Tuesday, August 08, 2006

All Shook up in NWA

This from a tipster: "More movin' & shakin in NWA: Dena Drabek, Harriet Vaughn & Jennah Kester all leaving KFSM."

56 Comments:

At 11:39 PM, August 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no idea why KFSM has the audience it does. Outside of Garett Lewis, it seems like amateur hour.

I think these people are simply gettin' while the gettin' is good.

 
At 5:36 AM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is in charge up there anymore? What is the newsdirector like?

 
At 9:01 AM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole area is amateurs. It's a small market. Anyone who stays here is only here cause their not good enough to move on. I think these three were good enough to move on. KFSM has the audience because they have the best coverage of the area. Simple as that.

 
At 9:29 AM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No big deal. Happens all the time. Dena took a job with the Lt. Gov's office in Oklahoma. Harriet wanted to move back to Tenn to be closer to her family. Not sure about Jenna's plans. Ft.Smith/Fayetteville has traditionally been a stepping stone market. Regardless of the station, competitors like to see departures. Somehow makes people feel like they've got a better chance to conquer the market then. Rarely does it pan out that way. It's a blood thirsty business.

 
At 10:35 AM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The key is keeping your lead anchors.....everyone else at a station...particularly in a smaller market...are easily replaceable. This is a non-story except for those who are personal fans of these reporters. It is a big deal when an anchor leaves or gets in trouble...like Tim Malone, but as long as Bridget and Garrett are still leading the way...it's the same ol' KFSM in the eyes of the viewers.

 
At 12:47 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is a big deal when an anchor leaves or gets in trouble...like Tim Malone, but as long as Bridget and Garrett are still leading the way...it's the same ol' KFSM in the eyes of the viewers."

very true.

 
At 2:29 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole area is amateurs. It's a small market. Anyone who stays here is only here cause their not good enough to move on.

That's simply not true....there is money to be made, you just have to be in a position and in demand enough to make it. Staying here says nothing about your talent.

 
At 2:40 PM, August 09, 2006, Blogger Media Watcher said...

I have to agree. Staying in a small market in and of itself doesn't always mean you don't have the talent for larger stations. I've talked to several small market anchors over the years that obviously had what it took for the brighter lights, but didn't want to have to deal with the bigger egos, bigger ratings pressure and bigger management expectations that come with the large markets. In fact, one of these people told me that they were happy to be a large fish in a small, as opposed to a small fish in a big one. Makes sense to me.

 
At 3:41 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are a name in a market...you are going to be paid. There is something to be said about longevity. It's hard to get rid of you when you become a staple inpeople's homes. If you're in demand, the price goes up. Let's also look at market size and cost fo living. It's all relative. Cost of living around her is much cheaper compared to many other spots.

 
At 3:51 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's hard to get rid of you when you become a staple in people's homes. If you're in demand, the price goes up." Really?
Ask Guy Westmoland if he agrees with that.

 
At 4:25 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well since you seem to know his story, why was he let go? I look across the street and Craig Cannon has been on for more than 20 years....

 
At 4:34 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM has the audience it does because of content. They cover more real news and do better with severe weather than anyone in the market. As long as they keep doing that, they will keep winning.

 
At 4:42 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM has the audience because they have a stronger signal. Rememeber where they dominate...River Valley. It ends there.

 
At 4:56 PM, August 09, 2006, Blogger AR1836 said...

Sara Lasure is the "star" reporter anyway. It is a small market and would likely have B grade talent, but if a person lands a job in their Fayetteville location, it's one of the finest places in mid-America to live and work, so a decent talent with less ambition should be capable of living a fulfilled life in the media here. If you want an honest-to-God amateur, that's Matt Turner at KNWA. What the hell were THEY thinking in hiring the consummate amateur(though in comparison to Craig "Bogus" Cannon, he's positively outstanding) as their new co-anchor.

 
At 7:11 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of amateurs.....I suspect most of you are just that. Why do I say that....because professionals don't make stupid, immature comments about others and the competition on blogs like this.

 
At 7:32 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM Weather is #1 during a WINTER STOOOOOOORRRRMMMMM!

 
At 8:12 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous harrison ford said...

Indiana Jones and The Winter Storm of Boring Discussion

 
At 8:38 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even with these departures, I think KFSM can withstand a WINTER STOOORRRRRRRRMMMMMMMMMM!!!

 
At 9:00 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fort Smith will never be the same without Salser's Winter Storms! Any snow that falls this year will melt from the heat put out by Drewbot's power supply fan.

 
At 9:28 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Drew..."Where's Drew?" this week. If that wasn't ripping off of KFSM's weatherperson town tour I don't know what is.

Doesn't matter, KNWA will pass both of you within the next 5 years.

 
At 9:42 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous the next fifteen messages are pnwed said...

"Doesn't matter, KNWA will pass both of you within the next 5 years. "

Oh, so they've finally sold the station to someone who knows how to run one?

 
At 9:48 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous station ain't for sale said...

You don't know me! You don't know me!

 
At 9:49 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Charles said...

NWA/River Valley is not all that small of a market anymore. It's about to break into the top 100. El Paso is 99. And El Paso a good size population.

But back to the topic of the girls leaving...who can blame them? If you can get experience and have the chance to move to a larger market you should jump at it if that's what you want. I had a lot of guys do that when they worked under me.

 
At 10:10 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Speaking of Drew..."Where's Drew?" this week. If that wasn't ripping off of KFSM's weatherperson town tour I don't know what is."

God knows KFSM invented that bit, right?

 
At 10:11 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA is going to have to stop their ratings from sliding if they are going to dominate the market in 5 years. Good luck on that.

 
At 10:13 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Drew?

In second place!

 
At 10:28 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow the Drew "haters" have started.....

 
At 10:39 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New 40/29 Weather Promo: "Do the Drew!"
.......
is that kind of like "Do the robot" ... you know, like the dance?

 
At 10:49 PM, August 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But back to the topic of the girls leaving...who can blame them? If you can get experience and have the chance to move to a larger market you should jump at it if that's what you want"

None of them went to another TV station.

 
At 1:47 AM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous Dan Rather said...

Courage!

 
At 3:34 AM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess is that they got tired of doing hard-hitting local news stories about the plight of such issues as, you know, Peaches the horse's fate.

Ok, I know it wasn't all about that, but still, at some point any conscious adult is going to realize that 90% (that is not a scientific figure, so do not quote me on that) of all local news stories are pure crap.

 
At 9:20 AM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good grief people. Dena took a job back home in Oklahoma. Jennah went to work for Blood Services in Fort Smith and Harriet hasn't left yet, but needs to move back home in a few weeks due to a family illness.

The next ratings book will be out soon. I wonder who will win? Duh!

 
At 9:37 AM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word on the street is Ted Z over at 40/29 just about has STOOOORRRMM
perfected and will be unveiling soon.
Just so you know.

 
At 12:18 PM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This topic has had 34 comments more than it deserves. It's just NW Arkansas. Shouldn't you all be coon hunting or making moonshine at the still?

 
At 12:52 PM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably so. I think the liquor and meat supply down in Little Rock is running low.

 
At 4:38 PM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet that none of you know that Miss Drabek was the 1999 Queen of the Oklahoma Czech Festival...

http://www.oklahomaczechfestival.com/Photos%20of%20Past%20Queens.htm

 
At 4:42 PM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn comment formatting...

just go to
http://www.oklahomaczechfestival.com/
and click on 'Czech Royalty' and 'Photos of Past Queens' and there she is at the bottom...

kinda cute, I think...

 
At 5:24 PM, August 10, 2006, Blogger Ryan said...

I don't think he's as stupid as Kanye West. I actually think he is pretty funny.

 
At 9:23 PM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charles said...
NWA/River Valley is not all that small of a market anymore. It's about to break into the top 100. El Paso is 99. And El Paso a good size population.


Yeah, but if the NWA snobs have their way, the market will lose about 150,000 viewers when it jettisons the River Valley.

 
At 9:25 PM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous ryan said...

but they are the poorest, most crime-ridden 150,000. Numbers don't mean anything if they don't have disposable income.

 
At 9:55 PM, August 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth is...the entire world is a festering bowl of dog snot. The media does it's part everyday to report the very worst and then try to make us all feel better with some stupid fluffy feel good story. Most people in broadcasting are paid poorly, the hours are pathetic, owners sell you on the idea that you are "WOW" on TV getting great experience,but earning less than $30,000 a year in most positions. To read this blog one would think one station or one market was better than the other. Here's a newsflash....all your stations suck. You all gripe about one another like a bunch of teenagers, but you all have the same problems. No one can read without sounding like a 3rd grader. If the prompter fails....forget it, the anchors are completely lost. With all the promos bragging about weather coverage, you would think they could get the forecast right at least once in a while. Technical problems on air during newscasts almost daily. You all have problems with your stations.....get those taken care of and then maybe you will have time to complain about the others.

 
At 6:46 AM, August 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turn around and pick that stick out of your butt. At least these station try to make a living. Sorry we're not as good as you, King of the Media.

 
At 8:06 AM, August 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"At least these station try to make a living"

Wow...that's the best you have?

You are so predictable. It's fine for you to complain about each other, but let someone from the outside point out what's wrong and they "Have a stick up their butt"

I'm not the King of the Media...just a viewer. That of course means my opinion does not matter.

 
At 10:29 AM, August 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yawn.

 
At 11:12 AM, August 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ryan said...
but they are the poorest, most crime-ridden 150,000. Numbers don't mean anything if they don't have disposable income.


Ah, here comes the snobbery again.

There is plenty of disposable income in the River Valley. But people in the River Valley aren't nouveau riche and don't feel the need to flaunt it (Hi, Barber Group!)

Simple fact is this - If NWA dumps the River Valley, it will take decades for the market to be as big as it is now. Of course, many people think NWA will reach a tipping point infrastructure-wise and never be able to add that many more residents.

 
At 11:33 AM, August 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

did i read right??? sara lasure a star reporter???? you kidding? it's matt splett and dena in my opinion.

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

"With all the promos bragging about weather coverage, you would think they could get the forecast right at least once in a while."

HEY!!! My forecast verified today, and yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that, and the day before the day before that. :0P

 
At 3:54 PM, August 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara Lasure won AP Best Reporter.

 
At 10:58 PM, August 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe people want to actually be paid for working. The news business pays peanuts and does not deserve the people it has. Yeah, there is money to be made, but there are a lot more people making that money in the real world. The chances of making that money are like becoming the "Brad Pitt" of the news business. What do people consider a lot of money. I know not many people are making six figures in this market unless your the GM. Management is the key. Money is in management.

 
At 1:17 AM, August 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sara lasure a star reporter????

She's good but not their best. The reporter from the weekend is tops. Should be their main reporter. I heard one of the station has been trying to get her to switch for the past few weeks but not working yet. And I mean yet. I also heard she's had offers at KC and one in Dallas. I heard the money they're offering might work.

What we get paid her. I think she may take it.

 
At 9:02 AM, August 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you talking about Ashley Ketz? She's good, but not quite ready for KC or DFW. Keep it real.

 
At 9:05 AM, August 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides if KFSM is soooooo bad, why would one of the other stations be trying to steal their people? And why would anyone in their right mind want to leave the New York Times Company to work for Nexstar?

 
At 10:13 AM, August 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone want to leave [Company X] to work at Nexstar????????

 
At 12:38 AM, August 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Are you talking about Ashley Ketz?"

I think they're talking about Adria Lynch or what ever her new last name is. She's the only weekend reporter they have. Ketz couldn't get looks from Dallas. She couldn't even make it out of this market.

 
At 6:08 AM, August 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could they be talking about Adria??? She is lucky to have a job in Fort Smith, let alone anywhere else.

 
At 12:29 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I think is funny is that so many small market people have no idea what makes a good story. Yes we need mostly "hard hitting" news and investigations, but there's a place for features too. Ever heard of a guy named Steve Hartman? Or how about Charles Kuralt? Two very well respected journalists, known mostly for their feature stories. Ask around the River Valley, and you'll find a lot of people there cared more about that stupid pony Peaches than the usual crap aired by the local stations.

 

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