KVUE hires new news director

Mike Redding
Mike Redding

The search for a new boss to lead KVUE’s news team has come to an end.

The city’s ABC affiliate has hired Mike Redding to serve as news director.

His first day will be Aug. 16.

Redding comes from Maine, where he headed up the newsrooms at the NBC affiliates serving the cities of Bangor and Portland.

Just like KVUE, those two stations, WCSH and WLBZ, are owned by Tegna.

“Mike is a gifted storyteller and leader who has been awarded some of the highest honors in the field of journalism,” KVUE president and general manager Kristie Gonzales said. “He has the vision and experience to lead KVUE news into future successes and grow our digital properties.”

Before Maine, Redding worked on camera and behind the scenes for stations in Greensboro, N.C.; Roanoke, Va.; Springfield, Mo.; and Charlotte, N.C.

He replaces Frank Volpicella, who left the station in April after 16 years. Volpicella is now news director at WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

New show focused on the paranormal to air on Talk Radio 1370 AM

3631439“Beyond Reality Radio,” a new show focused on the paranormal, will debut in 10 cities across the country on Aug. 1, including right here in Austin.

The program will air live from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday on 1370 KJCE-AM.

Currently Clark Howard’s nationally syndicated show airs in that spot.

Co-hosted by “Ghost Hunters” star Jason Hawes and TAPS ParaMagazine editor/publisher JV Johnson, “Beyond Reality Radio” is the first live radio show to be syndicated by Pennsylvania-based Entercom, the owner of KJCE-AM. Other cities where it will air include Boston; Buffalo, N.Y.; Denver; Gainesville, Fla.; Greenville, N.C.; Kansas City; New Orleans; Wichita, Kan. and Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

“Radio has a long history of programs about the paranormal, dating back to the 1920s, so it’s very exciting to bring ‘Beyond Reality Radio’ to the airwaves with Entercom and continue this tradition, but with a contemporary twist,” Johnson said. “We’ll be engaging with our listeners not only through call-in, but through our digital platforms. So while we’re reaching a larger audience, we’re also creating a community with which we’re intimately connected.”

Lean more about the show at beyondrealityradio.com.

‘Game of Thrones’ star books 2 DJ sets at Austin nightclub

Kristian Nairn (Twitter photo)
Kristian Nairn (Twitter photo)

Millions of people know Kristian Nairn as Hodor on HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones.”

But did you also know he’s a popular DJ with a global following?

So popular, in fact, that his show next month at the Kingdom Austin nightclub, 103 E. Fifth St., was quick to sell out.

If you weren’t able to grab tickets to the Aug. 14 show, there’s some good news. Austin-based promoter RealMusic Events has booked him for a second show, set for Aug. 15.

“He is a DJ who continuously sells out shows,” said Andrew Parsons with RealMusic Events. “He left his mark on Austin last year and we are excited to announce he’s coming back for not one but two shows in August. Last time we had fun props for guests and will again this year – light-up swords, etc. – and we invite all of his fans to dress up and come to Kingdom Nightclub for an evening of incredible dance music.”

Tickets are on sale now at www.realmusiceventstx.com.


The CW Austin cancels ‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’

Brian Gaar

Austin CW affiliate KNVA pulled the plug on news satire show “ATX Uncensored(ish)” Friday, the station confirmed.

The show, which debuted in September, aired weeknights at 9:45 p.m., offering viewers a satirical look at the news of the day.

Local standup comic and former American-Statesman reporter Brian Gaar served as host, joined by sidekicks Joe Barlow and Kath Barbadoro.

“We appreciate all the hard work and dedication the team has put into bringing a local comedy show to Austin,” said Eric Lassberg, president and general manager of KNVA and sister stations KXAN and KBVO. “The station is moving in a different direction and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. The CW Austin will continue to provide quality news and entertainment to Austin viewers.”

While KNVA evaluates options for the 9:45 p.m. time slot, Lassberg said reruns of “ATX Uncensored(ish)” will be shown.

In a post on Facebook, Gaar expressed gratitude for the chance to produce such a unique show and also thanked viewers for their support.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I wish it was a joke this time.

Guys, I’m sad to announce that ATX Uncensored(ish) is done. It’s a real bummer, but these things happen sometimes.

Even though it didn’t work out, I’m really, REALLY proud of the work we did. We made a daily comedy show with a staff of six people, which is insane. And, more often than not, it was pretty good!

Now I need to thank some people. Kath, Joe, Blaire, Dustin, Larissa (and Korey, our boss) are amazing and, while this is cliched as hell, I feel very lucky to have worked with such talented people. It was exhausting work that I don’t think anyone else will ever truly understand (unless you also work on a daily comedy show with a staff of six people, and if you do, God bless), but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Plus, more than anything, they were so much fun to just be around every day. All the times we cracked each other up. That’s what I’ll miss the most. Also, shout out to our interns. You guys were great, especially Michael.

I want to thank the station for giving us the opportunity. If I had to do this all over again, I would. I got to make a living doing comedy — it was just for a year, but still. Not a lot of people get to say that, and I feel very lucky to have done so.

Thanks also to our sponsors for taking a chance on us and supporting us. Especially Cap City, Game Over Videogames and Rain on 4th. You guys are the best. I will never forget you guys for making the show possible.

And most of all, thank you to the fans. Ultimately, this show was about trying to make you laugh, as much as we could. We tried our hardest, every day. And, man, you guys lifted us up more times than I can count. Every time I’d get stopped on the street by someone with a nice word, it made my day. And to the loyal folks who unfailingly showed up at our live events, you guys are our favorites. We love you all so much.

As for me, I don’t know what the future holds, but I know I can get on stage and tell jokes. So I’ll be performing at a stage near you, very soon (especially if you’re in Austin, but also elsewhere). And maybe I’ll start a podcast, maybe even tour a little bit. The future is wide open.

So stay tuned. And if anyone’s hiring, give me a shout!”