Friday, July 27, 2007

Inman to Stick to Doing ARSN Broadcasts

Following being passed up for the Voice of the Razorbacks, KATV anchor Scott Inman was not sure he would stick with ARSN. Arkansas reports Inman will host the pregame AND post-game of Arkansas Razorback football broadcasts.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Former Nexstar Sports Anchor Starting Sports Talk Program

Arkansas is reporting former KNWA/KARK Razorback Nation anchor Bo Mattingly will be starting his own sports talk program on KFAY-AM, 1030 in Fayetteville and KTTG-FM, 96.3 in Fort Smith. The program will air from 4pm until 7pm Monday through Friday starting July 30th.

Monday, July 23, 2007

KLRT Dominates Coach Death Story

Alot of Little Rock viewers have e-mailed in about how KLRT seemed to own the Tulsa Drillers Coach Death story. The e-mailers say KLRT had exclusive pictures from the field moments after the accident, and were the first station to confirm the death. They were also the onlystation to talk to a player the night of the accident. ALSO CNN picked up the pictures from KLRT. Isn't that strange, a FOX affiliate supplying news to CNN.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

More Changes at THV

This from a tipster: "Now that Raines is on his way out, KTHV has gotten rid of RobertBell--- executive producer. He has now been moved to work on the Web. The assignment editor and current 10 pm producer will now be sharing the responsibilities of Exec. Producer."

Friday, July 20, 2007

Sports Anchors Leaving the Ark-La-Tex

A tipster tells ATN, "We've got some changes coming in the Shreveport Sports Departments. Clif Cotton from KTBS is getting out of the business to take a job inDallas. Dave Schwartz from KTAL got a job in Minneapolis as a Sports Reporter."

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Things Shake Up in KATV Promotions Department

This from a tipster:"Dale had been looking to make a change in the promotions department f ormonths. Finally pulled the trigger and gave the job to the executive news producer."

Monday, July 16, 2007

KHBS/KHOG Touts Ratings Dominance in NWA

From a KHBS/KHOG Press Release:

40/29 News (KHBS/KHOG-TV) continues to dominate news ratings in Northwest Arkansas, according to the latest Nielsen survey.

“40/29 beats the household ratings of KFSM and KNWA in most newscasts. KHOG was the first station to cover Northwest Arkansas, and we remain the news leader,” said Jim Prestwood, President/General Manager of 40/29 News. “We are looking forward to our upcoming expansion to Rogers and providing even better coverage for this dynamic area.”

Mr. Prestwood, describes the station’s commitment: “40/29 News is the leading destination for local TV news in Northwest Arkansas, and our website,, is the number 1 local TV website. Our mission is to serve our viewers with live, local, late breaking coverage in every newscast, and to serve our advertisers by delivering an audience they simply can’t find anywhere else. And with our new studios, we will be the only station with newsrooms in Fayetteville, Rogers and Fort Smith.”

May 2007 ratings for Northwest Arkansas (Washington, Benton and Madison counties) are from a special report published by Nielsen Media Research. The rating is the percentage of all 148,840 TV households in the 3-county area that are watching a particular newscast, and the share is a percentage of all local news viewers. Local news share for households delivered as follows:

Monday-Friday: Early Morning (6-7AM) Local News

Station HH Rating Local News Share

KHBS-KHOG (ABC) 3.9 40.2

KFSM-TV (CBS) 3.4 35.0

KNWA-TV (NBC) 2.4 24.7

Monday-Friday: Evening News Household Ratings

Station 5p Rating 6p Rating 10p Rating Evening Share

KHBS-KHOG (ABC) 7.7 10.1 10.4 43.6

KFSM-TV (CBS) 8.4 6.5 6.1 32.5

KNWA-TV (NBC) 5.7 3.7 6.0 23.8

Working in Northeast Texas this week. This will be my last week on the road. If you've got a tip, use the links to the right. thanks!

Friday, July 13, 2007

KTHV ND Leaving; Headin' to NWA to Work in PR

Arkansas Business News is reporting KTHV News Director Mark Raines is leaving the station after 10 years at the station. Raines is heading to Northwest Arkansas to become the head of PR for Arkansas for Chesapeake Energy Corp. of Oklahoma City. Raines' last day will be July 27.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Razorback Nation Anchor Turns In Notice

A very reliable tipster tells Arkansas TV News, "Bo Mattingly has turned in his notice to take over the Sports Rap show that was airing in Fort Smith and Fayetteville(NOT the ARN version)."

Monday, July 09, 2007

More Reporters Leaving Shreveport?

As the Red River rises, it seems a couple of reporters/anchors at KTAL could be on a boat out of the Ark-La-Tex. A tipster tells ATN,"Shannon Slattons contract is up and it is just a matter of time before she leaves AND "also Alexis Wiley is looking for another job and will buy the contract out."

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Still on the road... Heading down into North East Texas this week..