Friday, August 31, 2007

Web Poll Time: What Channel Has the Best Newsteam

It's been awhile since I've had a poll here so I decided to get the poll thing back to going. The question is who has the best overall news team. It no doubt takes all the anchors, reporters, producers and others behind the scenes people to make a station a success. So who in the Little Rock market has their act together and has the best team? Vote and discuss.

44 Comments:

At 7:57 PM, August 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why Today's THV of course!!! I am partial to M.E.!!! : )

 
At 8:26 PM, August 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV. At least their female reporters are attractive... with the exceptions of Michelle Rupp and Pamela Smith.

 
At 8:32 PM, August 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK hands down. Morning crew rocks. Bob Clausen is a great anchorman.

 
At 8:48 PM, August 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know, lets all vote for the company we work for. Unless we're pissed. In that case lets vote for the company we don't work for.

 
At 9:06 PM, August 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:26 I agree with the last part of your statment:
"At least their female reporters are attractive... with the exceptions of Michelle Rupp and Pamela Smith." This is very TRUE!!

But, I will have to disagree with you on the station and go with KARK. Because, with amount of improvement they have made in a relative short period of time. Plus I think with the amount of money and tools they have to work with they do very well.

 
At 9:39 PM, August 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there an option for none of the above?

 
At 10:06 PM, August 31, 2007, Anonymous larry the office rat said...

I'm kinda hot for that Kristin Fisher girl, myself.

God, I miss Winn and Andy!

 
At 10:55 PM, August 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK is a joke. Bob talks way too much about himself inbetween news stories...Anyone see which friday night sports came on first? KATV, then KARK, then KTHV.

 
At 11:21 PM, August 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, it was KLRT that hit the air first with Friday night sports.

 
At 9:14 AM, September 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, all of them seem a bit watered down as of late. News Team or News Anchors? If it's the news team including photogs, reporters producers, that's one thing, if its the talking heads that deliver the news that's another. I agree with None of the above!

 
At 11:17 AM, September 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no question about it, KATV when and only when Scott Inman is there. He did a great last night on the Hill for the Hogs.

 
At 12:28 PM, September 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must admit, I enjoy an attractive female anchor or reporter as much as the next guy, but do we have to attack the looks of the women in the Little Rock TV market?
After all, what I find attractive, you may not.
Maybe it's because I have a 9-year-old daughter that I'm more sensitive to this stuff now.
My wife and I are trying to bring her up with the understanding that her intellect is just as important as her physical appearance.
I found, and still do after more than 16 years of marriage, her mother attractive as much for her intellectual prowess (she's an accomplished physician) as her obvious physical beauty.
As fathers, I think we have an unique opportunity to mold our young daughters' self-esteem, rather than allowing it to be adversely affected by the drug addicted, eating disorder culture of Hollywood.
OK. I will now step down from atop my soap box and return to my Razorback themed Saturday.
Please talk amongst yourselves.

 
At 1:19 PM, September 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's hard to comment on this without lauding your own station. I think all of us have our strengths and weaknesses.

KATV is solid, but if it weren't for their hot reporters, would anybody under the age of 40 watch? Christina and Scott almost put me to sleep with their deliveries.

KTHV is fine, but they still give off the impression of too many anchors, even with Bob gone. I also HATE that opening 5pm shot with two anchors just staring blankly into space while Dawn does her only story of the day.

KARK is ok, but all that cross-talk is just ridiculous. Here's an idea, stop wasting my time with your little chatter and fit in another couple of stories. Their reporters are pretty forgetable.

KLRT is decent, but too new to really compete. Kevin and Donna need more time in the market. Still, I think Kevin Kelly's the best journalist in Little Rock.

So who wins? It depends on your perspective. If you like hot babes (and who doesn't), then it's 7. If you like outgoing and diverse personalities, it's 11. If you want a great newsman for your male anchor, it's 16. I don't see how 4 could win as far as talent goes.

Bottom line, if we get beyond our own station bias, we'll probably see it's a pretty close race, which means that story selection, enterprise and showcasing are incredibly important to winning the market.

 
At 5:27 PM, September 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm listening to the pre-game Razorback football show...Scott Inman's delivery and voice is suitable for radio, and could be to sports in radio what Steve Barnes is to politics in Arkansas TV. He is really demonstrating a depth of knowledge of Razorback sports.

Let me be clear, I'm not a KATV fan, nor a Razorback Football fan, only someone who enjoys monitoring this business.

When you pair Inman with Chuck Barett the difference is clear, and nod goes to Inman. It's market 57 talent vs. ham radio operator talent. You'd think the UA would prefer and want to have the best to represent their product.

Onto the best newsteam question...If 4 had the $ to attract a higher calibar talent with the enterprise they are demonstrating - they would be best. Unfortunately, their main anchor team just doesn't have 'it'. Their banter comes across as forced chemistry. Perception is reality.

7 still has the best bench strength in the evening. Perme, Sullivan and Brandt are the heavy hitters, and their reporters while they are easy on the eyes are actually 'pretty' solid.

11's best talent in the evening is Dawn Scott. She had it in the late 90's and she's still got it. Paired with a strong male anchor and some enterprise - you've got it. Liz Massey is dragging this ticket down.

And, their mornings will remain #1 with BJ and Tom. Robin will be missed, but Allison will prove to be a wise choice for interim/permanent.

Thank you and happy labor day! :)

 
At 7:55 PM, September 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ham radio operator talent.

LMAO!

That assessment is so true. Inman is way more polished than the ham operator.

 
At 8:23 PM, September 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barett is awful. I found myself listening to Steve Sullivan on the POINT call the UCA game.

I'd endure listening to LuCA over this guy.

 
At 7:52 PM, September 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job katv you came in third place acting like doves and i am glad that you are a third rate tabloid trash.

 
At 7:57 PM, September 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think i can do a better job than Crusty (HIC0 MIzel and Dandy (HIC)xon put togeather by taking thair jobs.
I just love poking fun at these gay soles.

 
At 2:50 AM, September 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh... 1:19, who is Bob on THV? Bob Bray? Or is that the street slang for Robin Richardson?

KATV: Inman was 100-times better as a sports guy. He actually moved some facial muscles that weren't connected to his lips. Note to all Little Rock talent: we viewers out here like their anchors with a wee bit of personality and not the cookie-cutter drivel each market has when they're not reading their stuffy scripts. People in the big markets were banging down the doors for Scott to come anchor their news or sports. Don't think that's happened in a while. Christina needs some work on that little girl voice that just doesn't convey serious journalist. She's a great lady and a caring person, but show me some gravitas. Reporters are a great compliment at seven and most will go on to bigger and better things. It used to be all the anchors at seven moved up and out. Now it's usually the female anchors and the reporters. The strength at seven is management. No matter what anyone thinks of him, Randy Dixon is the only news director in town capable of writing, and producing a documentary that is quality stuff. Got to give him the nod for leading journalist in the market. No promotion department visible on the air at seven.

KTHV: Let's all say it together for the 50th time: all-female will never, ever work here. Seven's strength in management is the polar opposite at 11. Larry Audas is either coming up with these crazy ideas by himself (the call-in live at five was his and he would NOT let go) or some other person at corporate has gotten too big for his britches and thinks he knows the market. Drop the gimmicks guys and give us some damn news. Not to sound bigoted, but 11 is ALL women. Other than Tom and BJ, they have only two other anchor males and two forgettable male reporters in the news department. Promotion department comes up with occasional gems, but spends a lot of time figuring out how they can write and sing their own jingles or how they can have Craig do another silly commercial. Less than 5 original ideas or promotions in the last six years. No difference to feel unless you count gender. Otherwise, same old stuff. Ratings are showing people aren't buying the sell. No one steering the ship here at the moment and don't look for it to change. Audas shall rule.

KARK: Clausen and Inman are in the same boat, I think. Both were promoted from their previous positions because of their personalities and then lost or stopped doing what got them there. Bob does a good job, but c'mon dude, this market needs a man. Get out there and do some hard stories. Jancey has the only legit star appeal at ten o'clock and could become KARK's go-to girl with some refining to get East Texas taken out of her delivery (Alyson Courtney has the same issue). A little voice coaching to drop her voice from her nose to her throat would be an enhancement. KARK has a weaker newsroom management team than seven, but the GM is seasoned. Promotion team is the best in the market.

KLRT: Kevin Klein may be the best journalist in the market, but I can think of several people over at the paper who I can respect a lot more in that role. I have never seen anything Kevin has done as a journalist that I remember and I don't know anyone who has. I hear people talking about Ms. Terrell and that they think she's good, and I agree. Thirteen has some good management that's been doing this a while, and let's face it, few can beat Fox for promotion that is well produced and memorable. Sometimes I wonder if it's a little bit over the top for mass appeal in this market.

The market still screams for a news leader and has for well over a decade. It's only going to get worse as management changes their focus from keeping their news people visible through serious news work to now keeping the money glow going at all costs.

 
At 3:10 AM, September 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's funny, the above post hit it right on the head about Audas.

 
At 11:35 AM, September 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV's only real strong people are Tom and BJ, Dawn and Craig. They promote the hell out of ED, but I think people are bored with him, I am. I agree they need strong males like Tom and BJ to help with their evening news. How about Chris May and Dawn Scott? Would that be a winning anchor team?

 
At 2:56 PM, September 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They couldn't pay chris may enough to come back to work at THV, but yes, that would be a great pair.

 
At 5:26 PM, September 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV, overall. Today's HIV is good, but talent-wise, up and down the line, the ABC affiliate has the better personnel. In regard to KARK, in the words of the immortal late Pat Walsh, "KARK is desparately attempting to become the number four station in a three station market!"

 
At 9:50 PM, September 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on, ya’ll. Don’t be a ‘playa hata’. Unless 7 and 11 start working a lot harder it’s just a matter of time before Channel 4 returns to its glory. 7 has had a strong position for many years and they are still capable of covering big stories well. But day in and day out they are consistently average. 7 is living on its legacy. After a 10 year rebuild 11 made some impressive gains and earned their position in the market. But KTHV seems to have lost their way over the last 2 years. 4 was a mean spirited son of bit*% during the Al Sanderbrae years. Much damage was done to the station’s reputation. It’s been a long way out of that pit but now Channel 4 is putting itself in position to make a real strong run. No one’s going to hand it to KARK. But they seem to have more focus than 7 or 11. And many in the Victory Building are hungry and willing for a long grinding battle. And props to 16. They’re looking better and better all the time. Arguably they have the best looking product in the market and American Idol gives them a ton of eye balls checking them out at 9 p.m. And if people like what they see more and more will decide to get their news at 9.

 
At 10:34 PM, September 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hilarious about Audas. He's like the baseball manager who has retired or was kicked out of baseball as a player, is brought back as manager and would give a left lap bell to bat fourth just a few more times to show everyone he could hit it to the warning track again.

Don't be surprised to see Audas put himself back in the lineup again. Not as an anchor, I don't think, but as the journalist veteran. He's just aching for someone in the building to suggest it so he can say it wasn't his idea.

I have to disagree about BJ and Tom as evening material. They are both meant for the jobs they have. Evenings will need something fresh and it will be a long time before 11 reclaims any momentum. Larry and Lane have had almost a year to prove their nutty ideas could work. and it ain't gonna happen.

 
At 9:34 AM, September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't suggesting BJ and Tom be put in the evening. I only suggested that they are very strong and well liked, and that's the type of personality they need in the evening from a male anchor.

 
At 11:50 AM, September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"KLRT: Kevin Klein may be the best journalist in the market, but I can think of several people over at the paper who I can respect a lot more in that role. I have never seen anything Kevin has done as a journalist that I remember and I don't know anyone who has. I hear people talking about Ms. Terrell and that they think she's good, and I agree. Thirteen has some good management that's been doing this a while, and let's face it, few can beat Fox for promotion that is well produced and memorable. Sometimes I wonder if it's a little bit over the top for mass appeal in this market."

-It's Kevin Kelly and it's channel 16 not 13. Thanks.

 
At 12:32 PM, September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news team with Beth Hunt, Kristin Fisher, Anne Pressly, Jessica Dean and Amanda Manatt will come in first!!!

Melissa Simas alone can bring a news team in second!!

 
At 1:15 PM, September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

None of the stations here are "head and shoulders" above the others. They all have their good and not-so-good anchors, reporters, producers and writers. But the SNOOZE factor is won by BJ in the morning and Bob Clausen at night. Those two men are BOOOOOOORRRRRRRIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGG.

 
At 8:56 PM, September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think BJ rocks.

 
At 1:20 AM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

only someone who has worked at all the stations would be able to answer this blog question. even then, people are always coming and going in this business.

but i'll say thv cuz i work there. bj rocks!

 
At 8:41 AM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robyn is head-and-shoulders better than any other female in this market.

 
At 9:54 AM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the past few comments that BJ is exactly what a news anchor should be. Very credible, well spoken, and will even play with the others on occasion. I disagree with 1:15 that Bob Clauson is borning. Just the opposite. I think he is one of the only anchors at 4 that tries to give them a spark. Otherwise, watching their newscasts is like watching paint dry. 4 needs some people willing to shake things up a bit. Snooooooze....

 
At 1:29 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Robyn is head-and-shoulders better than any other female in this market."

So is Michelle Rupp then

 
At 3:03 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new weekend weather girl, Meredith Mitchell, at KTHV rocks!

 
At 3:06 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody delivered the news better than Andy Pearson on KTHV, did he get promoted to a larger market?

 
At 3:08 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ and Tom rock. That's all I'm going to say.

 
At 3:10 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best news team of all time was Roy Mitchell, Tom Bonner, and Dave Woodman on KARK in the Seventies - especially with that gigantic 4 news desk!

 
At 6:28 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, those were the days. There were photographers, reporters, directors, cameramen, engineers and talent that actually knew what they were doing not only at 4 but at 7 and 11 as well.

Now, there is not an announcer or reporter in this state that could do a one-minute, live commercial without reading it from a teleprompter.

Sad.

 
At 9:05 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that Meredith Mithell, KTHV's new weekend weather girl is H-O-T!

 
At 10:07 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Meredith, We get the point. You think you're hot. You're the only onr though.

 
At 9:33 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is she the chick that looks like Gary Busey?

 
At 10:56 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is a very nice girl and does a good job with the weather. But to answer your question, yes.

 
At 2:49 AM, September 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meredith Mitchell is good looking, but Becky Ditchfield is the hottest woman to ever step foot in the state of Arkansas (no offense to any of you other babes living in the natural state). I haven't had a chance to watch Meredith do the weather, but she has mighty big shoes to fill. For any of you that haven't ever seen Denver weather, she does have competition, however, in the form of Stacey Donaldson, who does morning and noon weather for channel 4 (CBS) in Denver. However, Becky is still more attractive than Stacey. (By the way, Stacey is more attractive than Meredith Mitchell.

 

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