Thursday, July 14, 2005

Where Are They Now

Today we feature Cary Martin.

Martin was an anchor for KATV from 20000 - 2005. From 1997-99, Martin worked at WCMH-TV at Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Tennessee.

Martin came back from vacation in August 2004 and found out he had been layed off.

What's Martin doing now? He and his wife, Gina own and operate Little Rock Tours.

37 Comments:

At 9:25 AM, July 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, imagine that. KATV letting another good anchor go. No wonder the ship is slowly sinking.

 
At 10:20 AM, July 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another classy move by KATV. Poor guy comes back from vacation and gets the news. Much like Steve Powell announcing his wife is pregnant and immediately after, the station tells him they're cutting his hours and pay. Or veteran News Director Jim Pitcock who returns from cancer treatment and is told he no longer has his job. Shall I continue?

 
At 12:13 PM, July 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cary Martin was a great anchor and an even better person who didn't deserve to be treated the way he was. Congrats to him for doing so well with his new business venture.

 
At 12:48 PM, July 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if all of that is true about katv then they're going to hell. that's horrible. surely that can't be how things really went.

 
At 12:54 PM, July 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sinking ship? Seems this ship has a very ssslllooowww leak. According to EVERYONE, it's been sinking for about 5 years now.

Funny how they continue to win (not dominate) the ratings, only knocked off every now and again.

People on the inside of the business may hate working there and may the station, but the viewer's continue to speak, old or not, they still win.

 
At 1:16 PM, July 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They continue to win because of their success from the past. Hard work by former employees took them so far ahead of the pack, it takes time for them to erode below 4 and 11. But it is happening. They are slowly but steadily losing viewers. Just look at the ratings. Viewer habit is hard to change.. but viewers are catching on.

 
At 1:24 PM, July 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use to be a very loyal viewer, however have completely stopped watching Daybreak with the "Women from Oz" on there. I do not care for Kay at 5:00 or 6:00, however she seems to be popular within the State. I hope that maybe one day Lori Johnson and Ron Sherman will come back, now they were good!!!!

 
At 1:25 PM, July 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mean Kate, not Kay

 
At 1:37 PM, July 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cary was very good and truly cared about Channel 7's product. It was sad to see him leave along with some other very talented folks.

 
At 12:13 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my gut feeling and i know that KATV will read this so read me carefully,if was in charge of the station i would pool local talent to fit all of the news instead of getting someone from another state to do Arkansas news and it will be and seem better to have the news comming from an arkansas than a out sider and that might make the news sem more interesting instead of looking at a outsider talk the news and fall on empty when they talk.

 
At 12:58 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good god, do you people sound as poorly as you read? Activate your spell- and grammar- check before you post!
You are all obviously completely clueless about what REALLY goes on behind the scenes.
A few comments:
a) Pitcock was a crazy drunk SOB who pulled of some tremendously stupid shenanigans before he was gone.
b) Cary Martin was constantly biting the hand that fed him. He was resentful and unsupportive of his employer. Would you want someone like that working for YOUR business?
c) Steve Powell should be thanking his lucky stars he has a job at all after the embarrassing, sappy display of immaturity and unprofessionalism on his last day of Daybreak. There was nothing classy in that goodbye, folks.

What you don't seem to get is that these decisions aren't personal-- it's business, folks. Ninety-percent of people in the TV biz will be let go at least once in their career. This is not about trying to hurt or screw anyone-- it's about creating a good fit between viewer and talent. Funny thing-- I'll bet that if the personalities about whom you are constantly complaining are let go, you suddenly have an about-face and whine they were screwed over!

KATV DOES listen to its viewers. They spend thousands of dollars (more than any other station) on research, viewer surveys, polling, and focus groups, all about viewer opinion. A variety of factors go into a decision to mix up talent, the foremost of which is viewer opinion. So, while all of you complainers piss on KATV here, keep in mind that a larger number of viewers are reacting differently than you. Numbers, people!

Most of you here are professionally involved in media, as is reflected in your posts and terminology used. The childish complaints here come down to you feeling some sense of indignation over the fact that you're not a part of the biggest boy in town. OR, if you are, you're resentful you're not at the top at the big boy in town. Get it? Got it? Good. Get over it.

 
At 1:01 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I really loved the above post. Which I knew who it was... that person is intelligent. And they're right, too !

 
At 1:08 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like that, actually. Hmmm... how can we go about this!

And by the way, Cary has it made, he has Gina !

 
At 1:09 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree.. Look at the numbers. KATV is steadily FALLING in the ratings.

 
At 1:10 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Numbers move up and down... you can't judge a station by one book... or even one year. Short-sighted bloggers could never run a TV station... they would cancel every show after two weeks.

 
At 1:13 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I would like that, actually. Hmmm... how can we go about this!

And by the way, Cary has it made, he has Gina !"

I know who you are now-- TV or RD.

 
At 1:19 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like R.D... but he's probably drinking and gambling in vegas right now.

 
At 1:20 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops-- don't mean to freak you out, it wasn't the Gina comment, it was the "Hmmm."
Do you like Pina Coladas?
If you do, then you know who I am, too.

 
At 1:22 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's get drunk and bet $1000 on Jermaine and $1000 on Bernard... just so we can cash a bet

 
At 1:24 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He may not be gambling. Afterall, he gambled big on that morning show and lost.

 
At 1:31 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, you got me. I did say it.. I was just getting a little hot.

 
At 1:58 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the post way up above...the numbers are trending down year to year. Can you read a ratings book?

 
At 1:59 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No... I can't read a ratings book. I just watch whichever station has the most hotties. That is, by far, KATV !!!

 
At 2:02 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"To the post way up above...the numbers are trending down year to year. Can you read a ratings book?"

Yes, we can all read ratings books. The numbers for 7 are actually about the same year-to-year. (not book-to-book) Feb is always lousy, May and July are great, November varies a bit.

 
At 2:03 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are KATV haters in here who don't care about the facts. Seems like simple jealousy to me. No station is perfect, but, KATV is the best in this market. The other stations can't refute that.

(sorry to use a word like refute)

 
At 2:08 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't this topic begin about Cary Martin? He is kinda dreamy !

 
At 2:13 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do Gina and Cary have kids? They're bound to be lookers! And Cary did a great job in the dance contest this week.

 
At 2:14 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And Cary did a great job in the dance contest this week."

Again, you people aren't paying any attention. Cary wasn't in the dance contest this week.

 
At 2:17 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You expect accuracy in here ?

 
At 2:19 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, Girly-girl here is pretty sure my one-man fan club sits in a cubicle near a golden station number on the second floor.

Guess I'll see you at the Christmas party, unintelligent man. Don't be blushing, now.

 
At 2:21 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Girly-girl is off base... not even in the same county.

 
At 2:24 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, GG here gives up. I have no more clues to offer. Have a great day!

 
At 2:24 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cary was always a great dresser (note segway) and there are lots of good dressers on Little Rock television these days. Who do you think is good, male or female ?

 
At 2:25 PM, July 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the going-away party for Devon was fun... much better than the party for that blonde morning show chick. What was her name ???

 
At 6:14 PM, July 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was nothing wrong with Steve Powell's goodbye. It had to be difficult for him. It was so wrong how he was treated.

Devon was well-liked and appreciated by KATV's staff. He is a great guy.

 
At 8:54 AM, July 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was the going-away party like? Where was it?

 
At 6:26 PM, July 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her name is Julia Grayson. And you didn't forget!! You might be jealous, but you didn't forget.

 

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