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Pat McGonigle Re-Ups with KSDK

Pat-McGonigleKSDK morning anchor Pat McGonigle has signed a multi-year contract with the St. Louis NBC affiliate, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We are very happy to have Pat sign a new multi-year contract with KSDK,” president and GM Lynn Beall said in a statement. “It’s very apparent how much Pat loves St. Louis. He really cares about this community.”

McGonigle started at KSDK in September 2011 from WHEC in Rochester, NY. Details of the contract were not released.

Meteorologist Katie Horner Says Goodbye to KMOV

katie hornerMeteorologist Katie Horner has left St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV to return to her family in Kansas City, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

KMOV news director Brian Thouvenot said the station and Horner reluctantly parted ways. “Not many people knew she was commuting back to Kansas City every weekend,” Thouvenot said. “We hated to see her go, but we also understand her wanting to be with her family.”

Horner previously worked at KCTV, the CBS affiliate in Kansas City.

The Post-Dispatch reports Horner will be replaced on the noon and 5 p.m. newscasts by Meghan Danahey.

Drone Hits St. Louis Office Building, Police and FAA Looking for Owner

drone_AP_304A remotely piloted quadcopter crashed into a downtown St. Louis skyscraper Monday.

While the story doesn’t directly involve a local TV station (as far as we know right now) it does highlight the dangers of unmanned aerial vehicles. TVSpy has been covering stories like this since UAV’s are being eyed and sometimes used by many local TV stations.

St. Louis police and the FAA are looking for the person who was piloting the DJI Phantom II which was found by security guards on the 30th floor of the Met Square building. The drone had an HD camera attached. Watch KSDK’s report on the drone after the jump. Read more

What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we check out St. Louis TV to see what they covered in last night’s 6:00 p.m.

One surprise? The Sinclair owned ABC affiliate has no local news.

Also, with the exception of FOX affiliate KTVI, the trend in St. Louis seemed to be a first block filled with short quick stories about local crime.

KMOV Reports Canceled After Masked Man Alarms Crew

KMOV masked manKMOV reporter Brittany Noble‘s live shot was canceled yesterday after a masked man was noticed hanging around near her stand-up location. Noble was scheduled to do a live intro to a report about recent thefts from construction sites, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

Shortly before air time, Noble and cameraman Alonzo Medcalf noticed a man wearing a white mask pacing in the background and occasionally ducking behind a truck, KMOV news director Brian Thouvenot said.

“The man went away, then came back (with a different mask),” Thouvenot said. “So for the safety of our crew, we decided to cancel the (live) shot.”

The crew went to the van and called Belleville police, Thouvenot said, adding that Medcalf kept the camera rolling and collected footage of the masked man.

Noble posted video of the man to Instagram. “I wanted to go live @5 today but this guy kept watching me so I called police. If you know who he is contact them.”

NYT: Undercover Reports on School Security Raise Ethical Questions

kirkwood_hsUsing the recent school scare caused by a reporter at KSDK as an example, The New York Times looks at the “broader questions about the ethical and practical implications” of undercover reporting on school security:

Jen Wilton, who has two sons at the [St. Louis] school, said she was frightened when one of them texted to tell her about the lockdown. The news station had crossed the line, she said. “They certainly didn’t do me any service,” she said. “I have a few more gray hairs because of it, and it terrified my kids and a lot of other kids.”

Critics say these kinds of undercover efforts do not provide an accurate portrait of school safety, and question whether they serve any public good. Some journalists question whether the news organizations become too much a part of the story, and whether it is dangerous for reporters to wander into schools now that students and staff are often on heightened alert. Read more

Pioneering St. Louis TV Weatherman Howard DeMere Dies

demere ksdk obit wx boardHoward DeMere, the second TV weatherman in St. Louis, died Wednesday after a heart attack.

DeMere started at KSDK when it was the only station in town. He succeeded Jack Garrison who briefly forecast the weather before leaving for a sales job.

For 32 years, DeMere’s worked in St. Louis as a weathermen and then a reporter for KSDK and KSD radio (now KTRS).

In a 2010 feature, KSDK said DeMere “put television weather here on the map.” DeMere told the station, “The weather and the weather set. It started as a simple frame…wooden and covered with a piece of Plexiglass. Write on it with a china marking pencil then you went back over it with a pen and talked about it as you did so…” Read more

Lauren Trager Leaving KMOV After One Year

trager_kmovLauren Trager is leaving St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV to work in a government job, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Post-Dispatch reports Trager will be the public information officer for City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. She starts March 24.

Trager came to KMOV last year from Little Rock, AR, where she was a weekend anchor for NBC affiliate KARK.

Meet AquaFOX, the St. Louis FOX Station’s News Boat


With all the talk about covering news with airborne drones, St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI has decided to swim against the tide by showing off its news boat.

yesterday, the station revealed AquaFOX, an Axis A24 wrapped in station branding.

KTVI news director Audrey Prywitch reminded TVSpy while St. Louis is in the middle of the country it is on the Mississippi River, and surrounded by many other rivers and lakes. She said possible stories to use the boat include flooding, predatory fish invading local rivers and lakes, drinking and boating stories and even a river view of the fireworks on July 4th.

In case you think the boat will be trolling lakes and rivers 24 hours a day, Prywitch said the station will call Stateamind Water Sports, the boating company they’ve partnered with, at least 24 hours ahead of time to ready the boat for use.

KMOV News Director Leaving Station for Job with Scripps

mclaughlin_croppedKMOV news director Sean McLaughlin has announced he is leaving the St. Louis CBS affiliate to become the VP of news for E.W. Scripps.

“I am very excited about Sean joining the Scripps team,” Brian Lawlor, Scripps’ SVP said in a statement. “Sean has a ton of energy and represents the leadership skills that motivate people to want to work hard and to want to win.”

McLaughlin told TVSpy his last day at KMOV is March 5. He starts at Scripps March 6.

Before coming to KMOV, McLaughlin was news director at KTUL in Tulsa, OK, from 2005-2007 and KOKI also in Tulsa from 2001-2005. He has also worked at WICS in Springfield, IL, and KAAL in Austin, MN.

[The St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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