Sunday, March 04, 2012

Former Shreveport Anchor on Air Now in LR


A former Shreveport anchor is now on the air in Little Rock. Former KTAL/Shreveport morning anchor Deedra Wilson joined KARK/Little Rock as a general assignment reporter in January. Wilson got started in the business at KTVE/Monroe, LA then worked her way to KTAL. Since then she's work in Nashville, TN...then headed to Beaumont, TX.

51 Comments:

At 5:32 PM, March 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deedra is solid. Great hire by the managers that were let go at KARK.

 
At 7:52 PM, March 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Deedra!

 
At 7:54 PM, March 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you Deedra. You got away from KTAL just in time. It's been a revolving door since you left.

So who all got canned at KARK the other day?

 
At 9:24 PM, March 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deedra, aside from what everyone saying about you (all good), You are Hot!

signed,
Anonymous

 
At 9:38 PM, March 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great!!! Another Pam Smith clone.

 
At 10:24 PM, March 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Great!!! Another Pam Smith clone.

9:38 PM, March 04, 2012

Do you even know anything about her other than what you see in a photo? Get a life.

 
At 10:37 PM, March 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know she is great on the air.

 
At 8:37 AM, March 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hottie!!!

 
At 11:32 AM, March 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone was canned at 4. Someone would have been on here talking about it.

 
At 2:58 PM, March 05, 2012, Anonymous altiou said...

People were canned @ 4. The assistant news director was among them.

 
At 3:02 PM, March 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are Courtney and Pete these days?

 
At 3:44 PM, March 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? Not LaDeedra?

 
At 4:33 PM, March 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to Central Arkansas Deedra! :)

 
At 4:39 PM, March 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now heres a blast from the past. I haven't heard your name in years. Good luck in Little Rock girl.

 
At 6:06 PM, March 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no. J Dean tried to fix up her hair-do tonight and it was an epic fail. Can't somebody help her?

 
At 6:23 PM, March 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All she is needs is a good short hairdo to solve the hair problems and help her credibility issues

 
At 6:28 PM, March 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She needs substance not a hairstyle that distracts from her from the viewer. Would we lie to you Jessica!!!! I think not...

 
At 8:27 PM, March 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deedra should bump out dean in the anchor chair at least for 1 or 2 shows. So much more professional and credible.

 
At 8:53 PM, March 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is also TOO OLD !!!!!!! Bb

 
At 9:05 PM, March 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get why you say that about Jess. I think she rocks!!

 
At 6:03 AM, March 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jess needs tweaked a little. She still has that KATV mentality long hair and a big smile will get me by. Not at almost 4th place KARK. Maybe the new ND will help the station not with people cuts but good haircuts to separate it from other stations..

 
At 3:48 PM, March 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on ya'll, we have noting to complain about. Have any of you seen the on air in some of our neighboring markets? I have and believe me our on air folks are MUCH better looking then the folks in Fayetteville, Monroe and Shreveport. Actually Shreveport does have a couple I would like to see here, but other then that its time to break out the Piggly Wiggly bags.

 
At 5:13 PM, March 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now thats cold there.

 
At 6:19 PM, March 07, 2012, Anonymous Bag2Differ said...

Arkansas does have some hot anchors. Even Dallas has some that are 2-baggers.

2-Bagger (n) - When you put a bag over your head, in case the bag over her head breaks.

 
At 7:53 PM, March 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shreveport has some on-air gals that are glad you only see them waist-up.
And as the guys are concerned... doofy-looking is the main comment. Seriously, some of these TV-folk could benefit from hitting the gym & Slim-Fast.

 
At 6:33 PM, March 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, ya'll are terrible.

 
At 11:53 AM, March 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She does a good job. That's all that matters.

I've seen worse...

Birmingham AL had the FATTEST weather lady I have ever seen!! I was dumbfounded. I guess she was the Station Managers' Wife or something...

Gag..

 
At 9:12 PM, March 09, 2012, Anonymous You All Are Mean said...

It must be nice to sit behind your computers and criticize peoples looks. I would love to see how some of you size up if placed in the same position.

 
At 1:59 PM, March 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a grip! TV is all about how you look and sound. By the way some people appear in podunk-mkts like Shreevsport, you have to wonder how they keep their jobs. Either mngmnt doesn't care or they know they'll not have to pay too much. Look at other TV folks out-of-mkt on the networks...not too many heifers or beer-bellies. TV is a tough biz, those with thin-skins need no apply. And those who want to compete, better start checking the menu more carefully cuz those fat grams add up!

 
At 4:18 PM, March 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are very few big gals in the LR market. So who is everyone referring to?

 
At 5:28 PM, March 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz and Pam Smith. Maybe the big girl at KARK.

 
At 11:27 AM, March 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deedra us the best in the market right now.

 
At 1:32 PM, March 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Deedra.

 
At 2:32 PM, March 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are the prettiest anchors at each station?
1. Fox 16
2. KATV
3. KTHV
4. KARK

 
At 5:48 PM, March 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah yea that's the reason to watch the news. to get your thrills.

 
At 10:52 AM, March 12, 2012, Anonymous Horndog7 said...

The news shouldn't give anyone a thrill. The umpteenth murder in LR, endless gang violence in Pine Bluff, trains hitting cars, toxic spills, tornadoes...

I'd rather hear all this fantastic news from a hotty than a moose.

 
At 12:13 PM, March 12, 2012, Anonymous Dirty Laundry said...

"Got the bubble headed bleach blonde. She comes on at 5:00. She can tell you about the plane crash with a gleam in her eye. People love when people die. Give us dirty laundry."

 
At 1:13 PM, March 12, 2012, Anonymous Don Henley said...

Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down...

 
At 4:47 PM, March 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Kick 'em when their sick. Kick 'em all around."

Ya'll are definitely not Reagan baby's to know this reference. Dirty Laundry is about 30 years old and the words are just as true today as they were back then.

 
At 10:10 PM, March 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stations do crime reporting, wrecks and shootings because it's easy. Just listen to the scanners and got there and report. None actually go out to get a story, it has to be assigned by someone that never gets out of the "Office" to do any work.

 
At 12:38 AM, March 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:10 you don't know what you are talking about. LR has plenty of crime but it is not a scanner driven market. Go to Memphis, New Orleans, or Mobile and you will see far more scanner stories. The stations in Little Rock have some good story tellers. Shame on you if you're not paying attention.

 
At 10:10 AM, March 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So it's scanner stories PLUS the Hogs. That's very in-depth.

 
At 3:21 PM, March 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every market has scanner stories. However, it depends on the individual station and market as to how much or how little they cover. For example, my station only goes out on scanner stories if its a biggie. 60-70% of the time we cover them without leaving the building.

 
At 5:26 PM, March 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:21 and 10:38 are exactly right. I bet if you monitored everyone's top stories for a month you'd see a pretty low percentage of scanner stories. 8:10 is probably a disgruntled ex tv person who swears they would have gone far in the business if 'true storytelling' was embraced. Give me a break.

 
At 9:28 PM, March 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"8:10 you don't know what you are talking about. LR has plenty of crime but it is not a scanner driven market. Go to Memphis, New Orleans, or Mobile and you will see far more scanner stories. The stations in Little Rock have some good story tellers. Shame on you if you're not paying attention."

Apparently you aren't watching any local news. Nearly every first segment on any station in the LR market will have a killing, shooting, robbery or fire story and will be covered by either a talking head or reporter in the field. And yes, it's easy to find. What are the stations going to do for these stories when the LRPD, NLRPD and ASP start transmiting calls in a secure mode. Disgruntled? Yes I am. The low quality news news reporting in this market is appalling.

One thing is for sure. I am not trying to eak out a living working in a newsroom full of prima donnas.

 
At 1:21 PM, March 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pam smith is leaving KATV

http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2012/03/16/pamela-smith-to-take-little-rock-school-post#.T2N8tEbs5sM.twitter

 
At 11:46 PM, March 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:28 you really do sound bitter. You should just let it go. I agree with both posters. Little Rock stations do a little too much crime but there is still a good amount of quality work coming out of LR stations. There were some interesting sweeps pieces in Feb.

 
At 12:13 AM, March 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont so hard on 728. It can't be fun being so angry all the time.

 
At 9:42 AM, March 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are 7:28's remarks?

 
At 3:42 PM, April 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Get a grip! TV is all about how you look and sound."

This comment is indicative of exactly what is wrong with TV news. The news doesn't exist anymore. It's just content to fill up a newscast. Doesn't matter what it is anymore. Doesn't matter about journalistic credibility.

Another Henley quote is appropriate, "Journalism is dead and gone."

But rather than accept that as a fact to be embraced I challenge it. Our incredibly shallow culture is fueling a TV industry that is a circus in the traditional, Roman sense of the word. It's just entertainment to satifsy a complacent populace.

Meanwhile democracy is dying as an industry specifically mentioned in the Constitution, the press, is more interested in how the on-air talent looks than the quality of the content.

And as someone who used to be in the business but wisely fled as fast as possible, I'll say this to anyone who criticizes from afar...

You try to survive, even excel, in that business and see how hard it is before you dare to criticize others.

I know all of this is falling on deaf ears for those who disagree... But oh well...

 
At 4:05 PM, April 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who has worked for years as a reporter and later a news producer & Sr. Editor, I too hate to admit it but todays news about 70 percent showcase & presentation and 30 percent substance. Now having said that, I've worked with some attractive people who were smart and did some good work but sadly they see the pathways and choose those of least resistance. I've worked with folks who weren't telegenic but they made up for it with hard work. But too often they didn't have the audience "Q" numbers and they either got yanked to news support or fired.
It is what it is. The state of real local journalism on TV is pretty much a thing of the past. You don't see stations taking public officials to task like they used to. Heck I worked at a place where the Sr. Producer did an on-camera editorial calling out corrupt officials and demanding their resignations. It opened a can of worms and it had some useful effect.
But today it's all about hairstyle, makeup and pretty faces. That's the nature of the beast. I sat in once on audition research and they did galvanic skin response tests to the focus groups when they showed various demo tapes of different female news anchors. It was quite an eye-opener for me.
Local TV news is mostly about entertainment. Sorry but that's the truth and as uncle Walter would say: "That's the way it is."

 

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