WDAF-TV CELEBRATES ITS 63rd ANNIVERSARY

JohnLandsberg
October 17th, 2012
Birthday 63

Happy Birthday to WDAF-Fox 4, which celebrated its 63rd anniversary on Tuesday.

The station officially began October 16, 1949 as the second TV station in Missouri and the first in Kansas City and primarily as an NBC affiliate. The station was originally owned by the Kansas City Star, along with WDAF radio.

The first station in Missouri was KSDK in St. Louis, which had signed on two years earlier.

WDAF-TV became a Fox affiliate on September 12, 1994 (three days after New World officially closed on its purchase of WDAF-TV and KSAZ-TV), and the NBC affiliation moved to KSHB (channel 41), Kansas City’s original Fox affiliate.

Randall Jessee was the station’s first anchorman with other notables including long-time sports director Frank Boal (now with KSHB); station announcer Owen Bush, Jack Cafferty,  reporter Carrie Coogan, anchor Tom Lawrence, meteorologist Don Harman, Gary Lezak (now with KSHB), Stacy Smith, Shelby Storck, Bob Stepanich, Bob Wells and iconic weatherman Dan Henry (below).

 

 

 

 

5 Responses

  1. Rick Nichols says:

    NEW REPORTING PARTNER
    And today The Star’s television reporting partner is not WDAF but instead KCTV. Hmm. Who knows what might have happened down through the years had the paper not been forced to divest itself of WDAF as a result of Harry Truman’s desire to get back at the paper for a few things.

  2. Zack says:

    OPRAH’S GAL PAL
    Another notable WDAF weekend anchor was Oprah gal pal, Gayle King. She was there at the time of the Hyatt skywalk collapse.

    Stacy Smith moved on to become an anchor in Pittsburgh largely due to the attention he received from his reporting on the Hyatt tragedy. He’s been a fixture in Pittsburgh for 30 years.

  3. Scott Simon says:

    COOGAN NOTABLE?
    Carrie Coogan is notable? And Dave Helling isn’t on that list? Or how about Harris Faukner?

  4. FORGOT WALT BODINE
    What about the venerable Walt Bodine, who was News Director/Anchor in the 50s and 60s? No mention of Ken Coy? Barry Morris, Cynthia Smith? Jack Harry was there for many years, too. I know the list could go on and on but to leave out Walt Bodine? Good grief.

  5. Kitty Needham says:

    DAN THE MAN
    to this day, I can remember the windshield covers with Dan’s oft quoted “Dan Henry said it would be like this”. My daughter adored him.

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