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Evy Ramos to Anchor for San Antonio Station

ramos croppedEvy Ramos has been named anchor for San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI.

She will co anchor the 6:00, 6:30 and 10:00 p.m. news with Randy Beamer.

“Evy is a true pro with great experience and a solid, if not superior, track record. I am certain San Antonio will find her the perfect complement to Randy and Delaine,” John Seabers, WOAI and Sinclair Broadcast Group Manager said in a statement. “I am thrilled she is here to help take our news presentation to the next level.”

Mathieu will continue to anchor the 5:00 p.m. news with Beamer.

Ramos left Fresno CBS affiliate KGPE last month. She started her on-air career at KMPH in Fresno. She has also worked at KGTV and Azteca America in San Diego.

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WOAI Names Albert Flores Chief Meteorologist

albert flores_304x200Albert Flores has promoted to chief meteorologist at WOAI, Sinclair’s NBC affiliate in San Antonio.

“Albert is a consummate pro, an integral part of our superior weather team and the most recognized face for weather in San Antonio,” WOAI general manager John Seabers said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have him step into this leadership role for WOAI.”

Flores has been the station’s morning meteorologist since 2011. He will shift to the 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts May 27.

“I am thrilled to serve our community as the Chief Meteorologist for News 4 San Antonio. I look forward to leading an experienced team of television meteorologists that will work hard to make sure our viewers are safe and well aware of the weather around them 365 days a year,” Flores said.

San Antonio TV Personality Reveals He Spent Time in Prison

solis_kabbEstaban Solis , who appears on San Antonio FOX affiliate KABB and NBC affiliate WOAI, spoke with San Antonio website MySA about his checkered past and his shot at redemption.

The co-host of  “Daytime at Nine” on KABB revealed he served time in prison after his probation for an aggravated assault charge was revoked because of a DUI arrest.

When Solis, 32, was a young man of 20, he was at a party at a friend’s house and a fight broke out. So, he tried to help.”I saw my friend was in a jam. I did what any friend would do,” he says. “Unfortunately the consequences that came next came with it.” The charge — aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — netted him five years probation.

Solis served four years of a five year sentence.

He hosts a feature called “Changed Lives” highlighting others who have turned their lives around and credits WOAI GM John Seabers with giving him his second chance. Read more

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.”

Fire Knocks San Antonio’s WOAI Off the Air

WOAI was knocked off the air during the morning newscast Tuesday when a fire broke out in the building that houses the San Antonio NBC affiliate. The station was airing NBC’s special report on the celebration mass for Pope Francis when the programming went to black.

“At approximately 5:00 a.m. a fire alarm was triggered at WOAI-TV, and the building was evacuated. Fire units arrived shortly thereafter. The fire was contained to second floor offices. We expect to have electricity restored to the building by noon, and we anticipate having WOAI-TV on the air later this afternoon,” WOAI general manager John Seabers said in a statement. “We are grateful no one was injured.”

In the station’s slideshow of the fire, flames can be seen in the second floor window of the WOAI building. WOAI reporters and anchors did live reports from the scene on Fox affiliate KABB, which is also owned by WOAI parent company Sinclair Broadcasting.

Sinclair, Newport Television Close Seven-Station Deal

Sinclair Broadcasting officially takes the reins today at six stations it acquired from Newport Television: WKRC in Cincinnati, WOAI in San Antonio, WHP in Harrisburg-Lancaster, WPMI and WJTC in Mobile and KSAS in Wichita.

Sinclair has already made management changes at at least two of its newly-acquired stations, WKRC in Cincinnati and WOAI in San Antonio. Broadcasting & Cable reports that WOAI general manager Jackie Rutledge worked her last day at the station on Friday, the same day Les Vann announced his WKRC exit.

Sinclair has also announced the acquisition of WHAM, the ABC affiliate in Rochester, from Newport Television for $54 million, bringing the total amount paid at closing to $459.7 million.

B&C reports John Seabers will be the new general manager at WOAI. Seabers is a former general manager of KABB-KMYS, Sinclair’s San Antonio duopoly. In January, he was promoted to group manager at the company.

Sales Veteran Named GM of KABB-KMYS

Dean Radla has been promoted to general manager of KABB and KMYS in San Antonio.  Radla has served as director of sales for the Sinclair duopoly since 1999.

“The past fifteen years at KABB and KMYS have been very rewarding and gratifying, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to expand my leadership responsibilities as general manager,” Radla, who served as KABB’s local sales manager beginning in 1997, said in a statement. “I look forward to building on the stations’ strong operations, quality programming and local news offerings, and continuing to serve our local community.”

Radla succeeds John Seabers, who was recently promoted to Sinclair TV Group Manager. Read more

KABB News Director Greg Koelfgen Passes Away at 53

KABB news director Greg Koelfgen passed away at his home in New Braunfels, TX on Monday.  The cause of death is currently unknown. He was 53.

“Greg was a consummate journalist.  He was not just a news director, he was a mentor,” John Seabers, general manager of the San Antonio Fox-affiliate, told TVSpy. “There’s just such a void at the station right now.”

“We are all devastated,” KABB reporter Yami Virgin said today via email. “He is the best boss any of us have had.”

Koelfgen started at KABB in 1995, first working as an executive producer before moving on to become news director. During his time at the Fox-affiliate, Koelfgen helped launch “Fox News First,” the station’s morning newscast, and oversaw the growth of its nightly news audience.

“Greg Koelfgen was an amazing news director,” KABB sports director Chuck Miketinac told TVSpy in an email, “but what was most incredible about the man was that he was an even better human being.” Read more