Dani Welniak explains why she left KCTV to join KC Current

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Dani Welniak

In the hours and days following the June 19 announcement of her resignation as sports director of KCTV-5, Dani Welniak spent a lot of time on social media.

Welniak didn’t go idly by before joining the Kansas City Current women’s soccer team on Monday as executive director of communications. She was responding to an outpouring of support from viewers.

“I couldn’t believe how positive, encouraging and enthusiastic all of the responses I received were,” Welniak said. “I got so many responses on Facebook and Twitter and tried so hard to respond to every single one of them because each one of those people who said something influenced me positively and changed my life, for the best. And for them to reach out and say I touched them, I don’t think there are any words that can describe that, because I never expect that kind of response.

“And I hope I’m a person who leaves a legacy, who leaves sports media and the sports world in general better than I found it. It was just a few hours after I posted it and I looked at my Twitter and my Facebook and I just lost it, I cried.

There were a lot of tears last week when Welniak also bade farewell to his KCTV colleagues.

As difficult as it was to say goodbye to the station where Welniak had worked for the previous six years, it was an easy decision to join the Courant.

“I’m so excited and incredibly blessed to be able to be part of this organization,” Welniak said. “I come back to my faith and I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. And all along my journey has set in place where God has opened a door and kind of kicked me through.

“And even if you would have asked me if I would have done this even a year ago, I’m not sure the answer would have been yes because I still really like the media side of things and I like the broadcasting and journalism.”

But Welniak saw big things happen with the flow and she jumped at the chance to be a part of it.

The Current’s $19 million practice facility opened last month and the team announced plans to build a stadium downtown near the Missouri River.

“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to not only help change Kansas City, but to help change the world,” Welniak said. “I don’t think I’m talking too big because that’s the mindset here, it’s everybody wants to change the world. With the training center that’s just been built, we think that it is the first training center specifically designed for a women’s professional football team in the world.

“And so from that to the stadium that’s going to be built here in the next two years, and it’s the first of its kind, and then with the announcement of the World Cup, and just the way football in Kansas City is exploding. I mean, it’s just too good an opportunity to pass up and I’m so, so motivated to make this my next chapter Yeah, it’s out of the world of TV, yeah, it’s out of it media industry, but I think bringing that kind of mindset and another mindset, I think that will definitely help.

From World Series coverage to the World Cup, Pete has done a bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997.

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