Time Warner Cable News Austin

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Time Warner Cable News Austin
Ynnlogo.jpg
Launched September 13, 1999
Owned by Time Warner Cable
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Your News Now.
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Austin, Waco and Fredericksburg
Headquarters Austin, Texas
Formerly called News 8 Austin (1999-2011), YNN Austin (2011-2013)
Website austin.ynn.com
Availability
Cable
Time Warner Cable
(Austin, Waco and Fredericksburg)
Channels 1, 8 & 308 (SD)
Channel 1508 (HD)

Time Warner Cable News Austin is a 24-hour local cable news television channel based in Austin, Texas, owned by Time Warner Cable. Launched on September 13, 1999 as News 8 Austin[1] it is available only to subscribers of Time Warner Cable's Central Texas Division, which includes Austin, San Marcos, Round Rock, Temple, Killeen and Waco.

News 8 changed its name to YNN (Your News Now) on January 10, 2011,[2] matching the name of Time Warner's other cable news channels and following a gradual transition over the last several months. On December 16, 2013, YNN changed its name again to Time Warner Cable News Austin.

Programming[edit]

The channel operates on a wheel format, offering recorded blocks of news, features, and weather. During more limited times of the day it also provides traffic and sports segments. Producers update the wheel throughout the day, inserting new material as stories are filed and updated information becomes available. Weather segments air every 10 minutes "on the 1's". The channel also provides nonstop "wall-to-wall" weather coverage during Tornado and Thunderstorm warnings.

TWCN Austin's studios are located at 1708 Colorado Street in Austin, just north of the Capitol and immediately south of the main campus of the University of Texas.

Former News 8 Austin Logo

Without the traditional limitations faced by network affiliates, TWCN is known in Austin for its coverage of community news and more restrained coverage of TV news staples such as crime and scandal. The channel is also distinct from traditional TV news operations in that its shows are traditionally hosted by a single anchor and in that its reporters occasionally set up, shoot and edit their own stories without the assistance of a video photographer.

TWCN Austin also operates several other video and information services, including:

  • TWCN's RadarNOW, a 24-hour Doppler Radar service, with NOAA Weather Radio audio
    • - Channel 355
  • TWCN's Non-Stop Weather, 24-hour regional weather channels in both English and Spanish.
    • - In English: Channels 358 (SD) and 1507 (HD)
    • - In Spanish: Channels 359 and 609
  • TWCN's TrafficNOW, a 24-hour traffic camera service utilizing TxDOT roadway cameras from around the Austin area
    • - Channel 348 (SD) and 1506 (HD)
  • TWCN's Non-Stop Sports, a 24-hour sports headline channel featuring local and national sports highlights
    • - Channel N/A
  • TWCN on Demand, a video-on-demand archive of features, series and event coverage from TWCN Austin
    • - Channel 1408

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[3][edit]

Anchors

  • Todd Boatwright - weekday mornings
  • Amy Hadley - weekday afternoons
  • Ed Greenberger - weekday evenings
  • Karina Kling - weekend evenings and political reporter

Weather on the 1's

  • Burton Fitzsimmons (associate member, AMS; member, NWA) - chief meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Adam Krueger (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend nights and weekday afternoons
  • Dan Robertson (NWA Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; fill-in, also reporter
  • Rich Segal (member, NWA) - meteorologist; weekday mornings and weekday afternoons
  • Mary Wasson (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday nights

Sports team

  • Ricky Doyle - sports director; weekday evenings and overnight loop
  • Mike Berman - sports anchor; weekend evenings and overnight loop, also sports reporter
  • Joaquin Sanchez - sports anchor; fill-in, also sports reporter
  • Dennis Kelly - sports producer

Reporters

  • Victor Diaz - videojournalist
  • Donna Friedenreich - garden reporter
  • Bonnie Gonzalez - general assignment reporter
  • John Salazar - general assignment reporter
  • Dan Robertson - general assignment reporter
  • LeAnn Wallace - political reporter
  • Anne Hudson - fashion reporter
  • Andy Langer - music reporter
  • Carla McDonald - NowPlayingAustin.com arts reporter
  • Jess Mitchell - general assignment, entertainment and sports reporter
  • Rex Castillo - Bell County Bureau reporter
  • Jeff Stensland - city reporter
  • Joe Taylor - weekday morning traffic reporter
  • Russell Wilde - Hays–Caldwell County Bureau chief

Contributors

  • Harvey Kronberg - political analyst

Management[edit]

  • Michael Pearson - news director
  • Crestina Hardie - managing editor
  • Wes Wilson - executive producer
  • Andy Brooksbank - special projects executive producer
  • Sarah Grady - political executive producer
  • Cyndie Espinosa - assignment manager

Assignment editors[edit]

  • Ross Blake - assignment editor
  • Rick Breckenridge - assignment editor
  • Develon Douglas - assignment editor
  • Joanna Carver - assignment editor

Producers[edit]

  • Jean Schlitzkus - senior producer
  • Lessly Stallings - senior producer
  • Michelle Cortez - producer
  • Aaron Franco - producer
  • Alan Waltrip - producer
  • Dawn Okoro - producer
  • Beth Elderkin - producer
  • Rachel Smith - producer

Web producers[edit]

  • Anne Szilagyi - web producer
  • Paul Foster - web producer

Photographers[edit]

  • Ed Keiner - chief photographer
  • John Pope - senior photographer
  • Drew Moses - senior special projects photographer
  • Chris Cybulski - photojournalist
  • Robert Vaughn - photojournalist
  • Jesse Moloney - Photojournalist
  • James Taplin - Photojournalist

Ingest department[edit]

  • Pat Hatton - lead media manager
  • Mike Pruitt - media manager
  • Christopher Rodriguez - media manager

References[edit]

External links[edit]