He succeeds the retiring Chuck Poduska as head of Meredith’s CBS-MNT duopoly in Kansas City, Mo., beginning April 1.
He’s stepping down as head of the CBS-MNT duopoly in Kansas City after a career spanning 38 with Meredith.
KCTV, Meredith’s CBS affiliate in Kansas City, is doubling down on sports coverage with a daily, half-hour sports show called The Locker Room Show. It’s hosted by Dani Welniak, a former women’s professional football player, and produced by Nikki Rushing. “I don’t feel an immense amount of pressure, like: oh, two women are in charge. I think it adds to the product versus adding pressure,” Rushing says.
Mike Cukyne, who has been general manager for the last three years at Meredith’s Kansas City CBS affiliate, has been replaced by Chuck Poduska, who has been with Meredith, in various positions, for 35 years.
The new agreement extends affiliation for Meredith’s stations in Atlanta, Phoenix, Kansas City and Flint, Mich. In addition, all seven of Meredith’s CBS Affiliates renew for local live streams on CBS All Access and commit to Hulu Live multichannel digital service and some future digital distribution deals.
The news chief at the Meredith CBS affiliate in Kansas City has resigned from the station and has told staff that tomorrow is his last day.
Tribune’s Fox affiliate WDAF leads among Kansas City’s local media on social according to Shareablee data, but Meredith’s CBS affil KCTV is nipping at its heels in a market rife with social activity.
Meredith adds leadership of its CBS-MNT duopoly in Kansas City to the portfolio of the group’s SVP of digital media.
The news director at Meredith CBS affiliate in Kansas City takes the same position at Meredith’s Atlanta CBS outlet.
The former news director at KTVX Salt Lake City is tapped to head journalism at Meredith’s Kansas City CBS affiliate, succeeding Blaise Labbe who left in July.
Darrin McDonald moves from KVUU Las Vegas to head KCTV-KSMO Kansas City and is succeeded by KVVU general sales manager, Todd Brown.
VP-General Manager Robert G. (Bobby) Totsch is gone from Meredith Corp.’s Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV. “Bobby is no longer with the station,” wrote Art Slusark, Meredith’s VP-chief communications officer in a memo. “We did not renew his contract. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Both KSHB and KCTV have replaced network programmingin favor of their own local lifestyle shows at 9 or 10 a.m.
The Meredith CBS affiliate in Kansas City warned views on Friday that its contract with the cable company will expire at midnight Wednesday — and that negotiations are not going well.
In a market where media outlets have eschewed sensationalism in favor of serious and investigative journalism, McClatchy Newspapers’ Kansas City Star not only leads in online traffic, but has created two dozen spinoff sites, targeted to topics like high school sports, local pets, politics and religion. Meredith’s KCTV5.com ranks second in traffic, thanks in part to the station’s award-winning investigative reports.
A grand jury issued subpoenas Monday to all the market’s network affiliates — KCTV, WDAF, KMBC and KSHB — requesting any raw footage of interviews with missing infant Lisa Irwin’s family, friends or neighbors.