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KOMU is an NBC affiliate television station in Columbia. The station serves as a teaching lab for Missouri School of Journalism students. It is the only university-owned commercial television station in the United States that uses its newsroom as a working lab for students. The station broadcasts four hours of local news each weekday and carries regular NBC programming at all other times. At least one anchor in every weekday newscast is a paid professional. Students serve as reporters, producers, photographers and anchors on the station’s newscasts.
Address: 5550 U.S. 63
Phone number: 573-884-6397
KOMU broadcast for the first time on Dec. 21, 1953. Coursework was added at KOMU for journalism students at the station in 1955. By 1970, students began filling the roles of reporters, writers, producers and photographers for the station’s newscasts. Students still fill those roles in the newsroom today.
On weekdays, the station broadcasts four newscasts. “KOMU 8 News Today” runs from 4:30 to 7 a.m. The evening newscasts run from 5 to 5:30 p.m., 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 10 to 10:35 p.m.
On weekends, the show schedule is reduced and the newscasts are exclusively student-produced. On Saturdays, there are only 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows. On Sundays, the station broadcasts only a 10 p.m. newscast followed by the “KOMU 8 Sports Show.”
The station is located south of Columbia on U.S. 63. It has a 774-foot antenna with a digital signal of 13,600 watts. The station reaches about 150,000 families in its viewing area.
In July 2005, KOMU began producing two newscasts for its CW-affiliated third digital channel. “KOMU 8 News Today on The CW” airs from 7 to 8 a.m. weekday mornings and its evening newscast runs from 9 to 9:30 p.m.
The morning show anchors are Megan Murphy and Chance Seales. Students work as sports and special segment anchors during “KOMU 8 News Today.”
The evening weekday anchors are Angie Bailey, Sarah Hill and Jim Riek. Bailey and Hill work together on the 5 p.m. show while Riek joins Bailey for the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.
The Doppler 8 First Alert weather team includes Dave Schmidt, Eric Aldrich and Michelle Bogowith. Schmidt is the chief meteorologist and serves as forecaster on weekday evenings, Aldrich is the forecaster for “KOMU 8 News Today” on weekday mornings and Bogowith works on the weekend evening newscasts.
The KOMU 8 sports department consists of Chris Gervino as sports director and Eric Blumberg as sports anchor and reporter. Gervino anchors the “KOMU 8 Sports Show” on Sunday at 10:30 p.m. in addition to hosting the sportscasts on Sunday through Thursday evenings. Blumberg hosts sportscasts on Friday and Saturday evenings. He also produces a weekly story for the “KOMU Sports Show” called “Blumberg off the Bench.”
Links and sources
Offical website: www.komu.com
Missouri School of Journalism entry: journalism.missouri.edu/affiliate/komu/
Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KOMU-TV
Updated: March 25, 2012