Big Shuffles at KCCI

Lots of happenings at Iowa’s News Leader. KCCI-TV in Des Moines announced big changes in their anchor teams.

This article appeared in today about Channel 8.

The highlights include an expanded weekend newscast and Marcus Macintosh moving to the anchor chair next to Amanda Lewis. Steve Karlin goes from M-F 5p to M-F mornings. This is the first significant change since Bryan Karrick’s departure from the TV8 weather desk. Karrick is now working at WeatherNation. That organization is based in the Twin Cities.

The other changes are below. Big stuff.

In September, KCCI became the first station in Des Moines to begin its morning newscast at 4:30 a.m. and now the Hearts-owned CBS-affiliate is again expanding its morning news offerings. The station announced on Tuesday that it is adding two hours to its weekend morning newscasts.

“Morning news is an increasingly important time period for our viewers and our advertisers,” said KCCI president and GM Paul Fredericksen, in making the announcement.

KCCI will add an hour-long newscast at 5 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The station currently has an 8 a.m. newscast on Saturday, following the 6 a.m. broadcast of CBS’s “Early Show.”

Along with the news expansion, KCCI announced a shuffling of its on-air talent. Longtime KCCI anchor Steve Karlin is set to join the weekday morning anchor team as Marcus McIntosh moves to weekends, joining anchor Amanda Lewis and meteorologistMetinka SlaterKevin Cooney will replace Karlin behind the anchor desk for KCCI’s 5 p.m. newscast.

What can be next? This will make the Monday to Friday morning news different. What will Steve Karlin bring to the morning show? It will change the 5p news and the reporting he did from the field.

Earlier this week, KCCI also made news in the promotions department. As reported by the Des Moines Register.

Job opening: KCCI-TV is looking for a new director of creative services to handle promotions for Des Moines’ CBS affiliate.
Nov. 30 was the last day at the station for Mike Cunningham, who had been at KCCI for 17 years, Channel 8 general manager Paul Fredericksen confirmed Monday.

Fredericksen declined to comment on the circumstances.

Cunningham’s exit calls attention to KCCI’s use of social media, because six days after he left, Channel 8 was still using a Twitter account registered to Cunningham to promote stories that aired on the station.

In social media jargon, the Twitter account is “unmanned,” meaning that there is no live person watching the “tweets” that the station automatically generates to promote stories that appear on KCCI’s website.
Unmanned Twitter sites are increasingly seen as a counter-productive use of social media.

What else will happen next? Any tips you have, drop them to me


  1. why is the stormWARN8 map shaped like a middle finger are they flipping us off. my mother had watched kcci for over 30 years or as long as i can remember but now she thinks your vulger, or as she said down right nasty.
    your truly Xveiwer

  2. I, for one, appreciate that the weather people don’t interrupt a good show with continuous updates. The runner at the bottom is fine, but most of the map inserts don’t tell us the counties as we do not have a reference point (a star for Des Moines).

    • It is a good question. Stations go through changes. Sometimes they are made for them and sometimes corporate bosses make budget calls that force some transitions in staffing.

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