Farewell Pepper and Friends: Friday last day on KOMU

Thursday, September 17, 2009 | 8:30 a.m. CDT; updated 9:51 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 17, 2009

COLUMBIA— A longtime television variety show that shined the spotlight on mid-Missouri's regular folks will sign off for good on Friday.

"Pepper and Friends" has been a fixture on KOMU-TV for more than a quarter century. But the MU-owned station says the show hosted by 40-year employee Paul Pepper is losing too much money to continue.

Loyal fans have protested the decision since the university announced the move in May. Several sponsors say they will pull their advertising from the station.

A scaled-down version of Pepper's show will debut in early October on KBIA-FM, a university-owned radio station.

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