J. Spencer Kinard, KSL-TV's longtime news director and voice of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "Music and the Spoken Word," on Friday was granted a medical leave by the television station for an undetermined period.
No further details on the reasons for the leave were available, said William Murdoch, KSL's executive vice president and general manager.Kinard's status with the Tabernacle Choir remains undetermined. Choir President Wendell Smoot is scheduled to return from Europe this weekend, and an announcement on Kinard's future with "Music and the Spoken Word," is expected next week.
KSL weatherman Kent Norton will provide narration for this Sunday's broadcast.
At KSL, Kinard's assistant, Lee Roderick, has been named acting news/public affairs director. Anchorman Bruce Lindsay will assist Roderick as acting managing editor.
Kinard, a graduate of the University of Utah, joined KSL in 1965 as a reporter. He later filled a number of different positions, include noon and weekend anchor, producer, assignments editor and news manager.
In 1968, he was chosen to participate in a one-year CBS-sponsored fellowship at Columbia University. At the end of the year, he went to work as a writer and producer for CBS News in New York, where he was one of the network's producers of radio coverage of the Apollo 13, 14 and 15 flights.
In 1971, Kinard returned to KSL. In February 1972, he was named to replace the late Elder Richard L. Evans on the Tabernacle Choir broadcasts.
Later that year, he was appointed KSL's news director - a position Kinard has held since then, with the exception of eight months in 1979-80 when he worked in the station's advertising department. In 1981, his title was changed to vice president of TV news.
In 1986, Kinard served as president of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, a national organization.