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Springfield, MO

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.

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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

Chuck Maulden to Join KOLR as News Director

Chuck Maulden, former news director for KTHV, will join KOLR, the CBS affiliate in Springfield, MO, as news director.

Arkansas Business reported Maulden, who left the Little Rock CBS affiliate in August, announced the move at his going-away party on Friday night.

Maulden, who had been news director at KTHV since 2007, previously worked at KSDK in St. Louis as well as KAIT in Jonesboro, AR, WWMT in Kalamazoo, MI, and WVTM in Birmingham, AL.

[Arkansas Business]

Polly Van Doren Named WKBW News Director

Polly Van Doren will take over as news director of Buffalo ABC-affiliate WKBW.

Van Doren comes to Buffalo from Springfield, MO, where she has been news director of KOLR-KOZL for 14 years. Leo Henning was named general manager of the stations last week.

Before joining KOLR-KOZL, Van Doren worked at WTVW in Evansville, where she was an anchor and managing editor, and WPSD in Paducah, where she was an anchor and reporter. She begins at WKBW on September 20, replacing John Di Scullo, who left WKBW in July for crosstown rival WBBZ.

Leo Henning Appointed VP-GM of KOZL-KOLR

Nexstar Broadcasting has announced Leo Henning will be vice president and general manager of KOZL, an independent station in Springfield, MO, effective immediately. Henning will also oversee KOLR, Mission Broadcasting’s CBS-affiliate, which Nexstar operates under a joint operating agreement.

Henning comes from Saukview Media, where he is the president and CEO. Prior to that, he spent five years at Barrington Broadcasting, where he was group head of several stations, including WNWO in Toledo, KRCG in Columbia, WHOI in Peoria, KHQA in Hannibal, WLUC in Marquette and KTVO in Kirksland. Before joining Barrington, Henning spent 33 years at Quincy Newspapers’ Broadcast Group.

“With his local broadcasting expertise, strong client relationships, and dedication to the local communities he has served for many years in the Ozarks and Midwest, we are confident that Leo is the ideal person to lead KOZL’s television and e-media operations,” Nexstar COO Brian Jones said in a statement.

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