I don’t watch much local television news. Never did really…
I’ve spent far more time reporting on and writing about local TV news personalities than basking in their tube time.
Stories that ranged from a major news anchor who a Kansas City Police Chief told me was arrested in Westport for flashing a two girls – the matter was dropped after the women opted not to press charges, the chief said – to trying to track down whether Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton hit on former, smoking hot Channel 4 anchor Kelly Minton.
Neither of those stories made it into my column, despite there being plenty of evidence to support both.
Which brings us to KCTV’s Kelly Jones.
So how big a deal was Jones on the local TV news landscape?
Obviously not that big or she’d still probably be there and/or everybody wouldn’t be so hush-hush about it. However, she did win the Pitch “Best Local TV News Personality” award last year – how many times have I told you guys those “awards” don’t mean diddly? – and got a schmooze for eating at Waffle House (go figure) just days ago from Star columnist Jenee Osterheldt.
Glazer’s reaction to word of Jone’s abrupt demise?
“What? You gotta be kidding! Wow. I’m stunned. I mean, Kelly’s got the most national presence, her beauty, her eye contact and her commitment. She’s very dedicated.
“I mean, she would email me and want to know about the comedians instead of just showing up. And obviously she is by far the best looking female personality in the local media. Her name came up constantly on sports radio as the dream date. Everybody wanted to go out with her.”
Speaking of which…
Would he still be willing to date Jones?
“Oh yeah. I just felt like after we’d gone out a couple of times that she’s very committed to her children and trying to entrench herself into the Kansas City public.”
Glazer thinks Jones will land on her feet, possibly in St. Louis or another market. However, if she needed something short term to keep the wolf away from the door…
“I don’t know if we could afford her,” he says. “Maybe in marketing or management, but she’d certainly be someone I’d like to work with.”