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Jennifer Dodd Joins KENS as Assistant ND

kens logoJennifer Dodd is joining San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS as assistant news director, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Dodd is a former reporter for KSAT, the ABC affiliate in San Antonio. Most recently, she has been news director at the Victoria Television Group in Victoria, Texas, where she oversees operations for the ABC, Fox and Univision affiliates.

“My husband and I are thrilled to be moving back to the city we love,” Dodd said. “We met in San Antonio, my daughters were born there and many of our loved ones live there.”

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San Antonio Anchor Breaks Down During Report on Burned Child

622x350KSAT anchor Isis Romero was unable to continue reading a story Monday, overcome by emotions as she told viewers of the San Antonio ABC affiliate of an infant badly injured in a fireworks accident. Romero, who is expecting a child, apologized on her Facebook page for becoming overwhelmed by the news:

“My apologies everyone. We did a story about a 4 month old baby that got burned by fireworks, and then a story about another baby who was left abandoned on a subway platform, and I just couldn’t get through it. As a mommy-to-be, my heart just couldn’t take it. Those poor, precious babies. Thanks to Steve (Spriester) for jumping in for me.”

Viewers, who hate fake tears but respond overwhelmingly to real ones, flooded Romero’s post to voice their support. “I immediately knew what happened and I got a lump in my throat thinking of you,” wrote viewer Cecilia Herrera Diaz. “Steve made a flawless transition. You don’t have to apologize for being human!”

Another viewer, Lea Phelps, said she was deeply moved. “I was in my kitchen when the story started and I heard your sweet voice. Then, I heard Steves voice. I asked my husband to replay the story and sat down to watch. Isis I have to tell you. I now have a new found respect for you. You brought tears to my eyes. Your sweet love and compassion was so evident. Thank you for being you.”

Fiona Gorostiza Joining KSAT to Host Local Lifestyle Show

gorostiza_kdfwSix months after leaving KDFW, Fiona Gorostiza is joining San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT as the host of a new local lifestyle show, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

“It feels so good to be able to return to Texas, and to fulfill my dream of hosting a new program for such a powerful station,” ” Gorostiza said. The Express-News has details on the show, which will debut this fall:

… Two things instantly set KSAT’s “SA Live” apart: It will air in the afternoon, and it will come live from a downtown location — The Buckhorn saloon and museum on Houston Street — rather than a studio.

“The vibrancy at The Buckhorn really lends itself to the type of program we want to produce,” KSAT general manager Phil Lane said.

“SA Live,” described as a variety, game, interview and entertainment show rolled into one, will air at 1 p.m. Katie Couric‘s syndicated “Katie” will be dropped from KSAT’s 2 p.m. hour so ABC’s “General Hospital,” which currently airs at 1 p.m., can slide into that slot.

With the Addition of Adam Caskey, Steve Browne to Scale Back at KSAT

steve browneSan Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT has announced Adam Caskey will be the meteorologist on the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts when he joins the station. Caskey replaces Steve Browne (pictured), who will remain on the 10 p.m. newscast.

“Father time and constant deadline pressure was taking a toll leaving me with the realization that it is time to ask for help,” Browne wrote on the KSAT website. “…I will have more time to pursue other interests. I am not retiring,  just stepping back. I truly believe this is a win win situation for all involved and look forward to the future.”

Caskey joins KSAT after 11 years at WJLA. Browne has worked at the station since 1992.

Meteorologist Adam Caskey Heading to KSAT

caskey wjla_croppedMeteorologist Adam Caskey is leaving Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA for San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT.

“After 11 years at WJLA/News Channel 8, the Caskeys are moving to the Lone Star State,” Caskey wrote on his facebook page. “My last day on-air in DC will be Friday the 18th. I love Washington and will truly miss you all, but I’m very excited for a new opportunity with the talented team at KSAT-TV in San Antonio.”

Caskey started his career with KVRR in Fargo,N.D, and has worked at WJLA since March 2003.

Former KSAT News Director Dies of Cancer


Former KSAT news director Jim Boyle died Saturday after a five month battle with cancer.

Boyle had been news director for the San Antonio ABC affiliate for 29 years. He started at KSAT in 1984.

KSAT remembered Boyle during its newscast, “He led his newsroom through huge events, personal and professional triumphs and four Spurs championships.”

Jim was deeply rooted in and loved San Antonio.

He and his family would host an annual Christmas party. This past Christmas, with Jim bedridden, numerous members of the news department and their loved ones brought the party to him by singing him Christmas carols.

Jim’s wife, his two daughters and grandchildren never failed to bring a smile to his face.

We at KSAT12 would like to think Jim’s biggest legacy is what you see on our newscasts every day. Many of us still find ourselves asking, “What Would Jim Do?”

Boyle was 66.

Bernice Kearney Promoted to ND at KSAT

ksat logoBernice Kearney has been named news director at San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Kearney replaces Jim Boyle, who has retired from KSAT. In addition to assistant news director, she has also worked as a producer and executive producer at the station.

“Trying to continue the legacy Jim Boyle has created in this community will be a real challenge, but one that I’m proud and honored to accept as we lead KSAT12’s evolution into a multi-media company,” Kearney said in a statement.

“We will greatly miss Jim’s leadership, his vision for KSAT12 and San Antonio, and his unbridled connection to this community,” VP-GM Phil Lane said. “It is with a very heavy heart that we accept his retirement and we know that he will forever be connected to the people he mentored and led for the past 30 years.” [h/t Mike McGuff]

NBA Finals Score Near-Record Ratings With Miami Heat’s Game 7 Win

The Miami Heat’s win against the San Antonio Spurs in game 7 of the NBA finals delivered a 17.7 overnight rating, the second-highest rated NBA game in ABC history. The ratings peaked at 22.6 from 11:30 – 11:45pmET, during the game’s last five minutes.

With a 44.2 metered market rating on WPLG, the game was the highest-rated NBA game ever in Miami. In San Antonio, KSAT’s coverage of the game delivered a 46.4 metered market rating.

This year’s NBA finals averaged a 12.4 metered market rating, up +5% from an 11.8 for last year’s NBA finals.

Simon Gutierrez Joins KTRK in Houston

Simon Gutierrez is joining KTRK, the ABC O&O in Houston, media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Gutierrez was most recently a reporter at KSAT, the ABC affiliate in San Antonio. According to McGuff, he has also worked at ESPN. A native of Elmira, Ore., he is a graduate of the University of Oregon.

His first day at KTRK was Friday.

Jennifer Dodd Leaving San Antonio for Green Bay

Jennifer Dodd, a general assignment reporter at KSAT, is leaving the San Antonio ABC affiliate for an anchor job in Green Bay.

Dodd will be the solo morning anchor at NBC affiliate WGBA, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

“Jennifer wanted to pursue anchoring,” WGBA news director Bob Healey said. “”Part of her allure is that she understands what it’s like to be a working mom.”

Dodd will start at WGBA after Christmas, she wrote on Twitter.

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