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Dinges: Traffic anchor Erica Brennes leaves KEYE-TV for RideScout gig

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com

Traffic anchor Erica Brennes has left KEYE-TV, but she’s still keeping an eye on your commute.

Brennes, who spent three years on the CBS affiliate’s morning show, has started work at RideScout, an Austin-based company whose signature app monitors traffic conditions and helps commuters find the transportation option that works best for them.

“Here, I’m not just talking about wrecks, wrecks, wrecks all the time,” she said. “I get to focus on solutions.”

Brennes, who got married last year, said she’ll miss TV news, but the early morning shift was wearing her down.

“KEYE always felt like home,” she said. “Everyone there is great, but life changes.

“After three years of being a half-drowsy fiancée/wife, I knew it was time to make a move. Now, we’ll get to have more quality time together.”

At RideScout, Brennes will use many of the skills she picked up in the TV news business. She’ll serve as director of interactive content and develop videos for the company, among other duties.

“They’re on the forefront of Austin traffic,” Brennes said. “That impressed me right away.”

RideScout, a subsidiary of Car2Go, has steadily grown since its launch in 2013. In addition to Austin, its app has data from several other cities such as San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., with more on the way in 2015.

“With her experience as a reporter at KEYE, we are thrilled to have Erica join us as we continue to tackle transportation issues in Austin and beyond,” RideScout co-founder and CEO Joseph Kopser said. “If people know about sudden changes to congestion, how to better utilize public transit, whether the rail is full, or the best bike route based on construction, they will be better able to utilize all of the transportation options around them and take full advantage of their city.”

More airtime for ‘JB and Sandy Show’

If you’re not up early enough to catch morning radio hosts Sandy McIlree and JB Hager, don’t fret.

Now, they’re on in the afternoon, too.

The new two-hour afternoon show airs from 4 to 6 p.m. on 105.3 The Fringe, featuring a mix of new material and snippets from the morning show.

McIlree and Hager, who celebrated 19 years working together in January, promise we’ll be hearing — and seeing — even more of them in the weeks to come. A TV gig is in the works, McIlree says.

Texas State games to run on KBVO

Look for several Texas State University basketball and baseball matchups to air on Austin TV station KBVO in the coming weeks.

The games, which will be produced by sister station KXAN, start this month and continue into April.

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with KXAN and expand our presence in the Austin market,” said Larry Teis, Texas State’s athletics director. “KBVO is a great platform to reach our current fan base, and gives us the opportunity to expose our brand to an entirely new base of potential Bobcat fans and students.”

The full schedule:

  • Feb. 12: Men’s basketball vs. UT Arlington, 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 26: Men’s basketball vs. Troy, 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 28: Men’s basketball vs. Arkansas State, 4:30 p.m.
  • April 2: Baseball vs. Baylor, 6 p.m.

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