Starting September 9, NBC affiliate WPMI will add a 4:30 a.m. newscast anchored by Pat Greenwood. Greenwood will continue to anchor the 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. newscast alongside weather and traffic anchor Deitra Tate and new co-anchor Kelly Jones. WPMI will also add a half-hour of news at 12:30 p.m. which will be anchored by Jones.
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“Kelly brings a lot of energy and experience to the position, and she has a solid reputation for reaching out and being involved in the community,” said WPMI general manager Bobby Totsch. “She will hit the ground running and become a big part of our commitment to covering local news that is important to our community.”
Before working for KCTV, Jones worked in California, Michigan, Montana and Arizona. Her first day at WPMI will be September 9.
Totsch may be best known for not renewing the contract of longtime meteorologist Katie Horner. Bottom Line said his tenure at the station has not without some bumps,
Under Totsch’s direction, the station’s morning team was repeatedly shaken up starting with Chris Pisano and Dana Wright (now an afternoon radio host on KMBZ-980 AM). They were replaced by Kelly Jones and Greg Adaline, and then Adaline was let go after about a year and replaced by Matt Stewart. Earlier this year the station brought in an entirely new duo to handle the show. It was Totsch’s decision to bring in Michael Coleman as the station’s sports director, and he disbanded the station’s award-winning Investigative team.
Totsch joined KCTV in 2009 after spending 21 years with St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV.
“We discussed several options, but we simply couldn’t figure out a way to make it all work,” KCTV general manager Bobby Totsch said. “I’m certain her career as a meteorologist is far from over, it may just be on hold for a bit.”
Horner’s tenure as meteorologist has not been without controversy. In 2007, viewers in the Kansas City area launched a website attacking Horner, FireKatie.com. The website calls for a boycott of the station over Horner’s “antics and needless interruptions during primetime.” After recent reports surfaced that she was leaving KCTV, fans also created a “Save Katie Horner” page on Facebook.
Horner said her goal as a meteorologist has always been the safety of her viewers. “I believe all meteorologists play a role in keeping people feeling safe in severe weather conditions, and I know we have made that a focus at KCTV over the years,” she said.