Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Anchor Celebrates 25 Years at KTHV

Anne Janson celebrated 25 years at KTHV today. According to her bio, she joined KTHV in 1982 as a general assignment reporter.

35 Comments:

At 10:30 PM, May 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Anne.

 
At 10:46 PM, May 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's not leaving with Clark and Wilson? What's going on at THV?

 
At 10:58 PM, May 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who can even stay in this business for 25 years, let alone at one station, gets a congrats from me.

 
At 1:02 AM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Anne!

 
At 7:57 AM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet you got an email from KLRT saying they were first witht eh story at 9.

 
At 8:41 AM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne is a quality person and a quality journalist.

 
At 8:41 AM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No question, longevity in this business is rare and sometimes you have to outlast some of the egos to achieve it. Congratulations to Anne!

 
At 9:29 AM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting how this blog often calls those who choose to stay in Little Rock "lifers" and says these folks are not good enough to work anywhere else. But now we commend one for staying here 25 years. Is it possible Arkansas natives may simply love their homestate enough to work here their whole careers?

 
At 9:34 AM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Interesting how this blog often calls those who choose to stay in Little Rock "lifers" and says these folks are not good enough to work anywhere else. But now we commend one for staying here 25 years. Is it possible Arkansas natives may simply love their homestate enough to work here their whole careers? "

Melinda Dunston Mayo is a lifer

 
At 11:01 AM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are several local anchors who do well here and they don't leave b/c their families are here. If you have a proven track record of high ratings, you can leave. It's the people who are NOT from Arkansas that stay that probably can't get a better job.

 
At 12:41 PM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is just a matter of being happy or not being happy. People who are happy, tend to stay. People who are not happy, tend to go. There is a lot of logic to hiring people who are from the geographic area of the station. They tend to be happier because it is home.aow

 
At 12:45 PM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being the lead anchor is not being a lifer. Staying on as a reporter forever, that is being a lifer. Even if you are a little dove !

 
At 1:16 PM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Anne. 25 years, wow. That's a long time in any market.

 
At 4:29 PM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is bob clausen considered a lifer?

 
At 6:16 PM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't think that all the LR local station produce and air quality news programs, just go to other states and watch what they call news. LR has top people in all stations and we should be proud of them.

 
At 6:23 PM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's no Melissa Simas!

 
At 7:15 PM, May 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Staying on as a reporter forever, that is being a lifer. Even if you are a little dove !"

Negative. Staying on as a camera jockey forever is a lifer.

 
At 5:51 AM, May 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congradulations on 25 years at the station and 25 years of the same hair-do....NOW That is being a lifer!

 
At 9:09 AM, May 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her hair is NOT the same as it was in 1982. It looks MUCH better than it did back then.

 
At 11:31 AM, May 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By all appearances Anne is a quality person and an above-average news reader. But to call such people in these slots "journalists" insults the real journalists.

 
At 11:45 AM, May 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

who keeps commenting about melissa simas on everything? been around her enough to know she's not all that.

 
At 1:59 PM, May 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are just jealous of her. You wish you could be like her. Melissa Simas rocks! You go girl!

 
At 12:39 AM, May 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came to know Anne many years ago when I started work here in Little Rock. I was an outsider to this market, and she made me feel so welcome through the many years we worked together. I feel fortunate to call her my friend and to have known her personally now for a longer amount of time outside of work than the length of time in which we worked together at the station.

Anne is a great example of what it means to develop broadcast tenure because of quality, not because of self-imposed grandeur that might have made her feel as though she needed to get into the market-hop that so many broadcasters enter. She is talented at her work, and she is one of the privileged few who no longer HAS to do it; she does the work because she WANTS to do it, which is what allows her to excel and to be the grande dame of Arkansas television.

 
At 3:55 PM, May 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

which is what allows her to excel and to be the grande dame of Arkansas television.

Anne Jensen is not the "Grand Dame" of Arkansas television. The Grand Dame of Arkansas television was Evelyn Ellman.

 
At 5:19 PM, May 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Anne.She is the modern day Grand Dame.

 
At 9:53 PM, May 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

she needs to step down!

 
At 5:57 AM, May 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe YOU should step down!

 
At 7:06 PM, May 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lonnie Lardner was, and still is, the Grand Dame of Arkansas television. Anyone who ever saw her will agree.

 
At 9:38 PM, May 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lonnie Lardner ... my gosh, haven't heard that name in years. Worked with her at 4 in the late 70's. She was definitely a great gal. Wonder where she is now?

 
At 6:20 AM, May 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She left LR and went to WSM-TV. Last I heard she was working in the Los Angeles area. If memory serves, she married a game show host.

 
At 7:32 PM, May 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lonnie Lardner ... my gosh, haven't heard that name in years. Worked with her at 4 in the late 70's. She was definitely a great gal. Wonder where she is now?

I was in engineering then at 4. In what department were you?

 
At 1:02 PM, May 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in engineering.

 
At 11:39 AM, June 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people don't go to bigger markets because they don't want to and there's nothing wrong with that. I don't think that applies in this case.

While The Dame's social talents are exceptional, her TV skills are really marginal. She can't ad-lib worth a darn, she has railroaded many a co-worker in the offices of her bosses, and worst of all she believes she's the Grand Dame.

I guarantee you that you could count on one hand the number of offers she has had in her 25 years in LR. Less than that on the number of markets that called that were bigger.

So, while I think Anne does a fine job, and has done a remarkable job staying in the good graces of management over the years, let's not over-do it here.

 
At 3:31 PM, June 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she had gotten a boob job, she could have gone bigger market. Same goes for some current talent working the flatlands of LR !

 
At 5:24 PM, June 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"she believes she's the Grand Dame."

Well, she ain't. We established that a few comments ago.

 

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