Two expansions at two different (but related sister) stations in Kansas City.

KMBC-TV 9 / Kansas City (“KMBC Channel 9”)
KCWE 29 / Kansas City (“KCWE Kansas City’s CW”)

If you’re looking for more afternoon news in Kansas City, then look no further because pretty soon, KMBC and KCWE will offer that for you in two different time periods.

Starting Monday April 25th, KMBC 9 will be adding an hour-long 4:00pm newscast with KMBC 9 News at 4:00. The newscast is expected to compete against KCTV 5 (CBS)’s already-established hour-long 4:00pm newscast for local news in the market. KSHB 41 (NBC) also does news at 4:00pm but in a different nontraditional format with The NOW K.C. No word yet as to who will anchor the news or deliver the weather in that timeslot.

With this addition, KMBC 9 is making programming changes starting on that day. First off, it will push Ellen back to 3:00pm which will kick off Steve Harvey with it being pushed back to 2:00pm while the now-canceled The Meredith Vieira Show is being pushed off and put on overnights until the show ends its run next month.

This is the schedule that KMBC 9 has provided for its new afternoon and early-evening schedule:

  • 12:00 PM: The Chew (remains in that timeslot)
  • 1:00 PM: General Hospital (remains in that timeslot)
  • 2:00 PM: Steve Harvey (bumped up from 3:00pm)
  • 3:00 PM: Ellen (bumped up from 4:00pm)
  • 4:00 PM: KMBC 9 News at 4:00 (NEW)
  • 5:00 PM: KMBC 9 News at 5:00 (remains in that timeslot)
  • 5:30 PM: ABC World News TONIGHT with David Muir (remains in that timeslot)
  • 6:00 PM: KMBC 9 News at 6:00 (remains in that timeslot)
  • 6:30 PM: Entertainment TONIGHT (remains in that timeslot)

This ain’t the only expansion KMBC 9 is making…

Starting on the exact same day, Monday April 25th, KMBC 9 will be expanding its half-hour 9:00pm newscast on its sister station KCWE 29 (CW) to a full hour, 7 nights a week. The extra half-hour at 9:30pm will now allow KMBC 9 News at 9:00 on KCWE to compete fully with WDAF 4 (FOX)’s already-established and long-dominant, hour-long and nightly 9:00pm newscast as well as KCTV 5’s half-hour and nightly 9:00pm newscast on its sister station KSMO 62 (MyTV) for local news at that timeslot in the market.

With these two additions, KMBC 9 will now air 51 hours of local news produced each week on both KMBC 9 and KCWE 29.

KMBC 9 and KCWE 29’s President and General Manager, Sarah Smith:

“KMBC has built a strong reputation as a leader in local news coverage.Our viewers expect convenient access to credible and relevant news and information. The launch of our new 4 p.m. newscast will provide them with another opportunity to receive the important local news content they want and deserve. The expansion of KMBC 9 News at 9 p.m. on KCWE to one hour will allow us to extend the depth of our coverage and deliver more news and weather.”

KMBC 9’s News Director, Sherrie Brown:

“Important stories break throughout the day in Kansas City and these additional hours of coverage give us more opportunities to connect local viewers to what’s happening now. Viewers count on us to deliver more of what they need and value from journalists they know and trust. Our news expansion efforts are a natural extension of our promise to keep viewers informed around the clock, whether it’s on our air, or streamed on KMBC.com and our mobile apps. It’s convenient access to important news, weather and information, any time, any place.”

KMBC 9 does remind viewers that all of their newscasts are available on-air, through cable and satellite providers and streaming live on KMBC.com, the KMBC 9 News app and the NewsON app for Apple, Android, Roku and other devices.

Another great addition from a news team that’s been #1 for decades. KMBC 9 already does excellent work and will continue to do so with these expansions.

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14 thoughts on “Two expansions at two different (but related sister) stations in Kansas City.

  1. KOAT in my city of Albuquerque will expand news at noon, or 4:00pm sooner or later they have too to compete. Another Hearst owned station expanding news. KMBC has a similar daytime lineup to KOAT currently with no midday or 4:00pm newscasts.

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  2. If KOAT expands news you would hear the announcer on KOAT say This is Action 7 News at Noon if they get a noon newscast or This is Action 7 News at 4 if they decide on a 4:00pm newscast.

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    • How about this:

      “Now, KOAT Action 7 News Live at Noon. Coverage You Can Count On.”

      “Now, KOAT Action 7 News Live at 4. Coverage You Can Count On.”

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      • A noon newscast would be impossible because ABC would program “The Chew” at 1:00pm ET/PT and 12:00pm CT/MT. In other words, in Albuquerque, KOAT would have to do a newscast at 11:00am, UNLESS they tape-delay “The Chew” to 1:00pm at which point, then they can do a 12:00 Noon newscast. But again, they can’t do 12:00 Noon unless they make a few changes around their schedule.

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      • KOAT could do a Noon Newscast , moving the chew to 11AM, KRDO and a few other abc stations in the same time zone airs the chew at 11, and news at noon. With Meredith gone it could be done,

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      • Well in reality, because KOAT and KRDO are in the Mountain time zone, they could air it LIVE at 11:00am MT, which is 1:00pm ET and when the first airing of “The Chew” takes place so that can be done too.

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  3. Other Hearst stations that do not have noon or 4pm news and will more then likely expand news at noon or 4 will be WISN-TV in Milwaukee, KHBS/KHOG in Fort Smith, WAPT-TV in Jackson, MS, WMTW-TV in Portland, ME, WPTZ-TV in Burlington, VT, KETV in Omaha, and KITV in Honolulu, and of course KOAT in my screwed up TV Market of Albuquerque NM. KOCO in OKC and KMBC have done their part with expanding news both stations did not either have 9 am, noon, or 4:00pm newscasts.

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    • KMBC doesn’t have a midday and could do one on KCWE by getting rid of Noon airing of Steve Wilkos. Also WDAF has no 4pm,KMCI 9pm but use to,KSMOTV use to have 7am,KMCI doesn’t go to 9am,KSMOTV use to go to 10pm. Somebody in KC area is expanding Newscast this fall and could be KSHB 6:3Opm Weekdays,

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  4. Maybe WLKY in Louisville, WLWT in Cincy, WTAE in Pittsburgh, WGAL in Harrisburg, WYFF in Greenville, SC, KCCI in Des Moines, WMUR in Manchester, and WBAL in Baltimore that currently have noon newscasts could expand newscasts at 4:00pm similar to the newscast schedules KCRA and WESH in your city of Orlando have since both KCRA and WESH have 4:00pm newscasts.

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    • Well… actually, it has been #1 for decades. But according to the Nov. 2015 ratings sweeps, KMBC 9 was only able to win at 6:00 and 10:00pm with WDAF 4 winning the rest of the timeslots.

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