CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News) – Mayor Bill Hastings had his first opportunity to sell the City of Katy to tens-of-thousands-of-people on live TV Friday morning. KRIV Fox 26 News broadcast live from the famous MKT caboose on First Street in the City of Katy. Hastings was their featured guest, in a show that was full of features on local businesses and organizations. Covering Katy publisher Dennis Spellman was also invited to be interviewed live.
The program is called Hometown Friday and it is where the Fox 26 news team features several interesting destinations in a particular community. On Friday, the TV station focused on Katy from 9 to 10 a.m.
“It’s great to have them out here,” Hastings said. “They’ve done a wonderful job keeping up with Katy,” he told Covering Katy news following his interview with Fox 26 hosts Melissa Wilson and Sally McDonald.
The segment was long by TV standards but Hastings admitted it was not long enough for all the good things he’d like to say about Katy.
“It will take a lot more than just the three minutes they allotted me,” he said with a grin.
The history of Katy was covered by the FOX 26 crews visiting the Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum. The MKT Distillery, No Label Brewery, Snappy’s restaurant, Typhoon Texas, Midway Meat Market, and Katy’s Asian Town were all featured in the hour-long special. Fox 26 also provided a big plug to Katy Christian Ministries by featuring their resale stores.
McDonald and Wilson also interviewed Spellman asking him about the soon to be built Katy Boardwalk, the soon to open University of Houston/Houston Community College campus that’s being built at the northeast corner of Interstate 10 at the Grand Parkway. They also talked about LaCenterra, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Central Green Park.
“It was great to be able to tell a large audience, most of whom live outside of Katy, about all the great things that are happening in Katy,” Spellman said. “Fox 26 asked me to be part of the show and talk about Katy assets that people in Houston may not know about. The boardwalk project and the cooperative venture between UH and HCC clearly meet that criteria,” he said. “LaCenterra deserved to be in the mix too, given all it has to offer, plus Central Green Park that’s located within the venue,” Spellman added.
Below are links to some of the features from the Fox 26 News broadcast during their Katy special. If more links are added to the Fox 26 website we’ll include them here. We’ve also added some additional still photos. from the live broadcast.