Friday, October 29, 2010

THV Morning Anchor Rolling Out of the Rock

KTHV Morning News Anchor Charles Crowson announced this morning he is leaving the station. Crowson leaves Little Rock for the morning anchor job at WMAR, in Baltimore, Maryland. Crowson join Channel 11 in January 2007 as the stations second backpack journalist.

88 Comments:

At 1:23 PM, October 29, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The morning show would be a great place to move Craig. I cannot take him serious as a evening news anchor.

 
At 2:45 PM, October 29, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you take yourself seriously as a person? Maybe THV should hire someone like a cop to read news...or move audas back onto the desk. He did wonders and is now doing wonders all the more.

 
At 2:53 PM, October 29, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure Craig would want to get up at 3AM every day...just in time for the brains at THV to go to a 4 am start time...then how about 3:30...or pull an all nighter.

 
At 3:29 PM, October 29, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charley is leaving because thv is pathetic. They won't pay people what they are worth, and they don't care. "They" being Larry. He is a joke, and EVERYONE KNOWS IT.

 
At 7:16 PM, October 29, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thv shows what the others don't PERSONALITY! 4 and 7 are stiffs and boring. the morning people wont get thier rears out of the chair or hardly move because they think their hair may move. nice to watch 11 and know you can expect a real person to be on.

 
At 7:58 PM, October 29, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An anchor leaves on the 2nd day of November sweeps?! Ruh roh. Not good for THV. Great news, however, for 7 and 4. I predict a solid win for 4 in the AM.

 
At 12:30 AM, October 30, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humm. So I heard Neal, the sports guy was let go because he wanted a raise when he was renewing.

Then I hear Charles was looking for a job because he was being paid a reporter salary as an anchor.

And now I hear their report who has a contract up this month, Ebone is leaving because they didn't give her a raise.

THV is going to sink if they can't hold on to people.

 
At 1:50 AM, October 30, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ebone wasn't going to renew anyway.

Neil and Charlie didn't get a cost of living raise option.

THV won't be number one for long.

Is Mark Edwards going to replace Charlie?

 
At 6:46 AM, October 30, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark would be a good replacement. He's got a wonderful personality, and his presence would bring some much needed diversity to the morning shows.

 
At 2:03 PM, October 30, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks mr edwards

 
At 6:01 PM, October 30, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah... put Mark on the morning show, and hire another 20k a year sports person to take his place and bumble-f**k their way through every newscast.

They'll put anyone on the air that is willing to work for nothing.

"Oh, you want to be on tv? You don't care about having life, and are willing to take food stamps to survive? YOU'RE HIRED!!!"

 
At 6:24 PM, October 30, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charley was one of the last hired by Mark Raines. There are a few more that aren't pleased with the no raise scenario. Larry may be trying to eliminate the Mark Raines holdovers because Larry's idealogolgy is/was different from Raines. THV-ers if you're not willing to take a 2% raise then look elsewhere. On the way out be sure you ask how much of a bonus Larry is getting at your expense.

 
At 8:14 PM, October 30, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Raines was a good news director, like the guy before him, Lane. Mark stood up to Larry and acknowledged that Larry's ideas were for the most part ridiculious and designed to make him, Larry, look and feel in charge, like the decision to make Nick an executive producer. That is comedy at it's best. Larry's moves are a sign of low self confidence and a sign he's got no humility....he'll get it at least once in his life, but not soon enough.

 
At 8:19 PM, October 30, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Charley all the best. He was a decent dude and a hell of a golfer. I'll miss him and believe THV lost a good man there. Good luck Charley and congrats on getting out of what sounds like a clown town.

 
At 9:27 AM, October 31, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charley has a ton of talent and will do well in Baltimore. He has great ideas and is very hard worker. He'll be missed. It's a shame that he's not good enough for Little Rock, but is good enough for Baltimore! So what's wrong with this scenario?

 
At 5:49 PM, October 31, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it was an issue of Charlie's talent on the air.
I don't know the guy but heard he was disappointed about the raise offered to him, started looking for another job and found one.

 
At 12:36 PM, November 01, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 percent raise for those whose contract is up. That's not going to fly with anyone. Especially those that don't even make 30k a year. I'll bet Charles wasn't even making 35k, and he's a freakin anchor.

Isn't that like a $600 or $700 raise? Who would advise anyone to sign for that? It's business... bad business for thv and Gannett.

Just watch as it unravels.

 
At 2:03 PM, November 05, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good ole Gannett.

 
At 2:05 PM, November 05, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The morning show would be a great place to move Craig. I cannot take him serious as a evening news anchor.

This would be great since I don't get up till about Noon and I would never have to hear him yell into a microphone again. Yea!!!

 
At 9:38 PM, November 06, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He obviously doesn't know what he's getting into.

 
At 7:40 AM, November 09, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone that thought Mark Raines was even a moderately decent news director is wearing rose-colored glasses. He was a turd.

 
At 1:55 AM, November 10, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV ratings for the morning show are going to go down. Not just because of Charlie, but because of content and personalities.

Who would put Melissa Dunbar Gates on that show. Sorry, but she doesn't do anything for it. She is distracting.

 
At 7:29 PM, November 10, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa is very good at what she does. She is distracting for who?

 
At 10:01 PM, November 10, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you take yourself seriously as a person? Maybe THV should hire someone like a cop to read news...or move audas back onto the desk. He did wonders and is now doing wonders all the more.

How about that woman police officer that gives the traffic reports? She is now getting her hair done for TV.

 
At 10:03 PM, November 10, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people will never make any money in this market unless you . . .

ORGANIZE.

 
At 1:59 AM, November 11, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa can read all day long, but she doesn't look good. Simply put.

 
At 12:34 PM, November 11, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa is very professional and atractive. She just needs to take those glasses off.

 
At 12:37 PM, November 11, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be very difficult to find a replacement for Crowson. He was one of a kind.

 
At 11:27 PM, November 13, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa needs botox

 
At 2:27 PM, November 14, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a problem for the whole industry. Local news cannot support four news outlets and pay anyone any money.
The only people who make money in local stations are management and anchors. Everyone else makes far below and always has.
As far as Craig and Larry; Both are on the downside of their careers. It's hard to take Craig seriously... Dawn carried him on election night. But he doesn't think of himself as a journalist but as a showman, so why should we?
Larry someone still survives despite being a radical conservative, hell-fire, right-wing bizzaro and not evening pretending to be involved in the community.

 
At 9:09 PM, November 15, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV has the best morning show of all 3 networks. 5, 6 and 10 not so great.

 
At 7:26 AM, November 16, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry is in the position he is in for one reason - Money! As long as ratings are decent, and the THV Sales staff continues to come through with above average budget, Larry will continue to reign as GM... and will also continue to use other peoples ideas as his own to make himself look good to the Gannett corporate folks. FACT- Not one person likes Larry. FACT - He Doesn't care as long as he gets his big bonus at the end of the year! FACT - Gannett corporate doesn't care either. Have a nice day.

 
At 11:02 AM, November 16, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the THV morning show. I would not watch if Tom Brannon left. It would never be the same.

 
At 2:42 PM, November 16, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss Charley.

 
At 2:05 AM, November 17, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, you are right about being the best looking morning show, but not for long.

I wonder how viewers are going to feel with all the musical chairs and the reporters who are leaving in the next few weeks.

And one last thing, if Tom did leave they would need to start playing infomercials instead because no one will watch.

THV isn't trying to hold onto anyone as long as their ratings are average. Their bottom line is money, not who is worth it.

They are in for a rude awakening.

 
At 7:36 AM, November 17, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Repeating... and Larry doesn't care! The belief is this, he can find and utilize a just-out-of-college intern to fill ANY on-air position, and think that it can be successful - because he's Larry Audas Dammitt and he know's better than anyone!

 
At 10:20 PM, November 17, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig is my favorite. They can put him on any time slot and I will watch and enjoy.

 
At 1:18 PM, November 18, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure Larry Audas reads all these comments and enjoys it.

 
At 7:11 PM, November 18, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig is my favorite. They can put him on any time slot and I will watch and enjoy.

Your favorite what? Funny on radio years ago, not funny or believable on television.

 
At 11:39 PM, November 18, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig is one of my favorite anchors. He can't please all the people all the time. That's the nature of the business.

 
At 3:31 PM, November 19, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please tell. Why is Craig one of your favorite anchors? Seriously. What talent does he have besides yelling into the mic? Is he worried that he won't be heard? He is just so overbearing and has to talk.

 
At 7:39 PM, November 19, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig is a Little Rock icon and justifiably so. He knows the appropriate time to do hard core news, make us laugh or motivate us to get out in the community and volunteer. I have never heard him yell in the mic or be overbearing. He has made a tremendous contribution to THV and the viewers in Arkansas.

 
At 11:57 PM, November 19, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has made a tremendous contribution to THV and the viewers in Arkansas.

What contribution has he made to me as a viewer that others have not?

Please be specific.

 
At 12:21 AM, November 20, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a viewer, you don't know that he is the only anchor who knows how to shoot, edit and write packages.

Instead of dinner breaks if there isn't a photographer available, he will step up. He even purchased his own camera.

For his age he continues to learn the new technology.

He asks to go out in the field and do stories. Do you see Dawn or Liz out there or learning how to shoot and edit.

There are stories that would have never aired if it wasn't for his kindness and willingness.

 
At 8:45 AM, November 20, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No amount of talent or experience can stave off the ax when the bean counters decide you're making too much money, and you have to go. It's happened time and time again at other stations (7), and now it seems its happening at 11.

 
At 9:41 AM, November 20, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can this board go back to talking about hot news babes? This is a buzz kill.

 
At 6:26 PM, November 20, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are talking about people makeing too much money at THV, you are not talking about the underpaid reporters.

That's why they can't hold on to them. They don't pay them what they are worth or a wage they can even live on.

 
At 9:58 PM, November 20, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how bad is the pay?

 
At 1:34 PM, November 21, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until you people ORGANIZE you will be working for ungrateful management higher-ups that don't care about how hard you have to work as long as the money comes in.

Sales people are the only consistent moneymakers at any broadcast station. Anchors will come and go but sales will always be there. They will always be the "fair-haired" favorites of management.

 
At 4:24 PM, November 21, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Incoming reporters and producers make LESS than 25k and, they’d be lucky to make 30k after working there 8 stinking years.

They don't give living wages.

 
At 10:11 PM, November 21, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! What about 4 and 7?

 
At 3:39 AM, November 22, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear THV pays their reporters the least compared to the other local stations although they do triple the jobs (as the other)

I'd say 90-percent of them are MMJs, meaning they shoot, edit, write and report without help.

The funny thing is THV probably pays their anchors the highest compared to the others.

 
At 3:42 AM, November 22, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV is the only local station with backpack journalist or MMJs.

I am glad the others stick with traditional photographers and reporters.

Not to mention it is safer for all those young girls.

 
At 3:12 PM, November 22, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Backpack journalist! THV has a serious problem now. One of their own was arrested over the week-end?

 
At 4:22 PM, November 22, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are NOT Backpack Journalists. Get it RIGHT! They are MULTI-MEDIA Journalists. There were too many jokes when they were just called Back-Pack journalists. So what are you packin'?

 
At 8:52 PM, November 22, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guarantee you that the Craig-gushing is written by Theba or someone in the promotions department. A very clicky group they are... and you don't mess with their favorite. It's almost a cult with Larry stirring the Koolaid.
And Dawn and Liz can certainly be offended. They cut their teeth writing and reporting and actually being journalists, making lousy money. Craig will always play catch-up and any credibility he builds is shot when he does one of his clown acting promotions. This isn't supposed to be high school audio visual class.

 
At 9:28 PM, November 22, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, yes," Gushing." Someone knows him well. He has to talk and try to be funny. Just can't take the loud talking and looking at himself in the monitor all the time as seen on THV-2 or 11.2 or whatever they are calling it now.

 
At 10:21 PM, November 22, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about Dawn, she gets paid just fine.

Liz had to threaten to leave before they took her serious, which won't work for a reporter because they are replaced with college kids.

By the time these so called Multi Media Journalist are polished, they are good enough to make a lot more money and won't stick around where THV is going to take advantage of them.

 
At 11:47 PM, November 22, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy Craig very much and have no affiliation with any of the television stations. He is one of the best in the LR market.

 
At 7:32 AM, November 23, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's funny is Liz really isn't that good, yet she has higher ratings than Dawn. Yes, Dawn is paid very well for the part-time position she holds. BUT she is good at what she does. I don't get the Liz thing - only Liz does.

 
At 3:13 PM, November 23, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what on earth Craig did to bring out so much hate in this blogger!!! Could it be his success?

 
At 7:54 PM, November 23, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't have to be a real intellectual or a hater to see that Craig is out of his element.

 
At 12:45 AM, November 24, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Craig comments just remind me why we have two things called personal opinion and a free country.

Seems like people feel very strong about their personal opinion and have their own reason for backing it.

All I have to say.

 
At 8:26 AM, November 24, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Tim run this site? Not one negative comment about him. He's a JERK!! Are you people blind?

 
At 10:42 AM, November 24, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear from a THV insider, Charles was fired because of a traffic stop that revealed some used drug paraphernalia and his possibly being a bit under the influence. He was canned because of breach of contract. Remember Win Noble?

 
At 11:31 AM, November 24, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought he got a job in Baltimore?

 
At 2:12 PM, November 24, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you thinking about Charles or Mike Duncan?

Charles was kept at his reporter salary when they moved him to anchor the morning show.

That's why he left.

The manager wouldn't let him go to a market in the 20's if he was fired. They would drag his name through the mud first like they did to Mike.

 
At 3:56 PM, November 24, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV has turned into a stepping stone.

People will go there for a one, two, three year contract with the intention to leave and go somewhere that will treat and pay them well.

Heard Mike D got fired. Hope he gets back on his feet asap.

 
At 8:18 AM, November 25, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charley left and went to Baltimore, Mike, unfortunately was let go because of a trangression on his part. Both were two of the best reporters THV had. Gannett is unwilling to provide living wages so Charley decided to look elsewhere. You can't blame him for that.

 
At 7:02 PM, November 26, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I wonder what on earth Craig did to bring out so much hate in this blogger!!! Could it be his success?"

No body said anything about "hating" anyone. It's just that Craig acts like a fool and will do anything to try and get a laugh.
Years ago, he believed he was going to be the next co-host of the Tonight Show on NBC. Carson and anyone else on any network would have eaten him alive.

 
At 11:39 PM, November 26, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you feel he is that bad, why don't you turn the channel?

 
At 11:56 PM, November 26, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did, like many others, years ago when he appeared on the set. Thank you.

 
At 10:19 AM, November 27, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like it or not, Craig is the most recognized and one of the most LOVED personalities in Arkansas. Sounds to me like you are "bitter party of one" because you didn't make it in news, radio or any other career for that matter. Many other viewers tuned in, which made up for the ones that left - just look at the ratings. And in case you're living in your polyester suit from the 70's, channel 7 hasn't been number 1 for a Lonnnnggggg timmmmmeeee! Not everyone is going to like Craig, but the vast majority DO. So, get over yourself and accept this - YOU are in the minority and can watch a riviting newscast on one of the other stations.

 
At 11:15 AM, November 27, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't hate Craig either. However:

1. I hate that THV is trying to sell this guy as a journalist when he has no clue. If they aren't trying to sell him as a journalist, what is he doing as a news anchor?

2. Either way, THV really thinks we're stupid enough to think that he's a journalist even in these pitiful days of broadcast journalism.

3. Craig has little respect for TV News.

4. He is a horrible anchor just on the merits of the skills required of the job and his wife and the promotion department can't gush enough to fix that.

 
At 4:45 PM, November 27, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch the evening news on thv because I love Craig. There are 3 other options. Please, turn the channel if he is that offensive to you!

 
At 8:16 PM, November 28, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you continue to waste all that negative energy Craig bashing. You are in the minority! The ratings prove that the majority prefer to watch him including me. Look at your 3 other options, find an anchor that you like, and keep it on that channel!

 
At 11:54 PM, November 28, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, as long as some people, including you, think he is funny it's o.k.

Just very hard to take him seriously after all the jokes he makes on THV-2 during the spots.

And BTW,more than one person is posting on here. Not bashing, just telling it as we see it. Anything you read into it as being negative is purely conjecture on your part.

Have a good one . . .

 
At 9:09 PM, November 29, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need a reality check.

 
At 10:00 PM, November 29, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charles left to further his career. Enough said! He never intended to stay in AR.

 
At 4:38 PM, November 30, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, you're free to watch Craig and like him.. we're free to watch him and not like him...

I didn't say the guy was a bad person, I said he was a horrible anchor. Big diff!

Generally speaking, TV people are so insecure, they can't take criticism at all. Strange attitude for a profession where you get your rocks off by being in front of people.

Hey, using your logic, if you can't take a few words telling you to get better, get off my television!

 
At 5:22 PM, December 01, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about this, can he come to your place of business and critique you and maybe show you a few ways to improve your on the job performance? It works both ways, only we know what Craig does for a living, what about you? Maybe a disgruntled reporter or anchor wanna-be? Craig would never say a bad word about you or your poor job performance or whatever envy that drives your disdain. He has something you don't and never will have and that is class.

 
At 5:32 PM, December 01, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen!

 
At 8:52 PM, December 01, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow-- I didn't say anything about him not being a nice guy, or that the charity work is great and that he gives a lot of his time. I agree that he's a classy guy.

In my opinion he's an inexperienced, bad anchor who could use some anchor schooling. Can't you see the difference? I don't want to see the guy lose his job-- I want to see him get BETTER and put me first as a viewer instead of himself.

If you have to start calling names back, that says a lot. I'm not envious or disgruntled at all. I'm GLAD I don't have that job.

Sure you can come to my job. If part of my job was to put myself in front of people and made clown faces every time someone pointed a camera at me and wear goofy shoes and socks just so I could get MORE attention, then I would reasonably expect some critiquing.

Thankfully I don't do that, but since someone put him on TV and he agreed to open himself up to judgement, I'll do it every time. IT'S WHAT ON AIR PEOPLE WANT. IT'S WHAT THE MANAGERS WANT. THEY WANT US TO JUDGE THEIR PRODUCT BEST.

It's not much different than any other product that relies on consumers.

Sorry I got your Craig hairs standing up.

 
At 11:19 PM, December 01, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not waste any more time with this blogger. He/she needs some serious therapy.

 
At 5:38 PM, December 03, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not wasting time. That blogger is telling it like it is. Sorry if your idol does not please everyone. We are just calling 'em like we see 'em.

If that pisses you of, then too bad. As I said before, he was funny on radio in 1970's but not funny, just silly on tv in 2010.

 
At 6:21 AM, December 04, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to Barnum and Bailey Circus Thursday night. I kid you not, I couldn't help but think this is where Craig would flourish.

 
At 4:23 PM, December 04, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to think we don't even live up to this standard in Little Rock anymore:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS96dIVlE8s

 
At 11:04 AM, December 05, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's time we agree to disagree and move on. So what was the original blog post about?

 

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