Thursday, August 25, 2005

ND's Named For KNWA and KARK

Here's the press release from Nexstar Broadcasting Group:

Little Rock, Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas and Irving, Texas (August 25, 2005) - Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. today announced the appointment of Rob Heverling to serve as News Director for KARK-TV, the NBC affiliate serving the Little Rock, Arkansas market and Alan Little as News Director at KNWA and KFTA-TV, the NBC affiliates serving the Fayetteville/Fort Smith, Arkansas market.

Mr. Heverling has been News Director at KNWA and KFTA since 2004. Prior to that, he was Assistant News Director at KARK in Little Rock. Heverling also has served as News Director at KDLH (CBS) Duluth, Minnesota and Executive Producer at KCNC (CBS) Denver, Colorado and WKYC (NBC) Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Little comes to the company from News 9 San Antonio, a local cable news channel joint venture with Time Warner and Belo where he was General Manager. Prior to that, he was News Director at KABB (FOX) San Antonio, Texas and WLEX (NBC) Lexington Kentucky. Little also held news management positions at KSTP (ABC) Minneapolis, Minnesota and KING (NBC) Seattle, Washington.

In making the announcement, Brian Jones, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager for Nexstar Broadcasting Group said, "We are excited to have Rob coming home to KARK where he did a great job and has many excellent relationships. We are also looking forward to Alan Little bringing his significant experience and expertise to our company as he continues the momentum in the booming Northwest Arkansas marketplace."

13 Comments:

At 3:16 PM, August 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob will be a great addition to KARK. He's from Arkansas and knows the market well having worked at KATV, KTHV and KARK.
Interesting.. KARK, KATV and KTHV all have News Directors from Arkansas. That's rare across the country.

 
At 3:33 PM, August 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what they say: cream rises to the top!

 
At 4:19 PM, August 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked with Rob at KARK and he is a smart guy. His story ideas are a little off the beaten path, but he was certainly a pleasure to work with and has a grasp of the market that served the station well. This might be the smartest move that Nexstar made since taking over KARK. Congrats, Rob.

 
At 4:41 PM, August 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as the blue suits making their 6 digits salaries in Dallas are in control, KARK doesn't stand a chance of any growth. Any qualified, experienced person will NOT work for these people! Leaders cannot succeed without a strong staff and KARK has lost those people.

 
At 4:49 PM, August 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know anything about Alan Little? We've got to work with this guy, and don't know much about him, short of the company line in the news release...love to hear some info on him.

 
At 8:23 PM, August 25, 2005, Anonymous Rick Iler said...

Way to go Rob!!!!

I am so glad to hear that Nexstar decided to go with Rob Heverling. I think Rob will do a great job and the KARK news staff is very lucky to have a news director like him. I know with his leadership and the great news staff in place that KARK will continue to grow. I wish you all the very best…

 
At 9:53 PM, August 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto!

 
At 8:19 AM, August 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Alan Little will fit right into the Nexstar KNWA quagmire. News9San Antonio was shut down over a year ago. From the San Antonio Business Journal, 7-23-2004:

"We couldn't get the audience levels," says Time Warner Cable spokesman Jon Gary Herrera, who adds that the competition for viewers and advertisers was simply too tough for News 9 to survive in the San Antonio market.

Time Warner Cable Chief Operating Officer John Billock says, "We look at local news as an important community service and a way to distinguish ourselves from the competition."

But Billock adds that, while News 9 delivered a quality product, it was unable to deliver "sustainable audience growth."

 
At 8:26 AM, August 26, 2005, Blogger The Salty Dog said...

Sounds pretty dicey

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

To the person who said this"

"As long as the blue suits making their 6 digits salaries in Dallas are in control, KARK doesn't stand a chance of any growth. Any qualified, experienced person will NOT work for these people! Leaders cannot succeed without a strong staff and KARK has lost those people"

Rob is going to help with the growth of KARK. He is an excellent news director, with plenty of experience.KNWA will miss his talent. But will overcome the loss.

Congradualations Rob!!

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

Welcome aboard Rob, I look forward to working with you. Please make sure you read my book. The rest of the staff is up to chapter 12, "Threats are an excellent form of Communication"

Memo to rest of the staff...I am very disappointed in the average test score from chapter 11, "It's never the chef's fault, always the ingredients."

 
At 10:47 AM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK was very lucky to have Denise, and now Jancey, to help compete in this market.

NDs are very important, but, the public sees talent as the face of the station. Nobody was better at Denise than delivering a consistent, professional image for KARK.

 
At 2:19 PM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Perry Sook still wear a pinkie ring?

 

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