Can’t make it out to see the Austin Huns rugby team in person this weekend?
No sweat. Now you can see them play in the comfort of your own home, thanks to Spectrum Sports.
The cable network, which can be found on Channel 323, said this week it will carry all seven of the team’s home games this season, including one Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against San Diego’s OMBAC Rugby.
“Myself and the entire Huns organization could not be more thrilled to unveil this exciting partnership with Spectrum Sports,” Austin Huns general manager Thierry Daupin said. “We expect an exciting season ahead, and our club cannot wait to share Huns rugby with even more sports fans across Texas. The Huns very much look forward to growing our fan base hand-in-hand with the Spectrum Sports team.”
The Huns play at Huns Field, 4107 Nixon Lane. For more details on the team, visit austinhunsrugby.com.
2017 Austin Huns home games
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.: Austin Huns vs. OMBAC Rugby
Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Reds
Feb. 18 at 3:30 p.m.: Austin Huns vs. Austin Blacks
March 18 at 3:30 p.m.: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Harlequins
April 1 at 3:30 p.m.: Austin Huns vs. Rugby Utah
April 15 at 3:30 p.m.: Austin Huns vs. Glendale Raptors
April 29 at 5 p.m.: Austin Huns vs. New Orleans Rugby
CBS Austin’s Jordan Steele will soon wave farewell to Central Texas viewers.
Steele, who handles weather duties on “CBS Austin This Morning” and co-hosts “We Are Austin,” is heading to Seattle, where he’ll deliver forecasts weeknights on KING-TV, the local NBC affiliate.
His final day at CBS Austin will be Feb. 28. The decision to leave was tough, Steele said.
“I planned on staying in Austin a long time. My wife did, too,” he said. “We love it here.”
But the Seattle opportunity, when it presented itself, was too good to pass up. In addition to delivering the weather weeknights, Steele says he hopes to do much, much more.
“I’m going to have the ability to be creative,” he said. “They want me to do more than just the weather. I love weather, but I want to keep growing and picking up new skills.”
That could include things such as appearances on KING’s lifestyle show or even specials.
“I’ve got ideas spilling out of my ears,” Steele said. “I’m looking forward to trying something new.”
Steele arrived at CBS Austin almost five years ago, starting on weekends before shifting to mornings about two years ago. The energetic meteorologist says he’ll miss his colleagues on the early shift – Allison Miller, Chris Saldaña and Chrisdyann Uribe – but is confident his replacement, when selected, will be able to slide right in with ease.
“We’ve really built this different morning show,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun. We’re like a family.”
Getting to co-host “We Are Austin” with Taylor Ellison was an added bonus, Steele said. The show explores Austin bars and restaurants, recreational opportunities, events and more.
Steele credits CBS Austin vice president and general manager Amy Villarreal with giving him the opportunity to explore his creative side on the show.
“Being able to be a part of that show has been an amazing blessing,” he said. “I’m able to be my own person, to be me.”
Personally and professionally, Steele said Austin has definitely left its mark on him and on his family.
“From now on, I think when people ask where I’m from, I just might say Austin because it’s made such an impression,” he said.
Richmond, Va.-based Media General operates three Austin TV stations: NBC affiliate KXAN, CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO.
The $4.6 billion deal makes Nexstar the second-largest broadcaster in the nation, the company said, with 171 TV stations in 100 TV markets. Its holdings reach 39 percent of the United States – twice its pre-merger reach.
In Texas, KXAN, KNVA and KBVO join existing Nexstar stations in Abilene, Amarillo, Brownsville, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, San Angelo, Tyler and Wichita Falls.
“Our acquisition of Media General marks a significant milestone in Nexstar’s 20-year history of growth, which has been predicated on our unwavering commitment to deliver exceptional service to the local communities where we operate and value to our shareholders,” Nexstar chairman, president and CEO Perry Sook said in a written statement.
One of the city’s most-beloved broadcasters is returning to Austin’s airwaves.
In her new role as KLRU’s news and public affairs editorial director, you won’t see Judy Maggio every night on the local PBS affiliate, but she will pop up on special broadcasts from time to time.
“Now more than ever we know our audiences want to see more local news and public affairs programming on KLRU,” said Sara Robertson, the station’s vice president for production and technology. “And as a locally owned and operated media organization we are uniquely positioned to do this. Having Judy on our team will help us do more to serve our community and tell more stories that matter.”
Maggio’s upcoming contributions will augment KLRU’s already robust local programming lineup, which features “Austin City Limits,” “Arts in Context,” “Central Texas Gardener,” “Civic Summit” and “Overheard with Evan Smith,” as well as national PBS news shows such as “NewsHour” and “Frontline.”
Maggio is well known to Central Texas viewers. She anchored at ABC affiliate KVUE from 1981 to 2003, followed by a stint at CBS affiliate KEYE from 2003 to 2014. After retiring from KEYE, Maggio spent time traveling and volunteering for local organizations, as well as heading up the Engage Breakfast Series for Leadership Austin.
“This is a watershed time in journalism,” Maggio said. “Finding and exploring new ways to engage people in news and issues that truly matter in this community is incredibly exciting, especially at a respected PBS station like KLRU.”
The expansion of KLRU’s news and public affairs program was made possible, the station said, by the Still Water Foundation and a gift from Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin.
Two of the city’s best-known news anchors are swapping shifts.
Quita Culpepper, anchor of KVUE’s 5 p.m. newscast, will add the station’s 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. broadcasts to her workload on a permanent basis starting next week.
She’ll also continue to do her popular “Does It Work Wednesday” consumer segment.
Terri Gruca, who currently anchors those two newscasts, will co-anchor with Culpepper at 5 p.m. She’ll focus the remainder of her time working on the ABC affiliate’s Defenders team, where she’ll take on a larger role in putting together investigative reports for KVUE’s evening newscasts.
“KVUE is lucky,” president and general manager Kristie Gonzales said. “We have two incredibly talented anchors who are beloved by our community. This scheduling shift allows Terri Gruca and Quita Culpepper to fully pursue their individual passions.”
Culpepper joined KVUE in 1998 and served as a reporter, weekend morning anchor and weekend evening anchor before getting the 5 p.m. gig in 2012.
Gruca was hired as co-anchor of the station’s evening newscasts in 2008, arriving from the CBS-owned station in Minneapolis.
“Terri Gruca has the desire and skill to be a more active investigator for our Defenders unit,” KVUE news director Mike Redding said. “Working dayside and anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast will allow her the time it takes to dig up and report the stories that matter to our viewers. Quita Culpepper will continue to be a mainstay out in in our neighborhoods, advocating for the good people of Central Texas.”
Come on down to H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on March 9 and you could be the next contestant on “The Price Is Right Live.”
The traveling version of the popular CBS daytime program features many of the same games we know and love, such as Plinko and Cliffhangers, plus an opportunity to take part in the oh-so-fabulous Showcase Showdown.
“The Price Is Right Live” has been touring the country for more than a decade, producers say, and has given away more than $12 million in cash and prizes – everything from appliances to vacations and, yes, even a car or two.
It all happens March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park box office.
(And, as our old pal Bob Barker would say, “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”)
You know them. You love them. And you’ll be glad to hear they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
Austin radio station KVET 98.1 said Friday that it has signed its morning team – Bama Brown, Rob Mason and Heather White – to a multi-year contract extension.
Terms of the new contract weren’t released.
“We are so fortunate to have this amazing team in the iHeartMedia family,” said Breeanna Malik, president of the Central Texas region for iHeartMedia, the station’s owner. “They are true Austin celebrities and we know our listeners and sponsors are ecstatic that they will be here for many years to come.”
“The Bama, Rob & Heather Show” airs weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Prior to joining KVET 98.1, the show aired on sister station KASE 101.
“We are thrilled to continue doing what we love on KVET-FM,” Mason said. “We are proud to have called iHeartMedia home for many years, and knowing this relationship will continue is simply amazing.”
In addition to KVET 98.1 and KASE 101, San Antonio-based iHeartMedia owns several other Austin radio stations, including 96.7 Kiss FM, 97.5 Pride Radio, 102.3 The Beat and AM 1300 The Zone.