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Former KBTX News Director Mike George Dies

mike georgeFormer KBTX news director Mike George was found dead Sunday at his home, the station reports. George was 51.

George was the news director of the Bryan-College Station CBS affiliate from 2008 to 2013. The cause of death has not been released, but “foul play is not suspected,” according to KBTX.

George began his career at KBTX in 1986, working as an anchor, reporter and executive producer. He left to join KVUE in 1992, spending four years as the Austin station’s executive producer and news manager. After KVUE, George worked as managing editor at WXIA in Atlanta and news director at KVBC in Las Vegas before returning to KBTX.

He retired last year to spend more time with his family, KBTX reports. “From the family at KBTX, our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike’s family outside of our halls, which were made immensely better because of him,” the station said in a statement.

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Judy Maggio Set to Retire From KEYE

judy maggioAfter 11 years at KEYE and 22 more on television in Austin, Judy Maggio has announced she will retire in May, Austin360 reports.

“I’ve always said I’d leave the TV business on my own terms,” Maggio said. “KEYE has been nothing but supportive in my 11 years here and recently offered me a generous contract to stay. I will deeply miss my colleagues, who are some of the most dedicated people in the business.”

Maggio joined CBS affiliate KEYE in 2003 from rival KVUE. A search is underway for her replacement as the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor.

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Former KVUE General Manager Dies

Joe Jerkins, the former president and general manager of KVUE, died Tuesday from leukemia. He led the Austin ABC affiliate from 1979 to 1989 and served as president of the Texas Association of Broadcasters in 1991.

Watch KVUE’s tribute to Jerkins above. [h/t Austin 360]

Foti Kallergis Set to Join KTRK in Houston

foti kallergisFoti Kallergis is joining KTRK in Houston as a reporter.  He begins at the ABC O&O on September 30.

It is a return to Texas television for Kallergis, who has previously worked at KVUE and KTBC in Austin. He left KTBC in 2012 to help run his family business.

“I always dreamed of reporting in my hometown, so this is a major career accomplishment. It’s also a full-circle moment because I started my TV News career at Ch.13 as an intern,” Kallergis wrote on Facebook. “I feel honored and blessed to have this opportunity, and I can’t wait to serve my hometown.” [h/t Mike McGuff]

Christine Haas Joins KTBC as Evening Co-Anchor

KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, has named Christine Haas co-anchor of its weekday evening newscasts.

Haas begins in Austin on August 12. She will co-anchor the 5 and 9 p.m. newscasts alongside Mike Warren, replacing Loriana Hernandez, who is moving to the morning newscast.

“Christine is well-respected in this business, winning numerous awards for her reporting. She’s going to be a valuable member of our team and we look forward to her return to Austin,” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Haas comes from KNSD in San Diego, where she anchored the 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts. She has also worked at KHOU in Houston, KVUE in Austin, KARE in Minneapolis, WTSP in Tampa, KTHV in Little Rock and KAMR in Amarillo, Texas.

KTBC’s official announcement is after the jump. Read more

Weather Channel Producer Talks to KWTV, KVUE About Surviving Oklahoma City Tornado

Weather Channel producer and camera operator Austin Anderson, who was injured in the Oklahoma City tornado, talked about being caught in the storm in an interview with KWTV.

Anderson suffered a cracked sternum, five broken ribs, a broken vertebrae and a cracked vertebrae in his neck, according to KWTV. “I could remember it tumbling through the air and my head getting jerked back and forth,” Anderson told the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate. “… ”Tornados are an amazing act of nature and it’s always amazing for me to see it. I just don’t think I should be as close as I was to this one.”

Anderson, who lives in Texas, used to work at KPRC in Houston. He also did an interview via Skype with KVUE, the ABC affiliate in his hometown of Austin. Watch it after the jump. Read more

Local Newsrooms Celebrate April Fools’ Day

The April Fools’ Day pranks are out in full force in newsrooms around the country today.

At KVUE in Austin, the morning news team pranked staffers by putting an empty donut box in the newsroom and shot video of staffers opening it looking for treats:

And on Louisville’s WDRB, Mike Marshall and Jude Redfield were tricked into eating dog biscuits on the air: Read more

WCNC Launches Camera Into Space

WCNC, the Charlotte NBC affiliate, put some consumer grade sports cameras inside a lunchbox, tied it to a helium filled balloon and launched it into the atmosphere, just because they could.

According to KVUE, WCNC’s sister station, Corrie Harding, WCNC’s news director, saw a video on YouTube of two people launching a beer can into space. He wanted to see if his station could do the same thing.

With the help of Hackerspace Charlotte, a collaborative space for people who like to tinker with technology, the station took two GoPro cameras, the lunchbox, a helium filled balloon, a 3D model of an astronaut with meteorologist Larry Sprinkle‘s face attached and let it go to see how high it would reach. You can watch the video of the whole process after the jump. Read more

Nexstar Names Ardyth Diercks VP-GM at Memphis, Jackson Stations

Ardyth Diercks has been appointed vice president and general manager at three Nexstar stations in Tennessee: WPTY and WLMT in Memphis and WJKT in Jackson.

Diercks was most recently the president and general manager of WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in South Florida. She left in January 2012 after eight years.

“Ardy is a leader with unquestionable integrity and a proven track record of administering successful procedures to enhance relationships and initiate unique programming concepts while advancing the effectiveness of station operations and leading teams to produce revenue generating results,” Nexstar EVP and Co-COO Timothy Busch said in a statement.

Before her time at WTVJ, Diercks spent 20 years at Gannett, where she was general manager at KVUE in Austin, KSDK in St. Louis and WUSA in Washington, DC. She was also a senior vice president of the company for five years. Read more

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