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Dinges: KVUE’s new morning meteorologist debuts


Highlights

Erika Lopez can be seen on the “Daybreak” and “Midday” broadcasts.

She’ll share the anchor desk with newscasters Bryan Mays and Yvonne Nava.

A new face has popped up on KVUE’s two morning newscasts.

The city’s ABC affiliate has hired Erika Lopez to serve as meteorologist for its “Daybreak” and “Midday” broadcasts.

Lopez, a self-described “ultimate weather nerd,” arrives in Austin after a stint at Denver-based WeatherNation TV, a national cable network. Before that, she worked at a TV station in Victoria.

“We spent a long time looking for Erika,” KVUE news director Mike Redding said. “We needed a meteorologist who is accurate with forecasts but also strong with the kind of severe weather we see in Texas. Erika wakes up with a smile on her face and looks forward to helping our viewers get ready for their day.”

On “Daybreak” and “Midday,” Lopez joins news anchors Bryan Mays and Yvonne Nava.

She fills the spot vacated by Albert Ramon, who became KVUE’s chief meteorologist after veteran forecaster Mark Murray took a voluntary buyout last year.

“We found a great meteorologist with a bright personality and strong work ethic who wants to make Austin her home for many years to come,” Ramon said.

Lopez made her Austin debut the same day another local TV station said farewell to its morning meteorologist. CBS Austin’s Jordan Steele is bound for Seattle, where he’ll work at NBC affiliate KING.

Station salutes host

Iconic Austin radio host John Aielli will celebrate 50 years on the city’s airwaves with a special concert this week.

Aielli currently hosts “Eklektikos” from 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday on 98.9 KUTX-FM.

According to the station, performers will include Hayes Carll, Tony Kamel of Wood and Wire, Nakia, Carrie Rodriguez, Bob Schneider, Shinyribs and Graham Reynolds’ house band, among others.

“Greater Tuna’s” Jaston Williams will serve as emcee for the event, which happens Tuesday at Hogg Auditorium on the University of Texas campus.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $35 and $50. Buy them at cactuscafe.org.

“We wanted to honor and celebrate John’s remarkable 50 years on the air, which is a rare achievement in today’s radio landscape,” said Matt Reilly, program director for KUTX. “What better way to thank him for his contributions to the Austin creative scene than throwing a party with some of his favorite musicians and artists, and inviting 1,000 of his friends to celebrate.”

KUTX tweaks lineup

Austin radio station 98.9 KUTX-FM has tweaked its weekend lineup.

“The Breaks,” a two-hour show focused on local hip-hop and R&B acts, now airs Saturdays at 11 p.m. Its hosts are “local hip-hop super-fans” Confucius and Fresh.

“I’m really excited about bringing ‘The Breaks’ to KUTX,” Reilly said. “Confucius and Fresh bring great knowledge and energy to the air and — with their hometown roots — they’re the perfect messengers to bring more attention to the Austin hip-hop scene.

“Austin has seen rapid growth of the hip-hop scene over the last several years and reflecting this scene is a part of our core mission of delivering ‘The Austin Music Experience.’”

The show takes over a spot previously occupied by host Katie Bradley.

On Sundays, KUTX has added “World Music” with Hayes McCauley from 10 p.m. to midnight. The show previously aired on KUTX until 2014, when it was shifted to the station’s website and its HD3 channel.

“Alt.Latino,” the show “World Music” replaced, has moved to KUTX HD3.

Read my blog at tvradio.blog.austin360.com or follow @gdinges on Twitter to get the latest updates on local radio and TV stations.



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