If there was one overriding message in the address by veteran TV sports anchors Frank Boal and Jack Harry to the Kansas City Press Club Thursday evening it was they both feel very lucky to have spent about a total of 70 years in the Kansas City market.
And it likely will never happen again.
The duo, who are now both with KSHB, pointed out that the industry has changed dramatically and stations are bringing in younger—and cheaper–talent. And that talent will be moving to larger markets rather than staying in KC.
Harry and Boal also said pro sports teams are clamping down on how they are covered and access to practices and players is very much controlled today compared to years ago. In fact, Harry noted until this year reporters had to get permission to use the restroom by team officials at Arrowhead.
Overall, about 30 media professionals peppered the two with questions and it proved to be a fun-filled and enlightening evening.