Friday, August 01, 2014

KARK Morning Anchor Leaving

KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock morning anchor Matt Mosler has announced he will be leaving the station at the end of August to go into the ministry full-time.  Here's his post to facebook followers:

Big news from Matt Mosler this morning:

Dear Friends,

It is with a great deal of excitement that I announce after a wonderfully fulfilling and rewarding 28-year career in radio and television I’ll be leaving KARK on Friday, August 29th and joining the pastoral staff of New Life Church’s Greater Little Rock campus on Monday, September 1st.

Camille and I are incredibly grateful to Pastor Rick Bezet and the entire staff of NLC for this opportunity to continue my ministry full-time with this great fellowship. Among my new duties at NLC I will be encouraging and motivating others to fulfill their own ministries through the church’s Connect classes as well as helping lead the men’s ministry at the Greater Little Rock campus. Just thinking about the possibilities of ministering at a church with the resources and the passion of New Life makes me dizzy!

With Pastor Rick’s encouragement I will continue to accept the opportunities, as time allows, to share in other churches as well as maintain my leadership of the CrossHeirs Retreat Center in Humphrey, AR. This year we will host retreats and events for more than 110 churches, ministries and families. It’s amazing to see what God has done at this “little log cabin.” It is so encouraging to see the impact teaching, training and retreating has on the lives of our guests.
This is a decision I have wrestled with for a couple of years now after I was first approached by NLC. While ministry has always been my passion I really enjoy working at KARK and the time never felt right to close the door on a profession that has been so good to me and my family. However, my youngest daughter will be heading off to college later this month, our CrossHeirs Retreat Center is really doing well and, frankly, at my steadily advancing age it was getting tougher and tougher to answer that 2:50am wake-up call! So after much prayer and counsel I had a real peace that now was the time to step away from the early hours of morning TV and begin this next step in life’s journey.

I am so thankful the management of KARK gave me the opportunity to return to Little Rock television in 2006. They have always been very supportive and encouraging of my ministry endeavors. I can’t thank them enough for their commitment and generosity and hope to continue to pop up on the airwaves now and then if they ever need me.

Now, the hard part- Boy, am I going to miss the daily interaction with Mallory Brooks, Greg Dee and the staff of KARK 4 Today. When you come to work in the middle of the night there are no managers or sales staff or…anyone for that matter so you and your crew quickly become like family. You see each other at their best and worst and love them through it all. Greg Dee is one of the best meteorologists I’ve ever worked with. His knowledge and work ethic is inspiring. And Mallory…well…I have worked with some incredible co-hosts over the years but no one longer and none better than this young lady. It’s been such a pleasure to see her grow personally and professionally in the 5 years we have sat together at that desk. She is a real pro and probably one of the nicest people I have ever been around. What a treat it has been to work with such a great team.

So, thank you again for all of your support over the years. I’m so blessed God called us to this state in 1996 and proud to call her home. I look forward to this new challenge and opportunity to continue serving the great people of Arkansas. You really are the best! God bless you, and if you get a chance I would love to see you sometime at NLC!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The deal for Sinclair Broadcasting to purchase the Allbritton TV properties will close at midnight tonight....and tomorrow is Friday....hmmmmm

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shreveport Station Losing Evening Anchor

KTAL/Channel 6/Shreveport is losing its evening anchor.  TV Spy reports Nick LaFave is moving on to WZZM in Grand Rapids,MI  as weeknight anchor.  LaFave came to KTAL August 2011.  

Additional:  LaFave posted this on facebook:

There is nothing more important to my wife and me than family.  Our three years here in Shreveport have been an absolute blessing.  But, we have missed our friends and family far more than we anticipated.  And, during that time, members of both sides of our family have battled some serious health challenges.  Those challenges made the distance much more difficult to bear.  

That distance will now be much less.  I'm happy to announce that I have accepted a position with WZZM, the ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Beginning in September, I join Juliet Dragos co-anchoring the 5, 6 and 11pm newscasts.  It's an ubelievable opportunity I've been given to do a job I love around the people I love.  My wife and I simply couldn't say no.

The people of the ArkLaTex and NBC 6 have our unending gratitude.  When KTAL brought me in, my wife and I were somewhat nervous.  Would we fit in?  Would we make friends?  Would you, the viewers, accept me... a kid from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?  The answer was an absolute 'yes' in all instances.  We've been treated with nothing but kindness from our very first day here.  You've tuned in to watch every night, engaged me on social media every day, stopped me at restaurants and stores to say, 'hi,' and you've tolerated my constant hockey references (which I've REALLY appreciated!).  

To KTAL, I'm so happy to have been a part of the turnaround here.  The viewers recognize the improvements we've made as we've established ourselves as a rock solid, quality product they can depend on night after night.  I'm proud of what we've accomplished and humbled to have been a part of it.  I have every confidence NBC 6 will continue to improve.  The people here are simply too talented for that to not happen.

To the people of Western Michigan, I look forward to getting to know you on a nightly basis.  I'm coming home, and I don't plan on leaving again.

- Nick

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shreveport Station Welcomes Back Former Longtime Anchor KTBS is pleased to announce that Sherri Talley is returning to the KTBS 3 News desk, Monday, August 4th.

“I’m so excited to be back with the team that has a sharper-than-ever focus on good, quality journalism,” said Sherri Talley.

Talley is referring to KTBS’ commitment to In-Depth and Investigative journalism. Upon her return, Talley will have reporting responsibilities in addition to her role as anchor.

Viewers know Talley from having watched her report and anchor in the ArkLaTex for decades. A few years ago, Talley left the news business to pursue other opportunities in public relations and social media.

She will rejoin old friend and colleague Gerry May on KTBS 3 News at 6:00.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Gerry and Joe and the rest of the team, again,” she said. “KTBS is like a family to me. It’s good to be back home.”

Talley left KTBS abruptly in April 2011.  Since then she has work with the United Way and started her own PR firm.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sinclair Starts the Bloodbath

FTV Live reports the first casualty of the Sinclair purchase of the Allbritton broadcast stations.  WJLA/Channel 7/Washington DC General Manager is getting the axe.  Bill Lord sent the email to his staff stating September 30th will be  his last day at the station as Sinclair is terminating him from that position.  

How long til the axe starts falling at all the other new Sinclair stations...