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River City Weekly
Local Culture, Personality & Politics.
Greg Hurd, Host
Moving to Lawrence from Los Angeles in 1999, I started at what is now WOW! in May of that year as host and producer of As Time Goes By. I now host and produce, River City Weekly while holding down the post of Multi-media Assistant Managing Editor of the Lawrence Journal-World, World Online and 6News.
My roles allow me the joy and privilege of meeting a great many fascinating and creative people in all walks of life either living in or visiting Lawrence.
Born and raised in the Kansas City area, I attended K.U. in the 1970s. During that time, I founded and owned asmall business and wrote books for various governmental studies. After a stint as a producer at KMBC-TV9 in Kansas City, I moved to Los Angeles where I worked as a freelance producer and writer. I also became very involved in church in Los Angeles and soon found my way into seminary. I worked at two churches in the Los Angeles area before a visit to Kansas City put in motion my move back to Lawrence.
On that trip, I became reacquainted with a college friend, who soon became the focus of my return to Kansas. I moved to Lawrence in 1999 to marry that friend and become the stepfather to her three great kids. I have a small production company which keeps some of the family members busy with video work for corporations and non-profits from time-to-time. I also keep at my playwriting and screenwriting.
Away from the office, I enjoy time with my family, drawing, reading, travel and K.U. sports.
Brian Powell, Free State Studio Producer
Originally from Salina, I graduated from KU in 1990 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. By that point, I had interned ('88), worked in production ('89), and finally shot news ('90) for WOW! 6.
I left the station for an opportunity to work on KU's Coaches Shows and served eight seasons as video coordinator for KU's football team.
I returned to WOW! 6 in 1996 as a part-time production assistant and moved into a full time supervisory role in late '98 directing newscasts and producing River City Weekly...a position that allows me to share an appreciation of the incredible history and culture of this wonderful community.
Away from work, I try to spend time in this state's great outdoors riding bicycles (with my wife and children), reading (to my kids), catching baseballs and dodging snowballs.