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KWCH Sports Director Bruce Haertl to reduce role

October 18, 2012|By KWCH 12 Eyewitness Sports

(WICHITA, Kan.) — Long-time KWCH 12 Eyewitness Sports Director Bruce Haertl will be reducing his duties in 2013. Haertl’s reduction is at his request to accommodate his family situation. His wife, Sarah Haertl, recently accepted a position as the Director of Marketing at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Haertl family will be relocating to Tulsa after the first of the year. Bruce Haertl plans to continue working for KWCH in a reduced role. He will remain the voice of televised Shocker men’s basketball games and cover those games for KWCH. He will also continue to anchor and report for KWCH on a limited basis.

“Bruce has been a big part of our success in sports and we will miss his daily contributions,” said KWCH President and General Manager Joan Barrett.

“Even though he has been part of our KWCH family for a long time, we understand that his wife and children come first. After 28 years he’s certainly earned the flexibility we can provide him to accommodate his wife’s new position,” said Barrett.

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KWCH Eyewitness Sports has 12 people whose primary job function is sports coverage, in addition to the resources provided by the KWCH News, Digital and Production teams.

“We have more people assigned to sports than any media outlet in Kansas, and we will continue to provide that kind of leadership in sports reporting both on-air and on-line,” said Barrett.

Haertl plans to continue to anchor his weekly radio show, which airs from 9 AM to 11 AM weekdays on KFH radio, an Entercom owned station.

Haertl said he has mixed emotions about the changes.

“KWCH has been my home for almost 30 years. I could not have asked for a better company or group of people to work with,” said Haertl.

“I look forward to remaining a part of the Wichita sports scene through my continued work with KWCH, WSU and Entercom. I will still be around – so don’t think you are getting rid of me just yet!” said Haertl.

The Eyewitness Sports team produces daily sportscasts for KWCH and KSCW newscasts. The team also supports the high school sports website CatchitKansas and its mobile applications. Along with the digital products, the Eyewitness Sports produces a 30-minute high school television show Friday nights at 11 PM on KSCW. The CatchItKansas mobile application is available in the Android Market and Apple's iTunes store and the school specific app, MyCatchitKansas is available for the iPhone.

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