KSHB is adding news. So does KMCI.

KSHB-TV 41 / Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, KS (“41 Action News”)
KMCI-TV 38 / Lawrence, KS – Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, KS (“38 The Spot”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than KSHB.com): KSHB is adding more news to weekends. But it isn’t KSHB making the headlines… its their sister station KMCI.

According to KSHB.com, starting Monday April 6th, 2015, KSHB 41 will add a 1-hour extension of its morning newscast on KMCI 38. Titled 41 Action News Today on 38 The Spot, the broadcast will be an hour-long from 7:00-8:00 a.m., unlike the current 7:00-9:00 a.m. newscast on KCWE 29 from KMBC 9 or the 7:00-10:00 a.m. newscast on WDAF 4.

From left: Meteorologist Kalee Dionne, Anchor Lindsay Shively, Anchor Patrick Fazio and Traffic Reporter Kacie McDonnell (who now also works for Sporting K.C.)

The program will continue to be anchored by Patrick Fazio and Lindsay Shivley, as well as No Wait Weather and Traffic with 41 Action Weather Meteorologist Kalee Dionne and 41 Action Traffic with traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell (who now also works for the Sporting K.C. MLS franchise). According to KSHB 41, viewers should expect plenty of sports coverage, as well as trending internet topics and videos, and lifestyle reports for families. This will be KMCI 38’s first LIVE newscast in 12 years, as the station used to air a LIVE half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. from KSHB 41 from 2000-2003, when it was canceled due to low ratings.

Carrie Hofmann, KSHB 41’s News Director:

“We are excited to bring the energy and enthusiasm of the 41 Action News Today team to a fresh, new audience. In addition to all of the overnight breaking news, viewers want to know about their morning commute and forecast – and we’re happy to give it to them.  With the Royals and Sporting Kansas City getting ready to start their seasons, sports fans will also have plenty to talk about, and we want to serve those viewers as well.”

The Border Patrol, a simulcast of the weekday morning sports show from Sportsradio 810 WHB in Kansas City, is currently simulcast in that 7:00 a.m. hour. The program will move to 6:00 a.m., once the new newscast starts. But this ain’t the only thing that KSHB 41 is adding…

… Starting on the weekend of Saturday April 11th, 2015, KSHB 41 will move and add 90 minutes of news on weekends. First, KSHB 41 will add a 6:00 a.m. hour of 41 Action News Today. It will be added on Sundays, but it will be moved from the 8:00 a.m. hour on Saturdays. This is done so that KSHB 41 can air The Today Show, 7 days a week at 7:00 a.m. KSHB 41 will continue to air 41 Action News Today on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. KSHB 41 will become the ONLY station the area to broadcast local news at 6:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Also, on Saturday April 11th, 2015, KSHB 41 will expand the Saturday 6:00 p.m. newscast to an hour-long newscast. This will put the newscast in competition with KCTV 5 and KMBC 9 for local news in that hour, since KCTV 5 and KMBC 9 both produce local news on Saturdays at 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. (KCTV 5’s 6:30 p.m. newscast is on KSMO 62).

So to recap on KMCI 38, starting Monday April 6th, 2015…

  • 6:00-7:00 AM: The Border Patrol on 38 The Spot (from Sportsradio 810 WHB)
  • 7:00-8:00 AM: 41 Action News Today at 7:00 a.m. on 38 The Spot

KSHB 41, starting Saturday April 11th, 2015…

  • 6:00-7:00 AM: 41 Action News Today at 6:00 a.m.
  • 7:00-9:00 AM: The Today Show
  • 9:00-10:00 AM: 41 Action News Today at 9:00 a.m.

Starting Sunday April 12th, 2015…

  • 6:00-7:00 AM: 41 Action News Today at 6:00 a.m.
  • 7:00-8:00 AM: The Today Show
  • 8:00-9:00 AM: 41 Action News Today at 8:00 a.m.
  • 9:00-10:00 AM: Meet the Press with Chuck Todd

This is great news for an already-heavy news media market which is #31 – Kansas City.

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4 thoughts on “KSHB is adding news. So does KMCI.

  1. Is the Now KC at 4:00pm on KHSB considered a local newscast.? What kind of format does the NOW show have on it? Other Scrpits TV Stations like KMGH The Now Denver, KNXV, The Now PHX, WEWS-TV, The Now Cleveland, WXYZ-TV The Now Detroit, WPTV-TV, The Now South Florida at 4:00pm. Is the Now program a hybrid of both local and national newz? Is the Now Show a talk show?

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