People in the Ozarks have been watching Ned Reynolds on KY3 for more than 45 years. They have heard the phrases “get that off the screen” when one of the local favorites is being beaten and “bon jour and good sports” at the end of the morning newscasts. Anyone who has met Ned will say sports is in his blood.
While many people in the Ozarks consider Ned a Missouri native, he grew up in Haddonfield, N.J. Ned is the middle child of three boys. His older brother is a retired professor at Rutgers University and his younger brother is retired from the U.S. Steel Corporation and heads the fundraising efforts for Theo's Work, an orphanage for underprivileged children in Haiti.
His father was a high school principal and provided educational direction. His mother, a concert pianist, developed his love of classical music. After graduating from high school in Haddonfield Memorial High, Ned attended Temple University in Philadelphia. With the strong suggestion from his father, Ned studied English rather than journalism. His father felt that a basic overall education would be more beneficial to career enhancement than journalism.
Ned has been doing radio and TV since he was a kid. He was P.A. announcer for little league games, high school sports reports for local papers and emceed local sporting events. In high school, he worked part-time at WKDN in Camden, NJ. He did some broadcasting and odd jobs around the station – just to be at a real radio station. Ned made his first television appearance on NBC’s Today show when he was only 15. He won a special guest appearance by sending a demo tape of (you guessed it) his sports commentary.
After graduation from Temple University, Ned joined the Navy. He applied to get into the armed forces radio, but was placed into the medical corps as a land-based surgical technician. After four years serving our country, and with his father’s blessing to go fool around in broadcasting, Ned came to KY3 in 1967. He has said that he drove into the parking lot at KY3 and never left. With his very early start in radio during high school, college, and in the service, Ned assumed his broadcasting career would be in radio. However, as is the nature of the broadcasting profession, a change was on the horizon. Working at KY3 is the only TV job that Ned has ever had. When asked why he switched from radio to television, he said: "KY3 had an opening and I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time."
Being somewhat of a workaholic, Ned’s day starts early. Leaving the house around 8, on the air hosting a morning radio show, Sports Reporters, Jock 98.7 with Scott Puryear from 9am-11am, then taping a sportscast for the noontime broadcast on KTXR. Being an avid tennis player, Ned then heads to the tennis courts for a couple of hours of tennis. You can also throw in the Springfield Cardinals games doing play-by-play for KY3 and The Ozarks CW.
If Ned isn’t on the radio or television, he is doing philanthropy work in the community. He gives endless hours to numerous organizations. Ned presently serves on the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame board; spokesman for the United Way of the Ozarks and works on the telethon for the Children’s Miracle Network, aired on for KY3. He is a past board member of the Springfield Symphony, Springfield Ballet and ARC of the Ozarks.
His sports reporting and dedication to the community have not gone unnoticed. Ned was honored to be selected as a Torch Barrier for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay in Ste. Genevieve for the Atlanta Games. At the end of his leg of the race, he handed the torch to Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2001 Ned was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and received the Champion Award in 2002 from the Ambassadors of Community Health Award. He was the first person with their own bobble head in the inaugural season of the Springfield Cardinals.
Ned’s daughter, Stephanie, is married to Darrell. They have two children, Jacob and Sylvia. Jacob loves sports (gee, go figure) and will play for Glendale Baseball in the spring. Sylvia is competitive swimmer with the SPA Panthers (Springfield Aquatics Swim Team at Drury)…. Grandpa goes to as many games and meets as he can.
Much has happened since his Today Show appearance – and in Ned’s own words…”it has been a wonderful ride.”