Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tip: KTBS Sports Director Leaving

This from a tipster:

Tim Fletcher departs KTBS Friday. Search for new sports director begins.

62 Comments:

At 2:59 PM, March 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTBS is losing the best sports anchor the market has had. A big loss. Major mistake by management not find a way to keep him.

 
At 3:50 PM, March 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I here he's going back to 6 for 150k

 
At 9:42 PM, March 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, what, WHAAT!!! If that's true then where's Brandon Dunn going?

 
At 9:51 PM, March 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way. Is this for real?
What's the deal with that Peewee Herman bow tie Fletch was wearing tonight?

 
At 10:11 AM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the Wray's have 150K to keep Fletch?

 
At 11:11 AM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let him go; he's not that great. I think he would rather be a comedian than a sportcaster, anyway.

 
At 11:46 AM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Nexstar is willing to pay Fletch 150K for 5 minutes in 2 newscast, then what are they paying Jacque and Nick for 30 minutes in 3 newscasts?
So is Fletch going to be the new KTAL sports reporter? I was just on the KTAL website, and I see the picture for that position has been taken down.

 
At 12:00 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

150K in this mkt... insane given the fragmentation of audience. Somebody is making something up. What about KTBS's no-compete clause?

 
At 12:10 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like a bunch of bull. Even if it isn't 12:00 is right. Everyone has a no-compete clause now days, however, Fletch moved straight from KTAL to KTBS before they started inserting those clauses into people contracts. I wonder if that clause never made it into his contract?

 
At 12:29 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second that bull. Even if Fletch is going back to KTAL there is no way Nexstar will pay him 150K. They may if he were going to WHAG in the #8 Hagerstown/Washington DMA, but not for KTAL in the #82 Shreveport/Bossier/Texarkana DMA.

 
At 1:00 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perry Sook pays no one $150,000 a year....No one!

 
At 1:23 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My brother works at KTBS. Apparently Fletch is difficult to work with and seemed to think he was irreplaceable. I don't know about channel 6 or 150k , seems highly unlikely. .

 
At 1:57 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$150K in this Market!!! Somebody is sipping some funny Kool-Aid if they believe that. KTBS reportedly used to pay former anchors close to $100K but that was only after they were in place for 10+ years. And after a few years, management needed to cut costs and would force them to resign. At KSLA I think Karin Adams was the highest paid but she supposedly topped out at around $87K. Those days are long gone in this market. If you get anything close to $100K, consider yourself lucky or related.

 
At 2:25 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a load of old s@#t! None of our local anchors and reporters have ever made 150K. Fletch may be making 150K from both of his combined jobs, but not solely from his sports directors job. Guess we will find out Friday.

1:23 PM Your brother is spot on.

 
At 4:20 PM, March 14, 2013, Blogger Mark Currey said...

wonder why this "Anonymous" cat was the only one who had anything to say... (if you can't own your comments you should probably keep them to yourself)

 
At 4:47 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Burned out Broadcaster said...

Whatever.

So is Fletch really leaving or what?

 
At 5:24 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$150k? You really think any station in this market would pay that anymore? Give it five years and every station in this market will pay slightly above minimum wage. Or indentured servitude. My money is on the latter option.

 
At 5:24 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$150k? You really think any station in this market would pay that anymore? Give it five years and every station in this market will pay slightly above minimum wage. Or indentured servitude. My money is on the latter option.

 
At 6:00 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Fletcher himself is the anonymous who posted the $150k Salary offer. Probably in an attempt to make viewers believe the move was beneficial instead of forced .

 
At 6:12 PM, March 14, 2013, Blogger Tim Fletcher said...

yo, home-slices. i was not forced out. i have not been offered a job at either of the competing stations--although, for $150K...i would have to consider it, despite the pay-cut.

Hey, anonymous... who is your "brother" by the way? Would like to say good-bye, if possible!

 
At 9:35 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about KTBS's no-compete clause?

That is a moot point. It has been tested and tried in many right to work states.

Management tries and scares Anchors into thinking that they will sue you if you show up at a station across town but as many cases where the tv stations tried to sue, it usually gets thrown out because you cannot deny someone the right to work.

Happened to 2 Weather people that I know.

 
At 10:15 PM, March 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fletch, Anonymous doesn't have the gumption to tell you who his brother is lol. Old George is getting rid of all the one's he should keep. That Christi and whoever the guy is in the morning need to go. They can't say two words without looking at each other like they are the only ones around, I stopped watching in the morning and watch KSLA, watch KTAL very early in the morning for the weather and news. I always listened to you at night especially Friday nights and then Friday Night Football. You will be missed, I loved your wonderful version of the sportscast. You enjoy your family and it wont be long until a GREAT station has you! You don't want to be associated with a third rate news station!

 
At 10:52 AM, March 15, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the subject was broached:

While courts in some states have challenged non-compete clauses in contracts for TV folks and had such clauses declared null and void, actually non-compete clauses can be enforceable in a court of law depending largely on how state laws are written governing such matters AND how contract terms are stated.

For example, if part of an employee's compensation is specified as payment for agreement to a non-compete in a mkt for a set term AND employee signs and agrees to the compensation terms as specified, THEN the contract could be deemed as ENFORCEABLE.
This is the same in terms for any non-disclosure agreement when an employee severs said employment ...hence "severance". It's the same as in cases of intellectual property where former employees are prohibited from working in similar circumstances for a set term.

You can be sure that if stations in this mkt had a poorly-written non-compete in their employment agreements, that other anchors, etc. would've probably become eligible for TV employment in this mkt. Other mitigating factors could render a non-compete "null and void" with such contingencies such as "terminated for cause" which would allow the fired employee to become eligible for TV employment in the same mkt.

The bottom line is to have a thorough understanding of the employment statutes in the state where you intend to work under such a non-compete clause. While some stations use "scare-tactics", you can have legal recourse. However, you do have to weigh the legal costs and future consequences because as we all know, folks who are quick on the draw to sue in court become quite unattractive to future employers. There's a few former TV types in town who have such reputations and no one in media wants to touch them.

Disagree all you want, the acid test comes from legal challenges and each circumstance can be unique. If a former employee feels their right-to-work was infringed, then they can consult state employment commissions for a hearing, the NLRB and of course a good attorney who specializes in such matters. It boils down to picking and choosing your battles carefully...you can win the battle but eventually wind up losing the war.

FWIW.

 
At 11:27 AM, March 15, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have loved your humor over the years and will truly miss you on Channel 3! I am sure there are several others that enjoy your broaddcast! I just retire after 36 years and I want to wish you the best! Enjoy your time! I truly regret that Channel 3 was not willing to make the adjustment. Their lost and your gain! Here's wishing you the BEST of everything!

 
At 1:41 PM, March 15, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In matters concerning management negotiations at KTBS, I can tell you first-hand that they don't negotiate. For them it's always a zero-sum game, in order for KTBS to win, you have to lose. No win-win at this place.
Never has been and never will be.

 
At 3:39 PM, March 16, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder is Channel 3 will try to talk former sports anchors such as Tony Tagliavore or Darrel Rebouche into taking over this position.

 
At 10:30 PM, March 16, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hiring Tony would be a great choice. KTBS had enough of Darrel the last time he worked there. Hiring Darrel would be a sure way to alienating their viewers.

 
At 10:45 AM, March 17, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got that right. Rebouche would be a major mistake. On the other hand, Tagliavore would be a good choice. Not sure if he's willing to come back in full time though.

 
At 4:51 PM, March 17, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rebouche knows more about sports than anyone else in this area. Just ask him.

 
At 9:38 PM, March 17, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taglavore??!!! Are U kidding?
Puhhllleeeeezzzeee!

 
At 12:14 AM, March 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neither one is in contention, but I'd take Taglavore over Rebouche any day.

 
At 10:12 AM, March 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just so they don't hire that clown Dave Foster that used to work at KTAL. I think he's in Nashville or somewhere now? Let's hope he stays there!

 
At 10:20 AM, March 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTBS should hire Rebouche. They could save a lot of time applying for credentials. He doesn't need any because his face is his pass.

 
At 10:31 AM, March 18, 2013, Anonymous Fave Doster said...

What do you mean, Dave Foster is a clown? He's a prince among men and Shreveport sports has taken a downturn since he left. I heard he used to just snap his fingers and scripts would magically appear in the teleprompter and entire VO/SOTs would be edited. Now, that's talent.

Here's how I would rank the former Sports guys in Shreveport.

1. Dave Foster
2. Bob Griffin and Ed Baswell
3-17. Dave Foster
18. Paul Devlin
19. David Rottman
Tied at 100. Clif Cotton, Tim Fletcher, Darrell Rebouche, Ted Madden

 
At 10:35 AM, March 18, 2013, Anonymous Strayard said...

I had K-A-1-2-3 once.

 
At 1:09 PM, March 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Rebouche & KTBS parted under less-than-ideal circumstances when he and a weatherguy got in a fight over Liz Swaine in the station parking lot, so that is probably a "no".

 
At 2:04 PM, March 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robouche's been run off from 12, then 3, and then 6. He's burned his bridges with all three stations years ago, and there is way any of them will touch him.

Dave Foster would be a great choice, but he hasn't been back to Shreveport since he left the station like 6 or 7 years ago. I loved the Dave and Dave Show. Dave Forster and Dave Schwartz were a lot of fun to work with, but they both have moved on and Shreveport is not in their future.

 
At 2:44 PM, March 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Anonymous, you forget about the time he saved Edwin Wray from a crocodile attack on the banks of the duck pond just off of Kings Highway. I think that act of heroism outweighs any fight in the parking lot.

 
At 2:51 PM, March 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, enough with the Rebouche bashing. He returned my lost dog one time, and he didnt have a collar. Darrell just used a well heightened sense of smell to reunite owner and pet. It was incredible.

 
At 3:00 PM, March 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody's mentioned Sam Schacter (sic?). Did he leave or was he ousted, just like Baswell?

 
At 3:05 PM, March 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fighting over liz swaine??!! I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Reminiscent of Popeye and Blutto fighting over Olive Oyl, one of the least attractive women in local TV. Besides, didn't she go play for the "other team"? ;)

 
At 12:01 AM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:51 PM Unlike the rest of us, you never had to put up with Rebouche at work like we did, so we will continue bashing him as long as this and other blogs exist.

 
At 8:35 AM, March 19, 2013, Blogger Clif Cotton said...

I worked with Darrell in the late 90s and have been friends with him for more than 15 years. He has his moments where he is abrasive but don't we all? He's a good man with a good heart. Let's spend less time talking about him and more time making fun of Dave Foster or Ted Madden. Neither of those guys can hold a candle to the Clif Cotton. That guy was amazing on the air!

 
At 9:47 AM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me, it should be extremely obvious that if any of these people who have been named as a replacement for Fletcher were any good, then they would still be here. Granted, some left on their own, but most were run off because they weren't very good. We need some new blood; not old retreads.

 
At 10:09 AM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This markets "new blood" is another markets "old retreads."

 
At 10:45 AM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clif Cotton? Seriously??? There's another "thank god they're gone" name from the past. It's interesting how his name never comes up like other names.

 
At 11:19 AM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just get rid of sports. We only need it during football season any way.

 
At 11:55 AM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was August. Hot, like it always is in The Port. I was driving through The Bottoms because sure, I like to seek danger. Suddenly, a once in a thousand year storm struck. The kind that would make you thankful for a Mega Doppler Stormwatch 6000 if you weren't, you know, driving in a car. The water engulfed my vehicle and I could feel my car would soon be swept off the road. From nowhere, a blinding flash of white. The car door was ripped off it's hinges and I was grabbed from the car just before submerging in the watery depths. Gasping and sputtering for air, my eyes focused briefly on this hero who had saved me. "Who are you?" I was able to sputter. "Just call me Darrell" he said, as he disappeared into the gentle night air. And then faintly, "Also, the count is 6 and the direction is up."

 
At 12:35 PM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My encounter with Darrell is not as trivial as saving some idiot that didn’t have enough sense to come out of the rain. Mine is a story of national security.
I remember it like it was yesterday. It was one of those beautiful late spring days that only happen in Shreveport. The type of day where your biggest problem is trying to pick between watching Ed McCann and the Gents dominate IUPUI in the second game of a weekend series or watch the Sports handle the Fort Worth Cats… again.
I was downtown eating lunch outside of the AmSouth Tower. All of the sudden a suspicious group of men file out of a black van. It became clear that these men were not the usual group of Shreveport tourists… No. These men were terrorist and what they had with them was a bomb.
Apparently, they were a group of Jessica Simpson haters that wanted to bring and end to her, the movie she was shooting, and all of downtown Shreveport in one forceful act of terrorism. I was terrified. I looked everywhere for help. There was none to be found. Then, all of the sudden, I see a man coming down Texas Street on the back of a white steed. The terrorists seem frozen by the sight of this man on the back of his majestic horse approaching with such purpose. When this man gets close enough he leaps off of his horse and takes out all five terrorists with one forceful tackle. He then stands on top of the leader of the group and waits for the authorities to arrive but his posture wasn’t one of satisfaction. It was more like he was standing on him and thinking “I am surrounded by incompetence!” The man left without giving me his name. He only said, “If you like to fish watch the sports on KTAL. They will tell you where the fishing will be SUUU-PER.”
So, I watched Channel 6 that night and that’s when I saw our national hero. His name… Darrell Rebouche. God bless you, Darrell and God bless America.

 
At 12:35 PM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My encounter with Darrell is not as trivial as saving some idiot that didn’t have enough sense to come out of the rain. Mine is a story of national security.
I remember it like it was yesterday. It was one of those beautiful late spring days that only happen in Shreveport. The type of day where your biggest problem is trying to pick between watching Ed McCann and the Gents dominate IUPUI in the second game of a weekend series or watch the Sports handle the Fort Worth Cats… again.
I was downtown eating lunch outside of the AmSouth Tower. All of the sudden a suspicious group of men file out of a black van. It became clear that these men were not the usual group of Shreveport tourists… No. These men were terrorist and what they had with them was a bomb.
Apparently, they were a group of Jessica Simpson haters that wanted to bring and end to her, the movie she was shooting, and all of downtown Shreveport in one forceful act of terrorism. I was terrified. I looked everywhere for help. There was none to be found. Then, all of the sudden, I see a man coming down Texas Street on the back of a white steed. The terrorists seem frozen by the sight of this man on the back of his majestic horse approaching with such purpose. When this man gets close enough he leaps off of his horse and takes out all five terrorists with one forceful tackle. He then stands on top of the leader of the group and waits for the authorities to arrive but his posture wasn’t one of satisfaction. It was more like he was standing on him and thinking “I am surrounded by incompetence!” The man left without giving me his name. He only said, “If you like to fish watch the sports on KTAL. They will tell you where the fishing will be SUUU-PER.”
So, I watched Channel 6 that night and that’s when I saw our national hero. His name… Darrell Rebouche. God bless you, Darrell and God bless America.

 
At 1:00 PM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alrighty... seems like a lot of folks posting and those they are posting about are in need of psychotropic meds.

 
At 1:15 PM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey everybody, get a load of Buzz McKilljoy ^^^

 
At 1:23 PM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darrell couldn't come back to work at Channel 3 even if he wanted to. Since he has been employed at Willis-Knighton, it seems he is now programmed to only say, "Yes, Mr. Elrod. Yes sir, yer sir."

 
At 2:26 PM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:35 Stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

 
At 3:55 PM, March 19, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, I'se hasta gets outs of Planet Shrreevspurt before it eats up my brain.

 
At 1:39 AM, March 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can just imagine what Darrell is thinking in between reading these posts ... (stands on desk) YOU REMIND ME OF A BUNCH OF INCOMPETENTS I USED TO WORK WITH!!

 
At 12:08 PM, March 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, I can't believe all this crap! None of these former sportscasters will be asked back, and a majority of them have moved on to other markets or have gotten out of the business.

 
At 12:59 PM, March 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the last poster. Nobody is interested in any of the people who have been here before. What's wrong with promoting Tatum Everett? She does a good job.

 
At 2:07 PM, March 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LoL! Why soooooo seerrrriiiiouuuss?
:]

 
At 2:24 PM, March 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@12:08 is spot on.
Someone had posted on the other thread KTBS should outsource sports to ESPN. That's actually a good idea.

 
At 8:41 AM, March 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outsource sports to India. I'd watch every night just to hear them botch the names.

 
At 11:47 AM, March 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto 12:08 and 2:24.

 

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