Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Programming Goes to the Hogs.....

All the Little Rock TV stations pre-empted their usual 4pm programming to air the press conference to announce the new University of Arkansas head football coach.  KTHV was the last station to begin the presser at 4pm as the others started coverage a couple of minutes before 4pm.  All stations streamed the press conference on the internet.

Additional: The press conference ended around 4:45pm.  KATV and KTHV went back to regular programming while KARK had its Razorback Nation team continue coverage in recapping the press conference.  Is it me or was KATV and KTHV so ill prepared for this! KTHV has no real sports department...while KATV just dropped the ball.

81 Comments:

At 6:29 PM, December 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did all the local TV news stations in Northwest Arkansas show the conference too? This would make the most since because they would be the most likely to do so.

 
At 6:30 PM, December 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the conference on KLRT-TV "FOX16" out of Little Rock.

 
At 6:33 PM, December 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems KTHV is a ship without an anchor. I can't believe that no sports anchor has been hired since Wes Moore left. Don't watch them anymore because they seem so amateurish, not only in sports, also at 5, 6, and 10.

 
At 6:36 PM, December 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen

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

How exactly did KATV drop the ball? Broke in early, had reporters on the scene and followed up with the main anchor and sports director. They then had full reports on the regular 5 o'clock show minutes later. Your disdain for channel 7 is well known but to say they dropped the ball is just plain ridiculous.

 
At 10:40 PM, December 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@633pm TRUE AND I AGREE!!! Between little taped things from Mark Edwards, and reading "sports" from Anchors, IF ANYTHING IS DONE ON SPORTS makes THV look like a kids production!! Ch 4 KARK ONLY DOES HOGS sports so thats pretty lame on your article. LOL I thought Randy Hankins got booted from UA? Oh I guess that was only from Frank B. FB couldnt stand Randy Hankins aka Craig Oneil. Bout to get that way myself. Such tackyness these days. Seems like he and Dawn are just too chummy for comfort. Anyone find out if her divorce is final yet?

 
At 8:41 AM, December 06, 2012, Anonymous David said...

I watched it on THV only because I recorded Ellen. I agree THV was terrible, it seemed like a couple of amateur guys on YouTube trying to get subscribers. They were a complete FAIL. KARK is clearly the leader when it comes to the Razorbacks.

 
At 9:46 AM, December 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know about that. KATV and Sully broke the story on the new coach and ASU coach leaving on Tuesday. KATV was live in Fayetteville with two crews starting on Monday. They were far above anyone in this market with both big stories of the day. KARK wasn't far behind, but I believe KATV had it first.

 
At 10:57 AM, December 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. KARK was very far behind. When they did finally go with the new coach story, they had to quote ESPN as reporting it. Also, KARK seemed more interested in showcasing its sports reporters rather than covering the actual content of the press conference. Seriously, all you cover is the hogs and that's the best you can do?

 
At 12:26 PM, December 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No local station broke anything. Those days are over. It will always come from national sources because that's where it will get leaked. KATV did a good job but they don't have the Razorback resources that KARK choses to use.

 
At 1:02 PM, December 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was the consumer affairs reporter and the green morning anchor from KATV covering this story? Has Sully been banned from the Hill? You never see him up there and he is the sports director. Poor Eells had to kept the road hot going back and forth.

The people (Steve, Scott, Robert now morning anchor and consumer affairs reporter) KATV has covering sports confusing to me.

 
At 1:23 PM, December 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was jason covering it! Would be like sending deeewaynne graham. KATV's sports department should've been front and center! what's next, 7 gonna have beth hunt doing weather

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

I would dang sure watch Beth Hunt do the weather just like I watch Melinda do weather in the morning!
(.)(.)

 
At 5:15 PM, December 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth Hunt doing the weather? Bring it on!

 
At 6:09 PM, December 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the PC on 40/29 out of NWA. Great coverage. This is Arkansas' up and coming station IMO/

 
At 8:16 PM, December 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE the KATV haters. Truth is, Pederson can report circles around anyone in the market.

 
At 10:10 PM, December 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pederson doesn't have any credibility reporting real news.much less sports news.where wuz the sports staff.just stating the truthso the truth must hert..

 
At 10:38 PM, December 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a waste of electricity and manpower to have so much coverage of a football team and their new leader. Wonder how long this one will last. You can be that Old Frank was getting his behind kissed by many at that ceremony.

At least the stations took a break from showing all the killings, bank robberies and muggings in the Little Rock area for a day.

 
At 12:17 PM, December 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this new coach fiddles around for three years, gets fired, and leaves with 7 million in the bank. Winning!

 
At 1:59 PM, December 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth Hunt doing the weather? Winning!

Jason P is the best, yet most underutilized talent in the market.

 
At 2:44 PM, December 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly the above poster works at KATV. Both of their statements are laughable.

 
At 4:09 PM, December 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I laugh when people wonder why the Razorbacks ate covered to the extent they are. It's not news, it's sports. That is soooo wrong. Its one of the largest business in Arkansas. If there was an event in the state that 70,000 people showed up for it would be the lead story in every newscast.

 
At 5:43 PM, December 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly. If you think this shouldn't be covered the way it was rmthen you clearly don know your market and shouldn't be anywhere near a tv studio.

 
At 2:39 AM, December 08, 2012, Blogger Glen Hicks said...

Isn't Jason P. from WI?

 
At 7:27 AM, December 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something newsworthy? The 70,000 people who pay big bucks to watch a team lose. Over and over again. Thank you for reminding us that we live among simpletons. Now that's a public service.

 
At 1:03 PM, December 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Something newsworthy? The 70,000 people who pay big bucks to watch a team lose. Over and over again. Thank you for reminding us that we live among simpletons. Now that's a public service."

Said the guy who played flute in high school and was made fun of by all the athletes and cheerleaders.

 
At 3:52 PM, December 08, 2012, Anonymous Loss Hog said...

Said the sucker who paid all those big bucks to watch losers? Sorry if you have to justify that. I'll pay to watch a team play if they actually have a chance of winning a game before the next presidential election.

 
At 10:46 PM, December 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why spend money to see the Razorbacks lose in person when I can watch them in high-def on Today's THV?

 
At 10:49 PM, December 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made the post at 1:59 PM, December 07, 2012 and I'm not a TV station employee.



 
At 8:13 AM, December 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. Jason P is from WI. That's why he was up there.

 
At 4:37 PM, December 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like their might be an opening at a local radio station for a morning co-host. Craig? Tom?

 
At 4:51 PM, December 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't raise our hopes 4:37. Getting rid of Craig and Tom would be one of the greatest things this market has ever experienced.

 
At 5:23 PM, December 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Tom, and enjoy watching him in the mornings.He is a great guy who does a lot for the community,and I think the viewers appreciate what he does.

 
At 6:40 PM, December 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Tom is friends with Heather so it would work out nicely.

If I were a Jedi, I would mind trick Tom into doing this.

 
At 11:32 PM, December 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather, TB and Pool Boy. Sounds sickly, but Tom could be the old fart there, too.

 
At 11:40 AM, December 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK taking a beating on FB about pulling the plug on DC coverage. Weird decision.

 
At 10:42 AM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So are the rumors true about Dawn Scott had an affair with Niel Summerlot back when he was doing sports for THV and is also why he left for KARK because of Niel Summerlot's wife who does the Moring show on THV was always fighting with Niel at work.

 
At 12:19 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neal's wife Ashley Blackstone ran him off. She used to talk to him like he was a piece of dirt. None of us around the station at the time were shocked he divorced her.

 
At 1:28 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News is THV is close to hiring a new news director. Announcement coming soon.

 
At 1:38 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard that too. They apparently have it narrowed down to a very select few. They need someone in there ASAP....

 
At 1:47 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:28 .... Is it Mark Raines? If so, he would make a good hire. Or maybe we should call him a re-hire

 
At 2:34 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark would be a nice fit. I know there are many people that would welcome him back with open arms.

 
At 3:20 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chism? She is running the show anyway.

 
At 3:24 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There have been several candidates vying for the spot.

 
At 3:43 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark would be the best fit since he knows the market and he consulted KATV for 2 years, but stranger things have happened at KTHV.

 
At 3:46 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:43 I so agree with you. Anyone else in the market they are considering?

 
At 3:53 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are they wanting to hire local or get new blood?

 
At 3:55 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the news director have the power to say "You're fired"?

They need a lot of that at Yesterday's THV.

 
At 4:25 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing they can do is go with a proven commodity, Raines has proven in the past to be a really good ND. However, he did leave a few years back under the Audas regime. There will be changes if ANY New ND is hired.

 
At 4:28 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Change is needed but BRING Raines back!

 
At 4:32 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Raines sure has been doing some campaigning on here lately. Hate the burst his bubble but he's not in the final 2.

 
At 5:31 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashley used to scream at Neil in the newsroom. They were the strangest match from the beginning. Rumor is she blames Dawn for the divorce even though everyone just assumed she was crazy.

 
At 6:00 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont live in LR anymore an really don't talk to either much anymore but if I were you I would keep my mouth shut. If you only knew the things I know about Neil that Ashley doesn't even know. That girl saved both his and Dawn's reputation on so many levels. I know this because many thins never and have never gotten out. There is a great deal about him that very few know. And seriously, who cares? It's none of anyone's business.

 
At 6:02 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:32 Who are the final two news director candidates?

 
At 6:05 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard they flew in several candidates from across the country. Where were the others from?

 
At 6:07 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some guy from Larry Audas' new station was in for an interview.

 
At 6:11 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry Audas' station? Really, that's interesting. What does he do there now that he would be leaving?

 
At 6:19 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe he is the station's current EP in Greensboro.

 
At 6:21 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares about all of this! When do ratings come out? Isn't it about time! Who is gonna win?

 
At 6:25 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashley's situation is exactly what happens when you desperately throw yourself at a guy. Ladies be warned.

 
At 6:43 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard rating numbers are out.

 
At 6:46 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh really, of they're out 6:43 do share! We all know what they are going to say.

 
At 8:04 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ratings will say "Beth Hunt rules and last week's THV drools."

 
At 8:49 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of this stuff about Dawn and Ashley had to be written by a Last Year's THV reporter, because it is confusing, doesn't tell the whole story, and grammatically incorrect.

 
At 11:42 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hardly need to explain what te ratIngs will look like. YouNever know though, there could be some suprises

 
At 11:51 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesn't mark raines deserve it? He does!

 
At 11:55 PM, December 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is Katherina leaving ch?

 
At 3:23 AM, December 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ch 4 is gonna suprise you. Just YOU wait.

 
At 3:48 AM, December 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 has made a lot of switch ups to their shows recently. It may just happen! Have you been watching? Some stuff is pretty good. I like Bob.

 
At 10:54 AM, December 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Greensboro EP turned down the THV ND job and something happened with the 2nd choice.

 
At 6:01 AM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found Raines to be a brooding, border-line bi-polar chap who was fond of holing-up in his office with the door closed and only came out to chew people out.

I also wasn't aware he "consulted" at Channel 7.

Pure bollocks...

 
At 9:22 PM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"Ch 4 is gonna suprise you. Just YOU wait."

3:23 AM, December 12, 2012

You mean they are actually going to start covering more things happening than homicides, wrecks and the Hawgs That WOULD be a surprise.

 
At 9:32 AM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA is doing a memorial fund for Matt Turner on this coming Tuesday with Chick-fila .
Other than the week of his death THV has basically forgotten him and dont even invite his wife to the THV Christmas party.

 
At 10:44 AM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV spent a week on his death.

 
At 10:49 PM, December 14, 2012, Blogger John S. Young said...

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At 10:52 PM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this coach does not produce, old Frank will pink slip the coach and the ath-a-let-ic director and show them the door.

 
At 10:57 PM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:32 is a instigating whore! And they are wrong too. Leave what you don't know anything about alone and go find someone else to badger.

 
At 6:41 PM, December 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL.. for some reason, I see Ron Burgundy writing the 10:37 comment.

 
At 6:41 PM, December 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:57...

 
At 9:28 PM, December 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay classy, Little Rock.

 
At 9:08 AM, December 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes THV spent a week on Matt Turner during the week of his death to keep the stations appearance looking like they care about him and then after that week he was basically forgotten at THV. I could tell last night Craig O'neil was embarassed when reading about how much money KNWA has raised for Matt Turner memorial and THV has done nothing after the week of his death .

It not surprising that nobody wants to work that station and it explains alot why KATV has the best ratings the people on air seem real not fake like THV's horribly written segements .

 

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