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Springfield, MO

KYTV Sports Director Retiring After 48 Years


Ned Reynolds has announced his retirement from KYTV.

“This is not a complete retirement announcement, but pretty darn close to it,” Reynolds said in a statement. “Over the years, I have had the opportunity to make some close friendships and wonderful associations. These memories will be locked deep in my soul forever.”

The Springfield, Mo. NBC affiliate said Reynolds’ last day will be December 1. He will continue to do play-by-play for Springfield Cardinals games.

Depending on who you listen to, Reynolds made a guest appearance on NBC’s Today Show when he was either 14 (according to the announcement) 15 (according to his bio) or 16 depending on the Today Show clip (above). He started at KYTV in 1967 after getting out of the Navy.

Chad Plein will take over Reynold’s sportscast at 6:00 p.m.

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KYTV’s First Anchor, Jerry Higley, Dies at 92

Picture 7Back in 1953, Springfield NBC affiliate KYTV launched its very first newscast at 6 p.m., just over an hour after the station signed on the air. The anchor was Jerry Higley, who was a well-known radio broadcaster at the time. Higley died Monday at 92:

Higley was one of the first 20 employees hired by the Cox family in 1953 as the planning and construction of KYTV was underway. He was in the news department along with news director Dick Heinline, weathercaster and program director Carl Fox, sports anchor Don Payton, and 10 p.m. newscast anchor Dave Estes.

The station signed on at 4:47 p.m. on Oct. 1, 1953. Among the stories that Higley reported on the station’s first 6 p.m. newscast were ones about cobras that had escaped from a pet shop in Springfield, the drought in Missouri, and the marriage of Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts to Jacqueline Bouvier on Sept. 12 (news sometimes didn’t become as stale so soon back then as it does now).

Missouri Reporter Becomes History Museum’s ‘Journalist in Residence’

Picture 2Few reporters have covered the Ozarks like Ed Fillmer. An archive of Fillmore’s stories at Springfield, Missouri NBC affiliate KYTV boasts that “(he) traveled down just about every road in the Ozarks, seeking stories no one else told.”

Now, that archive of stories from the 1980s and 1990′s will be preserved at Springfield’s History Museum on the Square–and Fillmer will be picking up the camera again, as “journalist in residence”:

“The stories of our neighbors that Ed has captured over the years will be great sources of information and historic background in the future,” History Museum executive director John Sellars said in a news release. “We are so excited to have someone like Ed to help us preserve the history of this place we call home.”

“Ed’s award winning legacy of chronicling the unique and unusual in the Ozarks lives on at KY3 and in our storytelling,” said Scott Brady, KY3 news director. “We are delighted this collaboration with Ed Fillmer and The History Museum on the Square will ensure that these historic glimpses of our lives will enjoy a kind of immortality.”

One Anchor Joins, Another Leaves KOLR Morning Show


KOLR the CBS affiliate for Springfield, MO, has announced a couple of morning anchor changes.

Shannon Miller told viewers she will be leaving KOLR to join sister station KARK in Little Rock, AR, while Audrey Esther was introduced as the new morning anchor.

Miller told viewers the news on her facebook page saying, “After three years with KOLR10, I have accepted an offer to work at our sister station KARK in Little Rock. It was a tough decision and I put a lot of thought and heart into it.”

Before coming to KOLR, Esther was community relations director for The Salvation Army – Ozark Area Coordination.

Missouri On-Air Talent Swap Stations and Roles

daues_jacob_croppedOn-air talent at two Springfield, MO, TV stations will swap stations and then take on new roles next month, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

Jerry Jacob, (pictured right) reporter for NBC affiliate KYTV will move to ABC affiliate KSPR and take on the anchor role vacated by Joe Daues (pictured left) who will move to KYTV to work in the station’s sales department.

“Joe has always made it clear that his family is his first priority, and working nights meant spending less time with his children,” KSPR news director Bridget Lovelle said in a statement.

KYTV is owned by Schurz Communications which operates KSPR through a shared services agreement with Perkin Media, its subsidiary.

Justin Dougherty Joins KWTV in Oklahoma City

After two years at KOLR-KOZL in Springfield, Mo., Justin Dougherty is leaving to join KWTV in Oklahoma City.

“Justin, you’ve done it all. You’ve done sports, you’ve done news, you’ve done anything that anyone has ever asked you to. You’re a very hard worker,” Shannon Miller said on Dougherty’s final newscast last week. “A great asset to the station. You will be missed.”

Watch Dougherty’s goodbye, via his Facebook page:

KYTV to Mark 60 Years of Broadcasting

Springfield, MO, NBC affiliate KYTV is marking 60 years of broadcasting by taking its newscast on the road.

The broadcasts, called “Celebrate the Ozarks” started in July and occur every week for the ten weeks leading up to the October 1 anniversary date. The tour started at the Ozark Empire Fair and will finish in Eureka Springs, AR, for the station’s anniversary.

The station has also posted some looks back at the evolution of the area and of the station. Click here to view. One story features the woman who launched the first “Celebrate the Ozarks,” the station’s pioneering anchor and former news director, Joyce Reed. Read more

Terry Moore KOLR’s ‘Reporter’s Reporter’ Dies

Former KOLR reporter Terry Moore has died.

Moore started working at the Springfield, MO, CBS affiliate right out of high school in 1954. He worked at KOLR for 42 years.

“There’s a lot to remember about Terry Moore, his smooth baritone voice, his patience, and easy demeanor,” said KOLR anchor David Oliver. “Of course, his pencil behind his ear and his old manual typewriter right next to his desk. Terry kept that there after our newsroom got computers, just in case they ever stopped working.”

The veteran reporter, who was described by the current anchors as a “reporter’s reporter,” also had a medical series called “Health Beat” and “Ozarks Chronicles,” a show covering the region’s history.

Moore was 77.

KOLR-KOZL to Open Studio in Branson

KOLR-KOZL, Nexstar Broadcasting’s duopoly in Springfield, Mo., is set to open a studio in Branson next month.

The facility, which is located on Main Street in Branson, is currently under construction and slated to open in early June. KOLR-KOZL will also provide content to Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting stations in Joplin, Fayetteville and Little Rock from the space.

“The Branson area remains one of the fastest growing regions in the television market,” vice president and general manager Leo T. Henning said in a statement. “It is a significant driver of the economy for our region. It makes sense to have a daily point of presence there. In fact, it is long overdue.”

KOLR’s Justin Dougherty Wins $20K After Hitting Half-Court Shot at NBA Game

A KOZL-KOLR reporter won $20,000 after sinking a half-court shot in between quarters of an NBA game Sunday night (video above).

Justin Dougherty, an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, got tickets to a game as a gift from his girlfriend on his birthday. He was selected at random from the crowd to participate in a free throw contest, which he won, receiving a chance to take the half-court shot.

“Once the ball was in mid-flight, I remember thinking, ‘That’s straight, that could go,’ and I remember thinking it felt like the ball was in flight for 30 seconds,” Dougherty told Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTVRead more

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