.

Beginning next Monday, KXII will air an hourlong newscast from 7 to 8 a.m. on the Fox-affiliated subchannel, which is channel 12.3 in the Sherman market. Hearther Sahr will anchor alongside meteorologist Megan Kranning.

In a statement on the KXII website, news director Matt Griffin wrote, “We’re excited to bring you a new, local option for your morning news and weather.”

KTEN Still Without Local News After Weekend Lightning Strike

Nearly one week after its tower was hit by a lightning strike, KTEN is still unable to air its local news.

Late Saturday night, the NBC affiliate for Sherman-Ada, TX, as well as its ABC and CW digital feeds were knocked off the air following a lighting strike to the station’s tower. KTEN general manager Anthony Maisel told TVSpy the strike measured 390 kiloamps.  For perspective he said, “a strike on a home is five amps, so this was a monster.”

“It was about midnight Saturday night that I received a call from Master Control that we had suffered  a lightning strike at the station,” said chief engineer Danny Allen. “He explained it as ‘something flying across master control’ it turned out to be an equipment panel that actually was blown off.”

The station had to scrap plans to begin airing its news tonight at 6:00 p.m. after more damage was discovered. Read more

Another Super Bowl, Another Old Milwaukee Ad Featuring Will Ferrell

Last year, Super Bowl viewers in North Platte, Neb., were the only people in the country to see an Old Milwaukee ad featuring Will Ferrell when it aired on TV during the game. And it appears Old Milwaukee has done it again, albeit in different markets, this year.

According to Reddit, the below ad aired on two stations: KXII in Sherman, Texas-Ardmore, Okla. and KXGN in Glendive, Mont.

[via Slate, BuzzFeed]

Tom Crespo Named KTEN News Director, Following Old Friend to Market Rival

Tom Crespo has been named news director at KTEN.  The move extends Crespo’s long working relationship with Anthony Maisel, the NBC-affiliate’s recently appointed general manager.

Crespo and Maisel worked together at KDAF in Dallas for several years, beginning in the 90s.  When Maisel was named news director at KXII in the Sherman-Ada market (along the Texas-Oklahoma border) in 2010, one of his first moves was to bring Crespo on as anchor.

In March, Maisel was named general manager of KTEN in Sherman-Ada and he has again brought Crespo along with him.  Maisel announced this week that Crespo was leaving KXII to become KTEN’s news director. Read more

KXII Promotes Matt Griffin to News Director

KXII has promoted Matt Griffin to news director.  Griffin previously served as the news assignments manager and web content supervisor for the Sherman-Ada CBS-affiliate.

“I’m extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to lead a top-notch newsroom in my hometown market,” said Griffin, a native of Denison, TX.  “KXII has a history of excellence in news, weather, and sports coverage. I intend to continue to deliver the quality content our viewers expect on the air and online.”

Griffin replaces Anthony Maisel, a veteran news director who left the station earlier this month to become the general manager of crosstown rival KTEN. Read more

KTEN Hires KXII News Director as GM

Veteran news director Anthony Maisel has been named general manager of KTEN, the NBC-affiliate serving the Sherman, TX-Ada, OK market.

Maisel comes to the Lockwood Broadcast Group-owned station from market rival KXII, where he served as news director.  Prior to KXII, Maisel spent nine years leading the news department at KDAF in Dallas.

“Anthony has been an inspiring and innovative leader throughout his career,” said Gerald Walsh, vice president of Lockwood Broadcast Group.  “His passion for delivering the best news product on all platforms, elevating our community involvement, and leading the station and its clients to sales success is exciting and contagious.” Read more