Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Vittert Leaving KATV?

This from the tip box: "I hear KATV new boy Leland Vittert is leaving and going to the same staion Mary Nguyen is working at... WFTV Orlando, FL..."

67 Comments:

At 3:29 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, for the love of....this can't be true.

Win Noble

 
At 3:48 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leland has better hair than Mary.

 
At 5:02 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he has taller hair than mary

 
At 5:20 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God!

 
At 5:35 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is VERY irritating!

 
At 5:38 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hey Everyone, Come see how GOOD I look!"

 
At 8:08 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like jealousy to me. He's better off than the reporters he followed around while he was an intern. Best of luck to him.

 
At 8:15 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't work with him, but have seen him off-the-air...seems like a prima donna to me and VERY high maintenance. He and Mary Nguyen will make a lovely couple...just hope they both have earplugs.

 
At 8:26 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet this makes other KATV reporters feel good. I know a few that have been sending out tapes for a couple of years with no takers. This goober comes in and gets hired away in less then two months.

 
At 9:55 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leland is aggressive. He has a positive attitude. And more than that he is decent looking, has a good voice, and is heterosexual. Ask any news director...these qualities are difficult to find in a male reporter today. I'm surprised he lasted as long in Little Rock as he did. The writing, presentation, and hair will improve with age.

 
At 10:44 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Leland...at least you do have sense to get out while the gettin is good. makes one wonder why all the others stick around. surely if leland can land another gig all the others can tooo

 
At 7:02 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't call it "sticking around" as much as I would call it being stuck. Trust me, tapes are and have been in the mail from most KATVers for many years. Seems the doves can't get any takers.

 
At 7:18 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If his brief stint at KNWA was any indication, tell him not to let the door hit him on the way out!

His stories were very average and unimpressive, but then again, we've come to expect that from KNWA . . . .

 
At 8:19 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leland is better than any of the other young reporters at KATV.

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

The other KATV reporters stay here because they can't get another gig.

 
At 9:16 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my experience working with Leland was, well...let's just say negative. The words that come to mind are ones I don't want to use.
He had a lot going for him....he's a rich kid with a well-connected dad in the publishing/business journal sector....got opportunities that 99% of college students would never get. (maybe it takes all of that to make it in this business?)
He also demonstrated his age and attitude and made lots of enemies while in town--tore down long-standing relationships,etc.

 
At 9:58 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the above poster from KATV ?

 
At 10:01 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree.... lots of the KATV people are just lifers. They see themselves at the top station in the #50 market and that's good enough for them. Whatever floats their boats.

 
At 10:18 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will KATV do with "web producer" Amanda Manatt? Will she get a shot at Leland's old gig?

 
At 10:22 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope not... KATV's web site really sucks right now. Amanda can't even handle the website, much less actual work in the field.

 
At 11:06 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manett? I'm sorry but a web producer can't go to reporter in at top 60 market.

Then again how can a screw-up intern at KNWA go to Orlando in less than a year.

 
At 11:07 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV has a great website, from a historical sense. Nice to see lots of outdated stories and videos. Kinda gives one a feel for yester-year!

 
At 11:09 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amanda can be as good a reporter, at least, as one other female already working at KATV. And we all know who she is.

 
At 11:10 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She cannot match Pamela Smith

 
At 11:22 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the "above poster" is not from KATV, rather a station where the reporter in question "interned". (If you can call it that--he chose his own assignments, did a live shot every night, filled in for anchors,etc.) I certainly don't blame him for taking advantage of it--I blame the news director. However, the reporter in question was much more concerned with something that looked great and flashy for his tape than with being correct or balanced. Made it tough for the rest of us....but looks like it worked for him!

 
At 11:23 AM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is up with his eyebrows? They look like the almost meet his sideburns.

 
At 12:12 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The news biz is all about self-promotion and moving on the bigger markets! You think Leland cares what people in LR thought about him?

 
At 12:13 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michele Rupp is the best reporer at KATV... and then Anne Pressley is next.

 
At 12:21 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV is not in market #50 it's in market #57. Louisville, KY would be market #50.

 
At 12:26 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Market #50... market #57... not that much difference. Kinda like does a guy weigh 180 or 190....

And kinda like does a woman have.... well, it's not like that at all!

 
At 1:14 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pressley is quickly becoming the best reporter at KATV... she outworks everyone else there.

 
At 1:52 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

50 Louisville
643,290 HH 0.584 %of country

57 Little Rock-Pine Bluff
531,470 hh 0.482 %of country

108 thousand households is a big difference. Just ask sales.

 
At 2:00 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She will need to learn how to quit shaking her head when she is talking on camera.

 
At 2:11 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Leland. He should be commended. However, he irritated everyone he worked with at KATV and even a few reporters across the street. If he tries any of that bs in Orlando, he'll be ripped to shreds.

 
At 4:39 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No they won't... Orlando is made up of other egomaniacs, too. They'll see him as a "typical" talent and he'll probably go far is he can show on air he has a trace of humility and wisdom in him.

Leland will go far, because he's decent looking, can talk well, has a good resume and most importantly connects with viewers.

Most of you seem to lose sight of what the TV business values and get lost in the petty stuff.

 
At 5:23 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Journalism? If we want journalism we'll read the newspaper!

TV is all about hot babes !!!!

 
At 7:03 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read this thread and all I can do is shake my head. I see the boy often...and he always comes up to my crew to talk about HIMSELF, his past internships, and his new job in Orlando. He's a little into himself, but you gotta admit, the kid has great hair.

In response to another post...there's no way the guy is hetero.

 
At 7:14 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle Rupp? Are you kidding me?
Anne is getting better, I'll agree an that part but Michelle, the best at KATV? You're high!

 
At 8:14 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all these postings and no real confirmation that leland is on his way out the door.

 
At 9:39 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can say that I have confirmed his departure personally. Late October. Got a great offer. Best of luck, Leleand

 
At 9:39 PM, September 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leland.

 
At 1:04 AM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A flame that burned so bright can only burn for so long....

 
At 7:55 AM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attended college with Amanda Manatt, and she has class, talent, and humility.

Yes it would be unorthodox to promote someone with her lack of on air experience in a smaller market -- but it would also be rare to see a Little Rock station hire a reporter that genuinely wanted to make Little Rock home.

This isn't a slap at the folks who do the hiring at television stations. They do have a tough job.
It just seems the same worn out universal formula of "rounding up the usual suspects" might need some changes given past results.

 
At 8:05 AM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Amanda doing such an awful job at web person ?

 
At 9:19 AM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why? Because those computer keyboards have so many buttons and numbers on them... it's really confusing!

 
At 9:20 AM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Straight up, Leland is doing a good job and wants to rock his career, so he's headed south. Several of the so-called reporters at KATV just be too lazy to do better.

 
At 10:14 AM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former TV mgr who now works in another industry, I had the opportunity to experience Leland as he covered an event sponsored by my organization. I will say he was professional and friendly. He didn't fully get all the facts and understandings correct - but that is like every other young reporter who starts out in this business.

 
At 11:58 AM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former TV mgr who now works in another industry, I had the opportunity to experience Leland as he covered an event sponsored by my organization. I will say he was professional and friendly. He didn't fully get all the facts and understandings correct - but that is like every other young reporter who starts out in this business.

Thanks, Bob. Good to see you ahven't changed in your strict guidelines that your reporters trying to get the facts right are enough.

 
At 1:53 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Accuracy is really over-rated... what viewer will go check your facts? I mean, you people probably believe we REALLY landed on the moon, huh?

 
At 1:58 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leland looks extra happy now.

 
At 2:24 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A flame that burned so bright can only burn for so long...."

Michelle Rupp's little light is still shining strong!

 
At 2:31 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That brown-haired girl at KTHV is the hottest chick in this market.

 
At 3:49 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Amanda doing such an awful job at web person ?

it looks as though 7's priority isn't the web. it's more focused in keeping the pocket books of perme and eells well stuffed.

 
At 4:09 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey KATVers--

Didn't your news director tell you to stay away from this childish blog? You all seem to be all over this post. What's you obsession here, anyway?

 
At 4:24 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leland is good... can you name two other KATV reporters who are better?

 
At 5:41 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV and all the other LR stations are filled with no talent reporters/anchors. lr anchor/reporters use to be good but that all went down hill with all the corporate greed and the hiring of talentless talent.

 
At 7:25 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Northwest Arkansas has better talent than Little Rock.

 
At 8:09 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To answer the question above, KATVers cannot stay away from this "childish blog" because... most of the people who work at KATV are children.

They have yet to graduate from junior high.

Doesn't it show?

 
At 9:03 AM, September 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of stations have built their careers by putting 20-something hotties on the air.

But you have to admit, you can't trust Randy, even for a second.

 
At 11:29 AM, September 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aufmerksamkeiten KATV Personal, darf zurück jetzt arbeiten!!

Randy

 
At 1:53 PM, September 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Randy is just not a man of his word.

 
At 3:23 PM, September 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the above poster who thought I was Bob, I am not. But I know that youngsters in small markets make mistakes. As a manager, you hope they're not too big, you put systems in place to catch them before they hit air and you use them as opportunities to teach. Don't be so self righteous. Everyone makes mistakes and you hope somebody catches yours before the public does.

 
At 3:41 PM, September 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The viewers RARELY catch mistakes... because they neither care nor pay attention. Viewers want hotties.

 
At 1:46 PM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle Rupp is a beautiful dove and i hear that she is married and is going to have beautiful doves.

 
At 10:27 PM, November 01, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leland happens to be very talented, bright and charismatic--with a sensational education. You're all just jealous you couldn't have it all.
He's young take it easy on him....he's better and got more hudspa than a lot of 30 somethings. DON'T fault him for being good and trying hard.
Give him a break....and get a life!

 
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