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May 2017

Newsmakers interviews featuring retiring faculty members at Missouri Southern State University begin airing in mid-May on KGCS.   The interviews feature eight people:  Dr. Deborah Brown (Education Dean), Dr. Richard Miller (Arts & Sciences Dean), Dr. Paul Teverow (History), Dr. Scott Cragin (Marketing), Debra Snodgrass (Music), Dr. Francis Bartholet (Engineering Technology), Chrys Corcoran (Nursing) and Stephen Schiavo (Computer Information Science).   The interviews air weeknights beginning May 21.  They may also be viewed on the station YouTube channel, KGCS Missouri Southern.

KGCS will is providing live broadcast coverage of Commencement ceremonies for Missouri Southern State University and three area high schools in May.  The MSSU ceremonies at 9:30 and 1:00 on Saturday, May 13 will be broadcast live.  The ceremonies will also be streamed live through the Missouri Southern website. High school ceremonies include Neosho High School on Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m., Carl Junction High School at 7:00 on Friday, May 19, and Joplin High School at 3:00 on Sunday, May 21.   The station is also selling DVD copies of the ceremonies.  On-line order forms may be found on the KGCS website.

The Newsmakers interview airing the second week of May focuses on Academic Affairs at Missouri Southern.  It features MSSU Provost  and Vice President Dr. Paula Carson.  It airs weeknights and is posted on the station YouTube site.

The Newsmakers interview airing the first week of May features Missouri's 7th District Congressman Billy Long, discussing issues in Washington.  The program airs weeknights and is also posted on the KGCS YouTube site.

April 2017

Concerts from the Department of Music at Missouri Southern State University are being recorded and presented for viewers on KGCS-TV.   They include many of the Spring performances by areas of the department, including the Southern Symphony Orchestra.  That performance is currently airing and posted on the station YouTube site.

The annual Give Joplin Day is the focus of the Newsmakers interview airing the week of April 23 on KGCS-TV.  The program focuses on how the Community Foundation of Joplin is providing an opportunity for local service agencies to reach out for financial support in a coordinated day of giving.   The program airs weeknights on KGCS is also posted on the station YouTube site.

The Missouri Broadcast Educators Association is recognizing KGCS students with awards in the annual media competition.  Students and projects receiving awards include:

Winners at the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association MeetingAwards were presented to KGCS students at the annual MSSU Department of Communication Awards Ceremony on April 12.  Two students received Certificates of Appreciation for their work at the station, Makenzie Payton and Michael Reynolds.  The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Makenzi Markham.   The ceremony also included the announcement of the Ruth I. Kolpin Broadcast Scholarship recipients for 2017-2018, Catherine Kelley and Oliver Wallace.

The annual Regional Media Hall of Fame Awards were presented by the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern on Thursday, April 6, 2017.   Media professionals honored were Bob Capps (radio and television), Bob Mitchell (newspaper) and Ron Robson, Sr. (radio and television).    Videos featuring Bob Capps and Bob Mitchell are posted on YouTube.  A program highlighting the awards dinner is also airing on KGCS and posted on the YouTube site. Further details about the awards are included in a posting on the Missouri Southern website.

March 2017

Support services for cancer survivors are discussed in a Newsmakers program airing the second week of April on KGCS-TV.  The program features Amanda Gish and Wendy Chrisenbery.  It airs weeknights and is posted on the KGCS YouTube site.

The Missouri Southern Board of Governors is the focus of the Newsmakers program airing the first week of April.  Board Chair Mitch McCumber explains the role of the governing board and discusses challenges and opportunities for MSSU.   The program airs weeknights and is posted on the KGCS YouTube site.

News from the General Assembly in Jefferson City is highlighted in a Newsmakers interview airing the week of March 19 on KGCS.   State Representative Charlie Davis discusses issues facing lawmakers this legislative session.  The program airs weeknights and is posted on the KGCS YouTube site.

Missouri Southern students who have studied abroad for a semester are featured in new "Window on the World" interview programs airing on KGCS-TV.  The interviews features students who studied during the Fall of 2016 in Italy and England.  They air starting the week of March 19 and are posted on the KGCS YouTube site.

The history of Carthage, Missouri is highlighted in a special program first airing the week of March 12 on KGCS.  The program features an interview with the current Carthage Chamber of Commerce President Mark Elliff discussing Carthage today.  It then goes back to 1985, with a program produced by newsman Bob Phillips called "Portrait of Carthage."  

The current edition of the interview program Joplin Insider focuses on recycling opportunities in Joplin.  Host Lynn Onstot visits with Joplin Recycling Coordinator Mary Anne Phillips about services provided by the city. She also visits with Joplin Workshops General Manager Susan Adams about recycling opportunities offered through the workshop.  The interview program airs weeknights on KGCS and is posted on the station YouTube site.

Student-produced Public Service Announcements for local non-profit organizations are airing on KGCS and Joplin-area television stations.  Students were involved in all aspects of production, from scriptwriting and working with the organization to shooting video, recording audio and editing.   The PSA's were created for Joplin Artwalk, Joplin NALA Read Spell Ball and the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center.  They are also posted for viewing on the KGCS YouTube site.

The Newsmakers program airing the week of March 5 features a look at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, in an interview with Chamber President Rob O'Brian.   It includes a discussion about economic development and chamber activities.  The interview airs weeknights at 5:30 and is posted on the station YouTube site.

The annual Girl Scout cookie sales, summer camp, and year-round activities for Girl Scouts are featured in a student-produced program, Community Spotlight, airing on KGCS-TV.   The program features an interview with Rachel Grewe from the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.  It airs evenings on KGCS and is posted on the station YouTube site.

February 2017

The annual Carl Junction Business Expo is the focus of the Newsmakers program airing at the end of February.  Guests Gary Stubblefield and Holly Hukill discuss the event, and activities planned for hte community.  The program airs weeknights on KGCS and is posted on the station YouTube site.

The Newsmakers program airing the week of February 19 takes a look at plans for Joplin's First Thursday Artwalk in downtown.  The program features Linda Teeter, sharing history on the 10th anniversary of the program and discussing plans for the new season.  The program airs weeknights on KGCS and is posted on the station YouTube site.

Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser is the guest on the Newsmakers program airing the week of February 12 on KGCS-TV.   He follows up on his 2016 report and discusses programs with his department.  The program airs weeknights on KGCS and is also posted on the station YouTube site.

KGCS continues live coverage of home MIAA Conference basketball games for the Missouri Southern Lions women's and men's basketball teams.  Games scheduled in February are on Feb. 4, 15, 18 and 23.  Students do all of the production work and announcing for the telecasts.  Saturday games are also recorded for replay the next evening on "Southern Sports Sunday."

The Newsmakers interview program airing the first week of February looks at the role of the Missouri Southern Foundation in supporting Missouri Southern State University.  The program features an interview with Associate Vice President for University Development, Kevin Greim.  It airs weeknights at 5:30 and is posted on the station YouTube site.

January 2017

Changes coming to the Joplin Regional Airport are the topic of discussion on the Newsmakers interview program airing the week of January 29 on KGCS-TV.  Airport Manager Steve Stockam discusses new aircraft with higher seating capacities coming to Joplin, as well as construction plans for later this year on taxiways.  The program airs at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, and is posted on the station YouTube site.

 Efforts by citizens of Joplin to set goals for the next five years are the focus of the Newsmakers program airing the week of January 22 on KGCS-TV.   The interview features Clifford Wert and Brent Baker from Vision Joplin 2022.   The interview airs weeknights at 5:30 on KGCS and is also posted on the station YouTube site.

December 2016

Live coverage of the Winter Commencement ceremonies at Missouri Southern will be provided by KGCS on Saturday, December 17.  the coverage begins at 10 a.m.  The ceremony will be recorded and replayed on the station Sunday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m.  DVDs of the ceremony are also available for purchase.  Information is posted on the KGCS website.

Winter preparedness for the City of Joplin is the topic of the Joplin Insider program airing in December on KGCS.  The program features Joplin Public Information Officer Lynn Onstot interviewing Public Works Director Nick Heatherly and Emergency Preparedness Director Keith Stammer.  It airs weeknights, beginning the week of December 18.  The program is also posted on the station YouTube site.

A video featuring the finalists in this year's Southern Media Showcase competition is now posted on the KGCS YouTube site.   More than 200 entries were submitted for the 2016 competition, with 17 regional schools represented at the December 1 event.  Information about the 2017 competition will be posted on the KGCS website.

Student-produced programs from the Professional Interviewing class at Missouri Southern are scheduled to air on KGCS beginning in December.  The programs include "Campus Spotlight," featuring students involved in various activities, and "Community Spotlight," highlighting Joplin-area service agencies.   In addition to airing on KGCS, they are also posted on the station YouTube site.

The Newsmakers program airing the week of December 11 on KGCS-TV features information about new fire insurance ratings and the construction of the public safety training center in Joplin.   The interview features Joplin Fire Chief Jim Furgerson.  It airs at 5:30 in the evenings and is also posted on the station YouTube site.

The recent presentation at Missouri Southern featuring the film highlighting the 1931 grand opening of the Joplin Stockyards will be featured next week on KGCS-TV.   The program features Brad Belk from the Joplin Museum Complex discussing the history, and a film shot at the opening in 1931. The program will air at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 14 on KGCS-TV. It is also posted on the station YouTube site .

KGCS begins live coverage of Missouri Southern MIAA home conference basketball games with the Thursday, December 1 womens and mens basketball games.  Students from the station will provide support behind the scenes as well as on-air announcing.  The station will provide coverage throughout the season.

November 2016

Newsmakers topics covered in November included:

October 2016

Political Science faculty members from Missouri Southern State University discuss the 2016 General Election on the Newsmakers program airing the week of October 23 on KGCS-TV.  The interview features Will Delahanty, Nicole Shoaf, and Nic Nicoletti.  It airs weeknights at 5:30 p.m. and is also posted on the station YouTube site.

Services offered by the Joplin Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired are featured on the Newsmakers program airing the week of October 16 on KGCS-TV.  The interview features Stephanie Mann, Shirley Ritter and Jim Murray.  It airs weeknights on KGCS and is posted on the station YouTube site.

A new student-produced program, Country Music Videos, is airing on KGCS-TV.  MSSU Communication major Michael Reynolds hosts and produces the program featuring new music video releases from Nashville.  The program airs weeknights on KGCS.

The 50th anniversary of the Carthage Maple Leaf Festival is the highlight on Newsmakers airing the week of October 9 on KGCS.  The program looks at the history and current plans, with festival chairperson Jeanine Poe.  It airs weeknights at 5:30 and is posted on the station YouTube site.

The Missouri Southern Homecoming events will be covered by KGCS-TV on October 8.  They include coverage of the annual parade, with airings Sunday and Monday, Oct. 11 and 12.  The pre-game and halftime festivities will also be broadcast live, as part of the live football game coverage. 

The Newsmakers program airing the first week of October on KGCS takes a look at the Green Dot training program on campus.  Guests Josh Doak, Debra Fort and Ken Kennedy discuss the program to train students, faculty and staff about campus safety.  It airs weeknights and is posted on the station YouTube site.

September 2016

The Newsmakers program airing the week of Sept. 18 features an interview with Joplin Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder.  He provides an update on the schools, including the search for a new superintendent.  The program airs at 5:30 weeknights and is posted on the station YouTube site.

Members of the Joplin community gathered for "Joplin Remembers 9-11," a ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.  The ceremony included the presentation of a historic front page from The Joplin Globe, and speeches.  KGCS recorded the program and it will air starting the week of Sept. 18.

The Joplin Globe newspaper has served the community for 120 years, and it is the focus of a Newsmakers interview airing the week of September 25 on KGCS-TV.  Bill Caldwell shares images and discusses the newspaper's role in covering news for the region.

City of Joplin recovery from the May 2011 tornado is the focus of a Newsmakers interview airing the week of September 11th.  The program focuses on Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding, with CDBG-DR Project Coordinator Patty Heagel.  It airs at 5:30 in the evening, Sept. 11-15.

KGCS-TV will provide live coverage of Missouri Southern home football games for the 2016 season.  The first telecast is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Lions host Missouri Western.  A total of six home games will be shown.  Students provide all of the production work, from play-by-play announcing to directing and camera work.  In addition, the games will be replayed Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. on KGCS.  For more details, check the link to the football telecasts on the KGCS homepage.

A recording of the first program for the Great Britain Semester at Missouri Southern, the "British Invasion" concert, airs on KGCS-TV starting the first week of September.  The program airs evenings, beginning Sunday, September 4.

The annual veto session for the Missouri Legislature is the topic of discussion on theNewsmakers interview airing the first week of September on KGCS-TV.  State RepresentativeCharlie Davis talks about issues facing lawmakers.  The program airs on KGCS in the evenings and may also be seen on the station YouTube channel.

August 2016

The start of the new academic year is the focus of the Newsmakers interview airing the last week of August.  MSSU President Dr. Alan Marble discusses topics such as building projects underway and planned, increased enrollment, and implementation of the Great Game of Education.  The program airs weeknights at 5:30 on KGCS and is also posted on the stationYouTube Channel.

KGCS will have a new position on the Cable One lineup starting in September.  The station will move to channel 22 during the week of September 13.  The changes are due to the transition to an all digital platform for Cable One.

Missouri Southern academic programs are the focus of the Newsmakers interview airing in mid-August.  It features MSSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Paula Carson.  The program airs weeknights the week of August 14, and is also posted on the stationYouTube channel.

The Joplin Rotary Club is the focus onf a Newsmakers interview airing in August.  It focuses on the club's recent 100th anniversary celebration and services provided by Rotary.  Guests are Bob Headlee and Charles Keeter.  The interview airs weeknights on KGCS and appears on the station YouTube site.

Two faculty members who recently traveled to Cuba as part of a group trip discuss their experiences in a Newsmakers interview airing in August.  Dr. Chad Stebbins and Dr. David Locher highlight their visit with picture and discussions of the changes seen in Cuba.  The program airs weeknights on KGCS and is also posted on the station YouTube site.

July 2016

News from Webb City is featured in the Newsmakers program airing the week of July 3 on KGCS-TV.  The program features Mayor Lynn Ragsdale, City Administrator Carl Francis, and Community Development Coordinator Erin Turner.  It airs weeknights on KGCS, and may also be seen on the station YouTube site.

June 2016

KGCS received recognition from the Missouri Broadcasters Association 2016 annual media awards, with a Certificate of Merit in the "Station Sponsored Community Event" category.  The award was for work the station does each year on the Southern Media Showcase competition and program.

Interviews with retiring Missouri Southern faculty members are featured in Newsmakers interviews airing the last three weeks of June.   The three are among 30 MSSU employees recognized in May for their retirement.  The airing schedule features Dr. Terri Agee from the School of Business, Charles Nodler, MSSU Archivist, and Patty Vavra, Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach.  Each shares thoughts about years of service to MSSU.    In addition to airing on KGCS, the interviews are also posted on the KGCS YouTube site.

The 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and activities at George Washington Carver National Monument are the focus of the Newsmakers interview airing the week of June 4 on KGCS-TV.  The program features an interview with Superintendent Jim Heaney.  It airs weeknights on KGCS and is also posted on the station YouTube site.

Plans for a Chautauqua event at the Joplin Museum Complex are featured on the Newsmakers interview program airing the first week of June on KGCS-TV.  Joplin Museum Historic Board members Paula Callihan and Amy Koeshell share information about the historical presentations of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Harry S Truman.  The program airs weeknights on KGCS, and may also be seen on the station YouTube site.

 

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