Thursday, December 14, 2006

KLRT ND Headin' to Texas

Gary Dinges with The Austin American-Statesman reports that KLRT News Director Michael Fabac is heading to KXAN in Austin. Below is an excerpt from the blog post:

"Michael Fabac, currently news director at KLRT, Little Rock’s Fox station, will lead the KXAN news team beginning in early January.

“I think it’s an amazing opportunity for me,” Fabac said. “I can’t wait to get there. The city obviously is a big draw.”

Fabac, 33, assembled Clear Channel-owned KLRT’s news operation from scratch, launching a nightly 9 p.m. newscast in 2004. Prior to Little Rock, he served as a news director at WNEM in Saginaw, Mich. His first paying TV gig was as a producer at KKTV in Colorado Springs, Colo., followed by stints as a producer at KTVI in St. Louis and WDIV in Detroit. He also served as executive news producer at CBS-owned WWJ and WKBD, both in the Motor City.

“I think Michael will bring a lot of positive energy to the newsroom,” KXAN General Manager Eric Lassberg said. “He comes across as a very passionate leader with a lot of integrity.”

46 Comments:

At 9:01 AM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Michael! You will be greatly missed, but we're proud of you nonetheless.

 
At 9:43 AM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto that!

 
At 10:15 AM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KXAN is very lucky. They're getting a great leader who is passionate, hard working and dedicated. One of the best ND's in the biz.

Congrats Michael Fabac, we'll miss you!

 
At 10:17 AM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet the BOYS are FABULOUS in austin!!! Like the weather team @ 16

 
At 11:07 AM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't know what you're talking about 10:17 ... Fabac is happily married.

 
At 11:43 AM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't know if he is happily married or not unless you are his wife.

 
At 12:11 PM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Happily married" is an oxymoron.

Ya moron!

 
At 12:45 PM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pederson rocked out at Sticky Fingerz last night! Funny, no one from KLRT was there.

 
At 12:49 PM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I heard, nobody from KLRT was invited.

 
At 1:27 PM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

word on the street is that Fabs loves haveing "fishing buddies"

 
At 2:00 PM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he at least good looking?

 
At 3:04 PM, December 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Fabac, some Texan advice when you move to a real capitol city. Don't tell too many people you are new to the area. If you do, just don't say you’re from Arkansas. Just answer by saying you’re from another Texas city, anyone you choose of course. You'll understand why after you see and hear Texas advertisements. But hey, finally no grocery tax and you can buy beer on Sunday! It’s amazing how the Lone Star State still makes money on a holy day rather then taking it out of your pay check week to week.

 
At 1:44 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, this news was a huge blow for us. I wish it weren't so, but you have to jump on opportunities when they arise. Congrats Mike, and we'll really miss you a lot.

 
At 9:07 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

See this? http://www.maynardije.org/columns/dickprince/030922_prince/

Michael Fabac has equal severity cases of short man syndrone, narccissism, and jungle fever. ATTENTION DON RICHARDSON : Have your HR department on standby. It's defcon five baby.

 
At 10:10 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

errr...forgot about Richardson. Make that ATTENTION ERIC LASSBERG

 
At 10:14 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I think Michael will bring a lot of positive energy to the newsroom,” KXAN General Manager Eric Lassberg said. “He comes across as a very passionate leader with a lot of integrity.”

lol Are we talking about the same Mike Fabac?

 
At 10:25 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That link doesn't work fro some reason. Here's the article:

Fired television reporter Kelly Miner of WNEM-TV in Saginaw, Mich., is turning to a federal court to get her job back, reports Darryl Q. Tucker in the Saginaw News.

Miner recently won an arbitration award against Channel 5, WNEM, which fired her July 10, 2002, Tucker's story continued, but the station owners said they wouldn't rehire Miner.

"Meredith Corp. officials claim her termination was based on 'repeated unsatisfactory work performance and insubordinate behavior,' court papers indicate.

"The station's refusal to rehire Miner, which led to protests outside of its headquarters at 107 N. Franklin, prompted the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, Local 48 to file a lawsuit July 18 seeking her reinstatement.

"The union's suit claims that the CBS affiliate had no reason to fire Miner."

Miner began working at the station as a general assignment reporter Sept. 16, 1997, and also is seeking back pay.

"Documents show that former News Director Michael Fabac testified earlier this year at an arbitration hearing that he fired Miner for poor work performance. His action was the culmination of her 'failing to meet expectations," court papers claim.

"In 4 1/2 years at Channel 5, Miner's work was satisfactory and supervisors took no disciplinary action against her, arbitrator Paul E. Glendon wrote in his ruling.

"'One cannot help but wonder how a good employee could so quickly become a bad one,' he wrote. 'The answer appears to have less to do with Miner herself than with Fabac, who seems to have gone out of his way to create a negative, confrontational relationship with her and been impatient and impetuous in all his dealings with her, especially in discharging her.'

"Fabac also was unprofessional and disrespectful to Miner when he followed her into the newsroom after her last reporting assignment and demanded in front of other employees that she depart immediately, Glendon wrote," the newspaper reported.

 
At 10:40 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appearantly there's more to the story. The judge made orders that Fabac formally refused to comply with. The attorney for the union filed another suit thereafter, requesting a summary judgment. For those who do not know, a sumary judgment is where the court reviews the case up to present and decides whether or not to award the plaintiff in full without hearing arguements. Summary judgments are EXTREMELY rare. The plaintiff, in this case, did recieve a summary judgement. The judge went on to say in his official opinion that the situation would have never existed if "Fabac had been willing to change his attitude". This opinion was published, meaning that it appears in law books of precedents and can be cited as a comparable precedent in other lawsuits. You can actually go to a law library, look this case up, and read all about it.

 
At 12:30 AM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still waiting to hear if fabac is hot ...

 
At 2:17 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, I don't know about his past, but he's been a damn good news director while he's been in Little Rock. Every single person at KLRT, without exception, has nothing but respect for Mike. We were all saddened by the news he was leaving. Ever since Fox 16 News hit the air, I can't recall a single incident where Mike acted unprofessionally. Whatever happened or didn't happen in Michigan doesn't really matter to any of us at KLRT. What we know is that we've had tremendous leadership for the past two and a half years, and we only wish Mike the best at KXAN.

 
At 4:20 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

apparently you don't tslk to many people in the building. There was little respect for Mike outside of the small circle of people he hired from his old stations.

 
At 4:23 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee...I wasn't from that small circle, and had never heard of Mike Fabac before I came here. I have nothing but respect for him, and I can't think of one instance where I've spoken to anyone else here at KLRT where anything negative was said. Whoever has a beef against him here, is most definitely in the minority.

 
At 6:38 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like there are a few people actually lobbying for a job in Austin! Don't worry people. I'm sure Mike will recognize your writing. As for how far that will get you - ask anyone the "big guy" has brought to Little Rock from his checkered past. If you have your sights set on The Lone Star State, make sure you plan your next move before you pack your bags.

 
At 6:54 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a link to download the PDF file of the entire Judge's opinion. It's excrutiatingly detailed and lends loads of insight to the character of this man. Enjoy! Also, I second the sentiments of the poster from 4:20.

 
At 6:55 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZD0JANDC

 
At 7:40 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys must be insane! Fabac treats all his photgraphers like indentured servants. He's got no respect, and doesn't know what it's like to be in the field.

Best of luck to him.

 
At 9:09 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I've read the court decision on Fabac's case, and I can't find anything that's a smear on his reputation. He fired a reporter he felt wasn't up to snuff. If you read the case, you'll see the reporter didn't step up her delivery, refused to obey the assignment editor's order to return to a story, and was again lazy in covering a third assignment. The decision not to comply with the arbitrator's ruling was the company's call, not his own. This crap probably wouldn't have happened in Arkansas, because there are no reporter unions. 6:54, show me a single excerpt from this 18-page decision that "lends loads of insight to the character of this man." It sounds like you just have a personal vendetta against Fabac.

Mike has a high expectation for excellence, and if you're not willing to work toward that, you don't deserve to be working anyway.

 
At 7:23 AM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice spin 9:09. This is a retarded review and summary. Anyone interested needs to read it for themselves.

There are pages upon pages of contract related legal jargon. Before and after all that is the complete information that the earlier article paraphrases. It is hilarious that you can say that there is no smudge on Fabac in the court's opinion considering that everything from that article and then some is in it. Are you saying he comes away clean from that article as well?

Fabac has zero respect for his employees. The poster who made the comment about "indentured servants" was spot on. As for Mike's "high expectations for excellence" - excellence in stroking his ego and miming enthusiasm for his knucklehead ideas is what I think you meant to say. Comply in that way and you will have job security despite any level of incompetance. With non-compliance you will be his slave, dumpster, punching bag, or scapegoat - whichever role Napolean thinks best suits you.

 
At 7:34 AM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike has a high expectation for excellence....

Have you ever seen a Fox 16 Newscast? please point out one example of excellence.

 
At 1:27 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, show me one excerpt that smears his reputation or character. Since you're just going to spout off about how my review was "retarded", I assume that you couldn't find an instance yourself.

I don't kiss Mike's ass here at work. In fact, I've pissed him off more than a few times. But I work hard to do the best I can, and that's what he respects. Did you get fired by Mike?

As for examples of excellence in FOX 16 News, just watch. I'm not too worried about the ratings; after all, we've only been here for 30 months, while the rest of you have been around 50+ years. But our product is solid.

 
At 5:48 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, you obviously didn't read it. I'm not going to write you out Cliff's notes. I told you about it, posted it, and told you where to find it. Am I supposed to tuck you in and read it to you as well?

 
At 6:23 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, it's not there. I read both judgments. The arbitrator's was the more harsh of the two, but his editorializing was improper at best. Nothing in there made me say, "Whoa, that Fabac guy isn't who I thought he was." You won't cite me an excerpt that smears him because there isn't one.

I don't know what you have against this guy, but it sounds like he hacked you off at one point or another. If you don't like Fabac, fine. But don't try to smear his character with non-existant "facts". Everybody has confrontations with people they work with, but none of that means you are a bad person or even a bad boss.

 
At 7:15 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen the light. You've certainly spun us.

 
At 8:24 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I read it and what I got from the whole thing was that this reporter worked there for FOUR years without a repremand and then this Fabac guy has a freak out and fires her on the spot and in front of her co-workers for not doing her job the way he thought she should. If she sucked so bad, why wasn't she repremanded during the first four years of her employment?

 
At 1:27 PM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's about the only thing that made me raise an eyebrow. It's pretty easy to explain away, but I don't want to sound too much like a Fabac apologist. I just don't like the guy's name being slammed without good evidence to back it up. Still, I can see where that does seem strange.

 
At 7:47 PM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Basically, what this tells me is that this Fabac guy and that reporter got into it one day and it became personal to him. Sounds like once she crossed him, he put her on his sh*t list.

 
At 8:58 PM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like to me, as that too many people on here are jumping to conclusions, based off many others' opinions or witnessed events, and one court report. Nobody really knows the entire story except for the reporter, and Fabac. As journalists, you'd think people posting on here would realize they DON'T and NEVER WILL know all the facts...so don't burn the man at the stake.

 
At 8:59 PM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant to say, "IS that too many people," not, "AS that too many people." Looks like my editing skills need improving.

 
At 9:52 PM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These all sound like people who, after getting to know this person as a boss, ND, and human being, either experienced what they concieve to be some form of mistreatment or witnessed some. Who's to say how legitimate it is? There appears to be a history that goes back to 2002. Much of this is documented and you've got to wonder what's on paper at clearchanel.

It will be 2007 when we all go back to work. Let's just agree that the guy has a five year history, in part on paper, of some pretty nutty behavior and call it a day - in the spirit of Christmas.

 
At 10:01 PM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Fox 16 producer is no one to correct grammar or spelling. That is why you folks always look for type-o's.

Back on topic:

We ARE after all talking about somebody who's initials are M.F. and takes great pride in pointing out how clever he is when he signs memos that way. The court papers state that Fabac issued several memos to this woman. You can't see a pattern with your eyes closed my friend.

 
At 9:25 AM, January 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello M.F. i know that you are reading this and i tried to get a job with you and you did not give it to me.
All of this prediction i did about klrt going down hill well it came true and see were you are heading and your heading out.
Good to see you go and you could have been out along time ago and just get the hell out and i will show you how to gather news you armature and good to see you go.

 
At 10:59 AM, August 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For you Texans in search of the truth, google led me here too.

 
At 3:35 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked under FATBACK for two years. The man is a sawed-off little tyrant. He as absolutly no regard for his employees, nor their families. He is the sole reason that I left Little Rock. The person that is posting all the pro Fabac commentary has to be either the man himself, or had his lips pressed so firmly on Fabac's buttocks,That he was unable to see what was going on around him.

 
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At 1:06 PM, November 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His reign of terror continues here in Texas! I fell on this completely on accident. He fired a weather person, the main investigative reporter and for some reason his wife (whom he hired. Can't figure how that happened) who did the traffic reports in the morning left 2 weeks ago. All of this over the past 3 months.

 

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