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Posted on August 4, 2015
Tallahassee’s loss is Kansas City’s gain.
Andy Alcock, the former WCTV investigative reporter, told Tallahassee Reports he has taken a job with KSHB, a NBC affiliate, in Kansas City Missouri. Alcock will be part of a five-member investigative team.
Alcock told Tallahassee Reports he tried to stay in Tallahassee.
“My wife and I love Tallahassee but the job opportunities were severely limited. My son fit in great at his elementary school and we looked forward to retiring here, but things changed,” said Alcock.
As we previously reported, after the news director he was hired under abruptly left after his first year, things began to change. Stan Sanders, the new News Director, began to curtail Alcock’s responsibilities by removing him as an anchor on the six o’clock news.
Then GM Nick Waller took a promotion and left town.
There were rumors about elected officials complaining about his aggressive style. Eventually, several elected officials, including Mayor Gillum, refused to grant interviews.
But now, eighth months later, Sanders, the news director that removed Alcock, was asked to resign.
Sources tell TR that Mr. Sanders was horrible for station morale and as more reporters left the source of the problem became obvious.
If Alcock could have lasted another six months, or so, things might have been different.
“It wasn’t meant to be, for whatever reason. I will look back fondly at the Tallahassee years, it was a good time to be here” said Alcock.
Ironically, moving to Kansas City is viewed as a promotion in the TV reporting industry. Tallahassee is ranked as the 106th market, while Kansas City is ranked 31st.