Archive for August, 2008

Making A Difference, One Child At A Time
August 17, 2008

The Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office is a division which sets up programs that provide counseling, court based-assessment, gang education and awareness training, job readiness training and more.

The Anti-Gang Division invited me to speak on July 31st, to a group of children involved with the Juvenile Accountability Court Program.  The summer session included a group of children that ranged from middle school to 11th grade with minor violations. The children meet once a week for six weeks, learning about various topics. Our visit focused on Career Day. I was a guest among 10 other professionals ranging from a teacher, professional boxer, councilwoman, pilot, military officer, police officer, banker, marketing manager, counselor, and job recruiter. As you can see, the children were exposed to a wide variety of speakers from the Houston community.

As I looked out in front of me, I saw about 60 kids who were well-behaved, well-groomed, alert and interactive. I knew that each child had a story and that they would continue to make choices in their growing years. Hopefully, our stories and inspiration had a positive influence on these innocent lives.

(Professional Boxer – Juan Diaz)

The counselors and adults who worked with the children displayed a caring attitude and were very connected and dedicated. I think this type of program will save many kids from making bigger errors in the future. For every party involved…..way to go!

Primetime: Olympic Zone
August 11, 2008

Your Olympic Team – Jennifer, Anthony, Owen & Lauren will host a 30-minute show called the Olympic Zone at 6:30 PM, each weeknight until August 22nd right here on KPRC Local 2.

We hope you will join us!

The Mary Lou Weigh
August 6, 2008

Can you believe that we are just 2 days away from the start of the 2008 Olympics!? I can still remember when our anchors were saying, “Ok, we’re 56 days away from the games….” Well, I wanted to share with you one of our Local 2 mornings, which included a visit from an Olympic icon. We had the opportunity to meet and speak to Houstonian and Gold Medal Olympian, Mary Lou Retton, in our studios a couple of weeks ago. She was upbeat, extremely friendly and an impressively fit mother of four.

We’ve all stepped on a scale before, right? Usually, we get on one when we are feeling out of shape… perhaps returning to the gym after our clothes begin to feel snug. We take off our shoes, sweater, belt and headphones….lightly step on the scale (like that will have an influence), slow our breathing….and tilt our head down with ease to glance at our weight. BAM! There goes our motivation. You walk over to the cardio machine because that’s what you went to the gym for, but after reading the scale, you aren’t feeling too inspired to hop on a treadmill.  

Well, Mary Lou Retton thought about that often discouraging series of events and decided to make a change in our weight loss experience. She has developed a scale that will never tell you your starting weight. Instead, it secretly records your number and Mary Lou coaches you from there with her automated voice. Check out the link to her innovative product:

 It was easy to see how meeting this Hall of Famer would be a highlight in anyone’s life.  Houston will always be exptremely proud of the character and accomplishments of Mary Lou Retton!

Radio Reunion
August 4, 2008

On Sunday, July 27th, many current and former employees in the radio business from the Houston market reunited. The Houston Radio Reunion drew in hundreds; some of them were the familiar voices that were heard on Houston airwaves for more than 35 years. Many attended the special event to catch up and network, swap stories about the radio business or find former colleagues.

So, why was Jen invited to the private party? Well, many of you already know that I worked with Outlaw Dave and Locke on Rock 101 KLOL. We’ve kept in touch, but I hadn’t seen them in a while…so, I was looking forward that.  I also knew that I would be meeting others who had helped shape Houston radio…names my parents recognized and grew up with. So, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to shake hands with people who had devoted their lives to the mic and to Houstonians.

You’ll see a few of them in the slideshow. Click on VIEW ALL IMAGES.