Monday, July 09, 2012

KARK Weather Guesser Now Available

Thanks to a blog reader we have the info on who is getting the boot at KARK.  According to Darby Bybee's profile at Collective Talent his contract is NOT being renewed. The reason "they are "going in a different direction" and he will not be renewed." Bybee has been with Channel 4 since August 2011. 

61 Comments:

At 10:55 PM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Going in another direction?" I'm sure they are. Going in the wrong direction like their ratings. Way to go there Kellerman.

 
At 8:31 AM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know the guy at all, but I always got an arrogant douchebag feeling from him on air.

 
At 10:01 AM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK management is clueless. They hired Bret, Greg, and Darby to be on staff at the same time and down go the ratings.
Keith was a great hire, but their advertising is horrible.
If they don't get a bump in ratings from the Olympics, then management needs to go. ALL OF THEM!

 
At 11:09 AM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of advertising. Did KARK have a lot of promo fill in the network local avals this past weekend? Their sister station KTAL in Shreveport did so it might be a company thing, not just a KARK thing.

 
At 3:10 PM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kark should move Clausen to AM, hire Chris Kane as it's main anchor to pair with Jessica. Lose Mosler and Hardin and bring in Huckabee from NWA to replace Dee. Make Mosler the weekend met. Make Wess Moore the SD and self promote everywhere and organize focus groups to help. People who watch can help channel 4 with good honest opinions. Use them. The following was my fix!!! Opinions????

 
At 3:33 PM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another candidate for dumbest post of the year.

 
At 4:45 PM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darby is awful and so is Keith...Where did they get these no talent ass clowns?

 
At 6:22 PM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog has a curious tendency to blame bad times on management.
But when things are great all you see are posts about how great the "talent" is.

 
At 7:06 PM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Chris Kane is talented but his actual nrws anchoring is his weak point. He stumbles quite a bit over his copy so I don't think he's best suited to become an evening anchor...at least not right now...

 
At 8:47 PM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't Chris Kane need to stay on the morning show to keep the ratings up? It seems like it would be foolish to make him an evening anchor when he is on a successful morning show.

 
At 8:57 PM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MONEY TALKS!!! B

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

I think most morning anchors would move to the evenings for even a slight pay raise...the morning hours are just brutal even for vets.

 
At 10:41 PM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kark hasn't been #1 since the Carolyn Long days and now they are close to being #4. If KLRT beats 4, it is time to tear it all down except for JD.& Wendy. They are their money people!!!!!!

 
At 11:06 PM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just clean house and start over.

 
At 11:51 PM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that Jessica and Wendy are keepers and everyone else is replaceable!!!

 
At 2:20 AM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica looks like a high school cheerleader, not a news anchor!!!

 
At 2:26 AM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think she went to the same broadcasting school as Tracy Douglass.

 
At 3:50 AM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Jessica has a good tv look, but not for evenings. Her style would be great on a morning show. She just looks more like a happy talk girl.

 
At 8:22 AM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morning show hours are better if you have kids. Otherwise if they are in school, you would never see them.

 
At 10:11 AM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK investigative????? Why do they feature a cheerleader type to ask the "tough" questions in their ads. She doesn't have the look to be taken seriously for hard news.

 
At 12:14 PM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous TD said...

Why all the hate for the Deanster?
There was something about her that KATV liked to hire her. Also, she was promoted while she was at KATV.
Stop being jealous and look at her on a professional level.

By the way, SHE IS THE HOTTEST WOMAN ON TV IN THIS MARKET.

 
At 12:49 PM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV people are NOT anti-Dean. She was always popular here and people understood why she left.

 
At 1:39 PM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is this new social media reporter on KARK in the mornings? She seems to be plugged in and knows the social media jargon, but she always seems so nervous and stumbles and fumbles over her words. I'm sure over time she'll settle in and provide something worth watching. Someone at 4, please ask her to slow down a bit and breathe. This is a nice feature but you spend the segment trying to figure out what she's saying instead of listening to her report.

 
At 4:34 PM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prettiest woman on LR tv? Jessica Dean?! Wow you must be her husband. She's not even in my top 5.

 
At 5:28 PM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth Hunt is the best looking. She needs to be on the evening newscasts and not munoz.

 
At 8:02 PM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth is ordinary. Great body but plain face.

 
At 2:05 AM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Dean is a great asset to KARK-she become a comfortable fit on the anchor desk...and she and Bob make a goos team. Jess might not of wanted to leave KAtv, but she had a long line in front of her to get any type of similar promotion. Speaking of her husband....she could have done much much better. She def married down.

 
At 6:17 AM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Dean is a fine person, I'm sure. She needs some coaching from the TV anchor training school. She has a very tense, nasal tone, and she screams at the camera. What is it with people who yell at the camera? Can you not understand that you're yelling into my home? Of course, most of the blame goes to management at Channel Four who--based on the on-air product there-- is not spending a dime on anchor coaching.
Kudos to KARK's reporter field, though. I think it's strongest in town, followed by Fox, followed by seven, followed by 11.

 
At 7:05 AM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it when Alyson Courtney screams into the camera... Makes me think of her screaming in my bed.

 
At 10:29 AM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear god, please just tell me that the summer cereal/diaper drive is finally over. You wonder whey THV's morning show is tanking?

 
At 11:55 AM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want 11 to just run a promo they are community minded but not actually do something to help your communities. Oh wait, that would be copying 7.

 
At 1:25 PM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might not be a bad idea. They are number one.

 
At 1:37 PM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jess is getting better communicating with the audience, but the hair is so distracting.

 
At 3:14 PM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the previous poster, the hair is too much. Has Ms. Dean thought about a change?? It is definitely needed to help the newscast and the ratings!!

 
At 4:42 PM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone explain this? Do they not pay much at fox so that their lead anchor has to sell make up on the side and draft others? Pyramid scheme, hello? https://www.facebook.com/DonnaTerrellRF?filter=1

 
At 7:54 PM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost want to give Donna the benefit of the doubt and assume that this page was created by someone other than her....I hope anyway because if it is her she loses serious credibility and who really needs more reasons not to watch Fox 16 News?

 
At 9:35 PM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like someone is getting bitten in the rear by the switcher on KARK news lately and for some reason, on some stories, the talent is looking at the wrong camera; on-the-street reporter cameras over exposed (hot), etc.

 
At 10:50 PM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's Donnas page alright. The woman has no class.

 
At 11:37 AM, July 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of KTHV, Meredith has disappeared from the newest wx promos and Sara is in them. Is that the end of Meredith at KTHV .

 
At 12:12 PM, July 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greg Dee needs to stay as chief weather guesser. Darby is just odd and I can't even remember the new chief mets name. Call me weird but I miss Harry Bounds. He was fun.

 
At 12:51 PM, July 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Yakobian would be a great addition for channel 4 . His connections with storm spotters during severe weather and his personality would be a great fit.

 
At 1:38 PM, July 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's play all star anchor/reporter in LR.

Inman
DScott
Steve Sully
Barry Brandt

Alyson Courtney
Tom Brannon
Chris Kane

Pederson
Goins
Tagert


News Director?
EP?
Producer?

 
At 2:18 PM, July 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inman
Dean
Sully
Dee

Suares
Brannon
Mosler

Britney
Pederson
Susanin

Kellerman

 
At 2:44 PM, July 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Yak to four could work, but they'd have to give him the morning job or the chief met title.

 
At 5:58 PM, July 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems 4's chief met is getting his vacation in before darby moves on...

 
At 12:12 AM, July 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Clausen at 4. He's been doing this long enough that he shouldn't have so many stumbles. Here's a tip, Bob - quit ad-libbing. You can't do it well and it's distracting. Jessica, do something to your hair - thin it out, layer it, cut it - something other than what you have right now. Snavely - we know you came from Arizona State and the big rivalry in the state is Arizona. Quit talking about the Red Wolves so much. It won't happen here and the majority of your viewers could give a sh*^ about Jonesboro or Gus Malzahn. Do your research, compare the two programs over the years. They're not worth the time you give them. The station has a great brand in the Razorback Nation. You should expand on it. Keith Monahan is a likable guy. Darby has a long way to go and Greg Dee is an excellent Meteorologist. Producers, Directors - work hard to have a clean show. Your mistakes on rolling tape is killing you. Leave the mornings in place - very few viewers watch you anyway.

 
At 6:15 PM, July 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARKs social media reporting is terrible. Can u seriously not figure out fb and twitter. Better not to use social media at all than to alienate your audience by asking for input and opinion only to completely ignore it.

 
At 1:40 AM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not bring either Chris May or Greg Hurst back for instant cred and rating that it would bring. Kark needs to spend some money on talent that would.attract not detract. Jessica and one of those guys would be great teamed with Wess Moore as the SD. Laura Huckabee could do weather. WOW!!! Shades of the 80's. when they kicked katv's butt. Jessica needs a bouncy bobbed do!!! Not thinned or layered, but bobbed to the jaw like Carolyn Long. These are just suggestions for the station which could do so much better
Long

 
At 1:45 PM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurst or May????? That would be interesting!!

 
At 1:53 PM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica AINT cutting the mop.......

 
At 5:10 PM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hurst and May??? Are you kidding? You really think Nexstar would spend the money on them? You are in a dreamworld. Besides, quit living in the past. Why not just bring back Carolyn Long too and bring back the old "4" desk. Maybe Ron Sherman or Vic could join them too and draw Gusty. Yes, I know that was channel 7, but as long as we are dreaming.

 
At 5:45 PM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea about Carolyn Long. She would've a great mentor to Ms. Dean, in the newsroom and in the style dept.

 
At 9:09 AM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous TD said...

Did the old "4" desk have red shag carpet on it? That was way in the past.
Sometimes we must look forward.
There is a perfect storm brewing in this state. The Razorback program is distancing itself from Central Arkansas and vice versa. There is a growing impatience with the continued mediocrity of Razorback athletics while the demand for more money from fans grows. People are looking for a lower cost winning alternative.
If the Razorbacks stumble along and the Gus Bus gets rolling, look out.
Will the Red Wolves ever be as big as the Razorbacks? Probably not in my lifetime, but the winds of change are blowing.

 
At 10:04 AM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was joking about the "4" desk and the anchors too. My point is, stop living in the past. It's not the anchors or the sets of the past that were great. It was the commitment to NEWS, not sales. Commercial breaks are now MUCH longer, limiting content and products and services are finding their way into news broadcasts. It's the wrong way to do business. One day, the TV stations are going to wonder why no one watches anymore and it will be from their own doing. That's why a lot of the quality people that worked during the good days are getting out of the business. That itself feeds the problem. Now we have nothing but kids in the newsrooms. Who is going to be the true watchdog? It's not these people. The most important aspect of democracy is a well informed public. Fox News and MSNBC aren't helping this. In fact, they are slowly killing the industry. Please, for those of you still in the business, fight for what is right. Restore quality to broadcast journalism. If it's just a job for you, do something else.

 
At 1:29 PM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop living in the past. The age of good quality broadcasters is gone. It's all about hiring the cheapest folks not the ones qualified. Keep remembering the good ol days...cuz they aren't coming back!

 
At 9:08 PM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way I see it, local tv news as we know it (and for those of us who work or have worked in it) is dying. That's why the stations can hire people to work for peanuts. Why turn on the news at 6 or 10 when you have instant access to the latest information on Twitter, Facebook, etc? Within a few years, I think local tv news departments will cease to exist.

 
At 6:54 AM, July 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't anyone mentioning Meliinda Mayo as a candidate for KARK weather guesser? Not that you can take her seriously even as a met. In that case she would be great to host a show, she does that well...

 
At 10:09 AM, July 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because she isn't crazy enough to go back to KARK.

 
At 8:09 PM, July 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going in another direction is right. The only direction he could go from KARK is up.

 
At 11:36 AM, July 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he and Brett are going to leave town together....

On tv he comes across as weak not sure of himself.

 
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