News Updates

December 2014

KGCS-TV will provide live and recorded coverage of home Missouri Southern MIAA Conference basketball games this season.   The coverage includes both women's and men's games in the conference doubleheader match-ups.   Coverage begins on Saturday, December 20.

The St. Louis Cardinals Caravan is making a return visit to Joplin in JanuaryThe visit is scheduled for Saturday, January 17 at noon in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the Missouri Southern Campus.  Information about players and the broadcast emcee will be known after the first of the year.

Concerts from the Department of Music at Missouri Southern State University are featured on KGCS-TV throughout the month of December.  They include the Southern Jazz Combo, Onstage vocal music, the Swingin' Holiday Show, and the Percussion Ensemble concert.   Programs may be seen evenings on the station.

Missouri Southern State University President Dr. Alan Marble is featured on a Newsmakers interview airing in December.  In the program, he discusses news from the campus and the implementation of the Great Game of Education program.   The interview airs evenings starting December 14.  It is also posted on the station YouTube channel.

Congressman Billy Long is the featured guest on the Newsmakers interview airing the first week of December on KGCS-TV.  He discusses issues in Washington, from immigration and the Keystone Pipeline to the economy and the upcoming new Congress.  The program may be seen at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2 and 3.  It is also posted on the station YouTube channel.

Joplin City Manager Sam Anselm appears in a Newsmakers program airing in December on KGCS-TV.   During the interview, he discusses his role as city manager and topics of interest in the City of Joplin, from redevelopment to city operations.  The program may be seen evenings and is also posted on the station YouTube channel.


November 2014

Upcoming future events being coordinated by the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau are the focus of an upcoming Joplin Insider program.  The interview features Patrick Tuttle, CVB Director.  He discusses events, including holiday-themed events, planned for Joplin.  The program begins airing the week of November 23 on KGCS-TV.  It is also posted on the station YouTube channel.

The recycling program at the City of Joplin is the focus of the new Joplin Insider program airing on KGCS-TV in November.  The interview program features Joplin Public Information Officer Lynn Onstot visiting with Joplin Recycling Coordinator Mary Anne Phillips.  It airs evenings on KGCS.  It may also be seen on the station YouTube site.

Veterans' Week activities at Missouri Southern are the focus of the Newsmakers program airing the first week of November on KGCS-TV.  The interview looks at the variety of events planned, from a 5K Race and special luncheon to a home football game where veterans will be honored.   Guests include Chase Phillips and Travis Lewis.  The program airs weeknights at 5:30 starting November 2.  It is also posted on the station YouTube site.

October 2014

The Newsmakers program airing at the end of October features a look at the new Joplin High SchoolDr. Kerry Sachetta, Joplin High School Principal,  discusses the new facilities.  He also shares information about Career Paths and curriculum developments for students.  The program airs weeknights the week of October 26.  It is also posted on the station YouTube site.

KGCS-TV will provide coverage of this year's Homecoming Parade and football game at Missouri Southern State University.  The parade will be recorded Saturday morning and broadcast Sunday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.  The game will also be recorded, and rebroadcast Sunday at 7 p.m.

Newsmakers during the first week of October focuses on the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau,  Director Patrick Tuttle discusses tourism and attracting visitors to the Joplin area.  The program airs throughout the week on KGCS.  It is also posted on the station YouTube site.

September 2014

KGCS-TV brings live football coverage from the MIAA conference this season, with telecasts from the Game of the Week on the MIAA NetworkGames are broadcast Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. through November 15.  In addition, KGCS will broadcast three Missouri Southern home football games live this season.  Check local listings for details.

A former president of Missouri Southern State University, Dr. Julio Leon and his wife, Vivian, are featured guests on a Newsmakers interview airing in September.  The Leons were interviewed while on campus for the dedication of the Julio S. Leon Health Sciences Center.  The interview may be seen evenings the week of September 7 on KGCS-TV, and it is posted on the station YouTube channel.

Newsmakers during the first week of September features a look at the annual Prairie Day celebration at George Washington Carver National Monument.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13.  Guests explain the wide variety of activities planned.  The program is also posted on the station YouTube channel.

A number of new programs debut on the line-up for America One programming staring September 1.  Changes are also being made to the line-up of existing programs.   New programs feature a variety of topics, from sports and entertainment to news and music.  Weekdays at 8 a.m. feature "The Daily Buzz," news program.  The "Classic Western Movie" is being moved to 2:00 in the afternoon.  Other new programs include "RHN Presents" from the Real Hip Hop Network on weekends. 

August 2014

Expanded coverage of Joplin City Council meetings is planned on KGCS-TV.  In addition to the regular meeting coverage on the first and third Monday of the month, the station has started airing monthly updates on redevelopment efforts and reports from Wallace Bajjali, the city's master developer.

KGCS celebrates 30 years of television at Missouri Southern State University, with the debut of a series of special programs, "KGCS Rewind."  The programs will air Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  They include student-produced programs from throughout the years, community-produced programs, and Missouri Southern music and lecture programs.

A Newsmakers program airing in August takes a look at the start of the new school year in the Joplin School District.  School Board President Anne Sharp discusses the opening of Joplin High School facilities and new career track approaches to education.  She also discusses other topics in the district, including the role of the school board, the state audit of the district and continued construction programs.  The program will air for the first time August 11 and continue to air the evenings of the week of August 17.  It is also posted on the station YouTube channel.

July 2014

The new edition of the Chamber Chat program on KGCS-TV focuses on the WeAreJoplin campaign, with Kirstie Smith visiting with Cameo Harrington.   They discuss the video produced, recognizing people for their support of Joplin's rebuilding efforts after the 2011 tornado.  The program is airing on KGCS-TV and also available for viewing on the station YouTube Channel.

Two Newsmakers programs airing at the end of July and the first of August take a look at some of the questions facing voters at the polls at the August 5 election.   The first features Missouri State Senator Ron Richard.  He discusses the state constitutional amendments on the ballot and provides an update on issues facing the State of Missouri.  The interview airs the week of July 21.  The second program takes at look at the proposed renewal of the Joplin Capital Improvements Sales Tax.  Joplin Public Works Director Nick Heatherly and Committee Member Harold McCoy discuss projects proposed with the funding.  The interview airs the week of July 28.  Both programs may also be seen on the station YouTube channel.

The upcoming Fall Semester at Missouri Southern State University is the “Turkey Semester,” and area television viewers can get insight into the country by watching next week’s Newsmakers interview program on KGCS-TV.  The program features two MSSU professors who traveled to Turkey in May:  Director of International Studies, Dr. Chad Stebbins, and Sociology Professor, Dr. Conrad Gubera.   They provide first-hand accounts of their visit.   They also discuss the upcoming themed semester at Southern.  The program airs the week of July 13 and may also be seen on the station YouTube channel.

The month of July begins with a Newsmakers interview program highlighting construction projects underway at Missouri Southern State University.   MSSU Physical Plant Director Bob Harrington shares information about projects, including new residence hall apartments and and end zone facility by the football stadium.   In addition to airing on KGCS, the program is also posted on the station YouTube channel.

June 2014

A new student-produced program is now airing on KGCS-TV.  Country Music Videos features songs from up and coming singers as well as known country stars from Nashville.   It is hosted and edited by Missouri Southern communication students Natalie Cossey, Zach Calvin, and Ian Thompson

MSSU Communication Major Kristen Hanna received one of the annual Missouri Broadcasters Association Scholarships at the organizations annual convention in early June.  She is involved in programming at KGCS-TV, the station that nominated her.   The MBA scholarship program chose the winners from applications submitted by radio and television stations in Missouri.

The Newsmakers programs airing the last week of June take a look at Missouri Southern State University.   The first program highlights the recent  trip to Paris by the Department of Communication.  Faculty and students share their experiences and reflect on the benefits of study abroad.  The second program features an interview with MSSU President Alan Marble.  It is the first full-length TV interview with him since being named the fifth president of Missouri Southern State University.

One of the Joplin businesses that rebuilt following the May 2011 tornado is Glory Days Music.  A Newsmakers program airing in June features the story of the Peterson family, their love of music and their path to returning to business.  The program features Ben, David and Benji Peterson.   It will be broadcast on KGCS-TV and also posted on YouTube through the station website.

The Show Me Gold program for the Missouri National Guard is highlighted in a June edition of the Newsmakers interview program airing on KGCS-TV. The program highlights the officer training program offered at Missouri Southern State University. Guests include Staff Sergeant Joseph Dixon, Gold Recruiter and two Officer Candidates, Joshua Turner and Mitchell Woolridge. They explain how the program prepares students for positions of leadership with the National Guard.


May 2014

KGCS-TV provided coverage of Commencement ceremonies for Missouri Southern State University and three area high schools in May.   The MSSU ceremonies on May 10 were covered live and replayed on the station.  High school ceremonies for Carl Junction, Webb City and Joplin High School were also covered.    DVD copies of the ceremonies are available for purchase through the station website.

Newsmakers features an interview with the new mayor for the City of Joplin, Michael Seibert, during the first week of May.   During the program, the mayor discusses a number of issues including continuing rebuilding efforts in the city,  transportation issues and economic development.  The program may be seen weeknights on KGCS-TV as well as on YouTube through the station website.

April 2014

KGCS-TV presented awards to students on April 30 at the annual Department of Communication Recognition Ceremony.  Awards presented for 2013-2014 include:  Meritorious Service - Shayne Carnahan and John Seitz, Volunteer of the Year - Deidra Morris, and Student of the Year - Shonte Clay.   The annual Ruth I. Kolpin Scholarship awards were also announced and presented to Kristen Hanna and Brandon Stokes.

Two recent presentations from Missouri Southern State University are airing on KGCS-TV for community to watch.  They include this year's lecture in the Jeans History Lecture series, with Frederick Hoxie discussing "This Indian Country" and the MSSU Music Department performance of Carmina Burana.   Both programs are airing evenings on KGCS-TV.

A student-produced sports talk program is airing on KGCS-TV.  "The Huddle" features Missouri Southern Communication students discussing a variety of topics from the world of sports.  The program is produced by Shayne Carnahan.  It airs Tuesday evenings on KGCS-TV.

Student hosts of The Huddle in the KGCS studio

The recent Candidate Connection programs featuring candidates for Joplin School Board and Joplin City Council are now posted on YouTube for viewing.  The programs are also airing on KGCS-TV prior to the April 8 election.  KGCS-TV produced the programs in cooperation with The Joplin Globe.

council forum photo

The situation in the Ukraine is the focus of the Newsmakers interview program airing the first part of April.  Two Missouri Southern Political Science Professors, Dr. William Delahanty and Dr. Nicholas Nicoletti, discuss the situation and the world response.  The program airs evenings on KGCS-TV.

The annual Dancing with the Joplin Stars event will be shown on KGCS-TV starting Sunday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m.  The event was held March 29 by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.  KGCS staff and students recorded it in its entirety for broadcast.   The program will air at other times throughout the month of April.

March 2014

Races for the Joplin School Board and the Joplin City City Council are generating a lot of interest leading into the April 8th election.KGCS-TV is working with The Joplin Globe to present Candidate Connection programs for both races.  The Joplin School Board Candidates will be featured in a live program at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24.  The Joplin City Council Candidates will be featured live at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31. Both programs will be recorded and rebroadcast leading up to the election.

Newsmakers takes a look at an issue facing Joplin voters in the April election, Curbside Recycling. Two upcoming programs focus on the question. The first features Joplin Recycling Coordinator Mary Anne Phillips, discussing the current recycling center and the proposed plan. The second program features representatives from the Young Professinals Network at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, explaining their support of curbside recycling.  The interviews air weekday evenings through April 7 on KGCS-TV.

The Joplin Police Department is the focus of the Newsmakers program airing the week of March 9 on KGCS-TV.  The program features Chief Lane Roberts and Assistant Chief Jason Burns. Roberts is retiring at the end of the month, and Burns will be his successor. They discuss the transition in the department, as well as other law enforcement topics, including the public safety training center in Joplin.  The program airs weeknights at 5:30 on KGCS-TV.

Two programs featuring community outreach programs from Missouri Southern are featured the first week of March on Newsmakers. The interview program features information about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the Small Business Business Technology Development Center.   It airs weeknights on KGCS-TV.

February 2014

The annual Dancing with the Joplin Stars event hosted by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is in the spotlight for the quarterly "Chamber Chat" program airing on KGCS-TV.  The program is produced for the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce through the facilities of KGCS-TV.  The program airs evenings on KGCS-TV.

The "Newsmakers" interview program on KGCS-TV is taking a look at three area communities during the month of February.   Interviews feature the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce, an update on news from Webb City, and a spotlight on the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.   In the Carl Junction program, Gary Stubblefield provides an update on Chamber news.   The Webb City program features Mayor John Biggs, Interim City Admiinstrator Carl Francis and Community Development Coordinator Erin Braker.   The Joplin program features Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce President Rob O'Brian.  Newsmakers airs weeknights at 5:30 on KGCS-TV.

January 2014

KGCS-TV continues to provide coverage of Missouri Southern Women's and Men's home conference basketball games.   The games are recorded and rebroadcast the next evening on the station.  Students provide all of the crew for the games, including camera work, announcing, and directing.

f Missouri Southern Men's home conference basketball games.

A crowd of about 800 people greeted the St. Louis Cardinals during their Cardinals Caravan visit on Saturday, January 18.  Players attending included Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly.  Cardinal alumni attending were Danny Cox and Tom Lawless.  Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne served as emcee.  Students from KGCS-TV conducted interviews and the public program was recorded for future broadcast on KGCS-TV.

Cardinal Caravan 2014

Cardinals Caravan 2014 in Taylor Auditorium   St. Louis Cardinals players on stage at Taylor Auditorium   Shelby Miller being interviewed  Joe Kelly being interviewed


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