Morgan Murphy’s Saga Purchase Set At $70M

It’s adding KOAM Joplin, Mo.; and in Victoria, Texas, KAVU, KMOL, KXTS, KUNU and KVTX. In addition, under operating agreements, it will run KFJX Pittsburg, Kan., and KVCT Victoria.

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Morgan Murphy Buying 6 Saga Stations

It’s adding KOAM Joplin, Mo.; and in Victoria, Texas, KAVU, KMOL, KXTS, KUNU and KVTX. In addition, under operating agreements, it will run KFJX Pittsburg, Kan., and KVCT Victoria.

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Stations Expand Scope Of Tornado Warnings

In covering tornados over the past week, broadcasters supplemented their more traditional on-air, real-time forecasting and weather radar images with warnings on social media sites, station websites and even robotic telephone calls. Doug Heady, chief meteorologist at KOAM Pittsburg, Kan., says: “I really don’t consider us nowadays to be TV meteorologists; we are kind of multimedia meteorologists.”

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

TV Mobilized As Routine Turned To Disaster

Once the weather service issued a tornado warning for the Joplin, Mo., area on May 22, local TV and radio stations followed protocol for severe weather, ramping up their weather coverage in the 90 minutes or so before the twister hit at around 5:30 p.m. either with cut-ins or going wall-to-wall. But such alerts had become so frequent, especially lately, that even the station staffers themselves did not take them as seriously as subsequent events demonstrated they should have. After the storm hit, news teams scrambled to figure out what exactly had happened and how they could help their striken community.

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Mo. TVs Cope With Close-To-Home Tragedy

The Big Four affiliates in Joplin, Mo., are working around the clock to cover the devastation wrought by Sunday’s tornado. With much of the city in ruins, relatively small news departments and employees displaced from their homes, local broadcasters asked the Missouri Broadcasters Association for assistance in finding news staff from outside the market that could help in the coverage and for diesel fuel to keep emergency generators running.