Austinite to appear on Friday’s ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Vanna White and Pat Sajak host ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Look for a Central Texan to pop up on Friday’s “Wheel of Fortune.”

Austinite Ellison Thomas was selected to appear on the long-running game show, which airs at 6:30 p.m. weekdays on KXAN.

Here’s some background information on Thomas courtesy of the show’s producers: “She is an IT project manager who enjoys cooking and traveling in her free time. She has fond memories of watching the show with her grandmother and continues the tradition by tuning in every night with her fiancé. Being such a huge fan, it only made sense for her to apply online to become a contestant. After 12 years of applying, she was thrilled to finally be chosen. Ellison hopes to use her winnings to have the wedding of her dreams.”

How will she do? You’ll have to tune in Friday to find out.

CBS Austin names new ‘We Are Austin’ co-host

‘We Are Austin’ hosts Trevor Scott and Taylor Ellison


CBS Austin has selected a new co-host for “We Are Austin,” its weekday lifestyle show.

Trevor Scott is set to slide into the chair recently vacated by Jordan Steele. His first day on air will be April 17.

“Trevor has called Austin home for four years now, but spent three years before that splitting his time between Oklahoma City and Austin, so he is no stranger to Central Texas,” CBS Austin vice president and general manager Amy Villarreal said. “His love for food, the Austin volunteer community and the creative side of life will complement the commitment to Austin and the surrounding areas that ‘We Are Austin’ focuses on.”

Scott has 18 years in the TV business, most recently working as a promotions producer at CBS Austin.

“I love this city and I’m so excited to explore and share the local businesses, stories and products that make Central Texas so great,” Scott said.

“We Are Austin” airs weekdays at 9 a.m., following “CBS This Morning.”

KXAN expanding noon news, ‘Studio 512’

Amanda Tatom hosts ‘Studio 512’ (KXAN photo)

Austin NBC affiliate KXAN is shaking up its daytime lineup starting next week.

“Studio 512,” the station’s lifestyle show, will move to 11 a.m. and expand from 30 minutes to an hour. It currently airs at 12:30 p.m.

Joe Barlow, entertainment reporter for The CW Austin, will join “Studio 512” host Amanda Tatom on the expanded program, “adding a fun new perspective and local entertainment reports to the show’s focus on local food, style, fitness and family.”

“The local content expansion is simply an effort to provide our viewers with more content specifically relevant to their lives here in Central Texas,” said Eric Lassberg, president and general manager of KXAN and sister stations KNVA and KBVO. “Our mission is all about serving the people of this local community valuable, interesting and relevant content.”

With “Studio 512” moving to an earlier time slot, KXAN’s noon newscast will expand to a full hour, running from noon to 1 p.m.

The newscast was initially an hour long when it first launched, but was trimmed back when “Studio 512” debuted in 2014.

“This is a return to our hour-long noon newscast format so we can provide in-depth coverage of the day’s most important developments,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said.

Kate Weidaw anchors KXAN’s noon newscast.

As part of the changes, Rachael Ray’s syndicated talk show, which had aired at 11 a.m., is moving to 2 p.m., displacing “Crime Watch Daily.”

KVUE meteorologist Jared Plushnick leaving at week’s end

KVUE weekend evening meteorologist Jared Plushnick is leaving the station at the end of this week, bound for Tennessee.

Plushnick, who joined KVUE in 2014 after working at the NBC affiliate in College Station, announced on Facebook that he’s been hired to be the morning meteorologist at WKRN in Nashville.

His final broadcast will be Friday, when he fills in on KVUE’s 11 a.m. newscast.

From his Facebook post: “To all of our loyal viewers…. I want to say THANK YOU for being the best! It is bittersweet that I announce that this will be my final week with KVUE. I have enjoyed each day working here and living in Austin. My wife and I made many life long friends. Texas will be very close to our hearts. Also, you….our fans, viewers, supporters have made my time here incredible.”

Jared Plushnick (KVUE photo)

NewsRadio 590 adds 1 show, drops another

NewsRadio 590 executives welcome Brian Kilmeade, second from right, to the station’s lineup.

NewsRadio 590 has made a few tweaks to its lineup.

The news/talk station has added the nationally syndicated “Kilmeade and Friends” to its weekday schedule, airing from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The program, hosted by Brian Kilmeade from “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Channel, “thoroughly covers the day’s big stories in politics, money, sports and entertainment while interviewing America’s top newsmakers.”

To make way for the new addition, the locally produced “Mark & Charlie” show, which aired at 10 a.m., has been canceled.

Also, “The Todd and Don Show,” which had aired from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. now runs from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The rest of the NewsRadio 590 lineup remains intact.

Austin radio station 96.3 RnB moving to new frequency

96.3 RnB is promoting its move on air and with a social media blitz.

Austin radio station 96.3 RnB will move to a new frequency Friday.

That new frequency, 95.9 FM, should help with interference from other Texas radio stations, including one in Dallas and a new station that recently signed on in Giddings, about 90 minutes east of Austin.

The format and on-air staff will remain the same.

The switch will happen Friday at 9:59 a.m., at the start of midday host Suga Rae’s show.

Owned by Entercom, the same company that operates Mix 94.7, Majic 95.5 and Talk Radio 1370, 96.3 RnB signed on in 2013.

KVUE adds morning traffic reporter

Anavid Reyes (KVUE photo)

KVUE’s morning team will be back at full strength soon with the addition of a new traffic anchor.

Anavid Reyes starts Monday, arriving from Abilene, where she worked for the city’s NBC and Telemundo affiliates. Her first day on air will be sometime in April, KVUE said.

“Getting to work in a city like Austin, which is growing and thriving at such an incredible rate, is riveting,” Reyes said. “I can’t wait to fully immerse myself in all that is Austin.”

She’ll join “Daybreak” news anchors Yvonne Nava and Bryan Mays, as well as recently hired meteorologist Erika Lopez.

“Anavid is a fantastic addition to the ‘Daybreak’ team,” Nava said. “She has such a positive and upbeat attitude and brings a lot of energy to our newscasts. We are so happy to have her join us.”

KVUE had previously relied on out-of-studio traffic reporters who were heard talking over maps, but never seen. More recently, the station’s meteorologists have been pulling double duty, temporarily handling both weather and traffic.

“Anavid walked into our studio for her interview and walked out with everyone’s respect,” KVUE news director Mike Redding said. “We all instantly knew she would be a great fit.”

‘Stripped’ at SXSW: Bravo TV shows some skin

The ‘Stripped’ street team is hitting downtown Austin Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

A team from cable network Bravo was turning more than a few heads outside the Austin Convention Center Saturday afternoon.

Members, at first glance, appeared to be naked, but a closer look revealed they had on flesh-colored undies covering all the essential areas needed to avoid arrest on indecency charges.

They’re here, roaming the streets of downtown Austin Saturday and Sunday, to promote “Stripped,” a new show set to debut this summer.

While the name, at first glance, might lead you to believe the show is about strippers or something along those lines, that’s actually not the case at all. Instead, people on “Stripped” have their most beloved possessions taken away for 21 days.

They are, in essence, stripped of their belongings.

“We really wanted to reflect what the show is about,” said Adam Zeller, vice president of social media for Bravo and sister network Oxygen. “It’s a thought-provoking, humorous journey that makes people more aware.”

As men and women, young and old, snapped photos with the models and grabbed temporary “Stripped” tattoos, Zeller and the Bravo team said they were pleased with the early reaction to their stunt.

“There’s a lot of stopping, a lot of staring,” Zeller said.

And Saturday’s rain?

“That just adds an additional layer to what we’re doing,” he said.

Weather worries prompt KUTX to reschedule Live at Mueller concert

KUTX photo

Weather worries have prompted radio station 98.9 KUTX-FM to postpone tonight’s Live at Mueller concert.

The event will now be held March 31 at 7 p.m., with performers The Hey Lolly Band and Calliope Musicals.

The concert series continues with shows April 7 and May 12. Live at Mueller is held at Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater.

Get more details here.

February TV ratings: KXAN wins mornings and evenings

KXAN’s newscasts were No. 1 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

KXAN continues to be Austin’s No. 1 choice for TV news, winning virtually every head-to-head competition in February, according to the latest Nielsen ratings.

The city’s NBC affiliate took the top spot at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

At 4:30 a.m., KXAN and KVUE tied, while KVUE is home to Austin’s top-rated midday newscast.

KXAN’s margin of victory, in most cases, was well into the double digits, averaging 54 percent. Its 6 p.m. newscast had 80 percent more viewers than the No. 2 station and was watched by more people than the No. 2 and No. 3 stations combined.

Those numbers make KXAN one of the highest-rated NBC affiliates in the country, the station said.

“Each story KXAN investigated in February uncovered valuable information viewers couldn’t get anywhere else,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said. “This critical reporting affects your investments, safety and well-being. Viewers trust KXAN as their source for local news because we focus on what affects their lives.”

In primetime, NBC was the English-language network to beat in February, followed by CBS, ABC, Fox, The CW and then MyNetworkTV.

February Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,712 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.

  • KXAN: .5 / 6 / 3,856
  • KVUE: .5 / 6 / 3,856
  • KTBC: .3 / 3.3 / 2,314
  • KEYE: .1 / 1.3 / 771

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.4 / 12.5 / 10,797
  • KVUE: 1 / 8.9 / 7,712
  • KEYE: .7 / 6.1 / 5,398
  • KTBC: .6 / 5.2 / 4,627

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.7 / 16.2 / 20,822
  • KVUE: 1.8 / 10.7 / 13,882
  • KTBC: 1.7 / 10.1 / 13,110
  • KEYE: .8 / 5.1 / 6,170

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.3 / 11.2 / 17,738
  • KNVA: .3 / 1.4 / 2,314

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.1 / 9.2 / 16,195

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.9 / 8.1 / 14,653
  • KEYE: .9 / 3.9 / 6,941 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.6 / 10.1 / 20,051


  • KXAN: 2.1 / 7.9 / 16,195
  • KTBC: 1.2 /4.6 / 9,254

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.4 / 5.4 / 10,797 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.6 / 14.7 / 43,187
  • KVUE: 3.7 / 9.7 / 28,534
  • KTBC: 2.5 / 6.2 / 19,280
  • KEYE: 1.6 / 4.1 / 12,339

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 7.2 / 16.5 / 55,526
  • KVUE: 4 / 9.1 / 30,848
  • KEYE: 1.7 / 3.8 / 13,110

6:30 p.m.

  • KEYE: 1.6 / 3.3 / 12,339

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 3 / 5.3 / 23,136
  • KNVA: .8 / 1.4 / 6,170

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .6 / 1.1 / 4,627 (‘KXAN Sports: More Than the Score’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6 / 11.8 / 46,272
  • KVUE: 4 / 7.9 / 30,848
  • KEYE: 3.1 / 6 / 23,907
  • KTBC: 2.4 / 4.7 / 18,509