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Donna L Halper
19: The Identity Crisis of Channel 19
Article about the television station, Channel 19, with a "split personality," being both a daytime educational station and an evening and weekend public television station.
A History of Kansas City Radio and Television Stations
A 79 page photocopied typed manuscript which includes a short history of radio and of television in Kansas City and the listing of 47 radio stations and 17 television stations.
Acquisition of WDAF-TV
May 28, 1958
Unverified first official news of the acquisition of the Kansas City Star's television news station, WDAF-TV, according to the local history index card.
Alas, the Lights Are Out of Sight
January 25, 2006
Article describes the history of the lights on the 1,042 foot "Channel 5 Tower," located at 31st and Grand. After September 11, 2001, the tower was decorated with over 1,300 red, white, and blue light...
An Interview With Chuck Moore
Interviewer: Milton Smith. Interview recorded March 29, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to...
Article describing the news anchor position at KCTV-TV, Kansas City's Channel 5. KCTV's Dave Helling and Russell Kinsaul compete with KMBC-TV's Larry Moore for news ratings in Kansas City.
Anchors Away. ..From the Camera
Review of Kansas City's most visible television news anchors and their lives away from the camera, with photos and descriptions of the following: (1) Anne Peterson, anchor of KCTV-5 ("28-year-old former...
Behind the Revolving Door on Signal Hill
Article about the 25-year history of the WDAF-TV television station and its operations and newcasters, etc., with photos.
Bill L. Wormington
September 17, 2008
Obituary for Bill L. Wormington who died August 16, 2008, in Hawaii at age 81. He was born October 17, 1926, in Dodge City, Kansas, and grew up in Topeka, Kansas. "Bill was a television pioneer in Kansas...
Birthday for WDAF-TV
Cable Star: Len Dawson's Bakcup Joins a New Team
Account of Len Dawason leaving Channel 9 to work at Metro Sports cable station.
CBS Television Comes to Kansas City--with WHB-TV on Channel 9
Issue of the magazine filled with photos and articles about the history of the magazine (Swing), the WHB-AM radio station and its numerous employees and personalities (both local and national celebrities...
February 15, 2006
Obituary for Chuck Davis, longtime local radio and television broadcaster, who died on February 11, 2006. He was born August 8, 1921, grew up in Kansas City graduating from Central High School. He joined...
Color Video Here Tonight
News of the first local color television images in Kansas City, with plans of WDAF-TV "to telecast a 1-minute commercial in color."
Daniel Boone Jessee Would Approve
Profile of the television and radio announcer, Randall Jessee, for station WDAF-TV.
Deaths: Sidney Q. Noel
Fanfare For Two Uncommon Broadcasters
Article which discusses the news styles of both Claude Dorsey, who recently died, and Mike McDonald who just retired as news director of WDAF-TV. Dorsey was the first news director at KMBC-TV. Both stations...
Federal Justice in Western Missouri: The Judges, the Cases, the Times
Summary of the federal Supreme Court antitrust case in the 1950s against the Kansas City Star for its practices of monopolizing almost all media in the Kansas City area. Decision against the Star company...
Fighting to Survive
Description of the dire straits public radio and television stations, including KCUR-FM, are finding themselves in, following federal funding cut-backs.
Five Years of Television
Article about the short history of television in Kansas City, starting with WDAF-TV's first regular programming on October 16, 1949.
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