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Channel 3 to change 10 p.m. news

02/24/2011 12:00 AM

02/24/2011 12:05 AM

KSN, Channel 3 , is making significant changes to its 10 p.m. newscast. Anchors Stephanie Bergmann and John Snyder , along with chief meteorologist Dave Freeman and sportscaster Jim Kobbe , have been told their services will no longer be needed at 10 p.m.

"I just want to make it clear that we're not getting rid of the 10 o'clock news," says news director Jason Kravarik .

"We are strongly considering changes to the 10, but at this point no changes to the 5 and 6. We have a solid team."

That solid team is the same team at 10 p.m., but Kravarik says it's not working as well then.

"The number one show for them is 6 p.m.," he says.

"We have a, frankly, a bad lead-in from NBC, as everyone knows these days."

KSN is perennially the No. 3 station in the market.

Kravarik isn't sure how he'll proceed with changes at 10 p.m.

"That I don't want to comment on because nothing is finally in place."

The staff isn't entirely sure what's going on.

"I have been told that sometime here shortly I will no longer be doing the 10 o'clock news, and, of course, by extension that means I will not be doing most severe weather coverage since most severe weather happens in the evenings," Freeman says. "I have not been told anything about what the reasoning is or what the plan is."

Freeman, who is known for his sometimes passionate delivery when reporting dangerous weather conditions, has been doing the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts since 1993.

"As you can imagine, it's very surprising," Freeman says. "I would say that probably the biggest feeling that I have is just a sense ... that I would really hate to be letting people down, and that's the feeling.

"You know, there's an intimate relationship between the people at home and the meteorologists of this part of the world."

Freeman won't discuss what's happening with his colleagues.

"It would not be appropriate for me to speak about other people's destinies," he says.

Kobbe and Bergmann declined to comment.

Snyder acknowledges the change but says he can't say much more.

"I have been told I will not be doing the 10 o'clock," he says. "I don't know what the situation is."

Snyder says Kravarik didn't give him a reason for the change.

Nor does Snyder know what his assignment will be in the future.

"I truly don't know."

Bergmann hosted the morning and noon shows before she and Snyder, who used to anchor the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., took over anchoring duties in April 2009 after Anita Cochran left the station.

Even though he's making changes, Kravarik says the current newscast isn't bad.

"I mean, I think we put on a great 10 o'clock newscast. I think our content is solid. I'm just proud of the content upgrades we've made to our news in the last couple of years."

Although Freeman says he doesn't know many details about the latest changes, there is one thing he does know.

"It'll be very hard to not be doing what I have been trained to do all these years."

Find your inner glow

Former Siva Power Yoga teacher Nickki Head is opening her own studio in the former Bradley Paper space at the Shops at Tallgrass .

"I just wanted to spread my wings," she says of opening Firefly Yoga Studio in May.

Head says she still has a great relationship with Siva, which is where she trained and got certified.

Firefly's tag line is "Find Your Yoga Glow," which Head says is a reference to "this kind of glow you get after class."

"At the end of my class ... I always say that I hope they take this yoga glow with them throughout the rest of the evening and into a peaceful night sleep," Head says.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. , the Tallgrass developer, handled the deal for the 3,542-square-foot space.

Head's website, www.fireflyyoga.com, and Facebook page will be ready in a week or so.

She plans to teach a variety of classes seven days a week, such as a beginner's class, prenatal yoga, a hot yoga series, which Head says "allows your body to immediately detox," and a vinyasa flow yoga, which "is kind of relaxing, kind of just (to) get your blood flowing."

Head even plans some classes by candlelight and with live acoustic music.

"There's so many different styles of yoga, and I just want people to know this is just ... laid back," she says.

"Everybody's welcome."

You don't say

"I know he'd be proud."

Robert Estrada , referring to how his late grandfather Joaquin "Chuck" Estrada would feel about him (and his father, Stanley ) reopening the popular Chuck's Familia Restaurant in Newton at 1021 Washington Road on March 4

About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

Carrie encourages readers to contact her with tips, questions, behind-the-scenes business news and even funny quotes from business people. Reach her at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com


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