Thursday, October 06, 2011

New Chief Weather Guesser Named at Little Rock Station


KARK today has announced the hiring of a new Chief Meteorologist. A news release says Keith Monahan will be joining KARK next week. Monahan comes to Channel 4 from KIAH/Houston, Texas. His bio states:

Keith graduated from The United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Affairs and American Politics. Following six years of military service, he returned to school and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Meteorology from the University of Northern Colorado. While in his final semester at UNC, he began working as the staff meteorologist at KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyoming. His forecasts received First Place Awards from the Wyoming Associated Press.


Keith comes to Houston from KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he was the Chief Meteorologist for the weekday 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Keith's forecasts have been recognized by the Texas Associated Press in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008, by the Houston Press Club in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and were judged Best in Texas in 2002 and 2008. In May 2005, Keith was awarded the American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation in recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts. His coverage of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita during 2005 was awarded an Emmy by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. He also received an Emmy Nomination for his coverage of the 2006 Houston Ice Storm.



Wonder why KARK now wants a Chief met? They didn't want one when Bret Cummins was there......

37 Comments:

At 4:49 PM, October 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, his bio doesn't say anything about him being married.

 
At 5:33 PM, October 06, 2011, Anonymous Miss Available said...

Who cares, he's fine!

 
At 5:43 PM, October 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone seen him on air? Does he break the KARK meteorologist mold? Brett Cummins and Greg Dee have similar presentation styles.

 
At 6:11 PM, October 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are demo videos of him on youtube.

 
At 7:25 PM, October 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say that this was an impressive choice for KARK. This guy has game and good resume o go with it. It will take him some time not to make mistakes on town names but that happens with all the new ones. Haven't agreed with much they have done in the past but you have to say that they made some really good choices with the changes.

 
At 8:52 PM, October 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Huston a bigger (more $$) market? If so why is he coming to Little Rock? Did KARK really put up the cash?

 
At 10:15 PM, October 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like this guy can "carry the mail." Good choice, KARK!

 
At 10:28 PM, October 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:52: Dont be fooled because he came from the Houston market. A quick google search revealed that KIAH is a CW station. Therefore, his pay was more than likely not substantial.

 
At 11:29 PM, October 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

their hand was forced into hiring a chief once Brett was collared for that whole incident. but they did hire a new guy as their chief so who knows why they do what they do at times

 
At 8:37 AM, October 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't Brett's boof-buddy the one that was "collared"?

 
At 10:11 AM, October 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He lost his job in Houston when the station went to a format of no anchors.

 
At 11:20 AM, October 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:11 You beat me to it. Just heard back from a friend at another station in Houston that is exactly what happened. Even though Houston is a much larger market then here, this is a much better career move for Keith.

 
At 1:15 PM, October 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he is a smart guy that learns fast and settles quickly, more power to him. We need a good southern person that can run the weather team and keep us informed. Folks from other areas of the country don't seem to fit in as well around here.

As a reminder to ALL weather guessers (New and old)...don't pull a Cummins or a Martone.

 
At 5:29 PM, October 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:15 Since he went to school and worked in Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota it sounds like Keith is not southern. If you want someone southern then you need to get a new company to buy out Nexstar Broadcasting, the parent company out of Irving Texas that owns KARK. None of the Nexstar owned stations I have dealt with have meteorologists from the local area.

 
At 12:25 AM, October 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He spent 10 years in Texas....he is now officially from the South!!

 
At 1:07 AM, October 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hail yes!

 
At 2:19 PM, October 08, 2011, Anonymous Go Hogs!!! said...

If he was born in the south then he is southern. If not then NO.

 
At 2:25 PM, October 08, 2011, Anonymous Lindsey said...

Wherever Keith is from he is gorgeous. I think i am going to be very happy with my new tv weather husband.

 
At 7:08 PM, October 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw his resume reel, he is not cute. Not that I care because I won't be watching, just giving my opinion.

The other mets at other stations are not hunks, but being around for years, I'm just used to them. I'm talking about Ed and Ned.

 
At 8:50 PM, October 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That reminds me, KLRT FOX16 still does not have weekday morning and midday newscasts. They need to get them soon. While their showing paid programming at 6 in the morning, the other stations, KARK, KATV, and Today's THV are already showing news. Right now you have to wait until 5 in the afternoon for FOX16's first television news report of the day. Its time for them to expand! I apologize if that did not have anything to do directly with this story.

 
At 10:27 PM, October 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

". . .While their [sic] showing paid programming at 6 in the morning, the other stations, KARK, KATV, and Today's THV are already showing news."

Yep, and it's the same thing, rewound and shown in the next hour with small talk among the talent. There is more news in the morning paper.

 
At 10:24 AM, October 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, this story reminds me of something else, KARK, KATV, and Today's THV have alot of news, weather, etc. staff. KLRT has four news anchors, two meteorologists, and two sports anchors. Not as big as the other three. They still don't have a morning meteorologist. I have a feeling that in a situation in which severe weather is moving through around the morning rush hour, those three stations will have their morning weather people already on hand while you don't know if Chad Garneau and/or FOX16 Chief Meteorologist Jeff Baskin will be there on the scene since its happening that early in the morning for them. If you can trust them during the day and definitely in the evening, can you do so before 8AM? No matter what day of the week it is?

 
At 12:50 PM, October 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Havent ever been a big fan of 4 but I think the new weather guesser is solid pick and someone that Little Rock viewers will warm up to and eventually will really like. Jessica is a GREAT move. I loved her on KATV and 4 stealing her was one of the best talent steals in the market in years.

 
At 5:56 PM, October 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree! Jessica is a talent.

 
At 10:39 AM, October 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did they steal her from KATV?

 
At 7:03 PM, October 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weekend anchor courtney was axed along with her newlywed reporter husband and how many others from kark when they made those awful videos with company equipment and time and posted them on youtube

Well, jessica dean wasnt getting anywhere at katv. Pam has had the weekend anchor seat for 20 years and lucky for dean, katv didnt have reporter contracts.

Gotta do what you gott do

 
At 10:22 PM, October 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's married with a daughter.

 
At 10:26 PM, October 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

& u've never heard of a gay guy that was married w/children? Wake-up

 
At 10:45 PM, October 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

& pam is quite possibly the ugliest black girl on local tv! 20 yrs or not

 
At 3:46 PM, October 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't be a racist. Pam not being pretty or not being talented or not being enjoyable to watch has nothing to do with ethnicity. It is what it is.

 
At 8:57 PM, October 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:45 PM-Most small minded comment I have ever seen on this blog.

 
At 9:59 PM, October 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"That reminds me, KLRT FOX16 still does not have weekday morning and midday newscasts . . ."

Oh, yeah. There is just a ton of news going on at 5am and at Noon. Having an early show and Noon show is just a way to sell more ads and it's just a show. Not that much "breaking" news. (Gee, I hate that term).

KLRT is way ahead in critical thinking and saving a ton of money. You have to sell a bunch of ads to pay the salaries of those early morning and Noon people on air. Remember when you see a PSA or promo in a newscast, it's time the sales department couldn't sell.

 
At 10:24 AM, October 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There never is news to report in the mornings. Those other three stations, plus the networks, are idiots. Morning news will never catch on.Kind of like the internets. Plus, who buys morning news? FOX is so smart.

 
At 12:07 AM, October 15, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ONE and ONLY reason the stations have those early morning shows is to try to sell time in them. Period. If you don't realize that, you don't need to be in the business and definitely not in TV sales.

They don't care about doing all this public service, they are in business and on the air early to sell commercial time.

If you want to see how well a station is doing at selling air time, check the number of promos they run inside their local shows. That is time they could not sell and will never get back.

 
At 5:59 PM, October 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing is for sure. He won't have to look up at the surveillance camera on a pole from the weather garden and have the weather shack as a backdrop like the guessers at KTHV have to do.

 
At 1:29 PM, October 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no you didn't! That's cold there. True but cold.

 
At 1:40 PM, December 05, 2011, Anonymous cialis online said...

I was glad when I heard the announcement of the hiring of Keith Monahan as the new Chief Meteorologist since I have followed Keith's work!

 

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