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Former WFAA8 anchor Jeff Brady reportedly has eyes on vacant San Antonio anchor job

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Jeff Brady and retiring KENS-TV anchor Chris Marrou

The San Antonio Express-News reports and Dallas sources confirm that former WFAA8 anchor Jeff Brady is among those angling for a soon-to-be-vacant anchor post at the Alamo City's KENS-TV.

Brady, who left WFAA8 in February to form Dallas-based Brady Media Group, previously anchored at San Antonio's KSAT-TV. He joined WFAA8 from that station in July 2000.

The Express-News' long-vigilant TV critic, Jeanne Jakle, says that Brady was spotted "among candidates" at KENS last week. A vacancy will exist when Chris Marrou, who's been at KENS since 1973, retires later this year.

Jakle says Brady was dubbed a "young Dan Rather" during his time at KSAT. That's no longer a good thing in CBS circles, and KENS is one of the network's affiliates. KENS also is owned by Dallas-based Belo Corporation, parent company of WFAA8. That could work for or against Brady, even though WFAA8 news director Michael Valentine previously said his departure from the station was an "amicable split."

Brady had been co-anchoring 5 p.m. weekday newscasts at WFAA8, primarily with Macie Jepson, who was laid off last year. He also filled in on the early morning Daybreak program while the station searched for a permanent replacement.

Brady so far isn't talking about the KENS situation. He didn't return a phone message and email inquiry left Wednesday.

Also of note in D-FW news circles -- Veteran Fox4 sports anchor Mike Doocy has been off the air and ill this week.

Tests so far have ruled out swine flu, he said in an email sent Wednesday night to unclebarky.com.

"But I'm battling similar symptoms," Doocy said. "Some sort of upper respiratory bug really has me down. Trying to find the right meds to fight it. Hope to be back at work soon."