Dinges: NBC’s ‘The Voice’ plans Austin casting call


The show is gearing up for its 13th season.

Other audition cities this year include Los Angeles, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

Austin is the live music capital of the world, so it only makes sense that the producers of NBC’s “The Voice” are planning a casting call here.

The show, which is gearing up for its 13th season, will be at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., on Saturday. (Use the Trinity Street entrance.)

It’s not the first time “The Voice” has come to Austin in search of talent. You may recall the show stopped here during its very first year on the air.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a contender this season, head to nbcthevoice.com to register. After getting your artist audition pass, you’ll need to prepare two a cappella songs to wow the judges – no instruments allowed.

Other audition cities this year include Los Angeles, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

KVUE adds anchor

KVUE is beefing up its weekend news team with the addition of a new co-anchor.

Reporter Brandon Jones is now joining Kris Betts on the anchor desk for the station’s newscasts at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sundays.

Betts had been anchoring solo on the weekends, and she’ll continue to do so on Saturday nights.

Jones spent the past three months filling in for Betts while she was out on maternity leave, so weekend viewers are already well acquainted with him.

Betts joined KVUE in 2013; Jones arrived at the city’s ABC affiliate in 2015.

Meteorologist added

New CBS Austin morning meteorologist Nicole Hartford has made her debut.

Hartford arrives from Amarillo’s ABC affiliate, KVII, where she’s spent the past two years.

Both KVII and CBS Austin are owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group.

A University of Miami graduate, Hartford has also worked in Grand Junction, Colo.

At CBS Austin, she replaces Jordan Steele, who left in February to handle weeknight weather duties at KING in Seattle.

“CBS Austin This Morning” airs from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays.

News director leaving

KVUE news director Mike Redding is leaving for a new opportunity within Tegna, the company that owns the TV station, after less than a year on the job here in Austin.

Redding, who joined KVUE in August, will depart in late June. He came from the two Tegna-owned stations in Maine, where he’d been news director for three years.

“We wish Mike all the best and are searching for new leadership to continue our tradition of serving the Austin community,” KVUE president and general manager Kristie Gonzales said in a message sent to staffers.

At KVUE, Redding replaced Frank Volpicella, who spent 16 years leading the ABC affiliate’s newsroom. Volpicella, who is now news director at WGCL in Atlanta, was one of several KVUE employees who took early buyouts offered by Tegna last year.

During his time at KVUE, Redding has worked to fill a number of vacancies, including selecting a new chief meteorologist to replace Mark Murray, who also took a Tegna buyout.

In addition, Redding recently added an in-studio traffic anchor to the station’s morning newscast.

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