KYTV’s Ned Reynolds Retiring After 48 Years
After a 48-year career, Ned Reynolds announced his impending retirement as sports director of Schurz Communications-owned NBC affiliate KYTV Springfield, Mo. (DMA 75). (Editor’s note: The original version of this story said he was retiring from ABC affiliate KSPR. That is a sidecar station operated by Schurz, but owned by Perkin Media.)
His final sportscast will be on Monday, Dec. 1, but he will not be leaving the air entirely. He will continue to do play-by-play for Springfield Cardinals baseball games broadcasts and also produce and report on special KYTV sports projects.
KYTV President-GM Brian McDonough said: “Ned has become synonymous with sports in the Ozarks. I can’t imagine there is a local sportscaster in the country who is more trusted and beloved than Ned Reynolds. We thank him for his tremendous contributions to KY3 and our community. Even though Ned is retiring as sports director, he’ll always be part of the KY3 family.”
Reynolds began his career in high school, working part-time at a radio station in his home state of New Jersey. He made his first television appearance on NBC’s Today show at the age of 14, predicting his future career as a television sports anchor.
In 2001, Reynolds was honored for his career in sportscasting with induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. In September, he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Mid-American Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the first broadcaster in the Ozarks to be so honored.