Thursday, November 01, 2007

KARK Gets New Leader

Source: KARK.com Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. today announced the appointment of Gayle Kiger to serve as Vice-President & General Manager of KARK.

Mr. Kiger has served as the V.P. General Manager of KTAB(CBS) in Abilene, Texas for the past eight years.

He also had oversight of KRBC (NBC) under the terms of a shared services and joint sales agreement with Mission Broadcasting.

Prior to that, Kiger held General Manager positions at KRBC (NBC), Abilene, KCEN (NBC) Waco, Texas and KBSD (CBS), Dodge City, Kansas. He has a total of 29 years experience in television broadcasting.

In making the announcement, Brian Jones, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager for Nexstar Broadcasting Group said, “Gayle is an enthusiastic, energetic and positive leader that has a track record of running great television stations. I am looking forward to Gayle and the team at KARK continuing the stations growth in revenue and audience.”

Gayle Kiger commented, “I am very impressed with the talented team at KARK. They are executing at a high level and I am ready to jump in and be a part of it. I am also excited to become a part of the Little Rock community and for me and my family to enjoy the beauty and outdoor resources of central Arkansas.”

Mr. Kiger is a graduate of Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. He and his wife Tera have four children, Matthew, Mark, Michael and Melissa.

Kiger follows KARK's Rick Rogala, who resigned last month to become vice president and general manager of WCMH-TV (Channel 4), Media General's NBC affiliate in Columbus
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79 Comments:

At 10:17 PM, November 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He looks like the mad money guy on cable...
booyahhh

 
At 10:52 PM, November 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After Dodge City, Kansas, this place will look like a paradise to him.

 
At 5:43 AM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Changing captains after the iceberg has been hit doesn't do much good.

 
At 7:49 AM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has he written any books.

How can i make fun of him if he hasn't written any books. Maybe he could start a blog or something.

 
At 10:55 AM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even Hillary and Bill have written two, 'midst all the campaigning. They're good.

 
At 11:03 AM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What in the world are you talking about books for?

 
At 11:30 AM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as we get more Melissa Simas, I am happy!!

 
At 12:00 PM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what iceberg?? You are an idiot. Please do not reproduce so there will be less stupid people in the world.

 
At 1:07 PM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, someone learned a new word recently and goes from thread to thread throwing it into comments unnecessarily....

Let me guess, the next thing you have to say is that a bukkake session in January constitutes a... wait for it....

WINTER STOOOOOOOOOOOOORM...

Next...

 
At 1:31 PM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Gayle Kiger! Don't get a bad impression from the posters on this thread. We're not all total morons. Good luck at Channel 4. You've got a good crew. I'm sure your leadership will make them even better!

 
At 2:11 PM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A man named Gayle. What was his mama smoking when she had him?

 
At 2:39 PM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you sure "he" is a man? "Gayle" may be a very ugly female, after all "he" is in management...definitely not Melissa Simas! But "he" still has a cute name...

 
At 3:29 PM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If indeed he is a girl, then its very likely this post will get more than the Win Noble post (who knows, maybe this blog can be brought back from the dead).

 
At 3:46 PM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the HELL let 4's video guy Brian on the air.
He is a jerk who loves attention...so you know he loves that girls see him on tv.
Bad idea in my book....all the guy does is drink, go to cowboy and other clubs.
I'm pretty sure I saw him and Aaron NOlan wasted at Cajuns Halloween...Good think Rick is leaving...HE WOULD NEVER STAND FOR THAT KIND OF REPRESENTATION FROM TV PEOPLE

 
At 4:06 PM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm moving to Dodge City, Kansas.

 
At 5:34 PM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa Simas is not cute...at all.

 
At 6:39 PM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks kinda like the wx man on 4, except this one has more hair.

 
At 6:44 PM, November 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the above poster;

Sad isn't it. Haven't they heard of Hairclub for Men?

 
At 2:06 AM, November 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa Simas is more than cute; she's gorgeous!

 
At 3:31 AM, November 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said 2:06; she can put her shoes under my bed anytime.

 
At 11:15 AM, November 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just her shoes? Are you sick?

 
At 11:50 AM, November 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I don't think Melissa Simas is hot either. She has a huge nose and really bad lisp. She also smokes like a chimney. Not attractive one bit.

 
At 7:14 PM, November 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Melissa Simas is being looked at by a Memphis station. Gayle may want to sign her to something other than a repoter's contract.

 
At 7:17 PM, November 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like what. She is horrible at interviews. Voice is an octive too high.

 
At 12:07 AM, November 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To everyone at KARK, you should be thankful. Gayle Kiger is an excellent General Manager and a great person. He is going to turn KARK into the station it should be. Central Arkansas, you are in for a real treat. This man will step up and create excellence and will give back to our community. I can't believe that fellow Arkansans are so cruel to write such remarks about a person they don't know. Once he's assumed his role and has had time to recreate what should already be a great station, then your comments might be appropriate. However, if you don't have anything nice to say, then save it. I find that most people that talk negative about others are simply unhappy with themselves. Maybe all of the negative, disrepectful people in Central Arkansas should spend time examining their own life and find something positive to talk about. The Kiger's are a great family. Welcome!

 
At 3:31 AM, November 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:07, I'll believe that when I see it (no, wait; i'll probably be in too much of a state of shock to see it).

 
At 8:51 AM, November 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gayle? His name is really Gayle ???

 
At 8:54 AM, November 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa smokes? As in "she is smokin' hot" or as in she sucks on Camels like a lonely Iraqi soldier?

 
At 8:55 AM, November 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meliss is classy and gorgeous....

 
At 9:20 AM, November 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa smokes, as in "bic lighter, outside, pack of marlboros"...but she is still an amazing young lady, smart, educated, caring and very talented. I don't think a market the size of Little Rock will hold onto her for long.
By the way...any one on this blog without a single bad habit can throw stones, but otherwise, it's best to remember that we all live in glass houses.

 
At 11:12 AM, November 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you guys, 12? Have you not ever seen a woman smoke or something? Spend much time in a newsroom lately? LOTS of people smoke in this business. High-stress and hurry-up-and-wait environment...and women have the added pressure of having to control their weight, which is why many people smoke. Get off Melissa's back. You sound like you're ratting out someone smoking in the bathroom before 6th period study hall.

 
At 2:17 PM, November 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Melissa Simas is gorgeous. what does that make Tracy Douglass. With her being fifty and has had all that plastic surgery and seems like she wears a long hair wig because no woman that old has hair that great at her age. She has had her time and now its time to act her age on camera, and try not to look like Melissa's twin sister.

 
At 5:57 PM, November 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I find that most people that talk negative about others are simply unhappy with themselves. Maybe all of the negative, disrepectful people in Central Arkansas should spend time examining their own life and find something positive to talk about."

Thank you, Dr. Phil.

 
At 1:16 AM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:07 AM; Nov. 5; are you sure that everyone that blogs on this site is from or lives in Central Arkansas?

 
At 1:21 AM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both Melissa and Tracy look great and even more importantly are good people. Someone must be pretty jealous of them to spend so much time on here putting them down.

 
At 6:27 AM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, just observant.

 
At 8:43 AM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just sorry that Melissa smokes. And she never seems to date. That is even more worrisome.

 
At 9:42 AM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone on this blog needs to realize that "tv personalities" are just people. Flawed like the rest of us, although with better teeth !

 
At 10:54 AM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She never seems to date YOU,8:43...maybe that's the reason behind your obsession with Melissa and her smoking and her dating life. Get a life...and a girlfriend.

 
At 11:54 AM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said 10:54.

 
At 12:06 PM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so what the hell happened to the Gayle discussion...and where the hell did the random Brian shouldn't be on tv comment come from?? i don't really know much about this cat so i'm not really going to weigh in yet...but if we could just get back to the topic here and enlighten me on this chap that would be great..yeeeaaaaa

 
At 12:41 PM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm just sorry that Melissa smokes. And she never seems to date. That is even more worrisome."

Maybe it's "smoker's breath" that keeps the dates down.

 
At 3:58 PM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or could it be the fact that they want to date Tracy's twin sister !!!

 
At 8:12 AM, November 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not leave Brian, Melissa, dating and cigarettes out of this discussion? To redirect, the caption at the top of this blog reads, "KARK Gets New Leader". And, yes I am certain that the majority of the comments are coming from Central Arkansas. I recognize the tone and wording. And thanks to 5:57 for the reference to "Dr.Phil". I know him personally and he is an awesome person with his heart in the right place...Just the same as the man coming to town, Mr. Gayle Kiger.

You people need to get a grip and find some joy in your life. Keep looking in the mirror and see if really like the person looking back at you. If not, get some help and learn to focus on the positive. There's still hope for you.

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

Do we have to pay the above poster for that counseling session ?

 
At 8:22 AM, November 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, he knows Dr. Phil, so we probably do have to pay this guy for his words of wisdom.

I didn't realize that all of us in Central Arkansas have the same "tone." Did Dr. Phil teach you that one?

 
At 8:23 AM, November 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't be bragging about knowing Dr. Phil. He's a tool!

 
At 9:26 AM, November 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't that being somewhat culturally biggotted? I mean, does everyone in central Arkansas have the same writing style? And does it differ in Bentonville and Pine Bluff ???

 
At 9:29 AM, November 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgive me, but, I did watch an episode of Dr. Phil the other day. He was OUTRAGED that an 18-yo guy was dating a 40-yo woman. Said it was wrong, twisted, demented and sick and it was potentially harmful to the 18-yo and should be stopped immediately. This is the same Dr. Phil who thinks homosexuality is cool. Explain that one, anybody ????

 
At 11:44 AM, November 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like brian doesn't want the truth known about him..because everyone knows managers read these posts

 
At 12:55 PM, November 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He does have a porn mustache !

Not that I watch porn. I've heard about it, from friends, not very good friends, all in the past !!

 
At 6:04 PM, November 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Kigler,

Please train your button punchers to properly switch the NBC HD programs so we can appreciate our 1080 res sets.

Thanks

 
At 3:19 PM, November 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He made a mess of KTAB and KRBC in Abilene so expect the same for KARK in the near future.

 
At 9:03 PM, November 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention the stock tips he gave on his cable show madd money didn't pan out for my options!

 
At 9:05 PM, November 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK peeps from KARK, what type of station do you really believe he will step into.

your vote will remain confidential

*in the dumper

*hope to rise like the phoenix

*we're already #1 but don't know it cause we don't take Neilsen

 
At 1:05 AM, November 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how bout D..none of the above because it sounds like someone is fearing the rise of KARK over there at circle seven, which should just change their slogan to "Channel 7 is only hot chicks for the male audience 15-55 to look at so we can make it look like we're putting on a quality product over here at this dump" sorry dude, you just didn't give enought choices

 
At 2:04 AM, November 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, should we be honest here? Many of us don't know "Gayle" and don't have any reason to like him. He was hired by the scum of the earth, Irving, Texas dwelling Nexstar fools who've made it their holy mission to destroy local news by replacing it with low-cost crap that's more inane that local news used to be. That company doesn't hire the best and the brightest...all you have to do is look at the history of their sports department. They get people on the rebound and on the cheap. Gayle may be a fantastic guy, but he works for the people in the black hats who will take him by the hand and tell him how to keep screwing things up. If anything, Gayle, your fellow Nexstar employees here feel pretty sorry for you, but not too much because they want to cover their asses and keep getting their measly pay. You're just another suit who went to an itty-bitty college in the middle of nowhere who will interfere in our lives and make things complicated. Don't take it personally, but we're not sending you a fruit basket or anything. Hang on long enough and prove yourself human, and that will all change. In the meantime, you have the legacy of Rogala and others to deal with.

 
At 10:58 AM, November 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are several points of BS is that last post. I would say the talent part is the worst. I will put any of the Dept Heads up against anyone in town. I would also say that the product of 4 is heading down a poitive path and 7 and 11 are going the other way. I can also say the attitude is obviously better in the building at KARK than it is at 7 or 11. This is obvious from just the post that are on this blog.

 
At 10:59 AM, November 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the offer of payment on my session, but really for you people in Arkansas that spend your time being cruel and ignorant...it's free. Consider it community service.

For those of you at KARK making comments...don't forget, you signed on with Nexstar all on your own. Don't like it...move along. One thing is correct, Irving, Texas is where the scum dwell and particularly one in Indiana. Steer clear of that one. But, you will find that Mr. Kiger is a human being and you are lucky in that respect.

And, about the book...since you don't subscribe to the Nielsen, you are number 4, counting Fox at 5p, 530p and 9p.

KATV should be concerned. With Mr. Kiger's help you will surpass them shortly. And, what's going on with the KATV signal, programming blacks out for a second or so at least 3-4 times an hour?

And, what was the comment about Pine Bluff for anyway? Does central Arkansas feel superior to the southern portion of the state?

KARK, I still believe there is light at the end of the tunnel that you have been in forever. Mr. Kiger will bring a much needed change.

We will miss him in Texas.

Ok, I'm going to go against my better judgement and get in the boat with y'all for a minute. Oklahoma just got a new zoo...they put a fence around Arkansas and Texas paid for it!...And as far as Arkansas goes...thank God for Mississippi. OK, I'm done with "my bad"...

Carry on, you give me such a chuckle everyday...and if your at a station blogging about this...get back to work...I'd like to hear about some decent news stories you pulled together.

 
At 2:55 PM, November 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK IS NOT NUMBER 4... THAT'S THE CHANNEL NUMBER.

 
At 6:43 PM, November 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SOON TO BE CHANNEL 32. YA'ALL GET READY NOW.

 
At 8:16 PM, November 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

signed on? No way, remember Nexstar bought out two stations here, some of us didn't choose them, it was the other way around. And, how about we charge YOU for the "sessions?" Maybe Gayle can write you a check for the help, because from some of the earlier posts (s)he sounds like (s)he'll need it.

 
At 11:36 AM, November 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you just love it when Melissa S. says, "nyune" when trying to say "Noon?"

 
At 11:59 AM, November 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the Nielsen rating books you are the #4 news station in the market...oops, I'm sorry you don't get the book...I should have been more gentle when breaking this news to you. Also, very smart of you to put #4 and channel 4 together...idiot!

 
At 12:59 PM, November 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wait until they put 32 together with 32 in the book in February 2009.

 
At 1:03 PM, November 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the offer of payment on my session, but really for you people in Arkansas that spend your time being cruel and ignorant...it's free. Consider it community service.

And your opinion should be considered because . . .

 
At 1:33 PM, November 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't work at channel 4.. but I do know the station is not number 4 in the ratings. Get your facts straight. By the way, do you really think KARK doesn't know the ratings? Are you really that stupid? You can find the ratings anywhere.

 
At 4:21 PM, November 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So he is from Texas eh. Did him and the Internet Sales guy, Whitley, use to work together?

 
At 8:10 PM, November 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't work for KARK either. They are #2 in am, #1 midday, tied for #2 at 5p and very close to #2 at 6p. The only place that they are clearly #3 is at 10p. Prime is kicking their butt.

 
At 2:39 PM, November 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Previous poster, I think you do work at kark because those are some fancy rose-colored glasses you're looking through.

You're nowhere near #2 in the morning (you were #2 in ONE book like a year ago and got all excited). #1 at midday (if I'm the only one running the race, I'll come in first too).

"Tied for #2 at 5p and close to #2 at 6p, #3 at 10p?" Translation = #3 in the evenings. Didn't your previous gm get on the radio and argue that y'all were #3 instead of fox 16? Never seen someone argue about who's #3 vs. #4.

Prime is not kicking your butts. You're doing it all by yourselves. More technical mistakes, more botched liveshots, more irrelavent news than anyone else in the market.

But I give you credit for trying to be positive.

 
At 5:29 PM, November 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More technical mistakes, more botched liveshots, more irrelavent news than anyone else in the market.

KARK-DT is the technical mistakes leader in this market.

However, they do have the second-best video resolution in the market.

News is news. It's the same on all stations. Shootings, car wrecks, fires, some weather, throw in some Hog sports and it's over.

 
At 5:52 PM, November 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it interesting that KARK doesn't get the Nielsen book and they quote numbers by saying you can get the numbers anywhere? Here's an answer for you...Nielsen is a paid subscription and it costs the other stations in the market around $75K, give or take. Nexstar, the parent company of KARK does not pay for this service, therefore anyone within Nexstar that has actual numbers has them illegally. And yes, this is a FELONY! Someone should warn Perry Sook and the bewitching evil Duane Lammers that they put you at risk by giving these numbers to you. I actually know of people at KARK that are hiding books at home in their garages and attics. I would love to be the first person to testify against them in a trial brought on by Nielsen for theft. Get off your high horse. You're nothing but a thief in you are in possession of the numbers.

 
At 7:29 PM, November 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure much defense is needed at KARK. They are owned by a company that is for sale. They have a website that is from some crappy cookie cutter deal. But the real crux is the NBC network is down so awfully dramatically it is big time affecting the precious grp's you need to command the dollars. I remember when they were on top...a long time ago and many generations of turn-overs ago. Maybe they'd have a shot now if the new platforms weren't already in place and being aced by you know who...a hint...it aint the one's who have their digital antenna pointed away from Jefferson co. but licensed to there.

Best of luck KARK, I really like some of the folks there. Billy Ross is the coolest.

 
At 3:51 AM, November 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK sucks. Any questions?

 
At 11:04 AM, November 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't agree more with the post from 5:52 Nov 14th.

Remember Lammers and Sook are crooks. The company is also $1(b) billion in debt.....that's right billion with a b.

 
At 9:45 PM, November 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the latest promo. KARK is so great, they have to bribe viewers to watch. Watch Channel 4 at 10 and you could win $400!

 
At 10:50 PM, November 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny how you make fun on KARK but it's coming on! They put on Razorback Nation and all the sudden KATV reacts and finally puts a reporter in Fayetteville. This is a joke. They should have always had a full time reporter there. Oh yea, all the sudden here comes THV with their weak version. Congrats to LRT for holding your own and not playing copycat.

 
At 2:29 PM, December 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. Kiger. Please teach your people to switch to HD when an HD program is being aired.

Who is in charge of your "Master Control?"

 
At 8:59 AM, December 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the media is controled by the new world order and the press people are members of the reptile order.

 

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