Newscenter25 KAVU-TV firms up fall lineup of prime time anchors

Don Brubaker to step down from Sports Director into new position

VICTORIA, Texas – One of the longest serving sports anchors in the country and the second longest serving sports journalist in Texas is passing the torch to the next generation. Don Brubaker joined the sports department at KAVU-TV in 1984. Brubaker is now serving as the main 6 and 10 p.m. news anchor.

“Don Brubaker is a huge part of the rich history at this legacy station”, said News Director James Muñoz. “Don has guided our viewers through the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to be an integral part of this entire organization.”

Don Brubaker Day in Victoria, Texas is August 27, 2020 as declared by Mayor Rawley McCoy last year.

“Back in March, our news director, James Munoz, asked if I would be interested in switching from sports to news anchor. I was honored to be asked. We tried it and with a lot of help from our great news team, it turned out well. Then the pandemic hit, and sports events got canceled. The news anchoring continued, and the response from viewers has been fantastic. I can’t thank you enough for that. I am now making a permanent transition from sports to news anchoring, and I look forward to that, especially in an election year. Geno Perez will be taking over as sports director in early August, and we know he’ll do a great job with that. He’ll also be the new host of Friday Football Fever. Hopefully, there will be a football season, but keep watching Newscenter25, as always, to find out the latest as our world changes daily with the pandemic. Stay safe, stay well, and thanks so much for watching,” Brubaker said.

KAVU-TV did not have to look far for Brubaker’s replacement. Sunrise morning anchor Geno Perez expressed interest in the position and accepted an offer this week.

“I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity. Sports has been a part of my life since the age of four and continuing to my college career as a wide receiver. The fact that I get to cover the sports I love for a living is a blessing and a dream come true. I hope my love for sports will be shown in my work. Victoria has been my home for a short time, but I am looking forward to growing here and seeing what else Victoria has to offer,” Perez said.

Geno Perez joined KAVU-TV last October. He joins weekend sports anchor Tania Tchalikian. This team is already planning a 30-minute pre-season football program and preparing for Friday Football Fever this fall.

Don Brubaker and Geno Perez join co-anchor Ozzy Mora and chief meteorologist Brian Alonzo on Newscenter25 at 6 and 10 p.m.

About KAVU-TV: Newscenter25 is the flagship station to five low-power stations in Victoria, Texas. All stations are under one studio along North Navarro Street west of downtown Victoria. KAVU-TV was founded on December 7, 1981 and took to the airwaves in the Crossroads on July 21, 1982.


About Morgan Murphy Media:

Morgan Murphy Media has been family owned and operated since its founding in 1890. Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, Morgan Murphy Media operates television and radio stations, a print magazine, websites, apps and a digital marketing agency across its seven locations: Spokane, WA, Madison, WI, Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewich, WA, La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI, Joplin, MO/Pittsburg, KS, Victoria, Texas, and Platteville, WI/Dubuque, IA.