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WDAF Meteorologist Karli Ritter Gets Creative After Weather Graphics Malfunction

Karli Ritter‘s computer crashed during Tuesday’s morning newscast on WDAF, forcing the meteorologist to get creative with her forecast.

“We’re having some computer issues, so we’re going to modify this forecast just a bit here,” Ritter said. “Nothing’s updated, nothing’s working. So I’m going to call in my assistants here.”

As Ritter continued with her forecast, Nick Vasos and Loren Halifax held up hand-drawn graphics to help the meteorologist out with her reporting. Ritter finished her report by holding up a hand-drawn graphic of the five-day forecast (pictured) to applause in the studio.

Watch the video here. [h/t Bottom Line Communications]

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Michelle Bogowith Makes Her WDAF Debut

Meteorologist Michelle Bogowith made her debut on Kansas City Fox affiliate WDAF yesterday.

Bogowith will handle weather forecasts for the 9 a.m. and noon newscasts. She steps into a role vacated by Karli Ritter, who is moving to the 4:30 to 9 a.m. shift following the death of Don Harman last year.

The WDAF morning team introduced Bogowith last week. Video after the jump… Read more

Nine Months After Don Harman’s Death, WDAF Names New Morning Meteorologist

Nine months after WDAF meteorologist Don Harman‘s death, the Kansas City Fox-affiliate has named a replacement for him on the morning newscast.

Bottom Line Communications reports Karli Ritter, who has worked at WDAF since 2007 and has been filling in on the morning newscast, has been named the permanent replacement. Harman, a popular Kansas City figure, committed suicide in November.

As Ritter moves into her new role from 4:30 to 9 a.m. on weekdays, she will be replaced on the 9 a.m. and noon newscasts by Michelle Bogowith, who joins WDAF next month from KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO. Bogowith has worked at KOMU since 2007.

WDAF Tells Viewers of Don Harman’s Suicide: ‘If You Struggle Too, Please Don’t Ever Stop Trying’

In a candid and emotional segment on the WDAF morning newscast today, anchors Mark Alford and Loren Halifax shared details of Don Harman‘s struggle with depression at the request of his family (video above).

“They wanted us to be frank with you about it,” Halifax, on the verge of tears, said. “They want you to know, if you struggle, or if someone else you know struggles, please don’t ever stop trying. Please don’t ever stop trying to get help.” Read more

WDAF Meteorologist Don Harman Dies From Apparent Suicide

Don Harman, the longtime morning meteorologist at WDAF in Kansas City, died yesterday. He was 41.

Sources say Harman’s death was a suicide, although the station has not yet announced an official cause of death. The 12-year veteran of the station was on the air as recently as yesterday.

Before WDAF’s Karli Ritter delivered the weather report on this morning’s newscast, anchors Mark Alford and Loren Halifax read a statement similar to what the station posted on Facebook early this morning. Read more