Monday, October 03, 2005

New Weather Guy Quitting KATV?

A message from today's BullWhiz e-letter suggests new weekend meteorologist Todd Yakoubian is leaving. Here's what the tidbit says: "Things must be going great at Ch. 7. The new weekend weather guy decides to leave after only 1 month; their great morning experiment is deemed a failure after only 6 months, but don't worry; Steve Sullivan thinks everything is great."

Anyone have the details?

UPDATE: An e-mailer suggests that whoever sent the message to BullWhiz meant the new reporter...Leland Vittert NOT the new weekend met. Now that would make sense to me.

56 Comments:

At 4:37 PM, October 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please... not another one... this is just too much for me!

Win Noble

 
At 4:44 PM, October 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We warned him before he left Montana.

Nicole, Shareese, Julia, Vic, Cary & Andy

 
At 4:45 PM, October 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JUMP SHIP!

 
At 4:46 PM, October 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weather forecast -- KATV blows !!!!

 
At 4:58 PM, October 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sky rockets in flight ...

booooooooooowoooooooop!

Afternoon delight!

 
At 7:23 AM, October 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vittert makes more sense - I think he only spent a month on KNWA, if not less . . . . .

 
At 7:39 AM, October 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny, Leland's bio is still on KATV's site but theweatehr guy is not.

And didn't they fire the daybreak crew? They're still on the site as well.

 
At 8:16 AM, October 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vittert was an INTERN at KNWA--that's why he wasn't there long--he went back to college!

 
At 8:21 AM, October 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The weather guy isn't leaving.

 
At 12:45 PM, October 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good now he can go someware and make some real money and earn a good living and KATV is paying nothing but flunky pay!

 
At 2:24 PM, October 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Name a TV station in this STATE that DOESN'T pay "flunky" pay . . . .

TV salaries/pay for anyone other than on-air talent in the entire state of Arkansas is a joke - what rock have you been living under? Why do you think so many of us are not in the business anymore? You think we can make a house payment, car payment, and raise children on a measely $8/hour?

Get a clue . . . . .

 
At 3:02 PM, October 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reporters don't need big money... only enough cash for a gym membership and cigarettes.

 
At 3:13 PM, October 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe they only make $16,640/yr... I've had friends tell me it's the publicity and not the $$ that keeps them in the game.

 
At 3:56 PM, October 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What reporter in Little Rock makes $16k a year? That's just stupid.

 
At 4:23 PM, October 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do they make? Around $20K? You need at least $25K in this city to afford rent, etc.

What do producers make?

 
At 7:24 AM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear people want to be famous. Let me know when prestige is able to do things like pay bills, put food on the table, and raise infant children. Some of us can't afford a gym membership and would rather not smoke ourselves to death.

I was making chump change covering stupid house fires, car wrecks, and meth busts while weathermen get 40k-60k/year to copy weather maps off of the Weather Channel and National Weather Service websites and pass them off as their own. Anchors would roll in about 2:30, shoot a couple of promos/topicals for the day's newscast, type up a couple of readers, and get paid even more than the weather folks to sit behind a desk and read a teleprompter 3 times a day, 5 days a week. Did I mention the free wardrobes/clothing allowances? Must be nice. Just a little unsettling to know that's going on while the rest of us who do the bulk of the work at a station are living paycheck to paycheck . . . . .

FUBAR

 
At 7:30 AM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gym memberships and cigarettes? That's right - my bad - I forgot you have to be in tip-top physical condition when you die from lung cancer . . . . .

 
At 8:20 AM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The weathermen and anchors all started at the same place you are. Isn't that the ultimate goal of any industry, to move up the ladder until you get paid more and don't have to do as much. sounds like a little jealousy here.

 
At 8:39 AM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUBAR,

That's why they call it "PAYING YOUR DUES" If you're good enough, you'll climb the ladder into Anchor Stardom! If not, it's your clue to GET OUT and do something else.

 
At 9:43 AM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gym memberships and cigarettes help you be skinny... what else matters in TV ?

 
At 11:54 AM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The avarage reporter slaary is $28.000 a yr starting out and the little rock market seems like these reporters are on food stamp's!

 
At 11:57 AM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUBAR when you said that that is what the special forces navy SEAL commando's say are you in the Special Forces!( Or just a pretender i presume)!

 
At 12:10 PM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think KATV do flunky pay and wehn i applied for a job dow their they were to stupid to hire me and i can evan take the pay from that dead end job,play the stock market and buy that station and give the bald headed jack ass the boot!

 
At 12:16 PM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About the above post i am altering my spelling so you (KATV)won't know who i am since i applied down their 4 times and did't get the job!

 
At 12:16 PM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starting pay for a reporter in NWA is *WAY LESS* than $28k/year. As for FUBAR being a Navy SEAL term - get a clue, dude. It's a freakin' movie line from "Saving Private Ryan"

There's a difference between paying your dues and putting food on your table. All I'm saying is that the pay in NWA is a joke (for reporters AND photogs), which is why I got out. I have no idea about central Arkansas. If it's $28k/year, then that's more like it . . . .

 
At 12:20 PM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I herd that Beth Hunt got married and who ever put's up with her has got to be just a crazy as she is!

 
At 2:54 PM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anchors in this market are paid anywhere between 45K-70K, depending on experience. That still isn't much $. AT ALL. Wanna make money in TV? Get out of the newsroom, you idiots.

 
At 3:04 PM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The jackass talking about making $8/hr must have been an overnight photog. Bottom of the barrel-- feeding next to the chyron operators. It's your choice, dude. Go work something else if all you can do is complain.

 
At 10:09 AM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who did Beth Hunt marry? It wasn't that long ago I heard her on air complaining she didn't have anyone.

 
At 11:16 AM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK why doese she have a ring on her finger and she act's like she is married and she looks at her ring all the time and flashes it!

 
At 11:17 AM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be she is just engaged...

 
At 11:19 AM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK the pay for central arkansas news reporters are $16K like you said and i belive they are on food stamps!

 
At 11:36 AM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is married and i know a married woman when i see one!

 
At 11:36 AM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is married and i know a married woman when i see one!

 
At 12:06 PM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ring is on her right finger, you idiots. Engagement and wedding rings go on the left. And when Beth gets engaged, she'll get a ROCK big enough that everyone will know.

 
At 12:16 PM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

EVERY one on these post are idiot's so their that can make us all feel good,Much Love!

 
At 12:43 PM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The jackass talking about making $8/hr must have been an overnight photog. Bottom of the barrel-- feeding next to the chyron operators. It's your choice, dude. Go work something else if all you can do is complain."

Don't worry, I did. I think it's hilarious to come on here a read about losers like yourself who enjoy living below the poverty level and have no life outside of your job because you've got a newsroom pager strapped to your belt 24/7. Speaking of jackasses, you probably don't sleep overnight because you're listening to your police scanner waiting to see if you can be the first one on the scene at a meaningless car wreck or house fire.

I enjoyed my brief stint in the business, and don't regret for a second that I got out.

I'd rather be a jackass than a loser who spends their career kissing the ass of the news director or becoming an alcoholic smoker with the assignment editor every night at the local watering hole in order to get ahead in the business.

The McVeigh execution was a cool roadtrip unfortunately, times like that in the business are few and far between unless you work at one of the networks, and life's too short to spend 20 years of my life trying to get there.

 
At 12:57 PM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's shoot down the KATV chopper now that should be good news

 
At 1:44 PM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come so many people hate KATV?

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

It's because they are jealous...

 
At 5:20 PM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just graduated from college and KATV start their Production Assistants ( Which is the job they start grads with) at $8.00 per hour
part-time working 3AM to 12PM. Who can live on that kind of money?

 
At 7:36 PM, October 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

shooting down the KATV Chopper is a serious statement. I wouldn't joke about that if I were you.

 
At 6:53 AM, October 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't the chopper actually have to fly in order to be shot down?

 
At 11:34 AM, October 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where has Pete Thompson of KARK been lately? I haven't seen him reporting in awhile.

 
At 12:24 PM, October 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw him just the other night...he's hot!!! Wonder where he hangs out in Little Rock??

 
At 1:18 PM, October 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^ He is definitely cute. Wonder what area he lives in? How old is he?

 
At 1:23 PM, October 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No i am serious i am going to get the chopper,just watch me!

 
At 1:50 PM, October 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that KATV is falling apart at the seems,that is good

 
At 5:18 PM, October 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what it would be like to bring the iraqi war here to AMERCIA,I think it is time for them to come here and that will be some real news worth reporting! any ? i know it is comming!

 
At 11:35 PM, October 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV is like the titanic.. get out while you can!!! Unfortunately, some reporters there will probably never get to a bigger market..

that's because they suck.

 
At 1:23 PM, October 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leland's coverage in the F-16 was pretty awesome last night.

 
At 12:08 PM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey KATV dove season will end OCT.23 and that will give you plenty of time to get a new set of dove's, U need them!

 
At 2:56 PM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW $8.00 and hour you must be living on food stamps,KATV you can pay more than that with your cheeep flunkly pay scale.

 
At 10:28 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leland's coverage looked like every story that has ever run about a reporter going up with the Thunderbirds. I really got a kick out of it when coming out of the story Pam Smith said "only Leland.." Please, that story is done by a reporter every year and quite frankly.. it's getting old.

 
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