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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.”

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Jacqueline Ortiz Leaving San Antonio’s WOAI

jacqueline ortizAfter 16 years at WOAI-KABB, Jacqueline Ortiz is leaving the stations to spend more time with her family, the San Antonio Express- News reports.

“It was her decision,” WOAI-KABB news director Blaise Labbe said. “She wanted to spend more time with her family. Before she signed her last contract, she had said her husband wanted her to be home more with her kids — a son and daughter — but she decided to stay on the job.”

Ortiz will continue to co-anchor the weekend newscasts until July 13. Until a permanent replacement is hired, KABB weekend anchor Grace White will anchor alongside Jaie Avila on the WOAI weekend newscasts and Ted Garcia will anchor solo on the KABB weekend newscasts, according to the Express-News.

‘Shit Happens’ Miami Fan Gives KENS Reporter His Analysis of Heat’s NBA Title Loss

A resigned Miami Heat fan told KENS reporter Myra Moreno what he thought about his team’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals last night and, once again, illustrated the danger of the live reaction interview.

While the fan was seemingly able to take the loss in stride, there’s no word on what the FCC thought about his use of profanity on the CBS affiliate.

Though the commission might want to take into account the fan was wearing a Miami Heat jersey in San Antonio in a crowd of celebrating Spurs fans.

WOAI Anchor Breaks Her Tailbone in Obstacle Course Race

mathieu donut woaiDelaine Mathieu won’t be sitting in the WOAI anchor chair for a bit after she broke her tailbone in an obstacle course race last weekend.

Blaise Labbe, news director for the San Antonio NBC affiliate, confirmed with MySanAntonio.com Mathieu will be out all week with the injury.

“Sitting is definitely an issue,” said Mathieu. “I’m on pain meds right now so reading is an issue as well…not to mention driving!”

On her facebook page, Mathieu posted a shot of the donut she needs to sit on with the comment, “When life gives you a donut and WAY too much free time…..#dyingofboredom

She said she also suffered a cut and bruise on her arm during Saturday’s Gladiator Rock ‘n Run in San Antonio.

“There was a rock sticking up through the slide,” Mathieu said. “The doctor told me one guy cut his face, another person cut their scalp and a girl cut open her hand…all on that slide!”

According to the race website, “The course challenges all participants to conquer extreme obstacles and harsh terrain, then to celebrate their conquests with a bad-ass post race party filled with music, beer and food.”

Evy Ramos to Anchor for San Antonio Station

ramos croppedEvy Ramos has been named anchor for San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI.

She will co anchor the 6:00, 6:30 and 10:00 p.m. news with Randy Beamer.

“Evy is a true pro with great experience and a solid, if not superior, track record. I am certain San Antonio will find her the perfect complement to Randy and Delaine,” John Seabers, WOAI and Sinclair Broadcast Group Manager said in a statement. “I am thrilled she is here to help take our news presentation to the next level.”

Mathieu will continue to anchor the 5:00 p.m. news with Beamer.

Ramos left Fresno CBS affiliate KGPE last month. She started her on-air career at KMPH in Fresno. She has also worked at KGTV and Azteca America in San Diego.

KABB Adds Elisa Amigo as Anchor

amigo kabbSan Antonio FOX affiliate KABB has announced the addition of Elisa Amigo as co anchor of the station’s 9:00 p.m. news.

“The addition of Elisa to our FOX team is very exciting,” KABB GM Dean Radla said in a statement. “As a journalist, she’s a real pro but most importantly, I feel our viewers will find her very personable and genuine, as well as a great on-air partner for Michael Valdes.”

Amigo comes to KABB from Cleveland where she was an anchor and reporter for WJW.

WOAI Names Albert Flores Chief Meteorologist

albert flores_304x200Albert Flores has promoted to chief meteorologist at WOAI, Sinclair’s NBC affiliate in San Antonio.

“Albert is a consummate pro, an integral part of our superior weather team and the most recognized face for weather in San Antonio,” WOAI general manager John Seabers said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have him step into this leadership role for WOAI.”

Flores has been the station’s morning meteorologist since 2011. He will shift to the 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts May 27.

“I am thrilled to serve our community as the Chief Meteorologist for News 4 San Antonio. I look forward to leading an experienced team of television meteorologists that will work hard to make sure our viewers are safe and well aware of the weather around them 365 days a year,” Flores said.

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.

Cynthia Lee Leaving KABB

cynthia_lee_photoCynthia Lee is leaving San Antonio FOX affiliate KABB to spend more time with her family and “shift her career in a new direction.”

“Many people may not realize I’m a licensed Realtor,” Lee said in a statement. “I have been juggling two careers and motherhood for quite some time.”

According to the station, Lee will work full-time for one of the top commercial real estate brokerages in San Antonio. Her last day at KABB will be Wednesday, May 21.

“It’s been a real privilege for Cynthia to be a part of the FOX San Antonio family and to watch her grow as a broadcast professional,” KABB GM Dean Radla said. “I’m confident that she will enjoy similar success as she turns the page on her broadcast career and launches her new career in commercial real estate. We wish her only the best.”

Meteorologist John Gerard Joins WFOR

john gerardMeteorologist John Gerard is joining WFOR, the CBS-owned station in Miami, as the weekend weather anchor. In his new role, which begins June 15, he will also be the primary fill-in for chief meteorologist Craig Setzer.

“With his wealth of experience in the South Florida market and his expertise in general, John Gerard makes an excellent addition to our weather team,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan said in a statement.

Gerard moves to Miami from San Antonio, where he has been a meteorologist at WOAI for the past four years. He has previously worked in South Florida at WPLG and WTVJ in Miami.

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