Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Francis Name Chief Met at KARK; New Hires Made in Wx Department

Source: KARK KARK-TV Channel 4 is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Francis to Chief Meteorologist. Mike has more than 15 years of meteorological experience. He received his Bachelors degree in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. While there Mike worked at the National Storm Prediction Center and the National Severe Storms Laboratory.

Weather is Mike’s passion. Having chased storms across tornado alley he has witnessed more than fifty tornados first hand. Mike is a decorated veteran. As a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, he served in both Iraq and Panama. Mike will move to KARK 4 News at 5, 6 and 10pm on May 23rd.

There will soon be a new face on KARK 4 Today. Harry Bounds will join Melissa Simas, Matt Mosler and Tracy Douglass. Harry is originally from Alabama and is very familiar with our local weather patterns. Harry is also a veteran. He served 6 years in the U.S. Navy. His first day will be May 14th. Harry received his meteorological training at Mississippi State University.

Harry isn’t the only new member of the KARK 4 Weather Authority. Meteorologist Greg Dee will be joining the team on May 28th. Greg is currently the Chief Meteorologist at WDHN in Dothan, Alabama. He was named a “Hometown Hero” for his life-saving coverage of a deadly tornado that struck Enterprise, Alabama. Greg has a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology and a Masters in Geography.

89 Comments:

At 8:54 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's great for Mike. He's a fantastic person and the best meteorologist in the state in my opinion. He definitely has a passion for reporting the weather.

 
At 9:47 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"That's great for Mike. He's a fantastic person and the best meteorologist in the state in my opinion. He definitely has a passion for reporting the weather."

Shouldn't you be asleep Mike?

 
At 11:40 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO MIKEY!!!

 
At 12:29 AM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

shoot now KARK has to come up with a COMPLETELY new batch of promos for everything since this Bounds guy is taking over the morning, interesting move...time will tell if it pays off

 
At 12:53 AM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to know KARK has all these military men in case, I don't know, the Ruskies invade or something.

 
At 2:41 AM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, should the need arise, someone has to protect you. Another slacker on this blog.

 
At 8:25 AM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK missed a great opportunity to hire away Meredith Mitchell from KTHV. She is a much better meteorologist than Mike Francis, plus she is the hottest babe in the region!

 
At 11:31 AM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome to the DeathStar Greg and Harry.......one word of advice: rent don't buy

 
At 1:03 PM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK missed a great opportunity to hire away Meredith Mitchell from KTHV. She is a much better meteorologist than Mike Francis, plus she is the hottest babe in the region!

please tell me you're kidding.

 
At 3:39 PM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob and Ben will be busy . . .

 
At 6:39 PM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meredity Mitchell has a horse's mouth and can't stand up straight.

 
At 7:10 PM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEvOik-ffBY

If this is the Harry Bounds KARK hired - 11 and 7 have NOTHING to worry about. Another Nexstar bargain. Same goes for the guy from Alabama.

I'd be worried if I worked at 4.

 
At 7:42 PM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

perhaps you don't realize that whole same market clause thing that wouldn't allow 4 to show off MM for at least a year or so...so really who cares?? and she's not hot, unless she was running the Preakness

 
At 9:03 PM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, 7:10, that's the guy. They probably got these two for half the price of Brett and Jason.

 
At 10:43 PM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly right...it all comes down to $. KARK is News 4 Discount.

 
At 11:08 PM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry is a great guy and will fit in very well and maybe bring a little more to the table for a very bland morning show.

 
At 11:38 PM, May 07, 2008, Anonymous Concerned Arkansas Viewer said...

Hmmmmm.....A CHIEF METEOROLOGIST leaving his post for a regular METEOROLOGIST POSITION...That's like a down grade, like a demotion..I wouldn't have taken it...but some would..Leave a higher post for a lower post, It had to be a cut in may I would assume...Anyways, His Loss..

 
At 8:49 AM, May 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are you referring to? Brett? He is doing no such thing...bigger market, better position...

 
At 5:16 PM, May 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His favorite word is "Absolutely" in the youtube link above. That's typically what folks say when they are uncomfortable being on-air. I'd say his demo at youtube was pretty bland; an ingredient necessary to work at 4.

 
At 6:07 PM, May 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, as everyone knows, absolutely does not mean "Yes."

Absolutely means "Finally."

Everyone knows that, don't they?

 
At 9:29 PM, May 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bland morning show...

Only because Tracy Douglas is on there with her uninteresting stories to clog up what would be a decent newscast.

Who cares what makeup you buy? Trial and error, ladies. If you use the cheap kind and can't get laid, try the expensive kind. If you can't get laid then, you're probably ugly.

Take it from Tracy.

 
At 2:06 AM, May 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meredith Mitchell isn't a meteorologist is she?

 
At 8:26 AM, May 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is sooo hot she could be a meteor(ologist).

 
At 12:15 PM, May 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracy is the ONLY thing that is interesting not just on Ch. 4's morning show, but on any of these lousy morning shows in this market. And she's the most beautiful on-air person in the market (sorry Meredith Mitchell-lover.)

 
At 5:46 PM, May 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is a master's degree in geography harder to achieve than, say, a master's in P.E.?

 
At 6:19 PM, May 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Meredith Mitchell the one with the horse face and terrible accent?

 
At 2:00 PM, May 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So where is Brett going?

 
At 2:11 PM, May 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And she's the most beautiful on-air person in the market . . . "

Not even with all that mascara does she come close to a "looker."

 
At 1:51 AM, May 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was Mike during the storms Saturday? Jason's more than capable of handling the situation.

And how tacky is it of them to have promos for Mike being the new chief while Brett is still there?

While I'm griping, does that woman's voice on their promos annoy the heck out of anyone else besides me?

 
At 7:56 AM, May 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a weather "Team" or battle of the egos.

Mike is the new Chief which means he is responsible for their coverage even if it's J.K.'s shift. Same holds true for Ned and Todd and Meredith and Ed.

In watching all three do their respective thing, KATV had the best coverage, KARK second and KTHV third.

It does look like that if one of the cheifs' come in that the weekend person is not capable of handeling things. However, it isn't that way

 
At 9:03 AM, May 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big mistake on that promotion.

 
At 11:10 AM, May 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In THV's case, Ed would need to come in. Meredith is still very new and probably doesn't have much experience with severe weather. She can barely get through a noraml forecast.

 
At 6:31 PM, May 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracy kind of reminds me of that "Elvira" character that used to introduce horror movies with all the makeup and other attributes. She is not even a meterologist, even though she plays one on tv.

 
At 6:37 PM, May 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least she doesn't talk like a chipmunk and has much better hair than .........Meredith !!!!!




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At 7:28 PM, May 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 6:31:
Tracy has more talent in her little finger than you do all together. Happy Mother's Day, you donkey's behind.

 
At 8:10 PM, May 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about behinds . . . oh, well, that's another thing.

 
At 8:32 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike is the WORST gobber in the state. I feel sorry for the evening crews. Get ready for a ratings slide! At least we won't have to see Mike hitting on Melissa in the mornings anymore!

 
At 8:35 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking about behinds is Melissa pregnant ????????????

 
At 9:03 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not Simas. Unsure about Dunbar-Gates.

 
At 11:01 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking about behinds is Dawn pregnant?

 
At 11:52 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it me? Or does Melissa Simas hate Mike Francis. She seems so annoyed and creeped out by him during every broadcast. Its so weird.

 
At 11:58 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's because Frances tries way to hard to be funny or cute. It just aint his thing. It does seem Melissa gets creeped out by him. He should stick to covering the severe weather rather than trying to be cutesy imo.

 
At 12:58 PM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa hates most everybody. I think she is dying to get out of Arkansas and back to the northeast

 
At 1:00 PM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to admit, Simas has had it rough. Silly Mike Francis on one side, then, cocky Matt Mosler on the other. I think she's only comfy when Tracy is around.

 
At 1:00 PM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well than maybe moving out of a time slot that is more serious and straight to the point will help mike from trying NOT to be funny during the evening...in the morning you're supposed to peppy and wake everyone up, but now with him being in more of an informational role maybe he'll relax

 
At 1:49 PM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meredith Mitchell needs to make a switch to KARK and replace Simas on the morning show.She is much hotter and more easy going, plus she is a native.

 
At 3:29 PM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keeping Mabeline in business thru purchases of mascara. Doing a tradeout with them will help.

 
At 4:18 PM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And maybe Simas will relax! Unless she has racial issues!

 
At 12:06 PM, May 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although Ward looks younger, aren't Ward and Douglas about the same age?

 
At 3:34 PM, May 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ward looks younger? You are out of your blessed mind.

 
At 12:07 PM, May 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"well than maybe moving out of a time slot that is more serious and straight to the point will help mike from trying NOT to be funny during the evening...in the morning you're supposed to peppy and wake everyone up, but now with him being in more of an informational role maybe he'll relax"

I hope you're right! I don't have a problem with Mike's weather forecasting abilities...its just how he presents himself. During segment segeways, he tries so hard to be cute and funny but its a dismal failure and during his actual weather forecast presentation, he gets distracted with stupid stuff. Its so frustrating to watch.
I wont have a problem with him in the evenings. If stays serious and delivers his forecast with focus and tact.

 
At 12:24 PM, May 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't even NEED weather people. Just a crawl at the bottom would be fun. I mean, they CANNOT accurarely forecast more than three days out, anyway. How about more hot babes anchoring?

 
At 12:58 PM, May 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Meredith Mitchell!!!!

 
At 5:23 PM, May 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't even NEED weather people. Just a crawl at the bottom would be fun. I mean, they CANNOT accurarely forecast more than three days out, anyway. How about more hot babes anchoring?

And, since the forecast comes from the NOAA, anyone could do the forecast by reading what NOAA says and typing the forecast on the screen. It's a $10 per hour job. That way we don't have to put up with any weatherman/weatherwoman-actor-wannabe telling us the forecast.

 
At 7:40 AM, May 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right...we don't need meteorologists. And the next time tornadoes come plowing through Arkansas (hopefully toward YOUR house) we'll just ignore you and attend your funeral later.

I hope every single person that bashes a meteorologist either dies in a storm or has a close relative that gets killed. That'll wake you up. Ignorant hillbillies.

 
At 8:40 AM, May 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw Harry this morning....ugh! He must work cheap.

 
At 8:47 AM, May 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Mike Francis, you need to calm down and not take what we say on this board so seriously. You should never wish death on anyone!
Even if you think being promoted to Chief Weather Report Reader makes you a necessity!
And don't insult us hillbillies by calling us ignernt!

 
At 10:15 AM, May 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he/she was trying to get the point across that a tv weatherperson is not needed in this age of Internet and weather radios. Too bad someone did not understand.

 
At 11:18 AM, May 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I hope every single person that bashes a meteorologist either dies in a storm..." "That'll wake you up"
and he/she is calling US ignorant!

 
At 9:10 AM, May 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After seeing Harry, I think getting rid of weather people is a good idea!

 
At 10:55 AM, May 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel sooooo safe now!

 
At 10:28 AM, May 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, let's allow these WEATHER GENIUSES to prove themselves! Is any weatherperson brave enough to put a forecast on here.. one week out.. and get the high and low temperatures RIGHT within two degrees either way? Nope, they will not. Because they cannot do it!

 
At 2:47 PM, May 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mostly because the guys and gals at the National Weather Service haven't printed it yet.

 
At 10:41 PM, May 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We live in ARKANSAS and the weather is always changing don't you know. Channel 4 has the best weather and news people in the business. No one is making you watch them.

 
At 10:51 PM, May 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I listen to NOAA weather radio that is set for my county and the counties around me. They get it on the air before any tv station.

Then, the broadcast stations pick up on it and, if you notice, the tv weathercasters always say, "the National Weather Service has issued a . . . for . . . "

Then the weathercasters say, "Yep, there it is."

Case closed.

 
At 8:48 AM, May 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sad that KARK had the chance to move up in the mornings, especially with the turnover at KTHV, but the KARK crew just didn't have the talent to attract new viewers. They're really quite boring. Let's see, who enjoys hearing "And here are some of the headlines making news...."

YIKES !!

 
At 2:11 PM, May 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is actually:

"Here are some of the stories making headlines."

Delivered with all the energy of Melissa reaching for another smoke, or, Matt heading off to Wednesday night services.

 
At 2:12 PM, May 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the new guy at 4

 
At 5:49 PM, May 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They're really quite boring. Let's see, who enjoys hearing "And here are some of the headlines making news...."

Then, here comes their daily, in-depth discussion of politics.

Gag!

 
At 6:20 PM, May 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, come to think of it, 5:49 is on to something. Channel 4 does a lot of local news... In depth discussions about serious issues... with anchors that seem to waste their time studying current events. Wow, that is weird... You're right 5:49. Why would they put that crap on the air?

 
At 8:28 PM, May 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you put any stock in what the early morning news readers have to offer in the way of discussing politics, then you are starved for information.

 
At 8:56 PM, May 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, not starved. I'd say you are a KARK Today fan then you are more apt to be a consumer of news. I'd also say each morning show offers something unique. If Channel 4's more thoughtful approach to morning news is not what you like, then there's a different (quality) show on 7 and another unique (quality) show on 11.

 
At 10:52 PM, May 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And then you woke up.

 
At 1:11 PM, May 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel
four is going down the tubes fast and just wait till Jancey goes on maternity leaveAre we going to get a steady diet of Claussen and Betton. That team actually doesn't inspire us or throw a lot of fear into the competition. Does it ?????
How about Simas at 5, 6, and 10 until Jancey returns, then leave Melissa at 10 and move Sonseeray to the morning show and
Courtney Collins to the weekend anchor spot and all will be well in the world !!!!!!

 
At 4:05 PM, May 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wait until they air the photo(s) of the baby(s) on every newscast for a couple of days, just like they're family to everyone.

Nauseous!

 
At 6:53 PM, May 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we're gonna' have a Courtney, let's make it Courtney Timmons. Wow!

 
At 11:27 PM, May 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just because he is a black man i know all of you haters out their don't like the change.

 
At 8:57 AM, May 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Says who? You're the one bringing up racism! I think he's a nice change from Weather Doofus.

 
At 9:29 AM, May 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any stations doing their newscasts live from Riverfest, or, having booths to meet and greet ???

 
At 1:13 PM, May 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did everybody see Brett's sendoff last night? He handled it with class. Nice job, Brett, and good luck.

 
At 9:06 AM, May 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did Brett and Jason go????

 
At 8:32 AM, May 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY MIKE FRANCIS !!!!

Great job forecasting the Riverfest weather. On Friday, you predicted a 20-30 percent chance of rain the following day. Sure enough it rained for at least half the day.

What a bonehead!

You can't even predict the weather 18 hours in advance, for one of Little Rock's biggest events of the year. Please resign !!!!

 
At 6:35 PM, May 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's talk about that Masters in Geography degree. How hard is that one to get?

That's really got to come in handy when forecasting.

 
At 10:17 PM, May 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth and Tracy are probably about the same age, but there is a huge difference.

Beth stopped trying to look young when that last collagen/botox injection made her look like she went 12 rounds with Holyfield.

Tracy still hasn't stopped trying to look young. I can see her next "forecast" now:

"Well Central Arkansas, I'm in for another blustery boob job while another plastic front moves in from the northwest. But look for the eye to lift towards the early evening and the lips to just erupt due to the heat of the afternoon. Back to you, Matt and Melissa."

 
At 1:04 AM, June 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But my goodness, why wear all that mascara? Does she not ever look in a mirror or watch herself on tv? You see, if there were "real" producers at her station, they would not let her wear all that.

 
At 12:32 PM, June 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's this with the hand mic being out of sync?

 
At 5:12 PM, June 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing that nobody will say where Brent and Jason went. Now, we are stuck with baldie who thinks he is a weather man/contractor. Wake Up, KARK!

You just lost another viewer!

Try to get Bozo to do the weather....at least, he would be tolerable to watch and listen to.

 
At 9:11 PM, June 29, 2008, Anonymous Abaker said...

Wow, this board contains the sorriest sack of losers. You're all belching about TV weatherpeople? What value do you really bring to this planet?

 
At 5:31 PM, July 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More value than you, Mike :)

 

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