Thursday, December 06, 2018
KANSAS CITY CORPORATE JOURNALISM CUTBACKS: BUYOUTS CONTINUES AT FOX4 AS SPORT NEWSIES CALL IT QUITS!!!
Last night Kansas City sports legend Al Wallace announced his retirement after an illustrious 40-year career.
That's him on the far left of the lead photo for those who don't know.
Social media says longtime Fox4 sports & news guy Jason Lamb is also out.
Amid the WDAF sale to Nexstar it's clear that heads are rolling and the retirement of weather dude Mike Thompson was simply the first to start the TV news bloodletting.
There are many hot takes on social media that offer knee-jerk perspective but this long form blog post shares a more informed perspective.
RR Blog: On The Cheap
"WDAF is killing the last of its local sports legacy by letting Al Wallace and Jason Lamb go. Less expensive reporters will fill their roles. It's the final stake driven through the heart of an outstanding sports department that started when Frank Boal was let go more than nine years ago. Few people are left that remember that Boal and others are a major reason for WDAF's ratings resurgence almost 40 years ago."
Meanwhile, we hear this isn't the last of the buyouts and bloodletting at this local TV juggernaut.
Developing . . .