Tuesday, September 05, 2006

KATV Weekend Sports Anchor Gone

This from a tipster: "Justin Acri is the new program director @ 103.7 The Buzz in Little Rock as of next Monday."

According to his bio at KATV.com, Acri joined the KATV News Team in September 1998 as a General Assignment Reporter. He was also the ARSN Radio Broadcast Team's pre-game & post-game reporter which he began in 1999. In 2001, Justin joined the Saturday Daybreak crew as co-host and in 2003 became the Weekend Sports Anchor.

53 Comments:

At 12:57 AM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give him credit. He may not be that great of a guy, but he's got a great career going on the right track.

I do however think he's going to miss the TV exposure.

 
At 5:12 AM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jason Akerman on your new position!

 
At 7:16 AM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PD at the Buzz? Please explain how this is a great career move for the man with no neck?

Things must really be bad at the Circle 7 ranch. Acri was one of Dixon's pets. For him to go things must really be bad.

 
At 9:26 AM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a dark side to this guy. Could never figure it out, but there are issues. It seems odd that he would leave TV for a PD job at the Buzz. Anyone have any insight?

 
At 10:22 AM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he's ready to get away from KATV. I think he's a nice guy w/ a good personality, but KATV will suck the life out of anyone. Randy and Rusty run that place like a jail. Good luck Justy!!!

 
At 11:17 AM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of you people need to get a life.

Some of you really don't have a clue do you? Talking about someone you don't even know.

It is a GREAT move for him and he will be extremely sucessful!

Good luck Justin!

 
At 11:21 AM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Justin. You'll do great.

 
At 11:22 AM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is Sully going to work 7 days a week?

 
At 12:01 PM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what happened to Jimmy B at the Buzz? He was fresh air at that place, not the typical Hog worshiper who told it like it is. I'll miss that guy.

 
At 12:26 PM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless his heart, he does have a much better face for radio. And I don't have to know him to make that observation.

 
At 12:35 PM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You idiots that don't know what is going on need to shut up.

This is a great move for Justin. Working 7 days a week for as long as he has will wear anybody out. With a a wife and kids at home now maybe he just want's a normal 9-5 lifestyle for the first time in his life.

Congrats Justin.

 
At 1:28 PM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is Sully going to work 7 days a week?

No, don't be an idiot.

 
At 2:54 PM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet Eric Sullivan will be at KATV within a month.

 
At 3:27 PM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a shame. Acri is one of the most likeable characters on the airwaves in Little Rock. I don't know how he's juggled two jobs for all these years though.

 
At 7:22 PM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fayetteville, Arkansas sports have not been the same without Eric Sullivan and the energy he brought with his coverage. I will be moving to LR soon and would enjoy watching Sully cover sports there. When I saw the KATV opening, the first name that popped into my brain was his. KATV, don’t pass this guy up. He’s one of the best around, and I think he brings passion when others illustrate monotony.

 
At 8:19 PM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have to agree with the previous writer. Northwest Arkansas Sports hasn't been the same without Eric Sullivan. He definitely cared about the fans and brought an edge to sports reporting that has been lacking since he left.

I believe he would be a great asset to KATV, and I hope the right people are reading this because the guy knows sports and is passionate about getting the news to the people.

If you want someone that works hard , and cares about Arkansas, I think Eric Sullivan is your man. He bleeds Razorbacks and everything Arkansas.

 
At 9:14 PM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM really lost out when they gave up E Sully. It would be a great move for KATV to pick him up.

I worked with the guy at 5 and viewers are still asking where he is and if he's going to get another TV job. I think KATV just might be the one!

 
At 9:25 PM, September 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Eric, We'll take that in to consideration.

 
At 2:49 AM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did happen to Eric? Did he get into it with Mike Irwin?? Not that he's hard to get along with.:)

 
At 6:19 AM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 7,s gain is the "BUZZ"'s loss. This guy is all mouth and very little brain. He fits the "Ready, Fire, Aim" personality profile. He's way too full of himself as an expert on sports to appeal to most folks who really know Arkansas sports.

 
At 12:39 PM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard he's leaving because him and Rupp were dating and then they broke up and she's sure as heck not leaving because where else will she get a job so he had to because it's too awkward for both of them to work there and Renee Shapiro is really sad he's leaving cause they're good friends.

 
At 1:11 PM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the station that Beth Hunt works at? Me love her long time.

 
At 1:37 PM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're an idiot. Justin is married and Michelle couldn't get a date if she wanted to.

 
At 1:39 PM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You're an idiot. Justin is married and Michelle couldn't get a date if she wanted to."

Thank you, Justin, but we know the truth. LOL!

 
At 1:47 PM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd date her or any other woman who's willing.

-Win Noble

 
At 2:20 PM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'll bet Eric Sullivan will be at KATV within a month."


I bet he's flippin patties in Umpire,AR or at the electric cowboy with a picture of himself showing it to people. Tha guys a poison and doesn't belong in a newsroom. He's like a talentless Win Noble.

 
At 2:24 PM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the station that Beth Hunt works at? Me love her long time.

I already miss Beth Hunt Cress in the mornings. Anne Pressly drives me nuts. When will the maternity leave be over???

 
At 2:46 PM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? I like Ann better than Beth.

 
At 7:29 PM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fayetteville, Arkansas sports have not been the same without Eric Sullivan and the energy he brought with his coverage...."

You are talking about Hands, right?

 
At 11:01 AM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne Pressly is a breath of fresh air in the morning. Daybreak has been kinda stale with Melinda, Beth, and Jason.
Anne has talent, wit, personality, and drop-dead gorgeous looks. What else can you ask for ???

 
At 11:48 AM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Anne Pressely. The best quality about her is she can laugh at herself and knows how NOT to take life too seriuos.

I think she would be GREAT on Daybreak.

 
At 11:57 AM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may have some insight into this guys dark side. I have seen him several times dressed in a batman outfit at the Little Rock Zoo trying to communicate with the apes using sign language and grunting! I know people know who he is but the Zoo staff never says anything to him. After about an hour of this he usually buys a hand full of the dog food they have in those gum machines for feeding the fish and eats it on the way to his car. Dude this guy is dark, but he has flare!

 
At 12:56 PM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask Eric Sullivan about his little fling with KFSM's Ashley Beck. I heard she knows how to take care of a man.

 
At 4:56 PM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it would be a great move on KATV's part to get Eric Sullivan! He has such a passion and enthusiasm in sports that is second to none. I have no doubt that he would be a perfect fit for you guys. Channel 5 made a huge mistake when they let him slip away. Since then, channel 5's sports have suffered tremendously. High school sports don't get near the coverage they used to...and lets just face it--sports are boring now at channel 5. Eric Sullivan has a unique way of delivering his sports new, and that unique way attracts so many viewers and gets them excited about sports. He has so much energy and enthusiasm everytime he goes on air...who wouldn't like him? He works his tail off and I think it would be a huge mistake to pass him up!

 
At 4:57 PM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way you should leave is personal life out of this...if that is even true in the first place.

 
At 7:14 PM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

didn't ES have quite the reputation in college? I heard he dated several girls- including some he worked with at the tv station on campus. Only the pretty ones, though. He must be a ladies man.

 
At 6:57 AM, September 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric has a reputation for being obnoxious and very cocky. Sometimes I feel bad for him but not bad enough to let he and his friends lie for him. Sullivan makes up for no talent and a lack of work ethic by screaming and waving his arms on television. Sometimes it seems as though he is excited about what he is doing but that illusion goes away as soon as he leaves he desk and becomes a lame selfish person. Working with him was always bad. Especially when he left the station, which only happened when he knew cheerleaders were around. At games,Eric would carry a microphone with him at all times and walk up and down the sidelines. After the game he would give college tv style reports that were obviously not thought out at all. Sorry to burst the bubble but I hope he doesnt get he chance to do the same thing at another station.

 
At 9:30 AM, September 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please tell me Beth Hunt is coming back. Anne Pressly is obnoxious!!!!!

 
At 3:19 PM, September 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people that don't think Eric works hard are crazy! He puts so much time and effort into his job it isn't even funny. So you people that don't know what you are talking about just need to shuy up and mind your own business.

 
At 5:43 PM, September 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Sullivan's dating

So you're saying Eric Sullivan is just a taller version of Bo Mattingly, Aaron Peters, Derek Burleson and, for you old timers, John Hartung?

 
At 5:54 PM, September 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric always got along especially well with the Farmington and Southside cheerleaders.

 
At 7:40 PM, September 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, Eric liked the tv girls in college, but didn't we all.

 
At 2:58 PM, September 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frankly, maybe someone will finally tell Acri that there are other words available than "frankly."

Jesus H. Frankly, that lunchtime show is, quite frankly, anything but frank. Unless they're fluffing themselves or their buddies or, well, Frank Broyles, frankly.

 
At 4:47 PM, September 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can tell you the reason Justin is making this move is because he has a beautiful family and he wants to be able to be there with his childern when they grow up. Is there anything wrong with a man truthfully wanting to be a good father? Justin will do fine over at KBUZZ.

 
At 5:16 PM, September 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long until KATV takes his bio of their website? I'm guessing a month...then again they still think Joan Early works for them.

 
At 10:15 PM, September 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jooan Early does still work for them. She does the Family First reports.

I am not a 7 fan, but get your facts straight before you make a incorrect comment.

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

Yeah she re-voices the Family First reports...

 
At 3:34 AM, September 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont let Eric and Joan end up in the same room. He will walk out with a smile on his face laughing and two days later KATV will be forced to shut down because of a massive sexual harassment suit.
He loves chicks but he still acts like a drunken frat boy around them. I actually miss making fun of him. His daily crap became a fun joke at THV. Oh well, all good things must come to an end.

 
At 8:23 AM, September 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Justin on his move to full-time at KBAZ, 103.7 the BAZ.

 
At 9:57 AM, September 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, once step closer to taking over the world, eh, Acri?

 
At 2:26 PM, September 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear Acri is dating Chris Givens

 
At 7:42 PM, September 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to you Justin on your new job---you'll do great!! Ann is doing a great job while Beth is being a new mom. But, we can't wait until Beth comes back.

 
At 11:35 AM, February 17, 2007, Anonymous cvergl73768@yahoo.com said...

congrads justin this your aunt claudia trying to contact u. Its awesome to hear of your success. Try to get back with me somehow plz.

 

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