Saturday, April 14, 2007

KHBS-KHOG Moving Fayetteville Offices to Rogers

Arkansas Business.com is reporting KHBS-KHOG is moving its Fayetteville offices to Rogers. The move is anticipated before the end of June. General manager Jim Prestwood says the station will eventually have a Fayetteville bureau staffed with a couple of news and sports reporters.

36 Comments:

At 11:13 PM, April 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not just keep the cramped offices in Fayetteville for the newsroom instead of finding another location? Makes no sense.

 
At 12:28 AM, April 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

40/29 just wants to be like KNWA...thats all this comes down to.

 
At 12:41 AM, April 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will this mean that they'll FINALLY get an actual set?

 
At 7:58 AM, April 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give it another 5-10 years, and we will probably see most of the operations will be based out of Rogers and Fayetteville with just a smaller Fort Smith bureau.

 
At 9:39 AM, April 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't really matter where the offices and studios are located. Put 'em in Hiwasse for that matter. Viewers don't watch buildings - they watch programs. If it's a space issue - there are lots of places to go. Strange they would choose Rogers. I suppose it's another 'symbolism above substance' move. By the way - did you guys sell your helicopter? Maybe it's in mothballs till high school football season rolls around again.

 
At 1:09 AM, April 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jethro and Ellie Mae, put Granny's rockin' chair back in the truck cause we're movin.' LOL!

 
At 6:13 PM, April 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Mr. Prestwood isn't telling a whole lot of folks - is that he's moving MOST of the station to Rogers - not only the folks in Fayetteville - but also a lot of the operation in Ft. Smith.

In fact, he's moving too, to a cozy casa on the golf course at Shadow Valley.

Don't tell Mayor Baker. He threatened to report KNWA to the FCC when it pulled out of The Fort.

 
At 10:19 PM, April 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count how many are in Ft. Smith now and then recount in a few months. No doubt it will be a lot smaller number. Funny thing is they were the ones that slammed NBC for their move the worst.

 
At 4:13 AM, April 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

indeed, rumors are that KFSM's new owners are looking at moving most of their Fort Smith operations north as well. Apparently, the new owners have some connections to NW Ark and see that area as the future, and center of the market.

 
At 7:31 AM, April 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only reason people are moving to NWA is to be closer to the WINTER STORMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 9:43 AM, April 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The possum huntin's better in Rogers.

 
At 10:29 AM, April 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

40/29's move is a reaction move. First KNWA made the move. It's widely known KFSM's new ownership will follow suit.

40/29 did not want to be the only station "not covering Benton County.:

Thus, 40/29 is moving for fear of being last.

 
At 11:21 AM, April 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...It's widely known KFSM's new ownership will follow suit."

Widely known? Hmmmmm

 
At 1:25 PM, April 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM doesn't even have new owners yet.

 
At 7:06 PM, April 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are new owners, but the official transfer hasn't taken place.

 
At 9:04 PM, April 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly, so why the hell would they be planning a move if they're not even in the door yet?

 
At 9:42 PM, April 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it very interesting the topic lead evolves into speculating what KFSM is going to do.

 
At 8:45 AM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This from a KFSM employee (me), I have not heard of any plans to move anything anywhere. None of us are packing our bags.

 
At 2:03 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It makes no sense for KFSM to move. They are strong in the River Valley.

40/29 seems lost. Where is their true identity? Where are their viewers? Where is Mr. Prestwood taking his station?

LOST isn't just a show on 40/29. It's the entire station.

 
At 4:38 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be realistic...Prestwood wasn't the person to make the decision to move...that's a Hearst corporate decision. All Prestwood did was decide on where the station would be located. 40/29 is not leaving like KNWA did....the Fort Smith station will continue to be staffed.

 
At 9:08 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, who is leaving KNWA? They need a main anchor, I see. Neile? Matt?

 
At 1:16 AM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mornings!!!! Not main anchor

 
At 9:09 AM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It makes no sense for KFSM to move. They are strong in the River Valley."

Indeed, its pretty much all they have and right now that gets them by with being #1 (and they arent a solid #1). In 5? 10? or more years they will not be #1 and probably not #2 unless they make serious inroads into NW Arkansas. How will KFSM do that with the presence of KNWA (ALL NWA NEWS) and now 40/29 obviously focused largely on NWA as well?

ANSWER = KFSM will move or KFSM will LOSE THE MARKET.. not by losing viewers BUT by not adding any NEW viewers from NWA. KFSM is in a precarious position by trying to win the now and not playing to the future. So what will happen? KFSM WILL MOVE! BUT not before they squeeze every cheap ounce of ratings wins out of the river valley.

 
At 3:53 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very interesting. I wonder how the citizens of FSM & surrounding areas will react to this information??? Will Mayor Baker pull the same stunt like he did with KNWA? This time he might be dangerous with KTUL not being owned by Hearst and already on the cable systems in the Fort Smith area.


For the folks at 40/29... KFSM would like to give you a short term thanks for boosting their FSM numbers.

 
At 10:18 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the above poster....the Fort Smith station will stay open. 40/29 will not abandon the River Valley by stopping programming. KTUL will have no relevance because 40/29 will continue to be the ABC station in Fort Smith. This isn't KNWA......end of story.

 
At 10:36 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the same stories that KNWA had. Back your bags Lucy, we are moving on up to the north.

 
At 5:22 AM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA did even have local news from 1992-2000 and their moved to Fayetteville,bacause it was their last ditch effort to make local news work for them.KNWA is last and always will be last.

 
At 5:35 AM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

look what KNWA never took down. http://www.arkansasnbc.com/

 
At 11:24 AM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe last in total market but not where their dollars are coming from. Like them or not, what they did has and will continue to pay off.

 
At 10:28 PM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see 40/29 get a new high tech set.I know with 40/29's owners their could do it and really pull it off.

 
At 9:18 AM, April 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look around at their other stations. Some long time strong Hearst stations are starting to struggle.

 
At 11:20 PM, April 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas should join together and form one big metro area and everyone get along.I think that would be the best thing.After all alot of people that work in Northwest Arkansas live in Van Buren.

 
At 11:04 AM, April 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That won't happen cause the southern portion is jealous of the success of the north. The two areas have nothing in common. That's why news is hard to do on behalf of both markets.

 
At 9:06 PM, April 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The move is not one that should be a shock to anyone. I worked at KHBS for two years and talks of the move were in the works, but I didn't think it would be for another 5 or 10 years and I honestly do admit Rogers wasn't what I was expecting. However I do think that a move is good business to get out the garage they were in, which was so bad, when the garbage truck drove by during a newscast, you could hear it. but mr. prestwood, mr. courington, mr. friddle and the rest of the staff at 40/29 will do an excellent job of making the move a great one for the viewers.

 
At 11:32 PM, April 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a good move and they will do it right but it smells a little like more changes to come. A lot of unknowns here..The station is #2 in Ft. Smith and has lost a lot of ground of their dominance in NWA to NBC. They seem to be in no man's land with their strategy. Losing more ground on both sides isn't an option. You can't play in both markets without making them both mad. Hard decisions need to be made. Now let's see if they can pull the trigger.

 
At 10:17 AM, April 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe 40/29 can move Nutt with them. i heard he really likes their anchors.

 

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