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Kansas City Station Crowns Royals World Series Champs After Game Five

Yes, we know the the Kansas City Royals had their sporting way with the San Francisco Giants in game six of the World Series last night. But Monday, the morning after game five, Kansas City FOX affiliate WDAF put it out there that they know who’s going to be crowned 2014 World Series champs. Either that, or someone ran the wrong spot.

The station ran a Dick’s Sporting Goods ad congratulating the Royals on winning the Fall Classic during its morning news. “Congratulations!” the spot said. “Your Royals are the 2014 World Series Champions!”

[Yardbarker]

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Man Left Homeless By Fire Wants WDAF to Know It’s His Favorite Station

WDAF reporter Kathy Quinn was interviewing a couple named James and Edith who had just escaped a house fire that left their roommate with burns to his face, killed his dog and left all three people homeless when James decided it was as good a time as any to give the Kansas City FOX affiliate some on-air love.

“God bless! I love Channel Four,” said James while wrapping up the interview at around 1:43 in the video above. “Channel Four!”

Comedian Chris Franjola, who was in the studio for an interview of his own, told anchor Kim Byrnes, “You’ve had some amazing characters on the show today. “House fire guy” was my favorite. His house just burned down but he wanted to get in his plug how he loves Channel Four news.”

“We’re going to send him a coffee mug.” said Byrnes.

“A coffee mug that he can’t use because his house burned down,” said Franjola. Check out the video after the jump. Read more

Tess Koppelman Signs Off From WDAF

tess koppelman wdafTess Koppelman is leaving Kansas City Fox affiliate WDAF to be a full-time mother, Bottom Line Communications reports.

“It was a tough decision but like any good journalist I did my research and all the stay at home moms and dads I talked to said it was the best decision they ever made,” Koppelman told Bottom Line. “So I’m looking forward to this new adventure, and then see what the next one will be.”

Koppelman has been a general assignment reporter at WDAF since 2001. She previously worked at KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln, Neb. and KMSP in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

WDAF Catches ‘Royals Fountain Lady’ in VO Before Her Famous and Illegal Romp

When Jessica McCoy crawled into a fountain at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium while the hometown Royals were playing the Minnesota Twins, she may have stumbled into viral video history but was still safely out of TVSpy’s local TV jurisdiction.

But when an alert anchor and producer at Kansas City FOX affiliate WDAF figured out McCoy had appeared in a VO the station did before her fountain appearance, we had to get involved.

Last night, McCoy, dubbed the “Royals Fountain Lady,” was arrested after spending a few minutes exploring the stadium fountains during a game. Video of the incident surfaced on the web, particularly on Deadpsin.com. WDAF producer Rob Zerwekh was alerted by anchor Nick Vasos that McCoy looked like a woman seen in reporter Brad Underwood‘s VO from the night before (pictured).

Zerwekh tweeted the news out this morning saying, “@Deadspin We may have had the Kauffman Stadium fountain lady in pregame VO yesterday here at FOX 4. Same? Different?” Read more

B&C: Local TV Puts Stations Up For Sale

Oak Hill Capital Partners is putting the Local TV station group up for sale, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

Local TV owns or operates 21 stations, including WDAF in Kansas City, KDVR-KWGN in Denver, WJW in Cleveland and KTVI-KPLR in St. Louis. B&C reports staffers are being alerted to the sale and instructed “to go about their business as usual” until the process is completed, which may take up to a year.

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]

Bryan McGruder Joins WZTV as News Director

Four months after his departure from WDAF, Bryan McGruder has been named news director at WZTV, the Fox affiliate in Nashville.

“We are excited to have someone of Brian’s stature and experience leading our news department at FOX17 and look forward to the impact he will have on the market. His experience running highly successful newsrooms will be a huge asset to our operations,” WZTV general manager Dominic Mancuso said in announcing the news.

McGruder was vice president of news at WDAF in Kansas City for the past decade. He has also served as news director at WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, Ga. He replaces Roberta Petterson at WZTV. [h/t Bottom Line Communications]

Tracy Brogden Miller New WDAF News Director

Bottom Line Communications is reporting Tracy Brogden Miller has been named news director at WDAF, the FOX affiliate in Kansas City, MO.

Three years ago, Brogden Miller was news director at Kansas City’s KCTV from 2007 to 2009. After leaving the Kansas City CBS affiliate, Brogden Miller worked as a senior consultant for market research firm, SmithGeiger.

She began her career as a producer at KOTV in Tulsa, OK, and has also worked for KXTV in Sacramento, KTVB in Boise, ID, and KTVK in Phoenix, AZ. She was also executive news director at NorthWest Cable News in Seattle.

Barrett Tryon Joins WDAF in Kansas City

Barrett Tryon has joined WDAF, the Fox affiliate in Kansas City.

Tryon moves to Kansas City from Colorado Springs. He was a reporter at ABC affiliate KRDO from March 2010 to July 2011. After leaving KRDO, he joined the Colorado Springs-Gazette, where he was placed on administrative leave in June after he refused to remove a post about the newspaper’s sale from his personal Facebook page. He was eventually reinstated at the newspaper but declined to return.

At WDAF, Tryon will be an interactive content producer and technology reporter.

News Director Bryan McGruder Out at WDAF

Bryan McGruder, vice president of news for FOX affiliate WDAF in Kansas City has left the station, according to Bottom Line Communications.

No reason was given for his departure.  TVSpy reached out to WDAF general manager Cheryl McDonald for comment  We will update when we hear back.

McGruder began working for WDAF in 2002.  He previously worked at WHBQ in Memphis, WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, GA and WHNT in Huntsville, AL.

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