Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Weekend Tryout?

KATV reporter Katherina Yancy is at the anchor desk this weekend for KATV.  With Heather Crawford leaving pretty soon some would think this is a tryout for the weekend anchor position.  Yancy joined KATV last year after working at KTHV for many years.  

UPDATE: Sunday 7.29
Looks as though KATV reporter Roger Susanin is anchoring today's newscasts.   

128 Comments:

At 4:01 PM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SI!
SI!
OH MI DIO!
SI!

 
At 5:34 PM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they are just filling in. If it's really between those two I'd pick Rodger.

 
At 6:37 PM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the Drippings of Mezcal, I can't understand why this individual is doing news on teevee. A pox on KATV for prolonging her "career"!

 
At 6:56 PM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't be so hard on Katherina. It was her FIRST time anchoring. Roger would do a good job but I think he's better suited to be a morning show and 7 doesn't need that. He should leave if he can.

 
At 7:42 PM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that Roger is much better RIGHT NOW, but Channel 7 would be smart to give Katherina the job. She is from Arkansas and if you gave her time she would do a GREAT job. Roger is from New York City and would leave Little Rock in a New York minute if he got an offer from a bigger market.

 
At 8:13 PM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but she was horrible. I've seen college tapes that were better than that.

 
At 8:18 PM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I agree. That was painful to watch.

 
At 10:14 PM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hadn't watched Roger on the desk before but did tonight because 4 is delayed. He seems decent....compared to Katherina he's Walter Cronkite.

 
At 10:15 PM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Heather going? I thought I heard something about FL, but I might be mistaken.

 
At 10:24 PM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. He looks a little older than normal...but still pretty damn young.

 
At 10:52 PM, July 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, he looked older. Normally he looks 16 tonight 20!

 
At 12:45 AM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katherina was BORING. It was like she was reading me to sleep. Roger was good, but he probably will take off for the North very soon...rumor has it he refuses to sign contracts. I say give Matt Johnson a shot. Either that, OR pick up one of 16's soon to be jobless anchors HA.

 
At 8:15 AM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll try to be as constructive as I can be in my criticism of Katherina. Horrible!

 
At 9:23 AM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never met Katherina but I can't imagine she speaks like that off camera. She must be one of those people that suddenly turns to stone when the camera turns on. That might have been the worst job of anchoring I've ever seen.

 
At 9:37 AM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was like watching a plane nosedive into the ground in super slo-mo.

 
At 11:21 AM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK we get it. Kat struggled. I think we can stop beating that dead horse.

 
At 11:33 AM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

struggled??....and the Grand Canyon is just a pothole.

 
At 11:34 AM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kat has an anchor delivery better suited for newspaper work.

 
At 11:54 AM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO.

 
At 12:08 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe they could hire one of the extra Zombies from The Walking Dead to add some personality to the anchor position.

 
At 12:30 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam Smith was a wet mop for many years, but somehow hung on to the weekend desk.

 
At 12:37 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a reason Pam hung on to that job for years, and it wasn't talent. But even she was way better than what we saw on Saturday. I don't know if it was nerves or what but Katherina was not good at all.

 
At 12:50 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's a clone!!!!!! Long hair in her face and eyes: DISTRACTING!!! That being said, would you rather have an Osmond family member doing the news. Kat can get better with a makeover and lots of practice. Roger is looking for a bigger market offer!!!!

 
At 1:00 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if she'll get better or not, I doubt it though. You ether have it or you don't and from what I saw she doesn't. That being said, this isn't the place to try and get better at anchoring. That's what small markets are for.

 
At 1:00 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go ahead and give it to Ms. Yancey, Roger is moving on up, to the top. Let her go ahead an get the experience she needs now instead of later.

 
At 1:35 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at Sara Fortner, she is getting better with more experience. Her first weathercast, deer in headlights, was terrible. Kat will get better!!!!

 
At 1:41 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really doubt it. Look at her reporting. She has the same bland, no personality delivery there and she's been doing that for a few years now. She's just not good on air.

 
At 2:19 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not the place to cut your teeth! Send her to Fayetteville if she wants to learn to anchor. On second thought, how about you let her stay behind the desk and see THV win the weekend ratings! I agree with the above poster, although the bland personality is not as noticeable during her reports.

 
At 3:16 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Matt Johnson would make a really good weekend anchor. I watched him anchor the weekend broadcast a few weeks back, and he was very smooth flowing and articulate. Even though he's from Los Angeles I think he'd stick around for a while.

 
At 4:07 PM, July 30, 2012, Blogger andy said...

"Back in the day"...yeah, that day...when we were all about journalism, KARK and KATV dominated the airwaves, not just in Little Rock, but across Arkansas and beyond. ALL of the personel were well paid back then, not just the anchors. I've been out of it a long time, but I remember anchors making six figures and good reporters making up to 40 and 50 thousand.
They were all great talents who could have worked anywhere in the country. The stations may have been in a "small" market sizewise, but performed like major market stations---in some cases better than the "big" boys. They won national (Murrow, AP, UPI, Emmy) awards for newscasts, sportscasts, weathercasts, investigative reporting etc.
And then the bean counters came...and now, unfortunately, Little Rock is a small market training ground for many who would have not been able to sneak in the back door 30 years ago. Look it up if you don't believe.
So the demise of local news goes at most once-great tv news operations in the country...with a few rare exceptions.
By the way, I never had the privilege of working at any Little Rock station--I watched from another market, envying those who had made it to the "top"....Back in the Day.

 
At 6:16 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While all that is sadly true it doesn't change the fact that Kat should never be on the desk.

 
At 8:14 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like Roger as well but anyone who thinks he is "guaranteed" of getting a job in a big market is crazy. He is capable but the sad truth is those jobs are getting fewer and fewer and more and more people are applying. If I was Roger's friend and he actually had a shot at the weekend gig. I'd tell him to sign a contract. Right now he's taking a big gamble.

 
At 8:24 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger is a good reporter, but needs to work on his anchoring skills. I can see him reporting in a larger market, but not anchoring anytime soon. I dislike the idea of internal promotion if the internal is subpar. I come from the East coast, and you'd never see this type of subpar performance. I've seen better anchoring in college broadcasts.

 
At 8:43 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For her first anchoring gig, ina week she'd be better than Pam Baccum. She actually smiled and showed some emotion.

Roger has been doing it for years. But he is also leaving as soon as he gets a job close to Stephanie.

 
At 8:50 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lord, pam baccam is something awful. and the new met is not that great. I feel bad for Meredith Mitchell, is she planning on staying in th biz?

 
At 8:55 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt Johnson is stuck up. He tells reporters in the field he is moving to bigger and better things when his contract is up in a year.

 
At 9:01 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 8:55, I disagree with Matt being stuck up. He is from Los Angeles and I'm sure he'd like to eventually head back West. He's a good reporter and a good fill-in weekend anchor.

 
At 9:04 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam Baccam is horrible but she's still better than Katherina was.

 
At 9:08 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please...Matt is not stuck up. They called TJ Holmes stuck up too and he went from KTHV to San Francisco to CNN to now having his own talk show.

 
At 9:09 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@9:01
you dhaven't heared all the negative things he has said about his coworkers.

He has said he is better than every reporter there. That was back when Stephanie Somoni was there.

I don't know him and thought that was pretty low to talk about every reporter and he didn't even know if I was friends with them.

Everything from bad reporting compared to him to unattractive traits about their bodies or how they acted.

If he goes places, I just hope it is away from here.

 
At 9:18 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@9:09, sounds to me like you're the one trying to cause problems. As I always say "let your haters be your motivators."

 
At 9:21 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny you mention TJ Holmes. This just in:

Former CNN anchor T.J. Holmes was pulled over a mile away from his Atlanta home Monday morning and quickly took to Twitter to document the entire ordeal.

The television personality tweeted a picture of a cop car in his side mirror with the caption "Driving while black ain't no joke."

Holmes did not mention that one of the officers who pulled him over was black.

"This is a damn shame. Officer is literally stumbling over his words trying to explain why he stopped me," Holmes tweeted.

Holmes returned to the micro-blogging site minutes later, telling his nearly 50,000 followers that the officer said he "wanted to make sure [Holmes] had insurance on the car."

With the experience behind him, Holmes jokingly said that he "managed to avoid jail time," but also added that the experienced has "soured" him on Atlanta police.

"Still pissed beyond words right now," Holmes concluded. "But Lord knows I'm not the only this will happen to today."

 
At 9:28 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, I am sure Holmes had a good reason for telling his 50,000 followers.

and as for weekend news. I don't watch it and no one cares about the ratings, am I right?

 
At 9:34 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well TJ is married to a high powered attorney so I'm sure they'll get it worked out.

 
At 9:46 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People do watch weekend news and people do care about the ratings. Just because your station has given up doesn't mean everyone else has.

 
At 10:13 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one is getting the weekend gig overnight. They even have the job posted so there you go.
At least they have people to try out that can do a newscast, just need some polishing if you will. They have the best weekday anchors if you ask me.

The other day Dawn Scott was on the weekend. THV probably has the most 'reporters' in the little rock area and not one is suitable. Not even their permanent weekend reader.
Maybe Max Seigel, he has been there about 5 years. Havent seen him attempt it.

Thats one up KARK has -> Trager!

 
At 11:08 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The good anchors and reporters never stay too long. It's the awful ones that we get stuck with. For the goal-oriented anchor/reporter Arkansas is a stepping stone to a larger market.

 
At 11:35 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Roger is good on the desk especially considering the amount of times he does it. He's relaxed but maybe a little too flip. Kat struggled and I think she should remain as a reporter in LR or go to a smaller market to anchor if that is what she wants to do. Why does everyone assume Roger wants to leave? everyone has a price!

 
At 11:44 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@11:08 You're completely wrong. Many of them are here to stay because they want too. They either have family or other reasons to stay. Maybe they like Arkansas and want to make it home. Not to mention that this market is relatively stable compared to bigger markets where you never wha the future holds and could be fired at anytime.

 
At 11:46 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@11:35, they assume he won't stay because he refuses to sign a contract.

 
At 11:50 PM, July 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@11:44, I respectfully disagree. The good anchors always leave. Name one excellent anchor that has the potential to move to a larger market that has been in Arkansas for an extensive amount of time?

 
At 12:02 AM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do they assume Roger wants to leave? Because he and Stephanie Simoni are dating and he wants to stay with her.

 
At 12:06 AM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not trying to be mean, but the majority of the good anchors are imported from outside of Arkansas. They come, stay for a few years and move on to larger markets. I've worked in talent acquisitions for many years and the only current home-grown anchor that has potential to move to a larger market and be successful is Alyse Eady from KTHV.

 
At 12:20 AM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone has a price? You've got to be kidding! If these kids we're after money they'd get out if TV. As for Roger, if it's true that he is holding out i say good for him. If I have any regrets it's that i didn't bet on myself more when I was younger. Go for your dream whatever the hell it is.

 
At 12:30 AM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger isn't going to stay in Arkansas much longer. He has made it quite clear that he plans on going back East.

 
At 8:05 AM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well he shouldn't stay unless he wants to remain in Arkansas for a long time. Even if he took the weekend job there would be nowhere else for him to move. Scott and Chris aren't going to leave anytime soon.

 
At 11:44 AM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katherina didn't mind moving when she decided not to resign with Channel 11, but her husband didn't want to. Since then they have purchased a house, started a production businees and he has secured a better job. They're real close to their family who live in Little Rock. I think they are comfortable and not moving now that they might consider starting a family in a few years.

Roger is setting himself up.
I have seen him anchor in probably 10 shows in the past 2 weeks. He is gathering new material.
One of KATVs producers told me he has taken a lot of vacation in the past two months, all for interviews.

People not from Arkansas who are not married and have no attatchments have no reason to stay after their contract is up. Especially if they haven't secured an anchor position.

But people like Lauren Scott and Jessica Duff who are married and from Little Rock I think they're sticking around. Justin Lewis and Lauren Clark are from Arkansas but they're single.

 
At 6:41 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had a chance to watch LR news for first time in a while this weekend. Holy. Smokes. Channel 7 news and sports were atrocious (sorry i missed Sully); Channel 11 sports girl is as bad as i've ever seen. Channel 4---that damn running hog is absolutely a joke. Does Channel 4 ever cover anything else other than the Razorbacks? UCA? high school sports?
what i witnessed was bad Market 150 tv.

 
At 7:35 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, not a good weekend to watch.

 
At 7:47 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 11:50, Anne Jansen could have moved to a larger market in a New York minute. I know because I worked with her early in her career. She constantly had agents and headhunters calling and asking for tapes--people from top markets. She had the look, the voice, etc. However, she CHOSE to stay here because she has family here and married someone from here. Not all the good ones move on. In fact, LR does not routinely produce rising stars.

 
At 7:52 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter how "settled" Katherina may be in Arkansas. The fact that you ain't going anywhere anytime soon does NOT an anchor make. That was painful to watch.

 
At 8:19 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@7:47, LR has produced quite a few rising stars...Christina McLarty is a top ranked entertainment correspondent for Entertainment Tonight; TJ Holmes has his own national talk show, and is a former CNN anchor; Kate Sullivan left AR for NYC and became a evening anchor, was a regular fill-in anchor on CBS the Early Show, and is currently the top ranked evening news anchor in Chicago.

 
At 8:35 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate Sullivan was probably the best news anchor to ever come through Arkansas. When she left KATV for NYC, the high ups at KATV were sick about it.

 
At 8:37 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Kate Sullivan. She pretty much started her career in Little Rock. She rose to the top real quick.

 
At 8:49 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Liz is never leaving.

Has Meredith Mitchell been moved to MMJ? I wonder if that demotion will make her get out of the biz?

I saw Jessica Duff today, she looked about as big as Liz.

 
At 8:51 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't even realize Christina Mclarty was from Little Rock. She married and divorced the "Girls Gone Wild" founder and almost married David Arquette but he went back to his ex Courtney Cox.

 
At 8:54 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep hearing rumors that Alyse Eady might become a evening anchor. If she does, I don't know where Liz will go.

 
At 8:58 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Alyse Eady will be the next rising star to come out of Arkansas. She is really good!

 
At 8:59 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't remember no Christina Mclarty. I guess I need to google her.

 
At 9:08 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christina McLarty went HOLLYWOOD!

 
At 9:11 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Heather Crawford going?

 
At 9:40 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz isn't going anywhere. How would she be able to shove her funny lookin kid Cruz in our faces if she wasn't on air? We all know that's her top priority.

 
At 9:45 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather is going to Florida for a family reason. It's a huge loss to 7, but she was always main anchor material.

 
At 10:23 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather will be missed. She's a great anchor!

 
At 11:12 PM, July 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Christina McLarty made me think of KATV's "first female sports reporter". If memory serves me correct they actually ran promo's saying that. She was in Arkansas in the early 2000's. I was at the U of A at the time and I would see her working with the late great Paul Eells. It seems like her name was Kelly Coca. The last time I remember seeing her on the new she anchored a weekend sportscast and messed up really really bad. I remember feeling bad for her.

Does anyone else rember who I am talking about and what ever happened to her?

 
At 5:15 AM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is filled with gossip and personal attacks all the the time. Some of the attacks on here are downright vicious. Often they include comments from people who only know part of the story, and consequently they draw inaccurate conclusions followed with a mean and twisting comment. BUT 9:40 YOUR COMMENT IS BEYOND THE PALE OF ANY DECENCY. It is one thing to attack on-air people, even sometimes falsely, because they are in the public domain, but when someone calls Liz Massey's child a "funny lookin kid," you are more then a gossip monger. Look,
grow up and leave the children out of this, and if you are going to attack a child, man up and sign your sorry name! And no, don't bother saying,"thanks, Liz" because this is not Liz.

 
At 8:29 AM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks fugly gay Barry.

 
At 10:34 AM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And not Barry either. Leave the kids out of it for crying out loud , and if it possible, try to acquire some decency

 
At 12:08 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Decency? On this blog? No way in hell, THV has no class.

 
At 12:16 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you shove your kid down people's throats on your tv station, you are inviting criticism. Liz, Dawn is your superior in so many ways. Do you see her acting like she's the only anchor to have ever given birth? Show some class Liz. And for the record I agree with the previous poster. Definitely not the cutest kid.

 
At 1:02 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! talk about low-- attack Liz with her kid and do it anonymously. It is pretty low when you bully with somebody's toddler. Why not sign your name? Are you afraid the kid might retaliate

 
At 1:25 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Liz!

 
At 4:11 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting, how would anyone asides Liz have such a strong emotional attachment to these comments? Also, why would someone who says is not Liz feel the need to point out that he / she isn't her? Hey Liz, let's get together and make a pretty child this time!

 
At 6:54 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not Liz, but you are such a simpleton go ahead and think I am and continue to make fun of the kid because the simplest of simpletons knows how silly, simple,cowardly, and childish you are. No more defense from me for her child because your comments do not deserve to be dignified with anymore commentary. And anyone with an ounce of dignity knows that .

 
At 7:14 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle Chism stop trying to defend Liz and get back to work. You ain't fooling anyone!

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

And now the herd turns on its own. THV'ers have to be some of the most disgruntled workers in the industry.

 
At 8:11 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never have understood this need to profile anchors giving birth. Who really cares? The above poster is right. you would think they were the first ever to do it. All the TV stations are guilty of this.

 
At 9:58 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not see how anything good can come from this blog. Mean and vicious comments serve no purpose other than to give you bullies a voice... All anonymous of course! You must be miserable people if all you can do is tear down others.

 
At 10:33 PM, August 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the posters on here are from THV so yeah, they're miserable.

 
At 5:44 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne Jansen, big time anchor? Please!

It's a pretty simple reason why anchors and their children are made part of the TV experience. The image-makers want people to think that your local anchor is just like you--giving birth, having sex, putting on pants, etc. They think that you think TV anchors are "above" you. In truth, most on-air people are some of the most insecure, screwed-up people you'll ever meet.
The only people who are worse are the producers and management.

 
At 6:15 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have any problems with Liz other than she starts most of her stories with the word, "Wool." She's trying to say, "Well," also an unnecessary word but apparently doesn't know the difference.

She also can't say the word "wildfire" without sounding like a hick. It's not "wall-far."

Jeez...

 
At 9:46 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How on earth do you become a "producer" in local tv? Do you start as a "cameraman/woman" then get promoted to "director" then promoted to "producer?"

What does a tv "producer" do? Do they do the same thing a motion picture "producer" does?

What a joke.

 
At 10:02 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are not "producers" in any normal sense of the word. They are quite simply script writers and time keepers.

Producers in the motion picture world are the money guys/gals.

Producers in the production world are the point men/woman and the client contacts. They may, or may not do all of the work on projects.

 
At 10:05 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope, they are not promoted from any of those positions. They are entry level jobs most of the time, and make very small salaries.

 
At 10:17 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a funny word for what they actually do in TV news, but that's what we call them.

 
At 10:25 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually good producers, the ones that can handle the stress, handle the egos, write well, time well, and be creative, are extremely hard to find. Yes, some are entry level, but it is how you develop them that is key.

 
At 10:49 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's true. But most of the time they end up in management, or in the production world by the time they are developed. The pay is so stinking low that it doesn't make a lot of sense. If you look around the newsroom, the average age is probably 24.

 
At 10:55 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I agree with 10:25, but I don't understand how that refutes anything anyone else said.

10:02 said it correctly, albeit with a slight tone of negativity towards the local news variety of the term.

The original question is what does a producer do, and how does one become one.

 
At 10:58 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You prouduce a newscast. You apply when there's an opening.

 
At 11:25 AM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are not real producers. The sales staff has more in common with real producers than "news producers"

 
At 4:58 PM, August 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great news producer has some key attributes:
great writer, news hound (they’re informed, they know what’s happening in the news cycle), build memorable moments into a newscast (not just a show stacker), help reporters and anchors enhance their storytelling, be part of selecting the best video for their shows, be calm and in command in the booth, and manage breaking news like a pro. There have been and probably still are a few legit news producers in LR.

 
At 9:55 AM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all the ones I see are just show stackers, and they get very upset if anything changes. And then they realize it's never going to be perfection, and they leave the business.

 
At 12:04 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's because you work at THV.

 
At 12:39 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked in the Little Rock market in the late 1990's and I can say if you have an average producer, sure you are not going to respect what they do. However, if you have a great one like I did at that time, you realize their value. I always felt more confident when he was in the control room. He never lost his control and was constantly communicating with the talent. He made me better on the air and I appreciated it. Of course, we hired producers, not show stackers.

 
At 1:00 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most all are show stackers. This is not their fault though. Why would anyone with the skill and talent that we all agree would make a great producer do it for the money they make? It's silly. No one that smart would work for so little.

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

You get what you pay for. If all you pay is 25 to 30 grand a year for a producer, you will get that caliber of a producer.

Anchors complain about them all the time, but I never see them offer a portion of their salaries to pay for a better one.

 
At 7:32 PM, August 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really think producers were paid better in the 90's and early 2000's. NO. I think they just had a better work ethic.

 
At 10:17 AM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You get what you pay for!!!! Thats all I have to say. I was an experienced producer who loved it, but you can't support a family in the little rock market. Avg. career of a producer here is 4-5 years. They go to get better paid jobs than anchors at PR and advertising companies. I did.

 
At 6:10 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right. Living as a producer in this market is like taking a vow of poverty. No reason to put up with it.

 
At 10:50 AM, August 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:17 and 6:10

I agree with you 100%. I was barely scraping by on a producers salary in Little Rock. It's amazing what a move down I-30 west can do. I got a higher paying producers job. That job lead to other much higher paying opportunities. Now I can't believe I actually survived on that jinky little pay.

 
At 6:40 PM, August 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid is as stupid does. If you are dumb enough to work for that money, you are probably not too bright to begin with.

 
At 8:58 PM, August 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I go to this blog frequently...one thing that strikes me is the infentile nature of how a handful of chicken shits always take the subject down to the level that is not fitting for adults employed by news/media outlets. Just like this thread. Check out how Katharina has been blasted. It was really her first time to sit on the desk, and word has it scripts weren't even compiled by air time. I've worked in this market a long time and have seen people that could barely get through their first few shows go on to make successful careers...and like the vicious tones taken between KATV and THV....Face the truth. KATV has been a real player in LR for many many years. In recent years though THV raised the bar for themselves and grew to be a real competitor. That has been good for this market, pushing all properties to deliver extremely competent product. KLRT has the lowest ratings but still delivers a newscast that would eclipse those in markets of similar size. The handful of turd buckets on this blog that attempt to defile their competitors only defile themselves. Recently several very talented people left THV to settle at ch 7. That has only helped a good station to achieve new heights, and spurred THV to enter their new growth cycle with some green staffers who are only now starting to show a glimmer of their future potential. When someone torches the other stations, they are only showing a lack of knowledge that can only be developed by years in the biz. Over time and through the years, it will become more obvious to these morons that a rising tide lifts all boats. All little rock stations have a degree of dependence on each other and only a child-like mentality would truly wish ill will on the guys across the street. The reason you hear so much bitching about low pay and mistreatment is more of what certain folks bring to the table and less about the fact that TV pays squat when you're starting out. So KATV has a Marketing and News Dir that were at THV before. The same is true for many behind the scenes people and even some on air peeps like Courtney and Katharina. Those hired for their skill are earning a decent living (not huge salaries). Those who yak about 25-30 k salaries are either new to the biz or aren't worth a crap to begin with. So for those who say "if you had to sign your name, it would never get this mean" are exactly right. Or another way to put it is...this blog unfortunately has a handful of unhappy bloggers who have the childish mentality of cat shit. Congrats to Katarina and anyone else who works hard enough to be on LR television (one of the finest mid markets in the nation). Now I'll go back to reading more of your posts that are equal to Joey the cat's crap...Like dissing those who were just bought out by Nextar and may lose their jobs...surely there's plenty of junior high school comments to be made about that. Good thing you have the ability to post in secret...you are afraid of your own worthless shadow... -Mitt Romney

 
At 9:28 PM, August 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow I totally agree with that post. just imagine if the same mentality existed with things like rocket science or medicine with no one realizing the importance of the achievements of their competitors at other companies or other countries for that matter. We'd never get to the moon or live past mid life. Only thing you failed to mention were the attacks on Liz and her child. Sometimes this blog is like the Olympics of dumb- assness.
-Barrack Obama

 
At 10:24 PM, August 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree with everything you just said. However that doesn't mean that Katherina didn't suck.

 
At 11:37 AM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This all goes back to intelligence. Who in their right mind would work for 25 to 30 grand? That is the height of stupidity in today's economy. You'll never have any sort of nest egg with that money, owning a home will be a big challenge too. I really feel sorry for you if you don't have a rich uncle. There are some decent government programs to help you though.

 
At 11:45 AM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's probably also ignorance. Most of these kids come from college where they live on Raman noodles anyway. They tell themselves than can keep living that way for a few years. But normally their friends start driving nice cars, can take trips, and begin to invest in homes. That drives it home (so to speak), and they either jump to a different market or get out of the biz.

 
At 11:48 AM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So very true! I remember a long time back we did a story on government assistance and how it helps the needy. Turns out I qualified! And yes I left the business shortly afterward.

 
At 8:04 PM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Kat today on midday. she did fine.

 
At 12:44 AM, August 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked at channel 7 for a year, started out as a closed captioned operator making 12.00 an hour, then i got so called promoted to the weekend production assistant/asscoiate producer making 8.50 an hour, received benefits. But I couldn't live off that plus waiting tables part time as well as working at KUAR radio station, so I got offered a job at Krispy Kreme for 30,000 plus benefits. When Allan Faulkner found out I was leaving he offered me a producer position since Shilo was leaving, Shilo tried her best to keep me there as well as Pam and the late Anne Presley, but they wouldn't pay me what krispy Kreme was offering, so yes producers don't make squat as well as the reporters in this market, one reporter who eventually became the spokesperson for the legislature was making only 29,000 a year, that is why she left. As for Kat, I went to college with her and she is not a good reporter at all, she wouldn't have passed three of her classes if it wasn't for me and Jerry doing all her work for her since she couldn't figure out how to edit her packages as well as reporting on the most stupidest stuff, like stealing single in the city for her senior project. Kat is boring has no personality and frankly is not a very nice person plus a fame whore, she used to always rush up to anyone famous and snap a picture and put it on her facebook page saying she was hanging out with these people i witnessed this myself when John McCain came to town to talk about Hutchinson getting elected. Please don't put her on the air as an anchor they will live to regret it.

 
At 8:56 AM, August 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go back to making your donuts and stay off the weed.

 
At 9:24 AM, August 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all those complaining about the money - don't take the job! Or quit! It's easy.

Yes the boys and girls upstairs do laugh at you for doing it for so little. Or they think your job is mindless and could be done by a chimp. But you only help their case by accepting the money - because that IS stupid. If it's one thing those folks understand, it's money. And they can't understand or respect someone with so little of it.

 
At 9:49 AM, August 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust me, if you don't take it, someone will.

 
At 2:35 PM, August 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK I watched channel 7 and saw Katharina again. Whoever said she doesn't speak clearly must not know English very well or is just plain prejudice. I simply can't see what you're talking about...Maybe she was nervous on the specific broadcast i didn't see that brings all of this negative stuff. Someone is just jealous of her success or I guess the writers at ch 7 must be somewhat at fault for whatever it is. Nah, it's just prejudice... I prefer THV for my news and don't necessarily think she's that great, but the remarks here are pointless and unfounded. Ch 7 is my second choice and she doesn't drive me away, but the jealous insensative clowns from KATV on this blog would drive away anyone with good sensibility. You all should take a little more pride in yourselves, or just realize you're not network...you're a local tv station with Little Rock people working there.

 
At 5:11 PM, August 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not KATV that's running their mouths off on here. It's THV'ers who think they're cool for cutting down the competition. And I don't believe anyone said she doesn't speak good English. She speaks just fine, it's just how she speaks it is bad. No personality in her delivery at all. It's not as bad in her reporting but on the desk she was way below the level needed to be considered for that job. I've seen a lot of college tapes and honestly, this was as bad or worse than a lot of those. Even if it was nerves, that's no excuse. It doesn't take a lot to realize that she just might not have what it takes for the desk.

 
At 7:11 PM, August 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification. I only watch tv and don't work in the business. It seemed to me that it was KATV employees cutting down their own co worker. I definitely can see a difference in her and Christina. So now if you can explain why would you think it's THV people that are offenders? Thanks again for the explanation. For sure I have never even seen one college tape. I do think Katharina is a little better than she's been described here, but all I know is what I see on the tube and not what is available for hire. Thanks again for responding without the totally negative inference.

 
At 7:16 PM, August 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thought. if people at THV thought she was awful then why would they say so? Seems smarter to say she's great and then let viewers think she's not that great. Just a thought.

 
At 7:57 PM, August 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because they can't say anything nice about their competition at all, even of its a lie. And also saying she was good wouldn't convince anyone anyway. The powers that be don't take anyhi g on this blog seriously so it really doesnt matter how much THV comes on here and trashes everybody. They don't make decisions based on what some random blog populated by your insecure competition says.

 
At 10:42 AM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:44 is right but nothing will change until the current crop of "journalists" grows a pair.


There are still a few medium (about the size of LR) and very small markets where news personnel are members of SAG-AFTRA.
#44 Albuquerque
#52 New Orleans
(#56 Little Rock) Not represented but SAG-AFTRA local available.
#92Tri Cities TN
#116 Peoria
#154Rochester MN
The list of small and medium sized markets represented by unions was much longer in the last half of the 20th century, but owners began busting the unions using backroom tactics and unfulfilled promises to employees.
At my station, the reporters had no union but photogs and engineers were represented by IBEW. Being somewhat naive, as a reporter, I resented union rules that prohibited me from doing my own shooting or editing. Like Arkansas, it was a right- t -work state and the owners convinced the union members that it was stupid to pay dues to the union and get little in return. The photogs left the union and it wasn’t long before IBEW gave up on TV news employees in that market.
At the time photogs were pulling in about 20 grand annually. I was making $12000 a year as a weekend anchor/reporter. Soon after the union busting, photogs were being hired at $8000 a year. Today he would have to make $30,000 to maintain the same standard of living.
An $18,000 annual salary in 1977 (like my photog union buddy) equals $67,000 in 2010.
And my paltry $12000 1n 1977? If I’m doing the same job today, I should be making about $50000 a year.
It is true that many unions in this country dug their own graves with ridiculous demands.
It is also a fact that greedy employees did not consider the consequences of continuing to increase unsustainable benefits that any ordinary worker would consider manna from heaven.
So it has come full circle. Like the sweat shops of the 19th and 20th centuries, tv news enmployees are paid slave wages and threatened at every turn if corporate even “smells” union..
Maybe it’s time for the employees of this godforsaken profession to kick some corporate ass-- before true tv journalism disappears altogether.
Maybe it is time for some “secret underground meetings” of mistreated news people

 

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