The Facebook tease that has been Eric Kahnert’s exit from KSTP-TV is finally over: He’s returning to Denver for a main anchor job.
“Did you know that dashing, super-hunky KSTP anchor Eric Kahnert keeps leaving teasers on his Facebook page alluding to the possibility that he might be moving away to take an anchor job elsewhere?” read an e-mail on May 2 from a Mark Gratski.
“Where is Eric Kahnert going? His house has sold and he is leaving hints on Facebook,” wrote an Allan Johnson, on May 5.
One of his teases said, “We are pumped for job in M_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.” As in Mile High City.
I have to write teasers for my job. Crafting teasers about my next job? That requires one of those TV anchor egos.
When I asked Kahnert, via e-mail, what was up last week, he said, “I’ll send you the release when it’s complete.”
On Wednesday Denver’s 7News, KMGH-TV, announced Kahnert’s addition to the anchor team.
KSTP news director Lindsay Radford laughed Tuesday when I asked if she was monitoring Eric’s exciting Facebook teases. She’s busier than that. But she had time to explain.
“Eric has accepted the main anchor job at KMGH, the ABC affiliate, in Denver. They have a longtime guy there who’s retiring. Eric will take his seat. His last day with us will be June 1,” Radford. said “Eric came to us from KUSA so this is a return to Denver for him. We liked him. It was one of those things where we can’t match that opportunity, right now. It’s hard to hold somebody back from that.” Kahnert has been at KSTP “close to two years,” she said.
Sattin can stay, but will he?
Anchor Brad Sattin no longer has to hurry up and find a job outside of KSTP, although he’s reportedly doing so.
In November I wrote that Sattin and meteorologist Patrick Hammer had been given six months to find other jobs, as the station revamped its morning show.
Hammer left (call me, Pat, when you have news) but Sattin is still there. Since I had Radford on the line, I decided to ask …
“We love him,” Lindsay Radford said.
“We would not keep him on as a full-time morning anchor. We would keep him on as a reporter and fill-in anchor,” she said. “He has a job here as long as he wants to stay. He’s very talented. We’d love to keep him. … But if he’s not a full-time anchor, Brad really wants to consider getting closer to his parents, back East. We’re just working with him during this time where he is looking.”
McDonough grateful, loyal