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After a Technical Malfunction, WDAF Does Evening Newscast Without Commercials

Kansas City Fox affiliate WDAF was forced to stay on the air for almost 90 minutes last night due to a technical malfunction. The station alerted viewers to the issue via Facebook:

So this is interesting…we’re doing a newscast without commercials…our system that runs commercials crashed so we’re just rolling through the news tonight and combining 90 minutes of news into about 45 minutes or so. We’re waiting for the computer to come back! Another night of live TV for you!

Phil Witt and Abby Eden anchored uninterrupted from 10:30 p.m. to 11:50 p.m. “By the way, props to everybody in the control room,” meteorologist Mike Thompson said at the end of the newscast. “That’s kind of tough to do, to all of a sudden slam together an hour and 20 minute newscast.” [h/t NewsBlues]

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Following On-Air Editorial on Her Weight, Jennifer Livingston Appears on Network Morning Shows

Just a day after Jennifer Livingston delivered a gutsy on-air editorial responding to a viewer complaint about her weight, the WKBT anchor told her story on the three network morning shows.

“This was a personal attack,” Livingston said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” (video above). “Calling me obese is one thing. Calling me a bad role model to our community that I’ve worked at for 15 years, and especially young girls when I have three girls, was a low blow. I thought it was uncalled for, and I wanted to call him out on it.”

Livingston, who is the sister of actor Ron Livingston, appeared on “GMA” with her husband, WKBT evening anchor Mike Thompson, and on NBC’s “Today” and “CBS This Morning” solo. Watch the other two appearances after the jump… Read more

WDAF Meteorologist’s Mic Fails During Newscast

WDAF chief meteorologist Mike Thompson was all set to do the weather on Wednesday night when everything went silent.

During the Fox-affiliate’s 10 p.m. newscast, Thompson began his weather update but then quickly realized that no one at home could hear him. His mic was dead.

As time ticked away, the studio crew scrambled to find Thompson a backup pack. Video inside… Read more

In Reporting Harman’s Death, Kansas City Stations Talk To Colleagues, Urge Depression Awareness

As WDAF mourned the death of meteorologist Don Harman, all three rival stations in Kansas City struggled with how to report the sad details surrounding the story. KSHB, KMBC and KCTV all reported on Harman, in varying degrees of detail, on their respective evening broadcasts last night.

Of the three, only NBC-affiliate KSHB included Harman’s cause of death, which is listed on the police report as a suicide, in reporting the story. The station included recollections of Harman from Toby Cook, a former anchor at WDAF, and concluded each report with information on depression, urging viewers to get help if they know someone who needs it. Read more