Thursday, December 08, 2005

KNWA 'Under the Weather'

This from the tip box: "KNWA is having major problems tonight. It's audio is completely gone, replaced by a fuzz. Called the station and they didn't have a clue. Girl said "Hmm, everything is fine here in the studio." The audio quit when they started running a constant crawl letting us know that it was snowing. "

54 Comments:

At 4:02 PM, December 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm..i watched nbc programming all evening -- never noticed a thing.

 
At 4:07 PM, December 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we have Dish....KNWA was off the air (satellite anyway) ALL night long from the 6 p.m.-on...

 
At 5:09 PM, December 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw they had problems early this morning... audio went off in the middle of show and so they went to commercial. dont know what happened after that...i switched channels

 
At 7:33 PM, December 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in the middle of watching the end of Martha Stewart's Apprentice when it started with the Audio problems. Eventually DirecTV just put up a thing saying there was a problem with the signal they were receiving from the station. I have to say KNWA is really gone down hill since Nexstar bought the station.

 
At 7:46 PM, December 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They haven't performed enough sacrifices to the almighty Hogs today!

 
At 8:37 PM, December 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Original tipster here, I should have been more specific. The audio problem seemed to be limited to those of us living south of the Bobby Hopper Tunnel aka The Land That KNWA Ignores.

 
At 5:09 AM, December 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess for the few viewers that actually care about KNWA, that's a shame. Maybe Nexstar should check on paying their bills on time.

 
At 9:48 AM, December 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya'll are all acting like some hoes.

 
At 10:08 AM, December 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are being big big bullies. People at KNWA work hard abd bust their butts to work. Cut them some slack. We all have to start somewhere!

 
At 10:50 AM, December 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nobody has said the staff at KNWA doesn't work hard...we do know that the other stations work harder to whip you in the ratings. Subscribe to nielsen and come talk to us...you can bs your advertisers, but the viewers aren't buying it.

 
At 5:16 PM, December 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i beg to differ. it is very obvious khog and kfsm are concerned about losing nwa to knwa.

 
At 8:11 AM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Explain for one why KFSM is concerned because I still see about 75% of their broadcasts focused on Fort Smith/Van Buren/Sallisaw.

 
At 8:12 AM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And for two can any station seriously be concerned about losing viewers to a Nexstar station?

 
At 11:29 AM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM, while being number one in the market, is already number three in NWA

 
At 1:33 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM isn't concentrating on the part of the market that is GROWING.

 
At 3:54 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And they are paying the price...when the old people in Fort Smith die, there's no one new.

 
At 4:15 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"i beg to differ. it is very obvious khog and kfsm are concerned about losing nwa to knwa. "

KNWA has no concrete numbers to prove why any other station would follow them. Facts are facts...KNWA is up against two stations with long track records, they may want to think about following the leader!

 
At 5:11 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes...huge concerns, especially because KHOG and KFSM have been in the market for 50 years and KNWA is only 5. Let it get older, and it will grow.

 
At 5:16 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, KNWA is like an Olsen twin...Only gets better with age.

 
At 5:57 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"yeah, KNWA is like an Olsen twin...Only gets better with age."

Yeah but instead of a twin with an eating disorder....you're starving the viewers of decent content

 
At 6:25 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This NWA vs. River Valley crap has been going on for 20+ years. It is not like Ft. Smith is just simply going to vanish. There is still need for solid news coverage in the state's 2nd biggest city. NWA is growing, it's huge, it's the new mecca..SO WHAT, it is still not the end all be all of this or any other state. Everyone makes is seem as if F/S should get their news via Pony Express. Good for KFSM & KHOG giving "the stepchildren" some news coverage. The elite NWA can stay with that crappy KNWA or whatever their slogan or call letters are this week...because everyone knows they've had their share of them. I smell an identity crisis.

 
At 9:45 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree 100% with the above comments...you're right on the money. To the poster who made the comment about KNWA being only 5 years old...you have alienated half the viewers, and they don't forget. Fort Smith/Van Buren won't just shrink into the Arkansas River. There will always be viewership, and that's something KNWA will NEVER have.

 
At 9:51 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone could cover Ft. Smith news. It's pretty predictable: a couple murders every day, maybe a kidnapping once a week, drug bust every now and then, and throw in a corrupt city official once a year.

 
At 9:52 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NWA is where the news variety is.

 
At 9:53 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about the Olsen twins, but maybe KNWA is to KFSM as Hilary Duff is to Lindsay Lohan. One is the Disney good girl while the other is a skanky whore.

 
At 10:17 PM, December 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don't know about the Olsen twins, but maybe KNWA is to KFSM as Hilary Duff is to Lindsay Lohan. One is the Disney good girl while the other is a skanky whore."

I was thinking of Hillary Muff

 
At 12:47 AM, December 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to correct the poster way above this one...kfsm has been on the air 50 years...khbs and later khog, came on the air in the late 70s as did kpom...which is now knwa. knwa has been around as a station with different call letters but has only have a news division since 2000. if your gonna talk s***, get your facts right first.

 
At 12:57 AM, December 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all (no station excluded) take this blog way too seriously. You all have sticks up your asses and need to lose the attitudes a bit. Every station has their good and bad points. Get a life and read something worthwhile...like a newspaper.

 
At 4:11 PM, December 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anyone could cover Ft. Smith news. It's pretty predictable: a couple murders every day, maybe a kidnapping once a week, drug bust every now and then, and throw in a corrupt city official once a year."

Psst, your NWA snobbery is showing. I guess I could respond with ... Anyone could cover NWA news. It's pretty predictable: suck up to the University of Arkansas with homer sportscasts, avoid objective reportage on Wal-Mart, ignore the racial divide between hispanics and whites and throw in a report about bad traffic once a year.

 
At 6:22 PM, December 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's pretty predictable: suck up to the University of Arkansas with homer sportscasts, avoid objective reportage on Wal-Mart, ignore the racial divide between hispanics and whites and throw in a report about bad traffic once a year."

Very funny stuff there. You just described the content and editorial stance of every station in both FSM and NWA. Point out any sportscast that doesn't cater to the U of A. Point out any one which doesn't give Wal-Mart plenty of booster stories -- one point though, at least KNWA does spend some time focusing on the hispanic issues. What a pointless argument. Show us how any of these three weak sister stations actually look any different.

 
At 8:28 PM, December 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA has stories concentrating on Hispanics, but the actual stories look like the station is going above and beyong simply to find a story that appeals to no one and makes little sense. And to call it "nuestro comunidad"??? Give me a break! Not to mention you get a hispanic woman to cover it while she's wearing latina garb on air is simply pathetic...and totally a stretch.

When is KNWA going to represent their African American audience?

 
At 8:46 PM, December 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"which is now knwa. knwa has been around as a station with different call letters but has only have a news division since 2000. if your gonna talk s***, get your facts right first. "

Hmmm...seems as if you should get YOUR facts right first...KPOM had a news product from sign-on through 1992, then went out of the news biz until 2000. It didn't just start in 2000. Still talkin' s***.

 
At 7:06 AM, December 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm...seems as if you should get YOUR facts right first...KPOM had a news product from sign-on through 1992, then went out of the news biz until 2000. It didn't just start in 2000. Still talkin' s***.

Technically speaking, you're correct; however, after pearl harboring the River Valley, you might as well consider yourselves starting over. You're still dreaming, so when reality hits after the November book, we'll listen to you.

 
At 7:20 AM, December 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anyone could cover Ft. Smith news. It's pretty predictable: a couple murders every day, maybe a kidnapping once a week, drug bust every now and then, and throw in a corrupt city official once a year."

You forgot to mention the cabbie that gets wacked every year by some psychopath who gets in the back seat.

 
At 7:26 AM, December 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for the technical problems - so what? People are actually surprised? The station has techinical problems EVERY night - at least for satellite subscribers. I cannot speak to cable subscribers.

I am tired of KNWA continually calling Wal-Mart "the world's largest retailer." This, of course, is an accurate statement, but it would be nice if they are going to continually beat us over the head daily with a Wal-Mart story to use some creativity with how they refer to them. My vote goes with calling Wal-Mart simply Wal-Mart - wow, what a novel idea!

 
At 7:49 AM, December 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Walmart sponser a part of KNWA's newscast? Seems like every other business is trying to pay KNWA's bills...real credible

 
At 2:03 PM, December 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: "which is now knwa. knwa has been around as a station with different call letters but has only have a news division since 2000. if your gonna talk s***, get your facts right first. "
Hmmm...seems as if you should get YOUR facts right first...KPOM had a news product from sign-on through 1992, then went out of the news biz until 2000. It didn't just start in 2000. Still talkin' s***. "

OK - test here...What was the station's first call letters when it signed on in November 1978?

KLMN. Seriously.

The station was funded by a group of well-intentioned Fayetteville businessmen who didn't know a thing about TV. At one point, Channel 5 was the only station in town and carried programming from all three networks at its choosing. (There were a few other outlets, KOAM/Pittsburgh, KODE/Joplin, and the Tulsa stations come to mind.) Then, Channel 5 stayed NBC when KHOG/KHBS came along as the ABC affiliate. KNWA was a CBS affiliate when it went on the air as KLMN in 1978.

The general manager was a guy named Melvin Caldwell. KLMN also hit the air as the first station with male-female duo, the late (and absolutely hilarious) John Hudson, and Patti Patane - a real weirdo. I can't remember the first weather guy, and the sports anchor was a guy named Mike Favazza.

What these businessmen didn't realize was the astronomical costs of starting a TV station from scratch. Corners were cut at the tower south of Winslow, resulting in audio problems that, sadly, are still there today. When I'm home visiting relatives, I can tell on the cable. Damn.

Good luck to all you stations up there. You are serving one of the fastest-growing areas of the US. Nothing like a little competition to beef up the entire market.

 
At 4:45 PM, December 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know it is amazing to me how nothing ever happens in Fort Smith according to all of you yet we still sit here and argue about it. And to me, a murder a week or a rape or anything else big like that is news and deserves to be reported. And if I'm not mistaken KNWA had to depend on KARK reporters at one point to report on Fort Chaffee. I guess Mike Duncan was too busy to get his ass back down there to finish covering the story. Now the other two stations had reporters on the scene to cover the story the entire time it was playing out. And by the way, even though Benton and Washington Counties might be larger than Fort Smith it still deserves some news coverage. Let us not forget that it is bigger than any one city in all of Northwest Arkansas, the second biggest city in the state and it is bigger than New Orleans. And speaking of that, since all that happens in New Orleans is rape and murder and mayhem should the national networks stop carrying any coverage of NO. I mean, after all, New York, LA and Chicago are where it's at! Right? Just using the same reasoning all the other people on the blog use.

 
At 5:43 PM, December 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a young TV person that started in the FSM/Fay markert (and thank God that I am out of there!!!)...we were bitching...I mean...complaining about the same issues in the newsroom...The producers are in Ft. Smith and there are eight FSM stories to the three NWA stories in the top block. Yes, KNWA has had there problems, but my family who still lives in NWA watches KNWA, because they did not care about FSM news...just like FSM viewers don't care about NWA news. The people on this blog need to think about this... KNWA as a smart business model...win one side of the mountain and the money will come. If you "news" people would think for a minute...you work for billion dollar companies and they don't care who is watching as long as the money is coming in and you can make a lot of money being number 3 in the market. So for the people that are working for 40/29 and 5 think about this in your morning and afternoon content meetings...think what stories are going in what order for your newscast...is it because it is the big story of the day or is it because you live on the north or south side of the mountain! I am guessing it is the second choice, because some stuff never changes!!!

 
At 5:57 PM, December 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares... it's just NW Arkansas.
All they want is to pick their teeth with hayseeds and pluck their banjos and dulcimers.
Most of those hillbillies don't have electricty to watch tv with anyway.

 
At 7:50 AM, December 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"KNWA as a smart business model...win one side of the mountain and the money will come"

I was starting to think you were credible, and then you make this comment...maybe 25 years down the road..but remember something, you have to make money now before NW AR is as large as people are thinking. Let me ask you this, how can they make money when they get trounced in the ratings? KNWA is owned by Nexstar...can they honestly wait for the future?

 
At 10:53 AM, December 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone raised in NW Arkansas...I can honestly say I tuned out all Fort Smith news.

 
At 6:31 PM, December 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, honestly, as someone raised in FSM, I tuned out al NWA news.......PotAto / PotOto...big deal.

 
At 1:50 AM, December 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who cares... it's just NW Arkansas.
All they want is to pick their teeth with hayseeds and pluck their banjos and dulcimers."

That's so not true. They also want some snuff and new clogging shoes.

 
At 1:09 PM, December 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Goodnight John boy"

 
At 9:32 PM, December 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Does Walmart sponser a part of KNWA's newscast? Seems like every other business is trying to pay KNWA's bills...real credible"

No, this comment just goes to show that if big corporations beleive in a station this much, to put in money for advertising...the station is actually going somewhere. Which if you ask me, KNWA is going somewhere...

 
At 6:37 AM, December 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...the station is actually going somewhere. Which if you ask me, KNWA is going somewhere..."

Where's your proof? Give me concrete evidence that people are watching, and don't tell me that you talked with somebody who knows somebody who said they like watching KNWA.

Apparently you know something we don't because your ratings don't jive with YOUR story. Please enlighten us KNWA homer, we're all glad you enjoy working for Nexstar.

 
At 11:19 AM, December 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll give KNWA this...they have a great sports dept now. Who gives a crap if two of them were from old stations that left under "extenuating" circumstances? They still have talent..so as far as I'm concerned, they win sports. KNWA was smart for hiring Bo and Aaron since they are well liked in the area. Weather and News? That's a whole other story...I don't think they can compete there.

 
At 11:42 AM, December 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can't tell me you think tim malone is better than don elkins...neile might have tough competition with leslie and bridget, but tim malone is somewhat boring...craigs been around forever so people like him, but don ranks up there.
he's mellow but entergtic..neile is on caffine all the time..but they compliment eachother
so when you guestion the news aspect of competition give me a break...really look at the talent not waht you're used to. I'm not saying KNWA is the best by any means..morning show needs work, weekends are rough (but no NWA weekends are great) so please explain how they can't hold their won because talented anchors are much different throughout the market

 
At 6:20 PM, December 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that Don Elkins is one of the best in this market, no question. Malone's a boob. However, when KNWA has so many other flaws, it's hard to stay loyal to one anchor when your station as a whole has issues.

 
At 8:57 AM, December 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to be honest, if you put all three of the stations side by side and view them without bias... There really isn't much difference in ANY of them... One caters to the older crowed, one to the college crowed and the other to the mid-lifers, but as far as the talent and story contents - THEY ARE THE SAME!! I can't tell you how many times I've watched a story on one and then switched to one of the others only to see the SAME thing on there - same story, perspective, and point of view - just different face reporting it. BRING BACK RHONDA JUSTICE... PLEASE!!

 
At 8:30 PM, January 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rhonda Justice???? You have no idea what you're asking!!!

 
At 9:22 AM, May 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rhonda Justice??? Yeah, bring her back! Nobody gets in with the cops like she does!

 
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