Archive for February, 2012

KETZ FAMILY TV TRADITION CONTINUES

GOLF TOURNEY LINKS SOLDIERS-BUSINESSES

    A special golf tournament called "Fore At The Fort" is being organized...

RADIO BACH REPLACED WITH KMBZ BUSINESS CHANNEL

      Kansas City's classical music station, Radio Bach on AM 1660, will be going away and replaced with the new "KMBZ Business Channel on 1660," reliable sources have told Kansas City Public Relations agency Bottom Line Communications.      The station could go "live" this week with an official start date slated for Monday, March ...

ZEFF RETURNS TO TV AT KSDK

    After about a two-year hiatus where he developed an Internet job search program, Sam Zeff, who directed some of the leading investigative stories ever at KCTV, is returning to TV as an executive producer at KSDK in St. Louis, sources have told Bottom Line.      His first day on the job at St. Louis's top-rated station will be Monday (2/27), and he will also help develop the Gannett-own...

RADIO: CHANGE OR BE KILLED BY INTERNET

    Howard Kalmenson, 80, is the CEO of Lotus Communications. He started in 1962 with one radio station and has seen it grow into a company with revenues of $21 million per year.     Kalmenson will be featured on the cover of the March 12 issue of "Radio Ink" magazine.      He told the prestig...

KCTV HAS MOST VISITED TV WEB SITE

    KCTV might be battling rival KMBC for ratings supremacy in Kansas City, but the local CBS affiliate is far an away the leader in unique visitors to its Web site, according to recent statistics.     According to the Internet reporting system comSco...

DODD PENS MOVING SPORTS STORY

   You don't see his byline on stories very much, but Kansas City Star sports reporter Rustin Dodd is an excellent journalist.    If there is any doubt about his talent check out his moving story about the death Saturday of St. James Academy basketball star Connor McCullough, 17, who passsed away after a courageous seven-month battle with cancer. (Front photo of Connor with Phoenix Suns' star...

MERRILL DEPARTS KMBZ FOR SAN DIEGO

    After less than a year on the morning talk slot at KMBZ (98.1FM/980 am), Chris Merrill will be leaving to join San Diego's KOGO, according to the radio site All Access.    In March 2011 Merrill's "Voice of Merrill" show replaced syndicated talker Glenn Beck's sho...

KC STAR’S EVERLY PENS ‘SLICK’ STORY

    How important is experience at a newspaper?     In reality it could be the most important attribute a newspaper can provide to its readers and, unfortunately, it is quickly disappearing amid cutbacks at major papers across the country.      Reporters can use that experience to develop stories that others have overlooked. Or ones younger reporters might not consider "flashy" enoug...

HART NOW A BUSINESS EDITOR

     It's quite a switch, but James Hart, longtime crime reporter at the Kansas City Star during a career spanning nearly 13 1/2 years, recently took a new position as managing editor at Thinking Bigger Business Media, Inc. in Mission.     Hart says he was not caught up in the Star's rounds of layoffs and left on his own accord for a new challenge.     "The opportunity to work at Thin...