Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: KMOX Took Reins of Coverage to Give Vegas Station a Break

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: KMOX Took Reins of Coverage to Give Vegas Station a Break

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WAVELENGTHS * A belated tip of the microphone to some staffers at KMOX-AM 1120 who helped cover the Las Vegas shootings for a Nevada audience.

The news report in Las Vegas about the mass shootings began shortly after 10 p.m. Oct. 1 and initially was anchored by the staff at KXNT-AM 840.

Like KMOX, KXNT is a clear-channel station owned by CBS Radio Inc. The station went on the air in 1986 and is licensed to North Las Vegas.

KXNT covered the shooting for about 10 hours, until 9 a.m. Monday. Then the on-air coverage on KXNT was switched to a broadcast booth inside the KMOX studios in St. Louis.

For the next four hours, KMOX reporters Michael Calhoun and Dave King and producer Fred Bodimer handled news bulletins, took telephone calls from KXNT listeners and made calls to health and emergency agencies in Las Vegas.

Jaime M. Saberito, head of communications for CBS Radio in New York, said KXNT had been short on staff because of recent changes and decided to use some of KMOX's resources. She noted that King had once worked in Las Vegas and was familiar with the area.

About two weeks before the shootings, KXNT fired its main morning host, Heidi Harris, for making what some characterized as homophobic statements about gays and lesbians adopting children.

In an interview on Oct. 3, KXNT afternoon personality Alan Stock told radio industry publication "Talkers" that he and other KXNT staff members and managers covered the story from its beginning until about 9 a.m. Monday. Stock said he then picked up the coverage again at 1 p.m. Monday and continued until 6 p.m.

Saberito said no mention was made of the switch to KMOX for the four hours of coverage, saying it "would be weird" to tell Las Vegas listeners the coverage was coming from St. Louis.

KMOX program director Steve Moore did not return phone calls or respond to an email.

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