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).