Michelle Davidson and Michael Mackie have been the new hosts of a locally produced morning show called “Kansas City Live” that began airing two weeks ago on KSHB 41 Action News from 10-11 a.m.
The show is similar to one the NBC affiliate launched in September 2005 with the same name that was cancelled in early 2008.
KSHB took the unusual step of bringing in a pair of local newcomers to handle the hosting duties. So far the response has been mixed, to be nice about it. In fact, fans have not been afraid to let Bottom Line know their strong feelings about the show.
In all fairness, it is still early and might take some time for the show to come together. Also, being pre-empted by the Olympics for a period did not help with the continuity of the show.
“How long did it take you to change the channel? Where did they find the hosts? Never heard of either of them,” was a post on a local blog site.
KSHB’s Facebook page is also being blitzed by viewers who say they miss the fourth hour of the “Today Show.”
“Love your station so much but the 10:00 am team has to go……they are trying too hard to interact with one another and their enthusiam is annoying because it is so fake!” was a typical response.
Davidson was an anchor/reporter at KOMU in Columbia for nearly two years after graduation from the University of Missouri. She also was at KY3 in Springfield, MO, as a weekend anchor and consumer reporter from 2001-2006.
Mackie, who most recently worked as a senior writer/director at KC-based PlattForm Advertising, has worked for local television affiliates in Des Moines, Orlando and KC and has won five local Emmy awards. He received a degree in broadcasting from the University of Iowa. The Pitch recently profiled the flamboyant host.
“We’re really excited about bringing this new show to our viewers. 41 Action News is continuing to develop local programming that is relevant to our community, and we’re thrilled that we were able to recruit the talents of Michelle and Michael,” Mike Vrabac, vice president and general manager of KSHB/KMCI-TV told Bottom Line last month.
Since then Vrabac has announced his retirement.
KCTV will be countering with its own local show this fall. Former morning co-anchor Kelly Jones has been announced as the new on-air personality for the CBS affiliate’s “Better KC” show.