San Antonio Anchor Leaving Station for Third Time in Ten Years

By Kevin Eck 

Randy Escamilla says he’s leaving San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI on February 26.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, this is Escamilla’s third exit from the station in ten years. This time, he’s leaving to work as a community relations coordinator at a local school district.

“I’m thrilled and excited to help a community that really needs help and resources,” he said. Basically, he’ll serve as a liaison between parents and teachers, and will assist with computer literacy, GED classes and Wellness fairs.

After all, Escamilla knows something about health and wellness. A few years ago, he dropped 40 pounds, built some impressive muscles and has been engaging in regular exercise and a healthy diet since.

As for his history with WOAI, he first left his longtime TV job in 2005 to pursue a new career in public relations. He took a PR post with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, traveling to Africa and Peru as part of the job.

He later went to work for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and led the $1 million media campaign for the City of San Antonio’s anti-obesity initiative that launched Siclovia.

He returned to reporting at WOAI in 2012.

After getting his master’s degree in strategic public relations, he left again a year later to work for Microsoft as community development specialist.

Four months passed before he got the TV itch again and returned to reporting at WOAI.

Now, he’s preparing for a new career adventure. The question is: Will he stay with the Southside position for a while…or will we see him back on TV before we can even process his exit?