Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I can't believe I was out working out of town when the biggest story in Little Rock TV news occured. And to boot, it looks like I will be in the same town a couple of nights a week for the next month or two with no internet access at any of the hotels in town. Anyway I did catch the many Paul Eells tributes on the different Little Rock TV stations. Of course KATV did a great job putting together and paying tribute to a member of their family. Really liked how they got reaction from the many former KATV employees. KARK also did an outstanding job, as it did dedicate the majority of its 10pm news Tuesday to paying tribute to Eells. KTHV paid far less attention to the story as it did air some coverage in its 10pm newscast but went on with other news items of the day. Please comment on your reaction to the coverage by the Little Rock stations. Was it too much coverage by KARK and KTHV?

40 Comments:

At 1:31 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul dying is as big of a story as ANY public Arkansas figure dying. All Arkansas stations paid their respects.
This is not a story that can be graded on who did the best. It's sad, and it's going to take the Razorback fans years to get past not hearing his calls. Every station cares ablut this mans death.

 
At 1:40 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was very respectful of 4 and 11 to wait for 7 to take the lead and 7 should be the one to have the majority of the coverage - he did work for them. However, it is a major news story and an arkansas sports story so it is natural for other mediums to cover it.

I have a feeling that the majority of fans will watch 7 just due to the fact that they are closest to the story and have more footage and have a more personal touch just out of the fact that he worked there for so long.

There is no desputing he was beloved by the people who watched and listened to him.

 
At 1:44 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judging by all the public reaction, one could make an argument that this was the biggest local news story to happen since Clinton was elected in '92.

 
At 2:00 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly from reading this blog and others, Paul Eels was a class act. He will be missed.

I mean no disrespect to the late Mr. Eels or his family, but is it really appropriate to fly the state flags at half-mast on the day of his funeral? He seems to have been universally liked by pretty much everyone but there have been many other notables who have also passed away that were not honored in this manner.

 
At 2:20 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with previous post, hard to say what is adequate coverage, especially for competiting stations. It was refreshing to see them set aside differences.

 
At 2:55 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, 4 and 11 blew it out of proportion.

 
At 3:05 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree it was shocking to see the stations set differences aside and honor a man who is so deserving of this respect. I recorded 7 coverage and flipped between 4 & 11. I found 4 to have far more indepth coverage than 11. I must say that is not what I expected. This style of coverage drove home 4's promo about a "committment to covering local stories that effect Arkansans".

 
At 3:10 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TV stations in nortwest arkansas also led with Paul yesterday and I know that KFAA and KHOG/KHBS devoted the first 10 minutes of their newscast to Paul.

The man was "the voice of the Razorbacks" for 28 years and while coaches came and went - Paul was always there. But even more was the way he lived his life and treated others, a truly great and humble man who was one of a kind.

 
At 3:11 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Media types are going to give an inordinate amount of attention to a story that involves one of them. I can promise you this...anyone who worked at KATV during Paul's tenure loves him. Likewise anyone who worked for a competitor and met Paul during that time loves him too! He was friendly and gracious to them, and at times helped them! When Sully was at 4, Paul helped him from time to time. Craig O'Neill tells the story of Paul reaching out to him and introducing him to key SEC officials. They truly loved him, and Paul truly cared about and respected his competition. I watched an interaction recently between Paul and David Raath...Paul embraced him and David was clearly touched!

Why can't we all be more like Paul Eells?? Is it because we're human?? I hope we're all challenged by his example??

 
At 3:50 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Yes, 4 and 11 blew it out of proportion.

2:55 PM, August 02, 2006

I disagree. This was clearly THE news story of the day on Tuesday, regardless of the fact that he worked for a competing station. To ignore this story would have been unethical.

 
At 4:05 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The competition's coverage of the story... on channels 4, 11, and 16... was not only respectful, but it was also NECESSARY. Eells' death no doubt will be one of the top news stories of the year, but his was a presence who touched the statewide community for almost 30 years. It is not just a byline. Remember, most often in the media the station-to-station egos don't compete as much as their parent companies do. As well, he had many friends in other stations and many friends who were viewers of all stations. For those who say it was blown out of proportion, let's hope that someday your friends & family note your passing.

 
At 5:50 PM, August 02, 2006, Blogger DCG said...

I can remember as a board operator at the local small town radio station several years ago, Paul calling one Friday night to get the score of the local football team. I remember it because the game had only one minute to go and he stayed on the line with me until it was finished. It was near Christmas and he was chatting with me on how he and his family would be spending the holiday. He was chatting with like he had known me his entire life. One could say Paul never met a stranger.

 
At 6:00 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was embarassed by the amount of coverage my station gave to this story... a nice obit pkg at the first of the newscast would have been sufficient.

 
At 6:52 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then you're an idiot who obviously doesn't what a major stoy is.

 
At 7:20 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I to think the other stations did a fine job covering his death. I liked how some of them used personal experiences to tell the story. David Raath at Fox did a great job, putting into words what all of us feel. I also appreaciated what Bo said on KARK, didn't happen to hear O'Neal though.

 
At 8:18 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that KARK and KTHV showed true compassion. That's something that is never shown on this blog. Mainly because it is supported by a small group of negative people. For those reading this who are not in the TV business, rest assured, this blog is not an accurate representation of how a majority of Litle Rock tv station employees view each other. Most are very respectful of their competition. This week is proof of that. Paul Eells was a great man and totally deserves every frame of video that he received from KARK and KTHV. Furthermore, I thank them for the coverage. Stay classy Little Rock!

 
At 8:48 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 and 11 were not trying to cover the story, they were trying to out-Razorback the Razorback station, because they know that is why KATZ will always be number one in the market.

 
At 8:51 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're an idiot also.

 
At 8:55 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto on the idiot in the 8:48 comment.

 
At 8:56 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV confirmed the story pretty quickly, but waited for Ch. 7 to report it first.
That was a class move.

 
At 8:56 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So did Channel 4.

 
At 9:23 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ch. 7 had it early as well but waited for the family to be notified.

Little Rock television showed a lot of class this week, Ch. 4 even offered to help with Ch.7's newscast on Friday so everyone could attend the memorial.
That shows the true amount of respect everyone has for each other.

Unfortunatly this blog is occupied by a select few who are either bitter or just plain mean people. It in no way reflects the true nature of television news in here. Little Rock

 
At 9:34 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you think the creators of "Razorback Nation" didn't have that thought cross their mind, you're deluding yourself.

 
At 9:36 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have what cross their mind?

 
At 9:39 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought this was supposed about Paul Eells, not people bashing eachother like normal. Show some respect.

 
At 9:41 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Channel 4 was going to put razorback nation promos in the Channel 7 newscast. Don't be rediculous. Just look into your tiny mind and think maybe.. just maybe they were trying to be nice.

 
At 10:05 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I thought this was supposed about Paul Eells, not people bashing eachother like normal. Show some respect."

Unfortunatly most of the people who tend to post on this blog are not capable of saying nice things about anyone, especially a competitor. These same people also think they have a future in this business. What they don't understand is that is not the way the world works.

These are the people who wonder why they are never considered for a promotion or why they can't get a job somewhere else and become bitter and blame the rest of the world.

Do you think Paul got where he was because he held grudges and took every chance to bash a competitor, absolutely not. Paul was exactly the opposite of what you people are. He would go out of his way to help anyone he could, even the competition, because he knew that by doing so it made everyone better.

You can only hope to have fraction of the respect that Paul garnered from so many peole in this world.

Godspeed Paul, and may you teach everyone in Heaven how to call the Hogs.

 
At 10:48 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's nothing the media loves to cover more than itself.

 
At 11:03 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel this has to be said at some point. I realize it might rub some people wrong who currently work for KATV's competitors, but oh well. Paul Eells was part of the "golden age" of Little Rock television. The best years were the 80's to mid-90s when KATV was a national icon of what a local television station should be. While they dominated the ratings, they had worthy competition. People like Doug Krile, Margaret Preston, Steve Barnes, BJ Sams, and Anne Jansen were respected competitors. All 3 station's news departments seemed to get along and respect each other. There was professionalism, maturity, and class shown by the news competitors towards each other that has all but gone away since.

Paul Eells represented those "good-ol" days, and he still treated his co-workers and his competition with the same respect and support as he did back then.

In my opinion, the quality of our local news has fallen since those days. I don't know what the answer is, but I hope at least one of the stations finds the magic that KATV found many years ago. I also hope the remaining key players from those days....mainly Ned Perme, Andy Pearson, BJ Sams, and Anne Jansen, continue to stay on the air and remind us of times past.

Before you newbies at KATV's competition jump to criticize my assessment of the "golden age".....talk to ANYONE who worked in Little Rock local television during that time....for any station...they will agree that KATV was a model station then (then being the key word)....and those were the best days this market has seen in the modern era.

 
At 11:24 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will agree with that assessment. It's that strong history that they're living on today. Viewership does indeed change with time. Remember the 1970's when Channel 4 was the powerhouse and one of the most respected television stations in the country?

 
At 11:49 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Remember the 1970's when Channel 4 was the powerhouse and one of the most respected television stations in the country"

Whatch you mean "was" fool?

4-1-4-U!!!!!!!!!

 
At 8:01 AM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has been a rough week for everyone that knew Paul or BJ.

I believe every station in the market has offered KATV help this week.

You know just a thought but maybe this blog could become more positive....that or we could start a new one and leave all the negative folks here.

 
At 9:27 AM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:03- couple of thoughts on what changed at KATV during the mid-90s and took away the "magic"-

1. Loss of key talent- First Andy, then Gina, Betsy, and Ron Sherman (Steve Jumper). Andy and Gina had a presence and chemistry that hasn't been equaled since.

2. For whatever reason, KATV scrapped their news graphics and jingles that people really liked! I used to love their 5,6, and 10p.m. news openings.

3. They moved to a faster-paced newscast, closer to what Channel 4 was doing. People preferred their slower-paced, down-home style. If they wanted a faster pace, they were watching Channel 4!

4. Their egos, which had been building for years, finally got the best of them. They got to a point where they believed being number one was their birthright and they got complacent. They hired mediocre talent and put together a mediocre newscast. They stayed a clear number one for a long time because, for the viewers, old habits die hard. Once KTHV put some things together, including bringing back Andy Pearson and putting him together with the popular Dawn Scott, many began switching......and it's been happening ever since.


Does that about cover it?:)

 
At 10:44 AM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a beef with KATV too- Why in the hell would you drop "The Spirit of Arkansas?" I can't think of a better slogan! Some real duntzes have ruined that station!

 
At 11:07 AM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Chappy! said...

Station pride and inter-station bickering. How weird. I do a sometimes challenging job that my bosses pay me to do. It feeds and houses my family, and I get a few weeks of vacation a year. Why the hell should I care who covered what more (or less)? It's just a job. No better or more important than they guy laying pipe for a new water line or the gal running check-out at Kroger. Get over yourselves you self-important pricks. Paul Eels is dead. RIP.

 
At 12:21 PM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say....get over yourself and your bitterness! The coverage of the death of Paul Eells isn't about the media, it's about regular people like me and you! If you had listened to radio talk shows this week, you would realize that the media is not propping up one of their own...they are merely responding to the outpouring of grief and interest by everyday Arkansans in a man they loved and adored for so many good reasons.

If you don't give a hoot about Paul, that's fine! I can assure you that Paul probably agrees with you that way too much is being made of all this. But....don't blame the rest of us for honoring and paying tribute to a man loved by all....the guy laying pipe...the gal working checkout at the supermarket.....and yes, his colleagues in the media!

 
At 8:45 AM, August 04, 2006, Anonymous chappy! said...

Hey Genius,


Way to miss my point entirely.

You obviously work in TV news.

 
At 11:19 AM, August 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we all missed your point.

 
At 5:13 PM, August 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still think that the job killed paul and i was at the funeral and i still think the news station pushed him too hard and he was old and up in age and the stress killed him.

 
At 12:40 PM, August 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chappy- it looked to me like you were upset about all the TV coverage of Paul's death?

 

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