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New faces join Victoria media

By ALLISON MILES
Aug. 5, 2013 at 3:05 a.m.
Updated Aug. 6, 2013 at 3:06 a.m.


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A radio show with roots in San Antonio and Austin will soon broadcast straight from Victoria.

Mike Taylor, who hosts The Mike Taylor Show, will call the Crossroads home starting Saturday.

The move comes after Taylor's wife, longtime news reporter and anchor Jennifer Dodd, accepted a position as news director with the Victoria Television Group.

Taylor said his show, which airs on San Antonio's Ticket 760 and Austin's 1300 The Zone, will continue on as usual. He plans to broadcast from KMIKE Studios - better known as his home.

"The world has gotten smaller, and I could do the program from the space station and nobody would know the difference," he said in an email. "Being in Victoria is still being in Texas, and I support any and all things Texas."

Taylor, a University of North Texas graduate, was born in Fort Worth and has lived all over, including San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles. He spent years as a child in Rockport and Corpus Christi, he said, noting that moving near the coast sparks some nostalgia.

Taylor's work through the years included time at Dallas' KESN Radio, then owned and operated affiliate of ESPN Radio.

In Dodd's new role, she will oversee day-to-day operations, assign stories, hire anchors and more for the TV station, for Newscenter 25 and Crossroads Today products, said Jeff Pryor, the company's president and general manager.

"We're definitely excited to have Jennifer joining us," he said. "We're excited about making her part of our team here."

Dodd got her start as an executive producer in Beaumont, she said in an email, and went on to report and anchor. With time, she took positions in markets such as Dallas and San Antonio.

She has 13 years of experience in the industry.

The La Porte native said several factors went into the decision to move to Victoria. Not only can Taylor stay connected to his listeners, she said, but it also allows them all to live near family.

Dodd said she looks forward to leading the station's reporters, anchors and photographers, and would like to see the team cover local events, local news and local people doing great things.

"My new neighbors should know that I believe a television station has a duty to be a good community partner," she said, noting she starts her new job Monday. "As for me, my husband says I'm a tiger mom and there may be some truth to that. I believe in hard work, disseminating information with honesty and integrity, family first and balance."

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