“Neville loves weather…it’s his passion,” Sherrie Brown, KMBC news director said in a statement. “He’s so good at focusing on what people need to know and telling them in a clear and straightforward manner.”
The page, called “I Support Lisa & Joel!” has, at this writing, 776 members. The website’s mission is written on the page, “In case you haven’t heard, Joel Nichols and Lisa Teachman were forced from KMBC 9. The Mission of this group is to show support for Joel & Lisa.”
One commenter wrote, “It was a pleasure getting to know both Lisa and Joel!! Half my life was spent watching Joel. Lisa is a grade A professional!! I will miss them both!!”
TVSpy has asked for KMBC’s reaction to the page. We will update when we hear back.
The ratings are in for Super Bowl XLVIII, and interestingly enough, the leading market wasn’t Seattle or Denver: as the Seahawks defeated the Broncos 43-8, Kansas City drew the highest ratings, posting a 58.1 rating / 78 share, meaning 78% of TVs in use in the Kansas City market were turned to FOX affiliate WDAF.
Seattle was the second highest-rated market, posting a 56.7/92. Not surprisingly, it’s the market’s most-watched Super Bowl ever. The 12th man made up 92% of Seattle-Tacoma TVs tuned to FOX station KCPQ. Indianapolis, and station WXIN, where Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning played for 14 seasons, was third with a 53.9/74, followed by New Orleans, Tulsa, Las Vegas, Portland, Knoxville and Jacksonville. Denver, and station KDVR, was tenth with a 51.4 rating / 83 share.
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It was the most-watched Super Bowl in the New York market since Superbowl XXI (Giants vs. Broncos) in 1987. The game, which was played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ and broadcast on Fox-owned WNYW, delivered a 50.5 in households, up +13% compared to WCBS’ coverage of the Super Bowl last year.
WDAF reporter Kathy Quinn was interviewing a couple named James and Edith who had just escaped a house fire that left their roommate with burns to his face, killed his dog and left all three people homeless when James decided it was as good a time as any to give the Kansas City FOX affiliate some on-air love.
“God bless! I love Channel Four,” said James while wrapping up the interview at around 1:43 in the video above. “Channel Four!”
Comedian Chris Franjola, who was in the studio for an interview of his own, told anchor Kim Byrnes, “You’ve had some amazing characters on the show today. “House fire guy” was my favorite. His house just burned down but he wanted to get in his plug how he loves Channel Four news.”
“We’re going to send him a coffee mug.” said Byrnes.
“A coffee mug that he can’t use because his house burned down,” said Franjola. Check out the video after the jump. Read more
“So I’m now a free agent … anyone care to bid for my news and/or informational services?” Cameron wrote on Facebook Tuesday.
Dillon was laid off from The Kansas City Star in October after 22 years with the newspaper. She has won more than 30 national, local and regional journalism awards, according to Bottom Line.
“This is really an exciting day…I’ve been offered a dream job with KSHB’s hard-hitting award-winning investigative team to work as an investigative producer,” Dillon wrote on Facebook. “Thank you all for all your support after I was laid-off at The Kansas City Star.”
Henry announced on Twitter she’ll be working for Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC, “I’ll be going home in March! I’ve accepted an anchor/reporter position w/ KMBC in KC! Big thank u to all of u who made OKC home for me.”
Before working at KOKH, Henry worked at KTVO in Kirksville, MO.
I’ll be going home in March! I’ve accepted an anchor/reporter position w/ KMBC in KC! Big thank u to all of u who made OKC home for me
— Kisha Henry (@KishaHenry) January 13, 2014
“It was a tough decision but like any good journalist I did my research and all the stay at home moms and dads I talked to said it was the best decision they ever made,” Koppelman told Bottom Line. “So I’m looking forward to this new adventure, and then see what the next one will be.”
“This year will mark changes for me and my family,” wrote Teachman. “After January 31, I will no longer be a member of the KMBC weather team.”
Nichols celebrated 25 years with KMBC in June. According to Bottom Line Communications the sticking point was that the station wanted to move Nichols to evenings but Nichols wanted to stay on mornings.
“I would just say we didn’t want this to happen,” Brown told The Pitch. “We did everything we could to keep him, but in the end, it was his decision.”
BLC is also reporting KMBC meteorologist Lisa Teachman‘s contract has not been renewed.
Teachman joined KMBC in 2007.
TVSpy has asked KMBC about Teachman. We will update when we hear back.