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    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.


    For the first time KCTV has added a permanent subchannel. KCTV is airing the sci-fi network Comet TV on 5.2. Previously, KCTV only used a subchannel for overflow NCAA Tournament games.


    WHB has let go nighttime host T.J. Carpenter and midday co-host Doug Stewart. Carpenter tweeted he would like to stay in Kansas City.


    What's up at 99.7 the Point? KZPT removed morning show host Kelly Urich from the website this week. Urich has been teasing an announcement "soon," indicating he might have another job.


    Afternoon 610 Sports host Danny Parkins is leaving the station after five years. His last show will be Friday. Parkins will work middays at WSCR in Chicago.


    One more note from WDAF-TV: General Manager Cheryl McDonald will retire later this year. McDonald has been with WDAF-TV for 30 years, 15 of them as the GM. Her husband was also the news director for many years before his retirement.


    Big anchor changes take place this month at WDAF-TV. Loren Halifax is moving from the morning show to co-anchor at 6:00 p.m.and 10:00 p.m., while Abby Eden moves from the 10:00 news to the morning show. Additionally, FOX 4 has hired Dhomonique Ricks to co-anchor at 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. with John Holt. Ricks is a Missouri graduate who most recently anchored at ABC affiliate WEWS in Cleveland.


    Even though KMJK's website is still promoting Tom Joyner's syndicated morning show, Cumulus station Magic 107.3 is now airing Steve Harvey's syndicated show instead. Harvey's show had previously been heard on KPRS a few years ago. At KCMO-FM, the Cumulus operations manager Lance Tidwell is now voice-tracking the midday shift. Production manager Steve Olaf is now handling afternoon drive.


    Cumulus has made more changes to talk station KCMO. Mike Ferguson moves from middays to afternoon drive. KCMO has re-added Chris Plante's syndicated show middays. Cumulus also dropped the syndicated Mike Savage. As reported earlier, Greg Knapp returned last month for mornings.


    2017 begins with a morning show departure. KMBC meteorologist Erin Little has left the station. Little worked at KMBC on two occasions, starting in 2004, then again in 2008, with a short stretch in Denver in between. Little has three young daughters at home, including one less than a year old. Her decision to leave is likely a family consideration, and nothing to do with KMBC's evolving morning talent lineup.


    The new KDVC in Columbia dropped its Christmas music and launched its new adult contemporary format "98.3 the Dove." The first song at midnight was "Faith" from the late George Michael. The 98.3 allocation had been silent for many years after the FCC yanked the license of the old KFMZ when the owner went to prison. Iris Media, working with Zimmer Radio, revived it this year, launching a Christmas music stunt in November.


    Longtime Kansas City broadcaster Charles Gray has died at the age of 87. Gray reported and anchored at KMBC in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1970s he became the news director at radio station WDAF.


    A few weeks ago Steven Albritton joined KMBC as an anchor/reporter. This week KMBC announced he will anchor the 5:00 p.m. news on KMBC, and the 9:00 p.m. on KCWE. Haley Harrison will move from the morning show to co-anchor those shows. KMBC will leave its veteran anchors, Kris Ketz, Lara Mortiz and Kelly Eckerman, on the 4:00, 6:00 and 10:00 shows.


    Connoisseur Media is selling its two Wichita stations to Rocking M Media for an unknown price. KVWF (100.5) airs a classic country format. KIBB (97.1) runs a classic hits format. Both are generally rimshots in the market.


    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 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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