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KYTV Sports Director Retiring After 48 Years


Ned Reynolds has announced his retirement from KYTV.

“This is not a complete retirement announcement, but pretty darn close to it,” Reynolds said in a statement. “Over the years, I have had the opportunity to make some close friendships and wonderful associations. These memories will be locked deep in my soul forever.”

The Springfield, Mo. NBC affiliate said Reynolds’ last day will be December 1. He will continue to do play-by-play for Springfield Cardinals games.

Depending on who you listen to, Reynolds made a guest appearance on NBC’s Today Show when he was either 14 (according to the announcement) 15 (according to his bio) or 16 depending on the Today Show clip (above). He started at KYTV in 1967 after getting out of the Navy.

Chad Plein will take over Reynold’s sportscast at 6:00 p.m.

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Missouri On-Air Talent Swap Stations and Roles

daues_jacob_croppedOn-air talent at two Springfield, MO, TV stations will swap stations and then take on new roles next month, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

Jerry Jacob, (pictured right) reporter for NBC affiliate KYTV will move to ABC affiliate KSPR and take on the anchor role vacated by Joe Daues (pictured left) who will move to KYTV to work in the station’s sales department.

“Joe has always made it clear that his family is his first priority, and working nights meant spending less time with his children,” KSPR news director Bridget Lovelle said in a statement.

KYTV is owned by Schurz Communications which operates KSPR through a shared services agreement with Perkin Media, its subsidiary.

KYTV to Mark 60 Years of Broadcasting

Springfield, MO, NBC affiliate KYTV is marking 60 years of broadcasting by taking its newscast on the road.

The broadcasts, called “Celebrate the Ozarks” started in July and occur every week for the ten weeks leading up to the October 1 anniversary date. The tour started at the Ozark Empire Fair and will finish in Eureka Springs, AR, for the station’s anniversary.

The station has also posted some looks back at the evolution of the area and of the station. Click here to view. One story features the woman who launched the first “Celebrate the Ozarks,” the station’s pioneering anchor and former news director, Joyce Reed. Read more

Michelle Davidson, Michael Mackie to Join KSHB

Michelle Davidson and Michael Mackie will join KSHB in Kansas City as the co-hosts of a new daytime show launching this summer.

Davidson has previously worked at two Missouri stations: KOMU in Columbia and KYTV in Springfield. She anchored and reported at both stations. Mackie was most recently a senior writer and director at a Kansas City advertising and PR firm.

“We’re really excited about bringing this new show to our viewers,” KSHB VP-GM Mike Vrabac said in a statement. “41 Action News is continuing to develop local programming that is relevant to our community, and we’re thrilled that we were able to recruit the talents of Michelle and Michael.” [via Bottom Line Communications]

Schurz Communications President Marci Burdick Wins RTDNF Award

Schurz Communications president Marci Burdick was presented with the First Amendment Service Award at RTDNF’s 22nd annual First Amendment Dinner and Awards in Washington, DC last night.

In her speech, Burdick, who is a former news director of Springfield’s KYTV, praised local television, saying stations’ contributions to local communities “should not be overlooked.”

“On this dais tonight, I consider myself the representative of local television,” she said. “I am thankful to accept the First Amendment Service award in honor of those men and women who do this work everyday.”

Shurz Communications is the owner of 13 local stations in nine markets. Burdick was introduced by Jeffrey Marks, general manager of Roanoake’s WDBJ.

For more on the awards dinner, visit TVNewser.

Joe Hickman Returns to KYTV After Heart Attack

After two months off the air, KYTV sports anchor Joe Hickman returned to work yesterday and revealed he suffered a heart attack earlier this year.

“We didn’t make a big announcement at the time because I was told that I needed to get some rest and recovery for awhile, and keep things private,” Hickman said in his first appearance on the air yesterday. “I’d never been in the hospital before even before this.”

Hickman has been a sports anchor at the Springfield NBC-affiliate since 1984. He thanked viewers and colleagues for their support, calling special attention to sports director Ned Reynolds, who Hickman said worked “full-time, around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week” in his absence.

“Now I can take my afternoon nap again,” Reynolds quipped.

KSHB, KFOR Air Controversial Political Ad After Other Stations Decline

At least two NBC-affiliates recently aired a controversial anti-abortion ad after dozens of stations across the country declined to run the commercial.

KSHB in Kansas City and KFOR in Oklahoma City both aired an ad from dubious presidential hopeful Randall Terry that includes graphic images of aborted fetuses.  A number of stations, most notably WMAQ in Chicago, declined to run the ad because they did not consider Terry to be a serious candidate (Terry is a lifelong conservative who is now running for president as a Democrat).

“Political discourse is crucial in an open and democratic society,” KSHB general manager Mike Vrabac said in a statement, explaining the station’s decision to air the commercial during its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Read more

Emily Wood Joins KYTV In Springfield

Emily Wood has joined KYTV, the NBC-affiliate in Springfield, MO, as a reporter and co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast.

Prior to joining KYTV, Wood, a native of the Ozarks region in Missouri, was the morning anchor at KWTV in Oklahoma City. Her first day on the air for KYTV was yesterday.

“Life happens fast,” Wood said during the 5 p.m. newscast yesterday. “It’s good to be back on my home turf. It’s good to be back in the home area.”

Wood worked at KWTV for 2 years. Prior to that, she was at WJTV in Jackson, KMIZ in Columbia, MO and WGEM in Quincy, IL.

WTHR, WGRZ Win Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence

WTHR staffers at the 2011 Murrow Awards

Twenty local television stations were presented with Edward R. Murrow Awards at an RTDNA dinner honoring the winners in New York City last night. TVSpy was there as WTHR in Indianapolis was presented the award for Overall Excellence in a large market. WGRZ in Buffalo was honored for Overall Excellence in a small market.

Although the winners represented every platform of the news industry — national news, radio, online — enthusiasm for the local stations was palpable, with staffers from winning stations cheering on their colleagues audibly as they took the stage to accept their awards.

In his opening speech, RTDNA chairman Kevin Benz implored the 95 Murrow award winners — more than the RTDNA has ever presented before — to “celebrate truth through journalism.”

“The practice of producing great journalism is as important today as it has ever been,” he told the packed ballroom at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Read more

KYTV Will Produce Newscasts for Sister Station K15CZ Beginning Next Month

KYTV, the NBC affiliate in Springfield, MO, will produce an additional hour and a half of newscasts for sister station K15CZ, the CW affiliate, beginning August 22.

The K15CZ morning show will add a third hour from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays. It will be anchored by KYTV’s Maria Neider and Paul Adler, with weather contributions from meteorologist Brandon Beck.

The second new broadcast will be 30 minutes of local news at 9 p.m., seven days a week. Anchors will be KYTV’s Lisa Rose and Ethan Forhetz, with chief meteorologist Ron Hearst and sports director Ned Reynolds contributing.

“KY3 has earned a reputation for outstanding journalism, dependable weather coverage and excellent community service,” president and general manager Brian McDonough said in a statement. “It seems natural to extend KY3 News to The Ozarks CW. As the pace of our lives grows even faster, access to timely and accurate information becomes more critical.”

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