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.