Saturday, July 08, 2006

Veteran Local Broadcaster Appointed To Station Manager Of New Fox Affiliate For Northwest Arkansas

Source: Mission Broadcasting Press Release Mission Broadcasting, Inc. announced today that long time local broadcaster, Marty Houston, has been appointed to manage their new full-power Fox affiliate in North West Arkansas. Houston will be Station Manager for KFTA, Fox-24, which is scheduled to take over the Fox affiliation in late August.

Houston returns to the Northwest Arkansas market, where he was Station Manager for KPBI and KFDF TV for 16 years, he has been the Director of Sports Programming for Equity Broadcasting over the past year; viewers may know him better for his hosting of his daily sports talk show “ The Huddle “ for the past 11 years. Houston said he is looking forward to his return to the area, “I appreciate the opportunity and confidence that Mission Broadcasting has placed in me, and look forward to the exciting challenge of a start up station.”

93 Comments:

At 7:16 PM, July 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see this station is starting off on the right foot. I hope his manager skills are better than his on-air skills.

 
At 7:21 PM, July 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real smart, Mission. Appoint the old station manager of the crappy Fox station that you are replacing. If the old Fox station sucked under his leadership what the hell makes you think that the new Fox station will be any better under his leadership. It was while he was working at KPBI that 5 News on Fox 46 flopped. Real smart move, Mission. Real smart move.

 
At 8:36 PM, July 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys this isn't Mission....It's a shell company for Nexstar and Duane Lammers....This is a smart move in their minds. Find someone pay them very little and get mad when it flops

 
At 9:19 PM, July 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, Deathstar strikes again...he'll be as brilliant as the twit he'll work for at NBC.

 
At 12:12 AM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marty is the Man!!! He may not know a thing about sports, but this guy is instant entertainment. He is a legend amongst U of A college students. Everyone on my dorm floor would watch this guy every noon.

I felt like I lost a little bit of my college experience when the Huddle went off the air on Friday.

Marty...you da man!!!

 
At 7:35 AM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If his management skills are just as good as his on air skills, then this is surely to fail. Not to mention it's going to fail no matter who takes the reigns. The DMA is already in a race between 40/29 & 5, this station is going to flop faster than his "Huddle" show. Man that was awful...

 
At 8:29 AM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who has worked with Marty for years, personally he is a great guy. Given the tools necessary to make his show something, he could have done it but it was always a second rate citizen to Equity. He always wanted to take it to the next level but those involved never gave him the time of day. Those that have worked with him will tell you he is a very nice guy, an upright professional, and deserves nothing but the best. Mission, aka, NEXSTAR has made a great choice in hiring him to run their FOX station. You can't get a better well-known guy in the FFS market than Marty. Good luck to him!

 
At 8:53 AM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck Marty! Still wish I had a copy of those old Docuprint you and Bill made.

PL

 
At 9:09 AM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How one campany own two stations in the same market?

Is this "FOX" affiliate going to do River Valley stuff as well?

 
At 11:50 AM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. They have two reporter positions posted on KNWA's web site. They should have just left the Fort Smith newsroom open instead of closing it, trying to sell the building and now re-opening it. Seems a bit crazy if you ask me. They need to find some direction.

And to answer your question about a company owning two stations in one market, Nexstar is just running KFTA, not owning it like they do now. But FCC does allow for multiple ownership. Equity owns the current Fox, UPN, WB and Univision stations in the Fort Smith/Fayetteville DMA.

 
At 1:13 PM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The additional competition in Fort Smith is going to be fun! Especially when the two other stations will blow them out of the water.

 
At 2:16 PM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You miss the whole point. Nexstar is Mission...Nexstar only wants to make a profit but Daune Lammers doesn't know how tv works.
He sits in Terre Haune IN and will try to tell you have to run a station in Arkansas.
I know his first ever job in TV was 40/29 but the man does know how to run a broadcast group.
Look at the trail of burnt bodies he has left. At some point everyone he has burnt will get back at him....
He has lost too many lawsuits!!!!!!

And Duane please when you talk to someone in person spit out that chew...it makes you stink even more.

 
At 5:38 PM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish that Tribune or News Corp. would look into buying a station in a small market that has growth potential. That would take small markets and make them have to put out a good product if you have the big dogs in the game.

 
At 6:04 PM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if they will still use The Huddle's set, or if they will pony up and actually buy one from a high school's television program?

 
At 6:06 PM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent! Just another Arkansas State RTV alum weaving its way into NWA.

It's just a matter of time before the takeover will be complete.

 
At 9:38 PM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 and 40/29 are the only legitimate news organizations in Northwest Arkansas. Nexstar should give up. I'd rather watch color bars than KNWA's Japanese newscast.

 
At 10:30 PM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marty is the Man!!! He may not know a thing about sports, but this guy is instant entertainment. He is a legend amongst U of A college students. Everyone on my dorm floor would watch this guy every noon.

Well, since the dorm floor likes him, he must be gold. Wow, I thought I herad it all on this blog....

 
At 10:37 PM, July 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is very pregidous and very evil!

 
At 5:58 AM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Marty! No more FSM to LR commutes! Things have a way of working themselves out!:)

 
At 6:37 AM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I wonder if they will still use The Huddle's set, or if they will pony up and actually buy one from a high school's television program? "

Maybe they will dust off the old "newsline 24" set if it is still around!!

 
At 7:48 AM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole FOX station idea is going to flop like KNWA's "All Northwest, All The Time" idea is flopping. May draw some interest at the start, but they'll never have the man power or help from their owners to legitimately battle with 5 and 40/29. It's a failed idea before the start, learn from 24, save your money, and save Marty from embarassment.

 
At 10:49 AM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other question is will they pony up for some decent equipment or will they use the same home video cameras they used for "The Huddle?" What a pathetic excuse for a sports TV show. What about the sports anchor wanna-be/loser/used-car-salesman that co-hosted the show w/ Marty? Do we have to put up w/ him, too?

 
At 12:54 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the "Always Northwest Arkansas News" format isn't the problem at KNWA... That format can and will work, but that station has some problems with their lineup and technical areas that are killing them...

 
At 12:54 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rainbows are pretty. I don't know why I shoot at them.

 
At 1:55 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the "Always Northwest Arkansas News" format isn't the problem at KNWA... That format can and will work, but that station has some problems with their lineup and technical areas that are killing them..."

That format has been tried several times in the past 15-20 years by both 24/51 and 40/29 and fails miserably each time.

KFSM has thrived by providing balanced coverage of both areas of the market.

 
At 1:56 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Jen said...

Any station with Neile Jones on-air is doomed to fail. That's one of the main reasons KNWA sucks.

 
At 2:07 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why the Fort Smith/Fayetteville combined TV market concept is so difficult for so many.

The two areas are a combined TV market for two main reasons. Obviously they are close geographically. The second and main reason is economic. Their combined population provides the economic strength TV stations need to be successful.

I'm all about offering split advertising options...that just makes sense. But the newscasts need to remain combined and balanced. As the previous posted said, EACH AND EVERY TIME stations have deviated from that model, they have FAILED and gone back to the balanced/combined approach.

40/29 for now has learned their lesson about split news coverage, although moving Craig Cannon to NWA sends a clear message to the River Valley that NWA is their priority.

Closing KPOM was a mistake and their ratings reflect that approach.

KFSM has remained on the right track to this point, and I suspect they will stay balanced because managers who actually like Fort Smith are calling the shots.

Ratings for 5 NEws reflect their correct approach. When will the other stations learn their lesson??

 
At 2:11 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with KNWA is that they've thrown in the towel in FSM. What we are seeing is their attempt to put together a quality news product using only NWA revenue.

It's doesn't work and that's why the two areas are combined.

 
At 3:00 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous dan rather be fishing said...

The NWA-FSM markets will be split. Someday.

KNWA jumped the gun way, WAY too soon, though.

 
At 3:00 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ratings for 5 NEws reflect their correct approach. When will the other stations learn their lesson??

I do agree that the split market can be done right and effectively; however, your argument that the ratings reflect this in my opinion is flawed. Nielsen over the last year has undersampled NW AR and oversampled the River Valley, so you can't use ratings solely to make your argument. Of course 5's ratings are inflated, they own the River Valley, everybody knows that.

 
At 3:38 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"dan rather be fishing said...
The NWA-FSM markets will be split. Someday."

Even if each area had a million people, the markets would still be combined!

They're too close together! It would be like splitting Dallas/Fort Worth.

 
At 3:40 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The NWA-FSM markets will be split. Someday."

That's the dream of those who don't wish to invest time, money, and energy competing in Fort Smith.

Why does everyone but KFSM feel that way???

 
At 5:05 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does everyone but KFSM feel that way???

Because many people in the NWA area are sick of all the news being dedicated to who got shot or stabbed in Ft. Smith or Van Buren that day... it gets old and depressing after a while...

And splitting up NWA and FSM is not like splitting up DFW... as someone who grew up in DFW and is currently living in NWA, I can tell you that the culture and perspective of the two markets in Arkansas as opposed to the two markets in Texas are light years away from each other... Ft. Worth and Dallas interact and are interwoven while keeping each city's identity... FSM and NWA do not interact in any way... they are two seperate cultures and population centers...

When the area between FSM and NWA becomes like the Mid-Cities in between Dallas and Ft. Worth, then your statement may hold water...

Until then, I don't give a crap about anything that happens in the River Valley... and there are many up here that feel exactly the same way (I hear it all the time)

 
At 5:25 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree. Having lived in Arlington for a long time (before the super growth of the last twenty years) Dallas and Fort Worth were seperate just like Fort Smith and Fayetteville. Only in the last twenty years have the towns in between DFW filled in. But that doesn't mean that they depend on each other. That is apparent by Dallas having their transit system (DART) and Fort Worth lagging behind on theirs. They are seperate in almost every single way but they need to be in the same DMA. Same thing for FSM/Fay. It makes no sense to split the DMAs. Right now we are a 104...split the DMAs and we'll have two markets almost as small as Juneau, Alaska.

 
At 5:55 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DFW has an identity... When you're asked where you lived, do you say 'Arlington, TX' or do you say DFW or the Metroplex..?

NWA and the River Valley share nothing other than TV and a few radio stations... Fayetteville is 'up the mountain' and FSM is 'down the mountain'... there is no commonality between the two... none...

Benton and Washington counties in 2000 had over 300K people (that # today is most likely closer to 450K) while Crawford and Sebastin in 2000 was a little under 170K (probably 225K today) but FSM gets most of the coverage on KFSM and 40/29...

The problem with including FSM in NWA newscasts is that the head people for those stations that choose to split coverage live and work out of FSM and FSM dominates the news coverage even though they are a smaller population and a smaller business center...

Right now, the paradigm is of a Fort Smith station that covers NWA when it has to... But the money is up here in NWA and I don't know anyone who isn't at least a little perturbed at the situation of FSM stations paying little attention to Washington and Benton counties...

Right now, it is a situation akin to stations in central Arkansas being based in Conway and barely covering anything in Little Rock...

The situation in western Arkansas should be reversed with all the stations based in NWA and covering Ft. Smith and Van Buren if they have to...

It will be that way soon and those who demand coverage for both will just have to live with it...

 
At 8:33 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous comments section said...

person one: Your business plan is flawed.

person two: no, your business plan is flawed.

*repeat*

 
At 9:08 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Charles Salser said...

Your blog sucks without me.

 
At 9:16 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Dana Barrett said...

I heard Marty beat out Mike Rotch for the job.

 
At 10:55 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you guys quit talking about Channel 5's stellar tatings? Let's not get started on May.

 
At 8:20 AM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great comments on both sides of the FSM/FAY market issue!

Fact remains however that the markets will remain combined. For those of you who haven't paid attention over the past 10 years or so, Fort Smith has grown by leaps and bounds. It was like they hit a certain demographic and the retail market exploded! There is advertising money to be made there, and it keeps growing.

Will it ever catch NWA, heck no. But, Fort Smith will always be a factor. Those who choose to turn their back on that part of the DMA will not be successful.

 
At 8:27 AM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think some of you NWA people think you have a utopia up there and want to isolate yourselves and become your own state. This debate over how the TV market out there should be structured is a good example.

The TV market out there is about 700,000, and cutting out over a third of it because you hate Fort Smith is just moronic! That's a whole lot of revenue gone and a sharp decline in market size.

Listen to yourselves! You need the rest of the state just like the rest of us need you!

Try the NWA only approach that works so well for KNWA, and let KFSM continue to rake it in by doing things the right way!!

 
At 8:56 AM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kind of funny that with the NWA section of the market growing so fast that KFSM grew in total demo ratings by 2 and 3 points year to year in May while KNWA lost ground from where they were a year ago.

You might have a valid argument if all those new people in Benton County either a) cared or b) were planning to stay for longer than 2 years before going back home.

The fact is that news viewership in Fort Smith and the River Valley is much higher than in NWA. And on big breaking news days, the race in NWA was exclusively between 5 and 40/29. KNWA actually lost ground during big news events.

Just because they are "Northwest Arkansas Always" doesn't mean anyone in Northwest Arkansas actually watches them.

 
At 9:00 AM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM has more reporters in Washington and Benton Counties than KNWA. Saying you are committed to NWA (KNWA) is different than proving it on the ground (KFSM and 40/29). People gave you a shot, but when the product wasn't there, they left in droves. That is a fact.

 
At 9:37 AM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think what most NWA-ers forget is that if the market were split, then Fayetteville would drop to somewhere between Markets 150-160, or even lower depending on how the border counties shake out (meaning some could go to Joplin and Springfield).

Guess what, those advertising rates and payrolls will reflect it and you'll be in the same boat as Jonesboro.

 
At 10:28 AM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From my viewpoint - one of the fundamental problems with KNWA's news product(?)is Bo. He should just go on the road playing bars to hone his fledgling attempts at humor since that's what tries do on the air anyway. He could haul around a little news desk prop and his inflated ego in a little You -Haul'it trailer and practice on the patrons. Now that's an idea !!!

 
At 5:49 PM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous oh no you dint said...

Guess what, those advertising rates and payrolls will reflect it and you'll be in the same boat as Jonesboro.

I cannot believe you just compared NWA to Jonesboro... how uninformed can you be..?

You do realize that by 2020, this area will be larger than Little Rock, right..?

And then it will be Ft. Smith doing the Joplin/Jonesboro dance...

 
At 9:20 PM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For NWA to catch and pass Little Rock, growth will begin heading south, down 540. By 2020, it's likely there will be bedroom communities stretching all the way down to Alma. (Unless gas prices make it impossible to commute that far.) Hell, there are already many people who commute from south of the Bobby Hopper Tunnel to the Promised Land.

So when you split the markets, who gets those viewers in Mountainburg and Alma? Not Fay/Spr/Ben/Rog, but good ole FSM.

Of course, this is all assuming the growth will continue. Given the infrastructure problems, I'm not convinced that'll happen.

 
At 9:24 PM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Nielsen over the last year has undersampled NW AR and oversampled the River Valley"
*You can't consistently over sample, it's statistically impossible.

*40/29 and 5 are successful because they cover the entire area. "We don't care about FSM news is B.S." Do you watch CNN, FOX or MSNBC? Is it because the news is 'in your area'?

No, the news sucks around here because the storytelling sucks and the resources are misused.

 
At 10:14 PM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You can't consistently over sample, it's statistically impossible."

You can consistently distribute more diaries in one area...that's what has happened.

 
At 11:20 PM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous yeah ok said...

So when you split the markets, who gets those viewers in Mountainburg and Alma? Not Fay/Spr/Ben/Rog, but good ole FSM.

And you can have 'em as far as I'm concerned.

 
At 11:24 PM, July 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you watch CNN, FOX or MSNBC? Is it because the news is 'in your area'?

I watch CNN and MSNBC and Headline News and FOX (if there's a car chase in LA) because I care what happens nationally... If they started every newscast with a story from every podunk town in America about someone getting shot or stabbed, no one would watch... And that's what KFSM and 40/29 do... Every single newscast starts off with a Ft. Smith depressing story of some sort... We're sick of it; it doesn't affect us in NWA and it isn't NEWS to me... it has no bearing on anything I do...

And believe me when I say that I am not the only one who is tired of it...

 
At 12:41 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:24....KNWA is for you!

By the way...using your line of reasoning....why do you care what goes on outside of your county..or city?

 
At 9:51 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok 12:41, you're just not going to get it...

I care and pay attention to a lot that goes on outside of my city and county, and state, and nation...

But I'm tiired of Ft. Smith dominating the news simply because of their crime rate... If the President is visiting Ft. Smith, I want to know about it... if yet another person gets stabbed in Van Buren, I don't give a crap...

When the President visits Little Rock, I want to know about it... but I don't care if someone gets shot in Pine Bluff... do you see where I'm going here..?

Just because I don't care about the news that is fed to me about Ft. Smith doesn't mean that I am well informed about national and international news...

Your question suggests a deep misunderstanding of what I had been saying in previous posts...

 
At 9:56 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...doesn't mean that I am NOTwell informed about national and international...

shatner
must. learn. to. preview
/shatner

 
At 10:06 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:51- if you live in Washington County...do you care if there's a stabbing in Benton County??

I guess it's a good thing you live in an area where there are TV stations in your backyard. You'd probably be miserable if you lived in....for instance...Tahlequah...where Tulsa stations are your locals and most newscasts only mention your temperature!

Not every story on a local newscast is supposed to be relevant or even interesting to every viewer. That's impossible!

 
At 10:32 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

except that, to expound on your analogy, it would be more like living in Oklahoma City and having Tulsa determine what is news for you...

Get it yet?

 
At 10:33 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:51 is cracking me up with his constant mentions of the River Valley's crime rate being higher than NWA's. Never let the facts get in the way of a troll.

I just don't understand why people are so eager to rid themselves of 200k potential viewers. It smacks of laziness.

 
At 10:38 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psssst, 10:32, OKC and Tulsa are about 1 hour, 45 minutes apart. FSM and Fayetteville are 45 minutes apart.

 
At 10:54 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This pro-KNWA stuff cracks me up. Since you guys started the "Northwest Arkansas Always" stuff your ratings have gone DOWN. I realize that you live in an alternative universe over there, but DOWN is the opposite of UP!

Say what you want about the River Valley, the only reason you quit covering it is your company didn't want to spend the money to compete. Now all you do is talk about NWA, but the fact is that both 5 and 40/29 kick your butts in Washington and Benton Counties. Your philosophy might have worked had you executed, but you didn't and you missed your chance. Try again after your next shut-down and rebuild.

 
At 10:59 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, let's talk about crime rate in the River Valley for a moment, shall we..?

Ft. Smith - The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 804. The number of murders and homicides was 12. The violent crime rate was 9.8 per 1,000 people.

Fayetteville - The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 251. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 4.1 per 1,000 people.

how you like dem apples?

 
At 11:08 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

let me also add that in 2004, the national rate was 435.5 violent crimes per 10000 people...

in 2004, Ft. Smith had 512.8 violent crimes per 10000 people... it also ranked as the 79th most dangerous city in America based on these stats... (in comparison, N. Little Rock ranked 89th)

Not exactly paradise, now is it?

Meanwhile, Fayetteville continues to gather accolades based on it's low crime and unemployment rate...

If you don't think that the crime rate is higher (much, much higher) in the RV, then you simply aren't paying attention...

 
At 11:38 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Combine the crime rate for all of Sebastian/Crawford Counties to the crime rate for all of Benton/Washington Counties.

 
At 11:46 AM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Using 2004 stats...

Murders
Fort Smith - 3
Van Buren - 0
Springdale - 5
Bentonville - 2
Rogers - 1
Fayetteville - NA

 
At 12:22 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Using 2000 stats...

Murders
Washington County - 8
Benton County - 5

Crawford County - 1
Sebastian County - 2

 
At 12:48 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Accoding to the FSM PD, the number of murders in 2004 was 4, not 3...

but that's an anomaly... let's look at the trend, shall we?

Murders
|Fort Smith| |Fayetteville|
1999 - 2.............1
2000 - 2.............6
2001 - 8.............0
2002 - 8.............0
2003 - 12............0
2004 - 4.............0

Assaults/100,000 people
|Fort Smith| |Fayetteville|
1999 - 408.6........242.9
2000 - 545.7........211.9
2001 - 533.2........256.7
2002 - 625.4........256.7
2003 - 726.3........308.4

Someone suggested looking at Sebastian/Crawford counties as opposed to Washington/Benton counties... ok...

And let's look at 2000, since it was such an anomalous year for Washington county...

S/C
Population - 168,318
Murders - 3
Aggrivated Assault - 621

W/B
Population - 311,121
Murders - 13
Aggrivated Assault - 531

Twice the population, fewer assaults... and that trend has continued every year...

and in 2003, Ft. Smith, a city with a population a little above 80,000, had nearly as many murders in the city as in both Washington and Benton counties combined had in 2000 with 12... of course there's the 8 the year before and 8 the year before that...

Yeah, I'm glad you feel safe in Ft. Smith, because I sure don't...

 
At 12:56 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous an interested party said...

1999-2004 murders in Fort Smith equalled 36. Fayetteville equalled 7.

I think that is much more telling than picking one bad year to skew your stats, 12:22.

 
At 1:03 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez you people have too much time on your hands.

 
At 1:09 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

research is what I do all day... I'm billing you all for this, by the way... :)

 
At 1:28 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does "Feeling safe" have to do with reporting news? Murders are news, big news in smaller markets.

News directors and reporters here in NWA should be praying for the murder rate to go up, so they'll have some juicy segments for their reels. After all, it's tough to jump to a larger market if your tape consists of nothing but fluff pieces on charity events and coverage of icy roads.

 
At 3:08 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous reslas selrahc said...

MURDER STORM!!

 
At 3:31 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well you guys really got off the subject here. Good Luck Marty!!

 
At 4:17 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying for murder... Your mama must be so proud of you...

 
At 5:21 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lived in NWA all my life, and I love it. But, those of you who think this is heaven on earth are a little much! This is a nice area and a good place to live and raise a family. But, so is Fort Smith and many other areas of Arkansas and surrounding states.

I'm sure all this excessive NWA bragging is a huge turn-off to many and I wish it would stop!

 
At 5:33 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Ray Baker said...

Having lived in several areas of Arkansas (Harrison, Little Rock, Conway, Fayetteville) I can tell you that Fayetteville is about as close to 'Heaven' as a community can get in this state. You may disagree, and that's fine, but the two areas in this DMA do not compare in any facet, be it crime, education, environment, unemployment and economy.

My point is that they are further apart, metaphorically, than 48 miles.

 
At 7:03 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Guess what, those advertising rates and payrolls will reflect it and you'll be in the same boat as Jonesboro."

You say that like the pay in the NWA market is actually GOOD, which is most certainly is not - which is why I got out. There's no way I'd be able to raise a family on the pathetic hourly pay I was making while in the business. Unless you're in a talent position (i.e. main anchor), you're not making squat, and I hear even now many of the main anchor positions in this market don't pay squat either.

 
At 7:29 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fayetteville is about as close to 'Heaven' as a community can get in this state"

Yes it is nice up here but my God you people are driving me NUTS!! You act like we have streets of gold and a couple hundred thousand choir boys and girls living here!!

We have a nice place to live, but this is not the UTOPIA many of you make it out to be! There are MANY other fine communities in Arkansas.

 
At 10:46 AM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And none of them compare to a nice town on the beach with palm trees and rum drinks. :-)

Economically, the two sides of the market are closer together than you might think. Both have unemployment rates of under 5%. NWA has Walmart and Tyson (which laid off over 800 today), etc., while FSM has Baldor, ABF, etc.

Fayetteville is ahead of Fort Smith in downtown development, to their credit, but Fort Smith is working on it full force.

Population growth in Fort Smith and Van Buren has jumped in the last twelve months, close to the pace of Benton County.

Both areas of the market have some nice spots and some crappy ones. But to be frank, nowhere in Arkansas quite compares to Charleston or Savannah.

 
At 11:21 AM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But to be frank, nowhere in Arkansas quite compares to Charleston or Savannah."

It doesn't have to compare to either of them. If you like those places better, go.

 
At 6:33 PM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fort Smith is working on it's downtown in full force?

That's the funniest thing I've heard all month. Good one!

 
At 9:40 PM, July 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fort Smith is working on it's downtown in full force"

No kidding, I can't believe all the money they've poured into downtown development. I guess it'll pay off if the casino's built. Time will tell.

 
At 1:46 AM, July 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Fort Smith and can tell you. I don't watch any of the local news very often. Mainly I don't care what the latest Meth bust was or who was stop on I40 with drugs. I get more out of KTUL Channel 8 in Tulsa than any of the stations here.

5 has a bunch of just out of college kids running the news now basically.

 
At 7:34 AM, July 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just cracks me up that you think KTUL is a good station. No accounting for taste, I guess.

 
At 10:09 AM, July 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It just cracks me up that you think KTUL is a good station. No accounting for taste, I guess."

What's with the overall lack of respect for Tulsa stations in western Arkansas? You are not the first person on here to be negative about them. I think they're pretty good! KOTV is the best now, but KTUL is still pretty good! Charles Ely and Carole Lambert are excellent news anchors. They lost Travis Meyer to 6, but they are still pretty good!

 
At 1:40 PM, July 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure there are good people working in Tulsa but I can only see KTUL and it isn't impressive.

They look outdated for the market size.

 
At 1:43 PM, July 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTUL Sucks, they've tanked in the last 5 years, it's too bad..they used to be an institution in NE Oklahoma.

 
At 12:03 AM, July 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"KTUL Sucks, they've tanked in the last 5 years, it's too bad..they used to be an institution in NE Oklahoma."

and an institution in Northwest Arkansas!! Before the 1980's, Northwest Arkansas was part of the Tulsa DMA....and KTUL was the dominant station in the area.

You ask any of the older folks and they'll remember people like Don Woods and his "Gusty" cartoon....Bob Hower, Betty Boyd, Chris Lincoln, etc.

Even though KFSM has been in Fort Smith since 1953, they didn't have much of a signal or impact on NWA. KHOG came along and eventually won enough viewers to make NWA part of Fort Smith television.

KTUL still has a lot of viewers that they've carried since those days, and are still beloved by many around here which is why they have remained on most Western Arkansas cable systems while 2 and 6 are only available on a few.

 
At 12:09 AM, July 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL Craig Cannon is here because 8 canned him back in a day! Thanks KTUL! (sarcasm)

How many of you knew that?? Funny Craig didn't put that in his bio. He was fired from KTUL and migrated to Fort Smith where we're willing to put up with him.

 
At 9:19 AM, July 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"LOL Craig Cannon is here because 8 canned him back in a day! Thanks KTUL!"

I am not a big supporter of Craig's but i remember he was a weekend anchor at 8 when 40/29 hired him. Everyone in nwa knew who he was because everyone still watched 8 at the time. I don't remember him getting canned there. I was thinking he was still on the air when he came over..but i could be wrong.

 
At 10:47 PM, July 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A former KTUL staffer who was around back then said he got canned...then picked up on "waivers" by 40/29.

While on a personal level everyone there is happy for him that he found a long-term job and wish him well.....they were GLAD to see him go! He was very hard to get along with.

 
At 8:38 PM, July 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the bashing on the Tulsa stations, but no one took exception to what I said about what was on 5 now days.

Are they capable of going and doing a real news story?

One that isn't from the police scanner or arrest reports. One that wasn't already in the newspaper or one that isn't just handed to them?

You talk about KTUL slipping over the past 10 years, what about KFSM slipping over the last 5...right into the ditch. They're news is nothing more than a live version of the National Enquirer in the River Valley.

 
At 9:33 PM, July 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"what about KFSM slipping over the last 5...right into the ditch"

WTF? KFSM was in the ditch 5 years ago when KHBS was nearly #1 in all newscast. If anything KFSM is out of the ditch now.

 
At 8:14 AM, July 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:38 -- stay away from the mushrooms...you got KFSM confused with KNWA. Only, KNWA typically misses most breaking news events on the scnaner.

 
At 8:27 PM, August 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTUL used to be based in Muskogee before it moved to Tulsa and changed names. I do not know the year, but its a similar scenario to what has occured in NWA. Tulsa kept growing and Muskogee did not.

Eventually all stations in this market will have no choice but to move their base of operations to NWA as the population shift will force it. It costs money to move and that has kept things the way they are, but that can only go on for so long.

Fort Smith may be growing slow and steady but there is really no way to keep up with the economic driver NWA has become for the state. And yes most people in NWA don't care too much about what happens in Fort Smith on a day to day basis. Based on population, they stations should spend 2/3 of their news time on NWA and 1/3 on the river valley. That would be fair.

 

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