KGCS-TV plans live coverage of commencement ceremonies for Missouri Southern State University and three area high schools during May. The MSSU ceremonies will be broadcast at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. High school ceremonies include Neosho at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, Carl Junction at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, and Joplin at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22. DVDs of the ceremonies are available for purchase through the KGCS website.
The upcoming edition of the Newsmakers interview program on KGCS-TV features information about Joplin Proud and activities planned for the 5th anniversary observance of the May 2011 Joplin tornado. The program features Jane Cage. She shares information about the Disaster Recovery Summit, planned for May 19 and 20 at Missouri Southern. She also discusses other activities planned during the next few weeks. They include a Spring Cleaning campaign, a memorial marathon and walk of silence, special music and film presentations, and activities planned in Cunningham Park. In addition, Newsmakers is posted on the KGCS YouTube site, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1gJoIKoa_k
Elections at the local, state and national level are the topic of discussion by Missouri Southern Political Science faculty members on the Newsmakers program airing the week of May 1. The program includes Nicolas Nicoletti, Nicole Shoaf, and Will Delahanty. They provide insite into the elections and thoughts about the 2016 election year. The interview airs weeknights at 5:30 and may also be seen on the KGCS YouTube site.
KGCS honored students at the annual Communication Department awards ceremony on April 22.
The Student of the Year Award was presented to Brianna Allen, and the Volunteer of the Year Award went to Alecia Henson. Certificates of appreciation were presented to six students: Aaron Davis, Terri-Lynn Frasher, Ryan Land, Makenzie Copeland, Zachary Dodge, and Emily Epp. They were recognized for the production work and contributions to the station.
Plans for curbside recycling in Joplin are the focus of the Newsmakers interview airing the week of April 24 on KGCS-TV. Joplin Recycling Coordinator Mary Anne Phillips shares information on how the program works and items accepted. The program may be seen in the evenings on KGCS, and is also posted on the KGCS YouTube site.
A new wall display in the hallway by the KGCS-TV studios at Missouri Southern State University highlights more than 30 years of station history and outstanding alumni. The display includes a video monitor highlighting the first group of TV alumni receiving awards in 2014: Erik Schrader, Tammy Spicer, and Esdra Lamy. The wall also features logos from throughout the history of the television station, beginning with the MSTV logo used when the station started in 1984 and continuing to the current KGCS 22 logo. In addition, large poster photos showing students working at the station over the past four decades are featured. The display is located in the hallway in the first-floor broadcast area of Webster Hall.
KGCS students have received awards in five categories from the annual Missouri Broadcast Educators Association competition. Those awards are: Script/Documentary - Honorable Mention - "Imagine: Global Warming and the Future of the Earth" by James Walls, Video/Multi-Camera Live Event - First Place- "Southern Sports Sunday Nov. 13, 2015" by Patrick Wheeler, Hank Boulanger and the KGCS Practicum Class, Video/News Show Non-Recurring - Honorable Mention- "KGCS Campus Talk" by Alecia Henson, Austin Minor and the Fall 2015 Interview Class, Video/PSA - Honorable Mention- "Joplin Recycling Center" by Alex Bryant, and Video/Sports Package - Honorable Mention- "Division II Cross Country National Championship" by Sierra Gray.
The Department of Communication presented the annual Regional Media Hall of Fame Awards on April 7. Honorees for 2016 were Jim Hamilton, Dave Koester, and Larry Young. Details are posted on the KGCS website for the Hall of Fame.
Two concerts presented by the Department of Music at Missouri Southern State University are featured in programming airing in April. They are the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band performance and the Percussion Ensemble Concert. Both were recorded for airing on KGCS-TV. They may be seen weeknights on the station and on the KGCS YouTube channel.
Highway safety is the focus of the Newsmakers program airing on KGCS during the week of April 4. The program featuresJoe Rickman from the Missouri Department of Transportation and Sgt. John Lueckenhoff from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. It may be seen weeknights on KGCS, and on the station YouTube channel.
Candidates for the Joplin City Council were featured in a Candidate Connection program airing live at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 28. The program was sponsored by Tamko Building Products and is presented by KGCS and The Joplin Globe. It will repeat prior to the April 5 election and posted on the station YouTube channel.
A proposed sales tax in Jasper County is the topic of the Newsmakers program airing the week of March 27 on KGCS. It features Jasper County Commisioner Darieus Adams and Jasper County Court Administrator Erik Theis. The program airs weeknights on KGCS and is also posted on the station YouTube channel.
The Newsmakers program airing the week of March 20 features Interim Superintendent of Joplin Schools, Dr. Norm Ridder. He discusses strategic planning and the future of the district. The program airs weeknights and is also available on the station YouTube channel.
Candidates for the Joplin School Board were featured on a Candidate Connection program airing live at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. The program was sponsored by Tamko Building Products, and presented by KGCS in cooperation wiht the Joplin Globe. It will repeat throughout the weeks prior to the April 5 election. Itr also posted on the KGCS YouTube site.
The Joplin Health Department is the focus of two new Joplin Insider programs airing in March on KGCS-TV. They feature information about medical and WIC (Women's Infant and Children's) programs, as well as environmental health. Programs may be seen weeknights on the station and on the KGCS YouTube site.
Storm readiness and emergency preparedness are the focus of the Newsmakers program airing the first week of March on KGCS-TV. The interview features Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer. It airs weeknights on the station and may also be seen on the station YouTube site.
The Carl Junction Chambe of Commerce is featured in a Newsmakers program airing hte week of February 28. It includes an interview with Executive Director Gary Stubblefield, and information about the annual business expo. It may be seen at 5:30 p.m. and on the station YouTube channel.
Interviews with St. Louis Cardinals baseball players and fans from the January Cardinals Caravan visit to Joplin are featured on a Newsmakers program airing the last week of February. The interviews were conducted by KGCS students, and include current and former players. It may be seen weeknights on KGCS and on the station YouTube channel.
The Joplin Municipal Court system is the focus of a "Joplin Insider" program starting to air the week of February 21 on KGCS-TV. The program features an interview with Municipal Court Judge Chuck Brown, explaining court operations. It may be seen weeknights on KGCS, and on the station YouTube channel.
Joplin arts and culture are the focus of the Newsmakers program airing the week of February 14 on KGCS-TV. The program features information about the new arts magazine produced at MSSU, "VIVID." It also provides information about the first Thursday Artwalk program in downtown Joplin. The program may be seen weeknights, and is also posted on the station YouTube channel.
The new edition of the interview program "Joplin Insider" features a look at the Joplin Police Department. Joplin Public Information Officer Lynn Onstot interviews Assistant Chief Matt Stewart, who will become chief in March. They discuss departmental operations and services. The program begins airing the week of February 7 and is also posted on the station YouTube channel.
Historic flooding caused significant damage to the park at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in December. The damage and recover efforts are the focus of a Newsmakers interview airing on KGCS in February. Center Education Director Chris Pistole discusses how the community is helping with recovery. He also shares information about future programs. The program airs a 5:30 p.m. weeknights the week of February 7, and is posted on the station YouTube channel.
Local historians gathered at Missouri Southern State University on February 4 for a presentation about Civil War history and a Sherwood/Radar Farm Roundtable Discussion. KGCS recorded the presentation, and it is now airing evenings on the station. It also posted on the station YouTube channel.
The start of the Missouri Legislative session is discussed in the Newsmakers interview program airing the first week of February on KGCS-TV. The interview features State Representative Charlie Davis, discussing the first few weeks of the session and issues facing lawmakers. It airs evenings on KGCS, and is also posted on the station YouTube channel.
The St. Louis Cardinals Caravan visit to Joplin is featured on a program airing on KGCS-TV. It includes the public presentation, complete with questions and answers.
It airs the weeks of January 18th and 25th. The program is also available for viewing on the station YouTube site.
Players attending included Randal Grichuk, Sam Tuivailala, Austin Gomber, Alan Benes, and Kyle McClellan. Rick Horton served as emcee.
Autograph tickets were available at the door for the first 400 children age 15 and under.
The event was sponsored by the Missouri Farm Bureau, with a partnership including the Cardinals and the local Zimmer radio station.
The Newsmakers program airing in mid-January. features a professional photographer and news videographer sharing their stories, Noppadol Paothong from the Missouri Department of Conservation and Alonzo Medcalf from KMOV-TV in St. Louis. Both are graduates of Missouri Southern. They visited campus in December for the annual Southern Media Showcase Day program. The program airs weeknights on KGCS and is also featured on the station YouTube site.
The chairman of the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors, James Fleischaker, is the guest on a Newsmakers interview program airing in January. He discusses the responsibilities and role of the board, and provides and update on development at the University. It begins airing weeknights the week of January 10. It is also posted on the station YouTube site.