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Dinges: New host joins Longhorn Network broadcast team

Gary Dinges

Look for a new face to pop up this week on the Longhorn Network.

The Austin-based cable channel, which is operated by ESPN as part of a 20-year, $300 million deal with the University of Texas, has hired Jane Slater as a reporter and host of the “Longhorn Extra” program.

Slater most recently worked in Dallas, where she hosted a radio show in addition to reporting for the city’s two CBS-owned television stations, KTXA and KTVT.

“Jane’s sports and television expertise really stood out as we went through the interview and audition process,” said LHN coordinating producer Tom McCollum. “We’re excited to have her on the LHN team and expect she will make an immediate impact to our coverage.”

A UT graduate, Slater said she’s eager to get started covering her alma mater.

“This really is a dream come true,” she said. “The idea of returning to Austin and working for Longhorn Network and ESPN … it doesn’t get any better than that. I have really enjoyed watching Sam (Ponder) and Kaylee (Hartung) excel in this position and hope I can keep that tradition going.”

Emmy nods for local stations

The list of nominees for this year’s Lone Star Emmy awards is out, and Austin stations fared well.

KEYE, KLRU, KVUE and KXAN are among the nominees. So is LHN, as well as ATXN, the city of Austin’s cable access channel.

KLRU, Austin’s PBS affiliate, scored 13 nominations — nine of them for its “Arts in Context” program. In the past three years, the show has been nominated an impressive 22 times.

“Arts in Context” is distributed to PBS stations across the nation and is also viewable on the PBS app.

“At KLRU, we’re dedicated to telling stories about our community that highlight what makes Austin so special, and we do that through our local productions such as ‘Arts In Context’ and ‘Central Texas Gardener,’” station general manager and CEO Bill Stotesbery said. “It’s really gratifying to have the work recognized by our industry peers and see that it has value beyond our viewing area.”

Winners will be announced Oct. 25 at a ceremony in Houston.

High school football on TV

KBVO, Austin’s MyNetworkTV affiliate, is once again broadcasting high school football this fall.

Games will air Thursdays at 7 p.m. all season long and will also be streamed on

The schedule:

  • Thursday: Hendrickson vs. McNeil
  • Oct. 2: Hays vs. Anderson
  • Oct. 9: Pflugerville vs. Cedar Ridge
  • Oct. 16: Lake Travis vs. Austin
  • Oct. 23: Pflugerville vs. Westwood
  • Oct. 30: Bastrop vs. Crockett
  • Nov. 6: Pflugerville vs. Stony Point

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