Monday, November 21, 2005

KNWA's Hart and Yazwinski Headed to KARK

Arkansas Business.com reports: "Reporters Sydney Hart and Tom Yazwinski are leaving KNWA to go to work for KARK-TV, Channel 4, in Little Rock. Both television stations are NBC affiliates owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. of Irving, Texas."

ALSO

"KNWA has also hired Mike Stanford as creative services director. Stanford previously worked for News 9, a Time-Warner/Belo Broadcasting cable news channel in San Antonio, Texas. He replaces Sean Bateman, who is leaving in December."

29 Comments:

At 10:59 PM, November 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh My God!!!! Why don't they just move the whole KNWA staff to Little Rock... I really thought Rob would do a great job but so far all I have seen him do is hire everyone from KNWA. KARK is a class act and I can not believe Rob can't find better reporters than that... What a shame!!!

 
At 11:02 PM, November 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...how brutal...you know i work at a competing station in fayetteville...and those two are great people who do a good job...good for them on the move

 
At 11:17 PM, November 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish both of them the best. They've both paid their dues without a doubt.

 
At 11:28 PM, November 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen their work and for Fayetteville they are good... Bu they better step up the game for Little Rock and KARK

 
At 11:29 PM, November 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wish that Rob and KARK would look past KNWA and see what else is out there!!!

 
At 7:22 AM, November 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As stated before, KARK must be opening a River Market bureau - it's critical that they get the right people who run the superfluous and useless bureau in NW Arkansas to run the useless and superfluous bureau in Little Rock.

 
At 8:01 AM, November 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They don't call it "Death Star" for nothing.

 
At 8:47 AM, November 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long until KARK is doing most of the news for KNWA? Just make KNWA a bureau of KARK. Big state stories, weather and sports come from the 4 and KNWA does one or two stories from the bureau. Kill more then half the staff and still get money from news buys.

It's going to happen. Sooner then later. KNWA will be nothing more then a satellite of KARK.

 
At 8:51 AM, November 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all you are Still paying dues in Little Rock- it is becoming more and more of a starter market- lots of inexperience and cheap "talent."

So will this couple be replacing someone who is actually moving on to another market or just giving up like the past ejectors??

 
At 10:46 AM, November 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kark will NEVER be a player get rid of the dead weight the people you do not see on the air and then you'll see some real change- producers who actually read the paper- and assignment "manager" who is ther after 5pm and actually has contacts - some say the dude is too busy gossiping about who is dating who and isn't he the main tipster to this site?

 
At 1:26 PM, November 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long until KARK is doing most of the news for KNWA? Just make KNWA a bureau of KARK.

Wow...that's just ignorant. The "Northwest Arkansas Metro Area" is growing at a MUCH faster rate than Little Rock and its surrounding areas. Give it some time, see the big picture....

 
At 3:22 PM, November 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so if you havent seen...KARK has an open letter from the GM to cable subscribers in a handful of cities with what they call "WHECO" cable....only problem is its "WEHCO"...Walter E. Hussman Company...they can't even get the name on an open letter from the GM right!! WHECO not WHECO!!!

 
At 4:31 PM, November 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the above poster can't get it right either.

 
At 5:05 AM, November 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The investment is NW AR for the future, not Little Rock. KNWA being a satellite for KARK makes no sense. The big question remains..how long can KNWA stay in the red and continue to be a player. Oh that's right they don't even subscribe to Nielsen, I guess they dictate their own terms and numbers to prospective advertisers. KFSM and KHBS/KHOG slam them every book.

 
At 2:44 PM, November 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They've been saying that Fayetteville/Rogers will grow past Little Rock metro for years. I'll believe it when I see it. Until then... probably some 50 years from now... The Little Rock market is the leader. Furthermore, unless they also move the state capitol to Fayetteville... Most news affecting the state will come from central Arkansas.

 
At 5:13 PM, November 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nwa is growing very fast.. benton county had a 17% increase from 2000-2004 and washington county 10% compared with 1% for pulaski. when adding benton & washington counties up together it already nearly equals pulaski. its only a matter of time b4 nwa is in the same market size as central ark. it will happen who knows when. Walmart, Tyson, JBHunt, etc etc are based there, the u of a fay is there and its already the center of arkansas sports (razorbacks, springdale)

 
At 8:54 PM, November 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we want to play that game, Little Rock can add Conway, Cabot, and other areas. Both those cities are among the fastest growing areas in the state. Get a grip NWA.

 
At 9:47 AM, November 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How long until KARK is doing most of the news for KNWA? Just make KNWA a bureau of KARK."

Memo to the idiot who posted that - last time I checked Bo Mattingly in NW Arkansas is doing your sports in central Arkansas. I'm not a fan of Bo by any means, but it would appear, at least from the sports perspective, that the roles have been reversed.

Get a clue.

 
At 1:25 PM, November 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bo is doing sports in Fayetteville because that's where the razorbacks are located. It makes sense for sports.. but sports only.

 
At 7:39 PM, November 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arkansas is not the idea place for these low paid collage grad's!

 
At 10:30 PM, November 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Idea place for collage grads"?

 
At 10:36 PM, November 26, 2005, Anonymous "Something sexy" said...

Yes, I would like to post on the ORIGINAL topic, that being Hart and Yazwinski heading to KARK.
The two do a great job; they're two of few reporters who actually have good work ethic, good attitudes, and good personalities, unlike most reporters i've encountered.
My congrats to the both of them, and I wish them the best. I look forward to seeing them shine in Little Rock.

 
At 12:24 AM, November 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hart and Yazwinski have class, respect, and are great people. They put an honest days work and effort into every story. It's nice to see great people can advance their careers in this business.

Anyone who says a critical thing about either of these two obviously doesn't know them.

congrats Sydney and Tom!

 
At 8:34 AM, November 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have class and respect... but do they have nice racks ?????

 
At 7:59 AM, December 01, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are these two getting attention on the blog? Who are they? A couple of small market reporters from Fayetteville. Big deal! By the way, if KARK keeps hiring people from KNWA, there won't be a staff in Fayetteville.

 
At 9:37 AM, December 01, 2005, Anonymous "B-ananas" said...

Why does anybody get attention on the blog? Why does a small market meteorologist get attention? I would think this is worthy; it's the fact that KARK is gaining two new reporters.
What difference does it make what market they came from? The idiots at Channel 7 hired a college graduate with only internship experience, from KNWA of all places.

 
At 7:33 AM, December 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since we're asking questions, why does KNWA waste 30 seconds at the end of a story about a former Wal-Mart executive's lawsuit telling us that the company had a conclave last week about what holiday greeting they should give customers (i.e. Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays so as to not offend non-Christian customers)? THAT IS NOT NEWS!!!!!!!Pathetic . . . . .

 
At 10:00 AM, December 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last I remembered all three stations in the market did that same story.

 
At 9:05 PM, December 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Last I remembered all three stations in the market did that same story."

If they did, so be it. It's still pathetic and still not news. Must have been a dreadfully slow news day and the suits at Wally World must not have anything better to do than discuss a lame story like that.

 

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