KOMU welcomes Emily Spain back to the station as an evening co-anchor. Spain previously anchored morning news from 2012 to 2014 before moving to WFMY in Greensboro, North Carolina.
An update on KSAJ-FM: the station will begin playing Christmas music later this month. A new format will debut in January. The station is moving into Topeka from Abilene.
Catholic station KPHN (1360 kHz and 96.7 mHz) in El Dorado-Wichita will be off the air for a few weeks after a burglary. Catholic Radio Network says burglars broke in last weekend, taking "everything but the transmitter." Repairs will run about $50,000.
WDAF-TV has promoted reporter Megan Dillard to weekend evening co-anchor. Dillard will anchor along side Rob Collins on Saturday and Sunday nights. Dillard has been reporting for FOX 4 since 2014.
A familiar face is returning to Kansas City weather. Former KSHB meteorologist Brett Anthony will join KCTV's weather staff this month. Anthony has been in Tulsa the last few years, but his contract was not renewed.
As sweeps begin, Chris Suchan is no longer with KCTV. Suchan came to Kansas City from Florida as a chief meteorologist. But KCTV recently demoted Suchan to weekends, making it likely he would not be at the station much longer. That leaves KCTV with just two full-time meteorologists for now-- Gary Amble and Ronnelle Williams.
Non-commercial KTBG has shuffled its on-air lineup. Morning host Jon Hart is now on during afternoon drive. Dave O'Connor is now the morning host. Sarah Bradshaw and Byron Johnson also appear to have swapped their midday shifts.
KSAJ-FM plans to relaunch as a Topeka-based station on or around November 1. Alpha Media has been operating the syndicated oldies station in its Topeka cluster most of the year, while maintaining an Abilene presence. KSAJ is waiting on some parts to complete the transition. I expect the format to be tweaked as well.
KSHB has hired Taylor Hemness as its new morning anchor, replaing Patrick Fazio. Hemness is currently an evening anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate KLTV in Tyler, Texas.
This week is Mary Pulley's last week at FOX 4. The weekend anchor is leaving the station to spend more time at home. Pulley has been with the station for seven years.
Longtime personality Roger Carson is gone from WDAF, where he had been co-hosting mornings. Carson had been with 106.5 The Wolf since 2011. Carson worked at KUDL and KBEQ prior to that. Codie Allen continues on the morning shift.
Catholic radio options have exploded over the last couple of years in Kansas City. KCXL is the latest to enter the game. The Liberty station is now airing programs from Relevant Radio several hours a day. Relevant Radio is based in Wisconsin.
KWCH news dierctor Brian Gregory is leaving the station for the same job with KDVR and KWGN in Denver. This move reunited Gregory with general manager Joan Barrett. Gregory has been KWCH's news dierctor since 2013.
Labor Day brought a country station back to the crowded Wichita country music market. KKGQ, now a part of Rocking M Media, flipped from Hot AC to red dirt-style country as "Kansas Country 92.3." Rocking M is also in the process of acquiring Wichita classic country station KVWF. KKGQ's pervious format lasted two-and-a-half years.
Cumulus has taken steps to bring two talkers to FM in Columbia and Jefferson City. The FCC has approved a translator at 98.9 for KFRU in Columbia. Simultaneously, the FCC approved a translator for KLIK at 103.5 in Jefferson City.
Leavenworth-based KKLO is now heard on FM, thanks to the sign-on of translator K224FF, licensed to Lenexa, Kansas. KKLO has aired FOX News radio programs for the past couple of years. The sign-on, at least in Johnson County, blocks reception of St. Joseph-based KSJQ.
Anchor Jeff Herndon is returning to Wichita. The former KAKE anchor will become Assistant News Director and 5:00 p.m. anchor at KSNW on September 25. Herndon left KAKE a few years ago to anchor at FOX affiliate WFLD in Chicago.
When Gray Television bought KYTV, which shared resources with KSPR, I figured a massive consolidation would take place eventually. That happened today when Gray pink-slipped more than a dozen people, including longtime anchor Jerry Jacob, who has been in Sprngfield TV since 1991. KYTV and KSPR will also simulcast most newscasts. KYTV will maintain a separate noon newscast. KSPR will have a separate 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. news.
KMIZ has shuffled just about everyone in its on-air lineup. Ashley Strohmier has moved from morning to evening anchor. Evening anchor Lindsey Berning moves to mornings. Weekend meteorologist Brigit Mahoney has moved to mornings. Andrew Kauffman is now sports director, replacing Austin Kim, who left for Newsy.
KMBC welcomes a new morning anchor this week. Cody Holyoke will anchor from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. on KMBC. Holyoke comes from CBS affiliate WRGB-TV in Albany, New York.
As expected, after losing Kansas Jayhawk sports, KCSP will carry Kansas State Wildcat sports in Kansas City, beginning with the 2017 football season.
The Chiefs announced today 2017 will be Len Dawson's final season with the Chiefs Radio Network. The 81-year-old former quarterback scaled back his schedule to home games only last year. Dawson began his radio career in 1984. He had been on television with KMBC-TV for many years prior. Dawson entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. Dawson is actually in the Hall of Fame twice, both as a player, and a broadcaster.
KCTV will make an anchor swap. Alexis Del Cid is moving back to the Better Kansas City lifestyle show at 9:00. She teased it in a Facebook post, but KCTV has not announced anything publicly. Gina Bullard will now be the morning show co-anchor.
Cumulus has named "Kenny J" the new program director and midday host at KMJK in Kansas City. Kenny comes to Kansas City from KWBT in Waco, Texas. He replaces Maurice DeVoe, who left for St. Louis earlier this year.
Today is the last day for Jenn Bates as the morning show anchor at Wichita's KWCH. Bates is leaving for a job outside of television news. She worked as a sports reporter/anchor before moving to the news side.
Following yesterday's news, WHB will be the new home of Kansas Jayhawk sports in Kansas City. All sports and coaches shows from the IMG package with KU will air on either WHB or KCTE. No word on the status of K-State sports, but it's expected KCSP will pitch them an offer.
A little over a month from the start of college football, Entercom's KCSP announced it has dropped Kansas Jayhawk sports. The contract expired this year. KU has not announced a corresponding move regarding where its games will be heard in Kansas City. The Jayhawks have been on KCSP for the last ten years, but are sometimes bumped during conflicts with Royals games.
As Hearst often does, the company has promoted from within to fill the KMBC news director vacancy. Dan O'Donnell, who has spent 23 years at WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pa., will take over as KMBC's news director later this summer. Sherrie Brown is leaving KMBC at the end of the month. WGAL is a monster in its market, in terms of ratings, it has been one of the highest-performing stations in the nation in the last couple of decades.
FOX 4 has reached over to St. Louis for its new nightside anchor. Pat McGonigle joins WDAF-TV as Phil Witt's replacement. McGonigle has been the morning anchor for several years at KSDK in St. Louis. He will anchor the 10:00 p.m. next to Loren Halifax, and report. Halifax will anchor the 6:00 p.m. news solo.
KMIZ anchor Marissa Hollowed has left the Columbia station for KMOV in St.Louis. Hollowed had been anchoring at KMIZ since 2014. She will anchor mornings in St. Louis.
Barbara White, widow of late Royals broadcaster Fred White, is buying KNCK and KNCK-FM in Concordia, Kansas. White already owns KRSL and KRSL-FM in Russell, Kansas.
KMBC news director Sherrie Brown is leaving the station at the end of July. Brown has been at the station a little short of ten years. KMBC finds itself looking for a new leader at a time when the station still has strong ratings overall, but badly lags in the 25-54 demographic.
The surging KSHB morning show is losing a big piece of the puzzle. Anchor Patrick Fazio is heading to WMAQ-TV in Chicago for a schedule to be determined later. Fazio joined KSHB in July 2013. KSHB's morning news has been rising steadily in recent ratings periods in the 25-54 demographic, finishing second in May.
WDAF-TV has hired Dana McDaniel as the news director, replacing the promoted Tracy Brogden-Miller. McDaniel was most recently the news director at KTVU in San Francisco. She is a Michigan native.
Former KCTV anchor Karen Fuller has filed a federal age and gender discrimination lawsuit against the station and owner Meredith. Fuller anchored weeknights on KCTV from 2003 to 2015. KCTV declined to renew her contract. Fuller was 47 at the time. Fuller has since landed at KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. KSHB and KMBC have also been hit with age or gender discrimination lawsuits in recent years.
Morning meteorologist Brittany Beggs is leaving Columbia's KMIZ. Beggs has landed a new job in Chattanooga. She came to KMIZ in 2014.
With the severe cutbacks at Spectrum Sports, at least one personality has landed at a more stable environment. Mick Shaffer will be the new sports director at KSHB, replacing the retiring Frank Boal. Shaffer is a Kansas grad (in my class, by the way), and prior to Spectrum, worked at KSNT and KAKE.
KSNT is searching for a new anchor, after Jared Broyles decided not to renew his contract. Broyles has been on medical leave, and underwent neck surgery last year. Broyles says he would like to work in some way with the foster care system in northeast Kansas.
News Press & Gazette's new CBS affiliate debuted today in St. Joseph. KCJO-LD opened with a tribute to St. Joseph native Walter Cronkite, the longtime CBS reporter and anchor. KCJO-LD airs on channel 30, displacing Telemundo, which moves to 21.3. NPG now controls five affiliates, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and Telemundo, spread over three channels.
Entercom rocker KQRC is adding a syndicated show to its lineup. The Men's Room originates at Entercom's KISW in Seattle, airing live during afternoon drive in the Pacific Time Zone. But it's unclear when the show will air in syndication, or if it will be live, or fed as a series of drop-ins. The syndicated version begins June 5.
As expected, KSNW in Wichita named Lisa Teachman its new chief meteorologist. It's a return to Wichita, where Teachman started her career as an intern under the now-retired Dave Freeman. Teachman had spent the last several years in Kansas City at both KMBC and KCTV.
KCTV morning meteorologist Lisa Teachman submitted her resignation on Wednesday. Teachman has told co-workers she is returning to Wichita to be a chief meteorologist. Although not announced yet, the logical destination would be KSNW, where chief meteorologist Dave Freeman retired this month. Teachman spent three years at KCTV, and several more years at KMBC.
Kansas City public television station KCPT laid off some of its staff today, including longtime personality Randy Mason. Mason had been at the station since 1984. He was best known for folk art series Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations, and more recently K.C. Arts Upload.
Maurice DeVoe is leaving Cumulus' KMJK and KCHZ to joint iHeart in St. Louis. DeVoe programmed KMJK and tracked middays. He previously programmed KCHZ and worked as the Cumulus operations manager in Kansas City.
In a bit of a surprise, Morgan Murphy Media is buying KOAM-TV and its shelled duopoly KFJX in Pittsburg, Kan., from Saga Communications. MMM owns stations in Madison, Wisc. and Spokane, Wash., and had not been seen as a potential buyer of stations. Saga has owned KOAM-TV since 2001.
Tribune's potential sale hasn't been a secret, as shareholders want their money and have forced the company to cash out. Now, per Reuters, it appears Sinclair Broadcast Group will win its bid for the company over the likes of FOX and Nexstar. That purchase will include WDAF-TV in Kansas City. Despite seemingly constant ownership changes compared to the other stations in K.C., WDAF-TV is the number one station in adults 25-54. Once completed, WDAF will have its sixth owner in 25 years.
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.
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."
Kansas City Catholic Radio has recently turned on a couple of its FM translators, moved via the AM revitalization period. K294BE is now on the air in St. Joseph at 106.7 mHz. K225CI is on the air at 92.9 mHz in Kansas City. Both rebroadcast the Catholic programming on KEXS (1090 kHz).
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.