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    A longtime Kansas City reporter will retire at the end of the year. WDAF-TV health reporter Meryl Lin McKean will deliver her last stories last this month. McKean has been at WDAF-TV for 31 years. She started just before the Royals won the 1985 World Series. McKean has been in television and radio for more than 40 years.


    Another familiar face returns to KCMO. Greg Knapp will take over the A.M. drive slot. Knapp had previously held an afternoon spot at the station after Cumulus let him go earlier this year.


    MundoMax (formerly MundoFOX) ceased operations at the end of November. Rather than fill the subchannel with something else, Meredith has decided to shut off KSMO's subchannel altogether. 47.2 (62.2) simply redirects to 62.1.


    On December 7, Columbia sports station KTGR will move one of its FM simulcasts from 103.1 to 105.1. K286CL (105.1) is moving from Clinton, Mo., as part of the AM revitalization waiver. It is unclear what Zimmer Radio will do with K276DI, the 103.1 translator.


    Up in north-central Missouri, KTTN (1600 kHz) in Trenton is off the air due to transmitter failure. Replacement parts will take several weeks to order and install.


    KMBC is getting some help on the anchor desk. The station has hired Steven Albritton as an evening anchor and reporter. This is a big leap for Albritton, who currently anchors mornings at KATC, the ABC affiliate in Lafayette, Louisiana. Albritton is an Indiana native and a Ball State graduate.


    Cumulus makes some changes just ahead of Thanksgiving. Rob Carson is no longer at KCMO. As of now, Cumulus is piping in Mary Walter from WHAS in Louisville. Cumulus also let Jon Anthony go. Anthony had voicing at Jack FM and KCMO-FM in recent years.


    KMBC has had an Assistant News Director opening for the better part of a year. They finally filled it this month. KMBC hired Dana Dieterle away from KDVR/KWGN in Denver. Dieterle was also the Assistant Nes Director there.


    KCXL has activated a new translator, K284CH, at 104.7 mHz in Kansas City. This is the second FM translator for the station, which is also heard at 102.9 and 1140. Coverage should be limited to southern Kansas City, Lee's Summit and Raytown. This is an interesting allocation, because an LPFM station also has a construction permit on 104.7 to broadcast out of downtown Kansas City.


    KDVC (98.3 mHz) in Columbia has signed on with Christmas music, under the name "K-Santa."


    KCTV has hired Gina Bullard as a morning traffic reporter. Bullard is currently a morning anchor at CBS affiliate WCAX in Burlington, Vermont. She is a native of Connecticut. It appears Lisa Teachman will now do weather full-time, instead of both weather and traffic.


    KSHB debuted a new co-anchor/reporter for its "The Now" program. Kevin Holmes comes from WJCL in Savannah, Ga. He replaces Justin Wilfon, who left for Atlanta a few months ago.


    The full-powered CP for a station on 98.3 mHz in Columbia now has the call letters KDVC. A sign-on and future format is unknown, but the new Iris Media-owned station will likely work closely with Zimmer Radio and its existing stations. A translator on the frequency right now will have to move.


    KNPG-LD debuted its NBC affiliation today in St. Joseph. Between physical channels and virtual channels, I may have been confused earlier. KNPG-LD is still on physical channel 30, with NBC displacing Telemundo. The virtual channel is 21. KBJO-LD is still CW, on physical channel 16, and still mapping to 21 as far as I know. Telemundo remains on a subchannel of KNPN-LD.


    What's up with KCTV Chief Meteorologist Chris Suchan? Is he still the chief? Suchan changed his social media accounts today, adjusting his title to just "meteorologist."
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