The Tim McKernan Show

Ep. 83 – Rene Knott

The long-time sports director at KSDK in St. Louis now co-anchors the station’s morning show, Today in St. Louis.  Rene joined Tim in studio in May 2018 to talk about his trek around the media landscape, health issues, and overall life in STL…   Why he considers himself in t-shirt shape, not shirtless shape Rene’s athletic exploits & playing college football in Oregon Transition to broadcasting & choosing not to pursue the NFL Growing up in Los Angeles and the Lakers vs. Celtics rivalry Interview procedures and cigar smoking with Michael Jordan The awkward situation which prompted his move to St. Louis How life changed for his family being in STL rather than DC The challenges with winning over provincial viewers in town Diagnosing the dangerous blood clots in Rene’s lungs in 2013 Undergoing surgery & how it’s shaped his perspective on life What led to his move from sports director to morning anchor Why covering the Olympics was a watershed moment for him Rene’s on-air response to an email referring to him as a “thug” How being a news anchor has changed his perspective on STL   Please support our sponsors: The Home Loan Expert, Ryan Kelley James Carlton Agency (State Farm) Johnny Londoff Chevrolet Design Aire Heating & Cooling   Follow us on Social Media: @TimMcKernanShow or Facebook.com/TheTimMcKernanShow   Thanks to Story of the Year for our theme.  Please rate, review, and subscribe so more people discover the pod.  Feedback is welcome: tmckernan@insidestl.com