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Bonten Stations to Air Series on Gun Violence

Bonten Media stations have scheduled a week-long series of special reports on gun violence that will air across all its stations beginning February 18.

“The Facts: Guns in America” will be presented in five reports, each produced by a reporter at a different Bonten station. The reports range in topic from an examination of the second amendment to a spotlight on gun violence and mental health.

“There is no topic that generates more heat and less light than guns,” Bonten Media CEO Randall Bongarten said in a statement. “We believe it is our responsibility to provide factual information so that our viewers can make their own judgments on critical issues like gun control.”

Reports will be presented by Wayne McCormick of KTXS in Abliene, Texas; Wes Goforth of WCTI in Greenville, N.C.; Steve Fetveit of KECI-KTVM in Missoula, Mont.; Kelli Saam of KRCR in Chico, Calif.; and Julie Newman of WCYB in Bristol, Va. See a full list of their topics after the jump. Read more

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For Abilene Viewers, Local Meteorologist Steals Scene From Streisand in ‘The Guilt Trip’

Mark Rowlett, chief meteorologist for KTXS, the ABC affiliate for Abilene, TX, made the jump from the green screen to the silver screen for the mother-son road comedy “The Guilt Trip.”

The movie may star Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, but for KTXS viewers and Rowlett’s friends and family there are only a few seconds of the movie that really matter, the scene featuring Rowlett. “I say it was two seconds, my daughter says it was four seconds,” Rowlett told the Abilene Reporter-News.

In the scene, Streisand and Rogen stop at a motel in Abilene.  While Streisand is at the motel bar, Rowlett can be seen on a TV in the background giving the weather forecast.  Rowlett’s voice continues to be heard while the movie cuts to Rogen, lying on the bed in his motel room listening to the forecast.

Fame did not go to Rowlett’s head, though.  He told the Reporter-News he needed some coaxing to see his film debut. “My wife and youngest daughter dragged me, I mean, took me to see it,” he said.

Damon Lane Named Chief Meteorologist at KOCO

Damon Lane has been promoted to chief meteorologist at KOCO, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City.

“Working as Chief Meteorologist in an area where accurate forecasts can save lives is more than a calling — it’s my life’s dream,” Lane said in a statement. “It takes passion, energy and a commitment to staying at the forefront of the latest lifesaving weather technology.”

Lane has worked at KOCO as the station’s morning meteorologist since 2009. Prior to that, he was the chief meteorologist at KTXS in Abilene, Tex.

Lane’s wife, Melissa Newton, recently left her job at KTVT in Dallas to move to Oklahoma City.

Reporter Jocelyn Tovar Joins KARK in Little Rock

Jocelyn Tovar has joined KARK, the NBC-affiliate in Little Rock, as a general assignment reporter.

Tovar joins KARK from KTXS, the ABC-affiliate in Abilene, TX, where she was hired as a city reporter in 2009. She eventually became the station’s crime and courts reporter. Prior to that, Tovar worked as the Washington, DC correspondent at KFDX in Wichita Falls, TX.

Tovar’s first day on the air at KARK was last week. “Really excited and already loving Little Rock,” she tweeted. “There’s greenery!”

KTXS Names Mike Skow Sports Director

Mike Skow has been named sports director at KTXS in Abilene, TX.

Skow has been with the ABC-affiliate for the past four years, working as a news reporter and sports anchor.  Skow replaces Bryan Keating, who recently left KTXS for a job at KOCO in Oklahoma City.

“Mike has been with us for over four years, starting on the weekends in news,” KTXS news director George Levesque said. “He’s grown to become a valued member of the sports team and will no doubt excel at leading our sports department.”

Skow, who began his broadcasting career at KGUN in Tucson, has served as KTXS’s weekend sports anchor for the past year and a half.

KTXS Meteorologist Danielle Dozier Joining KOCO

Danielle Dozier, the morning meteorologist at KTXS in Abilene-Sweetwater, is leaving the ABC-affiliate after four years.

Dozier is joining KOCO, the ABC-affiliate in Oklahoma City, where she will be a weekend meteorologist. Her last day in Abilene was today.

In a statement on the station’s website, Dozier said she is looking forward to the challenge of forecasting the weather in Oklahoma City, which is located in the heart of Tornado Alley.

KTXS Brings HD Local News to Abilene-Sweetwater

ABC-affiliate KTXS became the first station in the Abilene-Sweetwater market to broadcast its local news in HD on Wednesday with its 5 p.m. newscast.

“Our viewers hold us to a higher standard and with KTXS News in high definition, they will be very pleased with this tremendous upgrade to their viewing experience,” said Kyle Krebs, KTXS’s vice president and general manager.

KTXS news director George Levesque called the HD launch a “seminal moment for KTXS and for Abilene. It gives people a chance to see for the first time amazing detail of the cities, towns and counties they live in.” (Video of the station’s HD introduction here).

To show off its new HD look, the Bonten Media Group-owned station is airing  a 90-second video of natural scenery from the area at the close of its 10 p.m. newscast.