Thursday, August 04, 2005

KNWA's Bo Mattingly to Host Daily Hog Feature on KARK

Just saw a promo on KARK promoting the station's 'Razorback Nation' feature set to begin Monday. The promo said Bo Mattingly with KARK's sister station KNWA in Fayetteville will be hosting the feature during the 6 and 10 newscasts. If I heard the promo right, it would be on a daily basis. I know Mattingly is not new on the air at KARK. I wonder if this might be apart of the reorganization of the sports department that we have heard about the last month or two.

Also worth mentioning: Noticed KARK now begins its 5pm newscast a minute or two before any other Little Rock station. Not sure if this is something new, just something I noticed today. I know in the past KATV has usually been the first Little Rock station to begin its newscast a few minutes before anyone else.

NOTE: Just visited the KNWA website and they already have a 'Razorback Nation' section already up and going. I wonder if KARK's 'Razoback Nation' will be just a duplicate of KNWA's?

23 Comments:

At 7:35 PM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the razorback nation thing has been on knwa for quite a while, they are just taking it to a statewide audience i guess now. wonder how they will handle friday night high school football in central arkansas with most of the kark/knwa resources in northwest arkansas

 
At 7:22 AM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about the one guy they leave in the Rock will do Travellers, and local HS football, everything else gets handled by Bo-bo -- saves money, and yes, it'll be the same thing on both stations...Nexstar wants the two stations hooked together.

 
At 8:02 AM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a good idea... more Razorback coverage works.

 
At 8:44 AM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to that other Bo who was on KARK?

 
At 9:26 AM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA just hired Mike Olmestead for sports. They are pouring a lot of money into Razorback coverage. Case in point: Bo just spent a week in Jacksonville waiting for Matt Jones to sign a contract.

If you love the Hogs, and many people do, KNWA is doing a great job.

However, getting to the sports segment is the tough part.
Their ratings are horrible, because their news and weather departments resemble pee-wee's playhouse. A joke.

 
At 9:42 AM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK's usual sports department was a joke.... Joe was silly and Mark is still boring. Anything will help.

 
At 11:12 AM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bo works at fox now

 
At 11:26 AM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News and Weather on KNWA does not resemble "pee-wee's playhouse". KNWA has the best weather technology in the area. KNWA is the ONLY station to have 100% resources in Northwest Arkansas. The other stations does this 50/50. It will not work in the future! KNWA is leading the way!

 
At 11:50 AM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Bo will definitely give some insight into the Hogs for the Little Rock market. He is usually first to report any big Razorback news in NWA. He has the backing of his station behind him and this has helped KNWA and Bo Mattingly develop a great sports team that's dedicated to the Razorback Nation.

I cannot bear to watch the rest of their news. It is clear they are clueless.

 
At 12:06 PM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

say what you want about content in news and weather, fact is KNWA has the best looking set, graphics and music in the market. cause they dont have the same boring blue backdrop the other guys do.

 
At 1:56 PM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything KARK does... that gives Mark less time to do sports... is a good thing. HogNation is a great idea... even DogNation might be better... a segment on doggie activities in Arkansas

 
At 2:34 PM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed...KARK Sports - well, it has sucked for the last five years. I'm not a fan of watching NW Ark talent on air in central arkansas. Call me old school.

 
At 2:45 PM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark just plays clips of ML baseball and reads... and let's HOPE that hockey doesn't come back next year because he'll show clips of the Mapleleafs vs. the Stars.

 
At 7:44 PM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

best set? are you kidding me? that shows how bad the product is that one of their employees would come on here and talk about how good the brick wall looks. Most people don't tune into the crap long enough to even see the set.

 
At 10:50 PM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Channel 4's evening team of Bob and Jancey - but they are going to lose me showing some NW ARK small market type doing sports from the land of right-wing republicanism. They are going to make me stay locked into 7 for sports.

 
At 10:56 PM, August 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bo's no smallmarket. He's good.

And bragging about your set and music is a definite sign that you are dropping the ball as a news department.

Most stations like to brag about their stories or content; KNWA likes to brag about their music. No wonder their morning and nightly shows suck!!

 
At 12:05 PM, August 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having Bo contribute the Razorback stories to 4 is a good idea, but it likely can't offset KATV's advantage in Little Rock. Plus KTHV's audience is a non traditional sports crowd because of Craig so they won't likely jump ship.

As for KNWA, Bo does have the inside track on sports stories, but the station past that is rather strange. They either aren't getting good applicants or are dropping the ball on hiring the good ones.

 
At 1:43 PM, August 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok...if he's so good, why not base Bo in Little Rock and have him report for KNWA? Seem's a little backward. Little Rock is the larger market with a greater revenue potential.

 
At 2:05 PM, August 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because 90% of the state's sports scene focuses on the Hogs and when I looked at the map. Fayetteville was home of the Hogs, not Little Rock.

 
At 2:10 PM, August 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! Local news, weather and sports is suppose to be LOCAL NEWS, LOCAL WEATHER and LOCAL SPORTS! The local stations are the ONLY stations and channels that give a crap about what happens LOCALLY. ESPN doesn't care, Fox Sports doesn't care SO that's what the LOCAL stations should do, give its viewers LOCAL NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS!

 
At 9:43 AM, August 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bo is much better than Mark. At leat Bo cares about Arkansas sports. Mark would rather run some ML baseball clips... or maybe even Davis Cup tennis. Mark likes to sit there and read a little... then go home.

 
At 3:23 PM, August 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a sample of Mark's script:

"In local sports today... the Boston RedSox say they will not trade Manny Ramirez. And as you all know, Manny came through the Little Rock airport a few years ago on his way to Miami for vacation!

And speaking of Miami... Ricky Williams worked out today... "

 
At 5:58 PM, August 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA has the best overall product....everything from the stories, to the talent, to the "look" of the shows, to the other things like the music/graphics/and feel are way better than 40/29 and 5!

 

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