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Reporter Syan Rhodes Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KPRC

SyanRhodesReporter Syan Rhodes has been promoted to weekend anchor at Houston NBC affiliate KPRC. The anchor seat next to Phillip Mena has been empty since Irika Sargent left for Miami CBS-owned WFOR back in May.

KPRC senior executive producer Rick McFarland confirmed the promotion to media blogger Mike McGuff.

Rhodes previously worked at Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as an anchor.

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Anoushah Rasta Named Reporter at KPRC

Anoushah3Anoushah Rasta has joined Houston NBC affiliate KPRC as a reporter.

KPRC news director Rhonda Errer LaVelle confirmed the move to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. Rasta previously worked at NBC affiliate KTSM in El Paso, Texas, where she was weekend anchor and reporter.

Before that, Rasta was a news assistant, apprentice and freelance traffic producer at Los Angeles ABC-owned station KABC.

KPRC Anchors Make Appearance on ‘Tonight Show’

Last night, KPRC anchors Dominique Sachse, Bill Balleza and chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley, made separate surprise appearances on ”The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Media blogger Mike McGuff reports that the threesome from the Houston NBC affiliate were part of a segment called I’ve Got Good News and Good News,” where Jimmy Fallon has anchors from across the country (NBC affiliates only) give their viewers happy news for once.

Watch as these cheerful anchors discuss why you’re the coolest person in the world, why traffic jams are no longer possible where you live, and why there’s a forecast of 100% puppy hugs.

Andy Cerota Exits KTRK, Rumored to Be Joining Rival

Andy Cerota has left KTRK after nine years as a general assignment reporter for the ABC O&O.  Cerota’s contract with KTRK expired recently and a source close to him indicates that he considered staying but the station couldn’t offer him an anchor position.

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff floats the rumor that Cerota “could end up behind the anchor desk down the freeway at KPRC.”

Sources describe Cerota’s departure from KTRK as an amicable split.

Cerota has spent most of his career in Texas, working in Abilene and Austin before eventually joining KTRK in May 2003. Read more

Reporter Scott Noll Joins KHOU From WREG

Scott Noll will join Houston CBS-affiliate KHOU as an investivative reporter next week.

“For years I’ve followed the great investigative work being done in Houston,” Noll told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. “I’m looking forward to continuing that tradition and joining a team of top-notch journalists at KHOU 11 News.”

Noll has spent the past four years at WREG, the CBS-affiliate in Memphis. He begins at KHOU on April 16.

KTRK’s Tim Melton Recovering From Stroke

KTRK weekend sports director Tim Melton, who has not been on the air since October, announced yesterday that he suffered a stroke last fall.

“I thank all of you who have expressed your concern as to what caused my absence, but I wanted to wait until I had a good sense of what the future holds before saying anything,” Melton wrote on Facebook. “I’m happy to report I’m getting better every day.”

Melton did not specify when he will return to the station. KTRK hired Hugh Lewis to fill in for Melton in December, according to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

Melton joined the Houston ABC O&O in 1981.

[Via mikemcguff.com]

Former KTRK Anchor Minerva Perez Joins KHOU

Houston’s KHOU has added “Latina Voices,” a weekly talk show hosted by former KTRK anchor Minerva Perez, to its programming lineup.

Perez left KTRK, the ABC O&O, in 2007. She is both the host and the executive producer of “Latina Voices,” which launched in 2008 on KUHT, the public television station in Houston.

“Latina Voices” debuted on KHOU last month. It will continue to air on KUHT at its normal time, Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

“‘Latina Voices’ just continues to grow,” Perez told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

Assistant ND Carolyn Mungo Leaving KRIV

After two years as assistant news director at KRIV in Houston, Carolyn Mungo is leaving the Fox O&O, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Mungo declined to reveal where she is headed. “I can say I am very excited about my future,” she told McGuff.

Before joining KRIV, Mungo was a reporter at KHOU, Houston’s CBS-affiliate. In 2005, she moved into the role of managing editor at KRIV. She was named assistant news director in 2009. Mungo’s last day at the station was Friday.

KPRC’s Daniella Guzman Joining WMAQ in Chicago

KPRC reporter Daniella Guzman is leaving Houston for a job at WMAQ in Chicago.

“I’ll be heading to NBC5 in March,” Guzman told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. “Opportunity knocked and I opened the door. I will miss Houston very much!”

Guzman is a reporter and weekend anchor at KPRC, the NBC-affiliate in Houston. She joined the station in 2006.

Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports Guzman is the likely successor to morning anchor Zoraida Sambolin, who left the station for CNN in November, at NBC O&O WMAQ.

>Update: WMAQ has made the official announcement (read it after the jump). Read more

KCPQ Anchor Lily Jang Joining KHOU in February

KCPQ anchor Lily Jang is leaving Seattle to join KHOU, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Jang, who has been at the Seattle Fox-affiliate for seven years, announced in November she would relocate to Houston to be with her ailing father.

“I am incredibly blessed that KHOU is giving me this opportunity,” Jang told McGuff. “Excited to finally be home where I grew up and my parents can watch me.”

She will replace Christine Haas, who is bound for KNSD, on the morning newscasts. Her first day at KHOU will be February 12.

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