Wednesday, October 12, 2005

People Jumping Ship in NWA?

A tipster brought this to my attention:"KNWA needs a new weekend anchor and morning director? Are people jumping ship? Where's Aryana Evers going? Why did the morning director leave?"

24 Comments:

At 8:37 PM, October 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't blame them jumping ship...they'll never compete, meaning they won't continue to make money, no raises for workers, poor sales and advertising, etc.

Nice try for trying to just cover Northwest Arkansas. KNWA will NEVER survive and thrive until they spread to the River Valley

 
At 8:49 PM, October 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you smoking crack? Yeah, why would someone want to cover a dead market like the River Valley when everything is taking place in NWA?!

 
At 5:01 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Are you smoking crack? Yeah, why would someone want to cover a dead market like the River Valley when everything is taking place in NWA?!"

Good call there. I'm not sure KNWA's problem is no coverage of the River Valley because frankly, I don't think anything significant ever happens there. This is not to say that their current product is by any means good or acceptable. I don't blame Arianna for wanting leaving - there's not much happening there right now. Things probably won't get any better for them as long as Nexstar is running things - the same could be said for KARK in Little Rock, too.

 
At 5:03 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morning director probably left because they got tired of working with nothing but rookie college kids . . . . .

 
At 8:18 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know much about Jason Dollard (weather man), but Dana did not graduated from the
U of A. She was at best an average talent coming out of that department. KNWA has made two or three good U of A grad hires, but for the most part they haven't been great.

I don't think changing their name to KNWA or shifting focus was a blunder. I just think they are like a lot of other stations -- no imagination and peculiar hires in key time slots. I like their evening team, but the mornings are bad and weekends... worse. I still think they have a chance to be successful, but it will take some new thinking.

 
At 9:29 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dana should be demoted to the weekend show just for lying to management about having a college degree

 
At 11:06 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dana did not lie to management about her college education...and the above poster couldn't have more than an elementary education ("but Dana did not graduated from the U of A.").

Furthermore, Aryana's husband took a job in Little Rock.

And as for the morning director...after numerous complaints, (because she's crazy) she got canned.

 
At 11:12 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems the only "jumping" going on here...isn't people jumping ship...but you guys jumping to conclusions. Something true journalists wouldn't do.

 
At 11:22 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with the above poster...most stations have job openings at any point in time. but when its KNWA -- that's not normal, my god, people are jumping ship. WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!

 
At 11:28 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People aren't jumping ship at KNWA....The only person who may jump ship is KFSM's Morning Weekend Anchor after a crazy coke binge.

 
At 2:09 PM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dana started behind the camera when she was in college and I believe she is only 3 hours from getting that degree...biology anyone?

 
At 2:56 PM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad I got some feathers ruffled. Sorry for the grammatical error on the *graduated* part.

I don't know if Dana lied. I seriously doubt she would have lied though because it is pretty easy information to confirm.

My comments aren't personal toward Dana. I just believe it's another reflection of KNWA's commitment to mediocrity. An incompetence that will likely keep them dead last in this GROWING market (oops I forgot they don't subscribe to the ratings book).

Oh, and I did graduate from college -- but then again I don't work at KNWA!

 
At 9:42 AM, October 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Aryana - now someone else can do the pathetic story when the Duggar cult has their 17th child next time . . . . .

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

That last post really cracked me up, as I also stared at my 46" plasma screen TV wondering why the Duggar family was filling it up. In fact, the mere mention of that story was enough for me to turn the channel. In regards to Dana: nice young lady, not morning anchor material yet. Let her go out and report, do lives, cut tape under deadline, earn her chops. Then put her back on the desk. Station promotion is weak, mediocre at best. There's no effort to cut through the clutter. The on-air product is too busy - scrolling community announcements, logos everywhere - WOW! What do I look at? I certainly have to concentrate to hear the news - and guess what? The message is clearer and there is less "visual noise" on the other stations. There's a general lack of editorial control and content on KNWA. Stories are pretty loosy-goosy and not very well thought out. Here's a KNWA pkg :
a.) intro "there's controversy"
b.) sound from pro
c.) sound from con
d.) conclusionary statement "Time will tell"

Who is the managing editor?
The other stations in the market use "live" better. Does KNWA staff know who their target viewer is? I doubt that they have even thought about it. Do they consider what that target viewer wants? I guarantee it's not immaturity on the desk and more Duggar stories.

 
At 6:43 PM, October 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Duggar story posters keep on mentioning...obviously people care. They were on CNN live Thursday Night with Anderson Cooper and they were on live on the Today show on Friday morning. How can you diss a local station doing a story that networks care about. Obviously there is some interest.

 
At 9:07 PM, October 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which KHOG reporter will get the boot and appear on KNWA?

"only time will tell."

 
At 9:33 PM, October 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aryana left to file a lawsuit against two people: her plastic surgeon and her personal tanning specialist.

 
At 9:49 PM, October 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"That Duggar story posters keep on mentioning...obviously people care. They were on CNN live Thursday Night with Anderson Cooper and they were on live on the Today show on Friday morning. How can you diss a local station doing a story that networks care about. Obviously there is some interest."

I'm dissing it because it's not news anymore - just like the Morgan Nick story. Until something changes, it's old news. The Duggars are clearly having children at this point only for the attention and publicity it brings their family - nothing more. There's no way either of them can say they have any kind of close relationship with any of them. Mrs. Duggar said herself that it's easier for her now than when she just had 5 children. Of course it's going to be easier when you have your other children doing your job for you. If you have to have your other children do the parenting, then perhaps you need to reevaluate whether or not you need to have any more children.

I don't give a flip which cable news network is covering it - it's still not *NEW* news. It's an old story that gets re-hashed every time the Duggars decide to have more kids. The girls are all dressed the same, and the boys are all dressed the same. Everyone's name starts with a "J" and they all are forced to play the piano and violin. None of that sounds normal to me at all. It's like a miniature cult. The children are the ones I feel sorry for. I'd say I'm waiting for the oldest kids to rebel, but they've probably been brainwashed for the last 17 years to believe that they life they lead and the family they have is normal. Hardly . . . . .

 
At 8:01 AM, October 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Duggar analysis is absurd.

It's not everyday you see a family having 16 children. Even if it's been covered before, it's still news. You obviously have no clue.

BTW...KNWA will always have half the news in the area. 5 & 40/29 can barely get interesting enough news from both NWA and River Valley. You can only imagine what kind of stories are found from JUST NWA. Yeah, there's news there, but not enough for an entire show, that's why they need the River Valley.

They will always be #3...

 
At 4:56 AM, October 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you watch any of these newscasts? Count the number of River Valley stories in them...most of the stuff is from NWA. The idea put into practice by KNWA isn't a new one -- other companies have had the same concept years before it put the focus on the North. You've got to give them a hand -- they've picked a good time to put the strategy into play, and you can rest assured the other stations have watched what happens, and watched closely. Don't be surprised to see more "Benton County" bureaus open. All you have to do is look at the state economic figures, the census numbers and the growth estimates. Why would shareholders want to throw good money after bad south of the tunnel? The idea, as much as it isn't appreciated in the River Valley, is a sound one from a business standpoint.

 
At 5:48 PM, October 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's not everyday you see a family having 16 children. Even if it's been covered before, it's still news. You obviously have no clue."

That's right - my bad - it's not everyday you see a family having 16 children for the publicity it brings their family. You're the one that obviously have no clue. You're probably one of the people who wants continued Morgan Nick updates - please, I'll throw up if I see another Morgan/Colleen Nick story - until she's found - which will probably be never - it's not news and neither is this bogus Duggar story from a mother who can't keep her legs together. . . .

 
At 5:00 PM, October 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure anyone's business model is going to be very effective if you immediately exclude 49% of your potential customers. Having said that, I believe a Wash/Ben Co coverage strategy could work, but it has to be much more aggressive in both content and promotion than KNWA is currently. There are a number of things working against KNWA being successful in NWA.

a.) Weak links in the on-air team
b.) Lack of commitment to public service
c.) Weather staffing - lack of meteorological training
d.) A Razorback sports strategy that is flawed
e.) Corporate ownership that sees NWA as Little Sister to Little Rock

 
At 2:03 PM, October 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KHOG, from their website, is looking for Director, Creative Services Dir., Cam/Prompter Op. KFSM, from their website, is looking for Reporter, Producer, and a Producer/Reporter. KNWA, from their website, Acct. Ex., Weekend Anc/Reporter, and Morning Director. Looks like a normal 100+ market that is growing. But, what I see is a lot of KNWA bashing. It's just a TV station and none of the others are producing anything to blow their horn over!!!!

 
At 5:18 PM, November 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with the comment that "Weather staffing - lack of meteorological training"

The weekend weather man, Jason Dollard may be a young one but I think he is doing a good job!

 

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