KMBC’S MARIA ANTONIA PROVIDES SOME FINAL THOUGHTS…

JohnLandsberg
September 15th, 2012
Maria Antonia

As reported here Friday, veteran KMBC reporter/anchor Maria Antonia officially signed off from the ABC affiliate after a sterling 28-year career at the Hearst-owned station.

After volunteering with the Bishop Sullivan Center the past few years she will now transition into a full-time position with the charity organization.

She graciously took the time to share her final thoughts about her last day at KMBC and her future plans.

“As for my thoughts about leaving Channel 9, as I said at the end of my last KMBC broadcast Friday,  I thank the people of our community,” she says. “For 28 years so many families were willing to share their stories, even when it wasn’t easy.”

Was it difficult saying goodbye to all those viewers who have watched you for nearly three decades?

“On my last day I worked with a photographer named Dick Kasper,” she notes. “Twice during the day I tried my goodbye message out on “DK” as we call him. Both times I cried and cried. Poor DK had to be worried about how I’d hold up trying to deliver it on-air, live.

“It helped having DK behind the camera, and it helped to think of all those families who’ve shared their feelings, good, bad or painful. For just a few seconds it was my turn to do what they have been willing to do year after year,” she adds.

The future?

“As for my role with The Bishop Sullivan Center I’m going to do what I’ve been doing  all these years,” says Antonia .”I’m going to be doing stories about people in our community and how donors and volunteers help make their lives better.”

We came across a blog post from long-time co-worker Joel Nichols that might have been the most accurate summary of Antonia’s career at KMBC:

    “Over the years, I’ve learned that there is nothing Maria Antonia can’t do.  She put up with the long, weird hours that doing the morning news requires as well as the wrong, weird weather dork.  She has won just about every award a broadcast journalist can win for her reporting.  She has balanced all that professional accomplishment with being an amazing wife and mom.  Also, Maria is always there when a friend needs help and support.”

Maria Antonia circa 1992.

18 Responses

  1. Kala Handley says:

    SHE WILL BE MISSED
    Maria, you have been such a competent, stable force on TV. Your interviews have always been filled with empathy and professionalism…something not all reporters can accomplish. You have been such a welcome friend we invited into our home for so many years! The air waves will not be the same without you. You will truly be missed! Best wishes in the new chapter of your life. Blessings.

  2. Pete Grigsby says:

    PETE GRIGSBY: A TREASURE
    One of my all-time favorite people at KMBC. Maria was a treasure to work with…both on and off set. But most of all, a compassionate loving person and friend. She will now serve her community in ways she never dreamed and the people around her will benefit from her presence and energy. Just like TV broadcasting, Maria will be a success in her next career. Good luck dear friend….

  3. Tammy Wilson Potts says:

    THERE FROM BEGINNING
    Congratulations Maria – I was there for your first day at KMBC – sorry I missed your sign off. Much love, happiness to you – Tammy

  4. Martha Wilmoth says:

    DON’T STAY OUT OF SPOTLIGHT
    I have watched Maria for a very long time, and will miss her. She always was very professional and one of my favorite people at channel 9. I wish her all the luck in the world, but please don’t stay out of the spotlight. We(the public) need people like her.

  5. Janet says:

    GOOD LUCK
    Good luck to you! You were always a steller reporter. Strength has always shown through in your broadcasts…you will be missed!

  6. Mary says:

    A GENUINE SPIRIT
    Thanks so much for all you have done for the community of Kansas City! You are a genuine spirit and it will not be easy to replace you! Best of luck to you!

  7. WISHING HAPPINESS & JOY
    Maria, I wish you all the happiness & joy during your transition. I look forward to watching and admiring your new but continued goals, potential and growth for our KC community. May you receive all the blessings due to YOU, Tim, your family and loving caring co-workers and friends. Best to you, Sylvia Guerra

  8. DANG GREAT REPORTER
    What a peach, not to mention a dang great reporter. She will be forever missed and cannont be replaced.

  9. Scott Simon says:

    FORMER COMPETITOR
    Maria, always enjoyed your work and competiting with you and Channel 9 for people’s attention covering the same story. You’re a pro’s pro and Bishop Sullivan Center will benefit greatly with your work ethic and culture. Scott Simon, former KMBZ reporter.

  10. Abbie Burgos says:

    BEGAN WATCHING HER 28 YEARS AGO
    I started watching Maria on KMBC exactly 28 years ago when we moved to KC from Chicago. I always admired her work she is an awesome reporter and I will miss her alot.

    • Leslie says:

      BACKLASH FROM LAWSUIT?
      Saw Maria on her first day,some 28 years ago.Loved her from day 1. Wondered why she was out in the field the last few years.Backlash from lawsuit filed with her fellow newswomen? Is that why Peggy’s in the field?
      Maria was a competent reporter and I enjoyed listening to her. Glad to see they have a new newscaster at 5pm.
      They need to retire Larry, yes he has done wonderful charity work with Dream Factory and I used to enjoy listening to him, but I CAN’T ANYMOORE. He’s become annoying. Not everything is breaking news.I have since switched to another news station.

  11. Randy Stone says:

    THANK YOU MARIA
    One of a kind. Thank you Maria for all of the coverage and support after my brother Harry Stone was shot and killed while jogging. You are special and all of us no that. Thank you and your family for all of the time you spent on Harry’s case. The Stone family.

  12. Rick Wrisinger says:

    THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR HEART
    What a sad day for Kansas City Television News. Good luck in your endeavors with the Bishop-Sullivan Center. They are very very lucky people to have the opportunity to have Maria with them full time. Thank you for sharing your heart with us for the last 28 years.

  13. Nancy Carter says:

    REMARKABLE PERSON
    YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED It is sad day for channel 9 viewers you are truly a remarkable woman and news caster. The best of everything on your going to Bishop=Sullivan center.

  14. Steve Conrad says:

    WILL BE MISSED
    Thank You Maria for your years of dedication and commitment. You will be sorely missed. Your work ethic and your passion for your job were always evident. Good luck in your future endeavors at Bishop Sullivan Center.

  15. Julie Randall says:

    WILL BE MISSED
    I just found out that Maria has left. She will be missed.

  16. helen jones says:

    WHERE’S JOEL?
    What has happened to joel nichols from kmbc

  17. helen jones says:

    ???
    I dont have a websight, wheres joel nichols?

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