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HOUSTON KHOU 11 Sports Anchor Butch Alsandor has decided to leave the station after nearly two decades of covering sports for Houston s CBS affiliate. Alsandor will make the announcement to viewers duringWednesday night's10 p.m. newscast.

It s my decision to leave the station. I ve been thinking for quite a while that I d like to try something new, and now, after 20 solid years, this seems like the time to go ahead with that, Alsandor said Friday.

KHOU has been good enough to give me the opportunity, even though my contract still has several months remaining. I ve had a great run over these past two decades, made lots of friends both at the station and across the community. And I look forward to many more interesting things to come. For now, I just want to offer my sincerest thanks to all the great Channel 11 viewers who ve welcomed me into their homes for so long.

Alsandor joined KHOU in August of 1993 from WBAL-TV in Baltimore, MD. He officially took over the role of weekday Sports Anchor at 6 and 10 p.m. following the retirement of longtime Sports Director Giff Nielsen in 2009.

Alsandor s broadcasting career started at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The city is home to McNeese State University where he was a three-year letterman on the Cowboys football team.

Butch has given our viewers a front row seat to some of the most exciting moments in the city s history, from championships to heartbreaking losses, said Susan McEldoon, KHOU 11 President and General Manager. Through it all, sports are often a topic that brings people together, and we thank Butch for helping us tell so many great stories over the last 20 years.

Even after all these years, he s still enthusiastic about the job and the people he covers. Whatever he does next, we know he ll bring those special qualities with him, KHOU 11 Executive News Director Phil Bruce said. Beyond being a true professional, he s a very decent guy. And we ll miss him.


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