KGCS-TV received recognition from College Broadcasters Inc. in the annual college media competition. The Public Service Announcement "National Alliance on Mental Illness" was recognized a a television finalist. It was voiced by communication major Kristen Hanna.
The Joplin School District is preparing to open three new school buildings, constructed to replace some destroyed by the May 2011 tornadol The Newsmakers program airing the week of November 24 features information about those schools, with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Angie Besendorfer.
Missouri Southern's plans for a new baseball stadium and support from the Southern Foundation are the focus of the Newsmakers program airing on KGCS-TV the week of Nov. 17. The program features MSSU Baseball Coach Bryce Darnell and MSSU VP/Foundation Executive Director JoAnn Graffam. It airs weeknights on KGCS-TV.
The Newsmakers program airing the first week of November focused on Bright Futures and Operation College Bound in the Joplin School District. Guests discuss the programs in place to help students succeed and prepare for the future.
The Newsmakers interview program airing at the end of October featured a look at the Use Tax proposal on the November ballot in area communities. The program featured Joplin Finance Director Leslie Haase and Jasper County Commissioner Darieus Adams.
Two recent music performances from Missouri Southern State University began airing in mid-October on KGCS-TV. Viewers may see “Clarinets in Italy and Jazz with an Italian Touch,” a performance held at Southern on October 2 and the “MSSU Music Gala” performance from Thursday, October 3. The programs will repeat throughout the remainder of the semester.
Ongoing efforts to clean-up from the lead mining days in the Joplin region were discussed in a Newsmakers program airing in October on KGCS-TV. The program includes representatives from federal, county and city government. Guests include Mark Doolan from the Environmental Protection Agency, Tony Moehr from the Jasper County Health Department and Dan Pekarek from the Joplin Health Department.
The current situation in the Middle East was the topic of discussion in a Newsmakers interview featuring Missouri Southern professors Dr. Conrad Gubera and Dr. Nic Nicoletti. Both share insight into the tensions throughout the region, from Syria to Egypt. The program airs evenings on KGCS-TV.
Many local communities are having elections in November regarding the Use Tax. The new edition of Chamber Chat airing on KGCS-TV explores the topic, with Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce President Rob O'Brian as the guest. The program airs weeknights on KGCS-TV.
KGCS-TV is covering lectures from the Italy Semester at Missouri Southern State University and airing them as the Missouri Southern Lecture Series. Programs include guest lecturers throughout the semester. The Gockel Symposium presentations will air September 29 and 30. The MSSU Lecture Series airs evenings on KGCS-TV.
Missouri Southern Sports are highlighted weekly on the MOShow, a program produced in cooperation with the Athletic Department at Missouri Southern State University. The program includes highlights from Lions sproting events and interviews with coaches and players. It airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 6:30 on KGCS-TV.
A new program featuring highlighted stories from the career of Joplin newsman Bob Phillips started airing in September on KGCS-TV. The Phillips Files features some of the many feature stories reported by Phillips during his career at KODE-TV. Phillips visited with many unique people during his long-running series of reports. He was honored in 2006 as a member of the Media Hall of Fame at Missouri Southern. The program may be seen Sunday and Tuesday evenings on KGCS-TV.
Coverage of Missouri Southern home football games continues this season with Southern Sports Sunday on KGCS-TV. The games are recorded and played back on the next Sunday evening. Students in the Department of Communication at MSSU produce the games, gaining valuable experience in everything from play-by-play announcing to camera work and directing.
A new display case in the broadcast lobby of Webster Hall at Missouri Southern State University captures steps in the advancement of audio and video recordings over the years. “The Evolution of Broadcast Recordings” showcases video recording items ranging from film and the earliest video reel-to-reel video recording tapes through the steps that included Beta, VHS and other tape formats to DVD recordings of today. On the audio side, display items include 78 RPM records from the turn of the 20th century, LP’s, 45’s, various stages of audio recording tape such as reel-to-reel and cassettes, to CDs. The display case also features items such as an early microphone, a tube from a 1980’s era video camera and a film camera from the 1970’s, used to record footage for the Southern football team. The display is highlighted in the first-floor broadcast lobby.
Newsmakers programs on KGCS in August included a look at the start of a new academic year for Joplin Schools, a look at redevelopment efforts in the city, and information about area Girl Scouts. The Joplin schools program featured Superintendent Dr. C.J. Huff, discussing the new year and updating viewers on the construction projects underway in the district. The Joplin redevelopment program featured David Wallace, with the city's master developer, Wallace Bajjali Development Partner. He discussed rebuilding projects in Joplin. The Girl Scouts program featured Lori Enyart from Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and Lisa Nelson and Gaia Thayer from a local troop. They discussed Girl Scouts today and local efforts to save Camp Mintahama.
Services provided by the City of Joplin and Joplin Disaster Recovery efforts are the focus of Joplin Insider programs airing on KGCS-TV. One program features information about the Joplin municipal court system and wastewater billing procedures, with Lamonte Ratcliffe and Leslie Haase. The other program provides an update on disaster recovery with Tony Robyn. Joplin Insider is hosted by Joplin Public Information Officer Lynn Onstot. The program can be seen evenings on KGCS-TV.
A new Newsmakers interview program features Dr. Alan Marble, Interim President of Missouri Southern State University. The half-hour interview is his first on the program since he accepted his new position at MSSU. During the program, he shares information on his past, including memories of when he was a student at Southern and his career in business and higher education. Dr. Marble also shares thoughts about Missouri Southern and opportunities for the future. The program airs on KGCS-TV and is also posted on YouTube, with a link through the Newmakers page of the KGCS website.
Information about the 2013 Southern Media Showcase Day is now available on the KGCS website. The annual competition for area high school students includes categories in print and video. The event will be held Thursday, December 5 at Missouri Southern State University.
Newsmakers programs airing in July featured an update on news from the State of Missouri and public safety in the City of Joplin. In a program airing mid-July, Missouri State Representative Charlie Davis reviewed the past legislative session and issues facing the state. Another program in July featured Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles and Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts discussing public safety in the city.
The Newsmakers interview program in late June focused on the Joplin Public Library, in an interview with Library Director Jacque Gage. She discussed library facilities and proposed plans to build a new library as part of Joplin redevelopment. She also provided information about the summer reading program and other activities.
KGCS provided an opportunity for local viewers to take a look at the past in Joplin, with the presentation of two historical films focusing on the city. "Go Town USA" features Joplin in the mid-1960's, as it transitioned from a mining town to a regional center. "1973 Joplin Centennial" looks at Joplin as the city celebrated its 100th anniversary. Both films capture city scenes and feature people from the community. They may be seen in the evenings on KGCS-TV.
Four retiring faculty members from Missouri Southern State University are featured in Newsmakers interviews airing on KGCS-TV. The interviews feature Dr. John Knapp, Dr. John Messick, Dr. John Messick, and Dr. Ann Wyman. They are also posted for viewing on the KGCS website.
The new Career Paths program for the Joplin School District was the focus of the Newsmakers program airing on KGCS-TV during the week of May 26. The interview featured information about the development of new curriculum and programs for students in the school district.
KGCS-TV provided live and recorded coverage of area 2013 commencement ceremonies in May. Two ceremonies for Missouri Southern State University were shown live Saturday May 11. The following day, ceremonies for Carl Junction High School aired. The Joplin High School commencement aired live at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19. DVD's of all prograsm are available for purchase from the station at www.mssu.edu/kgcs .
Missouri State Senator Ron Richard was the guest of the Newsmakers interview program airing throughout the week of April 21 on KGCS-TV. During the program, he discussed issues facing the state as well as legislation affecting the Joplin region, including funding for redevelopment projects in Joplin.
KGCS-TV and the Department of Communication presented the annual Regional Media Hall of Fame Awards to print and broadcast professionals who made a significant impact locally. This year’s honorees are John David, Executive Vice President of Radio for the NAB and Steve and Kathy Fairchild, former publishers of the Lawrence County Record. Between the three, they have more than 100 years of media experience.
The Newsmakers program airing the first week of April featured an update on Joplin's redevelopment plans following the May 2011 tornado. David Wallace, CEO of Wallace Bajjali Developmnet Partners, Joplin's master developer provided an update on projects underway. They include a theatre/library complex and senior living complex. He also discussed funding and future projects.
KGCS-TV has covered Joplin city government for more than 25 years, through coverage of City Council meetings and Newsmakers interview programs. A new program developed in cooperation with the city will allow citizens to obtain more in-depth information from the city. “Joplin Insider,” a new interview program focuses on new topics each month. The program is hosted by Joplin Public Information Director Lynn Onstot and produced at KGCS-TV. The first program featured an interview with Keith Stammer, emergency management director for the City of Joplin and Jasper County. Topics discussed include emergency preparedness, tormado sirens and storm shelters.
KGCS concludes its coverage of Missouri Southern Basketball with the home first-round MIAA Conference tournament game for the women's basketball team. The game on March 5 against Northwest Missouri State University was recorded for replay and aired on the station.
Services to help citizens with income taxes and students with their FAFSA were featured on a Newsmakers interview in March. Dr. David Smith from the MSSU Accounting Department discusses the VITA services offered on campus and MSSU Financial Aid Director Becca Diskin provides information for students and families needing to complete the FAFSA for financial aid.
For more than 30 years, the Area Agency Region 10 has served adults ages 60 and older. Programs include the Meals on Wheels, Senior Centers, Caregiver programs and Ombudsman programs. An upcoming edition of Newsmakers provides an update on the agency and its services, with two agency representatives, Teresa Rife, Family Caregiver Coordinator, and Charlotte Crum, Ombudsman Coordinator. They discuss the growing demand for services in the region.
A special edition of the Newsmakers interview program in February presents a preview of major-league baseball. The program features interviews with players and team representatives from the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals, when they visited Joplin on their annual caravan tours.
Safety at Missouri Southern State University is the focus of a Newsmakers interview on KGCS-TV. The program follows up on the active shooter drill held on campus in January, with discussion about plans in place to inform people on campus in the event of an emergency. Ken Kennedy, MSSU Police Chief, and Bob Harrington, MSSU Physical Plant Director and Risk Manager, discuss emergency preparedness efforts.
February began with a Newsmakers program focusing on George Washington Carver National Monument and Black History Month. The monument was the first established to honor an African American. Park Ranger Curtis Gregory shared information about Carver and programs planned at the park.
The Newsmakers interview program airing at the end of January features Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert Kean. During the interview, she reflects on the "state of the City" as the new year gets underway, and rebuilding efforts continue in Joplin. The interview aired the week of January 27th on KGCS-TV.
The St. Louis Cardinals Caravan returned to Joplin on Saturday, January 19. Players and team representatives were in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the Missouri Southern Campus. After a brief program, autographs were available for youth ages 15 and under. Tickets were sold for door prize drawings, with the proceeds to benefit the United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. Players attending included Shelby Miller and Seth Maness. Cardinals alumni attending include John Mabry, Cal Eldred, and Alan Benes. Broadcaster Al Hrabosky served as emcee. The visit was sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals, Zimmer radio and KGCS-TV.
KGCS provides televised coverage of Missouri Southern women's and men's home conference basketball games. Staff, faculty and students of KGCS-TV work together to record the games for rebroadcast as part of Southern Sports Sunday programming.