KOOP radio exec stepping down to take city job

Kim McCarson
Kim McCarson

The executive director of 91.7 KOOP-FM is stepping down to take a position with the city of Austin.

The noncommercial, community-focused radio station said Wednesday that Kim McCarson is leaving after 10 years to become economic and business development liaison for the city’s Music and Entertainment Division, which is a part of the Economic Development Department.

“It’s hard to say goodbye,” McCarson said, “but I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished at KOOP in the last 10 years.”

Cynthia McFarlin, who is KOOP’s development coordinator, will serve temporarily as the station’s executive director.

McFarlin “is a capable leader and business manager,” McCarson said. “The station will be in good hands during this transition.”

A search for a permanent replacement has already started, the station said.

Univision 62 hires new news director

Ismael Martínez
Ismael Martínez (Twitter photo)

A familiar face is returning to lead the Univision 62 newsroom.

Ismael Martínez has been tapped to serve as the station’s new news director.

He most recently served as news and operations supervisor at the Univision station in San Antonio. Before that, Martínez held a variety of positions at Univision 62 from 2003 to 2014, including news director, executive producer, assignments editor and producer.

“We’re pleased to welcome Ismael back to the Univision Austin family,” said Danny Lowry, Univision’s Austin vice president and general manager. “He has a proven track record as a hard-working and insightful news professional, and I know that he will help us deliver on our goal of providing the best news coverage of the issues that matter most to our community.”

Martínez replaces Miguel Gaytán, who took over as news director at the Telemundo station in Phoenix earlier this summer.

Nightly sports show debuts on The CW Austin

KXAN's Andrew Schnitker, Chris Tavarez and Roger Wallace (Annie Ray photo)
KXAN’s Andrew Schnitker, Chris Tavarez and Roger Wallace (Annie Ray photo)

KXAN has launched a nightly sports show on one of its sister stations.

“KXAN Sports: More Than the Score” can be seen at 9:45 p.m. Monday through Friday on CW affiliate KNVA.

The show replaces “ATX Uncensored(ish)” in the time slot immediately following KNVA’s 9 p.m. newscast.

“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.”


July TV ratings: KXAN remains No. 1 in most time slots

KXAN's morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.
KXAN’s morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.

Another month, another ratings win for KXAN.

Austin’s NBC affiliate continues to have the most-watched newscasts in most time slots, according to July figures from Nielsen.

KXAN is ranked No. 1 at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The station’s 6 p.m. broadcast remains the city’s top-rated newscast, regardless of time period, drawing more viewers than its competitors combined.

ABC affiliate KVUE took the top spot at 4:30 a.m. and middays.

In primetime, NBC was the network to beat, followed by ABC, CBS, Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV.

July Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,456 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.

4:30 a.m.

  • KVUE: .5 / 5.3 / 3,728
  • KXAN: .5 / 5.1 / 3,728
  • KTBC: .3 / 2.8 / 2,237
  • KEYE: .2 / 2.1 / 1,491

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1 / 9.2 / 7,456
  • KVUE: .8 / 7.5 / 5,965
  • KTBC: .6 / 5.2 / 4,474
  • KEYE: .4 / 4 / 2,982

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.6 / 16 / 19,386
  • KTBC: 1.5 / 9.1 / 11,184
  • KVUE: 1.4 / 8.8 / 10,438
  • KEYE: .6 / 3.8 / 4,474

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.8 / 8.1 / 13,421
  • KNVA: .4 / 1.5 / 2,982

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.7 / 6.8 / 12,675

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.5 / 5.9 / 11,184
  • KEYE: 1 / 3.7 / 7,456 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.7 / 9.4 / 20,131


  • KXAN: 2.1 / 6.8 / 15,658
  • KTBC: 1.2 / 3.8 / 8,947

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.2 / 4.2 / 8,947 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.4 / 13.6 / 40,262
  • KVUE: 3.7 / 9.2 / 27,587
  • KTBC: 2.6 / 6.2 / 19,386
  • KEYE: 1.6 / 4 / 11,930

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.5 / 14.3 / 48,464
  • KVUE: 3.9 / 8.6 / 29,078
  • KEYE: 2.1 / 4.7 / 15,658

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 1.8 / 3.3 / 13,421
  • KNVA: .9 / 1.6 / 6,710

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .4 / .7 / 2,982 (‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.3 / 10.6 / 39,517
  • KVUE: 3.8 / 7.7 / 28,333
  • KEYE: 2.5 / 5.3 / 18,640
  • KTBC: 2.1 / 4.1 / 15,658

Austin is (once again) a top market for Olympic viewing

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps (Michael Sohn / Associated Press)
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps (Michael Sohn / Associated Press)

Aug. 12 update: Austin ranked seventh in the nation Wednesday night, with 34 percent of in-use TV sets − or about 139,000 households − tuned to the Olympics on KXAN.

KXAN did not make Tuesday’s top 10 list.

Aug. 10 update: KXAN’s winning ways continued Monday, when the station tied for sixth in the nation.

The three-way tied was with the NBC stations in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.

An estimated 35 percent of in-use TV sets in Central Texas were tuned to the Olympics during primetime Monday. That works out to about 152,000 households.

Original post: Austin has, in recent years, consistently ranked as one of the top TV markets in the U.S. when it comes to Olympic viewing.

This time around is no exception.

Austin NBC affiliate KXAN was No. 2 in the country Saturday, according to NBC, with 33 percent of in-use TV sets watching the Olympics during primetime. That works out to about 121,000 Central Texas households.

Sunday, KXAN tied for sixth with the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla., grabbing 37 percent of in-use TVs in the Austin area. That’s roughly 156,000 households.

The Olympics continue through Aug. 21.

Joe Barlow to serve as entertainment reporter for The CW Austin

Joe Barlow (KNVA photo)
Joe Barlow (KNVA photo)

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.

Barlow is already familiar to the station’s viewers, having served as a correspondent on the recently canceled “ATX Uncensored(ish)” news satire show.

“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.

KXAN’s Alicia Inns heads to Rio to cover Olympics

Alicia Inns (KXAN photo)
Alicia Inns (KXAN photo)

For Alicia Inns, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.

The KXAN reporter will spend the next three weeks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, covering the Olympics for her own station, as well as a dozen other stations around the country that are also owned by Richmond, Va.-based Media General.

“This will be unlike anything I have ever covered,” said Inns, who joined KXAN in 2014. “Throughout my six years in this career, I usually cover a lot of breaking news: fires, car crashes, etc., and I also cover feature stories as well, but this is a once-in-a-career opportunity. It’s going to be stress like I’ve never known but also adrenaline and excitement like I’ve never known.”

The days will be long – 14-16 hours long, oftentimes – but Inns says she’s more than ready for the challenge. (And yes, she’s stocked up on plenty of bug spray to fend off Zika, in case you were wondering.)

“I have always loved sports,” she said. “I grew up playing sports, my dad and brother were both heavily involved in sports. I was never destined to be an Olympian but I think getting to cover something like this is just as amazing, in my opinion. You get to see the world’s greatest athletes on the world’s biggest stage. It’s something I think every reporter would love to do.”

Inns says she’s particularly excited to cover track and field events.

“Back in Bend, Ore., at my last station, I had the opportunity to meet and get to know Ashton Eaton – you might know him as the World’s Greatest Athlete,” Inns said. “I just spoke with his mom and high school coach and they are heading to Rio because Ashton is once again going for gold. After covering his journey in London, but only being able to watch on TV, I am so excited I will get to watch him live, in Rio, at the Olympics. Still gives me chills just saying that.”

Look for Inns to pop up twice each day during the 6 a.m. hour of “KXAN News Today.” Her reports will also appear on kxan.com.

“I will be keeping a very close eye on the Texas/Austin athletes as they compete in Rio, but I’m also on the prowl for stories that people will be interested in,” she said. “That’s anything from the athletes’ living conditions, the trading of the collectors pins, you name it. I think giving viewers a sense of the energy, the flavor of Rio is what I’m really going for.”