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Longtime Kansas City Anchor Takes New Role as ‘Anchor Emeritus’

larry moore kmbcAfter more than 40 years on the anchor desk, Larry Moore has announced he will soon step back from anchoring everyday and take on a new role as “Anchor Emeritus” for Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC.

Moore will continue to anchor the station’s 6:00 p.m. news until November 27. Then, the station said he will “continue to share inspiring stories of Dream Factory children, contribute to special news projects, appear at station community events and provide fill-in anchor support.”

The veteran anchor scaled his hours back last December, anchoring just the 6:00 p.m. news.

“I cannot begin to express the depth of our gratitude for what Larry Moore means to this station and to Kansas City,” Sarah Smith, president and general manager of KMBC-KCWE said in a statement. “His career and life define everything that is good about this city.” Read more

Meteorologist JD Rudd Set to Join KSHB

jd ruddMeteorologist JD Rudd is joining KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City. Rudd moves from KSNW, the NBC affiliate in Wichita.

“While I am extremely excited about this new endeavor, leaving Wichita will truly be bittersweet. I have made many great friends here over the years and I will miss them all greatly,” Rudd wrote on Facebook. “…I have learned so much, in so many different ways, while working in Wichita. I’m eager to see what the future holds.”

Rudd joined KSNW in 2008. He has previously worked at KMOT and KXMC in Minot, North Dakota.

KCTV Names Larry Perret News Director

Larry PerretLarry Perret has been named news director for Meredith owned Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV-KSMO.

Perret last worked for KTVX in Salt Lake City. Before coming to KTVX, Perret was a producer for Entertainment Tonight and before that he was a consultant for Frank N. Magid Associates. He’s also worked at KCOP, KCBS, KCAL and KTTV in Los Angeles.

A Meredith spokesperson told TVSpy Perret starts two weeks from Monday on October 28.

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KMBC Adds Matt Evans as Reporter

matt_evans_kmbcMatt Evans has joined Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC as a reporter.

Evans posted the news to his facebook page, “I’m beyond thrilled to begin my career in my home market and less than 90 minutes away from my hometown. I look forward to learning from some of the same people I grew up watching and from some of the best reporters in Kansas City.”

Evans, who currently works at KOMU in Columbia, MO, told his facebook friends he starts as a nightside reporter until he graduates from the University of Missouri in December and moves to mornings.

Michelle Apon Makes Debut on KSHB

apon_onsetMichelle Apon has joined Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB as meteorologist.

Weekend anchor Amy Hawley tweeted the news along with a picture of Apon on set, “Meet the newest meteorologist at KSHB – Michelle Apon! Welcome – she brought sunny skies!

Apon left Oklahoma City’s KOKH at the beginning of September. She has also worked at WGXA in Macon, GA.

Meteorologist Brett Anthony Set to Join KJRH

Meteorologist Brett Anthony will join Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH next month, general manager Donna Wilson confirms to TVSpy.

It is a move within Scripps for Anthony, who has worked as the morning and midday meteorologist at KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, since 2002. According to his bio, he has also worked at stations in Joplin, Springfield, Cape Girardeau and Cleveland.

Wilson called Anthony a “knowledgeable, professional and really, really great guy” who will bring “depth and expertise to weather coverage here in Tulsa.”

WDAF Catches ‘Royals Fountain Lady’ in VO Before Her Famous and Illegal Romp

When Jessica McCoy crawled into a fountain at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium while the hometown Royals were playing the Minnesota Twins, she may have stumbled into viral video history but was still safely out of TVSpy’s local TV jurisdiction.

But when an alert anchor and producer at Kansas City FOX affiliate WDAF figured out McCoy had appeared in a VO the station did before her fountain appearance, we had to get involved.

Last night, McCoy, dubbed the “Royals Fountain Lady,” was arrested after spending a few minutes exploring the stadium fountains during a game. Video of the incident surfaced on the web, particularly on Deadpsin.com. WDAF producer Rob Zerwekh was alerted by anchor Nick Vasos that McCoy looked like a woman seen in reporter Brad Underwood‘s VO from the night before (pictured).

Zerwekh tweeted the news out this morning saying, “@Deadspin We may have had the Kauffman Stadium fountain lady in pregame VO yesterday here at FOX 4. Same? Different?” Read more

Patrick Fazio Set to Join KSHB in Kansas City

Patrick Fazio is joining KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, later this month.

According to recent tweets, Fazio will join the station’s morning newscast. Jay Curtis, the station’s former morning anchor, signed off from KSHB in April.

Fazio comes to KSHB from WTWO in Terre Haute, where he anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. He has also worked at stations in Springfield, Ill. and Idaho Falls.

Kelly Jones Out, ‘Better Kansas City’ on Hiatus at KCTV

Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV has taken “Better Kansas City,” its local lifestyle show, off the air for the summer. Kelly Jones (pictured), the show’s co-host, is no longer with the station, according to Bottom Line Communications.

The Kansas City Star talks to KCTV general manager Darrin McDonald about plans for the 9 a.m. timeslot for the summer while “Better Kansas City” is “off the air for retooling”:

Starting next week, McDonald said, the national show “Better TV” — produced by KCTV’s corporate parent, Meredith, and shown mornings on KSMO-TV — will air in “Better KC’s” place but with some local segments. Those will be handled by Jones’ co-host, Lisa Holbrook, who remains at the station.

Jones said she had “no comment at this point.” She joined KCTV in April 2010 as co-anchor of its morning and noon newscasts. “Better Kansas City” was launched last fall by McDonald’s predecessor, Bobby Totsch.

The show is produced locally, but not by the station’s news department. The general manager said the show had been “performing fine” in the ratings, but he does want it to attract more young women and “add more 25-to-34-year-olds” to its audience.

KMBC-KCWE Announces New Sales Management Team

Shannon Hart has been named general sales manager for Hearst’s Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC while Jason Ferguson has been named her replacement as GSM for CW affiliate KCWE.

“I’m excited to put this dynamic management team together to help lead our sales efforts,” said Sarah Smith, KMBC-KCWE president and general manager. “Shannon and Jason have earned these opportunities through hard work and performance. They both possess qualities that are critical to our success. I’m confident they will maximize the potential of our account teams and insure our clients achieve the results they expect and deserve.”

Hart has been the general sales manager for KCWE for the last 11 years. Before coming to KMBC-KCWE, she worked for KSNT in Topeka, KS, KSNW in Wichita, KS, and KMTV in Omaha, NE.

Ferguson will join KCWE on July 1. He is currently the local sales manager for Hearst’s WISN in Milwaukee. He’s also worked for WDSU in New Orleans, WAPT in Jackson, MS, and WXII in Winston-Salem, NC.

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