Friday, September 07, 2007

KARK in the Telethon Business?

An e-mailer is upset KARK held a telethon this morning to keep the Bald Knob school open. Here's the e-mail: The KARK morning show held a telethon Friday morning to raise money to keep the Bald Knob school district open. I understand reporting a fundraiser and detailing why they're in need of money, but to hold atelethon and give the KARK number to call to donate!!!! If that is not
crossing the line, I don't know what is!!!!!!

43 Comments:

At 3:41 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KLRT has GREAT studio lighting!

 
At 4:08 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And that line is what? Caring?

 
At 4:36 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not support a tax increase to support the school? The rest of us do.

 
At 4:45 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's an issue with both sides (i.e., the school burned down and they're rebuilding a new one), then a telethon is perfectly acceptable. If it's ballot measure or any other issue that people may be opposed to, holding a telethon isn't ethical.

Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with the Bald Knob story, so... I dunno.

 
At 5:00 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THe news director's dad used to be or still is the supt. for the Bald Knob SD.

 
At 5:45 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading a bit more on the issue, KARK was well within ethical guidelines to hold a telethon.

The district is being closed because of financial reasons, the same way they did with Midland and Eudora. Midland was able to stay it's own district by raising about half a million dollars.

KARK's just supporting the school. No one wants to see the district merge with a nearby district except the state, and only for financial reasons.

 
At 5:53 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that Matt and Mellisa did a fantastic job at Bald Knob. The telethon was very helpful and we appreciate Kark TV allowing them to come and help us keep our school.
THANKS, MATT AND MELLISA

 
At 6:50 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with them holding the telethon. However, the fact that the news director's father was superintendent at Bald Knob when all of its financial problems began does pose a possible conflict of interest. I hope KARK has the same sense of community service when the next school district in financial distress comes calling.

 
At 8:48 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nope. Not ethical. This does cross the line, because it's political. I can see parents and even teachers doing something, but they've gone from covering the news to making the news, and that's not right. From what I can tell, the Nexstar stations in Arkansas don't believe in objective journalism any more then they do in any of their other markets. It's a pity. They shouldn't tell people they have a "news" program. At least they could be honest about it. Do "Dialing for Dollars" or telethons all the time...seems people would much rather watch that than their news anyhow.

 
At 8:58 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

would they give the same attention if there wasn't a family relationship? I doubt it!

 
At 9:20 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, most of us were watching THV's last kat day instead.

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

doing a telethon for a district in financial distress is a precedent that KARK will regret...or not..in the future.

Midland/Pleasant Plains coverage in the LR market was framed around stories of a district in crisis and what people locally were doing to save it. If viewers wanted to contribute they could do so at their own initiative, not at the prodding of a broadcast station.

Holding a telethon is comparable to anchors wearing the American flag on the lapel after 9/11. Editorially what are you saying by doing it? We Care? Great. But more telling what are you conveying when you stop doing it?

I'm from McRae. Where were you in 2005?

Is KARK in Bismarck right now? After today they should be. The millage vote is on the 18th. Show them Arkansas Matters.

 
At 11:41 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last poster hit the nail on the head. It sets a precedent KARK will not be able to live up to. And the school finance issue has been VERY political in Arkansas,so jumping in is certainly unethical. There is a political side that would push for consolidation, and KARK put themselves on the other side. not a good move.

 
At 12:35 AM, September 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how many KLRT photogs does it take to cover one story?

 
At 10:48 AM, September 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the about poster:
About as much as it takes KARK to cover the Hogs!

 
At 12:02 PM, September 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"how many KLRT photogs does it take to cover one story?"

What difference does it make? They could cover it better by using a sketch artist than most with digital cams.

Not only the best studio lighting but best switching and audio level control and just the right setting between white and setup levels on the video.

Get ready. Channel 30 is ready for the big switch in '09 which is not too far away.

Other stations (especially KARK-DT 32) you might want to practice a little more at keeping your DT on the air and at full power.

 
At 12:49 PM, September 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saving a school sounds like a good cause to me. However, a better cause would be to raise money to find a new football coach so they can fire Houston Nutt.

 
At 1:24 PM, September 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see this "ethical" book that so many of you have. Journalism is a joke. Too many of you hide behind the ethics that fit your standards. This was not a political issue. It's one sided. Find someone in the district that didn't want this. If doing something kind and right means being unethical in your crappy standards than so be it.

 
At 7:24 PM, September 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Get ready. Channel 30 is ready for the big switch in '09 which is not too far away."


You are a LOSER!!!

 
At 10:47 PM, September 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is something wrong with ethics when doing some coverage to help a school stay open is bad and doing more and more crime stories is good. It might not be ethical but it makes a better world to live in.

 
At 4:15 AM, September 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real problem is determining what is ethical. Let's see letting reporters who covering the Razorbacks wear Hog shirts and say we. Or letting reporters interject their own account "I saw that movie this weekend. I liked it." Heard that one on a Little Rock broadcast. Who the heck cares? Or for that matter, when a reporter or anchor has a baby and showing it on television. Let's see? Now that really showed me a lot about what is going on in Arkansas. Come on.
Back to the issue on Bald Knob, one has come to expect this sort of stuff from Little Rock television. Instead of doing a story on how local control of schools, and the people that running them, and what credentials they have, can cause this kind off mismanagement to allow this to happen. That is the issue. Not one LR station has done a story on this. That is the real issue. Instead a telethon to bail a school out that built a new high school when they couldn't afford one. Way to go KARK pat yourself on the back for job well done instead of getting to the real story.

 
At 8:08 AM, September 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least one of the Little Rock stations neeeds to do a story on WHY so many schools across the state are in trouble. The people running the schools will tell ya it's the states' fault. The patrons know the real truth, wasting money on things that won't enhance the education process, over paid administrators, and the list just grows. It's time to hold the incompetent people who are ruining the schools accountable!

 
At 10:18 AM, September 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this part of their morning show tour?

Aren't they asking coleges to pony up $5,000 buck for a visit by the morning show?

Did they take $5,000 off the top of what was rasied?

And we in Bismark would love to book our telethon too!

 
At 10:20 AM, September 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the state fired the Bald Knobb super!

I guess you can chalk this one up to bad judgement on Rob's part.

But do you expect anything different from someone Suzanne Schuler hired anyway?

 
At 10:49 PM, September 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a good decision from Rob. Let's compare futures. Rob's is on the upside and I would have to say the rest of the bunch is at best washed up. I almost forgot. Better than being hired by Dale. Now there's something to be proud of.

 
At 1:05 AM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's good to see anybody helping out a school district that needs it, but this is arkansas and most of them need it. if you're going to help bald knob, then you should be prepared to help the rest!

 
At 8:14 AM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those of you thinking it's 'a good thing' to help a failing school, I ask you why!? The administration of that district mismanaged the money, leading to the states intervention. So it's a good thing that KARK uses up air time to raise more money for them to misappropriate, instead of informing the viewers?

 
At 8:37 AM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"From what I can tell, the Nexstar stations in Arkansas don't believe in objective journalism any more then they do in any of their other markets."

That poster is sooooo right! What a JOKE! It's a huge conflict of interest, but I've seen many unethical things done by this news director. He just wants to prove he wears "big boy" pants.

 
At 9:28 AM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unethical, like what? How do you know it was the districts fault. Why didn't you run a story on that? Prove it or shut up.

 
At 12:21 PM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Point taken, Rob! But it's hard for you to be objective when your own dad is involved.

 
At 10:18 PM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Heverling was not superintendent when the problems began. He left the school district on good terms and on solid financial ground. He is still very well respected in White County.
Quit worrying about who was superintendent, who is ND and who you feel is to blame and start worrying about 1300 kids who may not have their school any longer. Put your money where your mouth is.
(no, this isn't Rob!)

 
At 8:44 AM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with supporting a public school

 
At 9:39 AM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Bald Knob pay $5,000 to have KARK feature their school?

 
At 12:02 PM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Kark took $5,000 off the top what was raised.

Perry Sook needed a new suit.

 
At 6:33 PM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I hear that new water-cooled DT really makes the old meter spin. Gotta pay Entergy.

 
At 12:35 PM, September 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the 8:14, Sept. 10 Poster --

Raising money is to help the KIDS... that's what it is all about.

I guess you believe that child abuse victims should not be helped, since it was the parents who beat the hell out of the kids?

 
At 6:04 PM, September 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only was this unethical, it was irresponsible. First, the unethical part. If the school district does indeed dissolve, it doesn't mean the kids will have to go to another school. Therefore, KARK wasn't raising money for a school, but for a district.

I think the bigger problem with this was the irresponsible part. Arkansas easily has more districts per student than any other state. We could easily lose half the districts in this state and still have too many. Most states have one district per county. We have counties that have five or six districts in this state. All that money that's going to needless superintendents and their staff could be helping the incredibly poor education standards that still exist in this state. Saving a school district means taking funds away from students and giving them to more needless administrators and staffers.

 
At 10:14 PM, September 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The true fixis to have a state lottery. Every state that has one has a lot better school system. Why don't you idiots use your media mouths to get this done instead of saying what is wrong with something as stupid as this fight.

 
At 10:28 PM, September 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The true fixis to have a state lottery. Every state that has one has a lot better school system."

That's right, and their welfare rolls go up too. You don't seem to understand that the median to low income people support lotteries and casinos, not rich people.

 
At 10:33 PM, September 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"KLRT has GREAT studio lighting!"

They sure do along with best DT resolution; about as close to 720 as one can get. This is accomplished by not having a second channel in their digitgal signal to occupy bandwith as do THV and KATV.

Most stable transmitter as well.

THV is still stuck in the VHF range with all the random noise to deal with.

This won't make much difference to you that are still in the analog signal mind set.

Just wait until early '09. Changes are coming and KLRT has a jump on the others.

 
At 2:30 AM, September 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't Arkansas have a revenue surplus (i know that it did at one time). Why not use some or all of that money to help the apparently belegered education system. School consolidation is also an option if done wisely. Taking students to school 30-45 minutes away is NOT a good idea. While one school system per(most) counties is a good idea, there still would have to be 2-3 schools for all grades (K-12) due to the size of most Arkansas counties (especially Mississippi), which could easily be 2-3 counties.

 
At 5:17 PM, September 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Doesn't Arkansas have a revenue surplus"

No, I think they spent most of it on the Big Dam Bridge thingy.

What a waste.

 
At 1:57 AM, October 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exactly did Melinda Mayo get into this conversation. Do you think that her mayos alone are going to be able to raise enough money to keep the school system operating?

 

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