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Al Wallace joined FOX 4’s sports department in May 1985, and just celebrated his Silver Anniversary with WDAF, Kansas City’s oldest television station. He anchors sports on Sunday through Friday evening, reporting on sports news for Kansas City’s oldest television station. His broadcasting roots started in 1978, when he began working in production at KAMC-TV in Lubbock, Texas, where he eventually became sports director. He has also been weekend sports anchor and executive sports producer for KXAS-TV in Dallas, Texas and KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Al has covered the World Series, seven NCAA Final Fours, training camps for both the Chiefs and Royals, the development and opening of the new Kansas Speedway, and the early development and construction of the new Sprint Center in Kansas City. Al also does annual contributor to the NFL Network’s coverage of the NFL Draft.
Al has also worked with KPRS radio in Kansas City, the oldest Black Owned and Operated radio station in the country. He has been the host of both the late Derrick Thomas’ “3rd & Long” radio program and “The Chief’s Hour” on KPRS. Other co-hosts of the program have included Neil Smith, Eddie Kennison, and most recently Derrick Johnson.
Al has also worked as a studio host and field anchor for ESPN ‘s coverage of Big 12 basketball, and is among 1,000 voters nationally who annually select the John Wooden Award winner, which goes to the top college basketball player in America.
Al graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications. In March of 1998, the Kansas City Globe honored Al as one of the “Most Influential African Americans” in Kansas City.
He is a history buff and enjoys collecting information on the assassination of J.F.K., Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the Titanic. He has also been a member of FOX 4 Chief Meteorologist Mike Thompson’s BBQ team, which has competed in both the American Royal BBQ and the Great American BBQ in Kansas City.
Al grew up in a military family and has lived in such cities as Washington, D.C.; Darmstadt, Germany; El Paso, Texas; and Mineral Wells, Texas. Al lives in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife, Marlena, and their two daughters, Chase and Chaney.


Recent Articles
  • KU’s Azubuike to be reunited with mom for first time in years at Final Four

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — F. O. E. Three letters, and every college basketball player knows exactly what they stand for. Family over everything. Those three letters are very fitting in the case of Florence Azuonuwu, the mother of University of Kansas sophomore center Udoka Azubuike. Azuonuwu lives in Delta, Nigeria, and has never seen her son play basketball. In her case, the process included obtaining a passport and a visa in a very short amount of time. And on top […]

  • WATCH: KU’s Big 12 dominance continues to defy sports analysts

    On Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks beat Texas Tech, 74-72, clinching at least a share of its 14th straight Big 12 regular season championship. Over the last 14 years, there have been many who said such a streak was impossible. Here is one example.

  • Play ball! Royals Drew Butera plays fetch with dogs at Spring Training in Arizona

    SURPRISE, Ariz. — Royals Spring Training went to the dogs! Well, Drew Butera’s dogs, at least. The Royals catcher’s fiance decided Butera needed some time with their dogs Thursday afternoon while in Surprise for Spring Training. She showed up with their 11-year-old Schnauzer named Cash and their four-year-old Airedale named Ziggy. “These are our babies,” Hilary Turner said. “I wouldn’t go anywhere without them.” Butera played a bit of fetch with the dogs on a break from training. “Cash loves […]

  • At halfway point, KU students hope Jayhawks will win 14th-straight Big 12 basketball championship

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Big 12 Conference’s regular season basketball race has reached its midway point: Nine games down. Nine more to go. The big question: Will the Kansas Jayhawks win it again? For the answer, FOX4 Sports recently spent some time in the student section at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence where are well aware that a 14th-straight Big 12 title is the goal. See their predictions and hopes in the video player above.

  • MLK dream lives on in UMKC athletes

    Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday, and for good reason. It was a day to remember, reflect, and appreciate the work and sacrifice of the late civil rights leader who was assassinated during the summer of 1968. FOX 4 paid a visit to the campus of UMKC Monday afternoon where there were no classes, but the Kangaroos basketball teams were still hard at work getting ready for their upcoming schedule. FOX 4 talked to three players — […]

  • Chiefs sign veteran cornerback Derelle Revis to 2-year deal

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the day before Thanksgiving, the Chiefs supplied us with some late afternoon breaking news. They had signed cornerback Derrelle Revis to a 2-year contract, and there’s a chance he might play this Sunday against Buffalo. Revis, 32, for a number of years was the NFL standard. He hasn’t played at all this season but he said he’s been talking to the Chiefs since late summer. The Chiefs are getting him for basically nothing this season […]

  • Two new Missouri Sports Hall of Famers

    SMITHVILLE, Mo. — Among the recent inductees into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame were two long time High School basketball coaches from the Kansas City area. Diana Tingler coached the girls basketball teams in Smithville, and Willie Bowie coached the boys basketball team at the old Paseo High School. FOX 4’s Al Wallace visited with both inductees prior to the luncheon and ceremony that officially made them Missouri Sports Hall of Famers.

  • The Border War, and What Could Have Been

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Back in the day, we used film and typewriters. After that, video tape and typewriters. Every so often, you come upon a piece of history that makes you reflect on what could have been. We all (or at least most of us in these parts) know about the Border War between Kansas and Missouri, and the fact that Jayhawks and Tigers have never been the best of friends. Back in 1999, longtime Missouri basketball coach Norm […]

  • Team of the Week: Lee’s Summit North Softball

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This week’s FOX 4 Hy-Vee Team of the Week is the softball team at Lee’s Summit North High School. FOX 4’s Al Wallace has the report in the video.

  • Man behind the Royals on the radio calling it a career after more than 3 decades in the booth

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks will mark the end of an era for several Royals players, and the same can be said for one man behind the scenes, behind the voices that bring you Royals baseball every time the team takes the field. In the video, FOX 4’s Al Wallace has the story on Royals radio producer and engineer Don Free.

  • FOX 4 Blue Chips: Blue Valley North’s Miles Emery

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  On Monday Night in Phoenix, Evan Boehm from Lee’s Summit West started at guard for the Arizona Cardinals, and Malik Collins from Center High School started at defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, both are former FOX 4 Blue Chips. This week’s Blue Chip prospect goes to Blue Valley North, watch the report on Miles Emery by FOX 4’s Al Wallace in the video.

  • FOX 4 Team of the Week: Rockhurst Soccer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Rockhurst High School soccer team is nationally ranked 10th in the country. The Hawklets are good, very good in fact, but that’s not the only reason they are this week’s FOX 4 Hy-Vee High School Team of the Week. Watch Al Wallace’s full report in the video.