Wednesday, July 09, 2014

No news is good news...unless you are in the news business.  And I haven't had much to blog about lately.  As a regular viewer of KTHV's morning show there may be something to report.  I have noticed more non-news segments...and it seems they might be gearing it toward the female audience.  That's my biggest gripe with morning programs...channels seem to think that their morning shows need to be geared toward the female crowd and not towards the viewers that actually want NEWS.  I just have to point out how awkward Tom Brannon looks doing some of these segments.  I might have to wind up giving KARK a try in the morning for news if 11 keeps this female focus going on...then flipping it over to the CBS morning news program when it comes on.  Will be interesting to see if this change will get more eyeballs....

64 Comments:

At 11:15 PM, July 09, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elyse is gearing the show toward women already hence the new curly do. Move Ashley to the main news show. News should be handled by someone who can do hard news. And it's not elyse

 
At 11:31 PM, July 09, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Ashley is more news based. You can tell the awkwardness between her, Alyse and Tom. I switch between 11 and 4. I have to say 4, 4 is doing a great job in the morning news. Can't say the same about evening.

 
At 4:36 AM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashley is wasted at THV . She is probably going to leave such a fine paying job to be a personal trainer. Sad!!!!! She does great A's an anchort and ought to make Dawn's kind of money. Hint hint........

 
At 7:47 AM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen much going on lately with Arkansas news personalities. I saw Stacy Donaldson, who was on KARK and later became a chief meteorologist at Fox affiliates in Denver and Las Vegas, on WeatherNation on July 4th. This is a link to Mike Francis leaving television to get into real estate:
http://radiotvtalk.blog.ajc.com/2014/07/02/is-mike-francis-out-of-tv-for-good/

 
At 7:54 AM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is curly hair for women viewers? I'm confused.

 
At 8:31 AM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Former Arkansas news personalities.

 
At 8:56 AM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, are you kidding? Channel Four has skits from local theater that completely blow along with other feminine leanings.

I don't know who to watch because seven has goofy Chris Kane who thinks his clown socks are cool and can't pronounce common things. Ask him what the name is of the thing that holds coffee. Rymes with giraffe.

 
At 2:12 PM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as Daybreak goes, Melinda is a hanger on & will be hitting 50 in the next year, maybe she can do some hand modeling, Kane needs to go back to sports & Allyson needs to stay away from the caffeine & QUIT TALKING SO LOUD, maybe the can move Janelle over from weekends to help with ratings...

 
At 2:53 PM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ratings? The ratings are already great. Janelle hasn't helped any show increase ratings.

 
At 3:20 PM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will be disappointed. Channel 4 used to do news, but not anymore.

 
At 4:08 PM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Melinda is a hanger on & will be hitting 50 in the next year,..." Are you kidding me? She is obviously helping to bring ratings to her station but because she is approaching 50, it is time for her to get out of Dodge? You are either very young and not too smart or maybe jealous. Craig O'Neil is nearly retirement age. Leave the woman alone ; she is getting the job done. Geez, oh by the way, save enough money so you can retire at 50mso you won't be accused of being a hanger on!

 
At 4:52 PM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda was on the morning show when ratings weren't so great too. Women shouldn't be on tv when they get that old.

 
At 5:15 PM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, 4:08.

 
At 7:08 PM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV should do a segment called "Grandma Time with Melinda!"

 
At 10:05 PM, July 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen 4:52 & 7:08. Has anyone at KATV pointed out to Mel what a side profile shot of her looks like?? It's what the viewers see, four shure....

 
At 12:45 AM, July 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fifty isn't that old, dummies. And to make remarks like that about Melinda Mayo is ill-advised and laughably ignorant. And Tom Brannon is good at what he does too. Laugh it up but the joke is on you really and you're just doing it to yourselves which makes it even better.

 
At 3:51 AM, July 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Mel looks pretty dang hot. However, did I notice she had a little eye lift?

 
At 5:58 AM, July 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel needs to add a tummy & chin tuck to the list next!!!

 
At 7:53 AM, July 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel should also focus on not being rude to viewers in public like Ned. I don't watch Daybreak because of her and I don't watch Ned. Their phoniness looks bad. Viewers buy what the advertisers sell. Chris Kane appears to a humble guy. It seems he learned from Sully.

 
At 8:15 AM, July 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When people get their jobs because of how they look, they should not be surprised when their looks fade and they are no longer wanted. Does anyone think Mel was hired for her meteorological expertise? Of course not.

Mel was once the girl with huge boobs who could do the weather, now she just looks like Kane's grandma.

 
At 11:21 AM, July 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New anchor at KHBS/KHOG: http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/daniel-armbruster-set-to-join-khbs-khog_b123449

 
At 1:06 PM, July 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While you are on the subject of television stations let's see how many people have left KTHV since October of 2011? How many people have left KATV and how many at KARK? When people leave that should tell you how they are treated????? All three stations have had major management changes. It must be comforting to the News people and sellers at these stations to know that the person who is supposed to have their backs and the highest level of commitment to the television station is leaving. Stefanie Duckworth resigned from KTHV this week.

 
At 2:04 PM, July 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel worked her way up starting as an overnight photog shouldering a betacam. She has achieved her success through very hard work, and it really pisses me off when dickweeds that haven't a clue post horse shit on this blog they know nothing about! Show you have the balls to stand behind what you are posting by signing your name, or stop your posting all together!

 
At 4:02 PM, July 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Says the person posting Anonymously.

 
At 8:18 PM, July 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one's being ugly about Mel, just being truthful. She had her time as the young thing on air in 1987 but that was 1987. The big boobs & online met degree can only take her so far but age has caught up with her. She does look like Kane's mamaw needing some more cosmetic surgery. Word...

 
At 12:48 AM, July 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing about Melinda isn't her appearance, it's the fact that she's known around town as being rude and arrogant. The same goes for Tom Brannon. People notice your attitude and make viewing decisions based upon it

 
At 9:50 AM, July 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The viewers need to give Mel her space when she is required to leave the confines of her Cenal abode to enter a public place amongst the plebes

 
At 10:23 AM, July 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love me some Melinda! She does a great job in the morning. She's a pleasure to watch and has a great attitude. She's got that sexy milf thing goin on as well. Keep being rude & arrogant to the haters in public too Mayo. She ain't got time for you fools.
Sincerly,
Team MM

 
At 11:45 AM, July 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@2:04, very hard work? She had to pick up a heavy camera for a little while? For shame!

There are photogs who do that "very hard work" there whole lives. Melinda definitely wouldn't offer to help with such a lowly task these days.

The point is Melinda is not a decent meteorologist and she doesn't look good on tv anymore either. It's time for her to hang it up.

The comparisons to Tom are dumb too. Tom doesn't need to call in real meteorologists when bad weather happens. Tom is a man and not get his job because of his boobs. And Tom has aged with much more grace.

 
At 10:21 PM, July 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Gayret Yukeman" Janelle??? Really?? Where have you been the last few years?

 
At 9:07 AM, July 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She said that? If true, that is just despicable. Shame on her.

 
At 10:11 AM, July 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@9:07, yes she did I watched in disbelief as she even did a Mershon & bumbled a few times before uttering it out..

 
At 11:46 AM, July 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the blondes were known as the dumb ones. Apparently redheads are even more stupid.

 
At 8:49 AM, July 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know that Sinclair owns the Ring of Honor wrestling promotion in addition to their media (KATV) holdings?

 
At 10:31 AM, July 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dover did great on GMA today. That's what we want to see... not the big red cow.

 
At 5:09 PM, July 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Denise really is awful. Nasally voice and she looks so unnatural doing the news. How on earth is she a good replacement for Liz? And I can't watch 7 because Erin is even worse. Guess I'm stuck with 4.

 
At 5:54 PM, July 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever notice how no one mentions Fox anymore? Also, because of THV's dismal May book, Arkansas Business won't do their normal book results from May? Implosion at 8th and Chester and not just in news.

 
At 7:46 AM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox has never been a real competitor in this market. Have they ever been anything but fourth in everything? It will never be taken seriously either until Donna Terrell is no longer there. That woman has to be literally the worst thing I've ever seen on tv.

 
At 10:53 AM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As it stands right now:

7 - Albritton (possibly to Sinclair later on)

11 - Gannett

4, 16, 38, 42 - Nexstar/Mission

 
At 11:23 AM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Facts about Nexstar:

1. They like duopolies.
2. Most Nexstar/Mission stations are usually the lowest rated in their market.
3. Their station websites look like crap.

 
At 11:41 AM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Overall recent ratings:

1. 7
2. 11
3. 4/16

 
At 12:04 PM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nexstar understands ratings are immaterial. Money is what matters.

 
At 12:48 PM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And where does the money come from?

 
At 12:57 PM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It comes from the sales department, which may or may not choose to use ratings as part of the pitch. Or they can easily prove how unscientific the Nielsen system is and how their dollars might better be spent with a lower price-point and lower ratings.

Either way, the money doesn't go to the news department, except in cases where it's built into an anchor's contract.

 
At 1:16 PM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ratings drive price. Always have, always will.

 
At 1:19 PM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gannett has went downhill. It has eliminated 20,000 jobs from 1003 to 2014. annual revenue went from $8 billion in 2013 to $5.2 billion in 2013. It shares are now traded at $28 per share versus $90 per share.

From reading the Denver Post, they are not renewing the contracts of many on-air staff at KUSA. At WUSAin Washington, they eliminated one prime-time news anchor position so they have one news reader instead of two.

It appears that Gannett's newspaper earnings are hutring the overall company.

Gannett is looking at possibly spinning off their newspaper holdings. One only has to look at the Springfield News-Leader or Shreveport Times to know that it is bad to have a Gannett-owned newspaper in your town. I expect downsizing at 11.

Little Rock is a poorer quality TV market because of cheap ownership who care only of profit margins and dividends to investors.

Channel 11 would been better off making Phil Buck sports director instead of that new hire. Their Friday night high school football show will be much worse because of her. I can't wait to hear her mispronounce "Alma" or "Osceola" as I have heard other imports do.



 
At 2:20 PM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ratings do drive price, but that does not equate directly to profits. To measure that, you must factor in costs. If you can live with a poorly rated, but highly profitable scenario, you win.

 
At 3:50 PM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with @ 2:12 on July 10th's post.

Chris Kane talks too much & thinks he knows everything. Most of what he says is WRONG. He will not let the others talk. I watch for about 10 minutes to get the gist of the news. Then, I turn to something else.

It's best to just go to the internet to get your local news now. It's so bad.

 
At 10:20 PM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:20 is smart

 
At 10:27 PM, July 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TV news is as sad as the Sissy's Log Cabin commercials. No one gives a damn about their diamond coming from either.

 
At 6:25 AM, July 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, yes those commercials are sounding desperate.

 
At 7:00 AM, July 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd be desperate too if you haven't won a single time slot or demo in years.

 
At 8:24 AM, July 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all those wins you must be able to pay your staff lots of money — oh wait, actually your staff has to leave and work at KARK to get paid anything. Maybe those ratings aren't so important after all.

 
At 9:01 AM, July 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm....who left and went to KARK?

 
At 9:22 AM, July 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has happened.

 
At 9:42 AM, July 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK is looking for a Local Sales Manager.

 
At 9:44 AM, July 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And people have left KARK to go to KATV. People have left THV to go to KATV and vice versa. It's not uncommon in any industry let alone ours.

 
At 10:13 AM, July 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV pays photographers the lowest money in town. That's probably what the poster was referring to.

 
At 11:51 AM, July 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And that's why we have the worst photogs in town.

 
At 10:50 PM, July 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried to watch the new KTHV Sports chick. She is as bad as freaking MARK EdWARDS! NOTHING gag. I guess I will have to forget about football season on any of the local news channels.

 
At 8:20 AM, July 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to the original topic, Melinda got where she is with her LIPS and her boobs, but I still like her. Eyebrows are now sometimes at a 45-degree angle and in the middle of her forehead but they'll calm down. You didn't need that work, darlin'. Melinda could make a ton of money doing any number of jobs outside tv and she will.

The thing to make you quake in your boots at KATV is the money some people pull down--money that ratings can't justify. The anchor man at channel seven whose name I can never remember is making undoubtedly the most money in the history of little rock TV. For what they pay him, they can have three anchors and four reporters. That doesn't bode well for the other anchors who are making a paltry $100-150k-- and there are several of them.

Ironic that there will be construction outside of KATV and destruction inside, depending on your point of view.





 
At 12:26 PM, July 21, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Melinda. for her age she's hot. Perfect smile, nice body. Yes she does wear some dresses that make her look big, but the rest of the time she has those child bearing hips and perfect butt and nice breast. I bet she even shaves!!!

 
At 10:27 PM, July 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTHV had crap ratings in the late 70's/early 80's. But The station was making money with lower OPEX.

 
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