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    It looks like KMBC will be short a meteorologist soon. Hearst has posted two openings for meteorologists at KMBC, one specifying a morning-and-weekend shift, and the other generic. They may be two versions of the same opening. Neville Miller has occupied that particular position for the last three years.


    This week is the last week for KSNF meteorologist Stacey Garvilla. After five years in Joplin, Garvilla is moving to KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs.


    KVWF (100.5) in Wichita flipped to Christmas music today. Given the timing, it's likely the station will debut a new format in 2018. KVWF has been running a country format under a couple of different names for several years. Owner Rocking M Radio flipped recently-acquired KKGQ (92.3) in Wichita to a country format earlier this year.


    A familiar Kansas City radio voice will soon appear on KCMO-FM. Kelly Urich takes over the morning drive slot on December 26th, replacing Dick Wilson. Urich has been out of radio for about a year. But otherwise, Urich has worked at KBEQ, KXXR, KMXV, and three different formats on 99.7, most recently, KZPT.


    Starting November 24, WDAF-TV will tack on an extra half-hour to its morning news, starting at 4:00 a.m. instead of 4:30. A rotating series of morning reporters will anchor that half-hour before the normal crew begins. Other stations in the market run national news in that slot, and FOX 4 had been running Family Feud.


    Merry Christmas, you're fired? As Cumulus flipped KCMO-FM to its Christmas music format, it looks like the station has let go longtime morning host Dick Wilson. Wilson has been a fixture in the Kansas City market since the 1970s. Wilson had been at 94.9 since the 1980s, when it was a CHR station "Power 95." Over at KCMO, both Greg Knapp and Tom Becka are no longer listed.


    The door has revolved again at KCTV. Meredith named Chuck Poduska the new general manager today, effective immediately. Poduska has been working in the corporate level at Meredith, but has 15 years of experience KCTV and KSMO. Poduska replaces Mike Cukyne, who has been GM since January 2015.


    KOMU welcomes Emily Spain back to the station as an evening co-anchor. Spain previously anchored morning news from 2012 to 2014 before moving to WFMY in Greensboro, North Carolina.


    An update on KSAJ-FM: the station will begin playing Christmas music later this month. A new format will debut in January. The station is moving into Topeka from Abilene.


    Catholic station KPHN (1360 kHz and 96.7 mHz) in El Dorado-Wichita will be off the air for a few weeks after a burglary. Catholic Radio Network says burglars broke in last weekend, taking "everything but the transmitter." Repairs will run about $50,000.


    WDAF-TV has promoted reporter Megan Dillard to weekend evening co-anchor. Dillard will anchor along side Rob Collins on Saturday and Sunday nights. Dillard has been reporting for FOX 4 since 2014.


    A familiar face is returning to Kansas City weather. Former KSHB meteorologist Brett Anthony will join KCTV's weather staff this month. Anthony has been in Tulsa the last few years, but his contract was not renewed.


    As sweeps begin, Chris Suchan is no longer with KCTV. Suchan came to Kansas City from Florida as a chief meteorologist. But KCTV recently demoted Suchan to weekends, making it likely he would not be at the station much longer. That leaves KCTV with just two full-time meteorologists for now-- Gary Amble and Ronnelle Williams.


    Non-commercial KTBG has shuffled its on-air lineup. Morning host Jon Hart is now on during afternoon drive. Dave O'Connor is now the morning host. Sarah Bradshaw and Byron Johnson also appear to have swapped their midday shifts.


    KSAJ-FM plans to relaunch as a Topeka-based station on or around November 1. Alpha Media has been operating the syndicated oldies station in its Topeka cluster most of the year, while maintaining an Abilene presence. KSAJ is waiting on some parts to complete the transition. I expect the format to be tweaked as well.


    KSHB has hired Taylor Hemness as its new morning anchor, replaing Patrick Fazio. Hemness is currently an evening anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate KLTV in Tyler, Texas.


    This week is Mary Pulley's last week at FOX 4. The weekend anchor is leaving the station to spend more time at home. Pulley has been with the station for seven years.


    Longtime personality Roger Carson is gone from WDAF, where he had been co-hosting mornings. Carson had been with 106.5 The Wolf since 2011. Carson worked at KUDL and KBEQ prior to that. Codie Allen continues on the morning shift.


    Catholic radio options have exploded over the last couple of years in Kansas City. KCXL is the latest to enter the game. The Liberty station is now airing programs from Relevant Radio several hours a day. Relevant Radio is based in Wisconsin.


    KWCH news dierctor Brian Gregory is leaving the station for the same job with KDVR and KWGN in Denver. This move reunited Gregory with general manager Joan Barrett. Gregory has been KWCH's news dierctor since 2013.


    Labor Day brought a country station back to the crowded Wichita country music market. KKGQ, now a part of Rocking M Media, flipped from Hot AC to red dirt-style country as "Kansas Country 92.3." Rocking M is also in the process of acquiring Wichita classic country station KVWF. KKGQ's pervious format lasted two-and-a-half years.


    Cumulus has taken steps to bring two talkers to FM in Columbia and Jefferson City. The FCC has approved a translator at 98.9 for KFRU in Columbia. Simultaneously, the FCC approved a translator for KLIK at 103.5 in Jefferson City.


    Leavenworth-based KKLO is now heard on FM, thanks to the sign-on of translator K224FF, licensed to Lenexa, Kansas. KKLO has aired FOX News radio programs for the past couple of years. The sign-on, at least in Johnson County, blocks reception of St. Joseph-based KSJQ.


    Anchor Jeff Herndon is returning to Wichita. The former KAKE anchor will become Assistant News Director and 5:00 p.m. anchor at KSNW on September 25. Herndon left KAKE a few years ago to anchor at FOX affiliate WFLD in Chicago.


    When Gray Television bought KYTV, which shared resources with KSPR, I figured a massive consolidation would take place eventually. That happened today when Gray pink-slipped more than a dozen people, including longtime anchor Jerry Jacob, who has been in Sprngfield TV since 1991. KYTV and KSPR will also simulcast most newscasts. KYTV will maintain a separate noon newscast. KSPR will have a separate 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. news.


    KMIZ has shuffled just about everyone in its on-air lineup. Ashley Strohmier has moved from morning to evening anchor. Evening anchor Lindsey Berning moves to mornings. Weekend meteorologist Brigit Mahoney has moved to mornings. Andrew Kauffman is now sports director, replacing Austin Kim, who left for Newsy.


    KMBC welcomes a new morning anchor this week. Cody Holyoke will anchor from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. on KMBC. Holyoke comes from CBS affiliate WRGB-TV in Albany, New York.


    As expected, after losing Kansas Jayhawk sports, KCSP will carry Kansas State Wildcat sports in Kansas City, beginning with the 2017 football season.


    The Chiefs announced today 2017 will be Len Dawson's final season with the Chiefs Radio Network. The 81-year-old former quarterback scaled back his schedule to home games only last year. Dawson began his radio career in 1984. He had been on television with KMBC-TV for many years prior. Dawson entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. Dawson is actually in the Hall of Fame twice, both as a player, and a broadcaster.


    KCTV will make an anchor swap. Alexis Del Cid is moving back to the Better Kansas City lifestyle show at 9:00. She teased it in a Facebook post, but KCTV has not announced anything publicly. Gina Bullard will now be the morning show co-anchor.


    Cumulus has named "Kenny J" the new program director and midday host at KMJK in Kansas City. Kenny comes to Kansas City from KWBT in Waco, Texas. He replaces Maurice DeVoe, who left for St. Louis earlier this year.


    Today is the last day for Jenn Bates as the morning show anchor at Wichita's KWCH. Bates is leaving for a job outside of television news. She worked as a sports reporter/anchor before moving to the news side.


    Following yesterday's news, WHB will be the new home of Kansas Jayhawk sports in Kansas City. All sports and coaches shows from the IMG package with KU will air on either WHB or KCTE. No word on the status of K-State sports, but it's expected KCSP will pitch them an offer.


    A little over a month from the start of college football, Entercom's KCSP announced it has dropped Kansas Jayhawk sports. The contract expired this year. KU has not announced a corresponding move regarding where its games will be heard in Kansas City. The Jayhawks have been on KCSP for the last ten years, but are sometimes bumped during conflicts with Royals games.


    As Hearst often does, the company has promoted from within to fill the KMBC news director vacancy. Dan O'Donnell, who has spent 23 years at WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pa., will take over as KMBC's news director later this summer. Sherrie Brown is leaving KMBC at the end of the month. WGAL is a monster in its market, in terms of ratings, it has been one of the highest-performing stations in the nation in the last couple of decades.


    FOX 4 has reached over to St. Louis for its new nightside anchor. Pat McGonigle joins WDAF-TV as Phil Witt's replacement. McGonigle has been the morning anchor for several years at KSDK in St. Louis. He will anchor the 10:00 p.m. next to Loren Halifax, and report. Halifax will anchor the 6:00 p.m. news solo.


    KMIZ anchor Marissa Hollowed has left the Columbia station for KMOV in St.Louis. Hollowed had been anchoring at KMIZ since 2014. She will anchor mornings in St. Louis.


    Barbara White, widow of late Royals broadcaster Fred White, is buying KNCK and KNCK-FM in Concordia, Kansas. White already owns KRSL and KRSL-FM in Russell, Kansas.


    KMBC news director Sherrie Brown is leaving the station at the end of July. Brown has been at the station a little short of ten years. KMBC finds itself looking for a new leader at a time when the station still has strong ratings overall, but badly lags in the 25-54 demographic.


    The surging KSHB morning show is losing a big piece of the puzzle. Anchor Patrick Fazio is heading to WMAQ-TV in Chicago for a schedule to be determined later. Fazio joined KSHB in July 2013. KSHB's morning news has been rising steadily in recent ratings periods in the 25-54 demographic, finishing second in May.


    WDAF-TV has hired Dana McDaniel as the news director, replacing the promoted Tracy Brogden-Miller. McDaniel was most recently the news director at KTVU in San Francisco. She is a Michigan native.


    Former KCTV anchor Karen Fuller has filed a federal age and gender discrimination lawsuit against the station and owner Meredith. Fuller anchored weeknights on KCTV from 2003 to 2015. KCTV declined to renew her contract. Fuller was 47 at the time. Fuller has since landed at KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. KSHB and KMBC have also been hit with age or gender discrimination lawsuits in recent years.


    Morning meteorologist Brittany Beggs is leaving Columbia's KMIZ. Beggs has landed a new job in Chattanooga. She came to KMIZ in 2014.


    With the severe cutbacks at Spectrum Sports, at least one personality has landed at a more stable environment. Mick Shaffer will be the new sports director at KSHB, replacing the retiring Frank Boal. Shaffer is a Kansas grad (in my class, by the way), and prior to Spectrum, worked at KSNT and KAKE.


    KSNT is searching for a new anchor, after Jared Broyles decided not to renew his contract. Broyles has been on medical leave, and underwent neck surgery last year. Broyles says he would like to work in some way with the foster care system in northeast Kansas.


    News Press & Gazette's new CBS affiliate debuted today in St. Joseph. KCJO-LD opened with a tribute to St. Joseph native Walter Cronkite, the longtime CBS reporter and anchor. KCJO-LD airs on channel 30, displacing Telemundo, which moves to 21.3. NPG now controls five affiliates, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and Telemundo, spread over three channels.


    Entercom rocker KQRC is adding a syndicated show to its lineup. The Men's Room originates at Entercom's KISW in Seattle, airing live during afternoon drive in the Pacific Time Zone. But it's unclear when the show will air in syndication, or if it will be live, or fed as a series of drop-ins. The syndicated version begins June 5.


    As expected, KSNW in Wichita named Lisa Teachman its new chief meteorologist. It's a return to Wichita, where Teachman started her career as an intern under the now-retired Dave Freeman. Teachman had spent the last several years in Kansas City at both KMBC and KCTV.


    KCTV morning meteorologist Lisa Teachman submitted her resignation on Wednesday. Teachman has told co-workers she is returning to Wichita to be a chief meteorologist. Although not announced yet, the logical destination would be KSNW, where chief meteorologist Dave Freeman retired this month. Teachman spent three years at KCTV, and several more years at KMBC.


    Kansas City public television station KCPT laid off some of its staff today, including longtime personality Randy Mason. Mason had been at the station since 1984. He was best known for folk art series Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations, and more recently K.C. Arts Upload.


    Maurice DeVoe is leaving Cumulus' KMJK and KCHZ to joint iHeart in St. Louis. DeVoe programmed KMJK and tracked middays. He previously programmed KCHZ and worked as the Cumulus operations manager in Kansas City.


    In a bit of a surprise, Morgan Murphy Media is buying KOAM-TV and its shelled duopoly KFJX in Pittsburg, Kan., from Saga Communications. MMM owns stations in Madison, Wisc. and Spokane, Wash., and had not been seen as a potential buyer of stations. Saga has owned KOAM-TV since 2001.


    Tribune's potential sale hasn't been a secret, as shareholders want their money and have forced the company to cash out. Now, per Reuters, it appears Sinclair Broadcast Group will win its bid for the company over the likes of FOX and Nexstar. That purchase will include WDAF-TV in Kansas City. Despite seemingly constant ownership changes compared to the other stations in K.C., WDAF-TV is the number one station in adults 25-54. Once completed, WDAF will have its sixth owner in 25 years.


    For the second time, Frank Boal is retiring from Kansas City television. Boal will retire as KSHB sports director this June. Boal has been in the market since 1981, when he joined WDAF-TV as a sports anchor. Boal retired the first time, from WDAF-TV, in 2009. He later did part-time work for KCTV and KSHB before joining KSHB full-time a few years ago.


    Tribune has promoted WDAF-TV news director Tracy Brogden Miller to general manager. She will take over for Cheryl McDonald, who retires at the end of the month. Miller has been the ND for the last five years. She also led the newsroom at KCTV for a few years.


    The FCC published its results on the spectrum auction and re-packing of allocations. The only regional station sold in the auction is KSPR in Springfield, which will relocate to a subchannel of KYTV. However, several other stations will "re-pack" and move farther down the dial. KSHB will move from 42 to 36. KMCI moves from 41 to 25. KSMO goes from 47 to 32. The first transition date is November 2018. Sort through the re-pack list by market here.


    KSHB weekend morning anchor Jane Monreal is leaving to be a weekday morning anchor at WFTX in Fort Myers, Florida (also owned by Scripps) per FTV Live. Monreal has been at KSHB since 2015.


    Longtime WDAF-TV assistant news director George Mills died Monday of lung cancer. Mills worked at WDAF-TV since 1992. He had previously been a producer at NBC News, as well as WCKT in Miami. He was also a news director in Yuma and Billings.


    Envision Broadcast Network has decided to merge its operations under the umbrella of Rocking M Media. Envision owns KKGQ ("Q92") in Wichita, as well as services for visually-impaired listeners. Rocking M will take over via LMA Monday. Rocking M is also in the process of buying Connoisseur Media's two stations in Wichita.


    This week marks Michael Coleman's last week on the air at KCTV. The station decided not to renew Coleman's contract. Coleman is from Lawrence originally. Coleman has been the sports director at KCTV for the last seven years.


    Less than a month after Brian Bracco announced his departure, KSHB has already announced a replacement. Steve Watt will be the new general manager at KSHB. Watt has been at ABC affiliate WKRN (now owned by Nexstar) in Nashville for the last 13 years, much of that time as either general sales manager or general manager. Watt is also a former reporter at WOI-TV in Des Moines and WQAD-TV in Moline, Illinois.


    A long era will come to an end at WDAF-TV later this year. Anchor Phil Witt announced his retirement today. Witt's last day will be sometime in June. Witt joined the station in 1979 as weekend anchor after stints in Des Moines and Sioux City. He moved up to weeknight anchor in 1981. Witt's 38 years made him among the longest-tenured news anchors in Kansas City television history.


    After just two months on afternoon drive, Cumulus appears to have given up on Mike Ferguson. He hosted his last show today. The syndicated Phil Valentine show takes over the 4:00-6:00 p.m. slot on KCMO starting Monday.


    KSHB GM Brian Bracco today announced his retirement from the station. Bracco has been there since 2012 and spent many years at KMBC before that. Bracco did not indicate his last day, nor whether he is truly retiring, or just retiring from KSHB.


    Longtime meteorologist Dave Freeman will retire from KSNW on May 24 (the end of May ratings). Freeman has been with KSNW sine 1993 and worked in broadcasting for nearly 40 years. Freeman and his wife will spend the next five years in Israel as missionaries with the World Centre of the Baha'i Faith.


    Robert Raff will be the new general manager at KSNT/KTMJ, and by extension, KTKA. Raff is currently general manager of WFXS in Wausau, Wisconsin. However, Raff spent many years as general manager of KTMJ when it was a standalone station.


    News-Press and Gazette plans to launch a CBS affiliate in St. Joseph, Missouri on June 1. It's unclear where the station will be located. NPG already operates low-power FOX, NBC and Telemundo affiliates.


    Sporting Kansas City announced some changes to its broadcast crew. Retired English soccer player Matt Lawrence joins Nake Bukaty as a color commentator. Lawrence last worked for Sky Sports. Jillian Carroll will be the sideline reporter. She has done Chiefs pregame sideline reports in the past. The games move to FOX Sports Kansas City this year after three years on KMCI.


    KCSP moved quickly to fill the vacant afternoon co-host slot. Former KCTV sports reporter Brad Fanning will join Carrington Harrison at the station. Fanning spent several years at KCTV before quitting to start his own sports stringer video company. Fanning replaces Danny Parkins, who left for Chicago.


    KLWN will launch an FM translator in Lawrence, Kansas on January 31, as part of the AM revitalization program. K269GP will broadcast at 101.7 mHz. KLWN has not been heard on FM since the 1970s, when it shared programming with KLWN-FM (105.9 mHz).


    Reporter Lisa Benson is suing KSHB and parent company Scripps, alleging racial discrimination. Benson has worked at the station a little over 12 years. In that time Benson claims the station has sent her to bad neighborhoods because of her race, and denied her promotions in favor of co-workers with far less experience. Benson is still working at the station, and was on the air tonight.


    As Nexstar takes over the Media General stations, changes are taking place at the tops of many stations. KSNW news director Denise Killian is out. Killian had been with KSNW since 2013.
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