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  • Welcome to the site formerly at kcradio.tripod.com. The layout remains largely the same, with short bursts of information and articles. The links are at the top of the page. The main section is my traditional content. The right column will contain relevant articles, and other interesting blog entries. Simplicity has always been my goal with the layout.

    1.12.2017

    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.

    1.9.2017

    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.

    1.6.2017

    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.

    1.5.2017

    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.

    1.3.2017

    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.

    1.3.2017

    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.

    1.2.2017

    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.

    12.26.2016

    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.

    12.19.2016

    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.

    12.14.2016

    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.

    12.13.2016

    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.

    12.5.2016

    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.

    12.5.2016

    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.

    12.2.2016

    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.

    12.1.2016

    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.

    12.1.2016

    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.

    11.29.2016

    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.

    11.22.2016

    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.

    11.21.2016

    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.

    11.17.2016

    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.

    11.9.2016

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

    11.4.2016

    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.

    11.3.2016

    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.

    11.1.2016

    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.

    11.1.2016

    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.

    10.27.2016

    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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