Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Little Rock TV Tidbits...

Here's a hodge podge of tips from the tip box...


Anchor, Melissa Simas is leaving KARK
-BJ Steed was fired from KTHV
-KATV fills reporter position with Janelle Lilly
-KARK morning anchor Wendy Suares is pregnant
-KATV takes number one in all ratings (Morning, 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.)

162 Comments:

At 12:36 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not surprised about KATV's ratings. So where is Melissa going? And what's the story with BJ? Was he really fired for a failed drug test?

 
At 12:59 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About time we got some LR news.

 
At 1:53 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So KATV sweeps the ratings and all it gets here is a passing mention at the bottom of a post with trivial news? One would think that it would at least get its own spot. What station does this blogger work for anyway?

 
At 2:34 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:53....Thanks KATV employee. You sound like an idiot.

 
At 4:46 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idiots won every demo...

 
At 5:11 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV won every demo? I could believe every show but not every demo. Surely that is not true.

 
At 5:38 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was me above, not an employee just someone who checks this blog now and then. Excuse me for sounding like an idiot in your opinion on the above post. Sure sounds like someone's a jealous employee from another station though.

 
At 8:28 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the failed drug test story too, regarding BJ Steed. So is it true?

 
At 9:51 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope the reporter who replaces Steed is well spoken, well dressed and well educated.

 
At 10:50 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you worked around BJ Steed you really liked the guy, but he was very irresponsible.

He is a young guy, maybe 24? Engaged and about to have a baby. He has a lot on his plate and believe me, he still thinks and acts like a college kid.

Sadly, BJ is probably growing up really quick right now.

I do hope he lands on his feet.

I couldn't imagine being that young with that much going on.

 
At 11:26 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:51 was posted by me. I thought Steed was very good and I'm saddened to hear that he has been fired. I hope he rebounds with a drug free career.

 
At 11:50 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to Brett Cumming? Did his bro get his but out of the ringer, so to speak?

 
At 9:05 AM, December 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been swept under the rug.

 
At 5:31 PM, December 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah leave KLRT (FOX16) out again. Whenever there's a talk about these three, their left out.

Random fact: The FOX affiliate in Memphis - WHBQ FOX13, has better ratings than the city's ABC affiliate - WPTY ABC24.....

 
At 5:39 PM, December 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tulsa (#61) has a smaller television market than Little Rock (#56), and its local FOX station has weekday morning and midday newscasts (KOKI FOX23). So why doesn't its Newport Television affiliate sister station, KLRT FOX16 in Little Rock have them too? Their larger. Which proves its capable of getting them.....

 
At 5:40 PM, December 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...AND??! What's your point @5:31?

 
At 5:56 PM, December 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard rumors a couple months ago about Jonesboro gettings its own lower-power NBC station. Anything new about this? They also have a CW affiliate - KJOS 21, and of course KAIT 8 - ABC).

 
At 9:43 PM, December 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@5:31 PM - Fox is left out because no one cares.

 
At 11:27 AM, December 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was reported in the Ar Dem/Gaz December 11th that a news manager for KATV by the name of Christopher Jilka was arrested for DWI. He registered 0.27.

 
At 12:35 PM, December 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh really? I missed that one. So is this his first DWI?

 
At 1:27 PM, December 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article called him a manager, but apparently that is not really the case. He's basically just an editor...at least that is what I've been told.

 
At 1:48 PM, December 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And every person who gets a DWI gets their name in the paper, right?

 
At 6:17 PM, December 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's why newspapers will soon be a thing of the past. Weak, weak, weak...

 
At 6:19 PM, December 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still no one with numbers? I guess AR business can't do anything because of Jeff and Lance on THV.

 
At 10:05 PM, December 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BJ Steed had a restraining order against him last year from his live in GF. He was caught with a hooker and became violent.

 
At 12:55 PM, December 24, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If BJ Steed was fired for failing a drug test, that was just one reason.

The reason everyone at work heard about was that he and his pregnant fiancee were fighting during his dinner break the day of the week he is a producer.

He didn't return to work for the 10 p.m. and the show had holes and unfinihsed stories and no producer.

Someone was called in to try and salvage it, but it was a rough night.

He didn't even call or text anyone that he was not returning.

Not the first time he has done something like that on the weekends.

@10:50, irresponsible is right!

 
At 1:39 PM, December 24, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad when you are good at what you do, but too irresponsible to keep your job.

 
At 10:18 AM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

.....If Little Rock TV stations were all own-and-operated by their network, here is what there internet addresses would look like:

KATV: ABCLocal.Go.com/KATV

KARK: NBCArkansas.com (or) NBCLittleRock.com

KTHV: Arkansas.CBSLocal.com (or) LittleRock.CBSLocal.com

KLRT: MyFoxArkansas.com (or)
MyFoxLittleRock.com

 
At 2:28 PM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is some ratings info. THV wins the noon!


http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article.aspx?aID=129643.54928.141781&cID=e

 
At 5:41 PM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does thv really win? How can katv be third at noon when they dont have a noon show? Its a 30min show that starts at 11:30.

Way to try and spin it Arkansas Business, AKA KTHVs partner

 
At 5:42 PM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What were the reactions in all the newsrooms about the ratings?

 
At 6:26 PM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to the show I care about, I'll wait until February to comment. Too early for either group to be too happy or sad either way.

 
At 6:29 PM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the scoop on Laura Huckabee the new weather guesser at Ch 4? If today was her first time on camera, the news anchor did a very poor job of introducing her.

 
At 6:51 PM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@6:29 Laura is filling in, since Greg and Keith are off.

 
At 6:54 PM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After Wayne left, now BJ and Faith, has THV hired any reporters to take their place? I haven't seen anyone new.

 
At 7:32 PM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@6:26 PM... So what you're really saying is that you'll wait for a favorable book to comment. You may be waiting for a while.

 
At 8:05 PM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@7:32 No, that's not what I said.

 
At 8:39 PM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous T.D. said...

Randon Fact Part 2: WHBQ-13 in Memphis was the ABC affiliate and WPTY-24 was a horrible independent station. I think old habits die hard. What is KATV's backup plan when Pat and Vanna hang it up?

 
At 8:51 PM, December 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stef Bryant should be moved to the AM show if THV is winning one newscast. Just Sayng.

 
At 12:07 AM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does that even make sense? Let's not get cocky now, Stefani.

 
At 8:08 AM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stefanie is hardly cocky. She is probably the most down to earth anchor in the market!! Geez people.

 
At 10:59 AM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laura Huckababe! "SSCCWWHHHIIIIINNGGG!!!

(stolen from Wayne's World)

 
At 11:53 AM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laura Huckabee, a hot cougar MILF!!!

 
At 5:25 PM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey fox! Will someone please stop putting Hubert Tate on the anchor desk? Or if you do, will you tell him how to read and not look like Urkle with a nice suit?
And Rosenthal, it's Qachita, pronounced like "wash." It's not WITCHITA!

 
At 5:32 PM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been critical of Meredith Mitchell before, but kudos on Tge new hair and look. Nice, baby girl!

 
At 10:24 PM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been critical of Meredith Mitchell before, but kudos on Tge new hair and look. Nice, baby girl!

5:32 PM, December 27, 2011

To each his/her own......

Looks aside, I'm still not impressed by her delivery....or lack thereof.

 
At 8:28 AM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone please make sure that when Liz Massey goes to the gym she takes Melinda Mayo with her. Are there not clauses in their contracts?

 
At 10:34 AM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Melinda knows to stay away from that awful updo.

 
At 5:33 PM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Melinda's bangs, but she needs to lose the "Shag" look and go to a chin length bob. All those layers just engulfs her face which causes the viewer to drift away from what she is saying.

 
At 8:32 PM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are there clauses in the contracts that address these issues?

 
At 9:08 PM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would that be a doughnut clause?

 
At 9:50 PM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hear the real scoop on B.J. Steed. Number one, contrary to some beliefs, he did not fail a drug test. Number two the station failed to give reason as to why they actually fired him, but the termination did follow a Saturday newscast in which he left the station before the six o'clock newscast anticipating a short trip home for personal reasons (unrelated to family, fiancee or children). He did however notify one person he was leaving. Someone was called in to assist with the show and that was that. He was placed on leave with pay for one week and was then asked to resign. He chose not to resign, and was then let go. And yes he does have twins on the way and from talking with him, he looks forward to the new additions to the family. During his career at THV, he was never written up or punished for any reason and tried his best to meet all the demands placed before him, but unfortunately THV chose the route they did. For the past year BJ served as one of the stations 2 or 3 senior reporters, and while the station expected senior reporter work, he was not given senior reporter treatment. There are very few stations I know of, in any market, that would continue to have its senior reporter work weekends, let alone produce the weekend shows even after he expressed the want to move to five days a week reporting, not to mention after six months with the station another reporter was able to gab her way off the weekend reporter shift. Oh and the hooker and restraining order comments are ridiculous. His and his ex's relationship had been over in college. Knowing both of them, they tried to make it work, but it wasn't meant to be.

 
At 10:54 PM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Meredith Mitchell actually a met? Don't like the curly look, but is better than that dang ponytail . Get a more professional look, PLEASE !!!!!!!!

 
At 11:06 PM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How far KTHV has fallen!!!!! Dawn, Ed, Wess, and Ashley are the backbone of the station....... Liz is not anchor material for a market this size, Craig is comic relief and not a newsman. Hire some reporters and put Ashley in at 10pm, that would be a good start.

 
At 11:38 PM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who was/is the new fox on KARK doing the weather? If it comes a flood I bet she ain't gonna drown.

 
At 5:31 AM, December 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kark needs to bring Laura back home. You talk about instant ratings boost, that would do it. Shekeeps an audiences attention because of her knowledge and professionalism. Enough said!!!!

 
At 5:47 AM, December 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz, please join the ladies BASS tour, that updo would work much better there instead of our tv newscast.

 
At 3:39 PM, December 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad that Melissa is leaving. She really "checked out" after getting married. Funny how much of a snob she became after moving up from Jonesboro. She doesn't appreciate the many, many people who helped her career.

 
At 9:34 PM, December 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny how no one asked about BJ after the comments made on December 24th, but all of a sudden the "real" scoop on him appeared on December 28th with a very lengthy comment...perhaps from BJ himself. It is true that BJ was a very likable person; he was very serious about his work and compared to some of the other reporters at THV he was not doing too bad based on his experience and age. However, he was very irresponsible. There was a restraining order against him by his former fiance who also lived with him (the reason he moved to Little Rock in the first place), and court documents prove that. With that said, he is now engaged again within the same year to someone else who is pregnant with his twins. Undoubtedly, he is happy about having kids because he always had fatherly tendencies. Good luck to BJ, he is a good guy with some bad boy tendencies. Hopefully, he will get his act together soon.

 
At 10:17 AM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does THV do background checks on new reporters? If they don't, they should.

 
At 11:48 AM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's funny how no one asked about BJ after the comments made on December 24th, but all of a sudden the "real" scoop on him appeared on December 28th with a very lengthy comment"

Maybe people (or the person) were busy celebrating the holiday. :)

 
At 4:48 PM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would a restraining order show up on a background check? I would think that would be a red flag for whoever was doing the hiring.

 
At 5:09 PM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren Scott is a beautiful girl and a good hire for THV. I would suggest that she get a new hair stylist because her hair cut is not in style.

 
At 8:27 PM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might want to do your background check on restraining orders. They're a joke--research shows more than 80-percent of them are bogus. You literally have to prove nothing to get a restraining order taken out on someone other than to say they make you feel threatened.

I don't know B.J. but I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. One can only assume it was something that merited leaving a newsroom at a critical time. There are actually things more important than a weekend TV newscast on a number three weekend station.

I do know that Channel 11 is an absolute pit of people who love do to nothing else than stick their large noses in other people's business and then amplify and fill-in the blanks. If you go to work at Channel 11, do a background check on the place.

BTW, loved the screw-up on the six o'clock news tonight where neither Dawn nor Craig knew what was going on. It's always fun to notice that something is wrong and the moronic producer lets the anchor know as they're reading the sentence of the intro that the reporter couldn't get their story together on time. Those paper start flying! Ha!

Note to Craig-- Dawn will leave it up to you EVERY time when something screws up. She'll shuffle those papers and look down and sit there till the cows come home. Neither she or Liz can adlib for more than five seconds.

However, next time, try not to look like someone kicked you in the back and you're gasping for air for 20 seconds.

LMAO! Happy New Year!

 
At 12:35 AM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was one of the worse screw-ups I've seen on 11.

 
At 1:24 AM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig can ad lib but he comes off silly.

Yes, it's like the teleprompter was going backwards for a while.

Clipped out cameras and low audio from the reporters in the field put the icing on the cake for THV tonight at 6.

Man, is Gannett cutting costs or what?

 
At 8:55 AM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Caplan, best of luck on what Larry A. has left you. He gutted the place and has left you to clean up his mess. You may decide that the job you left, may be the one you want back.

 
At 9:35 AM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone describe the screw-up in detail? I must have missed it.

 
At 10:15 AM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry gets blamed for everything at thv. The ratings drop did not happen on his watch. The ratings were always up when he was in charge. However, he did lose a lot of talented staff to their competitor: morning show anchor, asst. news director, mediocre reporters, and a multiple emmy winning photog. I think these folks, with some help from others, took their talents from thv to build a winning team at a competing station and then WON!!! Hell has no fury like news people who feel they were scorned. Winning!!!! It is simply capitalism at work. However, do not underestimate thv's new management. He is an unknown factor at this point. Who knows what he will do with this new war for ratings. It will certainly be interesting to watch his stratgey and to see if Gannett will support him. Will he charge forward making bold moves, or will he retreat into deeper mediocrity? Who knows? The best predictor of his future action is to look at his past. What does his past record, before arriving at thv show? A word of caution: there is a danger in celebrating while underestimating one's opponent.

 
At 1:44 PM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren Scott has the chops to be a good reporter but, get a real haircut. It brings her down!!! The bedhead look does not suit her. I get the two Lauren's confused!!!! Get your own look. Short hair would look great on her and make her look professional..

 
At 1:46 PM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love Tracy Beene at KTHV

 
At 3:51 PM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:44 PM... Lauren Scott doesn't need a short hair cut, just an updated cut without so many layers. She is very pretty but the hair needs a change.

 
At 7:00 PM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Lauren Scott has the chops to be a good reporter but, get a real haircut. It brings her down!!! The bedhead look does not suit her. I get the two Lauren's confused!!!! Get your own look. Short hair would look great on her and make her look professional.."

Uh, excuse me, but she's on TV and your not . . .

 
At 7:33 PM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren Scott's hair is the same color as her skin.

 
At 11:36 PM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel could make that hair beautiful.

 
At 11:59 AM, January 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we please stop with the hair comments? We really don't care if you think Liz would look better with a layered look or whatever. It's gotten tiresome, and I think it's the same person chiming in with the hair comments every time. Go back to answering phones at the salon. We really don't care about your hair opinions.

 
At 6:50 PM, January 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must be jealous because a lot of people like the hair topic and not all the petty jealousies of ex employees or katv beating their chests kicking the other stations butts. There's room for all of us on the blog. You dint have to read it. This is the USA!!!!!!!!!

 
At 7:15 PM, January 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@6:50...what? Are you still drunk from last night?

 
At 7:41 PM, January 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think 6:50 must still be drunk from last night.

 
At 8:29 PM, January 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 7 has the best ratings because their anchors and reporters have the best hair! Right 6:50?

 
At 12:19 AM, January 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really looks like that BJ Steed wrote the comment on Dec. 28th..
It is true that BJ appears to be a likable person. However, he is very irresponsible. There was really a restraining order against him by his former fiance (the reason he moved to Little Rock), and court documents prove that. He vandalized their apartment and his fiance's properties.
He has drug problems and some other issues.He is now engaged again within the same year to someone else who is pregnant with his twins.With that said,hopefully he grows up and will take care of his new big family. He has lots of his plate. Good luck and best wishes.

 
At 12:57 AM, January 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously 6:50 is a broadcast journalist since he/she doesn't have to know how to spell to do that job, just read the prompter.

 
At 4:15 AM, January 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, BJ is gone, and the whole situation just sounds very sad. It is a new year. Let's just pray and hope for the best for the children who will soon be here. Perhaps he will turn things around.

 
At 5:19 AM, January 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katv just hires the best ex cheerleaders they can find. The other stations just have not found a way to beat katv at their own game. They probably never will!!!!

 
At 5:27 AM, January 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren Scott may be on tv, but she took a step backwards when she went to KTHV.

 
At 11:10 AM, January 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTHV took a step forward when they hired Lauren.

 
At 1:36 PM, January 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:50, I read this blog because I work in the industry. I don't do hair. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Go start your own "Hairstyles at 5, 6, & 10" blog. Petty jealousies and chest-thumping over ratings--that IS what we come here to read!

 
At 2:26 PM, January 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean gossip is the reason you come here. Since you are in the business, how many times have you been the subject of the gossip? Just asking?

 
At 10:23 PM, January 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually think the days of KATV bringing in the ex cheerleader types went out the door with Randy Dixon. I can't see Nick bringing in a Holly Sonders...I'm not saying that is a good or bad thing.

 
At 8:17 AM, January 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmmmmmm, Holly Sonders!!!!

 
At 9:07 AM, January 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who could forget Holly Sonders....

 
At 11:35 AM, January 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could give you two big reasons not to forget Holly Sonders, but I won't .

 
At 1:07 PM, January 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holly "fun bags" Sonders!!!!

 
At 6:20 PM, January 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the poster thinks Larry Audas is an innocent, then I think I know who wrote the entry: Larry Audas!

He's a self-righteous, cheap, clueless, narcissistic, manipulative, shameless, backstabbing, high-foreheaded, Jesus-Freaking, no-talent jag-off. He's probably gay.

Btw, isn't amazing how flexible Dawn Scott's face is? She has no clue how to connect her facial expressions to the words she's reading. She looks very angry while she's reading about a light subject.

KTHV stinks, the market pretty much stinks and the only hope we have is that Larry is gone and Nick is serving his revenge cold!

 
At 6:32 PM, January 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As of right now their only hope is the morning and noon show. Liz has gotten to be unwatchable and Dawn is washed up now. At least Stephanie, Alise, and Ashley are pretty and pleasant to watch. Don't even get me started on the reporters.

 
At 6:33 PM, January 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@6:20 Thanks for your input Nick.

 
At 6:38 PM, January 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand Stefanie Bryant. She seems very nice. But she's not much of an anchor since she only does the noon show. She's not much of a reporter since she provides those "healthy difference" reports on the 5:00. All she has to do is find a few health stories from the CNN wire and present them word-for-word.

 
At 9:51 PM, January 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Simas is going back to where they say "Nyune" for Noon and "Nyews" for news. Listen to the into to NBC Nightly News for the correct pronunciation as done on network that has a bunch of viewers.

Attention everyone: There are no such times as 12am or 12pm. They are Midnight and Noon.

 
At 12:17 AM, January 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:51 you are really a loser. We get your point. Now find another dead horse to beat.

 
At 9:49 AM, January 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I am retired and you aren't.

 
At 10:00 AM, January 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@6:33 nope not Nick-- but I do know how the place works. I had to work daily with that moron and it felt good to get that off my chest.

I am pretty sure you're a THV'er as you all are the only poor souls who defend the place. THV employees have a long history of putting their heads in the sand while putting their noses in the air. Even Nick used to be guilty.

I don't understand the defense of Audas. He was about as popular as a tick on your privates.

 
At 10:19 AM, January 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny. Nick, Tick and ....

 
At 5:02 PM, January 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:20 could not be Nick. I'm sure he couldn't stand Larry--doesn't sound like anyone liked Larry. But Nick would not make an ugly comment like that about Dawn. That is just not something Nick would do.

 
At 8:05 PM, January 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Meridith Mitchell engaged to?

 
At 12:25 AM, January 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard it was to her fiance.

 
At 1:36 AM, January 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig's New Years predictions gave me a good laugh tonight.

 
At 3:40 AM, January 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That new promo by Craig where he plays a mime next to the sports guy sure is a good one. For me, it builds his credibility as a serious journalist and anchor and really makes me want to watch. Especially the close-up with the fake tear at the end.

 
At 7:32 AM, January 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Putting Craig on the anchor desk--or in any capacity in news--is something I will never understand. He looks and sounds like a complete goofball. I wonder what people not familiar with his radio career in Little Rock must think when they tune in to THV.

 
At 8:03 AM, January 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contrary to what people think, THV does have research on who is well liked. I'm sure Craig shows up high on the list. The new GM is probably going to be the best thing that has happened to THV in a long time. Stay tuned.

 
At 10:41 AM, January 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope he takes it back to the glory days. He will have to move mountains to do it.

 
At 12:55 PM, January 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:03AM THV has always had lots of research. Doesn't seem to be translating to ratings, though.

 
At 2:25 PM, January 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In regard to the drug test and BJ...

Why are reporters being forced to take drug screens? It's not like anything they do could cause injury or kill someone unless they ran a red light (like everyone here does) in a company vehicle or some crap like that.

This drug screening crap is getting ridiculous.

 
At 6:54 PM, January 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new GM WILL take THV back to the glory days. He is on the side of those who made "the difference" at THV. He may not be from LR, but "he ain't no dummy."

 
At 1:00 AM, January 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new GM at 11 may return the station to its glory days...but he is sure off to a horrible start. That was a horrendous book for 11 and 4. Maybe we will see a bounce back in February...I hope so.

 
At 5:18 AM, January 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Larry was at THV the books were good. I am not defending Larry-just stating the facts! I'll say it again; corporate was happy because he could keep ratings up and keep the costs for corporate down. Isn't that what a GM is suppose to do--make money for corporate? That said,he did all this with extreme cost cuts, micro-management, general nosinness, incredibly high salaries for some anchors who sat around and complained and shopped online and incredibly low salaries for other on air talent who lost their photogs and did double the work and were often overworked. Because he hired weak and inexperienced reporters,who were willing to work for low salaries so they could get entrance into the business,he could pay VERY high salaries to anchors he felt would be a popular audience draw. Corporate was happy because they are in the business to make money, and he made them money. That is the bottom line--the facts. However, all this created a house of cards that is now coming down. Good people became disgruntled and they took their talents and skills else where. The results, lower ratings for THV, higher salries and a ratings win for talent and staff who left, continued high salaries for some THV talent, and continued low salaries for some THV talent. Once again-facts. And where is Larry? Gone. What I don't know is why he transfered. Was it because of increasing low morale and complaints or because he requested the move.
Did he jump ship because the ship was going to sink, or because he wanted to move to NC, or because corporate needs costs cuts in Greensboro. I don't have the facts on that.

 
At 10:15 AM, January 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The anchor salaries at THV are no higher than the anchor salaries at KATV. Ned is the HIGHEST paid in the market. KATV pays VERY well, that's why some THV folks went over there. I heard that the THV anchors took paycuts, or no raises, or BOTH in their new contracts. The books were good when Larry was there, but what you failed to mentoin is the book to book drop off at THV when Larry was there. It was about his year-end bonus and saving the company money by bringing in fresh-out-of-college students who can't spell their own name. He succeeded in saving the company money and taking down THV. Caplan has a lot of work to do.

 
At 8:39 PM, January 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@10:15 It's a known fact that Ed Buckner is the highest paid face on Little Rock tv. So no clue what you're smoking. Anchors at KTHV are making the big bucks, too. That's why there isn't anything left for the reporters there.

 
At 12:25 AM, January 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you switch to using inexperienced one-man-band reporters ratings go down eventually. It takes a while but they generally slip. Larry got out at just the right time...good for him. I have heard many people tell me, "for a fact" that Ned makes more than Ed and vice-versa...the truth is it's impossible to know because we don't know what either got in their most recent contract. So relax people those two are both fine.

 
At 7:37 AM, January 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are the glory days, exactly, when you're speaking of THV? They had about five years when they gave KATV a run for their money but now the ratings are slipping, if not gone.
Ask KARK what that's like. They were dominant number one in the late 80's/early 90's and they've been a perenial number three ever since.
KTHV has been on the air for 50 years and you can count the years they've been tops in the ratings on one hand. Now they have the weakest reporters, falling ratings in the morning, basically only one credible weather person, a second-rate sports effort and a clown for an anchorman.

 
At 9:39 AM, January 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@7:37 Thank you KATV employee!

 
At 10:06 PM, January 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No kidding-- I'm a THVer. Get the issue now?

 
At 4:40 PM, January 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@10:06 Yeah right.

 
At 6:06 PM, January 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only REAL problems I have with THV are their crummy reporters and poor quality weather garden cameras. Other than that, I think they pull off a pretty good product. I like their main set and how they move the anchors around it. Standing one time, sitting the next.

 
At 6:59 PM, January 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me that thv has been slipping for about three years and many changes need to be made. I would like to see seasoned reporters and some evening anchor changes for a start. Less national news and more local reporting would be a plus.

 
At 7:26 PM, January 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I AM a THVer and I can tell you I found myself nodding my head while reading 7:37's comments. Everyone around this hell hole acts like their entitled to something and the few people who work hard (both on and off air) are NOT rewarded.

 
At 10:39 PM, January 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clown for an anchorman.

I love it!

 
At 11:31 PM, January 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh that green eyed monster again.

 
At 12:56 AM, January 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like it's Hell with florescent lighting and improper lighting on the sets.

Man, that mobile home cutaway in the WX garden has to go. Somebody call the Hanke Bros or that boy with the curly bangs on Wilson's comml. Put some siding on that thang.

 
At 9:40 AM, January 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is siding on that thang... That's the problem. It looks cheap.

 
At 12:48 AM, January 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What blonde female reporter dropped the "sh** bomb on air? I missed it !!

 
At 10:46 AM, January 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What! I missed to too, who was it?

 
At 10:50 AM, January 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's "I missed it too". Guess I was shocked by the previous comment.

 
At 5:10 PM, January 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try NWA!!!!!!

 
At 5:51 PM, January 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh man, someone, PLEASE! Find that clip!

 
At 12:22 PM, January 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you NWA news watchers we need your help!!! If it had been LR it be all over the blog allready. What blonde anchor has a wordy durd problem.

 
At 12:27 PM, January 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was Angela Smith!!!!!!

 
At 12:57 PM, January 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, 12:27

 
At 12:30 AM, January 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There is siding on that thang... That's the problem."

Quick question. Is the siding on the inside or outside? I'm serious.

Now, back to the "S" bomb being dropped . . .

 
At 7:30 AM, January 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Siding is on both sides. Siding makes it look cheap. If it were made of wood as originally planned it would have looked better. The combo of siding/wood looks wierd. Good thing they put real windows in.

 
At 8:37 PM, January 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is Kerrie o'Hara coming back from baby leave? Does Simas have a job in Beantown yet? Carolyn Long could still bring in more audience than anybody at any station in LR. I'm tired of all the cheerleader hair!!!!!

 
At 11:27 PM, January 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like cheerleader hair as long as it comes with an educated brain.

 
At 6:37 AM, January 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyse Eady was nominated for Arkansan of the year. KATV would promote the living hell out of that. Let's see how THV lets it slide.They have given her no promotion whatsoever. I don't get it?

 
At 11:21 AM, January 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot THV promoted Alyse joining the morning show for about 5 months before she actually. They really thought she would be THE reason to tune-in in the mornings. I don't think it worked the way they wanted. Most people tune-in to see what "the girls" are wearing. That's about it.

 
At 11:29 AM, January 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyse gets more promotion in the community than from THV. It's a shame too.

 
At 11:31 AM, January 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The small amount of promotion THV gave her in the beginning was lame.

 
At 11:42 AM, January 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do they have to promote? She doesn't seem to add much to the program if you ask me. She seems too intimidated to make conversation.

 
At 3:07 PM, January 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't promote her either. She's gotten better but she is far from good on tv.

 
At 8:47 PM, January 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy watching her on the show. She comes across very sweet, not intimidated. Alyse and Ashley are beautiful and everyone in my office watches the show for then and not Tom.

 
At 9:32 PM, January 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's obviously very smart; you have to be smart to make it through the Miss America system. She's very beautiful too. But I just don't buy her as a news anchor. I don't see the credibility Ashley has. Alyse didn't work her way up through the news markets. Seems to have gotten through on her Miss AR title alone.

 
At 9:00 AM, January 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyse keep up the great work! We love the show and also like the Saturday morning show.
-Viewers in Conway

 
At 9:14 AM, January 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd take the kids at THV over Melinda's face, Allison's screaming, and Chris Candycane's attitude anyday. 4 and 11 are the only good options in Little Rock morning tv.

 
At 9:21 AM, January 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV doesn't promote their morning show at all. It doesn't make sense considering that show has 3 very good, talented anchors. They should cash in on that considering they are not flooded with talent right now. Not sure what they are thinking.

 
At 10:24 AM, January 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only shows they promote are the failing 5, 6, and 10. Not the noon and morning shows that are actually doing well.

 
At 7:56 PM, January 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the morning show on 11 but 5, 6, and 10 have lost me.

 
At 6:06 AM, January 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not sure why thv did not win the ratings with their morning show because that show is fresh and has a great vibe. Tom brings the traditional past,
ashley brings the energy and fun , and Alyse rounds it all out.

 
At 6:30 AM, January 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 won the May and July books. 7 won November. February will be interesting. I will say though that 7 had huge giveaways every single day.

 
At 11:29 AM, January 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's stopping 11 from having giveaways? The excuses are getting old. How about this... 7 won in November. Let's see what happens in February. Quit the bellyaching and get to work.

 
At 2:56 PM, January 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV did win mornings in May and July and Allison was on 7 in July.

 
At 5:12 PM, January 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyse started in August. Maybe she drove viewers away. And THV still does giveaways. They did "11 days of giveaways" during the November book.

 
At 7:27 PM, January 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strongly doubt that.

 
At 8:05 AM, January 23, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did 11 days of giveaways in December, after the November book. Giveaways help, but they don't make the difference.

I think this needs to be said, as a competitor of KATV, in my opinion, you brought your A game in November and DESERVED to win. Yes, you had giveaways, an essay contest etc. but you also had decent content AND really good promotion - Something 11 hasn't had in quite a while. Congratulations on winning November. You won because you wanted it more and you were better prepared.

 
At 11:26 AM, January 23, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:05 Thanks KATV morning show employee

 

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