The Newsmakers interview program airing the week of June 23 focuses on the Joplin Public Library, in an interview with Library Director Jacque Gage. She discusses library facilities and proposed plans to build a new library as part of Joplin redevelopment. She also provides information about the summer reading program and other activities. The interview may be seen throughout the week on KGCS-TV.
KGCS provides 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.