Tuesday, May 01, 2012

KFSM Can's Sports Director...Adios to Sports?...

This from a tipster:

KFSM's Sport's Director John Engleman was let go by the station last Friday. They did not renew his contract and did not tell him until Friday afternoon according to the tweeter account of the Times Record's sports editor Scott Faldon.
@scottfaldon. He also posted today a "Q: Would you watch a local newscast that didn't include sports? Because that might be an option in Fort Smith/Fayetteville before too long."

Engleman's facebook confirms he was let go by KFSM. http://www.facebook.com/johnengleman

26 Comments:

At 11:05 PM, May 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Longtime sports anchor/reporter and former sports director Mike Irwin was also fired on Monday. Mike was VERY connected to the Razorback program and was employed by KFSM for 38 years! KFSM only has only 1 sports anchor on staff, Jonathan Huskey. It seems, at least for now, that he will anchor sports 5 days a week while a news anchor reads sports on his days off.

It doesn't seem that the sports department is completely going away, but this "new direction" that Van Comer is conducting has been/will likely continue to be a growing trend for local TV sports.

 
At 7:55 AM, May 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of weekends ago while in Mobile, Alabama, I caught a station's newscast. The news anchor was reading sports. While giving baseball scores, she said a team scored just one "point". That's what you get when you have a news person doing sports. There is great value in credibility. A station which has news anchors doing sports doesn't have much credibility.

 
At 8:55 AM, May 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is happening in many markets... and to answer his question, most people wouldn't know if it was on or not. People flip off the channel after the first break, and that's the truth.

 
At 12:41 PM, May 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frankly, I could really give a hoot about sports. To me, it is a total waste of time in a newscast.

When I want news, I don't want to have to sit thru stuff that will not matter in 10 years time, much less in a week.

Give me news & weather...

That's all I need...

Considering the way sports-heads act nowadays I would like to see it totally banned. What's the point of winning a game when all the spectators go nuts and destroy everything in sight?

 
At 12:47 PM, May 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok now that we've heard from the kid we all picked on in gym class, let me admit that I agree it's a waste of time in a newscast. People simply don't watch newscasts for sports information or stories.

 
At 7:10 PM, May 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Van and KFSM ownership. What advantage you had over the other stations in the market just went out the window. Does anyone really take 40/29's sports anchor serious? Too bad, John and Mike were respected guys. And no, I am not employed or otherwise connected to any media outlet

 
At 7:54 PM, May 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The decision would make sense if it was Joplin,MO (I.e. No significant sports presence) or a big city whose teams are already covered nationally. But KFSM is half based in Fayetteville freaking Arkansas. While some nerd might claim U of A athletics are insignificant, it's a multi-million dollar business that affects hundreds of thousands of people. Point is it takes more than a glorified photog, which is what this new position they are creating is, to cover it.

 
At 11:15 AM, May 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not like they budgeted to go to the Hog games anyway. Irwin would drive to the Hog/AM game in Dallas the day of and come back after the game. At least they are not acting like they are going to cover sports. Either do it or don't.

 
At 6:31 PM, May 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly!

 
At 9:13 PM, May 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well they have an opening for a local sports director, so I guess that means they'll kinda sort of cover sports? Look for more coverage of local t ball teams. Also look for that to last about 6 months until They realize it doesn't work and they go right back to a normal sports dept.

 
At 11:32 PM, May 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Fayetteville Arkansas, we love the Hogs here!
You're a dominant #1 your ratings go up when sports starts, why change that?

This thing where they don't do as much sports works in markets where there isn't sports.
But this is northwest Arkansas. The Razorback football program is on the cusp of a run at the National Championship for the first time in 50 years, and you fire the guy who covered the hogs for 38 years?

I just don't understand that.

 
At 4:35 PM, May 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike irwin is a class act.He and John didnt do anything but tell the truth.I have watched kfsm for the last thirty years just because of the sports cast and really enjoyed John and Mikes radio-tv talkshow.Will be a 40/29 watcher from now on.Whoever made this decison needs to have a cat scan and check for brain activity.Congrats, because you are now dead last in the local news cast.

 
At 10:39 PM, May 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching a newscast without a Sports segment would be a blessing.

 
At 10:52 PM, May 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, because sports don't matter.

 
At 10:23 PM, May 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the irony,

Mike was brought in by Channel 5 in 1975 because they wanted to bring Fayetteville/NWA into the Fort Smith market, as it was in the Tulsa market at the time.

The idea was that if KFSM had Razorback coverage on every day, that people in north west would start watching them. And it worked perfectly, with in just a few short months NWA moved from Tulsa to the Fort Smith market. Now they are #1, and they are getting rid of a guy who had a key role in putting them there.

 
At 10:34 PM, May 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical of broadcast management wherever you go. Get out now while you are young. This is from someone who has been there, had that done to them. Guess what. I got out.

 
At 5:51 PM, May 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, I'm tired of reading all of the doom and gloom comments on here (likely made over and over again by the same frustrated former reporter). The truth is making it in broadcasting is difficult. You have to be good, you have to be willing to make sacrifices, and you can't put money first. Remember though, for every bitter poster like 10:34 there is a T.J. Holmes, Kate Sullivan, or Chris May out there. I used to work in Little Rock and I'm now in a top ten market making 6 figures. I'm far from a big shot and will likely never be rich, but the point is I am living my dream (make light of that dream if you want). I am writing this only to remind you young reporters and anchors out there that you don't need to give up on YOUR dream. This is a tough business...you have to decide if you're tougher, but don't listen to overly bitter or optimistic blog commenters.

 
At 8:35 PM, May 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspect age discrimination was at play here.

 
At 8:39 PM, May 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@5:51. Most young reporters, if they are any good, use the contacts they make as reporters and parlay those relationships into better paying, employee friendly jobs in other industries. That's what I did and would urge all of them to do the same. Use tv to your advantage and then get the heck out!

 
At 9:19 PM, May 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:39 we get it, for you getting out of the business was the right decision, but for some people who are perhaps more talented and more dedicated staying in TV and moving to a bigger market is the right decision. I doubt T.J. Holmes or Kate Sullivan are trying to get out if TV. Again, I am happy with the choice I made and you are too. I don't think continuously telling young people to do what you did is healthy. You are clearly bitter about what happened to you. If you have really moved on...maybe you don't need to troll TV blogs anymore.

 
At 10:26 PM, May 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a reason that Sports is always last. By that time, everyone has gone to bed. Weather is usually the last thing watched by the average, working household.

 
At 12:39 PM, May 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also suspect Mike not be able to get a long with manny people might have played into this decision too.

 
At 6:34 PM, May 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked directly for Mike for about 4 years. Best boss I ever had. The only people he "didn't get along with" were those that sucked at their job.

 
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At 1:01 AM, June 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a sports fan, but was a Fan of John Engleman. Something about the way he reported made it more interesting and under-standable than others. Who Channel 5 SHOULD have dumped was Darren Bobb he cant put 2 words together wo stumbling all over them!! We dont watch Channel 5 anymore we now watch Channel 40 instead. Signed, Mr and Mrs Dixon, Fort Smith Ark.

 
At 6:35 PM, July 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Irwin is great. He tells it like it is. KFSMs loss. What's up with all the pre-recorded shows. I want todays weather today, not today's weather last night!

 

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