Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Where Are They Now

Today we put Dave Woodman in the spotlight.

Dave Woodman is familiar to many throughout Arkansas as a longtime broadcast journalist. He has covered sports and news for 44 years, 30 of them for Little Rock television stations.

What's he doing now? He is a writer. That's right! He writes about a wide range of topics for The Spirit.

31 Comments:

At 4:15 AM, July 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave's really tall. He's also really nice. Anyone has something mean to say about him, has screwed up priorities.

 
At 7:47 AM, July 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Dave is a super guy and a true broadcast talent. Growing up I have fond memories of watching Roy Mitchell, Tom Bonner and Dave around the '4' shaped newsdesk. Those were the days...

 
At 11:08 AM, July 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hardly remember those days but i grew up watching dave woodman on the morning and midday shows on KARK...the mornings have not been the same without him at KARK. hes on the short list of Arkansas broadcast greats in my book.

 
At 11:23 AM, July 26, 2005, Anonymous Bill said...

As an Arkansas kid, I grew up watching Dave, Roy, Carolyn and Tom. When I started my TV career I wanted to get to LR--that would be a huge milestone for me. When I landed the job at KARK as a reporter and began working with this fantastic foursome--I was on top of the world.

Each of these journalists were quality people and down-to-earth. When I left LR and moved on with my TV career--I have never worked with a better class of people as I did with the folks at KARK during the late 80's.

 
At 11:49 AM, July 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching from small town Arkansas in the 70's and 80's it seemed like Roy, Carolyn, Tom and Dave were on top of the world. They did a great job and to this day are respected by lots of us. In fact, I don't think our television ever turned from Channel 4.

If I were an up and coming broadcaster in Arkansas, I would take my cues from Woodman and company.

 
At 12:10 PM, July 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's an idea...this website ought to feature streaming video/audio of classic newscasts from archived Channel 4 footage. That would be cool!

 
At 12:52 PM, July 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course channel 4 isn't at the same level of success now compared to the 70's and 80's. But they do seem to be heading back in the right direction. I didn't think 4 could change their reputation after those dark days of the 1990's. However, it seems the hard work by a totally new team of employees is paying off now for KARK. It could be an incredible comeback.

 
At 1:31 PM, July 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your right, and I agree. It was hard to stop watching them after being so loyal for so long. They are making inroads.

 
At 11:25 AM, July 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Total agreement with 4 during the 70's and 80's. We always watched 4. Dave has always been a class act.

 
At 12:48 PM, July 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK is good in spots:

-- Jancey and Bob are excellent.

-- reporting staff is a bit weak.

-- the morning show is boring.

-- sports is the weakest in LR.

 
At 12:50 PM, July 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is funny, but I seem to remember Dave and a segment, he called, "Dave's Sports Shorts of Sorts"...does any else remember that? I may have just made it up...

 
At 12:55 PM, July 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? Reporting staff at 4 is the best in Little Rock by far. I agree with you on sports.

 
At 1:48 PM, July 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV has better reporters... in my view.

-- Michelle Rupp is better than Cecelia Pond Mayo.

-- Jessica Morkert is better than Melissa Simas.

-- Leland Vittert is better than that new guy at 4.

-- Pam Smith is better than Brandis Griffith.

Etc, etc.

 
At 1:50 PM, July 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah.... "Dave's Sports Shorts..." was a good bit.

Much better than "Joe Pequeno's G-string"

 
At 12:03 AM, July 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also think 4 has the best reporters, especially Alice Stewart, who in my opinion is by far the best one in this market. At least KARK'S new guy isn't a jerk like Leland seems to be. Rupp isn't better than anybody, and as for Morket, her stories are about as compelling as Rupp's lovelife must be.

 
At 8:26 AM, July 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assume Alice wrote the above comment?

 
At 10:24 AM, July 28, 2005, Anonymous Dave said...

A friend just turned me on to your blog, DCG, and I thank you for putting me "in the spotlight". Thanks also to you who have posted complimentary comments. I enjoyed my 30 years in LRTV, all with KARK except for the 2 1/2 I spent at KATV in the '70's. Our success was due to visionary management, notably David Jones and the late Bob Brown, and the team members on and off-camera, but especially the talents of Tom Bonner, Carolyn Long, and the late Roy Mitchell.
Retirement merely meant moving on to other things for me, and in addition to the writing, I work part-time in media at Immanuel Baptist Church, play a little golf, escort interesting tours and cruises with my wife Lydia, handle public address duties for UALR basketball, free-lance on-camera and voice-over commercals, primarily in other markets, work out regularly, and return to KARK for six months each year to produce the Community Service Awards. At 70, I enjoy keeping both mind and body active. Thanks again.

 
At 10:48 AM, July 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave sounds busier now than ever! Making me tired to just read about his schedule !

 
At 12:29 PM, July 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

100% class act. Too bad he couldn't consult Channel 4 on their sports coverage.

 
At 7:47 AM, July 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are few like him left in this business, and the younger generation (including yours truly) could learn from this man.

Unfortunately, most people in this business have lost the ability to listen and learn

 
At 10:00 AM, July 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true... the younger generation thinks it's all about THEM.

Joe Pequeno wants to be the STAR of the sports show. He doesn't care about reporting the stories... he just wants to act cool doing it.

 
At 11:01 AM, July 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kark's sports department is about to get a whole lot better...they have something up their sleeve.

 
At 11:59 AM, July 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK needs it... Mark is boring and Joe is... well, I can't say it without being rude.

 
At 12:26 AM, May 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Pequeno clown has now destroyed what used to be a good Phoenix sports team. argh.

 
At 9:29 AM, October 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was Dave's sport producer for a short time - about 6 months in 1983, I believe. He was a wonderful person. Always upbeat and fun to be around. He was supportive and complimented my work. He enjoyed what he did and always treated other with respect. I feel like I'm writing an obituary, but he is a great guy.

 
At 7:00 PM, July 23, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can say without a doubt that he is the kindest most generous man out there. I know from experience. He is my father.

 
At 11:08 AM, December 03, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Updating 5 years later. Thank you to the most recent "anonymous", one of my four great children, and I THINK I know which one, though it could have been any of them. Still busy at 75. Community Service Awards is now a year-round project at KARK4, plus high school football on KARZ 42. 6 state championship games over the next two weekends!
Advice to "retirees": Keep Busy; it's hard to hit a moving target!

 
At 11:09 AM, December 03, 2010, Anonymous Dave said...

My comment should not have been anonymous. It's ME!

 
At 7:43 AM, April 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading all this reminds me of how much channel 4 was a part of our lives growing up in Arkansas. Whenever we sang Happy Birthday it always ended with and many more on channel 4. Great to hear from Dave! Glad you are well.

 
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