Thursday, May 01, 2008

KARK Losing Two Mets

Arkansas Business.com reports KARK meteorologists Bret Cummins and Jason Kadah will leave in mid-May. AB.com says Cummins has no comment on what his future plans are ...AND Kadah is leaving for Spokane, Washington.

128 Comments:

At 12:03 AM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what's that mean? Jason has a job and Brett doesn't? Where's Brett going? Who is going to be chief- Tracy Douglas? Good planning KARK.

 
At 10:51 AM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like they couldn't handle the competition of the up and coming hottest weather babe- Meredith Mitchell at KTHV!

 
At 12:56 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a horse is a horse is a horse

 
At 3:14 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

she works cheap....paid in hay and sugarcubes

 
At 3:31 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a former KARK employee,and Jason is a great guy...funny and brings a great spin to the weather. He's been here not even 2 years, KARK can't hold on to good people. Brett, too, is one of the most professional mets in the market. Who cares what his personal life may or may not be? (Ref the poster at 1:23 am...you must work overnights in Master Contral and feel a bit bitter...why be so mean spirted?)Brett could land in a MUCH larger market and fit right in! He's good at what he does.
The last year, KARK news has really gone downhill...across the board, all newscasts. Story ideas are lame. Please don't make Mike Francis chief met, or Tracy D...though they are both nice people. They don't come across as professional at all...KARK loses talent, again, and again, and again, in all departments!The biggest surprise is them leaving in the middle of sweeps. If anyone hears where Brett is going, I hope you post it here.

 
At 3:43 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett will be just fine, I can assure you of that. KARK is moving to make Mike Francis the new chief met. How dumb a move is this...oh well, I guess it goes in line with what they've been doing lately...constantly going down, down, down...

 
At 4:24 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Mike Francis just fine and today was the second time in the last 60 days when he was first on air, and first to nail the first warnings on radar. In other words, he was warning people in Birdtown a full five minutes before the others.

One thing I would ask him to change is to stop talking, referring to and asking people off camera to do work and make calls. You're not on camera, dude. Write notes. That is a bit unprofessional, but not enough to make me turn to someone else first. Holy cow, Tom Brannon sounded like he was about to fall asleep--no urgency.

No, I don't work at four--don't work in the business.

 
At 4:27 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Francis was annoying today...there is a difference is showing urgency and panic...yelling orders to everything...so damn annoying

 
At 4:52 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is Mike Francis not obnoxious?

 
At 7:19 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

they're leaving towards the end of sweeps and it's sad to see both of them go...Jason brings some personality to weather and Brett is the consumate professional...where is Brett going..i mean i haven't seen anything on that does that mean he has nothing lined up and KARK is letting him go?!?! if that's the case then boooo on them

 
At 8:31 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not the brightest decision makers at KARK. Let Brett and Jason get away, but keep the obnoxious and annoying Mike Frances? Then make him chief? Jason has way more personality and Brett is solid without yelling at us. Good luck Jason and Brett. You'll be missed.

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

"One thing I would ask him to change is to stop talking, referring to and asking people off camera to do work and make calls. You're not on camera, dude. Write notes. That is a bit unprofessional,"

It's called "Directing from the studio" and shows a complete lack of class and concern for fellow workers. No production person should be talked to like that, especially from an announcer.

 
At 10:02 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sick about it. He's one of my favorite weather people ever! He's a true wit, has a great personality, and is smooth in his delivery. I don't think Channel 4 realized what a gem they have and let him slip through the cracks.

 
At 10:05 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops. I need to add who the "he" is in the above comments. That would be Jason. Sorry for the ambiguity.

 
At 10:32 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They just wanted to get out of town before the WINTER STOOOOOOOORM!!!!!!

 
At 11:54 PM, May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the fox weather boys won't have any more competition

 
At 12:27 AM, May 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett's going to New Mexico

 
At 7:37 AM, May 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In reference to the Tom Brannon comment, Tom is very sick. He should not have even gone to work Friday, but b/c they are in a book, he didn't call in. Every time he tried to talk he would cough. That's why Ed came as early as he did. It's very unlike to Tom to not be energetic, and that is why.

 
At 11:19 AM, May 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so, let us in on what bret does around town.

 
At 8:29 PM, May 03, 2008, Blogger angiebeth79 said...

I am really going to miss Brett. He has always been so calm and professional in any situation, unlike Mike Francis who gets all worked up and panics! (get it together Mike!) I've always watched Brett for my forecasts and I wish him the best of luck in the future!

 
At 9:14 PM, May 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a damn shame they're working Tom like that. Heaven knows he's trying to hold the world on his shoulders, doing not just his job but working on the Cereal Drive and all of those special projects. For a man who just came back from vacation, he looks like hell.

 
At 11:54 PM, May 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone on here seems to be soooo worried about these peoples personal lives when they're protecting ours. If it weren't for them, what would we do on days like yesterday? We'd be helpless! Brett will be truly missed by every viewer and all his close friends! I can honestly say, that I will sleep better at night, knowing that he is getting treated better than what KARK and all these hatters--who have left bitter comments--have treated him! And, if you're sitting here talking smack about Brett, then why the fuck would you waste your time typing something negative about him? Kinda redundant?

 
At 12:01 AM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone on here seems to be soooo worried about these peoples personal lives when they're protecting ours. If it weren't for them, what would we do on days like yesterday? We'd be helpless! Brett will be truly missed by every viewer and all his close friends! I can honestly say, that I will sleep better at night, knowing that he is getting treated better than what KARK and all these hatters--who have left bitter comments--have treated him! And, if you're sitting here talking smack about Brett, then why would you waste your time typing something negative about him? Kinda redundant?

 
At 12:15 AM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason chose to go to Spokane...his wife has family up there and he's from the west coast anyways...it's closer to home, hate to see him leave, that guy is a trip!

 
At 1:36 AM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett Cummins is definately the best meteorologist around. If any of you has noticed, KARK will take a complete downfall and rise back to the top. When Brett and Jason are gone, Do you think KARK can recover? I do not see this happening because they had 2 of the best-all-around meteorologists and they get given the boot. I, personally, will discontinue watching KARK and if anyone asks, I will tell them exactly why. These guys have kept us safe during severe weather and for them, I say this.... Brett, thank you for your loyalty and Jason, the same for you... Thank you and to both of you....You are the best all around and anyone hired to fill the void at KARK to replace either of you will not be the meteorologists that you guys are. KARK...YOU are making a mistake!!! Think it over!!!

 
At 1:51 AM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There has been a website created for Chief Meteorologist Brett Cummins. Those of you reading the blog, please go to http://www.geocities.com/savebrettcummins and be sure to pass the site along.

 
At 11:32 AM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what guys? Mike Francis knows his stuff. He's been doing weather longer than Brett Cummins, too. Brett got the chief met job because of his looks and low key personality. He looks good on billboards and promos. Sales people can sell him. That has nothing to do with ability. Is he good? Sure. But Mike Francis has more experience, and I consider him a better meteorologist than Brett Cummins. He always was and always has been, but because he doesn't have better looks and a lot of other intangibles that lack substance yet are so important in this silly, backwards business called television news, he has to play second fiddle on mornings to a guy that really should've never been ahead of him. Go figure.

I don't care how unprofessional some of you think Mike Francis acts. He deserves to be KARK's chief met. Miss Douglas probably deserves it, too. They both do good jobs.

 
At 11:42 AM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not denying Brett is a good meterologist as well as Jason and Mike Francis. For those talking about how we shouldn't discuss personal lives, etc, do you not think that they lose credibility in viewer's eyes as well as give the station a bad name for what they do around town, in the public eye mind you, not in their bedrooms etc. I mean anyone remember the weather guy from KTHV that got caught in the park? He was a good weather guy, but alas he was dismissed because of his personal life and some of the public things he did. Win Noble, he did several things around town and was fired, but none of those actions interferred with his on air reporting. Now Brett has never been caught doing some of the stuff he has done around town over the few years he has been here, but he does lose credibility as well as the respect of other co-workers, etc for his actions and behaviors.

 
At 12:21 PM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just an opinion from someone "across the street" regarding Brett and Mike. First, before Dan left and went to NW Arkansas, I though he was the best "Met" in Little Rock as far as his knoweledge and abilities. However he was a little green on-air. Now that Dan has departed, Mike is probably the most knowledgeable and then the edge to either Barry or Todd Y. If Mike receives the chief met job (which he deserves, KARK may find a "vanilla" kind of guy or girl for the evenings and keep Mike in the AM. You need the personality more in the mornings now than in the evenings. Plus a lot of stations are placing their chief in the AM which is quickly becoming the most important newscast of the day. As far as Ed and Ned are concerned. They are both pretty much what the other 5, 6 & 10 weather guys are - Vanilla, plain, guy-next-door, no personality. Mike congrats if you are the chosen one. Brett, sorry to see you leave.

 
At 2:38 PM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too much drama and goofy sayings with Mike.

"Captain Benton?"

Impending Doom syndrome.

 
At 4:59 PM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back Tom Bonner for the evening crowd, and give Mike the main met title with the morning show gig.

 
At 6:06 PM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like it or not, what these people do in their personal lives DOES impact their jobs in terms of how they're perceived by the public. That's why we have morals clauses. The THV weather guy in the park...that was a stupid, reckless thing to do, and he paid for it with his job. Yes, he's a nice guy, but he made a bad mistake. And Win Noble..the things he wrote on that blog were violent and disturbing...and his face was right there next to those words. Apparently Win was a time bomb. Again...bad mistake, and he paid for it with his job.

 
At 10:24 PM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AGAIN...WHO CARES ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL LIVES???? I know there are morals clauses, and in they must be invoked, then so be it, the consequences will be borne by the one in violation...but I have NEVER heard one word about Bretts personal life being made public in a negative way. Maybe it was about to be and hence his departure? I don't know, but until he has broken the clause, leave that out of it! And I still think one of your is on overnights in Master Control! (KIDDING!!!)Brett is a great guy and great Met, and I hope that his personal life has nothing to do with his departure, unless he's going to a place that is perhaps not so narrow minded...he deserves happiness! Jason, you'll be missed, too!!!! KARK, your surge was great to see, but it's like a rogue wave on the beach, it sinks in the sand and rolls back into the ocean of ambiguity. It's too bad, there are a lot of really good people at KARK, but history doesn't bode well for them.

 
At 11:52 PM, May 04, 2008, Anonymous Walt Nickels said...

The fact that KARK has let Brett go just goes to show that KARK does not seem that serious about GOOD weather reporting. Brett KNOWS weather and he knows how to share his knowledge with the people who depend on him. Recently when the tornados came through Little Rock, Brett was the one who I listened to while taking cover. Brett called out highway/street names as the storm passed through the city. Without this information, I would not have known when the storm had passed my part of the city.

And WHO CARES what he does in his personal life. Are any of you perfect? Do you seriously care what your meteorologist does when he is not on air? What about your doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc? As long as they are professional when they are performing their job, then WHO CARES what else goes on!

And as for KARK, I surely hope you are not letting Brett go because of anything in his personal life. As it is, I will not be watching your newscasts after May 22nd. Had it not been for Brett, I would have stopped along time ago, but in a state where the weather is a major aspect of our lives, Brett has always been there to inform the public. I believe chose this profession not just for a love of meteorology but also a service to the public.

Good luck Brett, where ever you go, they will be incredibly lucky.

 
At 12:17 AM, May 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracy isn't even a certified meteorologist is she?? i thought she just "does the weather"? what's really crazy is how long they'll be with one or two mets...i would think they have some guys ready to come down but nothing has been announced anywhere...Mike will be pulling some hours now that's for sure

 
At 7:48 AM, May 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheif Met Mike Francis = train wreck

 
At 8:26 AM, May 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don't care how unprofessional some of you think Mike Francis acts. He deserves to be KARK's chief met. Miss Douglas probably deserves it, too. They both do good jobs.

11:32 AM, May 04, 2008"

Were you on crack when you typed this? Miss Douglas? Wow, the best thing about this is that KARK has tons of wack job viewers like you...too bad for advertisers I say...

 
At 3:21 PM, May 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett gives very detailed forecasts which is why I've always watched him, When he is gone I will watch another channel for sure. KARK, your loss!

 
At 3:22 PM, May 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett and Jason are both great and will be missed. Good luck guys!

 
At 3:45 PM, May 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett is a great meteorologist. He is the only one who had top notch current reporting during all of the bad weather we have had. He will be missed! I wish he would be able to stay in LIttle Rock.

 
At 4:00 PM, May 05, 2008, Anonymous Nathan B said...

Brett is a great guy and I'm sure he is moving on to bigger and better things! Good luck, Brett!

 
At 5:53 PM, May 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tracy isn't even a certified meteorologist is she?? i thought she just "does the weather"?"

Certified meterologist? All they do is read the weather wire anyway. Heck, the govt. does the forecasting and they just change it a little.

 
At 6:09 PM, May 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The loss of Brett Cummins at channel 4 will criple them! Just as they make progress in moving from the bottom of the barrel in the Arkansas market they make a decision like this. It's absolutely insane. When will they get rid of the idiots making these decisions? I for one am done with KARK as soon as Francis takes over. In talking to others around town, I'm not alone. Ned Perme here I come!!!!

 
At 9:13 AM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stopped watching channel 4 after they replaced Carlton Wing with that moron Fred Beck. Carlton is a great sportscaster and he was treated so badly at KARK.

 
At 10:55 AM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who was Carlton Wing and who was Fred Beck? Was this back in the in your face crappy days of Channel 4?

 
At 11:11 AM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moral clauses... Yes, invoke them-- if you're caught soliciting sex in a park (odd) or running over your girlfriend while posting egotistical, violent blogs (good riddance)-- BUT I cannot think of an "incident" tied to Brett. Not one. I have read "personal life" over and over... but there isn't one negative example provided. Who he choses to date should be non-issue. I've enjoyed watching Brett- I can depend on accuracy, honesty, weather reporting vs. theater, and quite truly... KARK's record is sub par. Think of the countless folks who have swtiched stations, moved, vanished. Countless. Channels 7 & 11 don't seem to have trouble keeping their employees- that in itself is quite telling, isn't it?? Folks tend to reap what they sow-- and as a once avid Channel 4 viewer, I will be making a move as well. I know of many others following suit.

Cheers Brett (and Jason) to new opportunity, less scrutiny, less drama, and less stress/pressure in a new station-- free of politics and narrow "behind the times" views. I'm sure the window opening (as a result of the door closed) will provide a better view. Pun intended.

 
At 12:51 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did the other post go about the crappy website dedicated to saving Brett?

 
At 12:55 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody knows the dirt, spill it. You don't just cast off your lead Met w/out a reason.

 
At 3:44 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it be he wanted more money then they were willing to pay?

These things are usually a two way street.

My guess is that Mr Mosler, a meteorologist, will take over weather duties on the morning.

 
At 4:25 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt will not be taking on that role...go to KARK's website; they have an announcement on the changes, they are bringing in 2 new additional mets and making Mike Francis the Chief.

 
At 4:36 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.geocities.com/savebrettcummins

 
At 6:28 PM, May 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody call Steve Martone... maybe he'd be interested in working at KARK!

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

"I don't care how unprofessional some of you think Mike Francis acts. He deserves to be KARK's chief met. Miss Douglas probably deserves it, too. They both do good jobs."


"...but because he doesn't have better looks and a lot of other intangibles that lack substance yet are so important in this silly, backwards business called television news, he has to play second fiddle on mornings to a guy that really should've never been ahead of him. Go figure."

11:32 AM, May 04, 2008





Stop it Mike Francis, we know its you. And yes, you are pretty unattractive, especially compared to Brett. And we like eye-candy. And you're not eye-candy. And that does sell better, stop being bitter about it. Sorry dude.
And since you're reading and posting defensively on this blog, why don't you get a clue and calm yourself down a little bit. I know weather is exciting, but try not to wet your pants over it.

 
At 5:15 PM, May 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about Brett's sex life and I don't care. All I see is on TV and I can't think of one thing he has done that's memorable during his tenure. Sorry folks, may not be reality but it's perception.

Francis is a true meterologist who graduated at the top of his weather classes in Oklahoma, the Harvard of weather instruction.

Yes, he's a smart-alek sometimes on air and in person, but Matt Mosler annoys me much more than Francis.

I'm afraid he will make Bob and Jancy seem rather drab in the personality department---oh wait, they aready are.

 
At 10:01 PM, May 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Francis will be a disaster. Just wait and see

 
At 5:12 PM, May 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cindy McCain. Now there's a babe.

 
At 8:42 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moving Francis to nights will actually lower the suicide rate in Arkansas ! I've heard of more than one report of people killing themselves, while watching, "Dialing For Dollars" on the noon show !!!

 
At 8:59 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Francis---horrible. Why does he always yell and order people around when there is severe weather? It is so annoying....he is such an ass! Can't wait for him to help in the continuation of the KARK ratings slide!

 
At 10:45 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the reason why my meteorologist *ss is staying far away from my home town of Little Rock. You guys go through weather people like no one else. I would love to come home but if I ever do it will be with a job that I will know will be for the rest of my life...Just hasn't opened up yet....oh and if curious I am currently work on air in a larger market than LR so I would hope I could get picked up there if I showed some interest.

 
At 10:54 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you love how someone in a larger market thinks that just because LR is smaller, he/she could easily get picked up here? Ok, bow for royalty. And I don't think there is high weather turnover here. In the last year, Becky from 11 left, now Jason and Brett from 4. The reason for so much chit chat is the bone head way 4 has handled it, especially with Brett.

 
At 11:16 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The statement was not made to say "oh it is easy to get job in LR. Thanks for putting your words in my mouth. You sir deserve the dunce cap of the day... I would love to say I worked in the market where all my family and friends live, but the market is way too unstable for guys coming in. You have your neds and the guys who have been there for years then you have the new guys who are a revolving door. How many weekenders stay past their initial 2 year contract? That is all I am saying. But once again where did I say it would be easy to get job there. It isn't, but it is far easier getting employed than keeping that employment for newbies...

 
At 11:33 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way by your own admission the turnover rate for this year is already at 25 percent....YIKES! My market....turnover rate right now is +12% for the year. Last year one guy left for a larger market and he was replaced this year. Just remember once you are on and you leave it is even harder to come back...I really want to always feel like I at least have a chance at coming home....I am sorry that you feel that I am trying to display royalty no matter how illogical that is...

 
At 11:50 AM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look Mr Defensive, I'm guessing by your 2 paragraph response that you are the young, insecure type that needs to work in a slightly larger market to validate yourself even if you just do noons 3 days a week. You're the one who said "I am currently work on air in a larger market than LR so I would hope I could get picked up there if I showed some interest." Sounds arrogant to me.

I'm not going to get in a pissing match with you. I just disagree with your original statement. Why are some weather people (of which I am not) so defensive?

 
At 12:42 PM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again you are putting words in my mouth. I am sorry I sounded arrogant to you. I guess you should never hope to have a chance at getting a job. Can you imagine living life like that? Not hoping to get hired anywhere just showing up and then saying, "alright this was fun I am sure you have a better candidate out there so I am sure I won't be hearing from you.” I am hopeful that you have hopes and dreams and I don't think that makes you arrogant. Since you have been way off about me and how I live, I will open up for you. You know what I want? I want to be able to work in my hometown market full time and everyday be around people who are family and friends. I cannot. Who knows what you do or where you do it but I hope you get that opportunity as well. Look at all the current number 3s in the market; they are local kids getting their start. I have talked to each one of them and am curious how long they stay. They are as worried as me that if they don’t stick they will never make it home again. Sorry this post is long but you don't seem especially sharp so I am trying to explain everything...Your problem is that you have a bad habit of attempting poorly to put words in someone else’s mouth. You don't do it very well and should quit while you are behind. Oh and to answer your question, when someone claims you have some royalty complex you tend to get a little defensive... It is alright though you have no idea what type of person I am. On the other hand I now feel like from your posts that I have a reasonable picture of the type of person you are. I know you are a smart a**. I know that you cannot reasonably be expected to take a basic comment and form a reasonable opinion or thought from said comment. And I am pretty sure you still live at home with your mom. Did I get all 3 correct?

 
At 1:11 PM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked at KARK and I personally liked Brett as a person. He's great is great on camera and has a great presence. But as a meteorologist/forecaster he's a bust.

Brett completely missed the 2004 December winter storm that dumped about 5-7 inches in Central Arkansas. He even showed up late missing the first forecast and barely making main weather. He was caught in the very storm he didn't predict. And he would later tell the news director and general manager, "I didn't know it would be this bad." Dan Skoff was the one who not only correctly forecasted the snow storm, but raised his estimates on snow levels.

Speaking of Dan Skoff: KARKers will remember when he was visibly sick on the air and continued with his forecast and later ran off the set and threw up. Ernie Paulsen and Barbara Roberts told Dan on air to "GO HOME!" Brett, who was contacted several times throughout the morning about Dan's condition, refused to come in as relief.

Another example: Brett once told a producer that it was okay to allow a reporter to do a live shot, even though said reporter heard thunder and saw lightning. The reporter never did the shot and explained why in the post meeting, and Brett lied and said anything of the sort to the producer.

These were just some of the examples of Brett's diva attitude and rigidity when it came to working with people. KARK has a history of screwing over talent, but it was no surprise to me that he was shown the door.

 
At 6:38 PM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like Dan Skoff has chimed in

 
At 8:50 PM, May 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, they wanted everyone with a point-and-shoot camera to run out and get photos of the tornado in their area and do their work for them.

 
At 8:46 AM, May 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually don't post on these meaningless gossip blogs, but I couldn't stand to see the Mike Francis bashing go on any longer without chiming in.

As an old classmate of Mike Francis and Dan Skoff at OU, I can tell you...Arkansas is in good hands with both of them being chief. I am not just saying this because they are friends of mine.

Mike knows his stuff. Yes, I know TV is basically a popularity contest (looks, personality..etc.) But given the fact that Arkansas has seen an unprecedented amount of fatalities so far this year from tornadoes and severe weather...I think KARK is making a good move here.

Congrats Mike, ignore the negativity, do your best, and save lives, because in the end, that's all that matters.

 
At 12:37 AM, May 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Skoff deserved the job. He is the greatest chief in the state.

 
At 11:17 AM, May 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never heard of him.

 
At 6:37 PM, May 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the rumor about Brett's personal life?

 
At 3:08 PM, May 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can definitely see a drop in class here. Not sure who is responsible, but I don't think a reporter can be more professional than Brett Cummings. Maybe there's something I don't know about his personal life, but that's none of by business. I just know who I felt was most courteous and professional. He'll be missed. Good Luck Brett!!!!

 
At 9:02 PM, May 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett said it would.

 
At 9:31 AM, May 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

 
At 10:30 AM, May 23, 2008, Anonymous annfan said...

Hey every body!!!

i am soooooo sad that Bret's leaving. He sold me a weather radeo at Kroger and was really nice and sweet. he's a living legend in Arkansas. & that Jason Kada is a cutie patooty. lol & c u guys at river fest!!!!

 
At 10:45 AM, May 28, 2008, Anonymous Luke Graham Jr. said...

Wow. What a PR job has been done by the management at KARK.

IF you wanted to let Brett go, for whatever reason, it would have been simple to not insult the intelligence of your viewing audience. Simply put, give us some credit... make a simple statement... it doesnt have to be anything fancy or overinformative.

Some of us have been loyal viewers of KARK.. through all the turmoil of the past couple years...

One of the reasons my family has watched KARK has been Brett's weather coverage. No knock to Mike Francis, we enjoy him in the morning... but Brett has been the "calm" one.. in the most recent storms, my wife and I have enjoyed his "DUCK" coverage and could almost predict when Mike was going to say it. While we consider Mike to be an essential part of KARK's weather team, an consider his experience and knowledge a great asset, we enjoyed Brett's "calmer" and "less panicky" approach.

I had the opportunity to meet Brett and do a little "on Air" time with him back in 2001. HE was a great guy and super personable. He brought great credit to the station IMO. I didnt work with him everyday, and of course I have no idea what he was like to work with on a daily basis... but it seems to me that much is / has been made of his "perceived" personal life.. which is frankly none of our business.

It is too bad that KARK has found it necessary to to position themselves as the LEAST concerned with their viewing audience of the local stations... Constant turnover makes you "LESS" watched... I want to be comfortable and "know" the people I "let into my home" for up to 5-6 hours per day... When you are seemingly constantly removing the personalities that we grow comfortable with... Why should we continue to watch?



ITs too bad he was let go. While we do not know the exact reasons, we are left to assume the worst. Our family will

 
At 3:23 PM, May 31, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THe rumor on Brett was that he was secretly having a, shall we say "intimate" relationship with morning anchor Melissa Simas.

 
At 2:23 AM, June 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's the deal with all the gay weathermen in central arkansas? seriously, half of them are clearly flamers. is it just an arkansas phenomenon or is it nation-wide?

 
At 8:00 AM, June 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nationwide!

 
At 11:24 AM, June 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett Cummings was my favorite. Mike seems so shallow and silly. He starts doing the weather, then interrupts himself to talk to people off camera. His forecasts are so disjointed. I think he's fine for the morning show, but Brett gave a grade A professional forecast where it mattered. I will miss him. It seems to me that KARK made a wacky decision with these changes.

 
At 10:45 PM, June 12, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Overall Brett delivered the weather better than other news stations. Regarding Tracy, she is looking a little trashy lately with her wild hair and trashy outfits. As Simon Cowell says, she needs to have a chat with who is dressing her, and take it up to a professional level.

 
At 10:29 AM, June 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Brett for years. He got the job as "Chief" because he was so qualified when he came to Little Rock. I moved out of Little Rock nearly 2 years ago now. He told me he was moving. He was a very special person to my family. He did a lot for charity behind the scenes and was very involved with "Big Brothers,Big Sisters" of central Arkansas.I am glad I left before him as we only watched channel 4 because of him

 
At 9:04 PM, July 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The God's have unleashed a total idiot to be the chief. Bret was the only person I trusted with the lives of my kid's and grandchildren. We can"t count on KARK to save our lives. All Mike can do is stuttttter. You should be ashamed of your small mind's. Bring Bret Back!!!!!

 
At 8:48 AM, September 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust me..I know Brett. he wasn't having an "intimate" relationship with morning anchor Melissa Simas. Actually that's kinda funny. That would be the last thing on his mind.

 
At 9:03 AM, September 15, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ousbylchI think it is weird that they would make Melissa Simmas an anchor. She comes across as wired, not relaxed at all. She strikes me as being someone who probably has emotional problems. Jancey Sheets was the best and easy on the eyes also. Also what is happening to Mallory Hardin.

 
At 6:00 PM, September 24, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike is afraid of storms and freaks out when he has to be on air. It's like he can't do his job for us because all he can focus on is his family. That's why he's giving orders and talking to ppl that are off air. Let him stay home and have Bret there with his calming deameanor....just saying

 
At 6:04 PM, September 24, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How old is Tracy Douglas? She's looking rough. KARK needs to rethink having her on air!

 
At 6:11 AM, January 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett Cummins and Greg Dee are my favorite weather people. I have major hearing problems and I can understand what they say. Mike runs his words together and too fast. I can not understand much of what he says. Matt Mosler really made me dislike him with all his crying for snow for Christmas. Think of all the people that can not leave their driveway when there is snow/ice. I am about ready to change stations

 
At 2:09 PM, August 24, 2011, Anonymous sexshoptienda.blogspot.com said...

Thanks so much for the post, very helpful info.

 
At 1:51 PM, September 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder what people think considering the most recent news:

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article.aspx?aID=128297.54928.140442

 
At 5:54 PM, September 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think people will have some compassion for a man who woke up to find his deceased boyfriend lying next to him, at least the ones who have any compassion... or any love for their fellow man left in them. This is already hurting Brett. Let the man grieve.

It's a given that this will cost him his job. Just let him have what little he does have left.

Speed kills.

 
At 8:26 PM, September 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet this Save Brett Cummins site is about to go viral. God herself could not save him now. What a jackass!

 
At 12:05 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What a jackass!"

God herself, or you, fellow Anonymous Coward?

People like you make me sick, just as I'm sure people like me make you sick.

Let's put this into perspective: A man who loved Dex lost him; a brother who loved his brother lost Dex; A family who loved their son lost Dex; and honestly, a community that found warmth in the friendship of a gentle soul like Dexter lost Dex. What did Dexter (or Brett for that matter) ever do to you, fellow Anonymous Coward?
Nothing. That's what they did to you. Nothing.

 
At 12:09 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We, who actually knew and cared for these people, are tremendously saddened by this event. There are human lives, not to mention very human emotions, tied up in this. Let's also not forget that a man's life work is tied up in this. I, personally, cannot imagine what Brett is going through right now. (Brett, if you read this... my thoughts are with you.)

 
At 12:10 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I'm going to go on a rant for my own benefit, what with being a "repressed-by-society-homosexual" myself. Read on, please. Maybe you'll learn something!

Just because Brett came into your home when you happened to seek his advice on Meteorology- Just because he was a public persona in your hum-drum day-to-day world that you and your friends could gossip about around the soda machine in the office- Just because he tried (and succeeded) to inform you... you feel the need to destroy him. Brett is simply someone that everyone in this small community knew of and could easily destroy because you didn't agree with what he did outside of his job in his personal life. In the state of Arkansas, most people are just waiting to destroy anything or anyone the majority doesn't agree with. I know this to be true, because I've dealt with this attitude since I came out of the closet in 1994. Sure, you yourself have your friends who may be your "token fag," but they'll never be taken by you for anything but. They will have no more merit, regardless of what they achieve in life, beyond that to you. Admit it.
I, for one, am tired of it.

 
At 12:11 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no doubt that what those men chose to do last Monday at #16 was a mistake. It was a choice that cost Dexter his life. It was an indisputably wrong choice that Dex paid for dearly. I cannot impress deeply enough on whomever may be reading this how wrong that choice was. I don't know what Brett or Dex did that evening beyond what I read in the police report, but I'm sure Brett knew immediately... after he discovered the lifeless body of his friend next to him... just how wrong it was. No matter how infallible we humans think we are, mistakes are made. This had nothing to do with sexuality, and everything to do with wrong choices. The same type of choices we all make everyday that can suddenly go awry.

 
At 12:12 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't believe me? Don't agree with me? Have you ever sent a text or made a call on your cellphone while driving with your child in the car? That can go just as wrong as snorting a line of cocaine at a party. When it comes down to it, they are both illegal, and can both be quite deadly. Still feel smug about the little things you get away with everyday? It all depends on what your definition of "death" is. Car wreck, or cocaine and a bathtub. I've met a lot of people in my life... and when you die... you're pretty much dead. That seems to be the consensus. Doesn't really matter how you die, or what the reason was, just the fact that you're dead seems to stick around. (I'm just trying to quell those comments here and now. Please, forgive this portion.)

 
At 12:13 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of people are comparing this to Steve Martone. Well, it's nothing like that. Let's just get that out of the way right now. I didn't know Steve, but I knew his wife. I knew their child. That incident didn't destroy them.... No, not at all. Some of the nicest, most honest people I have ever known to be completely honest. No matter how hard the populous of this state tried to turn them into pariahs, they didn't break. The only reason people are comparing this death to a man getting off in a public park is because they were both weathermen who were in the public eye. Men who sought the physical company of other men. Steve Martone: a man who was in the public eye. You relished in his demise. You loved it. I really hope that made you feel better about yourself when that happened. I really hope that the simple fact others were capable of making mistakes everyone could laugh at and be ostracized for made you feel better about your own mistakes. Heck, they might be just like you, only on a very public, state-wide level.

 
At 12:14 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you realize how many men have had to resort to "tea rooms" or Craigslist to satisfy their natural urges? Not just gay men, but straight men as well? Dare I say, even some of your own husbands? (Yes... I said "natural," because it is natural! Men have sex with men, men have the ability and the urge to have sex with other men... get used to it already.) That didn't break Steve, and this won't break Brett.

Speaking of Brett.... Brett never tried to hide anything. Why should he? It's 2011. We FAGS aren't really hiding in the shadows anymore. No. We're right in your face. We're on your televisions. Heaven forbid, (which it does,) we're even in your cars on your radios. Guess what, fellow Anonymous Coward? We're not going away. We never will. The straight folks in Arkansas have been informed and entertained by many homosexuals over the years. I know! WHAT A SHOCKER! Well-kept, informed, intelligent people who also happen to be gay, have entertained people all over the world since the beginning of recorded and broadcast media! Who would have thought?

 
At 12:17 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All that being said, how can you sit back and be so cold and crass about the passing of a human, especially one that so many people found to be so vibrant? A human like Dexter?

For the love of your female God.... Elvis died on the toilet due to a drug abuse, and Americans worship him still to this day.

Then again, Elvis wasn't a fag. He was just a well-dressed mama's boy, born in Mississippi with a talent to entertain and inform, who made it big. Oh, Fe-God! How wrong we were for worshiping him as a king!

 
At 2:46 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gay or not, the use of heavy drugs while dabbling with asphyxia sex play while in chains(one of which was around the dead mans neck)in water is risky and dangerous behavior and Brett will forever be tied to this mistake in judgement. No doubt it will cost him his job as big new channels DO NOT like to be associated with this type of activity. Whatever happened to drug testing in the workplace?? Jeeze! When people say "Have fun on the holidays" I think this goes just a little beyond what they mean...

 
At 3:26 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Gay or not, the use of heavy drugs while dabbling with asphyxia sex play while in chains(one of which was around the dead mans neck)in water is risky and dangerous behavior and Brett will forever be tied to this mistake in judgement. No doubt it will cost him his job as big new channels DO NOT like to be associated with this type of activity. Whatever happened to drug testing in the workplace?? Jeeze! When people say "Have fun on the holidays" I think this goes just a little beyond what they mean..."

Thanks for closely reading and absorbing my last posts, fellow Anonymous Coward. You exemplify the type of acute judgment I have come to expect from most Arkansans: swift, and without consideration of the facts.

You, sir / madam, are an idiot.

Like KATV is a "big, new, channel." Seriously, how long have you lived here?

 
At 3:33 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, KATV was Steve Martone's channel. KARK is Brett Cumming's channel. So easy to get the two confused these days. Either way, neither are a "big, new, channel" as you claimed. They've both been around for over fifty years.

 
At 3:46 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, I'm wrong. KTHV was Steve Martone's channel. What the Hell.... Any major network in Arkansas is against fags. I could have said any of the three in Arkansas, and have been right. KATV, KTHV, KARK. It's the way of the world, after all.

Like MySaline.com's headline said "Brett Cummings ... Meterologist (sp) by day.. Freak at night!"
(Couldn't even spell it right, could you MySaline.com. Good Fe-God!)

Arkansas has made up their mind on this subject... and that's it. We'll fight it... don't worry!

 
At 3:48 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the end, the fags will win. We'll have our day in Arkansas.

 
At 3:55 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, this is MySaline.com's headline VERBATIM in the quotes: "Brett Cummings ... Meterologist by day.. Freak at night!"

They can't spell, or use an ellipsis! Holy crap... why do I stay in this state!

OhIntenet!

 
At 3:59 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OhArkansas!

Good Fe-God.

 
At 3:59 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OhArkansas!

Good Fe-God.

 
At 4:04 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FE-GOD!

 
At 5:30 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok so it took you 3 times to get the channel for Martone right, I forgot to add the "S" to the end of News to make it say "Big News Channel" big deal, my point remains...

 
At 5:30 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok so it took you 3 times to get the channel for Martone right, I forgot to add the "S" to the end of News to make it say "Big News Channel" big deal, my point remains...

 
At 5:36 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://media.arkansasonline.com/news/documents/2011/09/06/report4587maumelle.pdf There you go, check out the police report. When Brett parties, he parties BIG! He should say, be carful when I party somebody just might die!! Sorry you had to throw your great job away over your out of control perversion Brett!

 
At 5:43 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does everyone keep saying stay out of his personal business, his personal this and his personal that?? His sexual preference might be his personal business but an act that he was participating in conatained and potentially caused a DEATH!! Thats not personal business, its news headlines and possible criminal activity.. nevermind the illegal drug use added in for good measure.. this guys job is toast, I dont care what anyone says... personal fag business or not!

 
At 5:44 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct link for police report:

http://media.arkansasonline.com/news/documents/2011/09/06/report4587maumelle.pdf

 
At 5:45 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/09/06/report4587maumelle.pdf

 
At 5:46 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put the two pieces above together for the correct link to the report

 
At 6:01 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not posting anything that wasn't posted before on another blog. "What appeared to be a 'dog chain' to your average redneck police officer," is a standard necklace to anyone outside of Arkansas. Did you bother to read the report, or the diatribe of you Arkansas dipshit rednecks I posted above? No? Can you offer an intellectual response to what I posted above? No? Can you keep posting the same link to a police report that you haven't even read? Yes! Hey... let me save you some trouble:

http://media.arkansasonline.com/news/documents/2011/09/06/report4587maumelle.pdf

By the way, it only took me TWO posts to get Martone's station correct, not that you'd be able to understand sarcasm, or fact. Go back and read.... Something like sarcasm is WAY above your race, mouthbreeder. Come to think of it, you didn't get my last few statements.

ME MAKE IT CLEAR FOR YOU!

In short, you're stupid. Please pass this on to your friends.

/argument.

 
At 6:04 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I dont care what anyone says... personal fag business or not!"

Let's say it like this, why not:

"I dont care what anyone says... personal nigger business or not!"

Yeah.

By the way, it's "don't."

 
At 8:05 AM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't like Arkansas, leave....

 
At 9:21 AM, September 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appearantly someone here hasn't seen the fagscene photos (sorry I meant crimescene photos. What your Arkansas dipshit redneck cops called a dog collar is in fact actually a.. yep you guessed it... a dog collar. Unless you called a 3 foot chain with a leather loop on the end a necklace. Besides if he wore this big chain as fashion statement why isn't it on his neck in any of the 150+ plus pics he has on his Facebook page?

 
At 12:08 PM, September 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Mike Francis when you need him?

 
At 8:26 PM, September 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you serious? Strangling a man to death with a chain while you're sodomizing him and after you've snorted illegal narcotics is a "NATURAL" urge? Are you out of your queer, demented mind to not know the difference between a natural and unnatural act? Brett should be prosecuted for manslaughter. Dexter didn't choke himself to death. Homosexuals have to answer for your ridiculous, life threatening practices. And you want us to just stay out of your business? You're warped.

 
At 9:33 PM, September 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Texas here.... You bums are proving what we have been saying about you for decades!!!

All you fag haters.....what about f-ING your sister and/or farm animals. Your idiots and continue to amuse us with your small minded simple brains.

 
At 10:52 PM, September 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Texas is nothing but steers and queers.... hop off your steer and be the queer you are...

 
At 10:52 PM, September 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Texas is nothing but steers and queers.... hop off your steer and be the queer you are...

 
At 1:02 AM, September 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am sad that brett cummings is leaving by choice or forced, he was a good weather man, and i hated that any human being dies an untimely death,my prayers are with brett,yes i am a christian and homosexual is a sin, but so is alots of other thing that God says not me,i care about people and i will miss brett and my prayers are with dexter, that God has mercy on his soul,so sad to me.

 
At 2:36 PM, September 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better things are ahead for Bret. I left Arkansas and I tell everyone how much I hated it there! Ignorant, close-minded, hypocritical people make up the vast majority of residents. I was a frightened closeted gay man back then and had sex with a newscaster, a Harding U Dean, a preacher, a very prominent politician and most likely ... Your husband / father. Every one of them was a bottom. Like me, every one of them was in the closet.

 
At 1:28 PM, October 12, 2011, Anonymous www.camobel.org said...

Pretty effective material, much thanks for your article.

 

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