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    Kansas City will eventually have another CHR option, at least in the overnight hours. KCXL has sold its midnight-6:00 a.m. programming block to a North Carolina outfit called "Surge Radio." The format exists on one station in N.C., and online.


    A week from today, News Press & Gazette will launch its new NBC affiliate in St. Joseph, KNPG-LD. The station will be on channel 21.1. CW programming moves to 21.2. The call letters KBJO-LD will move to the Telemundo affiliate on channel 30. KNPG and FOX affiliate KNPN will share a newscast from 5:00-7:00 a.m., and 5:00-5:30 p.m.. KNPG will have news at 6:00 and 10:00. KNPN's news will air at 7:00 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9:00.


    More comings and goings at KCTV: the station will move Joe Chiodo to morning co-anchor, beginning next week. Chiodo has been co-anchoring at 4:00 p.m. and reporting nightside. Morning meteorologist Jesse Hawila and his wife, reporter Elisabeth Rentschler, are leaving for Dallas. Hawila will begin working for WFAA next week, shift unknown at this point.


    As part of yesterday's sale announcement, Rocking M Media will spin off adult contemporary KBLS to Manhattan Broadcasting. MBC already owns news/talk KMAN, rock KMKF, CHR KACZ and country KXBZ.


    Rocking M Media is making a big play in Salina-Abilene-Manhattan, purchasing five stations from Alpha Media. Those stations are country KYEZ, talk KSAL, classic hits KSAL-FM, AC KBLS, and full service KABI. Alpha Will retain oldies KSAJ-FM, which it has applied to re-license to Burlingame and move closer to Topeka. Rocking M already owns KVOB, KZUH and KDJM. The sale would give the company eight stations in the region. A spinoff of at least one station is likely.


    Entercom is boosting its talk station in Wichita. Sports station KFH will move its FM simulcast to new translator K248CY at 97.5 mHz in Wichita. KFH will remain on 1240 kHz too. Talk station KNSS (1330 kHz) will take over the FM simulcast on 50kw station KFH-FM at 98.7 mHz. The call letters will likely change to KNSS-FM. Both moves will happen on October 12.


    Jean Turnbough is no longer the general manager at KSNT in Topeka. It sounds like Media General is cleaning house at the tops of its stations before Nexstar takes over.


    That didn't last long. KCTV will be hunting for a new morning anchor. Rob Finnerty has decided to leave the station after just one year. Finnerty came to Kansas City from Bakersfield. I don't know what he's doing next.


    Keleigh Gibbs has joined KMBC-TV as a weekend co-anchor. Gibbs has already been on the air as a reporter for a couple of weeks. Gibbs last worked at WFMZ in Allentown, Pa.; she is a graduate of the University of Illinois.


    Former Kansas City radio personality Bobby Oh/Bobby Ocean passed away this week at age 59. His real name was Thomas Martinkovic. He was on the air at KCMO-FM in the 1990s while in Kansas City. I'm not completely sure about where else he worked, because there two Bobby Oceans working in radio at the time. Martinkovic had been working for iHeart in Tampa most recently.


    Mike Kennedy is retiring from Kansas City country station KBEQ, although he will continue to consult on a part-time basis. Kennedy stepped away from morning show duties last year after 14 years behind the mic at Q104. Kennedy has also been in the radio business for 40 years.


    KSHB Assistant News Director, and former KQTV anchor, Bridgett Blevins, is returning to St. Joseph. She has taken a job with the St. Joseph School District.


    KRCG in Jefferson City expands its morning news to 4:30 in the morning beginning Monday. Katie Moeller is coming over from KOMU to co-anchor. Moeller is a Missouri grad and a Miss Missouri runner-up.


    KSHB has hired Gerard Jebaily as a weekend meteorologist. Jebaily currently works at Sinclair ABC affiliate WPDE-TV in the Myrtle Beach/Conway/Florence, South Carolina market. Jebaily holds a degree from Oklahoma. Jebaily is replacing J.D. Rudd, who as we noted earlier, declared himself "available" as of next month. But FTV Live is reporting Rudd will actually leave the market to join Scripps' WEWS in Cleveland, as the morning meteorologist.


    Another one is soon to be out the door at KSHB, as meteorologist J.D. Rudd completed three years at the station and has now declared himself available. There had been rumors Rudd was talking to another station in town, but as of now, that's unconfirmed. Rudd's website simply says he's available in October 2016. Rudd is also married to KSHB reporter Alyson Bruner.


    Steve South is joining KSNW as the station's general manager. South has been working in Lansing as the general sales manager at Media General's (soon-to-be Nexstar's) WLNS. South is no stranger to the area, having previously worked at KAKE in Wichita, and at Bott Radio here in the Kansas City area.


    KCJK (X105.1) will debut Shawn Quinn for morning drive on September 6th. Quinn comes to Kansas City from Hagerstown, Md., where he was programming an internet station called GenX.FM.


    KRCG in Jefferson City has named Matt Johnson as its next news director. KRCG didn't go far to find him either. Johnson spent the last three years as content manager at KOMU in Columbia.


    In case you're interested, former KSHB/Sporting Kansas City personality Kacie McDonnell's "east coast" job will take her to Boston. McDonnell will join New England Sports Network (NESN) this September. Her duties are vague at this point, but NESN is touting she'll appear on all three main NESN shows: morning, 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.. McDonnell spent two years at KSHB.


    Should we call Kansas City's KQRC "classic rock" now? One thing I've noticed this summer is KQRC steadily winding down the current music it had been playing. In May, the top new song on "The Rock" got well over 100 spins. In July, the top new song had a few dozen spins. This month Mediabase removed KQRC from the "active rock" panel altogether. KQRC seems to be positioning itself between Cumulus' KCFX and KCJK. Food for thought...


    News Press & Gazette will launch a new NBC station in St. Joseph sometime this fall. They'll call it "NBC 21," with the call letters KNPG-LD. Right now, channel 21 is CW affiliate KBJO-LD, and the KNPG-LD call letters are on channel 30, which carries Telemundo. NPG also runs FOX affiliate KNPN-LD. Between them, the stations will have five hours of local news on weekdays.


    A longtime anchor is stepping down from WDAF-TV. Susan Hiland has taken a new public relations job with the North Kansas City School District. Hiland has worked at WDAF-TV for 17 years, most of that time anchoring the 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. newscasts. Her last day is in late August and she starts her new job in September.


    When the new fall season starts, KSHB will have another newscast on its plate. The NBC affiliate will extend its 6:00 p.m. newscast to a full hour, displacing Scripps' "The List." It appears Rhiannon Ally will anchor the 6:30 portion by herself. The List will move to sister station KMCI.


    KMXV program director "Ponch" is leaving the station. Ponch has been the PD since 2007 and has been working at the station since 1999. It's unclear if the decision was his, or if Steele City wants new leadership at Mix 93.3. The station has been struggling in the ratings against Entercom's Hot AC KZPT, but beating Cumulus CHR KCHZ.


    KSHB is bringing in Jade DeGood as its next traffic reporter. DeGood recently spent three years anchoring weekends at KWCH in Wichita. DeGood is replacing Kacie McDonnell, who we speculated would be leaving the station a few months ago. McDonnell reportedly has a new job in an eastern market, but we don't know where yet.


    Cumulus has hired its first on-air talent for the new alternative station X105.1. Matt Malone joins the station as assistant program director and afternoon drive host. Malone most recently worked in San Luis Obispo, California, but has experience at radio stations in Chicago and Milwaukee.


    KSNW has hired Katie Western as a meteorologist. She currently works at ABC affiliate KSWO in Lawton, Oklahoma.


    Another talent is out the door at KSHB. 4:00 p.m. anchor Justin Wilfon has landed a top-ten job, anchoring weekends at ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta. Wilfon joined KSHB in 2014 upon the launch of "The Now," Scripps' branded 4:00 newscast.


    Kansas City stations often dip into Topeka for new personnel. This month the opposite occurred. KSNT has hired Jesse Fray as news director. Fray comes from KCTV, where he was senior executive producer. Fray is also a former reporter for KSNT.


    KMBZ made a switch in the midday slot. Zak Burns has left the station to return to Seattle. Mike Wickett has joined the station from Milwaukee in Burns' place. Wickett is also engaged to Leigh McNabb, the program director/midday talent at Entercom's KZPT.


    It looks like Cumulus didn't think much of Tom Kent's syndicated show. After eight months, KCMO-FM has quietly pulled the plug on Tom Kent's Music Magazine, which aired from 6:00 to midnight.


    KCTV didn't need much time to find a replacement for its departing news director. Scott Levy will be the next ND. Levy is currently the news director at Media General (soon-to-be-Nexstar) CBS affiliate WIVB in Buffalo. Levy is from the region, having graduated from Oklahoma State University.


    Ottawa's KOFO has turned on its "AM revitalization" translator, with a ceremonial debut set for later this month. K279CS broadcasts at 103.7 mHz in Ottawa. The FCC rejected the original application for 99.1 mHz because of potential adjacent channel interference from Kansas City's KQRC.


    KCMO news anchor Dennis Rooney died this week after a two-year battle with cancer. Rooney had continued to work at KCMO, even through his cancer treatments. Rooney previously worked at WHB/KCTE, and at KBEQ.


    Roll with the changes at KCTV. I had heard the news director knew he was going to quit around the time he fired a few people a month ago. Today Ed Kosowski turned in his resignation after just a couple of years. His replacement will be the third news director in just the last few years.


    KCUR news anchor Steve Bell passed away on Monday at the age of 77. Bell collapsed in the newsroom as he prepared for the evening newscast. Bell had been with KCUR since 2000 and worked at several other radio news operations before that. Bell also provided voice-overs for KCPT.


    Chiefs radio color commentator Len Dawson is reducing his role at the Chiefs Radio Network. The former Chiefs quarterback will only do commentary on home games. Sideline reporter Kendall Gammon will move up to the commentator position on road games. Dawson has been a Chiefs radio analyst for 31 years. He's also the former sports anchor at KMBC, who occasionally comes back on air to deliver Chiefs commentary.


    As noted earlier, KCTV has made some on-air changes. Weekend meteorologist Jesse Hawila is part of the morning show with Lisa Teachman, for now. Gary Amble has been moved down to weekends, for now. I've heard this may be temporary, that KCTV has been trying to lure a bigger name from a competing station. That's a result no one would see on air for many months, though.


    KANU has officially launched its new translator at 96.1 mHz in Lawrence, rebroadcasting the news and talk programming from KANU's HD2 channel. The translator previously aired the Christian Air1 network, but the University of Kansas bought the translator earlier this year. The schedule on KANU itself does not change.


    Zimmer Radio has turned on a new translator in Columbia. K242CT operates at 96.3 mHz, and is currently simulcasting talk station KSSZ.


    KSNF will be looking for a new main anchor. Phillip Mitchell's last day is Thursday. Mitchell started at the Joplin NBC affiliate as a reporter in 2007, became the weekend anchor in 2010, and the main anchor in 2013.


    More changes are going down at KCTV. Longtime reporter Jeanene Kiesling is no longer with the station, her contract reportedly not renewed. It's also been rumored KCTV fired one of its newsroom managers and will be demoting a prominent on-air personality.


    KAKE in Wichita continues its changes, by hiring Chase Shannon as sports director. Shannon comes from FOX affiliate KLRT in Little Rock, Ark., and worked in Sherman, Texas prior to that. He is from the region, having graduated from Oklahoma State University.


    The University of Kansas has selected Brian Hanni as the next voice of the Jayhawks. Hanni replaces the retired Bob Davis on football and basketball broadcasts. Hanni is a KU graduate. He most recently did basketball and baseball for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.


    KCTV has hired Ronelle Williams for its weather department. The meteorologist comes from KQTV in St. Joseph, where he had worked the last couple of years doing both weather and news. Williams is originally from the Rochester, New York area, and went to school at SUNY-Oswego.


    KSNT news director Al Carl is leaving the station to be the news director at CW (former CBS) affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis. Media General (and soon, Nexstar), owns both stations.


    American Media Investments is buying KSEK-FM in Pittsburg, adding to its collection of stations in southeast Kansas. The company has been running the station via LMA for a month or so.


    As predicted, Cumulus swapped formats today at 7:30 a.m., moving the alternative station from 102.5 to 105.1, and relaunching it as "X105.1" (I swear at least one production element is saying "X101.5" though). Jack FM moves down the dial to the translator at 102.5. The move targets Entercom's KRBZ, which ranked sixth overall in the ratings last month and is generally one of the most active in social media.


    In another potential Cumulus move, we've heard KCMO is dropping the syndicated Michael Savage in the near future. Two hours of the show currently airs in drive time. It is not live.


    Nexstar is selling St.Joseph's KQTV as part of a five-station sale. The buyer is essentially Heartland Media, through a holding company called USA Television MidAmerica Holdings. Heartland's CEO is a former Gray Television executive. Nexstar has owned KQTV since 1997. KQTV is the dominant station in one of the smallest television markets in the country.


    It looks like KSHB will have to make another change on the morning show. Scripps is advertising for a traffic reporter, indicating Kacie McDonnell will not be there much longer. McDonnell is more well-known for the athletes she's dated than her on-air work, which is how she landed in Kansas City. Her relationship status with the Royals' Eric Hosmer is murky at best, or if you believe the internet rumors, it's over. McDonnell is also a pre-game host on KMCI's Sporting Kansas City coverage.


    Morning meteorologist Lindsey Slater signed off at Springfield's KSPR a week ago. She is now working at ABC affiliate WISN in Milwaukee.


    Cumulus has also registered 1025jackfm.com, so it looks more likely Cumulus will just swap the formats, moving Jack FM to the translator on 102.5 and relaunching the alternative station on 105.1.


    KMBZ-FM reporter Dan Verbeck is in the hospital after suffering a heart attack. His family posted on Facebook he is comatose in order to stabilize him. The extent of the damage is not known.


    What's up, Jack? Will X mark the spot soon? Radioinsight noted that Cumulus registered X1051kc.com last Friday, along with a Twitter account of the same name (originally it had been @x1o51, letter "o"). That screams hard rock to me, since Cumulus is already running classic rock and alternative in this market. Radioinsight notes it could also be a complement to urban adult contemporary KMJK. KCJK has been running a classic hits ("variety hits/adult hits") format since 2004, and has been jockless for the last couple of years.


    KTXY in Columbia lost half of its morning show. "Mike" of Cosmo and Mike is coming to Kansas City. He said on Facebook he will start June 13, but did not specify which station.


    KMBZ-FM afternoon host Dana Wright... come on down! Yes, Dana Wright appeared on the Price is Right episode that aired June 6. Not only did she make it to contestant's row, she made it all the way to the Showcase Showdown and won some $29,000 in prizes. The most impressive part, though, is keeping it a secret, because those episodes are recorded months in advance of the air date.


    A new sports reporter will soon join KCTV. Dani Welniak is making the move from Wichita's KWCH. Welniak replaces Brad Fanning, who left KCTV months ago to start his own stringer video business. Welniak has been with KWCH since 2011, and actually played women's professional football at one point. This weekend was also Jade DeGood's last weekend at KWCH. Don't be surprised if she appears in Kansas City television in the near future.


    News Director Julie Moravchik is leaving Jefferson City's KRCG for NBC affiliate WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Moravchik was the ND for just 15 months at KRCG.


    KSHB's revolving door continues. The station has hired Lindsey Anderson as a morning meteorologist. Anderson currently works at CBS affiliate WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. Anderson is a replacement for Kalee Dionne, who is moving to Chicago NBC O&O WMAQ-TV. It's unclear in what capacity Dionne will be working. Dionne has been at KSHB for three years.


    KAKE in Wichita has hired Jim Grimes as a news anchor. Grimes will co-anchor the evening newscasts with Deb Farris. Grimes currently works as a consultant, but has anchored before in Dallas and Houston.


    Alpha Media has turned on an FM translator for WIBW in Topeka. WIBW's programming is now heard on K285GL at 104.9 mHz in Topeka.


    Carter Broadcasting is joining the AM revitalization movement with its purchase of a CP for translator K299BG (currently licensed to Linn, east of Jefferson City). Carter will file a new waiver to move the translator into the Kansas City area and rebroadcast gospel station KPRT.


    Longtime Topeka radio personality Rich Bowers died this week at the age of 60. "Radio Rich" did mornings at WIBW-FM from 1992 to 2006, and at KQTP from 2006 to 2008. Bowers exited the terrestrial radio business after Cumulus layoffs in 2008.


    Look who's back. Tom Becka is returning to the Kansas City airwaves with a late-morning slot on Cumulus talk station KCMO. Becka previously worked at KMBZ, but has been in Omaha for many years. Becka will fill the 10:00-12:00 p.m. slot. Mike Ferguson moves to the noon hour. Dave Ramsey's show moves to 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Mike Savage will air in the afternoon drive slot formerly occupied by Greg Knapp.


    Longtime KWCH anchor Cindy Klose will retire at the end of the May ratings period. Klose has been anchoring at the Wichita CBS affiliate since 1991. Gray Television recently closed on the purchase of KWCH.


    Meanwhile, another longtime Wichita journalist will also leave-- on the same day. Susan Peters of KAKE will leave her station on the last day of the May book. Peters has been at KAKE since 1995, but she also worked at KWCH from 1983 to 1991.


    Cumulus has cut Greg Knapp from afternoon drive at talk station KCMO. Knapp was, for a long time, the only local talent on the station. It's unclear what KCMO intends to with the slot on a permanent basis.


    Liz McGiffin has joined KYTV in Springfield as a morning meteorologist. McGiffin is a Missouri graduate and a Missouri native. She last worked at KTVL in Medford, Oregon.


    KMBC-TV has hried Rob Hughes as a morning anchor; he will primarily anchor the 7:00-9:00 portion of the morning show on KCWE. Hughes comes from fellow Hearst station KOCO in Oklahoma City, where he was a reporter.


    Joshua James is out at country station KBEQ. The afternoon air talent said he resigned this week, but also says the station took him off the air immediately instead of letting him ride out his two weeks' notice. James had been on the air at Q104 for eight years.


    Morning meteorologist Angie Lassman is leaving St. Joseph FOX affiliate KNPN, and making a big jump in the process. Lassman will be the new weekend morning meteorologist at NBC O&O WTVJ in Miami. That's a leap from market #201 to market #16.


    KSHB has hired Belinda Post for a yet-to-be-determined role at the station. Post is currently an anchor at WTVQ in Lexington, Ky. However, she is a K-State grad and also a former Miss Kansas pageant runner-up, and a former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader.


    Former KMBZ talk show host Darla Jaye is now working on the other side of the line, handling communications for the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. She's the second ex-KMBZ employee (Lisa Carter) to land such a public relations job recently.


    WDAF-TV will shift its Saturday a.m. newscast up by one hour, running from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. instead of 7:00-9:00. This begins April 23. The Sunday morning show remains 7:00-9:00.


    Hearst has been telling its stations to expand news, and KMBC will follow that pattern. KMBC will launch at 4:00 p.m. news on April 25th, and expand its 9:00 p.m. news on KCWE to a full hour. Ellen, which often wins the 4:00 hour, will slide back to 3:00, and Steve Harvey moves to 2:00.


    Former KYYS personality Jay Cooper passed away this week. Cooper was one half of the "Dick and Jay" show with Dick Wilson at KY-102 in the 1970s. Cooper had been living in Florida. He and Wilson were recently inducted into the Kansas Radio Hall of Fame.


    KSHB has hired Bridget Blevins as assistant news director. Blevins comes from KQTV in St. Joseph, where she was both the main anchor, and the news director. KSHB had been oeprating without an assistant news director for nearly a year.


    Lockwood Broadcasting has named Anthony Maisel the news director of KAKE in Wichita. Maisel has been the general manager of Lockwood's KTEN in Sherman, Texas. Maisel replaces Michael Sipes, who had been KAKE's ND for the last three years.


    KQLA in Manhattan, Kansas has signed on an HD2 station, and a translator for it at 92.7 mHz. The combo is airing a current hard rock format, "Q-Rock 92.7." Reception is limited in Manhattan, which already has longtime rocker KMKF, and coverage from Topeka's KDVV.


    Cumulus has hired Lance Tidwell as the operations manager of the Kansas City cluster, and the program director of talk station KCMO. Tidwell's experience is mostly in country formats, which Cumulus doesn't have in Kansas City right now. Tidwell most recently worked for iHeart Radio in San Antonio.


    After a brief Christmas music stunt, KOMG in Springfield has rebranded as "105.1 The Bull." The format remains country music. The Bull has also added the syndicated Big D and Bubba for mornings. KOMG is one of four major country stations in Springfield, a market long-dominated by country KTTS-FM.


    Educational Media Foundation has closed on its purchase of KPOR (90.7 mHz) in Emporia. KPOR will become a K-Love affiliate, if it hasn't already.


    Taylor McKay has joined KZPT for mornings with Kelly Urich. McKay comes from crosstown rival KMXV.


    Alpha Media is closing on its purchase of the Digity Media LLC. stations, which includes some stations in northern Missouri. Alpha announced the sale last summer.


    Former KAKE general manager Brad Moses will take over as GM of KWCH. Moses replaces Joan Barrett. Moses was KAKE's GM until Gray Television sold it to Lockwood Broadcasting, in order to buy KWCH.


    KCTV has hried Joe Chiodo as an anchor and reporter. Chiodo will co-anchor the 4:00 p.m. newscast. Chiodo comes from NBC affiliate WOWT in Omaha, where he was the weekend anchor.


    Entercom has hired Alan Furst as program director for the KMBZ twins. Furst replaces Jack Landreth, who left last month (along with Darla Jaye). Furst last programmed KROI in Houston, which broadcast a news format until October 2014.


    KCTV is searching for a new meteorologist. Hallie Shulman has let the station for a public relations job in Olathe. Shulman only spent a few years at the station, but recently had a baby. By the way, check out FTV Live if you want to see a funny story about the KCTV news director's employee recruitment on Twitter.


    Sometime this week KCWJ added Westwood One's classic country service, under the name "Real Country." Some religious programs are still airing, as are high school sports, Missouri Mavericks hockey, and St. Louis Blues hockey.


    Kansas State University sports will move from KDVV to WIBW this fall for the next five years. In the event of conflicts, some games will air on WIBW-FM.


    The University of Kansas has bought a translator at 96.1 from EMF in order to rebroadcast KANU's HD2 channel in Lawrence. Part of me wonders if this is a precursor to a schedule change at Kansas Public Radio. KANU airs mostly classical music. The HD2 channel airs all news and talk (mostly BBC World). NPR stations have been moving away from classical for years, as talk radio is more likely to bring in donations and pay the bills. I could see a day when KANU airs all news and talk and the classical programming is demoted to the HD2 channel and translator for Lawrence residents.


    We are at a point where hundreds of translators are changing hands because of the first 250-mile waiver window to move translators to rebroadcast AM stations. Catholic Radio Network has bought translators to relocate for Kansas City stations KDMR (1190), KEXS (1090) and KMVG (890). Alpine Broadcasting bought another translator, this one for KCTO (1160). Union Broadcasting bought another one for KCTE (1510). Vision Communications bought a KCK translator application to move out of the market, down to Springfield. Keep in mind, translator frequencies will change, and in some cases, the originating station will probably change too.


    As many have read, the Meredith-Media General deal has been terminated. Meredith walks away with $60 million. Instead, Nexstar Broadcasting will buy MG (KSNT and KTMJ in Topeka, Wichita's KSNW + satellites), forming a new company called Nexstar Media Group. I added a link on the right. There are no Nexstar conflicts in this area, but with Gray TV closing its deal of Schurz, and a spectrum auction upcoming, change is on the horizon in this region. Also, don't be surprised if another company ultimately buys Meredith, or part of it.


    KWCH general manager Joan Barrett is leaving the station, ahead of the sale to Gray Television. Barrett has been with KWCH since 2002. The sale to Gray is expected to close February 1.


    Darla Jaye is no longer with KMBZ. The AM signal's morning slot is now a simulcast of the KMBZ-FM morning drive.


    KCMO-FM added the syndicated Music Magazine hosted by Tom Kent. The show runs 6:00 to midnight weeknights.


    Program director Thom McGinty is out at KCKC (102.1), and it appears the station has dropped Darren Wilhite's morning show too. McGinty has overseen two formats at the station, which typically ranks near the bottom of the commercial stations in Kansas City.


    Another KSNT anchor is leaving. Christina Frank ended a three-year run recently. Frank did not reveal her future plans. KSNT recently lost a morning anchor to KCTV.


    KMIZ meteorologist Jessica Quick is making the jump to St. Louis. She'll start at KSDK in March, replacing a meteorologist who is heading to Nashville.


    Univision is expanding its local news in Kansas City. KUKC-LD has moved downtown to 9th and Baltimore in KCMO. They plan to start at 10:00 newscast this month and later add a 5:00 show. KUKC-LD broadcasts a low-power signal most people can't see, relying on cable television instead.


    KMVG (the former KGGN) returned to the air over the Christmas holiday, with Catholic programming. I don't know the source at this time. The station had been silent for a few months while Kansas City Catholic Network completed the purchase of the station.


    Some Christmas sales: Eagle Communications is buying translator K224EX (92.7) in Manhattan. It will rebroadcast a subchannel of KQLA. Rocking M Media is buying Wellington stations KWME and KLEY, as well as KKLE in Winfield.


    Longtime anchor and reporter Amy Hawley is leaving KSHB this month. It's unclear if the decision was hers, or the station's. Hawley had been anchoring weekends recently. She does not appear to have a new gig lined up at this time.


    An update on former KSNT anchor Natalie Davis: she is joining KCTV in Kansas City as a weekend morning anchor. Davis had been commuting from Kansas City the entire time she worked in Topeka.


    Jennifer McDermed has joined KMBC as a meteorologist. McDermed is an Atchison, Kansas, native. She previously worked at WHO-TV in Des Moines, and KQTV in St. Joseph.


    Kansas City lost Nash Icon last month. But Topeka has suddenly gained it. KTOP-FM switched brands from Nash to Nash Icon. The two are quite similar; Nash Icon plays more gold tracks, but not much before the year 2000. Nash Icon is also completely fed through Westwood One, with no need for local talent.


    A couple of Wichita GM notes: Neal Davis will take over at KAKE when Lockwood Broadcasting closes on the purchase of the station. Erik Shrader is leaving MG's KSNW for the same job at WIAT in Birmingham.


    Consolidation could be on the horizon in Springfield. Before completing its sale to Gray Television, Schurz is exercising is option to buy KSPR from Perkins Media. Schurz owns KYTV and has a shared services agreement with KSPR. In other markets, Gray has consolidated broadcasts by moving one station's content to a subchannel of the other, then selling the license of the empty frequency to a minority-owned company or back to the FCC. It is possible KSPR could move to KYTV's subchannel.


    KSNT morning anchor Natalie Davis announced today was her last day at the station. Davis has not mentioned her future plans.


    KMBC weekend anchor/reporter Scott McDonnell is leaving the station for a weeknight anchor position at ABC affiliate WTNH-TV in New Haven, Connecticut. McDonnell had been with KMBC since March 2013. He's a New England native who had previously worked at WFSB-TV and radio station WTIC-FM in the Hartford market.


    After re-taking control of KHLT-FM earlier this year, Daniel Smith will sell it outright to the people currently operating the station. Alan Hsu and Hong Zhang own La Raza, LLC. They'll pay $1.65 million for the station.


    Longtime Kansas Jayhawk play-by-play broadcaster Bob Davis will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 basketball season. Davis has been the voice of Jayhawk football and basketball since 1984, when KLWN and then-KLZR first won the solo rights to broadcast the games. Davis has been behind the mic for an Orange Bowl victory and two NCAA tournament championships.


    One of the many country stations in Wichita is tweaking its image. 100.5 the Wolf is now leaning classic country, and calling itself Hank FM. The station is using music service from Envision Radio Network. Classic country previously existed on KFTI-FM (92.3) before moving to KFTI on the AM dial.


    As the FCC prepares to grant waivers to allow AM broadcasters a shot at FM translators, you'll see more purchases like this one. Great Plains Media is buying a CP for K247BN in Madison, Kansas. It's close to nothing, but the FCC will likely allow GPM to move it to Lawrence in order to rebroadcast KLWN. Along the same line, Steckline is buying translators in Hutchinson and Eureka which may be used later for stations in Wichita.


    Christmas came early this year. Cumulus' KCMO-FM went to Christmas tunes at 4:00. Among the Steel City stations, KCKC changed to a Christmas music format sometime afterward. I believe they are taking over that role from country KFKF within the group.


    Fresh off the World Series victory, the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a four-year extension with KCSP as the team's flagship broadcaster. Terms were not disclosed. The Royals' championship year meant big ratings for KCSP, which has been at or near the top of the monthly trends all year.


    While you and I were celebrating a World Series title, Cumulus snuck a format change into Kansas City. Nash Icon is out. Translator K273BZ is now airing an automated alternative format called "The Underground." KCMO-FM's HD2 channel feeds the translator. Nash Icon barely lasted more than a year, rating a 0.4 in the most recent trends. By comparison, existing alternative station KRBZ ranks in the top ten.
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