Sunday, March 12, 2006

KATV is THERE when severe weather happens?

Was flipping through the local channels when I stopped on KTHV and Becky Ditchfield had apparently broke into programming with the Benton County Tornado warning. So I keep on flipping through the channels and find KATV in the midst of commercials with a enlarged warning map up and info running at the top of the screen...THEN a "KATV is THERE when severe weather strikes" promo comes on and BAM the happening now severe weather warnings are taken off the screen. THEN KATV runs yet ANOTHER promo, aka time fillers, no $$ for the time, with the info off the screen. My point is, wouldn't this have been a great opportunity to break in with severe weather coverage? But I guess that would interrupt Desparate Housewives huh?

52 Comments:

At 11:11 PM, March 12, 2006, Blogger Chicabel said...

Word. KFAY radio does the same thing sometimes. Heaven forbid their nightly programming should be interrupted so I can find out whether it's time to 'duck and cover'

 
At 11:12 PM, March 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK rules the severe weather coverage again. Saturday night when tornado warnings were all over west central Arkansas and approaching us in Russellville, KARK and Dan Skoff was the only station that stayed on for an extended period of time. I NEVER saw KATV come on and KTHV and KLRT only had 60 second updates.

Now Sunday night, with the tornado in Benton & Carroll counties, KARK was the ONLY station to report that there was a tornado on the ground doing damage.

I'm very impressed with KARK.

 
At 11:20 PM, March 12, 2006, Blogger the spook said...

A big-ass storm ripped across Benton County tonight from about 9:30 to 11:00 -- huge hail, big, persistent tornado(es), homes destroyed. About 10:20 KNWA Channel 51's broadcast signal vanished. At 11:00 it was still AWOL.
11:15: They're back.

 
At 11:55 PM, March 12, 2006, Blogger the spook said...

KFSM stuck with it until 11:45, showing photos of hailstones, recapping, chatting with stormchasers, etc., until they went into "live TV" screw-ups and apologetics. KNWA interrupted "Seinfeld" to catch up. KHBS/KHOG showed "CSI Weekend." More storms overnight.

 
At 1:50 AM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are beginning to see who is the REAL weather authority in Arkansas...and that is KARK. The staff is LOADED with severe weather knowledge....and their committment to non-stop coverage..even for fringe west-central Arkansas counties shows that they are the ones to turn to.

 
At 3:34 AM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK's staff is up late tonight I see. Did the people in NWA who were watching KATV, KTHV, and KLRT not get the memo on the tornado? I will just go back to watching tv out of Monroe here in Saline county. I hope that tv station is Monroe keeps me informed of the situation here. I always watch a station 150 miles away when severe weather threatens.

 
At 12:07 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would KTHV, or any of the LR stations break into programming for a tornado warning in BENTON COUNTY! Nobody in Benton County can pick Little Rock stations on antenna or cable! KARK used to be on cable in Fayetteville and Springdale, but not anymore. Sounds like they don't know who their audience is and isn't.

 
At 12:51 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of people in central & south Arkansas have family or friends in the Northwest corner, especially being so close to the University. That's one reason to broadcast severe weather out of your viewing area. Plus, it makes people in other parts more aware of severe weather in our state. I think it's good P.R. to cover severe weather, anywhere in Arkansas.

 
At 2:48 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Rob and Ben and the other members of the KARK promotion department for postings on this issue.

Check the definiton for the word "relevant" in KARK dictionary. Instead of looking like you're caring for all those people with friends and relatives in NW Arkansas, you looked like you were trying to capitalize on misfortune four hours away, not even in your own ADI. A lot of people here have relatives in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Louisiana, too.

Sorry. It just looks like the old KARK blowing things out of proportion. To think that your promo's alluding to the theme of, "ok, we did suck but give us another chance" were actually beginning to get to me.

 
At 3:10 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH, go get you some geeks and call them LOADED with talent. If Dan skoff is so good then why is he still weekends in LR at the #3 station?
HE's the second cumming of Marc Weinberg, but with less muscles and a sweet ride.
WALL TO WALL? Who needs that? What a storm moves 45 mph NE. RE-Read the NWS discussion back to me, tell me about the watches and warnings....THEM MAKE A SWEET PROMO!!!!

TALENT MY A%%

 
At 3:31 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having worked at 5 stations, I've never seen anyone with the knowledge amd commitment to weather as Dan Skoff. This is the same man who correctly predicted 5-7 inches of snow in the city back in December 2005 while Brett not only didn't forecast, but was caught in the same storm on his way to work! Since then Dan has consistently and accurately forecasted severe weather. Perhaps he is a little geeky and maybe his ride is tricked out, but he has earned his weather stripes, knows what he's talking about and there are no pretenses. Ned spends more time tanning than looking at maps, Brett is more concerned with face time than radars and Mike Francis is too goofy to be taken seriously even though he has the knowledge and skill. If you want to bash KARK over not having AP and its new set and graphic changes,fine. But give Dan his props.

 
At 3:48 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to hear from you Dan.

 
At 3:59 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's just face it...Channel 7 sucks and it won't be long before someone in the brainwashed public breaks away and tells the other sheep to change the channel.

 
At 5:26 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

**That's one reason to broadcast severe weather out of your viewing area. Plus, it makes people in other parts more aware of severe weather in our state.**

Yeah, that's why, if I want to know about weather in other parts of the state or country, I watch the "Weather Channel."

 
At 5:27 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BAAAAA! BAAAAAA! BAAAAAAAAAA!

 
At 5:33 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Skoff is hot. Have you ever seen this guy in person? we know what Brett is interested in and it "ain't" the weather.

 
At 6:43 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Large tornado on the ground!!......but first......here's Grey's Anatomy"

 
At 8:52 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, KARK's coverage was way overblown. Cutting in to tell us about a tornado that's already in Missouri is just silly. But I see why they did it. Sitting in third place without much of a hook for people to watch, they had to come up with something. Viola, weather! They did a fine job with earlier storm and winter coverage, and now that's their niche. Now they have to ride it to the ground if a storm is even sniffing around Arkansas. It was dumb, but I can understand why it was done.

 
At 9:23 PM, March 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor is KARK may have covered the storm better than the Fayetteville stations.

 
At 1:41 AM, March 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan's the man! But why no praise for Ditchfield?

By the way, this blog isn't what it used to be. Sometimes there's nothing new posted for days. And what happened to the "where are they now" feature? It disappeared back in November -- shortly after asking for suggestions for new subjects.

 
At 2:10 AM, March 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys may not like Dan or his philosophy on severe weather coverage, but one thing is guaranteed. If there is a severe weather situation, if you watch him...he won't get you killed like some of these other non-meteorologists out there.

One thing that has really turned me off about tv meteorology lately is the hiring of non-qualified talent "just because they are hot or handsome". It's like getting Jessica Simpson to do open heart surgery on you. Of course, some of you may actually be willing to take that chance.

 
At 5:55 AM, March 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could see the friends and family issue for a Little Rock station to announce that Benton County is under a warning.

You have to keep in mind that some of the Little Rock channels are carried on some cable systems as far west as Ozark. Zap2It lists KTHV on Fort Smith's cable.

At least we have the severe weather maps on the screen in the central Arkansas area. I was really surprised that the Memphis stations a few years ago and even a few Mississippi stations would not keep a severe weather map or radar on screen. They were more interested in entertaining the public one last time before we got blown away by a tornado than informing us about a tornado.

If a lonely tornado brushed by the Memphis Metro area, they spent wall-to-wall coverage interrupting programming for 30 minutes tracking one tornado and talking to reporters all over the place.

 
At 8:13 AM, March 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Dan does a great job with the weather :) I'm a fan of Brett too... Can't we all just get along?!

 
At 2:07 PM, March 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i liked how kfsm had their news director on "helping out". He obviously thought he needed to be on more than the actual meteorologist garrett lewis. He obviously is a news director because he wasnt good at reporting. where were the flickingers????

 
At 4:27 PM, March 14, 2006, Blogger DCG said...

To the poster who wonders what's up with no new posts for days and the where are they now feature: I now have 2 full time jobs, 80 hours a week, that's why posts have been few and far between. After the first of June, one of my jobs will be ending and I should be getting back to some time off.

 
At 10:50 PM, March 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

enough teasing. I'm dying to know what Dan Skoff's ride is and exactly how it is pimped...

 
At 2:13 AM, March 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan has an SUV with all kinds of weather equipment mounted on top of the car. It's a stormchase vehicle...looks really cool.

 
At 8:39 AM, March 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question is....WHO the heck is Dan Skoff?

Seriously, KARK still sucks!

 
At 1:10 PM, March 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The real question is....WHO the heck is Dan Skoff?

Seriously, KARK still sucks!"


If you don't know who Dan is, then you haven't seen KARK enough lately to say that it sucks.

Seriously, you suck!

 
At 4:21 PM, March 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, you suck.

 
At 4:53 PM, March 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that personally, when a storm is entering Arkansas, I like to know about it. I'm not a met, but I love to keep track of the weather.

I also have friends and family up in NWA, and if something blows through, I'd like to know so I can call and check up on them.

Oh, and Marc Weinberg...yeah, he was proud of his "pimped out" little hatchback.

I don't hear Dan out bragging about his functional vehicle. He storm chases, why are you surprised he has the equipment to do so?

 
At 5:19 PM, March 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bottom line is:

You want someone that knows what they are talking about to tell you about a particular storm and not get you killed? Look no further than Dan Skoff or Mike Francis.

Other than at the weather service, I can guarantee you that there isn't anyone else that knows severe weather meteorology in that market like those guys.

KARK has a great team. Brett has the presentation skills, and Dan and Mike have the knowledge.

NO I don't work for KARK....I hate Nextar and anything associated with it as a matter of fact, but I do know a real meteorologist when I see one.

 
At 6:29 PM, March 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, Brett, Ned, Becky....Blah, blah, blah.

Haven't any of you seen the billboards or newspaper ads?

Ed Buckner is Arkansas' Weatherman!

Sincerely,

KTHV Promotion Dept.

 
At 7:10 PM, March 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed Buckner is getting like Ned Perme, he doesn't even show up for severe weather events anymore. It's always Becky doing the mini-updates.

 
At 7:39 AM, March 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's because the severe weather events are during Becky's shift on the weekends.

 
At 5:22 PM, March 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK is horrible at everything they do. All of these posts talking about how great KARK is, crack me up.

KARK is in the toilet, has been for a while and will continue to stay there.

I don't know of a single person who watches KARK.

 
At 6:27 PM, March 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well.. they have at least ONE viewer, and that's you. You seem to be watching them enough to form an opinion.

 
At 8:16 PM, March 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I have to do is see the ratings to know where KARK stands.

 
At 11:12 PM, March 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ratings what? #2 in am, #1 at noon, #2 at 5 and #3 at 6 and 10p. The only issue with that is they are coming on. THV's newness of "hip" is wearing off and KATV is the one that seems to be losing at weather both in severe and winter weather. If you don't think KARK can get to #1 then remember back when the same folks would have said weather can't make a station....a THV was born.

 
At 1:40 AM, March 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK's definitely the station to watch for weather. Now if they'd just get rid of Bo ...

 
At 7:00 AM, March 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep dreaming KARK!!!

I know it makes life easier to think you are actually a player when you are NOT!

 
At 8:12 AM, March 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep in mind this too... KARK has several former KTHV'ers. What's funny is the new KARK promos are pretty much a copy of what THV did back in the mid-to-late 90s. The new ORANGE graphics are a bit over the top and hard on the eyes, and forcing Jancey and Bob to be "warm & friendly" attempting to add that bit of "comfortability" just doesn't seem natural and isn't working.

To win in this market KARK will need better on-air talent that people actually like to watch provide the news and weather. They are doing a better job, just not quite there yet.

 
At 8:47 AM, March 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"All I have to do is see the ratings to know where KARK stands."

umm... McDonald's (Ch. 7) may sell a lot of Big Macs, but Cotham's (Ch. 4) make a better burger!


Ch. 16 is KFC coleslaw, and Ch. 11 is one of those Burger King chicken fries.

 
At 8:49 AM, March 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Keep dreaming KARK!!!

I know it makes life easier to think you are actually a player when you are NOT!"


ummm... KARK is dreaming, big dreams... dreams you couldn't understand, and soon they'll be your worst nightmare.

 
At 11:05 AM, March 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Keep dreaming KARK!!!

I know it makes life easier to think you are actually a player when you are NOT!"

That's what Syracuse was thinking when they lost to Texas A&M last night.

 
At 3:56 PM, March 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you don't think KARK can get to #1 then remember back when the same folks would have said weather can't make a station....a THV was born."

If you think THV was born because of one weather event, Rob, then you deserve to have worked at five stations in four years. There are many people responsible--one of them you. But to say it's all weather is really a bit naive.

If it were true, your team doesn't have what it takes. With Skoff being the most comfortable on air, you have a team that isn't going to take you to the top. Thanks for playing, though.

 
At 5:45 PM, March 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And thank you, Larry, for playing as well.

 
At 8:42 PM, March 17, 2006, Blogger Rob Thomas said...

Enough is enough.

Until this response, I've never sent ANYTHING to this blog... and never asked or suggested anyone else do it either. Not once.

Second, the truth is all the stations are doing some good things. Name a station in the Little Rock market and there are good things to say about each one.

Unfortunately, some people are willing to be negative and hide behind anonymity. It's your right to do that.... but isn't it sad that it's happened here? Aren't we all more professional than this?


Rob Thomas
KARK-TV

 
At 2:09 PM, March 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll ditto Rob Thomas' statement.
All the stations do a good job. This bickering is pointless! Tell us what we need to know, do your best job, and we'll decide how good a job you're all doing. Otherwise, stop sniping amongst yourselves. It only makes us turn you off even faster! Thank God for NOAA Weather Radio, where we can get the complete weather without the stupidity of these posts!

Signed,

The Viewers of Arkansas!

 
At 2:35 PM, March 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV is THERE when severe weather happens? Because 7 is SMUG!

 
At 9:48 AM, March 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of you are acting like prostitutes, since "whore" got me deleted yesterday.

 
At 12:54 PM, April 05, 2007, Blogger Al said...

all the weather stations suck. let's face it, no one can be right all the time, not even Dan. those weather reporters probably dont even know a thing about weather and just repeat what the nerdy computer guys tell them because they're more handsome

 

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