“We conducted a nationwide search and we are pleased to bring a journalist of Mat’s caliber to join Sarah Forgany, Natalie Tejeda and Paul Mireles,” KENS president and general manager Bob McGann said, referring to the CBS-affiliate’s current morning roster.
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“I’m extremely excited about moving to Knoxville and joining the winning team (with a heart) at WBIR,” Moreno tweeted recently, referring to the station’s “Straight from the Heart” slogan.
Moreno comes to WBIR from KENS in San Antonio, where she worked as assistant news director. Before KENS, Moreno spent nine years at KRIV in Houston, producing a number of the Fox station’s newscasts.
Lozano, who joined KENS in 1977, has served as both morning and evening anchor in his 35 years at the station. In a statement announcing the retirement, president and general manager Robert McGann called him “one of the finest journalists I have experienced the pleasure of working with in television.”
“He has been the rock of stability on our morning news since 1997,” he said. “I cannot thank Fred enough for his contributions to the success of KENS.” Read more
Anaya joined KENS in June as a reporter. He will co-anchor the weekend newscasts with Karen Grace beginning April 28.
“We conducted an extensive search and auditioned countless candidates from around the country, but the very best person for the job was already right here in our newsroom,” KENS president and general manager Robert McGann said in a statement.
“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to be a part of this newsroom and moreover this city,” Heath wrote on Facebook, announcing his move to Dayton. “San Antonio doesn’t just feel like home, it is home. This is the city where my wife and I celebrated our first anniversary, bought our first home and welcomed our son into this world. Thank you San Antonio for everything!”
Heath joined KENS in 2008 as an anchor-reporter and his last day with the station was Sunday. No word yet on when he’ll make his on-air debut with WKEF. Read more
San Antonio CBS-affiliate KENS was forced into damage control mode on Sunday after its feed of a lopsided Cowboys game was switched to a more competitive contest.
“We know we had some angry viewers today,” KENS sports anchor Vinnie Vinzetta said at the top of his segment during the station’s 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday. “The Dallas Cowboy game went away before the fourth quarter with Dallas leading 34 to 7. That was a decision made by the CBS Network, that was not a KENS5 decision. We hugely apologize for the situation nonetheless.” Read more
“I will be leaving Houston and headed to the great city of San Antonio,” Moreno wrote on Facebook. “More details to come soon.”
Moreno, a Houston native, has worked at KIAH since 2009. Prior to that, she was a reporter and associate producer at KRGV, the ABC-affiliate serving the Texas Rio Grande Valley.
“This whole thing unfolded right in front of our eyes as we were sitting in our live truck,” KENS reporter Marvin Hurst said of a fistfight that erupted near his crew yesterday (video above). “This scuffle turned into a knock-down, drag-out fight between two transgender individuals in a convenience store parking lot this morning.”
The fistfight, which took place around 4 a.m. Monday morning and was captured by a KENS photographer, resulted in an arrest by the San Antonio police. Read more
Albert Flores, a former weathercaster at San Antonio’s KENS, left the CBS affiliate in 2002 after The San Antonio Express-News accused him of plagiarizing weather columns he was writing for the paper. Now Flores is getting a second chance to report the weather — at another San Antonio station.
Flores will be guest-forecasting on WOAI, the market NBC affiliate, from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. next week. “WOAI said, ‘Let’s do it for a week and see what kind of audience response we get, so I’m hoping people tune in and respond positively,’ Flores told The Express-News. “And if not, I’m back to sweeping floors.”
Flores, who launched his own digital advertising company called Diverse Media while he was away from the television business, said he would be open to a permanent job with WOAI.
“I went in and cut an audition tape,” he said. “They were impressed that after eight years, I just got up there and did it. They liked what they saw obviously, and asked me back. It was like riding a bike.”
San Antonio’s KENS is set to expand its morning newscast, giving anchors Vicki Buffolino and Bob McGann (left) an extra half-hour at 4:30 a.m. Meteorologist Paul Mireles will be joining Buffolino and McGann for the weekday early bird shift.
The Belo-owned CBS-affiliate will now be offering the most local news of any station in its market, according to general manager Bob McGann.
“With this expansion, KENS Television broadcasts more local news than any other San Antonio station,” McGann boasted in announcing the move. “KENS Television is proud to offer this additional local broadcast serving our viewers.”