Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata
"...Local Houston Texans fans are going to have to head to the nearest sports bar to catch the season opener versus the Chiefs on TV because KEYE TV (Austin's CBS affiliate) has decided to air Vince Young and the Titans in that time slot. The Chronicle recently received a letter to the editor from a local Texans fan upset about this decision and hipping us to the website www.keye42sucks.com..."
"...After eight years of lending middle market gravitas to F1 crankiness and town hall spats, Ron Oliveira's last broadcast for CBS affiliate KEYE will be Friday, March 1. Although by the station's own admission, Oliveira "knows Austin," station owners Sinclair Broadcasting have decided to hedge their bets and not renew his contract...."
"..."We just got the approval for the check today," says KEYE general manager Mike Reed, as he leads a visitor into his office. Reed, who took over the helm of the CBS affiliate last year, is talking about $500,000 for four high-definition cameras for the news studio, part of an ongoing high tech overhaul of the station paid by for by its corporate parent, Viacom..."
"...For the record, given a choice, KEYE-TV news viewers overwhelmingly prefer to watch a feature on the world's smallest cat over stories on a "Human Spider-Man" or a Hemingway look-alike contest. But, in a sense, the vote was rigged..."
"...Insiders at KEYE-TV say layoffs and the recent personnel changes only hint at the problems percolating in the newsroom. Tensions were on the rise long before 14 station staffers were dumped last month, they say..."
"...I won't go into detail on how much I hated Stanley but Turk helped the Texans immensely in his debut and made a huge difference in the field-position battle. KEYE has chosen to air the Colts/Titans game this week, but, guess what Texans fans? In week three of the NFL season KEYE will air the Texans match-up with those same Indy Colts. In weeks three and 11 the Titans are playing the Monday Night Football game on ESPN so we'll catch a couple Texans' games there..."
"...Austin-area Texans fans rejoice. KEYE has decided to air the Texans game against Jacksonville instead of the Tennessee-Tampa Bay matchup..."
"...Dear Editor, Loved your story about KEYE and its budget-cuttin' hedge-fund owners [“KEYE on the Blink?” News, Sept. 12]..."
"...The turmoil in the KEYE-TV newsroom continues, with three on-air staffers given their walking papers, including chief meteorologist Byron Webre. Morning news co-host Elizabeth Dannheim, and longtime news reporter Keith Elkins have also been told their services are no longer required, according to station sources...."
"...Titans lose. KEYE to air Texans/Colts game this Sunday at noon..."
"...Dear Editor, Houston Texans fans in Austin and surrounding areas are fed up with KEYE TV. They have decided not to show the Houston Texans season opener in favor of their division rival the Tennessee Titans..."
"...KEYE staffers were hit with a double whammy last week: The CBS affiliate was sold to a private equity firm, and news director Tim Gardner announced he was bailing to take a job in Birmingham, Ala. He'll be replaced by assistant news director Suzanne Black, which should make for an "easy transition," according to station general manager Amy Villarreal...."
"...His wholehearted Midwestern demeanor belies his bigwig role in turning a bare-bones Fox station in North Austin into a multi-million-dollar CBS affiliate. Upah's 6'3" frame moves swiftly and purposefully across the station's empty parking lot to show visitors where a 7,000 square-foot expansion project will be the site of KEYE's two-story, state-of-the-art news department...."
"...He certainly doesn't want to miss this game in his hometown of Houston, especially after his game-winning overtime 39-yard run in last year's H-town matchup that Texans players are not soon to forget. With Kerry Collins as his backup, the Titans have their fingers crossed that VY will be healthy enough to play at Reliant this Sunday at noon (catch the game on KEYE)..."
"...The Internet's fickle opinion-makers have found a new outrage du jour, but this time, the hive mind looks a little behind the times. Over at Digg, they've picked up on a report from CBS affiliate KEYE which aired during last Lege session on how members vote for each other when they're away from their desks..."
"...KEYE-TV began promoting the return of the anchor whose name cannot be spoken more than a month ago. Mysterious ads on the station warned viewers engrossed in Survivor that a "new news team" will appear on March 8, and it is going to be big really, really big..."
"...KEYE-TV anchor Michelle Valles nearly giggled with delight last week as she introduced viewers to the concept of the station's new hourlong 4pm "lifestyle" program, the CBS affiliate's latest bold programming move. "This is going to be a fun, unique show centered around folks who love all things Austin," Valles announced with the enthusiasm of a flirtatious cheerleader on too many happy pills...."
"...While it's certainly worth pondering why the local NBC affiliate launched its new era as "Austin News" by reporting from Afghanistan, at least the station was trying to make a splash, shaking things up. Rival KEYE, the CBS station, led one sweeps period evening newscast with a report that "patchy fog" was expected the next morning, effectively announcing to viewers, "We got nuthin'."..."
"...In unrelated corporate moves, two general managers of network affiliates were fired within hours of each other, signaling a dramatic shakeup for the local market. Both Mike Reed of CBS affiliate KEYE and Carlos Fernandez of KXAN, the local NBC station, were orchestrating overhauls at their respective stations..."
"...Woven together in a Deadspin video compilation that has since drawn millions of hits online, we see anchors of all stripes from 29 different states issuing the caution, which strikingly echoes President Trump’s own rebuke of the media’s “fake news.” The local affiliates had one thing in common: Their stations are each owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, among the country’s largest media conglomerates. The segment also hit our own backyard: Austin’s KEYE CBS affiliate was among the stations that participated in the mandate. [image-1]..."