Friday, April 21, 2006

ATN EXCLUSIVE: Katzfey Speaks About Future

As reported yesteday, KNWA Chief Met Rick Katzfey is leaving when his contract is up. Arkansas TV News asked Katzfey about his future. Below is his response:

"I appreciate you asking about my plans for the future. I amnot sure what I am going to be doing at the moment. I maystay around the Northwest Arkansas area... I love it hereand my family loves it here. There is a lot of growth goingon and I know there is something out there... a product ororganization that needs representing. We will see what Godhas planned for me and my family. You know that song byCarrie Underwood, "Jesus Take The Wheel"? He is driving andI am riding shotgun! We will see in time where I end up!"

24 Comments:

At 11:07 PM, April 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I still hate to see the "Cool Kat" go, it is nice to see that he is keeping his head up in a time like that. I hope he stays in Northwest Arkansas, and finds something else to move onto, weather or otherwise. Best of luck Rick!

 
At 6:58 AM, April 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That pretty much confirms that KNWA is basically cutting him loose.

They will be hard pressed to find anyone better, so the search should be interesting. It's entirely possible they've already got someone in mind.

Rick you will be missed

 
At 12:26 PM, April 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stick around, Rick! Word through the grapevine is that Charles Salser is on his way out of the weather business. 40/29 could sure use an talented "real" person like you.

 
At 12:34 PM, April 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This thread has nothing to do with Charles, yet you felt the need to bring him up. Classless.

 
At 1:08 PM, April 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sad to hear KNWA is willing to let the best thing at their station walk out the door without a fight. Families love Rick because he's a family man. He's real NOT fake like other top dogs at that station..he does't work in tv for glory or face time...he does it because he loves his job. KNWA will kick themselves for this. In my opinion (you don't have to agree) but management there must be insane. Rick is what NWA folks like...ratings? I don't know how those work but if Rick leaves I think other stations will gain from KNWA's mistake. Hope they can stay above water...because who knows what will happen. I hope those who are letting Rick go really asked viewers what they thought of Rick...or maybe they don't care. I wish they'd tell us the reasoning behind all this

 
At 5:20 PM, April 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katzfey as best thing at KNWA? That's hysterical. Best at KNWA is clearly Don Elkins. While Rick is probably a great guy on a personal level, his weather reporting is just . . . . . average. His live shots were, at times, pathetic and sad as he tried to do too much rather than just report the weather, like he was supposed to. It's almost like he would be put on live shots just to be put on live shots. That's not a good recipe for good television or weather reporting, and KNWA is already behind the 8-ball w/ their overall product. They've only made things worse trying to put Katzfey on live shots while asking him to do slapstick bits as well. Neile Jones plugging the Race for the Cure as nauseum for 4 months before the race doesn't help them either.

I've never cared for the management at KNWA, but Katzfey has never impressed me as a weather guy either.

 
At 1:42 AM, April 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never understand what goes through the minds of general managers and station directors. KNWA is climbing in the ratings and they lead the 10 in NWA but they are forcing him to leave.
I have seen this happen so many times, but at least I work for a competitor so what the hell.

 
At 8:23 AM, April 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA is not "climbing" in the ratings. Their February numbers were right back where they always were.

 
At 9:26 AM, April 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did he really reference a Carrie Underwood song? I think that was the real mstake here.

But seriously, will be sad to see him go. He was the only weather guy I could stand. And last time there was "severe" weather when I was watching TV, he only cut in on the commercials. I got to watch just about all My Name is Earl, and isn't that what's really important?

/I'm pathetic I know
//"severe" weather is a joke in NWA anyway
///wait, this isn't Fark, where the hell am I?

 
At 1:31 PM, April 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a source close to Katzfey - management actually offered him a new contract, but he refused to sign it. With as poorly run as the station is, can anyone blame him? Who needs the headaches?

 
At 7:02 AM, April 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if deathstar would actually spend some money, they could get Steve Gibbs or John Patrick to come back. But that'll never happen.

 
At 7:52 AM, April 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is John Patrick still in the business? Where did he end up going?

 
At 10:09 AM, April 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Katzfey going to 40/29 i heard Salser threw in the towel???

 
At 12:11 PM, April 26, 2006, Anonymous John Patrick said...

Another former NWA news person turned me onto this blog today.

I must say that I'm surprised to hear Rick's leaving. He & I didn't always see eye-to-eye, but I wish him good luck in all his endeavors after KNWA.

For whomever that is a couple of comments above this one wondering, I am doing mornings in Fort Myers, Florida at WZVN-TV. I've been here for a year since I left KNWA in 2005.

 
At 3:59 PM, April 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SANCHEZ!!!!!

 
At 10:58 PM, April 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nexstar did the same thing with Mike Nail (sports) when the company first bought the station....and of course, there is a long list of people who have left or been forced out since then.
It's an insult to the people who have given most of their waking hours to that station...what the company offers is a gesture...a gesture that is supposed to get that anchor to quit or get busy looking elsewhere. I think in many cases it's about what $$ they were making. Rick came from a larger market and probably did quite well for KNWA. Nexstar has a "formula" for what they pay their on-air people...if they come in and you don't fit in their "formula"..watch out.
Rick was too good for that station. That's interesting about Charles...maybe Rick would be treated better there!

 
At 11:05 PM, April 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Carrie Underwood.

You can get "Jesus Takes the Wheel" as your ringtone!

 
At 8:45 AM, April 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the networks and Neilson should give NWA back to Tulsa anyway! I haven't seen a quality news organization around here in the entire 25 years or so since "local stations" popped up! I would MUCH rather watch The News on 6 or NewsChannel 8 any day. They do cover the Razorbacks; and the weather coverage is far superior to "our own stations"!

 
At 9:20 AM, April 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Tulsa comment is not realistic, but the weather comment is very true. If you watch 2,6, or 8 during severe weather, you will see that their coverage of storms in NWA and Fort Smith is at least as good and thorough as the FSM/FAY stations. In many cases it is better because they have better anchors, equipment, and many times have storm chasers over here to provide on the spot coverage. You get more local news from the stations around here, but not better weather coverage.

 
At 9:29 AM, April 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Background for those who are not familiar with the NWA television market....While KFSM has been in Fort Smith since the 50s, there were no major broadcast stations located in NWA till Channel 29 came along in the late 70s/early 80s. Before that time, Tulsa stations were their local television. I believe they were also with Pittsburg/Joplin for a while. That Tulsa comment must come from an old-timer.:)

 
At 2:40 PM, April 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Tulsa would have to do is draw in 50% plus of our market for two years and they would get it.

Right now they draw in the range of 2%.

Their stations are pretty average for the market size. On the other hand, they do have a nice aquarium.

 
At 6:01 PM, April 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am impressed they draw 2% haha, and this comes from a guy who prefers their newscasts. I do know they are strong in Siloam Springs...and I suspect that's the 2% aside from native Tulsans. KTUL is the most popular in Arkansas. I disagree that they are average. Maybe 2 is.....but 6 and 8 are pretty darn good!

 
At 9:20 PM, April 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame it's not Bo Mattingly that's leaving.

 
At 7:38 PM, May 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick will be greatly missed at KNWA. He's a terrific person, wonderful family man and professional meteorologist! I wish him luck in whatever God has in store for his life.

 

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