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.
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.
KWWC-FM in Columbia went silent this week as part of the transfer to the University of Missouri. The new call letters will be KMUC. The station will eventually adopt the classical format of KBIA, while KBIA rolls out a full-time news/talk NPR schedule.
Former Kansas City radio personality Dan Roberts passed away earlier this week at age 65. Roberts had been battling cancer. Roberts worked for KCKN and KFKF through the 1980s and 1990s. He was part of the morning team with Mary McKenna from 1986 to 1996. Roberts briefly had a show on talk station KCMO from 2001 to 2002. He was also the Chiefs public address announcer through 2008 and the public address voice of the Kansas City T-Bones.
Meyer Communications is ending a long association between KTXR and soft music. KTXR will adopt the country-rock format currently heard on 99.9 KBFL-FM. That change takes place November 2nd. KTXR for much of its history played either easy listening, or more recently, adult contemporary music. The station is near the bottom of the most recent ratings. It's unclear what format KBFL-FM will take.
KCTV has hired Rob Finnerty as its new morning anchor to replace Dave Hall. Finnerty is currently a morning anchor at CBS affiliate KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, California. That is a 96-market jump to Kansas City.
Kansas Public Radio has hired Dan Skinner as its new general manager. KPR had been without a GM for a year, following Janet Campbell's retirement in 2014. Skinner is a Hutchinson native. He last worked as the GM of WKSU at Kent State University in Ohio.
It's a common move to jump from Topeka to Kansas City. The latest to do so is WIBW-TV morning anchor Sarah Plake. She has accepted a reporting job at KSHB in Kansas City.
Longtime Carter Broadcast Group employee Freddie Bell retired late last month after 38 years with the company. Bell had been on the air at both KPRS and KPRT, most recently doing morning drive at gospel station KPRT. Debbie Dee takes over the morning show slot at KPRT.
As part of Gray TV's purchase of Schurz Communications, Gray said it would divest Wichita ABC affiliate KAKE in order to take over KWCH. Today Gray announced it would sell KAKE to Lockwood Broadcast Group for $11.2 million plus a CW affiliate in Knoxville. Lockwood is a small company, owning a few CW affiliates plus KTEN in Sherman, Texas. I would not be surprised if another company bought Lockwood's assets soon.
Mortensen Broadcasting is selling KGGN (890 khz) to the Kansas City Catholic Network. The gospel station will at some point change programming to Catholic. The group already owns KEXS (1090) and KDMR (1190) in the Kansas City area. Total sale price is $10 with the rest of the station's value being a charitable contribution. KGGN is currently silent until the sale closes.
Another change at KSHB: Assistant News Director Mike Curtis is out after just a few months on the job. The reason for his departure is unclear.
A couple of changes took place at KCMO-FM in the last month. Program Director Gary Nolan moved to a Cumulus station in Pensacola, Florida. Joe Russo has arrived as the new PD of KCMO-FM and KCJK. Longtime Kansas City air talent Jon Anthony will also have an on-air role at KCMO-FM. Russo himself is a former consultant with SparkNet, the syndicator of the Jack FM format.
Manhattan Broadcasting officially announced today it will simulcast KMAN (1350 kHz) on a new FM translator on 93.3 mHz. MBC bought the translator construction permit from Great Plains Christian Radio. MBC is also linked with the purchase of a translator on 93.7, which has an application to move to Wamego.
Another media merger is underway. Gray Television will acquire Schurz Communications for $442.5 million. Schurz owns KWCH plus satellites, and KSCW in Wichita, as well as KYTV in Springfield. Gray already owns KAKE plus satellites in Wichita. Gray will sell KAKE and its satellites to conform with FCC guidelines.
Today Entercom closed shop on the KMBZ Business Channel and launched a sports station on KWOD (1660 khz) in Kansas City. The new "1660 the Score" is airing FOX Sports programming, overflow stuff that KCSP is not airing. It's unlikely KWOD will have any local programming other than the occasional sporting event when conflicts arise between Royals baseball and Jayhawk sports on KCSP. The frequency had been home to Bloomberg Radio and one local business show for the last three years.
In a big merger among big TV companies, Media General and Meredith are combining forces into one company, Meredith Media General. Meredith owns KCTV and KSMO in Kansas City. Media General owns KSNT/KTMJ in Topeka and KSNW in Wichita along with its satellites. The new MMG will have to divest stations in six markets with overlap. The move ends a long relationship with Meredith and KCTV. Meredith Engineering bought the former KCMO-TV and KCMO radio station in 1953, not long after the TV station signed on.
As Alpha Media prepares to take over WIBW, WIBW-FM and KTPK, the company is eliminating some duplicate positions. KTPK General Manager Jim Allan is out, along with the promotions director and a few other employees. Allan had been GM at KTPK for 13 years.
If you are wondering about former KCTV anchor Karen Fuller, she has landed at CBS affiliate KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Fuller will anchor evening newscasts on both KGAN and FOX affiliate KFXA. Fuller and KCTV parted ways earlier this year.
WDAF-TV has hired Nicole DiAntonio as a weekend morning anchor. She is currently a reporter and anchor at ABC affiliate WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Jane Monreal is joining Richard Sharp as a weekend morning anchor at KSHB. Monreal has most recently been anchoring at KIII in Corpus Christi, Texas. The two are among a large number of new faces you'll see at KSHB with all the turnover recently. Three new reporters are joining the station this and next month as well.
Daniel Smith's Bad Gas Broadcast has officially filed to regain control of KHLT-FM in Wichita. The adult contemporary programming ceased on Monday. The station spent a couple of days silent before plugging in the old "Fiesta 99.7" Spanish-language format Wednesday afternoon. Smith gets a good deal. The owners of the last two years will pay him $1,600 a month for a few years. He'll forgive a little over a million dollars in debt.
The University of Missouri and Stephens College have finally filed with the FCC the sale of KWWC-FM (90.5 mHz) to Mizzou, ten months after announcing it. Once approved, Missouri's KBIA intends to move classical music programming to the weak 90.5 signal while expanding news and talk programming on the main 91.3 frequency. Stephens gets $50,000 cash and $50,000 in underwriting spots over five years.
Joseph Uzoaru's Iris Media won the FCC auction for the 98.3 mHz allocation in Columbia, Missouri. This is the former home of KFMZ, which aside from a translator, has been vacant for nearly 15 years. Uzoaru is from Cape Girardeau. His commercial real estate company shares a building with Zimmer Radio. He would have a few years to put the station on the air.
Alpha Media is rapidly expanding. The company is purchasing all the stations from Digity, LLC., which includes some stations in northern Missouri. alpha recently bought the Morris radio properties. When regulators approve all the deals, Alpha will be the nation's fourth-largest radio owner.
KMBC reporter Haley Harrison joined the station's morning show as co-anchor, likely covering the two hours on KCWE from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., while Donna Pitman continues to anchor from 4:30 to 7:00. Her first official morning was this morning.
This month KSHB is making another anchor adjustment. Christa Dubill will leave the 10:00 show in favor of co-anchoring at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00. Rhiannon Ally will co-anchor at 5:00 and presumably 10:00, until she returns to maternity leave in a few months. On weekend mornings, Richard Sharp will take over the anchor spot. He comes from KCRA in Sacramento.
Air Capital Media tells the Wichita Eagle it will sell KHLT-FM (99.7 mHz) in Wichita back to the previous owner, Dan Smith. Under Smith, the station operated a Regional Mexican format. For the past two years under Air Capital, the station has programmed adult contemporary. It's unclear if the sale to the previous owner will mean a return to the previous format.
KSNF in Joplin will have to replace two on-air talents at once. Hayden Herrera and Felicia Lawrence announced their departures simultaneously. Herrera is going to KVAL in Eugene, Oregon as weekend sports anchor, and Lawrence is going to WJZY in Charlotte, North Carolina as weekend morning anchor. Both started on the same day two years ago.
Alpine Broadcasting recently retook operational control of KCTO (1160 kHz), a Spanish-language station, from the Ramirez Group. The station has hired a new staff and is now calling itself "La Mega 1160, la mera mera" ("The one and only mega 1160"). It had been "La Poderosa" for a couple of years. As far as I can tell, the music is the same.
Following the closure of a deal to Vision Communications, KKLO has dropped its religious format for conservative talk, some of it from FOX News Radio, and some of it from other sources.
Southeast Kansas Independent Living Resource Center (SKIL) is selling its two Pittsburg stations, KSEK and KSEK-FM. Jerry Tibbetts is buying the AM FOX Sports station. Tibbetts is a broadcast engineer and already holds the license on an ESPN Radio affiliate in Joplin. It's unclear if KSEK would make that change too. Jessica and Mika Nugent are buying the FM classic rock station. The Nugents recently settled a lawsuit over their son's suicide. They plan to air anti-bullying messages on the station. One of the Nugents worked for KKOW-FM at one point.
WDAF-TV weekend morning anchor Katie Ferrell is leaving for a main morning anchor position at Media General's NBC affiliate WCMH in Columbus, Ohio. Ferrell has been with FOX 4 since 2011. She is a native of suburban Cleveland.
Entercom has promoted Tony Lorino to program director of newly-acquired WSTR in Atlanta. Lorino has been the program director of KZPT (99.7 the Point) in Kansas City since 2011, and worked in Milwaukee prior to that. Earlier this year KZPT hit #1 in the monthly rating trends for the first time. Entercom is importing Leigh McNabb from Milwaukee to replace Lorino at KZPT.
KCTV morning anchor Dave Hall will return to Las Vegas next month to be the morning anchor at Meredith FOX affiliate KVVU. That's where Hall worked before coming to Kansas City, and he considers Las Vegas his home. Hall had been at KCTV since 2012, anchoring both the morning show, and eventually the Better Kansas City show along with it.
Petrus Holdings, run by the son of former presidential candidate Ross Perot, has acquired Connoisseur Media. Connoisseur owns KIBB and KVWF in Wichita. It sounds like Petrus will keep the Connoisseur name and management in place.
WIBW-TV general manager Jim Ogle has left the station. It's unclear if Ogle left on his own, or if Gray Television made the decision for him. Ogle has been the GM since 2006.
Translator K257DZ appears to be on the air from its new location, relicensed from Butler, Missouri to Kansas City, and now broadcasting off the towers near I-435 and 63rd Street. The signal is good in Johnson County too. The translator is currently rebroadcasting KCTE (1510 khz).
Davidson Media is selling some of its stations, and that includes KDTD and KCZZ in Kansas City. TLBC Holdings is buying KDTD, KCZZ and several other stations for $3.1 million. Davidson doesn't really program the stations. Davidson contracts to local operators for content. It's unclear if that relationship will continue. TLBC's primary owner is based in suburban Nashville and owns two Spanish-language stations there.
Great Plains Christian Radio is selling a translator constuction permit, for K227CX (93.3 mHz) in Manhattan, KS to Manhattan Broadcasting. The application currently lists KACZ (96.3) as the originating station for the new translator. I wouldn't be surprised if Manhattan Broadcasting wanted the translator to rebroadcast KMAN (1350 kHz) at some point, though.
Curtis Hancock is the new News Director at KMIZ in Columbia. Hancock had once been a reporter and anchor at the station in the late 1990s. Hancock most recently worked as an executive producer at KJRH in Tulsa.
KSHB's transition continues, as sports anchor Jack Harry will retire June 30, just before the July ratings period. Harry has been with KSHB for 13 years. He spent around 20 years at KCMO-TV/KCTV, and a few years at WDAF-TV. In all, Harry has been in television for nearly 50 years. While Harry was your typical highlight reader in the old days, he transformed himself into more of a bullhorn at KSHB, inserting his opinions and allegiances into stories. After Harry's retirement, former WDAF-TV sports director Frank Boal will become the new main sports anchor. Dee Jackson will anchor weekends.
The Murrow Awards were kind to the stations in the region. KWCH in Wichita won a small/medium-market national award for breaking news, for its coverage of a plane crash. KETV up in Omaha won for overall news excellence in small and medium markets. On the radio side, KBIA in Columbia and KTTS in Springfield won awards for their reporting.
Heather Lewis will join KOLR in Springfield as a morning anchor. Lewis has been anchoring at KFSM in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
KZJF dropped CBS Sports at noon today for the classic hits format noted in the last update. Outside of morning drive, the music comes from the Westwood One classic hits feed. This is the third format change in the last few years for the station, which serves Jefferson City and puts a weak signal into Columbia. Royals games will continue to air on KZJF this season.
This TV will debut as a WDAF-TV subchannel on June 22. This TV will be the second subchannel for WDAF, which already airs Antenna TV. Previously This TV was seen on KCWE's subchannel. It had been scheduled to be on a low-power station, KCKS-LD, but that is unclear now.
Cumulus' KZJF appears to be hanging up the sports format. The website is now redirecting to "Z104.1," positioning as Jefferson City's classic hits. KZJF has been running CBS Sports for a couple of years, since the format moved from 100.1. Cumulus also runs a gold station on 97.5 mHz in Jefferson City, which would greatly overlap KZJF's potential format.
Gary Siehndel, better known as Dan Donovan on the air, passed away last month. His obituary just appeared in the Star today. Donovan worked at WHB, KCMO, KCMO-FM, KLSI and KNHN. Donovan was one half of the Dan and Pam show on both WHB and KLSI. Donovan had been living in Texas at the time of his death.
Convenient timing, wouldn't you say? KSHB has hired Rhiannon Ally to co-anchor 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. news with her husband, Mike Marusarz. The station just lost anchor Jadiann Thompson to WHDH in Boston last week. Christa Dubill will continue co-anchoring at 10:00 p.m., and will move to a co-anchor spot on "The Now" at 4:00. I'm not aware of a husband-and-wife anchor team ever working in Kansas City before.
KPXE has completed its move to channel 30, occupying digital channels 30.3 through 30.8. KPXE no longer remaps to channel 50 on my television, but it does for others.
Bible Baptist Church of Dodge City is buying KSRP (89.1 mHz) in Dodge City. The station is currently silent.
After just two years at KSHB, evening anchor Jadiann Thompson is moving on up. Thompson will be the weekend anchor at NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston. It's a quick move for the blonde, who came to KSHB with almost no anchoring experience at all. It leaves KSHB with yet another anchor search on its hands, after taking nearly a year to hire Mike Marusarz to replace Mark Clegg.
Long rumored, but now official, Alpha Media will purchase the radio properties of Morris Communications. That includes WIBW and WIBW-FM in Topeka, along with JMJ Broadcasting's KTPK, which has a joint sales agreement with Morris. The deal also includes Morris' Salina stations, KYEZ, KSAL, KSAL-FM, and Manhattan-area KBLS and KSAJ. Morris has owned the WIBWs since 1994.
WIBW radio has ended the employment of meteorologist Dave Relihan. Relihan has been with the radio station for several years, following long stints at WIBW-TV and KTKA.
Go Productions, LLC. is buying Talk KLWT (1230 kHz) and Country KCLQ (107.9 mHz) in Lebanon, Missouri for $650,000.
KCMQ, April 1984
KSHB has hired Mike Curtis as Assistant News Director. He most recently held the same position at FOX affiliate WHBQ in Memphis.
Ion Television is asking Kansas City viewers of KPXE (over-the-air) to re-scan their televisions on or about May 29th. That's when KPXE will switch to digital channel 30 from its current 51. It will remain virtual channel 50.
KSNW reporter/anchor Brian Miller no longer faces charges related to a domestic violence arrest. Miller did not appear on air during the investigation.
KMAJ-FM 1999 legal ID
If you're wondering about Stephanie Ramos' destination, she will join ABC radio in Washington, D.C., as a digital platform reporter. Ramos left KMBC-TV in February.
KTJO (88.9 mHz), Ottawa University's student-run radio station, paid a $12,200 fine to settle numerous FCC violations. There is some question as to whether the station will continue on-air. KTJO's violations included not meeting minimum broadcast time, missing emergency equipment, and several years of missing programming logs. KTJO blamed all those problems on the loss of the adjunct instructor in charge of the station.
KQRC, June 1994
KCTV has made a decision on its new evening female anchor. Ellen McNamara joins KCTV from ABC affiliate KSTP-TV in Minneapolis. McNamara has been an anchor-reporter for the last few years at KSTP. She'll replace Karen Fuller, who left at the end of February. McNamara is also the daughter of CBS reporter Bob McNamara.
KSAS-TV in Wichita has promoted Chuck Reid to the general manager position. Reid had been the station's V.P. of sales.
KSHB's Joel Nichols is adding to his busy schedule. Some kind of show, "Nichols At Night," will debut after Saturday Night Live on April 25. It's unclear exactly what this show is about, but Nichols has experience as a public affairs interviewer from his long run on KMBC's Afterwords.
Longtime west-central Missouri radio personality Ken Dillon died of cancer at age 50. Dillon was the longtime morning host at KLRQ in Clinton, and spent time at KDKD in Clinton as well.
Scripps has added three new subchannels in Kansas City. LAFF TV is now active on KSHB 41.3. KMCI has added Escape and Grit to 38.3 and 38.4 respectively. Katz Broadcasting operates both Escape and Grit. Escape is a female-oriented channel and Grit targets males.
KRCG-TV in Jefferson City has named Courtney Johns as its news morning anchor. Johns has been reporting at WHO-TV in Des Moines.
Kris Ketz is coming back to the evening news. Ketz, KMBC's main morning co-anchor, will move nightside to co-anchor at 6:00, 9:00 (KCWE) and 10:00. The start date is unknown. Ketz has been with KMBC for 32 years, and spent much of the last decade anchoring the morning show. Previously he switched between anchoring and reporting as Larry Moore reduced his schedule. In a morning surprising move, current evening anchor Len Jennings will become the sports director. Matt Flener takes over as primary morning anchor.
KODE-TV morning anchor Alan Matthews is leaving Joplin after 17 years. Matthews has taken a new job at KMTR in Eugene, Oregon, a market not much larger than Joplin.
As mentioned below, Mike Marusarz is returning to KSHB. The station made the official announcement today. Marusarz will co-anchor 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. The former KSHB reporter has been anchoring in Miami under the name Mike Marza.
Jesse Hawila has joined the KCTV weather staff. Hawila comes to Kansas City from WANE in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Former KMBC-TV announcer John Bilyeu has died at the age of 90. Bilyeu hosted programs on KMBC in the 1950s through the 1970s, including a local version of American Bandstand (he also filled in on the national version). Bilyeu also did weathercasts on KMBC-TV news in the 1960s. Bilyeu started his career in radio in Goodland, Kansas and St. Joseph, Missouri after that.
KRCG-TV in Jefferson City has named Julie Moravchik news director. Moravchik previously worked as news director at WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and has spent most of her career in the upper midwest.
Former KSHB reporter Mike Marusarz (now Mike Marza) is on his way back to Kansas City, along with wife and former KCTV reporter Rhiannon Ally. Gossip Extra reports Marza has an anchor gig lined up in KC. The article didn't specify which station Marza would join, but only one station has a primary male anchor opening, and that's his former station, KSHB. Marza and Ally have both been anchoring in Miami at different stations, WSVN and WFOR.
Longtime reporter Eric Burke left WDAF-TV on Friday. He had been with the station for more than a decade.
KOLR (Springfield) morning meteorologist Lindsey Day is leaving the station for a weekend morning weather position at FOX O&O KRIV in Houston, Texas.
I'm not sure what took so long, but KSHB is extending its morning newscast to duopoly partner KMCI. KSHB's morning news will air from 7:00 to 8:00 on "38 the Spot" beginning April 6. The WHB Border Patrol simulcast moves to 6:00. KSHB is also adding news at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, moving Today to 7:00, and starting the morning news again at 9:00 a.m. on both days. KSHB is also adding another half hour of news at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. That also begins in April.
Sporting Kansas City is adding KSHB traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell to its broadcast team. McDonnell will do pre and post-game interviews, and probably some feature segments as well. The four-person team is mostly new, with Nate Bukaty taking over play-by-play duties, and former player Andy Gruenebaum doing commentary. Only Jake Yadrich remains from the previous team.
A couple of changes ahead in Springfield... KBFL-FM will flip to a country/southern rock format on March 2. "Outlaw Nation" is based on South Carolina and has been streaming on iHeart for a couple of years. The standards format will move to KBFL (1060 kHz) at the same time, displacing the smooth jazz format.
The only proper way to cover a police chase, if that's your thing, is by helicopter. Of course, the ending can always be a tricky affair. Just ask KSHB.
It's time for another LPFM update. The CP for 104.7 mHz in Kansas City now has the call letters KOJH-LP. It will be a jazz station; the operators hope to be on air a year from now. Plans include live broadcasts from jazz clubs in the city. 98.5 in Kansas City is now KUAW-LP. The CP expires soon... no word on when it will go on the air. I have yet to see any movement on 100.5 KPPZ-LP and 100.7 KCGG-LP, both of which are expected to be religious stations. 99.3 KFOH-LP in St. Joseph went on the air late last year with a variety of music programs.
Scripps is eliminating the local segments on its show "The List." The show will now be produced fully in Phoenix. KSHB had moved reporter Mitch Weber to The List when it debuted. It is likely he will move back into the KSHB news rotation.
Larry Rice's New Life Evangelistic Center is selling KKLO (1410 kHz) in Leavenworth to Vision Communications. Vision already owns Christian talk KADI and Christian Contemporary KADI-FM in the Springfield area. Rice has owned KKLO for a long time. It's unclear why he's decided to take some of his chips off the table.
Al Carl will take over as news director for KSNT/KTKA/KTMJ in Topeka. Carl comes from WTNH in New Haven, Connecticut, but had previously been a news director at KMTV in Omaha, and an executive producer at WDAF-TV in Kansas City. The move puts him closer to family.
Brad Moses is joining Wichita's KAKE as general manager. He replaces the retiring Dan Wall.
Just in time for the Super Bowl, KWKR (99.9 mHz) in western Kansas has flipped to ESPN Radio, as "ESPN Garden City." KWKR previously had long stints as an album rock station, most recently as "The Rock Cow." ESPN did not have a full-time affiliate in the area.
Elizabeth Worsham is the new general manager at KRCG-TV in Jefferson City. She comes to the station from WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she was the sales director.
After a few years identifying as Kansas First News, KSNT, KTKA and KTMJ in Topeka are now all identifying as "KSNT" during the news. KTKA is simply "KTKA" outside the news.
Cumulus talk station KCMO is going to put more effort into local talk, following the decision by Entercom to split KMBZ's programming. Rob Carson will join KCMO for morning drive. Carson has mostly worked in Washington, D.C., but he is a Northwest Missouri State graduate. Chris Plante will host the remainder of the morning. Plante is a longtime CNN reporter who most recently has also been working in Washington radio. Current morning show host Greg Knapp will move to afternoon drive, from 4:00 to 7:00. Dave Ramsey will air from 12:00 to 2:00, and Michael Savage from 2:00 to 4:00. Mark Levin and Jon Batchelor will air at night. KCMO has typically been one of the worst-rated commercial stations in the market.
Scripps has signed a deal to put comedy-based LAFF TV on its digital subchannels. That includes KSHB or KMCI in Kansas City. KSHB already airs Cozi TV, featuring vintage NBC programming, and KMCI carries Bounce TV, which is distributed by the same company as LAFF.
Longtime KSHB investigative reporter Ryan Kath is leaving KSHB for a similar job at WBZ-TV in Boston. Kath has been with KSHB for eight years, winning numerous Emmys for his stories.
I'm late in reporting Nate Hill is no longer at KSNT/KTKA/KTMJ in Topeka. Hill was the longtime anchor, and also the News Director. He has moved to a new job outside television.
Meredith has promoted Mike Cukyne to General Manager at KCTV and KSMO in Kansas City. Cukyne had previously been the director of digital sales. It's unclear what happened to Darrin McDonald, who had been the GM for a little over two years. But his Twitter account indicated he had been frequently traveling back to Las Vegas on the weekends.
Ash Noelle is joining KQTV in St. Joseph as morning co-anchor and reporter. Noelle has a radio background and lists herself as a "sports and entertainment journalist."
Former KMOV (St. Louis) reporter Chris Stanford has landed at KAKE in Wichita as an anchor, likely replacing the recently-retired Larry Hatteberg. KMOV let Stanford go in August, without citing any specific reason.
KKGQ (92.3 mHz) in Wichita appears to have debuted its format today, a rhythmic adult contemporary playlist under the name "Q92 the Beat." On Monday, Brett and Tracy will debut as the station's new morning show. The longtime duo had been at KRBB until a couple of years ago.
Former Joplin anchor Rich White has died at age 56. White suffered from multiple sclerosis. White worked in two stints at KODE-TV in Joplin between 1983 and 2000.
In western Kansas, KLOE (730 kHz) in Goodland has switched to a full-time talk lineup. KLOE previously aired news/talk part of the day, and music elsewhere.
Starting Monday, KMBC will do something it hasn't done... probably ever. KMBC's programming schedule will switch to allow ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live to air in its natural 10:35 time slot. For decades, KMBC delayed Nightline by at least an hour, and sometimes 90 minutes in favor of sitcom reruns. The reruns, ranging from MASH, to the Cosby Show, to Seinfeld, to Modern Family, often won the time slot because KMBC had been winning the 10:00 news. Even the personal pleading from Ted Koppel couldn't budge KMBC. Jimmy Kimmel moved into ABC's lead late-night slot in 2013. It's unclear what caused KMBC's change of heart, but with networks demanding more compensation from affiliates, I wouldn't be surprised if KMBC reached some compromise with ABC to save some money by not delaying programming.
As expected, KMBZ is splitting is programming January 5. The 98.1 mHz frequency will feature E.J. and Ellen from 5:00 to 10:00, Trend KC with Zac Burns and Jayme Monacelli will debut from 10:00 to 2:00, Dana and Parks from 2:00 to 6:00. Jonathan Weir will move to 6:00 to 9:00. On the 980 kHz frequency, Darla Jaye will handle morning drive. National shows Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and America Now will handle the rest of the day.
KSHB Assistant News Director Matt Brown has landed in Tampa as News Director of WFTS. Brown had been acting as the interim ND at that station for the past couple of months.
KQTV morning anchor Christina Watkins is heading to Time Warner Cable in Charlotte as a weekend anchor.
Months ago I noted an opening for a sports director at KMBC. Johnny Kane is heading to FOX Sports Detroit, if anyone wondered. I haven't heard any news on a replacement.
KKGQ (92.3 mhz) in Wichita will debut its new format on Friday. The station has been stunting with music, construction sounds, and now Christmas music. A Twitter handle promotes the hashtag #TheQHitsWichita.
Westwood One is taking over distribution of Loveline, and the company has struck a deal with Cumulus to air the show on some of Cumulus' stations. Loveline will debut on KDVV (100.3) in Topeka and KBXR (102.3) in Columbia this January, though it's unknown exactly which hour (it airs live at 10:00 p.m. in the Pacific Time Zone). Previously, KRBZ in Kansas City aired the show on a delayed basis.
Come 2015, you might get twice as much KMBZ, or half as much KMBZ. It's hard to say. The rumor mill is churning reports that KMBZ will split its talk format into a mostly-local program grid for 98.1 mHz, and a mostly-national lineup for 980 kHz. KMBZ has been simulcasting one lineup on both frequencies the past three years. But another rumor is suggesting Entercom might actually begin simulcasting sports station KCSP on 98.1, with KMBZ's lineup remaining mostly intact on 980 kHz, and a conservative talk-based national lineup displacing the business talk on 1660 kHz. As they say, stay tuned.
Sporting Kansas City has hired Nate Bukaty as play-by-play announcer, replacing Callum Williams. Bukaty is part of the WHB morning show, play-by-play announcer for Kansas women's basketball, and sideline reporter for Kansas football.
Last month, Envision LLC. reserved KKGQ as the new call letters for 92.3 mHz in Wichita. Radioinsight reports the non-profit group will continue to operate the station as a commercial entity. They have registered multiple websites indicating the new station will be called some derivation of "Q92." The existing classic country format, as noted earlier, is already simulcasting on 1070 khz, and will move there permanently next year.
On January 2, KCWE's subchannel will switch from This TV to the new Movies! network. This TV's future in this market is unclear.
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, other stations playing Christimas music include KMAJ-FM in Topeka, KPLA in Columbia, and way out in western Kansas, KLOE (730 kHz) is playing Christmas music on nights and weekends.
Earlier this year, the owner of KPXE in Kansas City applied to change digital channels from 51 to 30. The FCC approved the application and the 90-day comment period has just about ended. This is in advance of a spectrum auction which will send the upper frequencies (generally above channel 50) to other telecommunications. KPXE runs Ion Media programming and a slew of subchannels.
After just five months in Kansas City, KCTV weekend meteorologist Jim Kosek is moving within Meredith to WGCL in Atlanta. Kosek will be the chief meteorologist. Former KCTV ND Larry Perret just started as the ND at WGCL as well.
A Christmas music update: KCMO-FM in Kansas City is now playing Christmas music, and will continue through Christmas day. Apparently this will be full-time, and not nights and weekends as in years past. KFKF will launch Christmas music full-time at 2:00 on Thanksgiving. KGBX in Springfield and KRBB in Wichita are among the regional stations that have already made the switch.
Longtime KAKE anchor Larry Hatteberg will retire on November 25th. Hatteberg has been working at KAKE for 51 years, holding numerous positions in the newsroom. The 70-year-old currently anchors the evening newscasts with Susan Peters.
KCTV has hired Ed Kosowski as its new News Director, replacing Larry Perret. Kosowski spent the last three years as the ND at KDVR/KWGN in Denver, before suddenly leaving over the summer. Kosowski has also been a news director in Boston and San Francisco.
KSHB anchor/reporter JiaoJiao Shen is leaving the station for a public relations job. KSHB recently moved Shen to weekend duty, promoting weekend morning anchor Lindsay Shively to the weekday morning show.
In Topeka, KTOP-FM (102.9) is picking up the Cumulus Nash Country brand. KTOP-FM will also begin airing the Nash FM national morning show on Monday. This has been long-expected, as Cumulus rebrands its country stations in stages to a single identity.
The University of Missouri had long sought a second radio station for its classical programming, and now they're getting it. The university will buy KWWC (90.5 mHz) from Stephens College, and eventually move classical programming to KWWC. KBIA (91.3) will convert to all-NPR talk during the day, at least. KWWC has been plagued by equipment problems in recent years. The signal covers Columbia, but not much more.
A week ago KLIO in Wichita began simulcasting classic country KFTI. Journal (Scripps) will eventually move the call letters and permanent format to 1070 kHz when the sale of the 92.3 facility closes. The buyer of 92.3 intends to run its own programming.
KWCH in Wichita has promoted Jenn Bates from sports reporter to morning anchor, replacing Kara Sewell.
More news from Springfield: KWTO-FM (98.7 mHz) will pick up ESPN programming on January 1. ESPN is currently heard on iHeartMedia's KGMY (1400 kHz). KGMY will likely pick up FOX Sports Radio; some of those programs are currently heard on KWTO-FM.
Radio Training Network, owner of KWND (88.3 the Wind) in Springfield, is buying southern gospel KWFC (89.1) for $1.3 million. KWFC has a long history in Springfield over two frequencies. It's unclear how the sale will affect the station's current programming.
KWCH (Wichita) morning co-anchor Kara Sewell is moving to Cincinnati, where she will be the morning co-anchor at FOX affiliate WXIX.
As Steel City Media takes over the Wilks stations in Kansas City, their first move seems to be a tweak of KCKC (102.1 mHz). KC 102.1 is now referring to itself as Today's Best Variety. The music seems more '00s-based than before. It might be Steel City's way of boosting sister station KMXV by chipping at Entercom's KZPT.
At midnight, KDGS in Wichita made the frequency switch to 93.5 mHz, gaining a few feet in antenna height, but downgrading to 15kw. The move accommodated KCVW's large upgrade and coverage in Wichita.
As part of a required divesture ahead of the merger with Scripps, Journal Broadcast Group will sell classic country KFTI (92.3) in Wichita to Envision, Inc. of Wichita. Envision is a blind advocacy group with no radio holdings, and as far as I can tell, no relation to the Envision Broadcast content service. Envision says it will use KFTI to promote its various visually-impared services. They're vague on how it will affect the regular format. I wouldn't be surprised if Envision turned around and signed an operations agreement with Journal (Scripps).
KDGS in Wichita will relocate to 93.5 mHz on October 15th. The move has been planned for some time in order to allow KCVW (94.3) to upgrade and provide better service to Wichita. KOTE in Eureka, Kansas will move to 93.9 mHz.
Longtime Central Kansas broadcaster Gary Houser died in a truck crash early Wednesday. The 75-year-old was the first on-air personality at KABI radio in Abilene. He also worked at KINA in Salina.
Longtime Springfield sports anchor Ned Reynolds is retiring December 1. Reynolds started at KYTV in 1967. He will continue to do play-by-play for Springfield Cardinals games.
KSHB has made an anchor swap, moving Lindsay Shively to weekday mornings, and moving JiaoJiao Shen to weekends. Shively's debut coincides with the debut of Kacie McDonnell on traffic as well. KSHB is also preparing to debut its new set.
Jurors sided with Ashley Patton in her lawsuit against KRBZ and Entercom, awarding Patton $250,000 in actual damages and $750,000 in punitive damages. Patton sued, claiming 96.5 the Buzz mistakenly labeled her as a porn star during a 2012 broadcast.
Entercom has been in federal court this week for a lawsuit against KRBZ and its two morning show hosts, Afentra Bandokoulis and Daniel Terreros. An Olathe woman claims the morning show hosts mistakenly called her a porn star on the air in 2012. Ashley Patton is seeking unspecified damages. Afentra, her husband Lazlo, and Danny Boi have all been off the air during the proceedings this week.
WIBW radio has hired Alex Gold as an afternoon sports talk host. Gold has been doing mornings at KGSO in Wichita.
Clear Channel changed its name today to iHeartMedia, a reflection of its iHeart Radio app. Clear Channel, which has more debt than any other radio company, says it wanted to convey its digital presence as opposed to the old 50kw AM radio stations of years past. This doesn't affect Kansas City, but the company owns stations in several other central U.S. markets.
After less than a year in Kansas City, KCTV News Director Larry Perret is leaving to take the same position at Meredith-owned CBS affiliate WGCL in Atlanta. That's according to FTV Live. Perret is a longtime news director and former Magid consultant. He didn't make any serious changes in his brief stint at KCTV.
Two days ago, Hearst posted a Sports Director opening for KMBC. We're not sure what this means for Johnny Kane, who has been with KMBC for three years. Kane previously worked in Topeka. He's originally from Ohio.
Marissa Hollowed is joining KMIZ in Columbia as evening anchor. She comes from WPSD in Paducah, Kentucky. Hollowed will replace Meredith Hoenes, who is about to give birth again, but is also trying to find a public relations job.
As part of its upcoming merger into Scripps, Journal Broadcast Group is putting all five of its Wichita stations into a divestiture trust. Journal's ownership of five FM stations in Wichita is grandfathered, but Scripps would not have that luxury. I still think they want to find a buyer for all the radio stations since Scripps doesn't have much experience in radio.
Wichita's Brew is tapped out. Clear Channel flipped the classic rock station this morning to Modern Rock as "Alt 107.3." This follows branding Clear Channel has been adding around the country. 107.3 had been classic rock for ten years, half of that time as "The Road" and the last half as the "The Brew." It's also the first modern/alternative station in Wichita since the demise of Fly 92.7, also about a decade ago.
KSHB has hired Justin Wilfon to anchor its "Now KC" program. Wilfon is working for another Scripps station, KJRH, in Tulsa. The Now launched in July with Lindsay Shively mostly anchoring the show. It's unclear if Shively is moving back to her old schedule of weekend morning anchoring, or if she will remain part of the "Now" show.
Kansas City Catholic has changed the call letters on 1190 kHz to KDMR. The KPHN call letters move to 1360 kHz in El Dorado, Kansas.
Cumulus is launching its 1990s-centric Nash Icon country music format nationwide today. Radioinsight reported 102.5 the Fan would make the change here in Kansas City. The station debuted Nash Icon at 3:07 this afternoon. This marks the fourth country station in Kansas City itself, not counting all the fringe stations. 102.5 the Fan lasted about 20 months.
KSHB has hired Kacie McDonnell for its morning show, presumably for traffic duties. McDonnell has been on the morning show at FOX affiliate WTXF in Philadelphia for a couple of years. She's coming to Kansas City because she's the girlfriend of Chiefs rookie quarterback Aaron Murray (who may not make the roster, by the way).
An LPFM update: the next station to go on the air will likely be the LPFM at 100.5. This will be another religious station. The call letters are KPPZ-LP. The listed studio is a baptist church at 4509 Troost. They have a full year before the CP expires, but they seem to be the next closest in line, after the sign-ons of LPFMs at 95.3 and 102.7. CPs, without call letters, also exist for LPFMs at 96.9 and 98.5. Coverage will be primarily east/southeast Kansas City.
WIBW-TV meteorologist Drew Switzer is leaving for a job outside of television.
WDAF-TV reporter Macradee Aegerter is leaving for KDVR in Denver.
Park Place is designing a new set for KSHB, as it is doing for a few other Scripps stations. Look for that in October. Check out WCPO in Cincinnati for an idea of what it will resemble.
After a loop of sermons for a while, KPHN is now plugged into Catholic Radio Network. The programming is different from KEXS. I am going with this as the permanent format, despite what KEXS had been talking about last month.
In another big merger in the broadcasting world, Scripps will merge with Journal. Scripps and Journal TV and radio stations will fall under the Scripps umbrella. The newspapers will be placed in a separate holding under the Journal name. It's highly likely Scripps will sell most of the radio stations. Scripps owns KSHB/KMCI in Kansas City, of course. Journal owns radio stations in Wichita, Springfield and Omaha, plus KMTV in Omaha.
Here are the 2014 Mid-America Emmy Nominations. KSHB led Kansas City TV stations with 21 nominations. WDAF-TV had 14 nominations, KMBC had 9 and KCTV had 8.
KPHN is back on the air today. For most of the day KPHN tested with show tunes. The station has now switched over to a religious program without any identification. We'll see where it goes from here.
Prepare for more news. KCTV is expanding its 6:00 p.m. news onto sister station KSMO at 6:30 p.m., beginning August 4th. Previously, the first of a double-run of Access Hollywood aired in that slot. KCTV has expanded and contracted news on KSMO multiple times, with the shows usually receiving less than a 1.0 rating.
The FCC cited KCWE for showing a commercial that contained cartoon characters-- during that particular cartoon. It's called host-selling. KCWE does not face a fine, as far as I can tell.
KRCG anchor Teresa Snow is leaving after 24 years in the market. Snow will join the corporate communications department at the University of Missouri. Snow has been anchoring at KRCG since 2006, and spent 16 years at KMIZ before that.
As we await KPHN's return to the air, new sister station KEXS says KPHN will run a Spanish-language Catholic format. That strikes me as surprising, considering KPHN is the bigger signal, and the English version of Catholic Radio would be better served on KPHN. Whatever happens, KPHN is also scheduled to rebroadcast on a translator at 92.7 mHz, currently licensed to Knob Noster, MO.
Down in Springfield, KOLR is swapping morning anchors. Audrey Esther will replace Shannon Miller, who is going to KARK in Little Rock.
98.3 is returning to Columbia, MO... but it's not KFMZ, sorry. The FCC issued a CP for a translator (K252FE) to rebroadcast K-Love on 98.3 mHz from a nearby station. KFMZ left the air nearly 15 years ago after its owner went to prison. But the FCC never deleted the allotment.
I had reported earlier Katie Horner was leaving St. Louis to return to Kansas City full-time. I didn't think she would re-enter television, and that appears to be true. She is now part-operator of ASAP Plumbing.
As mentioned before, Scripps is launching a mixed local-national 4:00 p.m. show this fall. It's called "The Now." But KSHB seems to be jumping in early. The station has already activated "The Now K.C." on social media, and adjusted the format of its 4:00 news, doing a lot of it from the newsroom. "The Now" will actually be based at KMGH in Denver (longtime KMGH sports anchor Lionel Bienvenu is hosting in Denver, not sure if he's the national host too), with local blocks at each of the stations. Another Scripps show, "The List," operates on the same concept. It debuts on KSHB this fall as well, having already been on the air for two years at other Scripps stations.
While I was gone, KPGZ-LP (102.7) signed on in Excelsior Springs. The classic rock station had been an internet-only station for some time. Range is limited. At KCI, I could barely hear the station on my car radio.
It had been discussed for months, but officially confirmed today-- Mark Clegg is leaving his anchor position at KSHB for a public relations job in Houston. Clegg is from Texas originally. He had been at KSHB for more than a decade. His last show is July 23rd. Without a lot of male talent at the station, I think it's highly likely KSHB will hire from the outside.
Rod Jackson is joining KSNT/KTKA/KTMJ in Topeka as Assistant News Director. He had previously been a News Director in Cedar Rapids.
KCTV has reportedly hired Jim Kosek as a weekend meteorologist to replace Tom Wachs. If you've never seen Kosek in action, click the link below.
KSHB weather/traffic presenter Michelle Apon will soon be leaving the station. After she gets married, her soon-to-be-husband will be working in Sacramento. Apon is originally from California.
Sinclair has reached an agreement to air GetTV on some of its stations' subchannels. GetTV will air movies. Stations will include KRCG in Jefferson City and KMTW in Wichita. GetTV debuts in the fall.
An update to the Wilks sale below: The purchase price is $105.5 million. Also, the official licensee will be MGTF Media. MGTF stands for Michael, Greg and Todd Frischling, the sons of the Steel City Media founder Saul. The sons will be the official owners of the Kansas City stations.
The Kansas Jayhawks are swapping affiliates in Topeka. KU signed a new deal with Cumulus to move football and basketball games to KWIC (99.3) and KMAJ (1440). KU had been on AM powerhouse WIBW for several years.
Wilks in selling its Kansas City stations to Pittsburgh-based Steel City Media (no terms yet). The Wilks cluster is longtime country station KFKF, which has been #1 for several books in a row now, along with country sister KBEQ, CHR KMXV and '80s-heavy adult contemporary KCKC.
Former KMBC weekend anchor David Hall has landed at WKMG, the CBS affiliate in Orlando, where he will be the morning anchor.
Today on WHB Kevin Kietzman said Jack Harry was leaving his job; I don't know if that means Harry's KSHB job, or his appearances on WHB. As they say, stay tuned.
KWCH sports anchor/reporter Grant Meech is leaving for KOAA in Colorado Springs.
You might be interested to know Katie Horner is returning to Kansas City. She technically never left. Horner's family did not relocate when she landed at KMOV in St. Louis. Horner has left KMOV to spend more time with her family.
You'll see some new faces on KNPN, the FOX affiliate in St. Joseph. Angie Lassman is joining the station for weather and reporting; Meredith Albair will be the morning anchor.
If you're wondering about former KMBC reporter/anchor Diane Cho, she has landed a reporting job at soon-to-be-Sinclair ABC affiliate WJLA in Washington, D.C.
Marc LaVoie has shown up on the air this week at KMBZ in Kansas City. I haven't seen any announcement from Entercom, but he is reportedly the replacement for former news director Lisa Carter. LaVoie has been a news anchor at KFDI in Wichita since 2008.
Emporia Radio Stations, Inc. is buying translator K245BQ (96.9 mHz), with the intent of using it to rebroadcast KVOE (1400 kHz).
KCTV meteorologist Tom Wachs is leaving for a similar position at FOX affiliate WITI-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee is Wachs' home area. Although KCTV has posted the meteorologist opening, it is entirely possible they could move the recently-hired Lisa Teachman to that weekend role.
Former KANU manager Howard Hill died last week at the age of 80. Hill was also the longtime public address announcer for KU Sports.
Low-power station KPGZ-LP hopes to be on the air within the next six to eight weeks. The station is currently an online classic rock/oldies station. It will serve a small section of Clay County on 102.7 mHz.
Alpine Broadcasting's speculation on translators continues. The company has applied to move K224ET (92.7 mHz) from Knob Noster, Missouri across the state line to Kansas City, Kansas. On the application, the translator would rebroadcast KPHN, which has yet to return to the air.
Indeed it looks like Joel Nichols will be returning to the air at KSHB. The station is airing a promo proclaiming "Joel's back" juxtaposed with a nickel (get it? Nichols? Nickels?). As you read below, KSHB posted an opening for a Kansas City Live host. KMBC let Joel Nichols go late last year after 25 years on the air as both morning weatherman and host of a Sunday night interview show.
WIBW-TV and sports anchor J.B. Bauersfeld have parted ways. It does not sound like it was his choice either.
KMBC has posted an opening for assistant news director, an indication George Matz is leaving. Matz came to KMBC from WMTW in Portland, Maine in 2011.
A year after the FCC's order to do so, Entercom filed to move KDGS (93.9) Andover/Wichita down the dial to 93.5 mHz. KOTE in Eureka, Kansas would move from 93.5 to 93.9. The trigger for both moves is the upgrade of KCVW (94.3 mHz) to serve the Wichita market more completely.
You can look at regional Murrow Award winners below (click on region 5). Regional winners are automatically entered into the national competition.
An update to the KSHB note from the 12th-- Tony's Kansas City reports Michael Mackie is the one leaving Kansas City Live. TKC also suggests former KMBC weatherman Joel Nichols will get strong consideration for the job.
KMBZ radio news director Lisa Carter is leaving the station, with an announcement on her next job likely by tomorrow. Carter has been the ND for 13 years as the station transitioned from AM-only to an FM-primary simulcast. She is originally from Indiana.
Former KMBC meteorologist Lisa Teachman is joining KCTV for morning weather and traffic duties. Teachman will likely do traffic early in the morning, then weather in the later hours, and possibly at noon.
Longtime Wichita radio personality Tim Peters has died. Peters most recently did mornings for KHLT (99.7) in Wichita. Peters was the #1 morning show host in Wichita in the 1980s, working at both KEYN and KKRD. He later worked at classic country station KFTI, and spent some time at Kansas City's KFKF. KHLT will air a tribute on the morning of April 16.
The first of the new LPFM stations, KCPZ-LP (95.3), is now on the air in Kansas City. KCPZ-LP is running Christian and gospel programming.
KSHB has posted an opening for a Kansas City Live on-air host, indicating that either Michelle Davidson or Michael Mackie are leaving. K.C. Live typically rates fourth or fifth in its 10:00 a.m. time slot, making no progress since its 2012 debut.
It may be temporary, but Entercom has moved the KUDL call letters out of Kansas City, parking them at 106.5 in Sacramento. KWOD, a longtime Sacramento set of call letters, has moved from Portland to 1660 (kHz) in Kansas City, and a third set moved from Sacramento to Portland.
KPHN (1190 kHz) is about set to return to the air. Catholic Radio Network is buying the silent station from Disney. Catholic Radio already owns KEXS (1090 kHz) and KEXS-FM (106.1), which air programming from EWTN. KPHN went silent last year after several years of airing Radio Disney.
Alpine Broadcasting, owner of KCXL, is moving another translator into town. K295CH (ex-K293BM) has a construction permit to relocate from 106.5 in Clinton to 106.9 in Harrisonville, and another application to move into Kansas City itself. The station would simulcast Union Broadcasting's KCTE, the daytimer on 1510 kHz that broadcasts a mish-mash of ESPN sports and other talk shows.
Media General is buying LIN TV for $1.6 billion. That would include KSNW in WIchita, and the triopoly of KSNT, KTMJ and KTKA (by way of shell company) in Topeka.
Here are some more call letter assignments for upcoming LPFM stations in the area:
106.3 Council Grove, KS - KWGR-LP
105.9 Derby, KS - KDKQ-LP
99.3 Salina, KS - KLZY-LP
103.3 Springfield, MO - KWPQ-LP
105.1 St. George, KS - KSWZ-LP
101.9 Topeka, KS - KVJH-LP
The FCC has awarded a construction permit to Educational Media Foundation for a new translator on 103.3 in Wichita. It will relay KTLI (99.1).
KOMU in Columbia has promoted Randy Reeves to News Director. He replaces Stacy Woelfel, who will lead the new documentary journalism program at Missouri.
The Springfield portion of this site is now active. Click on the local and regional stations link.
The construction permit for an LPFM station on 95.3 in Kansas City now has the call letters KCPZ-LP, matching the Praise 95 branding already online.
Scripps, which is investing heavily in controlling the content of its local stations, revealed today plans for a mixed national-local 4:00 p.m. news program. KSHB would be one of those stations airing the show, scheduled to begin this fall. On the Scripps end, the program would be a four-hour endeavor, airing live at 4:00 in each time zone. It's unclear how many local inserts the show would contain. KSHB currently airs a full local newscast at 4:00.
The mother of KCTV reporter Sandra Olivas died when a man escaping Kansas City, Kansas police hit her car in the middle of an intersection.
Remember last week, when KWKJ in Warrensburg announced Randy Miller would be hosting a morning show? Today KWKJ announced Miller will no longer be hosting the morning show. As you were.
Two more LPFM notes: The FCC has approved the CPs for 95.3 and 96.9 in Kansas City. Concrete Truth Community Network, whose listed CEO works at 107.9 the Fountain, owns that application. The station already has a web presence, calling itself "Praise 95." It will eventually broadcast from a tower on E. 65th St. The 96.9 LPFM is less clear, with no listed tower site. Multicultural Professional Counseling Services owns that application.
Word on the street is Dan Persigehl is no longer the PD at KCMO-FM and KCJK, although that has not been reported anywhere. He came on board in January 2013. Although it probably doesn't mean anything, KCJK is running jockless today. Jenn Ryan has moved over to KCHZ for middays.
Longtime weatherman John Yates died this week at the age of 86. Yates spent 23 years at KCMO-TV, leaving in 1981. Prior to 1958, Yates worked at KFEQ-TV in St. Joseph.
A couple of LPFM notes: 102.7 in Excelsior Springs is fundraising through Indiegogo for the cost of equipment. The currently internet-only station now has the call letters KPGZ-LP. The FCC approved the CP for 98.5 in Kansas City, which is licensed to the Black Family Technology Awareness Association. If it makes the air, the station would likely be limited to midtown/east Kansas City.
Police are investigating a homicide at the Mid-America Ag Network building in Wichita. The victim is an employee.
With Neville Miller now in Kansas City, KMIZ in Columbia has moved Justin Abraham to the morning weather slot, and Gabrielle Diebler takes over weekends. News anchor Ryan Tate has also left for a job with Zimmer Radio. Joey Parker is taking his place at KMIZ.
Longtime Kansas City radio personality Randy Miller is back on radio. He'll be on the air at KWKJ (98.5) in Windsor/Warrensburg, Missouri. The country station can generally be heard starting at the Jackson County/Lafayette County line. Miller last worked in radio at KZPL (97.3), and on television briefly at KCTV.
Alice officially doesn't live here anymore. KC 102.1 launched at 3:00 p.m. today with "Get The Party Started" by Pink. The station is essentially an upbeat adult contemporary flank for co-owned KMXV, going after The Point mostly, but probably Jack FM and KCMO-FM as well. As of now, KCKC has retained the talent from Alice 102, which lasted three years but never saw the ratings to justify any more time.
The talk is that KCKC (Alice 102) will be gone as early as Wednesday. I linked below to article on the domain registration of kc1021.com. It appears that is correct, with either adult contemporary or hot adult contemporary using listener-driven radio software. Stunting began at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday and will apparently end at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.
KQYX (1450 kHz) in the Joplin market has flipped from sports to gospel music.
KSNW in Wichita joined the high definition newscast club last night. Click on the video link below.
"Alice 102" passed the three-year mark this month. Could a format change be in the near future? Maybe a refresh of the current format? RadioInsight reports Wilks has registered a new domain.
Longtime radio reporter Dan Verbeck is retiring from his position at KCUR. Verbeck spent most of his career at KMBZ.
As I mentioned below, another longtime reporter is leaving WDAF-TV. Rob Low is heading to KDVR/KWGN in Denver to be the managing editor.
A couple of translator construction permits are changing hands. Educational Media Foundation (K-Love/Air1) will acquire a CP for 96.9 in Salina, Kansas, and 98.5 in St. Joseph, Missouri from Radio Assist Ministry and Edgewater Broadcasting respectively.
Longtime reporter Tess Koppelman is leaving WDAF-TV to be a stay-at-home mom. Look for another longtime reporter's departure to be announced shortly.
KMBC has hired Kisha Henry as an anchor/reporter, although it is unclear which anchor shift she is taking. Henry currently works at FOX affiliate KOKH in Oklahoma City. She starts in March.
KWCH (Wichita) general sales manager Shawn Oswald is moving to KHBS and KHOG-TV in Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., to be the general manager. Meanwhile, at KSNW, Brian Miller is joining the station as weekend anchor. Miller replaces Justin Kraemer, whom the station fired after he used profanity on the air.
KMBC's Lisa Teachman finally confirmed she is leaving the station effective January 31. In the meantime, KMBC has hired at least one weather replacement. Neville Miller will join KMBC from KMIZ in Columbia, where he has worked the last two years.
Maurice DeVoe is returning to Kansas City to program KCHZ and KMJK. Jeff Andrews is moving to WZRR in Birmingham.
This has been a day of relaunch. On the television side, KCTV relaunched its local version of the syndicated show "Better." The show is essentially the same format as before, but with the KCTV morning anchors Dave Hall and Alexis del Cid. On the radio side, KTBG (90.9 the Bridge) officially relaunched the station from its new home inside KCPT.
Bob & Tom's syndicated radio show just keeps coming back. After a few years of no morning show at all, KDVV (100.3 mHz) will begin airing Bob & Tom on Monday, January 6. The show previously aired on KMXN in the market, when it was a rock station, and also aired on Kansas City's KCFX for a brief period
Longtime KMBC weatherman Joel Nichols left the station today. Nichols had been with KMBC for 25 years, doing mostly morning weather. The talk was KMBC wanted to move Nichols to a weekend "suicide shift" -- doing both weekend morning and evening but only working four days a week, while moving Erin Little to weekday mornings. Unclear as of now is the fate of Lisa Teachman. The rumour was that KMBC let her go last week, but that's still unconfirmed. She no longer appears in KMBC weather promos, but remains on the website.
Tribune officially closed on its purchase of Local TV, LLC. stations, including WDAF-TV in Kansas City.
The group that operates KCTO (1160 kHz) is buying two hours of morning time on KCXL (1140 kHz) to air the Don Cheto show. Cheto is a longtime Spanish-language entertainer and currently has a radio show in Los Angeles. His show will air 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 beginning January 1.
Public television station KCPT has officially taken control of radio station KTBG from the University of Central MIssouri. The station is running a limited music loop until a relaunch of the format January 6th. It sounds like the station will take a younger and slightly more mainstream lean-- think more alternative like The Buzz and less alt-country-folk music.
His gaffe made national news. Justin Kraemer of KSNW in Wichita ended last Saturday's newscast with "let's get the fuck out of here," not realizing the mic was still open. KSNW fired Kraemer on Monday. Kraemer talked with the Wichita Eagle about the incident.
Longtime urban radio personality Jerry Boulding died yesterday at age 75 following a brief illness. Boulding worked at WHB, and previously at KJCK in Junction City, in the 1950s or 1960s.
Now that Thanksgiving has passed, Christmas music returned to KFKF for third consecutive year. As in years past, KCMO-FM will add occasional Christmas music as part of its weekend and nightly rotation, although it has been non-stop over the Thanksgiving holiday. KKJO in St. Joseph and KJMK in Joplin have also transitioned to Christmas music.
As Cumulus takes over Westwood One programs, KCMO's schedule will shuffle. Dennis MIller's radio show will move to an 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. slot central time and air live on KCMO starting January 6. Currently KCMO airs Mike Huckabee in that slot, but Huckabee's radio show will come to an end in December.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has closed on its purchases of stations owned by Barrington Broadcasting, including KRCG in Jefferson City.
KPXE has added HSN as a digital subchannel, on 50.6.
KRBB in Wichita flipped to Christmas music earlier this week. It appears in Kansas City, KFKF will again do Christmas music after Thanksgiving, despite its strong country music ratings.
KCKC morning personality Darren Wilhite is returning to the air in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he once worked. The website for an upcoming country station "96.7 the Coyote" in Fayetteville touts Wilhite and another personality as being the new station's morning hosts. It is possible this is a voice-tracking situation from Kansas City.
Translator K233CF (94.5 mHz) is on the air, licensed to Abilene, Kansas. The translator rebroadcasts talk station KINA (910 kHz) from Salina.
KMAJ-FM in Topeka lugged the Christmas music out of the closet this weekend. I suspect it is weekends-only until Thanksgiving. Fellow Cumulus station KPLA in Columbia has done the same thing.
Get ready for another translator in the crowded Kansas City market. Educational Media Foundation won the right for a 16-watt translator at 100.3 in Kansas City, Kansas. K262CF would probably rebroadcast a subchannel of KLRX. There is a pirate operating on 100.5 in KCK as well.
As Sporting KC's season draws to a close, KSHB and KMCI announced they have acquired the rights to local television broadcasts of the team's games, with KMCI airing the majority of programming. KSMO has been broadcasting the games the last three seasons, with former BBC Radio and Beacon Radio sports reporter Callum Williams on play-by-play and Jake Yadrich on commentary. It's unknown if the duo will make the move.
After scaling back his duties a couple of years ago, KMBC anchor Larry Moore will retire at the end of November sweeps. Aside from a few years at KGO-TV and WLS-TV in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Moore has spent most of his career at KMBC, starting in the 1960s. In retirement, Moore will continue to provide special projects and charity appearances for KMBC. Len Jennings will likely take over the 6:00 show.
KCTV is debuting a new set this week, their first set refresh in quite some time. You can see a time lapse video below.
Last week the FCC issued $42,000 in fines for two Wichita stations, KQAM and KGSO, which had been noted operating above licensed wattage and not keeping proper records. It's one of a few problems for Steckline-owned stations, as other legal matters are tied up in court.
Some FOX viewers in St. Joseph and Mid-Missouri had missed the first two games of the World Series because of a carriage dispute between News Press and Gazette Co., and DirecTV. Saturday the two sides reached an agreement, ending a 16-day dispute, and KNPN-LD and KQFX-LD viewers were able to see game three.
Broadcast Engineering magazine announced today it will cease publication at the end of the month. The magazine had been in circulation for 54 years.
Wednesday, KMBC's helicopter made a hard landing at 135th and Nall in Overland Park. It will be grounded for repair. The Overland Park Police Chief blogged about the situation.
At 10:00 this morning, KMCI changed its subchannel from Live Well Network to Bounce TV.
KSHB continues to add to its weather staff. J.D. Rudd announced on his Facebook page he is moving to KSHB, starting November 2nd. Rudd is currently a meteorologist with KSNW in Wichita. It is likely Rudd will work weekend evenings while the other newest hire, Michelle Apon, works weekend mornings.
Cumulus let longtime KC radio personality Mike O'Brien go last week. O'Brien had been working afternoon drive at KCMO-FM. Gary Nolan has also arrived as program director for KCMO-FM, which is interesting since Nolan has an adult contemporary background. Nolan is also covering the late afternoon shift in addition to Bobby Day. Over at Wilks, Bryan Truta, former KCMO-FM program director, recently arrived as KCKC's midday host.
KCTV has named Larry Perret its next news director. Perret last worked at KTVX in Salt Lake City, but left when Nexstar took over the station earlier this year. Perret was a News director in Los Angeles in the 1990s and spent many years at Magid Consulting. He replaces Blaise Labbe, who left for San Antonio earlier this year.
Following a day of Christmas music, KBBM in Columbia/Jefferson City has switched to Cumulus' Nash FM country music brand. The move puts KBBM against the dominant Zimmer country station KCLR.
After a weekend of simulcasting, KBBM (100.1) in Columbia/Jefferson City is now stunting with Christmas music. Friday the CBS Sports feed moved to 104.1 KZJF.
Cumulus has moved its CBS Sports feed in Jefferson City/Columbia from KBBM (100.1) to KZJF (104.1), replacing the country format. Currently, 100.1 and 104.1 are simulcasting, but the station is calling itself 104.1 the Fan.
KLIO (1070 kHz) in Wichita flipped from satellite-fed oldies to Spanish-language ESPN Deportes yesterday. KLIO had been running the True Oldies channel since 2010. KLIO is also the home of Kansas State Wildcat sports; it's unknown if that will change.
KSNW has hired Denise Killian as the station's next news director. Killian fills a job open for a year-and-a-half, which is almost unheard of in this business. Killian had been the assistant news director at CW affiliate KDAF in Dallas.
As an update to yesterday, Bounce TV claims on its website it is moving to KMCI's subchannel on 38.2 on October 21. That would displace Scripps' Live Well Network.
I'm not sure what's up yet, but KSMO has been showing MundoFOX, a Spanish-language network, on its digital subchannel 62.2 instead of Bounce TV. I've seen no agreement announced, and MundoFOX doesn't list Kansas City as an affiliate.
Longtime KKFI radio host Jeanne Jasperse passed away this week. Jasperse started at the station when it was born in 1988. The singer and songwriter hosted the Coffee House, a Sunday morning show.
Traffic provider Radiate Media has hired KMBC reporter Kerri Stowell as a traffic reporter. This means Stowell is moving over to WDAF-TV to be a part-time traffic reporter, starting in October. Stowell replaces Bill Hurrelbrink, who left to work for Kansas City, Kansas this past summer.
The FCC has approved the University of Central Missouri's sale of KTBG to public television station KCPT. KTBG will eventually relocate operations from Warrensburg to Kansas City.
With Brett Anthony's departure, Kalee Dionne will take over morning weather duties at KSHB. Michelle Apon joins the station as a weekend weather anchor. Apon comes from KOKH, the FOX affiliate in Oklahoma City. She starts Saturday.
With Jeff Herndon now in Chicago, KAKE has moved Larry Hatteberg to weekday anchoring. Mike Iuen and meteorologist Ben Pringle move from mornings to weekends. Frank Waugh will handle morning weather duties. KAKE recently expanded its news as well, adding a 4:00 p.m. show and more news on weekends.
There is a small Emporia section on the website now. Click on the stations page. The Kansas City TV grid is also updated to the best of my ability. I will probably make corrections over the next couple of weeks.
Frank Waugh is returning to the Wichita market as a meteorologist for KAKE. Waugh previously worked at KSNW in Wichita and KSNT in Topeka. He is currently working at WNDU in South Bend, Indiana.
Fired KAKE reporter Jared Cerullo is suing the station and Gray Television for defamation and breach of contract. KAKE fired Cerullo in June after he reported incorrect information about a trial on the air.
D.L. Hughley's new syndicated radio program debuted today. He takes the place of Michael Baisden on several Cumulus stations, including KMJK in Kansas City.
Following the completion of its purchase of KMFC near Columbia, Mo., EMF flipped the station to the K-Love satellite feed. K-Love is still heard on a translator on 100.9, but that will soon become the FM simulcast of news station KWOS.
KSHB morning meteorologist Brett Anthony is reportedly heading to KJRH, the NBC affiliate in Tulsa, to be the station's chief meteorologist. Scripps owns both stations.
KSNW in Wichita has reportedly named Erik Schrader its next General Manager. Schrader had been the news director at another LIN station, WTNH in New Haven, Connecticut.
KAKE anchor Jeff Herndon is leaving Wichita for the main co-anchor position at WFLD, the FOX affiliate in Chicago. Herndon has spent his career in Kansas, doing sports at KTKA in Topeka, transitioning to news at KAKE.
If you're wondering about former KCTVer Kelly Jones, she will be the new morning anchor at WPMI, the NBC affiliate in Mobile, Alabama. WPMI's General Manager is Bobby Totsch, the former GM at KCTV.
Radio Disney pulled the plug on KPHN (1190 kHz) on July 31, taking the station off the air. Judging by the FCC filings, it looks like Disney is close to selling the station.
NATAS announced the 2013 Mid-America Emmy nominations tonight. Check out the list below.
KPXE, and indeed all Ion owned-and-operated stations, added a QVC subchannel. In terms of PSIP, it is on 50.4.
Former KSHB Assistant ND Brett Akagi has landed at the University of Kansas, where he will oversee KUJH and the Daily Kansan newspaper.
On Monday, KQLA made its switch to country music, as Q103.5. This is the second country music station in Manhattan itself.
Syndicated Dallas-based radio personality Dave "Kidd" Kraddick died Saturday at the age of 53. He had been at a charity golf tournament in New Orleans. Several stations in the central U.S. carried Kraddick's morning show, including KKSW in Lawrence, and KFBZ in Wichita. Two formats ago, 99.7 in Kansas City (then KKSN) carried the show as well.
KQLA in Manhattan (Q103.5) in playing Christmas music today. Is it Christmas in July (the 25th)? Or is a format change on the horizon? RadioInsight reports Eagle Communications registered qcountry1035.com last week.
KAKE/Wichita sports anchor Chris Frye is moving to KNWA in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
KSHB has hried Matt Brown as Assistant News Director, replacing Brett Akagi. Brown was most recently the News Director at FOX affiliate KOKI in Tulsa.
In a bit of a surprising move, KCTV News Director Blaise Labbe is leaving for the same position at NBC/FOX duopoly WOAI-TV and KABB in San Antonio, Texas. Labbe had been at KCTV three years.
Lost in shuffle of comings-and-goings at KSHB, Lance Veeser started this week as the sports director at WKOW, the ABC affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin.
KSHB has hired Patrick Fazio as its new morning co-anchor. Fazio has been the evening anchor at WTWO, the NBC affiliate in Terre Haute, Indiana. Fazio replaces Curtis Jay. KSHB let Jay go earlier this year, and he is currently working outside of television.
In Wichita, KSNW general manager John Dawson is leaving the station. Dawson has been commuting between Wichita and Indianapolis for four years.
Radio Bach is now live and online, as a service of Johnson County Community College. JCCC bought the rights and digital library from Entercom.
Tribune is buying all the Local TV, LLC. stations for $2.73 billion. That includes WDAF-TV in Kansas City. Tribune already had some operational partnerships with the Local TV stations, so the transition will not be that complex. Tribune is also trying to sell its newspapers.
Educational Media Foundation is buying KMFC (92.1) in the Columbia market. The station will either switch to the K-Love or Air 1 contemporary Christian satellite feed.
Earlier this week IMG Sports signed a deal with Time Warner Cable to move six KU basketball games and one football game to Metro Sports. Those basketball games, part of the Jayhawk Network, were previously seen on KSMO. It's a strange arrangement because Metro Sports isn't available everywhere, and KU fans in Kansas City will be shut out if they don't have TWC.
It took some time, but I have uploaded history pages for Joplin. I also added a complementary Pittsburg radio dial. Please skim those pages to make sure I'm as accurate as possible. Joplin is not a familiar market to me, and any help would be appreciated. I'm just in time too, because KSEK-FM (99.1) is stunting, promoting a change Monday morning. I've heard it will be classic rock, "U-Rock 99.1."
KLJC's sale to Northwestern College has finalized. The station is now KJNW "Life 88.5," using the music service provided by the college, which is based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Can the power of social media affect radio ratings? It's not concrete, but Arbitron and Wilks Broadcasting seem to be paying attention when it comes to KRBZ's "listen longer" social media effort.
Zimmer Radio is purchasing translator K265CT (100.9) in Jefferson City, Missouri. The translator will switch to a simulcast of Talk radio station KWOS.
Traffic producer/reporter Bill Hurrelbrink is leaving WDAF-TV to take a greater role in running his family's business. Hurrelbrink has been at FOX 4 for five years.
I'm catching up from vacation this week. KCTV has put its lifestyle show Better Kansas City on hiatus for the summer, and the station is not renewing the contract of host Kelly Jones. The status of Lisa Holbrook is unclear, though considering the demographics KCTV wants, Holbrook's return is seriously in doubt. Jones started as a morning anchor at KCTV, but was quickly demoted to the Better Kansas City show.
Disney has put KPHN (1190 kHz) up for sale. That's not surprising, considering Radio Disney divested itself of several stations last year.
In Wichita, Bott has secured a construction permit to upgrade KCVW (94.3 mhz) to C1 status, giving it greater coverage in the Wichita market. As part of the deal, KDGS (93.9) and KOTE (93.5 in Eureka) would swap frequencies. Those are only listed as reserved allocations for now.
One of the other Kansas City media sites, Bottom Line Communications, will cease operations soon. Owner John Landsberg is moving to South Carolina. His site originally began as a blog focusing on examples of marketing and corporate communication in mass media. It gradually expanded to the problems facing the Kansas City Star, and the changes at Kansas City TV stations.
KSHB is shifting its anchor lineup. Reporter Lindsay Shively will anchor weekend mornings. Amy Hawley will anchor weekend evenings solo. Cynthia Newsome will anchor the 11:00 a.m. news.
An update to the news below, former Royals broadcaster Fred White died today of melanoma complications. His health had deteriorated sharply over the last few weeks. The Royals announced White's official retirement from the club yesterday.
Longtime announcer Fred White is retiring from the Royals organization for health reasons. I have heard his health problems are urgent. White has been a part of the club for 40 years, mostly as color commentator and sometimes play-by-play announcer with Denny Matthews. White also had a long career doing play-by-play for Big 8/Big 12 basketball games. He hasn't been on the air for a few years, but participated in other Royals functions. White also worked with WIBW-TV in Topeka and broadcasted Kansas State University athletics prior to joining the Royals.
As expected, KANR in Wichita flipped to an adult contemporary format as "Lite FM." The new call letters are KHLT.
KCPT is diving into the radio business. The public television station is buying NPR/AAA station KTBG from the University of Central Missouri. KTBG will drop NPR shows in favor of full-time AAA music and other fine arts programming. KTBG will also move its physical studio to Kansas City.
In Wichita, it appears Air Capital Media will flip KANR from its leased Spanish-Language format to adult contemporary on May 1. RadioInsight reports on the domains recently registered.
Starting Tuesday, Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison move from the midday slot at sports station KCSP to afternoon drive. Henry Lake and Jay Binkley will take over middays. Lake comes to Kansas City from KFAN in Minneapolis.
More from KSHB-- the station has hired Jadiann Thompson as evening anchor and reporter to replace Elizabeth Alex. Thompson is currently a multimedia journalist (mostly reporting, sometimes anchoring) at KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. Thompson will co-anchor the 6:00 news, and report for other newscasts, much the same way as WDAF-TV uses Abby Eden to co-anchor one newscast and report for others. When KSHB starts its 4:00 p.m. news Monday, Christa Dubill and Mark clegg will co-anchor. In addition, weekend morning anchor Najahe Sherman has exited the station.
Changes continue at KSHB, where Curtis Jay is officially out as morning anchor. The job had been open on the Scripps website for months, so KSHB is probably close to hiring a replacement.
I am beginning to add Joplin's market to this site. As of now, I have the station page for Joplin, but not Pittsburg. I have only completed the television station history pages in that market.
COZI TV should be debuting today on KSHB's subchannel, in place of weather.
If you follow television nationally, you probably noticed Sinclair Broadcasting buying a lot of small market stations. Among the groups Sinclair is buying is Barrington Broadcasting. Barrington owns CBS affiliate KRCG-TV in Jefferson City.
Longtime Kansas City broadcaster Walt Bodine died today at age 92. Bodine worked in mass media for 70 years, beginning in 1940. Bodine worked at WDAF radio and television, WHB, KMBC-TV, and KCUR. He also taught communications at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Bodine scaled back his schedule a few years ago, but had worked sporadically at KCUR until last April.
Local TV, LLC. is putting all of its stations up for sale, which includes WDAF-TV in Kansas City and KTVI in St. Louis. Local TV came into existence five years ago, financed by Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity group. WDAF was sold in December 2007, and the sale closed in the summer of 2008.
Lost in the shuffle this week, KCTV filled its weekend morning meteorologist opening. Hallie Shulman announced the news on her Facebook page Monday. She's currently the morning meteorologist at KAKE in Wichita. Shulman replaces Iris Hermosillo, who left for KNXV in Phoenix last year.
KSHB is expanding its 4:30 p.m. newscast to 4:00, beginning April 8. Jeopardy will move to 3:00 and 3:30 for the moment, with the cancellation of the Jeff Probst Show. KSHB has also reportedly hired Kalee Dionne as a weekend meteorologist, replacing George Waldenberger. She currently works for WIAT, the CBS affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama.
Daniel Smith is selling KANR ("Fiesta 99.7") in Wichita to Air Capital Media Group for $2 million. The Spanish-language station was on 92.7 for many years before changing frequencies in 2011. Their LMA begins May 1, with future plans for the station unclear.
East of Kansas City, a small religious station, KYRV (88.1), will temporarily go silent. The Concordia station's owner is searching for a new tower site after the rent increased 100% on the old site. KYRV also has a CP to move to 88.7 mHz
On April 1st, KSHB will replace its weather subchannel with COZI TV. COZI is a new vintage television network launched by NBC Universal.
Former WDAF-TV News Director Bryan McGruder has landed in Nashville as the News Director at WZTV. WZTV is a Sinclair-owned FOX affiliate.
KMBC has hired Matt Flener as a morning anchor and reporter. Flener will co-anchor 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. on KCWE. Flener currently works at KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver.
Brittany Pieper will join KOMU in Columbia as an evening co-anchor. Pieper has been anchoring and reporting at KSLA in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Cumulus has named Dan McClintock as the next program director of KCFX, KCMO and K273BZ. McClintock has been programming in Toledo since 2004 and worked for Cumulus for the last 14 years. He replaces Chris Hoffman, who is leaving for San Francisco this month.
Johnson County Community College is acquiring the digital files from the old KXTR/Radio Bach library, with the intent of starting an online classical music station. There is no timetable for launching this initiative yet. Kansas Public Radio acquired the CDs and records from Radio Bach when it shut down last year.
Bob Davis is stepping down from Kansas City Royals broadcasts, but will continue to do University of Kansas sports. Davis wants to spend more time at home; his wife suffers from Parkinson's Disease.
KSHB has now filled its News Director position, hiring Carrie Hofmann for the job. Hofmann was most recently the Assistant News Director at WCNC, the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina. She replaces Peggy Phillip, who left last summer. This will be the first ND job for Hofmann.
WDAF-TV has named Tracy Brogden-Miller as its new News Director. If the name sounds familiar, it's because she spent two years as the News Director at KCTV, from 2007 to 2009. Brogden-Miller has been a consultant the past few years, still living in the Kansas City area. She replaces Bryan McGruder, who exited in late October.
KZSN in Wichita rebranded today as 102.1 The Bull, with a focus on newer country music. KZSN had been "Kissin' 102" since Valentine's Day 1986. In the most recent 12+ ratings, KZSN ranked fourth out of the four major country music stations in Wichita. The syndicated Bobby Bones morning show, which is becoming a country music-based show, is also moving to the station from KZCH.
Chris Hoffman, program director of Cumulus' KCFX and KCMO, along with the new 102.5 the Fan, is leaving later this month.
Calvary Bible College will sell KLJC (88.5) to Northwestern College of Minnesota. KLJC has been running religious programming for 43 years. Northwestern College also operates Christian radio stations, most notably KTIS in Minneapolis.
In Wichita, KWCH News Director John Soares is leaving after just four months on the job.
Monday, Cumulus launched 94.7 Nash FM in New York, which will likely be the flagship station for a national country music radio brand. Cumulus owns 83 country stations, including KTOP-FM in Topeka and KZJF in Jefferson City. I consider it highly likely both of those stations will incorporate the Nash FM branding, if not a complete national feed itself, in the future.
Cumulus quickly moved its new KCJK midday host Jenn Ryan into the Jack FM morning slot, with another guy nicknamed the Tall Guy. Today it sounded like recorded drop-ins. As of now, it appears midday will be jockless.
34-year KFDI veteran Dan Dillon is leaving the Wichita station for a job outside of broadcasting.