Tuesday, April 29, 2008

KLRT Awarded AP Best Newscast

Source: KLRT FOX16 News was awarded the coveted “Best Newscast” award from the Associated Press this past Saturday night in a ceremony conducted in Downtown Little Rock. FOX16 News anchor Donna Terrell and chief meteorologist Troy Bridges were among those on hand at the Holiday Inn Presidential to accept the award. Terrell had this to say: “We proudly accepted the award on behalf of all the dedicated members of our team who’ve worked tirelessly to make our product worthy of this recognition.” FOX16’s weekend sports anchor Chris Kolkhorst walked away with two first place awards in the News Feature and Sports Coverage categories, while weekend news anchor Kelly Dudzik earned an honorable mention in the Continuing Coverage category.

FOX16 News continues to make significant strides in the market, and now lays claim to the market’s longest continuous anchor team with Donna Terrell, Kevin Kelly, Troy Bridges and David Raath. FOX16 News Director Ed Trauschke says that his team’s success comes from consistently focusing the needs of the viewer. “Segments like Kevin’s ‘Consumer Alert’, Donna’s ‘Family Healthcast’, or our “County-by –County” coverage are just a few examples of ways that we’ve been able to create a pinpoint focus for our viewers.”

FOX16 has been in the news business for just over four years now, having launched on March 29, 2004. It added early news at 5p and 530p just over a year ago. “It’s particularly satisfying that the AP chose FOX16 News over the three established news stations in the market”, said FOX16 General Manager Chuck Spohn, “It echoes exactly what we’re seeing in the ratings; more and more viewers continue to make us their new choice for news.” The award comes just weeks after FOX16 posted their strongest Nielsen ratings numbers to date. FOX16 News @ 9’s audience grew an additional +70% from where it was this same time last year, and with that surpassed or tied several competiting newscasts airing in the 10pm hour. The growth was even more impressive at 5p and 530p where FOX16 grew well over 100% from the most recent rating period.

55 Comments:

At 10:34 PM, April 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes a zero share to a one share is 100 percent growth.

 
At 12:50 AM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is great.I lived in Hot Springs in 2000 way before FOX 16 had News.That is a great honor.I wish them the best.

 
At 8:29 AM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first comment is obviously someone at KARK...they are running scared at the prospect of soon being over taken by KLRT, if not already....

 
At 8:29 AM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their ratings would sky rocket if they would hire that hottie weekend weather girl away from KTHV, I think her name is Meredith Mitchell. Just think, if she was on for a full hour monday -friday, the other stations would just dry up and wither away!

 
At 9:37 AM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This obviously came from a press release sent by KLRT. If you're going to post who won AP awards, post them all!

 
At 11:51 AM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why? Newscast is all that matters.

 
At 11:56 AM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meredith Mitchell is all that matters!

 
At 1:28 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off-- Congrats to Fox for taking home the bacon this year at the AP awards. A great competitor is one who wins with dignity not one who boasts in a cocky manner. Secondly, who is KLRT to say that the same people watching their 9 news is not watching other stations 10 news? Ratings aren't compared from one hour to another-- it's within the hour. If KLRT feels it has jumped from Triple A to the big leagues-- bring your bats to the 10 p.m.

 
At 1:53 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They won't - they just don't have the balls.

 
At 2:24 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 9pm news is simply a newscast of convenience. Nothing more.

 
At 2:54 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A newscast of convenience" -- well played idiot.

Instead of joining the mess of stations all doing the same thing at ten, fox is doing the most logical thing -- taking chunks of viewers from the other three while growing their own brand at a different time slot. Makes perfect sense to me.

 
At 3:14 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This obviously came from a press release sent by KLRT. If you're going to post who won AP awards, post them all!"

Of course that info came from a KLRT press release. Where else would it come from, the other three stations that didn't win?
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"If KLRT feels it has jumped from Triple A to the big leagues-- bring your bats to the 10 p.m."

We don't feel we've jumped from Triple A. We were never there to begin with.

And if we can smack your loser *** around from the 9 p.m. slot, why not do it, just for fun's sake?

If you don't like losing, put out a better new product. Lol.

And if you can't, then shut the h*** up.

So much for winning gracefully. You can't win gracefully with so much buckshot flying around.

By the way, winning is great. Beating the crap out of crap never gets old.

Hate on, people.

 
At 3:44 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case you have never left Arkansas or have cable 9pm newscast or not new.

Stations all over the country have done them for years.

Also have you heard of WGN NEWS at 9 they have done it for over 50 years.

 
At 5:38 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just knew this was going to happen.

 
At 5:51 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Instead of joining the mess of stations all doing the same thing at ten, fox is doing the most logical thing -- taking chunks of viewers from the other three while growing their own brand at a different time slot. Makes perfect sense to me."
-Obviously an advanced education and many years spent in the media business.

 
At 5:54 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And if we can smack your loser *** around from the 9 p.m. slot, why not do it, just for fun's sake? "

You don't smack any other news products around at 9pm. By the way, how's it going smacking those other news products around from 5pm - 6pm?

 
At 7:37 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's the criteria for winning this AP award??

 
At 7:51 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to FOX 16. They really do have a good newscast.

FOX people on here are always talking about FOX taking over Channel 4 when it comes to ratings. The only real judge we have right now is the 5pm show because that is the only show FOX 16 goes head to head with anyone. Here are the February household numbers for the 5pm newscast.

KATV 7 = 11 rating
KARK 4 = 9 rating
KTHV 11 = 8 rating
KLRT 16 = 5 rating

KLRT has a ways to go before they take over anyone.

 
At 7:58 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The criteria for winning this award is being an AP member. Then ap members from another tv market get together and judge the entries. Almost anyone can judge.. and usually there are onlly 3 or 4 people doing judging, so it's not really that "coveted" of an award.

KLRT was competing against channel 7 and 11. 4 cannot enter because they are not AP members anymore. Before nexstar took the AP away from them they had won best newscast 2 or 3 years in a row.

 
At 8:45 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:54, we won best newscast and your station didn't. That's called smacking you around. It doesn't matter who is head to head. We have the award. You have the ratings. So be it. But KLRT's newscast is considered better by others in the media. I'm not bragging about it. I'm merely responding to all the criticism on here about KLRT and reminding you that we won fair and square. We didn't anticipate winning. It just happened, and now you are bitter about it. And we're not Triple A. We never were. And it's fun beating sore-loser blowhards like you.

Another station might win next year, but KLRT has something to hang its hat on this year.

Once again, if you don't like losing, put out a better news product.

And on the other side of the coin, if you guys switched from 10 to nine, you might not like the results. Yeah. That's right. Bring your bats to the 9 p.m. You don't have the balls. Ha ha! Lol!

 
At 9:19 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Instead of joining the mess of stations all doing the same thing at ten, fox is doing the most logical thing -- taking chunks of viewers from the other three while growing their own brand at a different time slot. Makes perfect sense to me."
-Obviously an advanced education and many years spent in the media business.


And, with the crap that the "Big 3 Networks" expect viewers to watch at 9 p.m., it makes a lot of sense to bring the viewers the latest news, first. Brilliant.

 
At 9:19 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"we won best newscast and your station didn't. That's called smacking you around. It doesn't matter who is head to head. We have the award. You have the ratings. So be it. But KLRT's newscast is considered better by others in the media. I'm not bragging about it. I'm merely responding to all the criticism on here about KLRT and reminding you that we won fair and square. We didn't anticipate winning. It just happened, and now you are bitter about it. And we're not Triple A. We never were. And it's fun beating sore-loser blowhards like you.

Another station might win next year, but KLRT has something to hang its hat on this year.

Once again, if you don't like losing, put out a better news product.

And on the other side of the coin, if you guys switched from 10 to nine, you might not like the results. Yeah. That's right. Bring your bats to the 9 p.m. You don't have the balls. Ha ha! Lol!"

It's becoming pretty obvious there's a few 16 posers out there trying to make them look bad. Someone's trying to stir the pot. Good try though.

 
At 9:26 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can tell 16 is new at the game. Good grief, they're yelling about an AP award! We've all won them. It's no big deal. Still, congratulations, you got it this time. Get over yourself!

 
At 9:30 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who got the AP award last year? I'm sure most don't even remember.

 
At 9:52 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox 16 also won the award for the most awesome studio lighting.

 
At 10:06 PM, April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the rest of the winners listed anywhere? How did THV do?

 
At 7:44 AM, May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyison Countney won big. She had like 4 first place awards.

Their photog Kenny won for best photog.

Todd Y beat Ned for best weathercaster.

Chirs K at FOX had two first place also.

You know these awards do mean something if you win. I can remember Randy and Bob running around KATV when they won them, so to act like they no big deal, is to show your pain for losing.

 
At 10:59 AM, May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how many of you got raises for your wins?

 
At 2:18 PM, May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "coveted AP Best Newscast Award"???? You've got to be kidding me.
Win a Murrow or Emmy...and then you'll have something to brag about.

 
At 4:31 PM, May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARKs not even an ap member, they won all the time when the cheap ass company payed for the AP. Too bad KARK was not in there to spoil FOX 16 fun!! AP awards are nothing. Just go ask Joe Paquano in Phoenix.

 
At 5:24 PM, May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to enter to win.

 
At 8:58 PM, May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is sad. I don't work for any of the stations. Fox is different yes, but the voters don't care about the time period. Congrats to them. If any of the others would have won they would be bragging too. I just think it's funny that the "Big 3" didn't win. I think to some extent you all think you're the best and you should. That makes everyone better. Let's keep it clear though, you had a 1 in 3 chance of winning. That's far from a big upset.

 
At 9:28 PM, May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mostly you have camera jockies and newsroom cadets posting on here. Don't pay too much attention to the content.

 
At 9:37 PM, May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!!! Look at Jonesboro go!! They beat out most of the small market station of in NWA. ABC got a few and CBS had very little. Good thing Nexstar's station over there are not with AP cause they probably would have cleaned up. CBS should be ashamed in Ft. Smith. I guess when ABC only competes with themselves or against Jonesboro they should win.

 
At 10:41 PM, May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 9:28, does that mean we shouldn't pay attention to you either? Just wonderin ...

 
At 11:42 PM, May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, don't pay any attention to 9:28. I think he's the same nut who was posting on another thread about Kelly George and her military experience. He used the expression "camera jockies" a lot. "Newsroom cadet" also has a military flavor to it. Not in the business at all, probably, but he checks in here with his nutty two cents.

 
At 12:14 AM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone post who won what? I can't find it online anywhere.

 
At 10:07 AM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox 16 has news?

 
At 3:40 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's ok that Fox has a feather in their cap, but their newscast is so amaterish and typo-filled, terrible reporting, etc. Their graphics and studio look nice, though. For the misinformed...Fox stations all over the country run local news immediately following their prime programming...they only have 2 hours of prime a night, everyone else has 3, so ALL Fox affiliates that run late news run it an hour earlier than the others. Comaparing hour to hour, Fox probably wins some nights from 9-10 pm...but not against some of the very highly rated programming on other nets or even cable. I'm glad they are developing a news department, but truly, it'll be years before they are competitive. Wait til the enter the "morning" wars, and lets see how they do in a year at 5 pm.

 
At 6:25 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"KLRT has a ways to go before they take over anyone."

According to the rating that your station ordered.

 
At 6:29 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Newsroom cadet" also has a military flavor to it. Not in the business at all, probably, but he checks in here with his nutty two cents."

Actually, very happy to be one of the few retired from Gannett,and, I might add, drawing a pension from them along with 20 years worth of stock options that I cashed before the bottom fell out of their market. I don't really care about the ratings because my pay does not depend on them being good. Apparently yours do. Life is great.

 
At 7:28 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope when I'm retired I have better things to do than lurk about this blog, making assinine comments about people and things I know nothing about. "Life is great," huh? More like get a life, old man.

 
At 9:05 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People like that really get to you, don't they.

 
At 12:06 AM, May 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

chris at fox won two 1st place awards but one of them was in a news category? that's funny!

 
At 12:14 AM, May 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's ok that Fox has a feather in their cap, but their newscast is so amaterish and typo-filled, terrible reporting, etc. Their graphics and studio look nice, though. For the misinformed...Fox stations all over the country run local news immediately following their prime programming...they only have 2 hours of prime a night, everyone else has 3, so ALL Fox affiliates that run late news run it an hour earlier than the others. Comaparing hour to hour, Fox probably wins some nights from 9-10 pm...but not against some of the very highly rated programming on other nets or even cable. I'm glad they are developing a news department, but truly, it'll be years before they are competitive. Wait til the enter the "morning" wars, and lets see how they do in a year at 5 pm."



The above post couldn't be more off base.. Anyone who calls their newscast amateurish, has their heads in the sand. It's solid and well paced, with seasoned reporters. Sure there's errors, but no more than the other three.

And don't worry about years to be competitive, they already are. In just four years, are on the verge of leapfroging KARK.

 
At 8:12 PM, May 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just knew this was going to happen with the ratings.

 
At 11:51 AM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

amateurish newscast? I've seen what Fox 16 does and I think it is technically a whole lot harder than the other stations. Fox 16 has so many more elements going on in their shows and it's impressive how clean they keep everything.

And I'm sure the reporters who are so bad probably have their act together a whole lot more than that poster above. There's not a weak link among any of them.

 
At 4:56 PM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yeah, don't pay any attention to 9:28. I think he's the same nut who was posting on another thread about Kelly George and her military experience. He used the expression "camera jockies" a lot. "Newsroom cadet" also has a military flavor to it. Not in the business at all, probably, but he checks in here with his nutty two cents."

It's nice to know that you flunkies are reading my posts. How does it feel to be at the pinnacle of your career?

 
At 10:34 PM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please read the 3:40 pm post on May 2 all the way through, or at least let me clarify:

I personally believe their newscasts are amateurish, many subjects on this board are very subjective, that's why the wide variety of opinions. I thought I made it clear that they have plenty of precedence around the country to expect a level of success, but it won't come overnight...although the boneheads at KARK are giving them a huge opening to move up. The whole post was really meant to explain or point out the time slot issue and how to analyze it so that its fair. Again..I am glad to see Fox going, they do have some talent, they just have 'gelled" together yet as a team...it'll happen, their studio and graphics look slick, the rest will follow. Wasn't trying to slam anyone, just observing my take on it as it is today! Keep it up Fox....I am happy to see anyone trying to do some thing different in this market to improve the alternatives we currently have, which truthfully are all weak in areas.

 
At 7:40 AM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If AP awards don't mean anything, than why does everyone put them on their resumes?

 
At 10:21 AM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do people have resumes?

 
At 3:49 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If AP awards don't mean anything, than why does everyone put them on their resumes?

Because it matters to people in the business. Viewers don't give a crap.

Same goes for most of the stories a newsroom covers on any given day. And the whole one-man-band vs quality argument. The viewers don't care, they just want the news and they don't care if you have a full crew or one guy with a backpack.

It's all about serving the viewer and none of the newsrooms get that. Therefore, audiences are going away in droves to find their news elsewhere.

 
At 3:19 PM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's all about serving the viewer and none of the newsrooms get that. Therefore, audiences are going away in droves to find their news elsewhere."

Here is a free lesson in broadcasting:

Broadcast stations run what the sponsors want to see, not the viewers. Always have, always will Think about it.

 
At 9:32 PM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awards contests are a crap shoot. It depends on the judging pool. It's that simple. The same stories and/or newscasts might not win if they had a different set of eyes looking at them. If you've ever judged an AP contest, you know that there's not a stringent set of judging criteria. Most broadcast professionals will tell you that AP's are nice, but they pale in comparison to Murrows and Emmys. Having said that, this year Fox won best newscast, so let's congratulate them and move on.

 
At 2:27 PM, October 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey FOX16 won the Emmy for Best Evening Newscast and Best Weekend Newcast.

So what do you have to say now?

 

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