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Drew Shirley Joins KHOU From KPLC

Sportscaster Drew Shirley is moving behind the camera. Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports Shirley will join CBS affiliate KHOU as a sports producer.

Shirley, a Houston native, has been commuting to Lake Charles, La. since he was hired as sports director for KPLC last year.

“I’ll be on air occasionally, but mainly working behind the scenes with Bob Allen to put together the daily sportscasts,” Shirley told McGuff. “I love being the sports guy here at KPLC, but after 11 months of commuting to Lake Charles, I am ecstatic about this new gig.”

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Veteran Sportscaster Bob Allen Joins KHOU

Three months after signing off from KTRK in Houston, sports anchor Bob Allen is joining rival KHOU.

“Bob’s not just another TV sportscaster, he’s a Houston icon,” KHOU executive news director Philip Bruce said in a statement. “Having Bob on our team is an enormous plus. And I know Houston viewers will appreciate having him in their homes again each night, as they have for so many years.”

Allen spent 39 years at ABC O&O KTRK. He will join CBS affiliate KHOU as the weekday sports anchor on April 25.

“I’ve still got a lot of stories left to tell,” Allen said. “And I’m very excited for the opportunity to be covering the stories so many people care about on a great television station like KHOU.”

Bob Allen Says Goodbye to KTRK

Bob Allen, the KTRK sports director who announced he was leaving the Houston ABC owned station in January last year, said goodbye to viewers last night.

Allen, who said he is not retiring, told viewers in his farewell, “[The] longest farewell tour in television history comes to an end tonight. As you’ve probably heard by now I’m wrapping up a nearly 39 years here at 13 to go try some other things while I’m still upright.” He went on to thank the people he’d worked with over the years then added, “I will see you again soon. I need a drink.” Read more

Greg Bailey Named Sports Director at KTRK

Greg Bailey has been named sports director at KTRK, the ABC O&O in Houston, media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Bailey, a Texas native, will succeed Bob Allen, who is leaving KTRK at the end of the year. He will remain on staff as sports director emeritus until then.

“I’m thrilled to come home to Texas and join the team at KTRK,” Bailey told McGuff. “I look forward to working alongside Bob Allen and the great group he’s assembled in the sports office.”

Bailey has been the sports director at WCNC, the NBC-affiliate in Charlotte, since 2007. Prior to that, spent six years as the weekend sports anchor at KING in Seattle.

Longtime KTRK Sports Director Announces Plan to Leave Station: ‘I Am Not Retiring’

Longtime KTRK sports director Bob Allen is leaving the station at the end of the year.  Allen, who has been with KTRK since 1974, announced his plan to retire during the ABC O&O’s 10 p.m. newscast on Tuesday.

“It’s with mixed emotions that I’m letting you know that I’ll be leaving Channel 13 at the end of this year,” Allen told viewers.  “It’s something I’ve thought about for a while and those close to me know that I’ve been kicking it around for a few years. I am not — repeat — am not retiring; it’s just that after 38 and a half years of sharing Houston’s sports news with all of you at this station, and over 40 years of covering Houston sports, I want to do some other things while I can.” Read more

Gulf-California Exec Bob Allen Set to End 51-Year Career in Broadcasting

Bob Allen is stepping aside as executive vice president and general manager at Gulf-California Broadcasting Company, which operates four TV stations–KESQ, KDFX, KCWQ, and KUNA–in the Coachella Valley.

Gulf-California, a subsidiary of the News-Press & Gazette Company, recently announced that Allen would be retiring in June.

Allen, who joined Gulf-California in January of 2000, will be handing the reins to Mike Stutz, currently the corporate director of news for News-Press & Gazette.

“I congratulate Bob Allen on his retirement knowing he will be a hard act to follow,” Mr. Stutz said. “I am humbled and honored to be offered this opportunity to manage such a great group of stations.” Read more