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WOAI Reporter Donates Kidney to Mom, Documents It In Series

San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI will begin airing a three part series tonight about reporter Kristina De Leon and her mother’s battle with kidney disease.  De Leon (pictured left) donated one of her kidneys to her ailing mother (pictured right) and documented the process to shed some light on the procedure.

“The reason for documenting all of this is because I wanted people to know that donating a kidney isn’t as scary as you think,” De Leon said.  “You don’t have to take medications for the rest of your life. You can drink alcohol afterwards. You can have children, run a marathon, and live a perfectly normal life, as long as you are reasonably healthy.”

De Leon, whose mother had been on kidney dialysis three times a week for 15 months before it was decided she needed a transplant, told TVSpy her mother is on the mend, “Mom is doing great! She’s no longer on dialysis, and at this point, goes to the (doctor) once a week to make sure her new kidney is functioning properly. We are so blessed everything worked out!” Read more

Cox Media Group Selling, Adding Stations

In an effort to focus on larger markets, Cox Media Group has announced that it is selling four of the stations it currently owns and buying four stations from Newport Television.

The stations being sold are KFOX in El Paso, WJAC in Johnstown, PA, KRXI in Reno and WTOV in Stubenville, OH.

The stations Cox is buying from Newport Television are WAWS and WTEV in Jacksonville and KOKI and KMYT in Tulsa.

“This simplified structure will enable CMG to capitalize on continued growth and synergies, while retaining its size financially,” president Doug Franklin said in a statement.  Read more

For Sale: Newport Television

Newport Television, which owns 56 stations in 20 markets, is reportedly up for sale.

Reuters reports that Providence Equity Partners, the private investment firm that owns Newport, is currently shopping the station group to potential buyers.  The process, though, is in its “real early stages.”

Newport Television was founded in 2007 by Providence Equity Partners and Sandy DiPasquale to acquire the stations of Clear Channel Communications.  The company is headquartered in Kansas City, MO.

Newport’s holdings include KTVX in Salt Lake City, WKRC in Cincinnati, and WOAI in San Antonio.

Kristen Bell Talks About Her News Director Dad

In her new movie, “Big Miracle,” actress Kristen Bell plays a local TV reporter and, in a recent interview with New York magazine, she spoke about growing up with a news director dad.

Bell’s father, Tom Bell, worked as a news director at KPHO in Phoenix and currently serves as the ND at WOAI in San Antonio.

“I grew up going to the station with him and being able to play with the teleprompters, knowing the behind the scenes of news directing,” Bell told New York.  “And it’s very similar to acting. He had a lot of hesitancy because he knew the rejection that was possible. He had been the one forced to reject people.”

Nine Years After KENS Departure, Albert Flores Will Be Back on San Antonio TV, At Least Temporarily

Albert Flores, a former weathercaster at San Antonio’s KENS, left the CBS affiliate in 2002 after The San Antonio Express-News accused him of plagiarizing weather columns he was writing for the paper. Now Flores is getting a second chance to report the weather — at another San Antonio station.

Flores will be guest-forecasting on WOAI, the market NBC affiliate, from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. next week. “WOAI said, ‘Let’s do it for a week and see what kind of audience response we get, so I’m hoping people tune in and respond positively,’ Flores told The Express-News. “And if not, I’m back to sweeping floors.”

Flores, who launched his own digital advertising company called Diverse Media while he was away from the television business, said he would be open to a permanent job with WOAI.

“I went in and cut an audition tape,” he said. “They were impressed that after eight years, I just got up there and did it. They liked what they saw obviously, and asked me back. It was like riding a bike.”

Disgraced Cop Suing WOAI for Defamation

Former San Antonio police officer Joe Salvaggio has filed a defamation lawsuit against WOAI and several of its staffers, alleging that the NBC-affiliate caused him shame and mental anguish in reporting that he had been caught cheating on a promotional exam.

Last spring WOAI reported that Salvaggio, a 23-year veteran of the force, was facing disciplinary action after he was caught cheating on a promotional exam. In July of 2010, Salvaggio was fired.

WOAI news director Tom Bell told the San Antonio Express-News that he hasn’t yet gotten a chance to review the lawsuit. Bell was named in the suit along with anchor Randy Beamer and several other WOAIers.

According to the Express-News, Salvaggio’s initial filing did not specify damages being sought.

WOAI Reporter Busted for DWI After Station Runs Investigative Report on Drunk Driving

Angel Covarrubias, a reporter who covers crime for San Antonio’s WOAI, was arrested early Friday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Covarrubias was pulled over shortly before 2 a.m. after he hit a parked car and failed to stop at the scene.

Covarrubias joined the NBC-affiliate last year after working as the main anchor for KVEO, the NBC-affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley. He began his career with KZTV in Corpus Christi.

This week WOAI aired an in-depth investigation into drunk driving. Video inside… Read more

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