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Posts Tagged ‘KSNT’

What Are Local Stations Covering?

This time we’re looking at Topeka, KS, where LIN Broadcasting owns and operates three of the four stations in the market.

After the infographic you can see what can happen when one company owns three stations in a market.

Normally, we’d talk about the story mix between the three. But this time, while researching we saw a symptom of what happens when one company owns three stations. We caught a spelling error on a graphic that appeared on all the LIN owned stations. “Rollover” was spelled “Rollver.” Three times. In three different shows. Check out the screen grabs after the Read more

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Meteorologist Katy Morgan Leaving WXIX

katy morgan wxixKaty Morgan is leaving Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX for a chief meteorologist job in a larger market, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Morgan joined WXIX in 2010 as the weekend morning meteorologist. She will sign off from the station when her contract expires on December 31. “We certainly don’t blame her for taking his opportunity, because we have a chief (Steve Horstmeyer) and we are very happy with him,” general manager Bill Lanesey told the Enquirer.

Before WXIX, Morgan worked at WMBF in Myrtle Beach and KSNT in Topeka, Kansas.

LIN Media Announces Executive Promotions: New GMs in Providence, Dayton

LIN Media has announced three promotions within the company’s executive ranks. Jay Howell has been promoted to vice president of regional television, Patrick Wholey has been named president and general manager of WPRI-WNAC in Providence, and Joseph Abouzeid has been named president and general manager of WDTN-WBDT in Dayton.

Howell previously was the president and general manager of WPRI-WNAC. In his new role as vice president of regional television, he will oversee those stations as well as WWLP in Springfield, WAVY-WVBT in Norfolk, WIVB-WNLO in Buffalo, WDTN-WBDT in Dayton, KIMT in Mason City and KSNT in Topeka.

“Jay did an outstanding job as General Manager, building revenue and profit performance through the growth of audiences both on-air and online, staff development and relationships with clients and viewers in the local community,” LIN Media EVP Scott Blumenthal said in a statement. Read more

LIN Agrees to Buy New Vision Stations for $342M

LIN Media today announced that it has agreed to purchase 13 stations from New Vision Television for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million of debt.

New Vision’s 13 network affiliated stations are located in eight markets across the country, including Birmingham, Honolulu, and Portland, OR.

On its website, New Vision Television describes itself as “the future of local TV” but the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year, means that there will be little future for the company.

“This is a bittersweet development,” New Vision CEO Jason Elkin said today in a statement.  “The decision to sell to LIN Media was not an easy one, but we negotiated a fair price and so decided that now is the right time for me and others at New Vision to begin to look at new opportunities.” Read more

Kansas City’s KSHB Hires Reporter Mitch Weber

Mitch Weber is the newest reporter for KSHB, the NBC-affiliate in Kansas City.

“I’m really excited to get started,” he told Bottom Line Communications. “I’ve always said the KC market is my ‘network’ dream. I plan to stay here and retire.”

Weber was most recently a freelance reporter at WDAF, the Fox-affiliate in Kansas City. He has previously worked at KSNT in Topeka, WGBA in Green Bay, WKOW in Madison and WAOW in Wausau, WI. His first day at KSHB was yesterday.

Johnny Kane Set to Join KMBC as Sports Director

KMBC, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City, has named Johnny Kane sports director. His first day will be September 19.

Kane is currently sports director at virtual Topeka triopoly KSNT-KTMJ-KTKA. He will move to Kansas City, just 60 miles east, this fall. “Johnny’s passion for sports is exciting to watch whether it’s live in the field or in the studio,” KMBC news director Sherrie Brown said in a statement. “He comes with experience covering both the Chiefs and the Royals.”

While Kane was the sports director at KSNT, the station was awarded Prime Sportscast from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. At KMBC, Kane replaces Nick Griffith, who earlier this month accepted the sports director position at Denver’s KDVR.

“I’ve always approached broadcast journalism as a career in public service,” Kane said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my years in Topeka and look forward to establishing new relationships with the people of Kansas City.”