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‘I Think It’s Our Time to Go’: KSNW Forced to Evacuate During Tornado

KSNW, the Wichita NBC affiliate, was forced to evacuate yesterday afternoon when one of the tornadoes that hit the Midwest yesterday headed straight for its studios.

Meteorologist J.D. Rudd was on-air updating viewers on the path of a twister approaching downtown Wichita when chief meteorologist Dave Freeman cut in,  “You know J.D. in twenty years I’ve never said this but I think it’s our time to go.” said the off-screen Freeman who repeated they had to get to the shelter several times before forcefully saying, “Everybody down below. Let’s go!”

Rudd exited the screen as Freeman assured viewers they’d leave the radar up for viewers to monitor the tornadoes path.  The two told viewers they were hanging out near the stairs to the basement while continuing to broadcast. Freeman appeared back on screen ten minutes after the initial scramble for the shelter.

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Mark Bogner Leaving KSN After 23 Years

After 23 years at KSN, meteorologist Mark Bogner has announced his exit from the Wichita NBC affiliate.

“Mark’s dedication that day and his willingness to go the extra mile for the folks who were at home counting on us is something that I will just always remember,” chief meteorologist Dave Freeman said (video above).

According to KSN, Bogner will become a hearing aid specialist in Wichita.

KSN Settles on New 10 p.m. Newscast Team

Witchita’s KSN has been searching for a solution to boost ratings on its 10 p.m. newscast since February, when the NBC affiliate announced the replacement of its veteran anchor team.

Last night, KSN shifted Brooke Martin, J.D. Rudd, and Jamison Coyle — currently the station’s weekend anchor team — to the 10 p.m. broadcast, officially replacing veteran anchors Stephanie Bergmann, John Snyder, and Dave Freeman.

According to Carrie Rengers of The Witchita Eagle, KSN’s interim director of marketing Darrin Fullerton said his station’s staff is very versatile, allowing him to “continue to take advantage of the talent we have in house.” Fullerton said other changes in the direction of the newscast are also in the pipeline for the 10 p.m. hour.

Bergmann, Snyder, and Freeman will still anchor the 6 p.m. newscast on KSN. Aileen Simborio and meteorologist Mark Bogner will take over the weekend anchor spots.

Dumping Veteran Team, Wichita’s KSN Rethinks Its 10 p.m. Newscast

Sagging ratings have provoked Wichita’s KSN to retool its 10 p.m. newscast.

The New Vision-owned station has informed its longtime 10 p.m. team that they will no longer be appearing in the time slot, according to Carrie Rengers of The Wichita Eagle.

Anchors Stephanie Bergmann and John Snyder, as well as chief meteorologist Dave Freeman and sports anchor Jim Kobbe, will soon be moved off of the 10 p.m. newscast. The crew will still appear at 6 p.m., which is the station’s highest rated newscast.

KSN news director Jason Kravarik wants to make clear, though, that the station isn’t getting rid of the 10 p.m. newscast altogether. Kravarik told Rengers that, although the NBC-affiliate has a “solid team,” they’ve suffered from “a bad lead-in from NBC.”