Friday, August 15, 2008

Tip:KATV Morning Host Contract NOT ReNewed/KATV Prez to leave in 2009

This from a tipster: At KATV, Jason Harper's contract has not been renewed and will be leaving by the end of the month. And the station's owner, Dale Nicholson is leaving next year after the transition to digital in February.

87 Comments:

At 12:29 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully Meredith Mitchell will jump stations and replace Jason,she is the hottest tv personality in the region.

 
At 12:45 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully Meredith Mitchell will leave town with Dale Nicholson !!

 
At 1:06 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dale, the owner?? Some people need to get their facts right before going with them.

 
At 1:43 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allbritton's stockholders must be surprised to learn about Dale Nicholson's power.

 
At 1:59 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget Meredith... I wanna see Kristin "The Piston" Fisher doing the weather!!!

 
At 2:46 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't Kristen Fisher, Anne Pressley, Joan Early, Jessica Dean, and Melissa Simas just get together and form a news station called KHOT.

 
At 2:47 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meredith Mitchell is hotter than those put all together!!!

 
At 3:00 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does an owner "leave" a station? Does the tipster mean he's selling out or giving up GM duties?

 
At 3:09 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so does this mean Dale III isn't so cushy over there anymore?? and they must have given up trying to form any kind of morning show following

 
At 3:32 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Jason does a great job. Surely KATV is not dumb enough to let him go for no reason. He is the only bright spot in the morning.

 
At 5:04 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:46... I like the way you think!!!

 
At 6:17 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough with the Meredith Mitchell comments!
Goodness gracious, even Stevie Wonder can tell you she's not that great looking. Give it a rest!!!!!!

 
At 9:23 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Dale is the president and general manager
2) Allbritton is the owner. And there no share holders. It's a privately held company

 
At 11:55 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something smells really bad with the UofA relationship. Dale has been serious about retiring for the past year or so. It's obvious who takes his spot but who will take that guys spot?????

 
At 11:56 PM, August 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mickey Goodwin and Lauren Payne would be in KHOT.

 
At 10:37 AM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nora Wells should be in charge of KHOT.

 
At 12:42 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’m happily married with two great kids. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate an attractive woman on TV. However, I can’t help but believe that those people who insist on turning a thread such as this into a game on who is the hottest chick on Little Rock TV are either too lame to get a date or this is their way of camouflaging the door to their closets. I suspect the latter. Maybe they should form a station and call it KGAY.

 
At 1:25 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are they not renewing Jason's contract?

 
At 1:27 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:42... some people just like talking about hot chicks. Doesn't mean they're nerds or gay. Incidentally, statistically most gay men in the US are "happily married" so avoid glass houses.

 
At 2:07 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:27 Either you pulled that statistic out of your butt or you’ve done considerable research on the subject.

 
At 2:27 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:42 is definitely gay. Ask his ruler.

 
At 3:04 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point 9:23 ... let me amend my comment to say "Albritton's owners must be surprised to learn about Dale Nicholson's position." Few VP/GM's are owners of any television station.

 
At 4:05 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about hot chicks all you want, just not here. There are lots of other places you can do that. We're sick of reading about it. We all know that you're a bunch of pathetic loser geeks that none of these women would even speak to if it wasn't necessary, such as to say, "Which camera am I out on?"

 
At 5:16 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:25 I'd also like to know why his contract was not renewed. In my opinion he was OK, but not a reason to tune in to the show. Perhaps that is the reason.

 
At 6:08 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a better idea, how about getting rid of the entire bunch and maybe this will help the station rebound from bad on air talent?????????????????????????

 
At 6:18 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why in the world keep Steve Powell and get rid of Jason Harper? Harper wins hands down with personality/looks and overall on-air skills.

Powell's contribution?

"The ....... edition of Good Morning Arkansas starts................ RIGHT NOW. (cue goofy ass grin)

 
At 8:39 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jason is going to be hosting an outdoor show full time. it was his decision to leave, and everyone was very supportive

 
At 11:10 AM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dale III will lead after February.

 
At 1:05 PM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rose will be the new GM.

 
At 2:28 PM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Jason leaving Little Rock?

 
At 5:14 PM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meredith Mitchell is the "hottest tv personality in the region"??????? Surely you are joking, right? Her mouth is just so damn big. I can't stand to watch her talk! Eeeeeewwwwwww.

 
At 6:23 PM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, she hot maine.

 
At 10:56 PM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:05 must be san francisco gay. Your just jealous because if what your wife looks like. Ever heard of dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 11:44 PM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 4:05...and you just proved my point, loser. The truth hurts, doesn't it?

 
At 7:57 AM, August 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harper left on his own accord, he wanted to try something new and it's a good opportunity for him. Dale would have retired last year but he wanted to wait until the HD transistion, then the tower fell and he wants to make sure that it is up and running before he backs away. He's 70 folks.......let the man take his well earned retirement and enjoy it.

 
At 10:29 AM, August 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Granted, KATV is NOT the same station it used to be. But still, give Dale some credit. He along with former news director Jim Pitcock built an empire there. Best wishes Dale on your retirement.

 
At 1:14 PM, August 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is rare in this business to stay on top, Dale Nicholson has done exactly that. Cast what ever dispersons you like, everyone reading this hope they could accomplish what Dale has in this business and have the contacts he has made. With that said, it is time Jessica Dean gets a shot co hosting the morning show, her personality mixes well with current anchors.

 
At 1:47 PM, August 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jason was witty and talented and if he's leaving thats 7's loss. And incidentally, 12:42 is right on and all you 'dudes' who do nothing but try to turn this into a beauty contest to overcompensate for your weak, homo-centric libidos should listen up..

 
At 2:28 PM, August 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:14, the phrase you're looking for is "cast aspersions," which means to criticize the character of another person. Dispersion refers to a scattering of something.

 
At 3:55 PM, August 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Dean hosting will get me watching KATV's morning show. Until then Melissa Simas at KARK gets my attention.

 
At 4:45 PM, August 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

melissa simas is hottttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 5:34 PM, August 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No question Jessica is ready, hope the channel 7 guys are ready to give her that opportunity.

 
At 6:47 PM, August 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright, Jessica. Your point is noted.

 
At 11:50 AM, August 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it would be funny for Pam Smith to ask for the job and watch Dale and Randy squirm as they order focus groups and research to be able to tell her no without getting sued.

 
At 8:18 PM, August 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harper is leaving, but Renee Shapiro gets to hijack the Saturday morning show every week by being completely obnoxious. The universe must be completely out of whack.

 
At 10:25 PM, August 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:18 - DEAD ON!

 
At 10:35 PM, August 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is McCastlain still at 7? I don't see his bio anymore
katv.com/news/talentbios.html

 
At 1:09 AM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's just say Beau didn't cut the mustard

 
At 7:53 AM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is rare in this business to stay on top, Dale Nicholson has done exactly that. Cast what ever dispersons you like, everyone reading this hope they could accomplish what Dale has in this business and have the contacts he has made

Once Dale leaves KATV he will be nobody. All those contacts he made will disappear. People only tolerate Dale because he is Mr. KATV. Once that goes away he will be a very lonely insignificant little man with bad teeth, bad hair, and too much cologne.

 
At 9:25 AM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica is not ready.

Pam has used up her race card.

Melissa is snotty with ever worse hair.

Meredith is way overrated.

Kristin is capable.

Jason was/is good.

Anne Pressly is the bestest!

 
At 1:18 PM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam hasn't used up her race card, because KATV is still playing theirs against her.

Everytime there's an open seat at the anchor desk, they have two plans to find the replacement. One that includes focus groups and other costly things if Pam asks for the seat and the other is notthing more then interviews with blondes and their perky breasts if she doesn't ask for the seat.

Why does Pam never fill on during the week? Across the country, the weekend anchor fills in during the week when needed, so why doesn't it happen at KATV? Because Dale has a fit if he sees her on the air during the week. He won't allow it.

 
At 1:19 PM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:53 u read carefully, i think Stale Dale wrote that and trying to add drama to this soap opera.
To let all of you ignorant blogger out here read carefully.
The Council of Foreign Relations C.F.R. runs the american news media. While all of the Big guys are on top, the little guys are going at it and it is really that simple. In reality why are we all going up against each other while one big company runs the news media any way.

 
At 3:04 PM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Let's just say Beau didn't cut the mustard

1:09 AM, August 20, 2008
"

Let's just say he is moving on to better things than tv news. Like family.

 
At 3:34 PM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any idea who will replace him now that HE decided to leave channel 7?

 
At 5:20 PM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pam smith is a boring anchor. she puts the dead to sleep. she reads so darn slow!

 
At 8:14 PM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam would rather report on a family picnic in Pine Bluff than real news. She's not a good anchor, but her inability to determine what's real news is a larger problem than her reading.

 
At 11:23 PM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i haven't seen any jobs posted that would replace mccastlain. either they will be sending up an anchor (junior?) or doing it all from in studio. surely not...

 
At 11:30 PM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam would rather report on a family picnic in Pine Bluff than real news. She's not a good anchor, but her inability to determine what's real news is a larger problem than her reading.

I have to totally disagree with that statement. I worked with Pam on the weekend news as a Production Assistant. Let me say this, she is one of the most misunderstood people out there in this market. She is a good reporter and an anchor. She can't help what the assignment desk assigns her to cover. She was the most professional the nights I worked with her and when I announced I was leaving she was one the main one to make me feel missed by buying me dinner etc my last night with her.

I miss her a lot and she was one of the few that gave me encouragement and inspiration as someone who has been in this town a long time and knows her history. She remembers every story she ever did and can pinpoint to any intern or PA where to find archival footage if someone dies etc. So don't knock Pam based on heresay etc. Until you get to talk to her and get to know her, she is a class act and deserves every bit of accocalades she receives. I wish she would fill in on the weekdays and get better stories.

 
At 8:51 AM, August 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Dean should take Jason's place in the am. Did she get married to some lucky guy or is she "engaged to be engaged"? She always shows off her bling when reporting.

 
At 9:32 AM, August 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

abolutely right, Jessica is a wonderful up and coming talent and if KATV doesn't promote her up on the morning show, someone else will and any one who thinks Jessica has to promote her self on a blog doesn't realize how good she is.

 
At 9:34 AM, August 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Blondes with perky breasts"

Well of course that's what they're going to hire! Sheesh !!!

 
At 10:42 AM, August 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of breasts..

Channel 11 women are the biggest and best.

Channel 7 women are small and perky

Channel 4 women are non-existent!

Channel 16 women are never seen!

Guess we all get a choice!

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

Take notice. Timmons is the best sports personality in this market. She knows her stuff and puts her male counterparts to shame with her knowledge and delivery.

 
At 7:15 PM, August 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Timmons will move on to bigger and better things soon if KARK-KNWA does not pay her tons of money. Even then I'm not sure she would stay.

 
At 12:19 PM, August 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Beau gone and no one to really cover the Hogs in Fayetteville - this will be a perfect opportunity for Steve Sullivan to wedge in UCA. Can you say "conflict of interest"? What a spine-less little wimp. Never wants to push the envelope and give his opinion. Just talk with your hands, smile and bathe in your celebrity status with the "wanna-be's" who wear purple in Conway.

 
At 8:44 PM, August 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what did Sullivan do to you? Everyone else thinks he's a nice guy. You must have major issues

 
At 2:00 PM, August 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No major issues. It's annoying for KATV to brand "Hog Central" and call itself "Home of the Hogs" and then see Sullivan (play caller for UCA) lead with a UCA story while sporting a UCA Purple Shirt.
1. Does UCA pay him to be their announcer?

If so, you see where I coming from? I contribute to Arkansas Athletics. I watch KATV because they are "Home of the Hogs." I don't want to see a lead story on UCA by the KATV Sports Director wearing a purple shirt with UCA supporters behind him.

 
At 5:15 PM, August 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At Fayetteville when talkin about the Hogs, don't you mean

ath-a-let-ics?

That's what their coaches call it.

 
At 4:40 PM, August 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think those negative Pam comments are way out of line. She never used the race card...THEY DID!!!! When you have Dale Nicholson saying "That N***er will never be a regular anchor here, as long as I'm here" and calling her a black evil b****, who's playing the race card? She had a problem with the fact they passed her over twice because of the lack of professionalism, and the fact that she was next in line-so to say. Dale Nicholson is a "good ole boy", let's keep it real. Now, whether you think TJ Holmes is good or not, Dale refused to make him an anchor (Bob Steele wanted him), and he ended up at 11. There has never been a person of color as a sports anchor (Steve Sullivan has NO POWER). The reason Randy Dixon is still there is because he's a lapdog. He is a little redneck with a napolean complex, and a certified Dale ass kisser. To be a photographer and black, you had to have a college degree (7.50 an hour might I add), the white ones didn't (except Tim Hamilton in which he's the Chief Photographer). The point is that KATV is ran by white "traditionalists" who should have never gotten the positions to begin with. There is no equality there, even some of the blonde anchors and reporters scratch their heads about the "diversity" there, but they say nothing. No black account executives, none in any Administrative positions, no producers, technical directors, etc. Some of you people really don't get it, or don't WANT to get it. But hey, I guess we we're just supposed to sit back and "know our place" huh????

 
At 8:10 AM, August 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meredith Mitchell knows her place, she's at the top of the charts because she is soooo HOT!!!

 
At 10:55 AM, August 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV has had people of color as producers and directors. Like all good people they don't often stick around for long. Or, more often than not in this business, they realized that they weren't getting the money they deserve here at KATV and moved on to greener pastures.

KATV isn't the only company to be run by good ol boys. This state is full of them on all sides of the color spectrum. Not saying that it is the right way but it is prevalent in Arkansas whether you like it or not.

 
At 11:04 AM, August 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And good ol' boys LOVE Meredith Mitchell!!!

 
At 11:56 AM, August 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So 10:55, are you saying the bigotry and "good ole boy" system that is prevalent in Arkansas should still be law of the land (whether I like it or not)? If that's your base in logic, let's ratify some new "seperate but equal" policies in 2008, and while doing that, let's also defend and preserve states rights. Now, you see how stupid that sounds? That is basically what you are saying.

You also said, "KATV isn't the only company to be run by good ol boys". I agree with you there, at least you admitted that. You would think that in 2008, a mass media conglomerate like KATV would at least show a little diversity in a town that has a metropolitan populous of 40% African American. Answer this question for me and I will STFU, when was the last time you saw a black male reporting on KATV? When you see a black male on KATV, what is it in reference to? After you answer that, these things are the psyche of bigots with money, they think all we know how to do is hold cameras and sweep the floors. THIS HAS GOT TO CHANGE!!!!!
I honestly want you guys that are reading this to just take a step back and assess what I'm saying here, without labeling this a racial rant and quickly writing this off. I'm assuming there are intelligent people on this blog, use what GOD gave you and be honest. There's something wrong in 2008 where people can just say "Oh, they're just playing the race card" and that quote holds water like it does, without people having to research why people feel a certain way.

 
At 1:00 PM, August 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOD gave Meredith Mitchell great looks and a hot bod!

 
At 5:53 PM, August 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good ol' boys indeed. I have seen a lot of good people leave there because of one screwjob after another...

 
At 7:28 PM, August 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard that he was going to fox news

 
At 6:39 PM, August 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why does Pam never fill on during the week?"

The only reason Heather Crawford anchors the 5PM is so they have someone available to fill in when necessary. Now, if Heather has a day off while Christina is on maternity leave, you may see Pam move over to fill-in, but otherwise, why bring a fourth person into the rotation?

 
At 6:41 PM, August 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No black account executives, none in any Administrative positions, no producers, technical directors, etc."

I don't know much about their administrative/sales positions, but the weekend producer is a black female.

 
At 7:44 PM, August 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One...ooooooo!!!!!!! I stand corrected. Now, there's diversity. What was I thinking?

 
At 4:37 PM, September 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to the original post topic -- I wonder if they're going to go to an all female show now since there aren't exactly scores of KATV men ready and willing to move in to take Harper's place.

 
At 5:08 PM, September 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"One...ooooooo!!!!!!! I stand corrected. Now, there's diversity. What was I thinking?"

Hey, given that KATV reporter diversity pretty much means a brunette in the middle of the blondes, it actually is kind of amazing, sadly enough.

 
At 12:16 PM, September 04, 2008, Anonymous KATV Watcher said...

Jason Harper was a breath of fresh air each day, and KATV should have done everything possible to hang on to him. He's one of the few that didn't act like he had a corn cob up his ass (Scott Munsell) or that he wasn't better than everyone else (Christina Munoz).

I'm sick to death of Christina. Lord, please let her decide to be a full time stay at home Mom. For years, her bad attitude came across on camera - now she looks like she has a coat hanger in her mouth.

Heather Crawford? Better than Christina, hands down!

Melinda Mayo? I appreciate her genuineness.

Beth Hunt? Used to like her - sick of her forced likeability.

Renee Shapiro? PLEEEEASE!! Give me a break. I can't take her drama. The only good thing is when she does the humane society spot on Saturdays.

Todd Y? At least he appreciates snow days.

Nerd Perme? Give him a tanning bed and a pink slip, please.

Barry Brandt? Would be okay if he didn't act like an ole fogey every time it snows or threatens to.

Steve Powell? Used to like him - until his condescending attitude starting coming out when he mentions his babies.

Jason Pederson? Cracks me up every Tuesday morning. Right up there with Jason Harper.

Did I leave anyone out?? LOL!

I'll miss you Jason Harper!!

 
At 12:00 AM, September 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Michelle Rupp replaced Jason. She has a wonderful personality and she is a UCA graduate!!!!!

 
At 5:58 AM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can not believe the did not renew his contract! He is the best. Anyone know why? I thought he just quit.

 
At 6:19 PM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I can not believe the did not renew his contract! He is the best. Anyone know why? I thought he just quit."

He did leave of his own accord. The tipster who submitted this either didn't know the whole story, or was looking to stir up some drama. Harper is staying in the city, he's just going full time with the FLW program he's been hosting on FSN (the job he's had on the side for most of the year which forced him to take all those days off in recent months).

 
At 10:33 PM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really hope they replace Jason with another guy. Three girls that early in the morning is just a bit too much progesterone for me!

 
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