WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO KEEP MISTY IN HOUSTON!
Misty Starks, a good friend of The Insite, found herself the victim of layoffs at Texas Southern University. The school is cutting back and letting go more than 170 people. The school says it’s part of a stream lining effort and has nothing to do with Dr. Priscilla Slade’s scandal. However, caught in the fall out is Misty Starks. Now if you’re in need of a very talented television producer or a public relations specialist Misty is your candidate. You should send the Insite an email if you think you can fit her into your company. She doesn’t know I’m doing this because she is a very proud woman. But I would hate to see the city of Houston loose her talents. Let’s keep her in Houston…
(AS FIRST SEEN ON FOX 26 NEWS AT 9PM WITH REPORTER MELINDA SPAULDING)
SHE WILL BE MISSED!
The city of Houston is about to lose a very good reporter. The Insite has learned long time KHOU reporter Amy Tortolani is moving on to Jacksonville, Fla. If you see her out in the field make sure you tell her she will be missed. And we look forward to seeing her on air somewhere…
“POP MY TRUNK”
Press Releas: Houston rapper Wine-O has inked a deal with Universal Records to distribute his late-September release Hate Me. Wine-O’s first single, “Pop My Trunk” has exploded and is in heavy rotation an all major radio stations in Texas, and is also the number one club song in Texas. The single has been spreading to other cities in the South, and has been in the Billboard Top 100 R&B/Hip Hop singles for the past 12 weeks.
Wine-O is by no means new to the music business. He’s had an extensive career as both an artist and a producer, and has worked in several different genres of music including hip hop, rock, blues and country formats. He recently worked with Mike Jones, producing tracks for him, and is currently collaborating with Slim Thug and Scarface. Wine-O also produced the remix for Letoya Luckett’s single, “Tear Da Club Up.”
Wine-O previously released over a dozen albums under the name Nu Wine.
REAL INSITE SUPPORTERS!
The Insite would like to take this time and thank two people for lots of support in my blog venture. First, I’d like to thank James Campbell, who is the opinion editor at The Houston Chronicle. He has brought a feeling of true legitimacy to the Insite by including it on the Chronicles opinion page. James thanks a lot. Also, I’d like to thank council member and radio talk show host Michael Berry for giving me acknowledgements on his very popular radio show on KPRC 950 a.m. I am truly amazed at the response this blog is getting from the public in the city of Houston and my home state of Louisiana. I just want to thank everyone from the readers to those who post their opinions everyday even when I’m talking about a fruit basket or a pair of lost shoes. It is absolutely appreciated and you make this 100% fun for me…
ONE OFFICER’S PERSPECTIVE: THE POSSIBILITY JUST SCARES THEM TO DEATH!
As is typical when I’m going live from HPD on the ‘Chief vs. Union’ issue cops are always coming up and talking to me under the agreement of anonymity. It happened again Thursday night at 61 Riesner. This well spoken officer, who says he’s been on the force for 10 years, insisted The Insite and every news outlet in town has gotten the story wrong when it comes to Chief Harold Hurtt versus The HPOU. This officer who didn’t want to be identified told The Insite when he watches the news the most important angle in the debate never seems to reach the public in the ongoing HPD battle. What’s that angle: FEAR. He says he’s not bothered that Chief Hurtt is from Arizona or that he wants to enforce appearance policies…But what bothered this ten year veteran is what he calls the heavy hand of discipline. He says the discipline that has been dispensed in the department under Chief Hurtt’s administration doesn’t seem to be fair or fit the crimes. That officer gave me an example of a veteran cop who was seen spanking his child in public. The incident was investigated by CPS and the department. I’m told the veteran officer was cleared by CPS but was fired by HPD. He says it’s heavy handed discipline like that which causes an atmosphere of fear at HPD. He went on to say that’s what The Insite and the rest of the media failed to get out. He went on to say nearly 85% of the officers terminated under Hurtt for disciplinary reasons have all gotten their jobs back under a second independent review. But he claims even if they get their jobs back they face unofficial retribution by being assigned to the jail or Telserve. He says the officers are also not able to work extra duty jobs as well. That officer says he is a working family man and can’t afford to lose his job over a minor infraction…He says the thought of that possibility just scares him and other officers to death. And that’s just one officers perspective…
THE DOCUMENTS THAT RE-IGNITED THE FIRE!
You may have seen it on FOX 26 Thursday night at 9pm…The Houston Police Officers Union fires back at Chief Harold Hurtt after he’s quoted in the Houston Chronicle about the results on an officer’s opinion poll. The survey, taken by 2300 officers, shows according to the union – cops don’t have confidence in Chief Hurtt. The chief said in the chronicle Wednesday that he didn’t have complete confidence in the survey and that he’d like to see a second independent survey. A survey that isn’t administered by the union. According to HPOU executive director Mark Clark – the union responded a day later to the newspaper article with a letter. It asks chief Hurtt to resign if another independent survey shows officers still don’t feel he’s a good leader. The Chronicle article and the Union letter are posted above. Take a read and tell the Insite what you feel about this…(AS FIRST SEEN ON FOX 26 NEWS AT 9PM)
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CAN I HAVE SOME FOXRAD CAKE?
There was pizza and cake in the KRIV newsroom Thursday as the station launched a new look and a new high tech radar called FOXRAD. John Dawson tells The Insite it is the most powerful radar in the country. Also there are new graphics with a new logo at KRIV. Just check the local news here in Houston at 5 – 9 am, Noon or 9pm and drop back by The Insite and tell us what you think…And yes that is lead anchorman Mike Barajas hanging around the FOXRAD cake….
THIS IS A NOTE FROM FOX 26 METEOROLOGIST JOHN DAWSON. HE’S STOPPING BY TO TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE NEW WEATHER RADAR AT KRIV:
JOHN DAWSON: THERE’S A NEW RADAR IN TOWN! AND NOT JUST ANY RADAR, BUT THE MOST POWERFUL IN THE ENTIRE NATION. AND THE BEST PART IS WE OWN IT. NOW IT IS NOT QUITE ON-LINE YET, BUT HERE IS YOUR FIRST LOOK AT THE FOXRAD STORMSEEKER RADAR. THE DOPPLER BALL , AS I LIKE TO CALL IT, WAS PLACED ON TOP OF THE TOWER TODAY. IT’S THE TALLEST DOPPLER TOWER IN THE AREA SO WE’LL HAVE THE BEST LOOK AT THE GULF DURING THIS HURRICANE SEASON. AND WITH A MILLION WATTS OF POWER, ALONG WITH DUAL-POLARIZATION TECHNOLOGY, SEVERE WEATHER WILL HAVE NO WHERE TO HIDE FROM US. SHOULD BE UP AND RUNNING SOON, ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER NEW WEATHER TOOLS THAT YOU WILL BE HEARING ABOUT SOON.
FRUIT BASKET BACK IN THE HOUSE!
You all remember the last time The Insite received a fruit basket…It was stolen. In fact, my car was broken into and the thieves took my fruit basket, Ipod, 2 winter coats, a computer, a digital video camera and tripod. I knew those things were long gone. But surprisingly, The Insite received another fruit basket on the job Tuesday….I took pictures of it. This time I won’t keep it in my car so I think it’s safe. So I dare the thieves to steal this fruit basket. I have a pitbull at Insite headquarters waiting on them.
LETOYA AND TRAE WANT TO PROVE THEY CAN DO IT TOO!
Two Houstonians are releasing albums this week with a lot to gain and lose. First up, LeToya Luckett, former Destiny’s Child member is releasing her solo album nationwide this week. She is hoping to prove she can make it on her own without Destiny’s Child. Luckett’s latest single ‘Torn’ managed to make it to the #2 position on Billboard’s r&b charts. Also Rap-a-Lot artist Trae is releasing his first major solo project. Trae is hoping to follow a long list of successful Houston rappers who have sold millions of album on the national charts. Trae’s first single ‘Swang’ has topped the local charts and continues to be a radio favorite. The question is can both of them repeat the success of other Houston artists. I’d like to hear what you have to say. And if you’ve never heard of either of them let me know that as well…Their albums are available at local music retailers…
WILL SHE WRITE A SEQUEL TO THE BEST SELLING BOOK?
Suzanne O’Malley drops in on The Insite. She is the best selling author who uncovered the fact that the Harris County District Attorney’s office expert psychologist lied on the stand. Dr. Park Dietz claimed Andrea Yates may have seen an episode of Law and Order where a woman drowned her children and followed suit. O’Malley, who’s a friend with the creator of ‘Law and Order’ – Dick Wolf, discovered the episode never occurred. So the case was overturned and Yates got a new trial. So instead of going to prison Yates will likely head to a state mental hospital. O’Malley, who made her media rounds Wednesday at the trial, tells The Insite she has not decided to write a sequel to her best selling book ‘The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates’ just yet. Suzanne thanks for stopping by The Insite…