Dinges: KVUE adds traffic reporter to its morning team


Highlights

Anavid Reyes arrives from Abilene, where she worked for the city’s NBC and Telemundo affiliates.

She’ll join ‘Daybreak’ news anchors Yvonne Nava and Bryan Mays, as well as meteorologist Erika Lopez.

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

Anavid Reyes arrives from Abilene, where she worked for the city’s NBC and Telemundo affiliates. Her first day on air will be sometime this month, 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.”

Talk radio tweaks

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.

Met waves goodbye

KVUE weekend evening meteorologist Jared Plushnick has left the station, 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.

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.”

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