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May 2015

Joplin Mayor Michael Seibert is the guest on the Newsmakers interview program airing the week of May 17 on KGCS-TV.  During the interview, he discusses continuing redevelopment efforts in the city, as well as other topics in the news.  The program airs weeknights at 5:30 p.m.  It is also posted on the station YouTube site.

KGCS-TV is providing live and recorded coverage of commencement ceremonies for Missouri Southern State University and three area high schools.  Ceremonies include Neosho High School at 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 8, MSSU at 9:30 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 9, Carl Junction High School at 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 15 and Joplin High School at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17.  In addition, DVD copies of the ceremonies are available on the KCS website, http://www.mssu.edu/kgcs/.

A new series of programs focusing on local tourism begins airing the week of May 3 on KGCS.  The program, "Tourism Matters," ties into Tourism Week.  It is hosted by Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Patrick Tuttle.  He visits with people involved in Joplin-area tourism.  It may be seen weeknights on KGCS-TV.

Joplin's new professional baseball team, the Joplin Blasters, are the focus of the Newsmakers program airing in May.  Shawn Suarez and Gabe Suarez discuss plans for the first season in Joplin, as well as work on the new Joe Becker stadium.   The program airs evenings the week of May 10  on KGCS-TV and is posted on the station YouTube site.

The Newsmakers program airing the first week of May focuses on the Joplin Public Works Department and road projects planned throughout town.  The program features Public Works Director Nick Heatherly.   It airs the week of May 3 and is posted on the station YouTube site.

April 2015

KGCS-TV has been chosen for  "Honorable Mention" in the Television General Coverage category of the Missouri State Teachers Association annual media competition.  The station received the statewide recognition in a competition recognizing outstanding coverage of education and education issues by Missouri media.

A new edition of the Joplin Insider program focuses on the Joplin Health Department and animal control in the City of Joplin.   Host Lynn Onstot interviews Health Department Director Dan Pekarek and Animal Control Officer Martin White.  The program airs in the evenings, beginning the week of April 26.  It may also be seen on the KGCS YouTube site.

An international media seminar in Paris is the topic of a Window on the World program airing the week of April 26 on KGCS-TV.  The interview features students and faculty who participated in the study abroad trip in March 2015.  The program may be seen weeknights on KGCS, as well on the station YouTube site.

A number of new programs at the Joplin Police Department are highlighted in the upcoming Newsmakers interview program on KGCS-TV.  The interview features Joplin Assistant Police Chief Matt Stewart.  He shares information about the new mental health court being started in Joplin.  He also discusses the Intelligence Led Policing program and how it is being used to reduce crime in the city.  Stewart also shares information about online resources available for filing police reports. The interview will air throughout the week of April 19 on KGCS-TV, at 5:30 in the evenings.  It is also posted on the KGCS YouTube site,

Dr. Pat Lipira, Missouri Southern's Vice President for Academic Affairs, is the guest on the Newsmakers interview program airing the week of April 12.  During the program, she reflects on her career at MSSU, in light of her upcoming retirement.   She has served as softball and volleyball coach, faculty member, department head, and vice president during her career at Southern. The program airs in the evenings and may also be seen on the station YouTube site.

A new student-produced program, Window on the World, begins airing in April.  The current program features interviews with international students attending Missouri Southern State University.  It begins airing in the evenings during the week of April 5, and will continue to air in upcoming weeks.   It is also posted on the station YouTube site.

Tourism in the Joplin region is the focus of a Newsmakers interview program airing the week of April 5 on KGCS-TV.  The program features Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Patrick Tuttle.  The program airs weeknights on KGCS-TV and may also be seen on the station YouTube site.

March 2015

camera worker Students and staff from KGCS-TV covered the annual Dancing with the Joplin Stars event sponsored by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce in March (see photos left and right)dancingThe event was a fundraiser for arts in the community.  It was recorded for broadcast, with airings beginning the week of March 30. 

Candidates seeking positions on the Joplin School Board gathered Monday, March 23 for a forum at Missouri Southern State University.  The program was televised live by KGCS-TV.  It is now posted on the station YouTube site, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOC7U9iW5lQ&feature=youtu.be

KGCS TV will move to Channel 6 on Cable Channel, following a realignment of stations by that cable provider.  The change is effective Wednesday, April 8.

KGCS-TV will provide live coverage of the MIAA Basketball Championship games from Kansas City on Sunday, March 8.  The telecasts, part of the MIAA Network coverage, begin at 1:00 p.m.

Spring training is underway for Major League Baseball, and KGCS presents a special student-produced program featuring interviews with St. Louis Cardinals players and team representatives.  The interviews were recorded while the annual Cardinals Caravan visit Joplin in January.  The program begins airing the week of March 1 and is also posted on the station  YouTube site.

The Webb City School District is the focus on the Newsmakers interview airing the first week of March on KGCS-TV.  The interview with Superintendent Dr. Anthony Rossetti features information about the completion of storm shelter facilities in the district, a new health clinic at the high school and academic programs.  It may be seen weeknights at 5:30 p.m. the week of March 1 and on the station YouTube site.

February 2015

The 2015 St. Louis Cardinals Caravan visit to Joplin is the topic on the Newsmakers program airing the week of February 22 on KGCS-TV.   The program features interviews conducted by students with players, team representatives and fans.  It airs at 5:30 in the evening, and may also be seen on the station YouTube site.

The Superintendent of the Joplin School District, Dr. C.J. Huff, is featured on the Newsmakers interview program airing the week of February 15.  He discusses a number of topics, including an update on construction projects, plans for a preschool center, and the state audit of district.  The interview airs at 5:30 p.m. and is also posted on the station YouTube site.

Plans to relocate and provide continued services for Crosslines Churches of Joplin are the topic of discussion in the Newsmakers program airing the second week of February.  The interview features Crosslines Director Kathy Lewis and Assistant Director Rikki Smith.  It airs at 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and may also be seen on the station YouTube site.

January 2015

Cardinal Caravan 2015

The annual Girl Scouts cookie sales program is the focus of the Newsmakers interview program airing on KGCS-TV the last week of January.  The program features Lori Enyart from the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and local scout Mary Parker.  It may be seen weeknights on KGCS-TV and on the station YouTube site.

Baseball fans from throughout the region gathered at Missouri Southern State University on Saturday, January 17 for the St. Louis Cardinals Caravan visit to Joplin.  KGCS-TV recorded the public presentation, and plans to air it for local viewers.  The program features the question and answer session with players Matt Adams, Seth Maness, and Kevin Siegrest, as well as alumni Jason Simontacchi and Kerry Robinson.  Cardinals broadcaster John Rooney serves as emcee.  It will air evenings during the week of January 26th.  It is also available for viewing on the station YouTube site.

Regional air quality concerns are discussed in the Newsmakers program airing the week of January 18 on KGCS-TV.  The program features Joplin Health Department Director Dan Pekarek discussing the Four State Clean Air Coalition and concerns about increased ozone levels.   It airs weeknights at 5:30 and is also available for viewing on the station YouTube site.

2015 Cardinal emblemThe St. Louis Cardinals Caravan is returning to Joplin, with a visit planned for Saturday, January 17.  Players and team representatives will present a program at noon in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the Missouri Southern Campus.  Autograph tickets will be available for the first 400 youth age 15 and under.   Players planning to attend include Matt Adams, Seth Maness, and Kevin Siegrest.  Cardinals alumni attending are Jason Simontacchi and Kerry Robinson.  Broadcaster John Rooney will serve as the emcee.

Student-produced programs from the Fall Semester at Missouri Southern State University are airing on KGCS-TV.  They include programs produced by students in the Professional Interviewing class, Community Highlights, Window on the World, Athletic Spotlight and Southern Today.  They may be seen evenings on KGCS-TV and on the station YouTube site.

The Newsmakers interview program airing the week of January 11 on KGCS-TV features a look at the local organization, Connect2Culture.  The interview features Clifford Wert discussing the group's goals in promoting the arts and current efforts to work with the Joplin School District and the City of Joplin to explore new facilities for arts.  The program airs weeknights on KGCS and may also be seen on the station YouTube site.































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