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Sylvia Rincon Leaving KABB to Work at Local School District

Rincon_KABBKABB anchor and reporter Sylvia Rincon is leaving the San Antonio FOX affiliate.

Rincon told TVSpy she is leaving to work as director of communications at a local school district and added, “It’s  a great opportunity that I could not pass up.”

The San Antonio Express-News reports Rincon is the sixth anchor or reporter to leave the station since May.

In the last five months, five well-known news names have departed the local Fox affiliate. The biggest shocker was the sudden exit last month by chief anchorman Michael Valdes, who was a 20-year KABB veteran.

Now, No. 6 is on her way out the door, and I’m hearing rumblings of others who may follow suit.

KABB news director Blaise Labbe confirmed Rincon’s exit with TVSpy and told us the station has seen many staff leave because of “new job opportunities or personal reasons.”

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Longtime Anchor Out at San Antonio Station

valdes kabb croppedMichael Valdes no longer works at KABB.

Blaise Labbe, news director for the San Antonio FOX affiliate, confirmed the news with TVSpy.

According to a cached version of his station bio, “Valdes is one of the original members on the FOX News at Nine team that made its debut in March of 1995. Hired as a reporter, Valdes was named the weekend anchor six months later. He was then promoted to weekday anchor in March of 2000.”

He started his career with KMID in Midland, Tex. in 1994.

KABB Saying Goodbye to Anchor and Assistant News Director

garcia_keithKABB anchor Ted Garcia (left) and assistant news director James Keith (right) are leaving the Sinclair owned FOX affiliate.

Garcia, who is leaving for a job in talk radio in San Diego, CA, told the San Antonio Express-News, “I’ll miss my Fox family,” and added, “The opportunity I’m taking was too good to pass up.”

Keith confirmed with the Express-News, he was leaving KABB for a job as the chief communication officer at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

He’s left the station once before. In 2010, when he was an anchor at KABB, he went to work for a local school district. He returned in 2011 as assistant news director.

“This is one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make,” Keith said. “Great things are happening at KABB and WOAI and I’ll miss everyone I work with.”

Garcia has worked at KABB since August 2010.  He has also worked at KSWO in Lawton, OK, KSAT in San Antonio, KFMB in San Diego and KTLA in Los Angeles.

Jacqueline Ortiz Leaving San Antonio’s WOAI

jacqueline ortizAfter 16 years at WOAI-KABB, Jacqueline Ortiz is leaving the stations to spend more time with her family, the San Antonio Express- News reports.

“It was her decision,” WOAI-KABB news director Blaise Labbe said. “She wanted to spend more time with her family. Before she signed her last contract, she had said her husband wanted her to be home more with her kids — a son and daughter — but she decided to stay on the job.”

Ortiz will continue to co-anchor the weekend newscasts until July 13. Until a permanent replacement is hired, KABB weekend anchor Grace White will anchor alongside Jaie Avila on the WOAI weekend newscasts and Ted Garcia will anchor solo on the KABB weekend newscasts, according to the Express-News.

WOAI Anchor Breaks Her Tailbone in Obstacle Course Race

mathieu donut woaiDelaine Mathieu won’t be sitting in the WOAI anchor chair for a bit after she broke her tailbone in an obstacle course race last weekend.

Blaise Labbe, news director for the San Antonio NBC affiliate, confirmed with MySanAntonio.com Mathieu will be out all week with the injury.

“Sitting is definitely an issue,” said Mathieu. “I’m on pain meds right now so reading is an issue as well…not to mention driving!”

On her facebook page, Mathieu posted a shot of the donut she needs to sit on with the comment, “When life gives you a donut and WAY too much free time…..#dyingofboredom

She said she also suffered a cut and bruise on her arm during Saturday’s Gladiator Rock ‘n Run in San Antonio.

“There was a rock sticking up through the slide,” Mathieu said. “The doctor told me one guy cut his face, another person cut their scalp and a girl cut open her hand…all on that slide!”

According to the race website, “The course challenges all participants to conquer extreme obstacles and harsh terrain, then to celebrate their conquests with a bad-ass post race party filled with music, beer and food.”

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.

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.

KOIN Anchor Alexis Del Cid Joining KCTV

Alexis Del Cid will join KCTV, the CBS-affiliate in Kansas City, in August.

Del Cid joins KCTV from KOIN in Portland,OR , where she has anchored the morning and noon newscasts for the last eight years. She will co-anchor the KCTV newscast alongside Matt Stewart.

“We have made a solid commitment to providing our viewers with consistent and reliable news. Alexis’ solid and strong news background will enhance that commitment,” KCTV news director Blaise Labbe said in a statement. “She is very energetic and has a unique way of engaging viewers.” Read more

WTSP’s Chris Suchan Joins KCTV in Kansas City

After three years at Tampa’s WTSP, Chris Suchan is leaving to become chief meteorologist at KCTV, the CBS-affiliate in Kansas City.

Suchan replaces Katie Horner, who announced over the summer that she would step down, citing a desire to spend more time with her young daughters. Horner will reportedly exit in early November.

Blaise Labbe, the station’s news director, said in a statement that Suchan is in the process of moving to Kansas City. “His weather reports are calm and reassuring and watching him you feel as though he is just talking to friends or family,” Labbe said. “Chris doesn’t believe in hyping weather, or making more out of simple weather events. But if there is severe weather, he issues clear and precise warnings aimed directly at maintaining people’s safety.”

“I love covering the four seasons,” Suchan said. “Each represents different challenges, especially when it comes to severe weather.”