I have never been able to understand why (although money may have a lot to do with it) KSNF and KODE have not been able to come up with superior female hosts for their morning shows.
Obviously, at one time they had them and they served as a training ground for Tiffany Alaniz at KSNF and Malorie Maddox at KODE. But the no-nonsense professional attitude that KOAM has with its morning show is a breath of fresh air. Yes, the news is important to people in the morning and I don't want to hear it over several hundred screaming kids at some artificial Friday high school pep rally (even though somehow Ms. Alaniz and Gary Bandy were able to make that work).
I like the work that Sarah Pierik and Dave Pylant do on KOAM and Ms. Pierik replaced another solid news reporter in Lori Prichard at that post.
Ms. Prichard, like former KSN morning host Sheradee Hurst (another one who did a good job in a tough position, though she never seemed quite as comfortable in those pep rallies) is a reporter for KJRH, Channel 2, in Tulsa, Okla., where she has been since January 2004. She serves as the weekend morning news anchor and a general assignment reporter.
Ms. Prichard originally comes from Joplin and is working on her masters degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Her work at KOAM landed her the position at KJRH. She received an award from the Missouri Broadcasters Association for investigative reporting in 2003. In her bio at the KJRH web site, she calls herself a political junkie and says she reads almost anything she can get her hands on.
We could use more people like that in both broadcasting and print journalism.