Monday, March 27, 2006

Southwest Arkansas Residents: We Want Our Little Rock Stations

Southwest Arkansas residents are not happy with Direct TV about the forth-coming switch from Little Rock 'local' stations to Shreveport 'local' stations. But it looks as though there's nothing that can be done as Nielson deems Southwest Arkansas in the Shreveport DMA. Here's a quote from the article in Monday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

"“I’m not interested in getting my news, weather and sports out of Louisiana,” said Barham, a rancher in central Nevada County about 20 miles south of Prescott. “I live in Arkansas. I love the [University of Arkansas ] Razorbacks. Why would I want to get anything on Centenary [College]” out of Shreveport, he asked.

Another Nevada County resident, U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott, said he, too, is upset with the change. “I’m actually, because I’m so mad about this, working on some legislation,” the congressman added. Ross said his proposed legislation would provide subscribers with a choice of local programming options."

14 Comments:

At 2:13 AM, March 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least now they can get stations that really care about them. Plus, stations that are not so much worried about each other that they have forgotten about the people.
Little Rock stations love Little Rock. How many times has KATV or KTHV been the Neveda Co. on ANY story? Way to far for anything other than a mass murder.
The razorbacks are a NW Ark thing. They too have forgotten about the farmers and fokls who love then statewide.
Arkansas stations need to stop worrying about new sets and who's number one long enough to watch thier DMA # shoot into the 60's & 70's.

 
At 9:48 AM, March 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks KARK newsroom.

 
At 11:50 AM, March 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather have Shreveport locals than Monroe, anyday. Although I'd prefer to have LR... that will never happen here, and I'll be stuck with all Monore forever.

 
At 12:20 PM, March 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The folks in far Eastern Arkansas (St. Francis and Cross counties) get KARK and KATV on cable, and they are in Memphis' DMA. Heck you can even get THV in Fort Smith for crying out loud. I can't imagine anyone outside of maybe Miller, Litte River, Lafayette or Columbia counties wanting anything to do with Shreveport news. Nevada county SHOULD be part of Little Rock's DMA....but I guess they are going by the book because Hempstead and Nevada are part of Shreveport's DMA area. Oh well...

 
At 12:21 PM, March 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To add to the above....I guess that's part of the price you pay for DirecTV...because you'll get raped paying for cable.

 
At 12:30 PM, March 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is endemic of the myopia in the state of Arkansas. Notice how the quote only references whether or not he will get Razorback stuff and not news or weather?

I wonder how he would feel when a tornado break occurs in most of Arkansas and the Little Rock stations only focus on LR.

I bet he'll want that "Centennary" stuff then, huh?

 
At 9:40 PM, March 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't want to switch, start ringing Dish Network, and Directv's phones and tell them if they switch your local channels, you'll pull the plug on their service. If enough people raise cain, maybe they'll think twice. Tell them what you want, and they'll have to listen.

 
At 10:34 PM, March 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's always the option of a tower, a long range antenna system and a good preamp and rotor. Works with HDTV too :)

Plus its a nice backup when rain-fade occurs with the nearby severe weather.

One more thing, its not subject to p***ing contests between stations and cable/sat providers.

Problem is....MOST people just want to see TV news of their prefered area without an act of congress or looking like an antenna farm. I favor loosening the regulations on which locals one can get on DBS and cable. I'm sure the Nexstar/Albritton/Gannett/Clear Channel/Equity drones will hate it but let the viewers have a choice.

 
At 10:37 PM, March 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The razorbacks are a NW Ark thing. They too have forgotten about the farmers and fokls who love then statewide."

Huh?

What does THAT have to do with someone in Prescott wanting to see Little Rock local news on E* or D*

BTW, doesn't KSLA carry JP SEC football/basketball? So i've been told.

 
At 8:46 AM, March 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the 2 Little Rock football, and 1 basketball games a year make people in EVERY other part of Arkansas think the HOGS have forgotten about them? WALMART/TYSON HOGS.

 
At 6:57 PM, March 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Dish Network not allow you to purchase markets separately anymore? I live in Camden and we get Little Rock on Dish Network and pay $5 ala carte for Shreveport and Monroe markets.

 
At 11:54 PM, March 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Does Dish Network not allow you to purchase markets separately anymore? I live in Camden and we get Little Rock on Dish Network and pay $5 ala carte for Shreveport and Monroe markets."

I was just curious....I'm from El Dorado, and we are in the Monroe market, and I've been trying to find a way to get LR stations with a dish. The cable here only carries KATV, so, if there is a possible way to get the LR locals, I'd like to know. How did you get the ala carte? Did you talk to a saleman? Is there a way to have a "service address" differently than where the receiver is located? Thanks for any info you can provide.

 
At 12:12 AM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've also been doing the 3 ala carte markets for years. I imagine I've been grandfathered in on it and they don't offer it to new subscribers. I can't seem to find any info on the ala carte anymore.

 
At 10:34 AM, April 05, 2006, Anonymous Chuck said...

The fact is, ALL TV stations' major focus is on their local markets - it should be no surprise that Little Rock stations don't spend enough of their air time on Prescott or El Dorado local news to really satisfy those viewers - but, if LR stations lose their local market share they lose their local advertisers - to be fair, you don't see too many of those from Nevada county or other more distant counties. It's not as simple as just "big city arrogance." I think they do a pretty good job with things like "Traveling Arkansas" or the helicopters flying to big games in small towns because that's interesting to all Arkansans, including viewers in Little Rock, where their paychecks come from.
The real issue is that many of the things that are of local interest in Little Rock are of local interest for the whole state - state government, state sports and MAJOR events around the state - sure, you have to endure boring Little Rock local news, but can you possibly expect better from Shreveport or Monroe? I doubt it, and for that reason alone everyone should have access to Little Rock stations, if possible.

 

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