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KCTV announced today it will start a 7:00 p.m. newscast on sister station KSMO on Monday, February 5. KSMO already airs news at 9:00, and if the same talent is doing all the evening newsasts on both stations, that won't give them much of a break. Don't be surprised if owner Meredith eventually rebrands KSMO to something along the lines of KCTV-Plus.
As part of the second round of AM revitalization translator filings, the FCC has granted a construction permit for Christian station KCNW (1380 kHz) at 96.1 mHz in Fairway, Kansas. The translator would broadcast at I-635 and Metropolitan, with coverage mostly on the Kansas side. In Topeka, sports station KTOP now has a CP for a translator at 93.9.
E.W. Scripps Co. is quickly getting out of the radio business, putting all 34 radio stations up for sale. That includes stations in Wichita, Omaha and Springfield. Scripps acquired the radio stations as part of its purchase of Journal Communications. Scripps will likely use the money to fund additional television purchases.
I hinted earlier about weathercaster Erin Little returning to TV. Although nothing has been announced publicly, I've been told she will start at KCTV, perhaps as soon as Tuesday. I've also heard March as a start date. Little had two stints at KMBC, and would bring instant recognition to a station with a lot of unfamiliar faces, particularly on mornings. Little spent most of 2017 as a public relations director for Shawnee Mission schools.
Southwind Broadcasting, LLC. has agreed to purchase several western Kansas stations from the Ingstad family for $2.4 million. That includes KKJQ and KSKZ in Garden City. Southwind appears to be a newly-formed company based in Wichita, different from the Southwind that owned some stations in Florida and South Carolina in the 1970s and '80s.
KSNW in Wichita has shaken its anchor lineup. Jeff Herndon has now taken over all evening newscasts. Evening anchor Darren Dedo has moved to the morning show. Evening anchor Stephanie Bergman is now anchoring the noon news. Meteorologist Leon Smitherman is also retiring. Smitherman has been in the business for 30 years, half of it at KSNW.
KVWF (100.5) in Wichita launched its new format Thursday, under the name "Flight 100.5." The station appears to be alternative or adult alternative, but the only web presence is a TuneIn stream under "Wichita's Christmas Station." Rocking M Media bought the station earlier in the year and merged the previous country format with KKGQ (92.3). The station had been stunting with Christmas music for the past few weeks.
With Christmas out of the way, KSAJ-FM in Topeka has relaunched as "98.5 Jack FM." Much like the Jack FM in Kansas City, the station will play hits generally from the '80s to the '00s.
After ten months of public relations work with the Shawnee Mission School District, former KMBC meteorologist Erin Little suddenly left her job today. Little says she has accepted a new position. Is a return to TV possible?
WDAF-TV has launched another subchannel on PSIP 4.4. Programming comes from the Sinclair-owned network TBD, which airs shows generally targeted at viewers under the age of 30.
KCTV weekend morning anchor Natalie Davis is leaving her job, after two years. Davis will be a weekday morning co-anchor at KWCH in Wichita. Davis' husband is in residency in Wichita.
In a follow-up from the other day, Jennifer McDermed is the meteorologist leaving KMBC. McDermed has landed a job at FOX O&O KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. McDermed had been working weekends, generally at night. McDermed only spent a couple of years at KMBC.
One syndicated radio show spreading rapidly this year has been The Woody Show. iHeart's KTHR (Alt 107.3) in Wichita debuted the show this week during morning drive. iHeart also added the show in Des Moines this month. Woody is Jeff Fife, who not that long ago, worked at KPNT in St. Louis. The Woody Show is based at KYSR in Los Angeles.
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.
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.