“KXAN Sports: More Than the Score” features KXAN’s sports reporters – Roger Wallace, Chris Tavarez and Andrew Schnitker – as well as CW Austin entertainment reporter Joe Barlow and guests from the Austin American-Statesman and radio station 104.9 The Horn.
The show promises in-depth coverage of college and high school sports.
“Avid sports fans always dish out their opinions and love to agree or disagree with what others think,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said. “Even better is hearing what the insiders have to say. This is the only TV show where you get a seat at the table with KXAN’s sports experts, the Statesman’s sports writers and The Horn’s radio personalities every night.”
Local CW affiliate KNVA is kicking its entertainment coverage up a notch.
The station said Monday it has tapped Joe Barlow to serve as its new entertainment reporter. Look for his stories to air three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – during KNVA’s 9 p.m. newscast.
“I’m truly excited to get started as The CW Austin’s entertainment reporter,” he said. “I look forward to infusing humor into my interviews with chefs, actors, musicians and honestly whoever will talk to me.”
Before arriving in Austin, Barlow spent four years as a reporter at a TV station in Champaign, Ill.
It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen on Austin TV – and that’s the point.
“ATX Uncensored(ish)” debuts Monday at 9:45 p.m. on CW affiliate KNVA, giving Central Texans a satirical look at the news of the day.
The 15-minute show, which follows the station’s long-standing 9 p.m. newscast, is hosted by comedian Brian Gaar and features contributions from correspondents Joe Barlow and Kath Barbadoro.
“Working on a comedy show has always been a dream of mine,” said Gaar, a former American-Statesman reporter. “It’s been really fun, but a ton of work. Scary and exciting all at once.”
Think of “ATX Uncensored(ish)” as a local version of “The Daily Show” with elements of “Tosh.0” mixed in, KNVA says.
“This is a passion project for all of us,” said Larissa Cartwright, the show’s producer. “We are working our butts off to give the city of Austin a television show that actually reflects our town and the crazy, weird and wonderful people who live in it. We hope viewers support it and love it as much as we do.”
A typical episode will include Gaar — Barbadoro describes him as a “super-funny, ego-less manchild” — delivering a monologue, a roundtable featuring pop-ins from a variety of guests and taped pieces from Barlow and Barbadoro.
“It’s going to be really fast-paced,” Gaar said. “The local news is a great lead-in. Hopefully people will tune in and laugh. It’s a nice end to the day.”
Like Gaar, Barbadoro is well known in Austin’s growing comedy scene. With all the comics out there, she says “ATX Uncensored(ish)” has a never-ending supply of guests to keep things fresh.
“There’s a really deep pool here,” she said. “This city is ripe for something like this. We’re making a show we would want to watch.”
Barlow arrives in Austin after a stint in local news in Illinois – somewhere he admits he didn’t quite fit. Austin – and “ATX Uncensored(ish)” – are more his speed.
“We’re reimagining a comedy show,” Barlow said. “It’s such a unique thing for a local TV market to be doing something like this. With such active comedy and music scenes, Austin is the perfect market to be trying something like this.”