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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.

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KABB Adds Elisa Amigo as Anchor

amigo kabbSan Antonio FOX affiliate KABB has announced the addition of Elisa Amigo as co anchor of the station’s 9:00 p.m. news.

“The addition of Elisa to our FOX team is very exciting,” KABB GM Dean Radla said in a statement. “As a journalist, she’s a real pro but most importantly, I feel our viewers will find her very personable and genuine, as well as a great on-air partner for Michael Valdes.”

Amigo comes to KABB from Cleveland where she was an anchor and reporter for WJW.

Cynthia Lee Leaving KABB

cynthia_lee_photoCynthia Lee is leaving San Antonio FOX affiliate KABB to spend more time with her family and “shift her career in a new direction.”

“Many people may not realize I’m a licensed Realtor,” Lee said in a statement. “I have been juggling two careers and motherhood for quite some time.”

According to the station, Lee will work full-time for one of the top commercial real estate brokerages in San Antonio. Her last day at KABB will be Wednesday, May 21.

“It’s been a real privilege for Cynthia to be a part of the FOX San Antonio family and to watch her grow as a broadcast professional,” KABB GM Dean Radla said. “I’m confident that she will enjoy similar success as she turns the page on her broadcast career and launches her new career in commercial real estate. We wish her only the best.”

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.

San Antonio Station Issues Apology After Meteorologist’s Racist MLK Slip

KABB_Martinez_MLKSan Antonio FOX affiliate KABB has issued an apology for what meteorologist Mike Hernandez said near the end of yesterday’s 6:00 a.m. show.

Hernandez was wrapping up the seven day forecast. When he got to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day he said, “Look at the highs bouncing back through the weekend and into Monday for Martin Luther coon..Martin Luther coo..uh, King day.”

The station posted an apology to its facebook page that read in part, “We do not tolerate this language. We sincerely apologize to you, our viewers, for the use of this offensive language on our air. Please know that we take this seriously and we are taking action internally.”

The reaction on facebook was overwhelmingly in Hernandez’ favor, though only a few were from African-American viewers. One viewer wrote, “If he is released from his duties we will boycott your channel. Don’t make it more then (sic) a simple blunder. You should have left it as is. Shame on you for exploiting it.”

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.

Erin Nichols to Join KABB in San Antonio

Erin Nichols, weekend anchor for Beaumont, TX, FOX affiliate KBTV, is moving back to her hometown to join Sinclair’s San Antonio FOX affiliate KABB.

David Lowell, news director for KBTV, told TVSpy, “We hate losing her but it’s a win-win for her and the company.” KBTV is operated by Sinclair under a Joint Service Agreement with owner Deerfield Media.

According to her bio, she interned at KABB while in college and also worked as a freelance reporter for the station.

WOAI Fire Likely Caused By Electrical Short

The fire that knocked San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI off the air Tuesday was likely caused by an electrical short, according to the station.

The fire began on the second floor of the station’s building around 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, during the morning newscast. The building was evacuated and programming went to black. WOAI anchors reported on the fire for sister station KABB, the San Antonio Fox affiliate.

WOAI’s programming resumed around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. With the second floor of the building still closed, the station has set up a temporary news set in the station’s parking lot.

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.

KABB Anchor Karen Martinez Dies After Long Battle With Breast Cancer

KABB anchor Karen Martinez has died from breast cancer, according to the San Antonio Fox affiliate. She was 37.

“Karen’s courage in her battle inspired us all,” the station said in a statement. “She loved each of her Fox San Antonio viewers.”

Martinez was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and has raised awareness of the disease and its treatments on the air for the past four years. In November, the anchor underwent radioembolization treatments to treat the cancer, which had spread to her liver.

Watch KABB’s tribute to Martinez here (the station’s video player does not allow embedding).

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