Reno CBS-affilate KTVN resumed its regular newscasts on Monday after cancelling the local news Sunday following the sudden death of sports director JK Metzker, who died from injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident.
On Sunday, KTVN ran a message at the top of the 5 o’clock hour from meteorologist Mike Alger, who, calling it the “most difficult broadcast” of his career, announced that Metzker had died earlier that afternoon.
“Honestly, it’s just too hard for any of us here at Channel 2 News to focus on the work that it takes to produce a newscast,” Alger told viewers, saying that KTVN staffers were spending the day and night grieving.
The KTVN news team was back on the air Monday, with plenty of kleenex on-hand to wipe away tears. KTVN’s anchors and reporters were visibly shaken by the loss of Metzker, who had been with the station for 14 years, as they tried to work their way through the day’s newscasts.
The station ran a number of tributes to Metzker, including a group interview with his three young sons.