Archive for August, 2012

KC PROFILE: KCTV’S KAREN FULLER

Early in her career KCTV news anchor Karen Fuller ran a studio camera and teleprompter at WHO-TV in Iowa for meteorologist (and now co-worker) Gary Amble and KMBC's Kelly Eckerman.  She later worked with the late Don Harman of Fox 4 at the station. In other words, she didn't just leave college and move into an anchor slot.  There have been plenty of twists and turns along the way. Today, F...

KC LOSING TV HOUSEHOLDS; BARELY HOLDS 31st SPOT

Despite losing 8, 420 TV households, the Kansas City market still managed to hold down the 31st local television market in the nation--barely. Kansas City's lead is a scant 860 TV households in front of Columbus, OH., according to Nielsen's local television market estimates for 2013. While KC lost 8,420 TV homes in 2012, Columbus lost only 2,220. The latest Nielsen Ratings shows New Yor...

MATT STEWART MOVES OVER TO FOX 4

Matt Stewart, who was given his walking papers in May after eight years at KCTV, will be moving down the road to join WDAF-Fox4 as a morning reporter, according to sources. His first day will be Tuesday, September 4, and he will be doing reports in the mornings from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m along with the noon show.  He will probably also be a fill-in anchor as needed. "I am really excited to st...

KCTV STORY PROVES GOOD NEWS IS GOOD FOR VIEWERS

On the popular afternoon "Dana & Parks" radio talk show (2-6 p.m.) on 980 KMBZ hosts Dana Wright and Scott Parks recently discussed why "good news" stories are often overlooked by the news media. Wright, a veteran TV reporter and anchor, mentioned the often-quoted slogan that rules TV that "If it bleeds it leads." That adage has been followed by TV stations for years. It is the reason why ...

BLC EXCLUSIVE: BABB LEAVING KC STAR FOR WASHINGTON POST

Kent Babb, who was just named to the prestigious sports columnist position at the Kansas City Star in June, will be leaving the McClatchy-owned newspaper to be a sports enterprise (longer-form features) writer with the Washington Post, reliable sources have told Bottom Line Communications exclusively. He will start at the Post October 1. Three months ago, Babb was named to join Sam Mellin...

JOHNNY DARE? IMUS? HOWARD STERN? NO, IT’S PUBLIC ..

Listeners tuning into Public Radio's KCUR's popular "Up to Date" show today to listen to Steve Kraske and his guests may have thought they had inadvertently tuned into Johnny Dare's crude morning show on "The Rock" on KQRC.  Or Howard Stern.  Or Imus. But no, this was public radio where the language seemed to hit a new low as "Dirty Harry" was discussed as the "anti-a--hole." With Maria ...

STAR’S ENGLE EXAMINES NEW LOCAL TV SHOWS

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WHITLOCK RIPS POSNANSKI OVER PATERNO BOOK

It really should not come as a major surprise that Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock has brutally ripped on former co-worker Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski in a very personal and mean-spirited attack. A reporter at the Star once noted that "Jason Whitlock has all the attributes of a dog, except loyalty." He has again proved it. Since leaving the Star a few years ago Whitlock has...

HOLBROOK, JONES TO CO-HOST ‘BETTER KC’ SHOW

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JOURNO HUMOR: WHY WE READ NEWSPAPERS

Yes, newspapers can be great sources of information. They can also be great sources of humor for readers. Here are a few examples of some great moments in Journalism. (Thanks to Paul Welsh of welshwrites.com for sharing.)