Wednesday, September 05, 2007

KHBS/KHOG Rogers Offices /Newsroom Opens Late September

Source:KHBS/KHOG Press Release 40/29 News expands their Live.Local.Latebreaking news and weather coverage capabilities by opening a new state of the art station facility in Rogers. The 12,906 square foot all-digital facility enables 40/29 News to play a larger role in covering the communities throughout the expanding Northwest Arkansas and River Valley areas.

“This building expansion will make 40/29 News the only station in our area with three complete newsrooms in Fort Smith, Fayetteville and Rogers,” said station President/General Manager, Jim Prestwood.

40/29 News will begin broadcasting from the new building at the end of September at The Peaks office complex in Rogers. The facility contains a state of the art studio, a digital control room and newsroom along with offices for sales, engineering and promotions.

“As long as we’ve been on the air,” Prestwood said, “40/29 News has been committed to covering Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. It is extremely important to us to continually upgrade our ability to cover news and weather to better serve our viewers. By upgrading our studios in Fort Smith, by building a new studio and station in Rogers and through our expanded news bureau in Fayetteville, 40/29 News now has the most modern and technologically advanced news gathering operation in the area.”

40/29 News has also expanded our ability to cover severe weather in the area with the new expanded 40/29 SuperDoppler Weather Center. It’s the most technologically advanced weather center in the area.

"This new digital facility gives our 40/29 SuperDoppler Storm Team of meteorologists the ability to use the most advanced weather technology to track storms throughout the viewing area and keep our viewers up to date with the most accurate and reliable forecasts" said News Director Mike Courington. "The new facility will give us a great new look but more importantly the 40/29 Weather Center will give our viewers faster and more accurate Live.Local.Latebreaking storm coverage.”

To facilitate the move to the new building in Rogers, 40/29 News anchors and meteorologists are delivering newscasts from a temporary set in the Fort Smith newsroom. “The surroundings may look different right now,” Courington said, “but viewers will notice a drastic improvement in Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas when we debut the new facilities at the end of the month.”

There will be a ribbon-cutting and open house at the new facility in Rogers on Thursday, September 27.

Coincidentally, the ABC affiliate was the first news station to broadcast in Northwest Arkansas and is now celebrating its 30th anniversary serving the area, including its 20th year with the distinctive call letters KHOG-TV.

42 Comments:

At 1:21 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a station moves to Benton County - yet disappears off cable - did the station REALLY move to Benton County?

 
At 1:39 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought 40/29 was in the TRUTH telling business. They're the ONLY station with newsrooms in Fayetteville, Ft. Smith and Benton County? Doesn't KNWA/KFTA have newsrooms in Fayetteville (on the square), in Ft. Smith (on Kelley Highway) - and in Benton County (in the JB Hunt Building at Pinnacle Hills)? Hey Jim - who do you think you're trying to fool?

 
At 3:45 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the press release is correct in that respect. The KFTA "Fort Smith Newsroom" is a room no larger than a medium-sized bedroom, with a small camera, desk, and light transfer panel. That's it. There's no switcher, no crew... nothing. It's got less production capability than if you have a computer and webcam in your bedroom. No more than 3 people are at that place at a time, maximum.

40 will have 3 stations with production capability in three counties... though I've heard horror stories about the Fayetteville offices, I believe they have a switcher and everything up there.

I'm sure everyone up there is psyched to work the new newsroom. Unfortunately, that shiny new station isn't going to keep me from kicking your collective asses.

Way to go guys ;)

 
At 4:02 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People notice the Fort Smith reporter numbers are dwindling. Are they down to just one reporter down there now? It looks like they're trying to cover it up by putting anchors down there for a bit.

 
At 5:42 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the viewers care about what toys you have where ... how?

 
At 6:27 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wait until Kelly George is seen in the LR market. I am betting that she wont' be in NW Arkansas long. She is about the most attractive package any station in the state could have. Yes, I have seen her on the air.

 
At 6:51 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Unfortunately, that shiny new station isn't going to keep me from kicking your collective asses."

Thanks Mr. James Warner. May you choke on your arrogance!@!

I'm pretty sure you will.

 
At 7:34 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:51 PM, September 05, 2007

It was a little good natured ribbing. I'm honestly interested to see what they do with the new set. Unlike a lot of people, I don't hate other stations just because they're "other stations." 40 does some good work, and it's good to see a little bit of money being spent on local news.

Who's James Warner?

 
At 10:30 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it. We now can say we own Ft. Smith. You are 2nd down here and you are 2nd to KNWA. Good luck riding the fence.

 
At 1:17 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm honestly interested to see what they do with the new set.

I'm wondering if it's an FX design set like WDSU, WCVB, WESH, and (I think) KMBC got. I'm not much for generic cookie-cutter sets, but anything is better than what they have now.

 
At 2:43 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering if FX group is designing the set also.If it is 40/29 is sure to have a nice set.That will be a great change for 40/29.I always thought their last set their got in 2000 is kinda plain looking.

 
At 2:46 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of News sets.Channel 5 could have a much nicer set.I thought the one in 1990's was much decorative and had much detail then what their have now.

 
At 6:58 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually.. the first tv station with news, weather etc.. was in the late 60's KTGO 36 but they were gone by 69 or early 70's

 
At 8:47 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the GM over at KHOG likes spinning truth into lies.
Only station with working newsrooms in Ft. Smith, Fay and BenCo? Not only is that wrong because KNWA/KFTA has newsrooms in all three (and has had newsrooms in all three for a while now). KHOG/KHBS is actually CLOSING their Fay newsroom...so...that would make his statement even doubly wrong.
What a shining example of journalistic integrity and professionalism....let's just lie in our own press releases!

 
At 8:55 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA/KFTS is two separate network affiliates in the same market. I don't know how the FCC lets them play the game they try to pull. So technically, they don't have three newsrooms.

 
At 11:13 AM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, doesn't matter how many affiliates they are...KNWA/KFTS doesn't even have a single newsroom to speak of. They don't have any journalists working there either.

 
At 6:07 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is known as saving money.

As a radio station manager said back in the 60's, "Straight salary is the next best thing to automation."

 
At 6:18 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

last time I checked, KFTA is FOX, KNWA is NBC. And while KHOG is closing the Fayetteville newsroom to move to Rogers, I've heard they will still have a bureau in the Legacy building just off Dickson

 
At 6:23 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

they will probably have a desk and scanner there. they bailed to rogers. interesting how they followed knwa on that one.

 
At 10:29 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:55 AM said...
KNWA/KFTS is two separate network affiliates in the same market. I don't know how the FCC lets them play the game they try to pull. So technically, they don't have three newsrooms.

That's a bit far. I'm as critical as anyone about the way KNWA does things... more so really. But let's not insult people who have nothing to do with that.

There are several talented journalists and weather-folk at KNWA. Hopefully, the next place they land in their TV career will have better management support and decision making.

 
At 10:30 PM, September 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KHOG = Still #2

 
At 2:40 AM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just so it's said, they are not bailing on fayetteville. fayetteville would not grant them a variance to move their broadcast tower somewhere else.it's definitely not a case of chasing knwa to benton county

 
At 8:59 AM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea it is.

 
At 10:24 AM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM = Still #1 with 90% of their demographic being the 80+ age group.

But KFSM does an excellent job of playing to that target age group. They have raised the bar of being lame and boring to a whole new level.

 
At 1:18 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:24 AM, September 07, 2007 : KFSM = Still #1 with 90% of their demographic being the 80+ age group.

More talking out of the ass.

Nielsen provides two sets of numbers... overall, and the money demo (ages 25-54). KFSM leads this money demo handily at least for 6 and 10 (the only numbers I have in front of me).

Say what you want, but the "KFSM only works for the elderly" is flat wrong.

 
At 4:14 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 50-54 part of that make up the majority of the number. You need more info to use any logic.

 
At 4:42 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:14 PM: The 50-54 part of that make up the majority of the number. You need more info to use any logic.

A) No, it doesn't. Nielsen goes to great lengths to have a good, unconcentrated sample. 25-54 is just that... 25-54.

B) Even if you WERE right (which, again, you're not) 50-54 is a far cry from the 80+ that was claimed. We've all heard the adage "KFSM does so well because they have people that have watched them since the beginning, and are too old to change the channel." Unfortunately, it's not true.

 
At 4:46 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bottom line is this:

KFSM wins the ratings more than not because they get all of the eldery people in the river valley and areas south of Fayetteville who only could pick up KFSM (not the others) on antenna for so long that when they finally got cable and/or satellite they just kept watching because of habit.

KFSM's people are just like the people who watch them - OLD, BORING, and SLOW. Garrett is the only thing channel 5 has going for it thats not stupid.

KFSM may have the better ratings because of their "eldery advantage" BUT they certainly don't have the best newscast. Even if you take out their million mistakes (conservative estimates) per show they still wouldn't be very good.

What I would be interested to see would be the average IQ of viewers watching KFSM. To watch that crap you must be pretty stupid. UNLESS, watching that crap just makes you stupid.

 
At 8:25 PM, September 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"KFSM's people are just like the people who watch them - OLD, BORING, and SLOW. Garrett is the only thing channel 5 has going for it thats not stupid."

You may think of them as old, boring, and slow, but they probably have more money to spend than you do. That's why intelligent ads target them. You just need more experience in the demographics game.

 
At 1:01 AM, September 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I'm sure. I hear how well the media gets paid.

That reminds me! I heard that Ashley Beck is/was working at the mall to supplement her salary...or lack thereof?

 
At 8:46 AM, September 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above poster is rude, everyone knows the TV business pays crap. Sounds like Beck is being a standup girl, rather than taking cash from her parents each month like most other new talent in the market.

Yes, Ashley Beck works or worked at one of the major department stores at Central Mall. Just last week some stranger came up to me and told me. I was like, so?!

 
At 10:49 PM, September 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 1st story from the new Rogers office is.........we just went off cable? I really doubt it.

 
At 9:35 PM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beck will reach more viewers in the mall than 40/29 if they're taken off cable.

 
At 10:36 PM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't say "if they are TAKEN off cable". They are the ones that will be making that choice not Cox.

 
At 7:15 PM, September 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. P. you comments about commitment to western Arkansas is a joke!
If NWA farts, you run up to smell it! Rogers..hey, why don't you take Craig and Leslie and do your news up there and stay up there!
Frankly, your news team,except for the weatherman, is boring and OLD!
WHat a joke!

 
At 12:49 AM, September 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's James Warner? -He was the news director at KFSM for a few months before they had to let him go. I don't know the details as to why he was fired.

 
At 4:15 PM, September 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw a couple of those KFSMers at Central Mall before don't know if they were working there or not. By the way the only reason to watch 40/29 is Tiffany Stewart.

 
At 10:52 AM, September 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Err, you missed that by about 15 years.

 
At 1:10 PM, September 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did the kfsm news director get fired for? Did Mr.GM find out about his personal life and find a reason to fire him?

 
At 10:26 PM, September 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did the kfsm news director get fired for?

Do you think that it could have been for ending a sentence with a preposition?

 
At 8:07 AM, September 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heres a proposition for ya:

How about you get a life

 
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It won't work in reality, that's exactly what I consider.

 

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