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    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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