Chris Pisano, long-time morning anchor at KCTV, is proving that you can go home, as the affable talent has started a new job at WGGB-TV, ABC40 in Springfield, MA, as a reporter and anchor.
It is very familiar territory for him.
“It’s something of a homecoming in several ways,” Pisano told Bottom Line. “I’m from Western Mass, I was born in Springfield, grew up here, attended UMass Amherst, watched 40 as a kid, and obviously the majority of my family and friends live here.”
While his life has had twists and turns since leaving KCTV in 2010, coming home is a dream come true for him.
“I’ll be anchor and reporting – providing depth to their ‘anchor bench’ – not only because of the experience I gained in great markets like KC, but also as a legacy talent who is local,” he says. “I’m the ‘hometown boy’ who finally came home.”
“Throughout my broadcast career, I’d always harbored the hope… dream perhaps… of settling back in New England. But for whatever reason, my career brought me to the Midwest where I worked, lived, and raised a family for more than 15 years.”
Pisano admits he misses Kansas City, but will be doing what he loves in a place he considers home.
“Recently, circumstances in my life changed dramatically, not least of which being my departure from Kansas City, a place I truly love and deeply miss,” he adds. ”I moved back to Massachusetts in early October and – after reconnecting with many ‘old’ friends – was blessed to find work doing what I love, in a place I consider home, and at a station I grew up watching, respect, and consider one of the primary reasons for my desire to become a journalist.”
For years Pisano was a familiar face with co-anchor Carolyn Long in the morning on KCTV. He was then paired with Dana Wright until 2010 when he left for WRTV in Indianapolis as Wright moved into the station’s investigative unit.
Wright left TV this year to become an afternoon radio co-host on the “Dana and Parks” show on KMBZ-980AM.
After leaving KCTV Pisano went to WRTV as a weekday and morning anchor until March of this year. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and has a Master’s in Mass Communications from Amherst.
UPDATE: Here is Pisano’s first report at his new station: