Dozens of local TV stations nationwide, including Austin’s KEYE, have been dropped from the Dish Network lineup.
The stations are operated by Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group.
The move leaves a number of Central Texans without access to programming from CBS and Telemundo, which KEYE carries on a digital subchannel.
Cable and satellite TV providers must get permission to carry local stations via a retransmission agreement. Typically, the agreements require companies such as Dish to pay stations a monthly per-subscriber fee.
His duties will include hosting “Longhorn Extra: Upon Further Review,” the network’s football post-game show airing Monday nights. He’ll also handle play-by-play for some of the 175 live University of Texas sporting events carried each year.
“Alex has established credibility with the Texas fan base and terrific skills as an in-depth interviewer,” said Tom McCollum, LHN’s coordinating producer. “He fits a unique skill set required to serve Longhorn Network viewers.”
Loeb joins an on-air team at LHN that includes host Lowell Galindo, who has been with the network since it launched in 2011, and reporter Jane Slater.
Fun fact: Loeb is married to KVUE morning and midday anchor Yvonne Nava.
With college football season just around the corner, the Longhorn Network today rolled out a slate of new commercials to promote its offerings.
The Austin-based cable network created the four ads featuring Charlie Strong, Shaka Smart, Colt McCoy, Jordan Shipley and Roger Clemens in collaboration with Preacher, a locally based ad agency. They were filmed in the Hill Country.
“We wanted to build upon the spirit of last year’s award-winning ‘All the Live Long Day’ campaign by incorporating head coaches and more Longhorn legends that fans love,” said Jill Husak, LHN’s director of marketing. “These folks brought authenticity and personality to the campaign, while the fans’ passion on set brought The 41st Acre to life. Longhorn fans will enjoy seeing the coaches and legends in unexpected and fun ways.”
Jim Bergamo will retire from the TV news business next week, wrapping up a 36-year broadcast career.
His final day on the air will be Aug. 21. The following week, he’ll start a new job with the Pulte Group, working as a sales consultant in Georgetown’s Sun City development.
“I’m eagerly looking forward to the next chapter,” Bergamo said. “I’m very happy with what I’ve been able to do over the years and I’m very blessed to have KVUE be the last stop in my run.”
For the past nine years, Bergamo has worked at KVUE, where he currently co-anchors the 5 p.m. news with Quita Culpepper and serves as the station’s medical reporter. Before jumping to KVUE, he worked at two other Austin stations: KEYE and KXAN.
Bergamo got his start in 1979 as the weekend sportscaster at station KPLC in Lake Charles, La., where he – coincidentally – worked alongside Robert Hadlock, who now anchors KXAN’s evening newscasts. Other stops on Bergamo’s road to Austin included cities such as New Orleans, Houston and Miami, as well as network broadcasts on ABC and ESPN.
“KVUE has been wonderful to me. The management here has been wonderful,” Bergamo said. “But a lot of businesses are changing – not just broadcast news – and I feel like this is no longer a business for a guy like me. I feel like it’s time to go in a different direction.”
After a career spent bouncing around the U.S., Bergamo says he’s excited to be able to stay in Central Texas – a part of the country he’s grown to love.
“The viewers here have always been wonderful, so receptive,” he said. “That’s why my wife and I decided a long time ago to stay in Central Texas.”
Fox-owned KTBC has wrapped up its search for a new weekend meteorologist.
Chelsea Humphrey will join the station later this month, taking over the spot vacated by Scott Prinsen, who left for a job outside the TV business.
Prinsen had been at the station for almost 11 years.
Humphrey has worked as a meteorologist at KTXS, the ABC affiliate in Abilene, but most recently she served as a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation.
“Growing up in Marion, Texas, I would watch the weather every day with my grandmother,” Humphrey said. “There was nothing more exciting than the rush I’d feel right before a thunderstorm swept in. Central Texas has everything a meteorologist could ask for: springtime thunderstorms, occasional ice and snow, tropical systems, and of course, the heatwaves. I’ve been fascinated by it ever since I was a young girl.”
Humphrey, a graduate of Texas A&M, is set to make her on-air debut on or around Aug. 24. She’ll be seen on the weekend editions of “Good Day Austin” from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as the station’s weekend evening newscasts.
In depth. Investigative. And now firmly in the lead.
NBC affiliate KXAN, which has built a reputation in recent years for its investigations and special reports, was the station to beat in July, with the top-rated 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts in Central Texas, according to Nielsen.
Last July, the story was much different, with KVUE leading in three of those time slots – at 5 a.m., 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. This time around, the ABC affiliate’s only outright win was at 4:30 a.m.
Middays, KXAN and KVUE are essentially tied.
Also worth noting:
ABC’s “Good Morning America” is the network morning show of choice in Central Texas, followed by NBC’s “Today.” Meanwhile, the audience for “CBS This Morning” continues to grow, with the broadcast posting some of its strongest numbers in recent memory.
“NBC Nightly News” rules the 5:30 p.m. time slot, followed by “ABC World News” and then “CBS Evening News.”
At 9 p.m., KTBC’s newscast leads KNVA’s broadcast, but the gap is narrowing.
NBC is the top-rated network in primetime in Austin, followed by ABC, CBS, Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV.
July is one of four “sweeps” periods each year. The others are February, May and November. Ratings during these months are used to set advertising rates.
July Nielsen ratings
Each ratings point equals 7,293 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.