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KDSK, a Tegna-owned station in St. Louis, has just rounded the corner of its 75th anniversary on the air, and Art Holliday, its news director, has just marked 43 of those years on its staff.
Those two exceptional milestones foreground this week’s Talking TV conversation with Holliday and Carol Fowler, the station’s director of content. They discuss how crime has become the city’s main story, and how they’re trying to differentiate their approach by adding context and perspective to its bleak upward trajectory. They also share their proactive approach to heading off newsroom burnout while simultaneously giving young talent a head start in the industry.
Episode transcript below, edited for clarity.
Michael Depp: Tegna-owned KSDK in St Louis is celebrating 75 years on the air this year, having signed on in 1947 as the first television station in Missouri. Art Holliday is its news director, and Carol Fowler is its director of content. Both are here today to talk about how they work to keep their station relevant and competitive in a multi-platform world and what’s on their minds in a volatile summer on the cusp of midterm elections.
I’m Michael Depp, editor of TVNewsCheck, and this is Talking TV, the podcast that brings you smart conversations about the business of broadcasting. We’ll be right back with that conversation. Welcome Art Holiday and Carol Fowler to Talking TV.
Carol Fowler: Thank you. Happy to be here.
Art Holliday: Thank you, Michael.
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