Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Arkansas Media Helping Tornado Victims

Numerous TV stations across the Natural State are teaming up with various organizations to help the victims of Tuesday's storms. The links are below:

KATV
KATV announced Wednesday it is re-activating the Neighbor in Need relief fund.

KARK

KTHV
The 11 Alert Disaster Relief program helps connect individuals and companies with local and state emergency management agencies to provide a coordinated community response to major emergencies or disasters.

KLRT
FOX16 and all Clear Channel Radio have partnered to help with tornado relief efforts going on right now in Atkins and Clinton.

KHBS/KHOG
40/29 News will broadcast the "Tornado Relief Telethon" on Wednesday night. Viewers will be able to call in and pledge donations from the start of 40/29 News at 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. Every dollar donated will go to the American Red Cross' Tornado Relief Fund.

77 Comments:

At 8:52 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox 16 is doing more to help than anyone else. Hands down.

 
At 8:56 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think 40/29 was up to $35k by 8pm.

 
At 9:33 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KHOG just announced that they are going to host a benefit "hootnanny" Friday night to help raise money.

 
At 9:58 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, let's all get into a big discussion over who is doing more. What class!

 
At 10:00 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At a time like this, I think I would respect the TV station more that didn't take part in the petty little ratings games and actually thought of their audience. How about everyone combining into one big effort instead of using death and tragedy to boast about what your f-ing station is doing during the ratings book?! Who gives a s**t? If you have to toot your own pathetic horn to tell everyone how much you've got in the bank and how you did it faster than the next guy, you are going to live in a mobile home in the Tornado Alley of Hell for all eternity. Actions speak louder than promos, you scumbags. Let me paint a scenario for you of how Arkansans accept a station: the station has an all-call emergency and sends every breathing body it has into the field to help, aid and console. They don't care if a camera is catching it. They build credibility in the community as the station that isn't using them to get more car ad revenue; it really cares. Word spreads. People watch. With something this big, please skip the proof or performance commercials and take the high road.

 
At 10:40 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can guarantee you aren't going to see many or any of the on air "talent," and I use the term loosely, around her getting their nails dirty if there's not a camera around to catch it.

 
At 10:44 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actions speak louder than promos, you scumbags.

 
At 10:46 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who gives a s**t?

 
At 10:47 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What class!

 
At 10:47 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"hootnanny"

 
At 10:48 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox 16 is doing more to help than anyone else. Hands down.

 
At 10:51 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw yeah. And if you're doing less than Fox 16 then you have less class and you obviously don't care as much. Go Fox 16! Everyone else go f yourself. Boo woo ah ah ah ah ah!

 
At 11:52 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, the shameful truth is that they'll spend more time and effort on promoting it and doing promos for it precisely because they think it'll boost ratings. It's fantastic if the community benefits, so based on that, it doesn't matter. It's just amazingly selfish on the inside when you see that most of the effort is REALLY being done to boost numbers and community recognition...they don't do this for free, or do it with a selfless heart -- at least some of those doing it would ONLY do it if they got a pat on the back.

 
At 6:16 AM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like the networks have to fly some talking head to the scene to make them more important like no local reporter could show what tornado damage looks like.

What drama. The stations love it and it's easy to cover.

 
At 8:09 AM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7 has had the best tornado coverage by far. More reporters in more places, and out there faster. Seems like 7 has the most talent from Arkansas and they care the most. You can spot who is not from Arkansas and doesn't care.

 
At 8:32 AM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doubt this much would happen if it wasn't during ratings... sad but true...

 
At 8:58 AM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In NW Arkansas, 40/29 made the other stations look silly. 40/29 had live reporters in Gassville and their meteorologist was in Atkins. KNWA was definitely second with the ok job they did while KFSM did a horrible job all day. We were under a tornado watch with severe thunderstorm warnings all day and I didn't see KFSM do one cut in! 40/29 was doing cut ins several times an hour. As far as the aftermath, KFSM just sent that awful reporter (Bryoles?) of theirs to do the story but he wasn't live and had the same story for all 3 newscasts. 40/29 then did the telethon which was additionally impressive. I can't see the Little Rock stations here but I would be surprised if 40/29 didn't beat them this time as well. I usually watch channel 5 but they definitely lost me yesterday.

 
At 9:17 AM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"7 has had the best tornado coverage by far"

With the shortest tower and lowest power and analog signal. Who watches that?

 
At 10:30 AM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could Channel 5 dare rerun the same exact story several times? That's just pure laziness and insulting to viewers.

 
At 12:17 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All stations run the same stories at 5, 6, 10 and the next morning for days. It's called lazy.

 
At 12:29 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as talent not helping, how many times have I seen Tom Brannon stand out and sweat like crazy to collect cereal for kids in the summer, and freeze to death in Dec. getting toys for foster kids. He also goes to the warehouse and unloads trucks (where there are NO cameras around) and gets his nails dirty. He doesn't get much credit for it either. sorry, but I had to bring it up for those who think anchors don't get dirty or help anyone when cameras aren't present. His efforts are appreciated by us every year.

 
At 12:43 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

40/29 Has had new story angles and live shots from reporters in the field for each newscast since Wednesday Morning. The reporters may cover the same town in all casts, but they're finding new stories for each cast.

KNWA has bee doing a good job of updating content as well.

With a disaster this large, it would be hard NOT finding new stories to tell.

 
At 12:55 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I aggree that on air talent just does things to get glory for themselves and that they dont really care what happens as long as they look good acting like their trying to help people when they only care about themselves except at 16 because I think they really care what happens to their viewers.

 
At 12:58 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you're all nuts. It's not a tv reporter's job to go out into a disaster and play Florence Nightengale. He/she is there to report the news. Period. What you're suggesting is just crazy. Then you'd all be bitching because the reporter is making himself the story! And I don't think most people watch a station because it gave the most money to tornado victims. They watch because they think the anchor is hot, they like the weather guy, they've always watched channel 7, their parents watched channel 11...they don't give a rat's behind who has the most reporters from Arkanas, or who was first on the scene, or who gave the most money.

 
At 1:02 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would be nice if every station's motive was to help people and not that it 'might' translate into $$$ for the greedy stations from local advertisers later.

 
At 2:41 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As we all know it IS about ratings, therefore advertising rates. But if you think large, well promoted assistance programs don't also improve public opinion, and therefore ratings, you're just wrong. Let's face it, people want to feel like they helped. They want to be able to tell their friends they donated to "those poor victims", It's human nature!

 
At 2:45 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm wondering when any of the stations mentioned above will notice that communities not named Atkins or Clinton were affected.

 
At 3:17 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

40/29's matt barcaro said fortunately one person died yesterday on his report. he tried to correct it and made it much worse. talk about class.

 
At 3:57 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you want..I think you're giving the average viewer way too much credit. Nobody turns on the news thinking, "hey, I'll watch 7, they're running a big program to help the tornado victims." Hate to break it to you, but it's all about whether they like the anchor, the weather guy, the station they watched growing up...

 
At 5:01 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again the media seems to convey the image that the Red Cross is the only source of relief. I had to go to the Salvation Army web pages to find out if they were there. Sure enough Salvation Army on the scene in four states and ARKANSAS. The Salvation Army gets more bang for the buck because the national organization does not have high paid executives. The Salvation Army also offers spiritual help but I'm sure TV media is not anxious to report that either.

 
At 5:31 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as talent not helping, how many times have I seen Tom Brannon stand out and sweat like crazy to collect cereal for kids in the summer, and freeze to death in Dec. getting toys for foster kids. He also goes to the warehouse and unloads trucks (where there are NO cameras around) and gets his nails dirty. He doesn't get much credit for it either. sorry, but I had to bring it up for those who think anchors don't get dirty or help anyone when cameras aren't present. His efforts are appreciated by us every year.

Yes, and the public knows that. Most "personalities" won't even bother to get their hair mussed, male or female. Tom is a winner.

 
At 5:33 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Salvation Army gets more bang for the buck because the national organization does not have high paid executives. The Salvation Army also offers spiritual help but I'm sure TV media is not anxious to report that either."

I would not give the Red Cross the time of day.

 
At 6:16 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had wondered about that, actually. It does seem like all the info concerns the Red Cross. Given the choice, I'd much rather support the Salvation Army in their efforts for the victims.

 
At 6:36 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone earlier mentioned all stations are running the same stories over and over...THIS IS WRONG, except for 5news, of course!

If memory serves me right, they ran the same exact Broyles package numerous times word for word...same standups and all. Please don't put every state in the same category as this. Running the EXACT package several times is plain lazy and insulting to viewers.

It's good for the other stations, though. Viewers say, "I've seen this already" and change the channel for fresh material for new angles on the story.

 
At 8:45 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was 40/29 doing severe weather cut ins for Little Rock?

 
At 12:34 AM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete Thompson is a dish and tells a damn good story.

 
At 8:19 AM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will say that this is the best that Heather Crawford's hair as ever looked.

 
At 8:59 AM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah...why is 40/29 (?) involved? Aren't they in Fort Smith/Fayetteville? What does this have to do with us in Little Rock? I'm confused.

 
At 9:21 AM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same reason the Little Rock stations were at Fort Chaffee last week. It's a huge story and I'm pretty sure none of the Little Rock stations copyrighted it.

 
At 10:08 AM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I do believe that Atkins is in between the markets.

Learn Arkansas!

 
At 10:08 AM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It it just me or does anyone else find Heather Crawford just an awful anchor/reporter too?

 
At 10:24 AM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes Crawford is just terrible. 7has the weakest anchor team in Little Rock.

What happened to the day when 7 had strong anchors? I guess they have so much money tied up in Barry, Ned, and Steve they can't afford good anchors.

Let's just hope that the Crawford experice will be over soon!

 
At 10:27 AM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's because he doesn't have a third leg like the chicken does.

 
At 3:30 PM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heater Crawford Rocks! She is smokin hot. Quit being a hater.

 
At 4:15 PM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crawford maybe hot but she can't report or anchor worth a crap!

She is the weakest anchor in the state. She really belongs in Jonesboro

 
At 4:16 PM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather Crawford makes Michelle Rupp look good!

 
At 8:45 PM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather Crawford hot? Take off your coke bottle glasses.

 
At 9:21 PM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone's jealous?

 
At 10:06 AM, February 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's jealous? Heather Crawford simply is awful. I don't know how she ends up at a main anchor at 7.

I do know they don't have a lot of money to spend on anchors, to much tied up in Barry, Ned and Sully, so they get have they pay for.

The next time we have a big story they need to keep Crawford in house, but it not like they have other strong anchors to chose from.

 
At 10:11 AM, February 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone tell 7 that the storm is about the victims of the storm.

All they have done is go around and talk to one official after another one.

Hey how about us out here that LOST EVERYTHING YOU MORONS!

How many times do we need to see one of your reporters stand around and do a story where it's just them and a local sheriff?

Get away from the one location you have been at since Tuesday and come and meet us that have been effected by this storm.

You call yourself the Spirit of Arkansas, I guess that's right if it's in a small area where you don't have to actually get out here with us the great unwashed!

 
At 10:35 AM, February 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above post channel 7's coverage has been bad.

They think that by being there, having more reporters from Arkansas it the way to cover the news.

Every station in Arkansas has been at the scene. They all have reporters from Arkansas.

I don't even know which if any of their reporters are from Arkansas. I don't even care. What I care about is the stories of the people effected by the storm. On this matter 7 has fallen flat on their face.

 
At 11:54 AM, February 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what I was saying in an earlier post...people don't care which reporters are from Arkansas or which station is raising the most money for victims. They want to turn on the news and see the whole story.

 
At 5:04 PM, February 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the stations really care about is self promotion. "We were the first blah, blah, blah" "we were there blah, blah, blah." "Our Team of Meteorologists can beat up your team, blah, blah, blah." It's all crap!

And how about 11 sending Ed to Clinton to survey the damage... 3 days AFTER the storm?!?! I can see them sending him the next day. What a crock!

The other thing that gets me; isn't the responsibility of ALL stations to make sure you receive infomation to keep you safe during a storm? What ever happened to "If a Tornado warning has been issued for your area, please take cover immediately!" Instead, all I hear is "take a look at our velocity mode. The red is this, the green is that. This tornado is a 7 out of 10 on the rectum scale." Todd Y is the worst at that. Ned and Barry sound like they are competing against each other.

Keep it simple, consice, to the point and please take cover.

Also, KARK wants your video and pictures. You think maybe you could take a break from protecting your family for just a moment, step out of the storm cellar, bathroom or closet, and take a snap shot before the EF4 blows all in its path (including you) to smitherines?

You know that you can also ask to be paid for your picture and video. How about a nice bidding war. Afterall it is YOUR life you are risking.

It's all about self indulgence and promotion. 4,7 and 16 were running promos right after the event to try and convince you that they are the best at reporting the storm, when they could care less how you feel right after an event like this.

Alright Ed, kudos to you. You were reminding people to do what they should have been doing in the first place. It's just assinine that someone (Larry Audas) suggest that you travel to Clinton THREE DAYS AFTER the storm so they could create a new promo. It might have been different had you gone the day after the event. "Ed Buckner was the only Meteorologist who traveled to Clinton." Blah, Blah, Blah. KARK was there. Fox 16 ran commericals and KATV's Ned and Barry and Todd are playing paper, rock, scissors for the opportunity to operate the joystick on their Viper Game!

Anyway Ed, at least you get what keepin' people safe is about.

 
At 6:32 PM, February 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seem Ed has been on the blog today!

 
At 8:17 PM, February 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 16 is so good you should all watch channel 16 because they do the best job and they realy care about people who watch there news shows.

 
At 7:32 AM, February 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:32 - No moron, Ed has not been on the blog today. I'm not Ed, but my perception of the event and of the big 4 was this: THV-1, KARK-2, Circle-Seven-3. American Idol-4. No news station really cares about you, they care about the ratings and the profits generated from those ratings.

8:17 -If KLRT really cared. You never would have seen American Idol. When you grow up, you want to be like the other three in severe weather situations. Now back to your fantasy land.

 
At 1:03 PM, February 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What really makes me laugh is that the weathermen/weatherwomen think that the tornado victim can hear them when their power is off. They keep telling them that their power will be back on as soon as possible. Think about that.

 
At 6:42 PM, February 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, the tornado victim may possibly still have a cell phone and friends who do have power and a television....hmmmmmmmmm, that is possible, right?

 
At 6:53 PM, February 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

or hey, how bout this? the tornado victim is not actually still living in their tornado damaged house (if it even still stands) and is staying with friends or family who, gasp, have power and a tv?

 
At 9:00 PM, February 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"or hey, how bout this? the tornado victim is not actually still living in their tornado damaged house (if it even still stands) and is staying with friends or family who, gasp, have power and a tv?"

Boy, that's moving really fast. Okay, I know you have to justify it. It's all blow and show for the audience to make them think the tv statios will save their lives. What a joke.

 
At 9:29 PM, February 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You think it's a joke? A weatherman at THV was fired a few years ago for failing to give correct info about a killer tornado in central Arkansas. Wasn't really his fault..equipment malfunction. But the fact is...people do tune in during severe weather, and they do depend on being told what to do, where to go, when to take cover, etc. It DOES save lives. What do you think..people have time to run from farm to farm in Atkins, spreading the word that a killer tornado is on the way?

 
At 11:09 PM, February 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many people have battery powered tvs and radios that pick up tv channels. I get hdtv on my laptop. Others have generators.

Just because the power is out is no reason to assume that people aren't still watching or listening.

 
At 10:07 AM, February 11, 2008, Blogger FHP-DXer said...

The reason TV is important these days to get information out is that radio has fallen down on its job. Once local radio stations were manned by live on-air staff, today they are run "off the bird" in smaller markets, or in the case of CC and other stations voice tracked.

Even if radio stations (the majority) did their duty during these times instead of airing Hannity, some local Right Wing talk , or playing yet another classic from Lynard Skynard off the hard-drive, the TV medium allows viewers to see the progress of the storm real time (radar images, etc). There are plenty of faults of all the local broadcast (TV) stations, but generally most do try to step up. And that is more important than another 20 in a row stopset or "Forrest City Joe's" take on the Hogs.

 
At 7:15 PM, February 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You think it's a joke? A weatherman at THV was fired a few years ago for failing to give correct info about a killer tornado in central Arkansas."

I doubt that. What was the weatherman's name?

 
At 12:25 AM, February 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shea Rial. Look him up on previous posts here if "you doubt that," genius.

 
At 9:54 AM, February 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was not fired for that reason. Thanks for the compliment.

 
At 12:01 PM, February 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For anyone who's interested, Shea himself answered the question on this blog. Check May 16, 2007, under the comments section when Meredith Mitchell was hired at 11.

 
At 3:46 PM, February 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we need to auction off mickey goodwin in a bikini

 
At 5:58 PM, February 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"For anyone who's interested, Shea himself answered the question on this blog. Check May 16, 2007, under the comments section when Meredith Mitchell was hired at 11."

Oh, and I guess that he posted his photo on the message to let us know that it was, without a doubt, he that posted it.

Give me a break

 
At 7:57 PM, February 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I recall, Shea was nuked for telling viewers to disregard a tornado warning. I don't remember whether the threat was real or not.

There are plenty of KTHVeterans who visit this blog and could enlighten us all about the story. C'mon guys---refresh our memories.

 
At 8:48 PM, February 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the threat was real. When he was telling people to disregard the warning, the Sandstone Church of Christ in south Little Rock was being blown away. And 5:58, did you bother to read Shea's post, or were you too busy thinking up your post to bother? With your mentality, that probably took you the better part of the evening. It was Shea. Trust me. Look at it.

 
At 9:16 PM, February 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you are the one hung up on Shea.

Are you and Shea close?

 
At 12:42 AM, February 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, for God's sake! Leave Shea alone...that was years ago! Why are we rehashing that crap?

 
At 4:26 PM, February 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would one of these fine comapanies please post a phone number, hours of operatation and an address to take relief goods to Atkins tornado victims??

Thank you.

 
At 6:41 PM, February 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Would one of these fine comapanies please post a phone number, hours of operatation and an address to take relief goods to Atkins tornado victims??

Thank you."

Oh please, get off your pious pedestal. You have access to the internet. Look it up yourself. Maybe if you got off your cross they could use the wood to help with the rebuilding in Atkins.

 
At 1:51 PM, February 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They may have access to the Internet but probably don't know how to spell what they are looking for.

 
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