Special to the Journal
Channel 6 has officially named long-time Texas Today morning anchor Kris Radcliffe, weekend anchor Chris Rogers, and Channel 6 reporter Emani Payne to new positions.
The shift follows a months-long retooling of the Channel 6 newscasts, including new graphics and features to make information clearer and more accessible to viewers. This includes new segments such as ‘Verify,’ where viewer questions and online rumors are investigated, sources vetted, and facts verified to bring the truth to Central Texans. Speaking of viewers, Channel 6 has now rolled out a new feature called ‘Megaphone,’ where viewers are asked to respond to hot-button issues, and serves as the viewer’s voice in our nightly newscasts.
Channel 6 recently sat down with the anchor teams. When asked how Emani Payne feels about the changes and the move to leading the weekend desk, she stated, “I want everyone watching to feel like they’re walking away with the entire story.”
On the topic of the weeknight shows at 5, 6 and 10 pm, Kris Radcliffe said, “I’m hoping to bring an energy, an excitement, and just a real passion for Central Texans.” We asked co-anchor Leslie Draffin her feelings on Kris joining the night-side crew. She added, “I’m so excited to work with Kris. He has such a positive attitude that you just can’t help but feed off of.”
Also, we’re happy to congratulate Chris Rogers in making the move from weekends to join in the fun of Texas Today. “Chris is really passionate about local news and he’s extremely creative, and it just shows in all of the work that he does,” commented current morning anchor Heidi Alagha.
When asked what he brings to Texas Today, Chris Rogers stated, “I want to connect with our viewers and understand what they’re interested in, and answer the questions that are most important to them.”
By adding Chris to Channel 6 Texas Today, in addition to our ‘Morning Rush’ and ‘6 Things to Know’ segments, Channel 6 knows that we will keep you informed, no matter how busy your mornings!
Along with these changes, recently Channel 6 shifted our schedule to bring favorite game shows “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Jeopardy” to new times (starting at 4 and 4:30 p.m., respectively) and followed by news.
“We think that these changes overall will really benefit our viewers, and I’m excited to see how Kris Radcliffe, Chris Rogers, and Emani Payne will help continue the growth we’ve seen since moving to Temple,” said Gayle Kiger, General Manager of Channel 6.
Finally, former evening anchor Doug Currin left the station on Friday to pursue other projects. Jim Hice, News Director for Channel 6, was quoted as saying, “He was committed to the Central Texas military community and told many great stories along the way. He is a true professional and he will be missed.”
Celebrating his 16th year at KCEN this past June, Kris Radcliffe has been a near-constant positive presence in the KCEN newsroom. He started off at Channel 6 as a Weekend Sports Anchor in 2002, then moved to Sports Director, then to Morning Anchor, and now has finally landed the promotion to Evening News Anchor. His longevity is well-earned – after Texas Today won the AP Award for Best Morning Newscast In 2016, Kris won back-to-back awards in 2016 & 2017 for the Waco Tribune-Herald On-Air Television Personality of the Year.
Kris is natively from Los Angeles, and worked on air in southern California & Nebraska before hitting Central Texas. Now an honorary Texan, Kris is a champion for several local charities, most notably supporting breast cancer awareness through the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
After starting his television career in Abilene, Texas, Chris Rogers has come to embrace the Lone Star State as his home. His feature work includes investigative stories, including most recently an inside look at the opiate epidemic in Texas, which was widely praised by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Chris is an award-winning anchor, and was voted this year as one of the top weekend newscasts in Texas by the Associated Press.
A native of Syracuse, New York, Chris earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in broadcasting and communications at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Chris is thrilled to be in Central Texas, and is looking forward to becoming an even bigger part of the community and sharing their stories!
Emani Payne began her career at Channel 6 in May of 2016 as a Reporter before being promoted to Weekend Anchor this year. Emani is an Emmy award winning journalist who thrives on breaking news and giving a voice to the voiceless. She’s also been recognized by the Broadcast Education Association for her coverage of Ebola reaching the United States in 2014.
Before joining the Channel 6 news team, Emani interned at KPRC in Houston, Texas and KSAT 12 in San Antonio, Texas. Emani earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Political Science from Northern Arizona University and is a current active member of the National Association of Black Journalists KCEN Channel 6, a TEGNA Company, is the NBC affiliate serving the citizens of Temple, Waco, Killeen and Bryan-College Station (DMA 86). Since November 1, 1953, we have provided premium programming to approximately 890,000 people in 357,000 households throughout Central Texas.
Previously stationed in Eddy, TX, Channel 6 now occupies the more than 20,000 sq. ft. building at 215 N. 3rd Street that was the former home of First Baptist Church in Temple.
Channel 6’s goal at the time the station went on the air in 1953 was to serve the people of Central Texas faithfully and honestly. Throughout the years of operation and today, Channel 6 is still committed to putting viewers first, and redefining what viewers receive from their news, living the mantra of ‘Expect More!’ For more information, visit kcentv.com.