Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Sports Anchor Out at KFSM

This from the tip box: "Eric Sullivan has been suspended indefinately by KFSM TV-5. All promos have been pulled that feature him. Mike Irwin has started filling in. It has been leading to this for sometime. The final straw apparently being erics refusal to drive to fort smith to do sports more than he has been."

UPDATE: 11/03/2005 9:50pm A tipster tells ATN Sullivan was fired today.

73 Comments:

At 4:40 PM, November 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't understand this move..
Why would you want your main
sports guy in Fort Smith ?
Question two.. Do you want
Mike Irwin anchoring your
sports ?

 
At 4:54 PM, November 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a tiny market... who cares? It's funny when people at this level think they have even a smidgen of importance. They do not.

 
At 5:33 PM, November 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tiny market"? Tuned into Little Rock tv news lately?

 
At 5:33 PM, November 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM viewers are from Ft. Smith!!!

 
At 5:51 PM, November 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Eric, KNWA will hire you as a spots reporter...oh...no DUI...no job for you!

 
At 10:45 PM, November 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he can open a tanning salon or carry Baz's juice around, or come and beg Craig for a 4th guy spot.

 
At 11:12 PM, November 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he should go to knwa! knwa would definately have the all-star lineup of sports guys

 
At 11:13 PM, November 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kfsm is retarded. fire your best sports anchor? good job!

 
At 6:34 AM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELLO MARK RUSHING?

 
At 7:28 AM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's a tiny market... who cares? It's funny when people at this level think they have even a smidgen of importance. They do not."

It's also funny when people at this level actually think viewers care what's happening in Fort Smith - for news or sports. They do not. Kudos to Eric for taking a stand - too bad it's probably going to cost him his job. Irwin is a head case and a pathetic sports director. Speaking of pathetic, how is his hair piece looking lately?

 
At 8:55 AM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Rushing doesn't have the talent to cover Ft. Smith sports.

 
At 9:02 AM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it is in your viewing area then you should cover it. That is your job to cover stories that are of interest to your viewers, not what you think is interesting. One thing to remember... You are not your viewer!
As for Eric, I bet he doesn't want to go back to Fort Smith because he'll run into someone that knows how he really is. It is about time that someone put him in his place.

 
At 9:28 AM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^ What's wrong with him?

 
At 10:30 AM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's a jerk and has an ego the size of Texas

 
At 10:52 AM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he married?

 
At 10:53 AM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If it is in your viewing area then you should cover it. That is your job to cover stories that are of interest to your viewers, not what you think is interesting. One thing to remember... You are not your viewer!"

That's not necessarily true. Take Russellville, for example. They're in 5's viewing area yet when do you see a Russellville story on there? Try rarely, if ever. Just because an area is in your viewing area doesn't mean you're obligated to cover their stuff. I suppose the sports down there in Fort Smith is halfway decent, but the news is a yawner. No one gives a crap about what's going on in Fort Smith. It's absolutely stupid the way Nielsen or whomever is in charge of setting TV markets actually has Fayetteville/Fort Smith together. I've never understood that, and it will never make sense to me.

 
At 11:21 AM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss Eric.

Win Noble

 
At 12:47 PM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

russellville is in the little rock market

 
At 12:57 PM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russellville, Dardanelle, etc. receive KFSM, KATV, KTHV, KARK and Fox 16. They don't receive KHBS or KWNA, so they would probably be considered Little Rock market. I've never seen KFSM cover a story related to any of those towns.

 
At 3:13 PM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There seems to be a common thread on this site: if you're on the air, you're a jerk and an ego out-of-control.

It's really boring. Get some new material.

 
At 3:17 PM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How's this? I've slept with Mike Irwin - He's hot.
Win Noble

 
At 3:24 PM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

eric sullivan has been fired by kfsm tv-5. it happened today.

 
At 4:35 PM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do you think he'll go?
There has to be more reasons to this...

 
At 5:09 PM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was let go because he didn't fulfill his new contract obligations which required him to relocate to Fort Smith. He'll be missed

 
At 5:25 PM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

since we're on the nwa beat here.. i hear tom and sydney are following their news director to little rock to work at kark

 
At 10:26 PM, November 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"since we're on the nwa beat here.. i hear tom and sydney are following their news director to little rock to work at kark"

My condolences to them both - going from one unimpressive and mediocre station to another. Maybe they're going to work KARK's "River Market" bureau. . . . .

 
At 9:57 AM, November 04, 2005, Anonymous "Heya" said...

KARK may be considered "mediocre" to some; nevertheless they're jumping from market 104 to market 57. Congrats to the both of them!

 
At 11:02 AM, November 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has this been confirmed? Do you think he'll come back to LR?

 
At 4:05 AM, November 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric's a stud, a fox, a pure packaged sex machine. Get them clothes off now. Ok, now that I have your rapt attention-- Guys and Gals, it's TV news, and in this case sports. Get a freakin' life. The news is the news that is all. Turn them teevees off and get out and breathe some fresh air and help someone who has trouble helping themselves. Mahatma

 
At 4:54 AM, November 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric is by far the hottest stud in the market. He wasn't a great sports anchor, but he was amazing to look at. He looked like an idiot in the jerseys, but still made it look sort of good.

They should have at least kept him through sweeps.

We know old people watch KFSM, so Mike Irwin might be a perfect fit for their audience.

I'm wondering if they'll hire another hot stud to replace Eric.

 
At 8:25 AM, November 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the day (1950's), KFSM was the only TV station in tbe area. I eventually see NWA being a seperate market in due time.

Of course, recent moves in the Little Rock market suggest a dive toward 100 and down in spirit (but not size).

I'm suprised that Carrol county hasnt' been switched to Fayetteville but due to current Sat laws, thats unlikely (being forced to see SPR, MO unless making a "move").

 
At 8:47 AM, November 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a reason for everything and I am amazed at some of the comments on here that don't have a clue what happened.

Eric will return sooner than some expect, the deal with KFSM isn't sour grapes or anyones fault. Eric didn't want to drive to FT. Smith for the sports broadcasting from Fayetteville without expenses reimbursed. As gasoline rose to $3.00 a gallon the expense for driving 60 miles one way was a decision that was hard to make especialy when KFSM had a studio in Fayetteville.

KFSM will be left with "what could have been as Eric returns shortly providing all sports fans the excitement from their sports news.

Both KFSM and ESully will be winners as this unfolds.

 
At 8:55 AM, November 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure how kfsm can come out a winner, but i wouldnt be surprised to see eric on somewhere next week.

 
At 4:50 PM, November 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM looks really bad for firing someone because they can't afford to drive over 120 miles round trip.

No one in their right mind would want to do that and not be reimbursed by the station.

Shame on KFSM all of you who were in on this decision making process are very bad people with no moral character at all.

 
At 5:28 PM, November 05, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch. That was harsh.

Speaking of which, why are KHOG's Fort Smith reporters in Fayettevile more and more often?

Are THEY getting paid for mileage???

 
At 7:27 AM, November 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kfsm might not regret their decision, and probably will be to stupid to realize why their ratings fell next book.

 
At 3:40 PM, November 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe he couldn't control his bladder

 
At 3:46 PM, November 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric was told he would not be reimbursed for the milage at all. Eric has a potential lawsuit against the station. There are some good lawyers that could win this case.

 
At 7:20 PM, November 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats ridiculous, i hope he does sue. Arent they owned by The New York Times? $$$$

 
At 8:33 AM, November 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"maybe he couldn't control his bladder"

HAha!! That's such a funny story. It's funny 'cause it's true

 
At 7:50 PM, November 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone checked the population of Fort Smith lately? It's more than any city in NWA!

 
At 8:28 PM, November 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fort Smith is all the River Valley has got! It's a main city surrounded by po-dunk towns.

NWA, on the other hand, has several metropolitan areas...all of which are booming.

It's no secret that Fort Smith is going down the drain.

Do an exercise:
*compare the malls
*compare restaurats
*compare nightlife
*compare the QUALITY of people
*compare the stories

NUFF SAID!

 
At 8:28 AM, November 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the posters agree this dude has a bad attitude. It's usually NEVER a mistake to fire someone like that.

 
At 3:29 PM, November 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone checked the population of Fort Smith lately? It's more than any city in NWA!
----------------
But add the population of all those NWA cities and it is bigger the Ft. Smith...

 
At 5:55 PM, November 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until you become the man, you not only have to listen to what the man says...you have to do what the man says. Or find another job. Or another team. Ask Terrell.

 
At 8:21 PM, November 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if you are going to add the populations of all of the cities in NWA to compare to Fort Smith, then you should have to add the populations of all of the other cities in the River Valley to Fort Smith. Admit it, the River Valley is bigger and of no less importance that NWA.

 
At 9:58 PM, November 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll miss Mr. Sullivan. He was the best sports anchor on TV 5 ( as well as in the whole area ) since Ken Huge and Chuck Carney.

 
At 4:11 PM, November 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Eric Sullivan from our days at Arkansas Tech together in the Journalism program. I knew him for almost 4 years, and so you could say I am as close to an expert on him as you could get. Even back then, he was a pompous, arrogant, self serving, smarmy, egocentric, egotistical, self serving jerk who thought nothing of demeaning the work of others in front of an entire class. For example, our senior year, his package story was in competition with every other graduating senior's in Television Media, 3004 for the Best Package Story of The Year Award. Not only did he put down other students and their stories, he would deliberatly make fun of these students in front of their peers and even the professors IN CLASS. He was SO sure his story would win that he was saying everyone else should pull their stories from contention because HIS would win. Well surprise! His story DIDN'T win and he showed what a classless jerk he was right there at the award's ceremony. So begone Sullivan, you WILL NOT be missed.
From: A non-fan.
P.S. On the graduation program, he was listed as a JOURNALISM AND HISTORY MAJOR. How prophetic. His journalism career is not history.

 
At 4:16 PM, November 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CORRECTION:
His JOURNALISM career is NOW HISTORY.

 
At 8:11 PM, November 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never met the guy, but he sure is fine lookin'.

It just seems like he totally tries too hard when he does High School football on Friday nights.

 
At 8:23 AM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also went to college at ATU with "Sully" and graduated the same day. While I worked at 5News prior to Sully's grand arrival, I understand that the station's upper crust were backstabbing low lifes from the former News Director to the General Manager. Eric did screw himself in not moving to FSM, but he is an arrogant pain in the rear. He was in college and that image did show on air. I would know, I worked with him on TV-6 (our college station) Good Luck to him and for all of you horny females...according to the university, he's still SINGLE (Stay Intoxicated Nightly, Get Laid Everyday)

 
At 8:44 AM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in the program at Tech with him, too. I didn't know him as well, but he liked to hang around a lot of the girls at TV-6, but only the pretty ones. He was nice to them.

 
At 9:06 AM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He seems miserable.. and probably deserves it.

 
At 11:54 AM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to Tech at the same time and was an anchor for a while but mostly did the production end. Of all the people in the program I have not seen many TECH grads in the TV market here in Little Rock. All talent can be self absorbed that is the part of the job.


For what it is worth Eric has made a name for himself.

This business can be very political. For all those givining there comments have the courage to give your name don't just be an anonymous nobody.

Brant Collins

 
At 1:27 PM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to Tech w/ Eric- he was always nice to me. Hope he comes back to LR.

 
At 2:00 PM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brant was a "buddy" to this guy in college, if you get my drift !

 
At 2:02 PM, November 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Brant "did the production end" for Eric, alright !

 
At 4:47 PM, November 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also went to Tech the same time Eric was there. I have to give him credit, he has become a better announcer than when he was on the local college station. I can confirm the previous posts that he was only nice to the girls he thought was pretty. He was so full of himself. I heard about how he acted with the package story-wasn't it on the Dallas Cowboys?

 
At 8:15 PM, November 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, there were some good-lookin' ladies at tv-6! i can think of a couple...

he has improved!

 
At 10:36 PM, November 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not going to miss Sullivan, you could tell the guy was a jerk and was full of himself. I was a John Hartung fan but he moved on to bigger and better, Carney was good also. I prefer KFSM over say KHBS/KHOG, I only watch 40/29 for Tiffany Stewart.

 
At 3:39 PM, November 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well i never really watched him on tv, but we slept together this weekend, and damn was he good. He is packin well!!!

 
At 11:07 PM, November 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric Sullivan is great in bed. And yes he is packing!

 
At 2:16 PM, November 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sluts

 
At 2:34 PM, November 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Eric Sullivan over the holiday weekend and he was a gentleman, but after reading all this I am interested in if he is packing.

 
At 2:33 PM, November 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This place is turning into slut central.

 
At 10:36 PM, November 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can I say, Eric is hot and has a great package! He is one of the best!

 
At 9:53 PM, December 03, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to high school with Eric Sullivan and I've never known a bigger jerk. Even if u went up to him and tried to be nice he'd make some smarmy comment or act like you must be crazy for even talking to him. You could tell the way he was always poking at Garrett Lewis on channel 5 that he was an arrogant guy. Garrett Lewis seems like one of the nicer guys u could ever meet and Eric always seemed to down play his role at the station like sports was alot more important than the weather. I liked everybody at my old high school, except Eric, there was no redeeming qualities about him. Also, I've heard from many a friend from school that he is single for a reason and thats all I'll say. I wouldnt say he got what he deserved but he needs to learn humility and compassion or he will never succeed.

 
At 2:36 PM, December 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I have to say is that Eric Sullivan is a hottie. I can't believe people are saying he is a jerk. He is a very nice guy. By the way Eric is totally packing!

 
At 2:45 PM, December 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If u met Eric and he talks to you first then you must have some class and look good and be on his level. Otherwise if you are unattractive or fat he would never speak to you. Everywhere in the world people do this to ugly people. Ugly people it is not your fault and I know someone will love you someday just the way u are. Just don't hate Eric for his ego.

 
At 6:26 PM, December 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. He is only a jerk to stupid people.

 
At 6:58 PM, December 08, 2005, Anonymous Sara Heathcott(Wickes high school Homecoming Queen) said...

I went to high school with Eric and it is true he is not a nice guy. Looks arent that important in life. Health, family, friends, being a giving caring person. Those are the things that count. I am not trashing Eric but I can't disagree with a lot of the negative that has been said about him. He is very ego driven and the way he treats alot of people is very unsexy.

 
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