Stories from the archives – featuring late Hall of Fame journalist Robert S. “Bob” Phillips – are set to hit the KGCS-TV airwaves this summer.
Episodes of the “Phillips File” begin airing in June, and feature the veteran newsman’s stories which highlighted the unique people and places throughout the Four State area.
Phillips had a long career in Joplin television, and his stories included looks at everything from classic cars to unique collections and tourist sites across the region. KGCS received the tape archives of his stories from his estate following his passing in 2010. Since then, some of the stories have been edited into half-hour feature programs.
Phillips was honored by Missouri Southern State University in 2006, with his induction into the Regional Media Hall of Fame. His broadcast career dated back to the 1940s, and his work at KODE-TV in Joplin started in the 1960s and lasted until 1999.
“We are glad to be able to share these stories with area viewers,” said Judy Stiles, KGCS general manager. “They present many people and sights that local television viewers may recall. Bill Hunt (KGCS creative services director) worked with Phillips and has crafted these stories into special historical looks at the past.”
The shows will air weeknights on KGCS-TV – and are currently posted on the station’s YouTube channel, “KGCS Missouri Southern.”
KGCS programming can be seen on channel 21. It is also available on regional cable television systems such as Sparklight, Mediacom and Suddenlink Communications. The station operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University.