March 8th, 2012
Krista Klaus

      Krista Klaus, who has been a broadcast and business print journalist for several years in Tampa and Kansas City, has joined the new KMBZ Business Channel as the Mid-day host of its new “Kansas City Power Lunch.”
     The show, originally scheduled to start Monday (3/5), will now debut April 2.
     Klaus will replace veteran KC radio icon Mike Shanin, who was originally slated to host the new show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on AM 1660 (formerly Radio Bach).
     Shanin will continue to do morning business reports on sister Entercom station KMBZ.
     Most recently the associate editor for special projects at the Kansas City Business Journal, Klaus spent 15 years as a broadcast reporter and anchor, working at WFLA-TV (NBC) in Tampa, FL., and KMBC and KCTV in Kansas City.
     “The level of business credibility cannot be matched by anyone other than Krista and her local business expertise”, said Jack Landreth, Program Director of the KMBZ brand of stations.
    “Her ability to connect with our local business leaders is just another way that the KMBZ Business Channel will successfully super-serve this niche format.”
    Klaus graduated from Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism and has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.
    A native Kansas Citian, she and her husband of 19 years, Scott, are the parents of four children.

10 Responses

  1. Rick Nichols says:

    I won’t be listening to KMBZ again until they pull the plug on Rush Limbaugh locally and fill the time with something other than more hot air. Krista Klaus. Santa Claus. No Trade Clause. It makes no difference to me who KMBZ puts on their business channel. I’ve got better things to do with my time than to listen to a station that is unwilling to demonstrate any real leadership.

  2. Scott Simon says:

    @Rick Nichols: Quit trolling. This story has nothing to do with KMBZ. Krista is great and as someone proud to have done the all-business stint at KPHN in 2001-2002, I wish her luck. It’s a good move by Entercom to program this on 1660.

  3. Michelle McNay says:

    Your opinion of Rush Limbaugh is your choice. But this isn’t the place to vent it. Krista Klaus has nothing to do with him. Congratulations Krista! You’ve come a long way!

  4. BillthePainter says:

    Rick, do you really think KMBZ (or any real radio station) will get rid of a cash cow like Limbaugh? I’d venture to say you are NOT a business owner.

    I’d also bet that you don’t listen to KMBZ anyway! Enjoy NPR (if that’s even possible).

    I think Krista will be a great fit for the show, I’m sure Mike Shanin will come out ok in the long run. Must be tough to be replaced before the show even starts.

  5. Kris Ketz says:

    John – best of luck to KK. What a terrific hire by ECom. She’s a real pro. She’ll be great. Have no doubt.

  6. Great news! KC is so fortunate to have such a professional journalist covering the business news. Tampa’s loss almost two years ago and KC’s gain.

  7. Lisa Hoffman says:

    Looking forward to the new program! Congratulations to Krista.

  8. Bill Early says:

    Great to have Krista Klaus ON THE AIR!

  9. Matthew Martin says:

    Krista Klaus is totally awesome. I love her unbiased conveyance of the facts pertaining to the issues important to Kansas Citians. Welcome home Krista. We love you. I’ll always be your number one fan.

  10. Dr. Thomas Hennefer says:

    I have to take exception with Krista Klaus’s statement this morning (Jan 8 2015) when she stated that a drop in the unemployment numbers indicated a growing and robust economy.

    There is a tendency to examine only the macroeconomic (overall economy) condition of the country where the reality of an economy is in the microeconomic (individual consumers) health. Numbers from the BLS are always inaccurate and don’t reflect the fact that 90+ million people are unemployed or have stopped looking for work and thus not counted by the BLS, because it would make their economic numbers look bad, and the current administration wouldn’t like that. Also, someone who was employed FT and now is employed PT is not the same as a recovery.

    As an example, a colleague is 65 and has a JD and PhD in business law. Because of her age, she lost her faculty job in 2010 and hasn’t worked since due to age, education, experience and the economy. What company or law firm is going to hire a 65-year-old lawyer? Prior to 2010 she made $120,000 plus benefits, if she gets a job at Walmart making $8.00 the BLS would consider her employed, where rational people would not.

    Real economic numbers mean things; lets stay on the side of economic reality.

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