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10 MORE Ways to Wish @JasonBoies a Happy Birthday

Our favorite Social Media Foodie is another year older. Here’s 10 MORE ways to help him celebrate.

1. Improve your Restaurant’s Ordering Practices with this Free Ebook!

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2. Get him an amazing book to read.

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3. Take him out to your local gastropub.

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4. Retweet his most RT’ed tweet ever.
(Waiting for a huge webinar to start, “Let it Go”
starts playing, everyone’s watching the tweetstream).

5. Ask him to dance, again.

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6. Congratulate him for being one of the top Customer Service Pros.

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7. Bacon.

8. Congratulate him on his acting career.

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9. Read and share his Blog Posts.

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10. Tweet him a birthday message!

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BONUS: 8 MORE Ways to Wish @JasonBoies a Happy Birthday, via @AmandaLNelson

11. Become his friend on GTA5.

12. And don’t blow up his character on GTA5.

13. Dedicate a Weird Al video to him.

14. Offer to pack his survival pack for the zombie apocalypse.

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15. Buy him every super hero movie ever.

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16. Get him access to US Netflix.

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17. Turn him into a Simpsons character.

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18. Get him a job at Sarah Palin’s internet channel.

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Do you have even more ways to wish Jason a happy birthday? Leave them in the comments below!

Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers Houston 2014, 1-50

Influencers.jpgThis is the second list of Social Media power influencers in Houston. The first issue from 2013 was well-received… except for the many folks who were left off.

For this year’s issue, we’re getting even a little more strict on qualifications.

Why? I wanted this to be a list of the people that are working in social, day in and day out. Engaging with customers and prospects, writing posts and creating tweets. That’s not to say that what bloggers or writers or SEOs do isn’t important, but it’s not the hardcore social media work that I was looking to focus on.

Besides, where would you stop? Almost anyone at a marketing agency could be included as almost everyone has some sort of social presence, from the CEO down to the interns. Thus, we’ve focused on folks that deal directly with social media.

The Qualifications

Firstly, I added everyone from the 2013 list, excluding the folks above who may not be direct social media managers. I added people from LinkedIn near Houston, within 100 miles of 77002, with “Social Media” in their job titles or within their profiles. Handles that were company- or agency- affiliated were removed, unless the person was a sole proprietor.

I read all profiles to determine if the person still lived in Houston and was actively engaged in a social media position, rather than just having social media listed as a skill. I then looked for their Twitter handle listed. If unavailable, I’d search Twitter for it.

If I was able to find a Twitter handle, it had to be a public handle for the analysis to take place. I took a look at the content in the feed to make sure the person was actively tweeting, and the content had to be non-spammy content.

I fed these all into Peek Analytics and got the top 100.

The Metrics

When trying to find out who these influencers are, it’s important to gauge the activity and influence of their followers, both to measure the effectiveness of the content shared by the influencer, as well as to determine how active their followers are (bots and spam accounts are not likely to engage with content or have relationships developed across networks). With this in mind, we used the same methodology that Haydn used for the global list, PeekAnalytics‘ Total Social Pull.

Social Pull is a measure of the user’s audience, expressed as a factor of an average user. A score like Michele Price’s 825 means that she has 825 times the influence of the average user, but it’s not only a measure of network size. It also takes into account other social networks your followers are using, as well as their network sizes. Basically, if you have a lot of people in your network, and the people in your network have a lot of people in their networks, you’re more likely to be influential.

Social Pull as a metric isn’t perfect, as Mark Schaeffer notes in this blog post, but neither is Klout, Kred or PeerIndex. I’m simply using it in a spirit of using the same methods as the global list. You’ll see the social pull ratings as the number listed after each influencer’s Twitter Handle.

You can find your Social Pull here.

The Changes

A number of people were left off the list – George Benckenstein because we couldn’t actually verify a current title, Robert J. Banach, Jeff Flowers, Petri Darby, Marc Nathan, Ed Schipul, Joe Ruiz and Debbie Hutchings for moving, to Ocean City, MD; Austin, TX; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; San Francisco, CA; Kansas City, MO; and Chicago, IL, respectively.

Also some changes this year, Damien Franco and Jamie Glover set out on their own – so send them some business! Jennifer Haubein left Forthea for BP, and Ed Schipul moved his whole company, Tendenci to San Francisco!

And yes, I did add myself this year. Multiple folks asked where I ranked, but this year’s list, like last year’s isn’t about me, it’s about cultivating a social community in our great hometown here in Houston.

So without further ado…

The Influencers (Follow them all on the “HoustonTop100” Twitter List)

1. Eric T. Tung is a social media manager at BMC Software, and social media consultant, speaker and coach. @EricTTung – 1634

2. Michele Price  founder of Breakthrough Business Strategies, a digital media agency, CMO at Tech Street Houston, and the on-air host for #BBSradio – business internet radio show. @ProsperityGal – 886 (+61)

3. Madalyn Sklar is an independent Social Media Strategist and founder of GoGirlsMusic.com. @MadalynSklar – 792 (+118)

4. Damien Franco is a marketing consultant at DTF Marketing specializing in social media strategy, customer engagement, inbound marketing, lead generation, SEO, SEM and training. @DamienFranco – 693 (+144)

5. Jennifer Haubein is the Social Media Specialist at BP. @JHaubein – 567 (-5)

6. Kara Singh is an actual former coworker and friend from Insperity, where she’s led the way for Social at Insperity Recruiting Services. @KaraSingh – 423 (+91)

7. Chris Makara is also a former coworker and friend from Insperity. Chris is the Interactive Marketing specialist, where he works with the online marketing team to lead Insperity’s multiple business units. He’s also a Social Media blogger and freelancer too. @ChrisMakara – 395 (+134)

8.  Tracey Holloway-Koetting is the owner and Social Media Manager for Get Social Butterfly. @GetSocialButter – 219 (+22)

9.  Grace Rodriguez is Creative Juicer at Culture Pilot where she works on branding and maketing strategy. She is also cofounder of C2 Creative, a creative office space. @GraceRodriguez – 205 (-1)

10. Frederick J. Goodall, better known as “Mocha Dad” is a top-50 dad blogger and internet marketer. @MochaDad – 188 (+2)

11. Daniel Calderon is a former social media manager for A’La Carte Foodservice, and current Assistant General Manager at Beck’s Prime. @DanielNCalderon – 184 (-2)

12. Kami Watson Huyse is founder of Social Media Breakfast Houston and the CEO at Zoetica, a communication consulting agency. @KamiChat – 184 (+5)

13. Raegan Hill is a Marketing Recruiter for Onward Search and one of the most prolific networkers in Houston. She is also spokesperson for The CMO Club Houston. @RaeganHill – 169 (0)

14. Oliver Glaudy is the CMO of Roar Marketing Consultants, a marketing agency. @OlivierGlaudy – 165 (-3)

15. Dwight Silverman is the Techblogger and Social Media Manager at The Houston Chronicle@DSilverman – 150 (+1)

16. Lauren Fernandez is the Social Media Manager at Landry’s Restaurants where she develops strategy for dozens of concepts with hundreds of locations nationwide. Don’t ask me how she does it. @Cubanalaf – 141 (-12)

17. Sandy Lawrence is the President of Perceptive Marketing, a publishing marketing company. @SandyLawrence – 134 (-1)

18. Rebecca Councill is the Community Manager and Social Media Specialist for CLR Virtual Connection, a Social Media Agency. @RebeccaThompson – 134 (+14)

19. Aimee Woodall is the founder of Black Sheep Agency, a boutique creative, branding and social media agency. @AimeeWoodall – 115 (+2)

20. Mike McGuff is the source for Houston media happenings, founder of mikemcguff.com, freelance media consultant, and I have no idea how I missed him on last year’s list. @mikemcguff – 111

21. Portia Chandler is Marketing Strategist PA & Associates and founder of portiachandler.com where she develops Social Media Strategy and training. @AskPortia – 108 (-1)

22. Brenda Ross heads up marketing and social media at ikan Corp. @BrendaRoss – 97 (+1)

23. Geri Druckman is the Web Development Specialist – Accessibility at MD Anderson Cancer Center. @GDruckman – 93 (-3)

24. Trish Cunningham is the Business Development and Expert Manager at Brookwoods Group, a staffing and consulting group. @TrishRC – 93 (+25)

25. Christine Pegg is a lifestyle blogger and brain stem surgery survivor. @xtineds – 91

26. Jennifer Valencia is the Director of Client Relations at Unleaded Communications. @JenValencia – 88 (+1)

27. Chris Sully is the Social Media Strategist at Houston retail electric provider, Reliant Energy. @CSSully – 86 (-1)

28. Juan Alanis is the Social Media and Public Relations Strategist from Lopez Negrete, a full-service agency specializing in Hispanic marketing. @JuanOfWords – 82 (+4)

29. Braxton Huggins is a Co-Founder of the Energy Digital Summit. @whoisbraxton – 80

30. Rob Ainbinder is Senior Director, Digital Strategy at BubbleUp. @RobAinbinder – 76 (-2)

31. Alexandra Velez is the Founder and Owner of Velez Media, an inbound marketing, SEO and Social Media agency. @VelezMedia – 72 (-1)

32. Christa Cassata is a Digital Media Copywriter at Stage Stores. @christacassata – 70

33. Marcel Santilli is the Global Social Media Manager for IBM. I have no idea how we haven’t met yet. @Santilli – 70 (0)

34. Louis Sokol is President of Social Media Accessories. @LouisSokol – 64

35. Sandra Fernandez is the Public Relations Manager for the Houston Public Library. @SandraSays – 63 (0)

36. Scott Cone is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at The AIM Agency. @scone – 60

37.Mickey Bryan is the Executive Director of Compu-Net, who promotes social media and technology training for non-profits. Mickey is also a Social Network trainer at Leisure Learning Unlimited. @MickeyBryant – 60 (-2)

38. Katie Laird is the PR and Social Media Manager at Blinds.com (now a Home Depot company). @HappyKatie – 56 (0)

39. Chris Jones is the Web Developer and Social Media Consultant at Network Outfitters. @RealChrisJones – 56 (-2)

40. Jihane Rodriguez is the Community Affairs Coordinator at Univision Communications. @OnixJihane – 51

41. Kathryn Weathersby is a Professional Internet Marketer and Business Coach at KathrynWeathersby.com. @outoftheboxsoc – 50

42. Monica Danna is the Chief Strategy Officer at The Black Sheep Agency, as well as a special events board member of HiMA. @CosmoPolitician – 46 (0)

43. Jennifer Texada is Vice President, Web & Digital at Cadence Bank. @JennTex – 42 (0)

44. Julian Cavazos is the Marketing and Communications Specialist at YMCA of Houston. @JulianCavazos – 38

45. Kristen Brady is currently a freelance Social Media Consultant and Maketing Writer. @KB54927 – 38 (-1)

46. Zach Doty is the SEO Specialist at Forthea Interactive. @ZLDoty – 37

47. Roxanne Werner is a Social Media Consultant at Shell with Brookwoods Group. @thisisroxanne – 34

48. CJ Castillo is the Web Content Specialist at Talent Source. @CjCastillo – 33

49. Joëlle Eid is the Interactive Community Manager at Signet Interactive, a contributing writer for Localeur and founder of @HouTweetDrive, a socially-powered toy drive. @joelletweeted – 31 (+1)

50. Brian Block is the Social Media Strategist and Account Executive at Pierpont Communications, and self-proclaimed Seth Green look-alike (I kinda see it). @BriGuyBlock– 31 (0)

Continue to 51-100 here.

10 Questions To Ask Before You Commit To Multilingual Social Media

When is it time to adopt a second language for your social media channels?The question shouldn’t be answered lightly, as you’re undoubtedly familiar with the energy and time required to build your social community and the reputation and voice that you’ve developed.Here are 10 key questions to answer when considering a second language for social media.

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Thoughts From a Furloughed Federal Government Employee

US-capitolThe government shutdown is affecting about 41% of federal government employees including 3,000 aviation inspectors, FDA food inspectors, auto recall inspectors, training for new TSA agents, and most of NASA. What most folks fail to realize is how the government shutdown is not only affecting employee morale, but also the view of the government as a potential employer in the future.

Here’s a post sent to me to publish by an acquaintance to express his/her thoughts about the shutdown.  All words belong to him/her, emphasis added.

550w_soaps_silhouetteFirst of all, the views expressed here are my own and not those of the U.S. government.

Since I was a child, it has been my goal to work for the United States government. In my eyes, agencies like the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration represented the largest cohort of passionate scientists, physicians and public health professionals that truly love what they do: Helping the American people.

Decades later, I still feel this is true– I am proud to say that I work with individuals who graduated from some of the nation’s best universities and medical schools and who represent some of the most intelligent critical thinkers and decision makers. I am surrounded by fellow government employees that focus on doing research that protect the health of the public from potential bioterrorism events, pandemics, and other disease and food-borne outbreaks…and they do what they do because they love it, not because they get the personal glory of naming a new discovery after themselves or by listing themselves as first author on a scientific manuscript. The glory is simple: We save lives. Period. There is nothing better than that.

Apparently I’m not alone with this point of view– consistently, the Department of Health and Human Services (specifically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is always voted as one of the top, favored agencies by public opinion polls across the United States. (http://www.gallup.com/poll/ 162764/americans-views-irs- sharply-negative-2009.aspx)

Now, I’ll tell you what worries me: this generation of young people view the government as a single entity that is responsible for the tattle-tale battles between Republicans and Democrats that invade television…and yes, even social media. If I were growing up in this current political climate, I can honestly say I would have steered clear of the government when I was choosing the direction of my future career. Why would I want to be involved in constant embarrassing battles that are proudly paraded in front of the world? Why showcase our vulnerabilities to our enemies? More importantly, why would anyone who attends a top-tier university choose to work as a government employee when we are threatened by continuous budget cuts and furloughs? This is what worries me.

It seems the days are gone when one could be proud of being a government employee. At this point no one is sure how long this furlough will last, but I personally find it nauseating that it will cost $2 billion dollars to simply close the government for a single week. Are the American people aware that this amount could singled handedly fund an ENTIRE government agency for an entire year? Instead, fighting and pointing fingers is apparently more important than continuing to do the work that saves lives. $2 billion dollars will be flushed down the toilet…for absolutely no reason at all. I’m not sure how taking away pay checks for almost 1 million United States government employees will boost the economy. I feel like the back and forth conversations as of late represent a ship in peril; a ship that is on the verge of sinking…Which is my point: Any intelligent person will get off of a sinking ship.

I won’t talk about how I’m worried about how I will pay my mortgage this month or how reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to my children before bed now causes me anxiety and anger– I bet Ted Cruz won’t be affected by the same nagging worries that I have in the back of my own head due to this shut down. No, I won’t talk about those things because other Americans have been dealing with the same issues for the past few years. More important than any of that, I worry about all of the vital work that agencies have been doing that are now stalled and perhaps irreparably damaged due to this shut down. I worry that future generations of government employees won’t be of the same caliber, won’t have the same drive, and won’t have the same passion toward their work because they simply feel “non-essential.” This keeps me up at night more than anything. I hope I’m wrong and that looming budget cuts and furloughs and holding the government hostage for ideological views isn’t the only thing we have to look forward to in our future.

I hope the government isn’t a sinking ship. But if it is, you better believe the government employees doing the important work that needs to be done, will go elsewhere to get off of this sinking ship.

What are your thoughts about the government shutdown? Comment below.

Houston’s Most Social Newsdesks

Social NewsdesksSocial Media is the new frontier, yet many traditional news outlets have yet to have fully accepted Social. Houston is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the US, we have the second-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, and many great news sources.

Back in June, I compiled a list of the Top 100 Social Media Influencers in Houston. Using the same methodology, I’ve compiled this list to see who’s got the most pull on Social.

Social Pull measures the the influence of a social media user by the likelihood that their followers will engage with a post and expresses it as a multiple. Where the average user will have a 1x social pull, a user with a 10x is ten times more influential than the average user. Although the number of followers affects Social Pull, the influence and engagement of the followers make a bigger impact. (I’ve listed the Social Pull score along with the descriptions.)

The Analysis

Screen Shot 2013-09-22 at 12.13.53 AMFor some thoughts about Houston’s traditional media channel’s adoption of social, I turned to Houston media blogger and analyst, Mike McGuff (@MikeMcguff). Mike’s the expert when it comes to ratings, social and the news so I reached out for his thoughts on how the news is adopting social, and some of his thoughts.

As a KTRK employee in 2008, Mike was one of the first people in Houston to get a TV station on social media,  “I started creating Twitter and Facebook accounts and did a lot of experimentation to figure out how these tools could help get more website page views and TV audience eyeballs.” McGuff even livetweeted Hurricane Ike for about 30 hours, “Since there was no power in many parts of the city, Twitter over the phone was one of the few ways people could get info on the damaging storm.”

How did the management react to social? “It was a long struggle with management, because they were not sure at the time if the station should use social media,” says McGuff. “I can understand, because this was very early in social media’s history. Few TV stations around the country were even using it.”

In the end, McGuff’s persistence paid off, “We were years ahead of most of the other Houston TV stations as a result, so the “Houston’s News Leader” slogan extended in social media [when] most TV stations weren’t jumping on the social bandwagon until about 2010…some later. The media generally likes to take a wait and see approach on new technologies.”

Traditional Media Has Been Slow To Adopt Social

“Media companies have been chugging along for many years and have a certain way of doing things, they don’t usually adapt quickly to new trends, says McGuff. “There hasn’t been a need for innovation for the most part because the last decades have been good business wise for media companies. It’s only in the last seven years or so newspapers, and now television stations, have really needed to worry about erosion from the digital world.” I feel they will be adapting at a much quicker pace from now on out of necessity.

“Organizations like the Houston Press are good at building communities and are niche publications with a point of view. The other Houston media properties have mass audiences and must appeal to everyone. The Press can more easily target its content to what its audience likes. I would also think the Press’ readership would be more likely to use social media too.”

Traditional Media Naturally Garners Social Media Engagement

Even traditional news stations are able to quickly grow followers and can easily engage with followers. Mike shares an example, I saw a Houston TV anchor simply say something like ‘How are you doing?’ on Facebook and get a ton of likes and comments. Doubt a plumbing company or insurance firm has it that easy engagement wise.”

What can traditional media do to move forward? “When the media really analyzes how to use social media properly and more effectively, I think it will be a very powerful tool for stations and papers in the future.” says McGuff.

The Ratings…

1. Houston Press: The Houston Press is Houston’s News and Entertainment weekly, and the sponsors of the “Best of Houston” award series. They claim 600,000 readers monthly, but are a clear upset with 1/3 fewer followers than the Houston Chronicle. (38k vs. 62k). Their new media mindedness seems to be rooted in the type of news they cover and their target readership. They do a great job of asking web visitors to add their email address to their newsletter in a popup. – 137x

2. Houston Chronicle: The Chronicle is Houston’s only daily newspaper, making Houston the largest metro with a single paper. Owned by the Hearst Media Group, the paper even sells social media ads and rightfully so. Even though they aren’t the most influential on social media, they do have the largest Twitter following. – 132x

3. ABC 13 Houston: Also know as KTRK-TV, ABC 13 Houston is an ABC owed-and-operated station. Little known fact, the KTRK is derived from the fact that The Houston Chronicle owned a majority stake when the station first started, and modeled it after its radio call letters, KTRH. Although they came in third in the ratings, ABC 13 seems to be doing well on social. – 128x

4. KHOU: KHOU is the CBS-affiliated, Belo Corp owned news station (Belo is pending sale to The Gannett Company). Where the first three outlets on this list were tigtly grouped within 10 points, there’s a 40-point difference between KHOU and ABC 13. KHOU was the second television station licensed in the Houston area.  – 86x

5. MyFoxHouston: KRIV was the third UHF station in the Houston area, and is currently owned and operated by Fox since 1986. MyFoxHouston and KHOU are fairly closely ranked when it comes to social pull.  – 84x

6. HouBizJournal: The HBJ is part of the American City Business Journals group, with 40 metropolitan weekly publications and is based in Charlotte. – 41x

7. ABC13Weather: ABC13’s weather-only Twitter feed –  38x

8. Free_Press: Free Press Houston is a monthly newspaper focusing on arts and entertainment in Houston.  – 34x

9. HoustonPBS: KUHT is Houston’s PBS-member public television station, and the first public television station in the United States. The station s owned and licensed to the University of Houston System. – 32x

10. KPRCLocal2: KPRC-TV is Houston’s NBC-affiliated station, owned by the Post-Newsweek Stations subsidiary of the Washington Post company. Of the four major network-affiliated stations, KPRC is the least socially influential, with 1/6th the score of ABC13’s – 20x

11. Local2Weather: Just a couple points from it’s parent feed, KPRC’s weather feed – 18x

12. FuelFixBlog: The Houston Chronicle’s energy blog,  – 18x

13. KUHFNews: Owned by the University of Houston System and operated by Houston Public Media, @KUHFNews is the news handle for Houston’s public radio station.  – 17x

14. News92FM: KROI is an all-news station owned by Radio One, who also own the 97.9 The Box and Magic 102, according to Mike McGuff. The station started in 2011. – 16x

15. NewsFixHouston: KIAH’s NewsFix is an anchor-less, newsreel-type news program, and the only of the type in Houston. It ranked as the least socially influential of the TV news programs in Houston. – 14x

16. TelemundoHou: KTMD is the Houston-area Telemundo Owned and Operated station. – 14x

17. TexansonABC: A Texans-focused Twitter handle from ABC13. Note that the TexansonABC handle is actually more socially influential than ABC13Sports, ranked at 20. – 14x

18. Local2Sports: KPRC’s sports desk handle.. – 10x

19. KHOUWeather: KHOU’s weather team handle. – 9x

20. ABC13Sports: ABC13’s sports desk handle. – 5x

21. KTRHNews: Better known as News Radio 740 airs primarily talk-radio. KTRH is owned by Clear Channel. – 4x

22. UniRadioHouston: Although we couldn’t find a Univision station handle in Houston, the Univision Radio handle still ranks on our list. – 3x

23. HCNOnline: The main handle for the Houston Community Newspapers. Last year, the HCN network of 28 Houston-Area newspapers was acquired by 1013 Star Communications, based in Reno, Nevada. – 2x
SugarLandSun – 2x
LakeHoustonSun – 2x
VillagerNews – 2x
CypressMirror – 2x
BayAreaCitizen – 1x
PearlandNews – 0.95x
WestUExaminer – 0.92x
KingwoodNews – 0.77x
ConroeCurrier – 0.76x
BellaireExaminer – 0.69x
PasadenaCitizen – 0.67x
FtBendNews – 0.65x
RiverOaksNews – 0.64x
HumbleNews – 0.52x
FriendswoodNews – 0.49x
SpringfieldObserver – .34x
MemorialNews – .34x
DeerParkNews – .28x
TomballNews – .26x
MyDaytonNews – .22x
MyClevelandNews – .18x
MagnoliaNews – .17x
RancherNews – .17x
EastexNews – .12x

24. KHOUSports: KHOU’s sports desk handle – 1x

25. CMoreMy20 – Although Houston’s third independent TV station, KTXH has dwindled. Once a UPN station, My20 is part of the MyNetworkTV and is currently owned by Fox as a sister station to KRIV, myfoxhouston. – .03x

What are your thoughts about the Houston news scene on social? Let me know in the comments!