Monday, November 10, 2014

Arkansas Native Back on the Air in Little Rock

Arkansas Online.com reports Michelle Rupp has made her way back to The Natural State.  Rupp has been hired by KARK/KLRT in Little Rock.  Rupp spent 9 years at KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock then leaving for an anchor position in Charlottesville, Va.in October 2011.

"Though local viewers likely know her as a news reporter, she’s also a meteorologist," news director Austin Kellerman said in an email, adding that the stations are "happy to have her on the team."

128 Comments:

At 3:31 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a shame no one will ever see her.

 
At 4:02 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sucks 11 didn't get her. they need to fire sara fortner tha gal is awful to watch. i laugh everytime she says thangs like, it's wet outside becuz it's raining..ya think.

 
At 4:54 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for that she is going to 4/16. That sucks.

 
At 4:56 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which channel will she be working for?

 
At 4:58 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This chic is a meteorologist?

 
At 5:17 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck 4/16. I hope her talent and work ethic have vastly improved since she was at 7. She was literally the worst thing on tv in this market. Not to mention how hard she is to work with. Wow, good luck.

 
At 5:59 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like we have sum haters from 7 on here. maybe 4 will over take ya and blow the blond circus show out of biziness.

 
At 6:26 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? There's nothing we hate about this. This is going to be fun to watch.

 
At 7:54 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah is hot. Must be some fat moose that keeps posting negative things about her. Loves me some Sarah!

 
At 7:54 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one is hating. We just know her.

 
At 7:59 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it's you and not her.

 
At 8:07 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She maybe hot bit incompetent as a weather gal.

 
At 8:25 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No it's her. Trust me.

 
At 9:29 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's clear she just wants to live in the LR area again.

 
At 11:12 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah is a better person than the mouth-breathing neck-beards that attack her on this site. You are just jealous that she is doing what she wants in life and you are not. I do not know who this harlot is, but she will never be on the level of Ms. Fortner, and channel 11 will never need her because they already have a great meteorologist in Sarah. Tom and Ed will never be as beloved by the true people of Arkansas as she is. Thank you God for bestowing her upon us in these turbulent times.

 
At 11:13 PM, November 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. to the person that says 'we just know her' she is likely a better person than you by about a million you raving tard.

 
At 6:12 AM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@11:13, I think they are talking about Rupp.

 
At 6:33 AM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many people at 7 even remember Rupp? There has been so much turnover that I doubt many are left that were around when she was reporting.

 
At 7:14 AM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's plenty of people here who worked with her. The stories of her incompetence ring legendary through these halls.

 
At 7:40 AM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@11:12 You're seeing a whole team of specialists aren't you? If not, you should be.

 
At 11:33 AM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a terrible hit Austin Kellerman, You will be judged on your hires and this is a terrible one. She has a terrible attitude and is lazy. Secondly, why can't you hire a real weatherperson instead of these "and she's also" people. Having a degree in weather and being good at weather are 2 different things, but you know that since you have been in Arkansas all of 2 years. UGH UGH

 
At 1:07 PM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rupp should have gone back to KATV to replace Melinda, who has lost her looks as she has gotten older & needs some work done. No one takes Mel seriously as a vet & surely no one will take Rupp serious as a met.

 
At 1:18 PM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV wouldn't take her.

 
At 5:22 PM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seesh poor Sarah has to put up with psychopaths like that.

 
At 10:02 PM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, were trying to talk about the worst hire I've seen in decades and all this jackass wants to do is bring up Sarah again. Stalker?

 
At 10:14 PM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who on here is a psychopath? Some of us are actually tired of you cowards dragging a good woman's name through the mud just for doing her job. You sicken us all and I can speak for everyone on here.

 
At 10:15 PM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"Sarah is a better person than the mouth-breathing neck-beards that attack her on this site. You are just jealous that she is doing what she wants in life and you are not. I do not know who this harlot is, but she will never be on the level of Ms. Fortner, and channel 11 will never need her because they already have a great meteorologist in Sarah. Tom and Ed will never be as beloved by the true people of Arkansas as she is. Thank you God for bestowing her upon us in these turbulent times."
11:12 PM, November 10, 2014

And then you woke up, didn't you.

 
At 10:46 PM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:02 I know that sounds kinda of crazy that I said that and I apologize for saying stalker but to me going all off the wall for no apparent reason to me seems crazy. No one gave him a reason to go haywire like that. It really wasn't that serious.

 
At 11:00 PM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have absolutely. Nothing against Sarah. Buh buy signing off going to find something exciting to talk about as far as psychopath goes that person sounds like a psychopath.

 
At 11:53 PM, November 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Each and every time she is mentioned on here, everyone has to make fun of her and 'hope that she gets fire.' You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Ms. Fortner is by most accounts a very nice person and, though the internet allows one to post with anonymity, it is in bad taste to speak ill of good people. Constructive criticism is the best criticism.

 
At 5:05 AM, November 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people that say Sarah is a nice and beautiful woman but a terrible meteorologist are correct in my opinion.

As for Rupp. All you ladies at 4/16 should watch your veejays around her.

 
At 7:52 AM, November 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@11:53 We're not the one continuously bringing her up in every post. If you want to continue to show your undying love for the weakest met in the market then keep doing it. But you have to know that if you continue to bring her up in every thread then she is going to get skewered in every thread. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I know Sarah, she is a great person. She's just jot good on air.

 
At 11:25 AM, November 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And let me guess, when you see her in real life, you are kind and polite as can be right? But on here, where you cowards can be anonymous, then your true selves come out. You disgust us all.

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

Really? Tell me your name.

 
At 6:08 PM, November 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any connection to "Rupp Arena?

 
At 10:27 PM, November 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not unless that arena also sexually harrasses female interns too.

 
At 7:42 AM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow, you went there?

 
At 8:07 AM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's just a rumor.

 
At 9:32 AM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is one thing that KARK/KLRT are good at... that's making bad decisions.

 
At 1:15 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So are they really going to let her do weather?

 
At 2:23 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad Ms. Rupp is back in her home state and the market she loves. Too bad the market has become full of classless individuals who have such low self-esteem they spend their time here tearing down their colleagues. She was a hard working producer at KATV, and talented enough to earn an anchor position in another market. A wise friend once told me, "You can only get kicked in the butt by others when you're ahead." Welcome home.

 
At 2:25 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Back Michelle!

 
At 4:18 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please. She was the queen of gossip and rumor spreading around KATV, and now you think it's wrong to respond in kind?

 
At 4:30 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was not a hard working producer. She was lazy, uninformed and had no real sense for news. She was put on air because the news director at the time was tired of her begging. Pretty much anyone can get a job at her last market. It's a first job out school kind of place. They were probably thrilled about getting someone with experience. They just had no idea how bad their decision was at the time. Good luck Austin.

 
At 4:41 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is KATV ever going to take her bio down?

http://www.katv.com/story/12899286/michelle-rupp

 
At 5:01 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice try with the old link dumbass. Her bio is not in the website.

 
At 5:03 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But the link works fine.

 
At 5:08 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, that is what comes up when you google her name and it does work fine.

 
At 5:15 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

look at the website

 
At 5:18 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's their website, click on home and it takes you to today's news.

 
At 5:21 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's an old link. If you search bios on KATV she's not there.

 
At 5:23 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I the web girl doesn't know she's supposed to delete those pages when people leave.

 
At 9:07 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's not known for her intelligence.

 
At 9:20 PM, November 13, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@4:30 you forget what a hornball he is too.

 
At 7:16 AM, November 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was a producer for 4 years and a GA reporter for 9 flippin' years at KATV! Most good people don't stay in such entry level jobs for that long. It should tell you something about her.

 
At 8:02 AM, November 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And she was passed over for literally every promotion opportunity that became available in that time.

 
At 9:09 AM, November 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But, but, but she was a MAIN ANCHOR at her last market. That means something, just ask her. lol

 
At 12:28 PM, November 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet she was a main anchor who shot and cut her own stories, given the market size.

 
At 3:59 PM, November 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For multiple affiliates as well.

 
At 4:32 PM, November 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would still give her more experience than most of the ones in the market now.

 
At 4:42 PM, November 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Experience? That's not what anyone is arguing about. It's about ability.

 
At 4:44 PM, November 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly, it's pretty sad that with all that "experience" she is still as bad as she is.

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

"I really miss Michelle Rupp," said no one ever at KATV.

 
At 1:50 PM, November 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow I see all the folks from 7 has been posting on here. what did we expect a welcome back to little rock party out of them. i wish 4 would take 7 a run for their money for viewers. would be great to see 7 in second place

 
At 3:11 PM, November 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck with that, especially with hires like this. Seriously, are the other stations even trying anymore?

 
At 8:57 AM, November 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's put it this way - if Heather Crawford came back to Little Rock we wouldn't be laughing so hard. Although she has her own faults, she's not known as an incompetent idiot like Rupp.

 
At 10:02 AM, November 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I agree this was not a smart hire, I predict katv will have a down November book. I'm not saying it will be epic, but you heard it here first.

 
At 12:26 PM, November 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trend has to reverse at some time right?

 
At 2:21 PM, November 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she was so bad and 7 is so great, why did she work there so long?

 
At 2:37 PM, November 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not that bright are you? She worked there so long because she couldn't get a job anywhere else. See above as to why she was even hired in the first place.

 
At 8:27 PM, November 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 7 has none of the personnel that catapulted them a few years ago. They are ripe for a fall.

 
At 9:45 PM, November 16, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have Ned.

 
At 5:28 AM, November 17, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh oh, I just read another obituary of a Ned fan.

 
At 6:59 AM, November 17, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It won't be a hard fall, but I can understand the argument that channel 7 numbers could begin to decline.

 
At 6:26 AM, November 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 won't have a chance to take 7 until it loses Nexstar and its management.

 
At 8:09 AM, November 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it have to "take" 7 to make them scared? I think all 4 has to do is edge closer to make an impact. This is really about ad dollars, after all.

And don't forget that Sinclair is just as bad as Nexstar ever was.

 
At 6:22 AM, November 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They did pull out the old "big money" gag again. So they really might be scared.

 
At 7:36 AM, November 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's called a promotion. Successful stations do those types of things during sweeps to get viewers. You really should just get of the business if you don't know that.

 
At 8:18 AM, November 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, if you can't beat 'em with content and talent, you can always just offer cash.

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

Sinclair is not as bad as they once were. While they run a very lean operation, they will spend money. Especially if it helps their agenda.

 
At 10:11 AM, November 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:18 You really don't understand this business very well do you? Content and talent don't bring in viewers, it keeps them. Promotions bring in viewers.

 
At 10:47 AM, November 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually many promotions drive away viewers. Most people assume they can't or won't win and become frustrated when too much time is given to these events
When the book comes out you'll see there will be no "spike" in the numbers on days with promotions. Just like there will be no spikes on days with special sweeps pieces. You want to win the ratings battle, then treat each day as if it was sweeps and do good solid work each and every day.
Stop feeding the contest junkies.

 
At 11:01 AM, November 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Viewers can't tell the difference between the junk we turn out every day and the sweeps pieces. They aren't typically any better, just longer.

 
At 1:34 PM, November 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contests can work in diary markets because the grandmas filling out their books can liken it to playing the lottery... and if you don't have a ticket, there's a good chance you won't win. But the demos we are really after have no time in the morning for such things.

 
At 3:05 PM, November 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:20, they will spend money on themselves sometimes. Employees are quite another matter.

 
At 6:34 AM, November 21, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, they will invest in their own property, like trucks and cameras. But make no mistake; it's not yours, it's theirs and your salary will not increase.

 
At 2:56 PM, November 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nexstar/Mission Broadcasting's Little Rock Equation:

4 + 42 + 16 + 38 = 100

(KARK, KARZ, KLRT, KASN channel numbers put together)


Interesting...

 
At 11:03 PM, November 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle would have a better appeal if she got a hairstyle and makeover that is flattering and gave her a softer look.

 
At 8:13 AM, November 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's gonna take a lot more than that. Ever hear the old expression about lipstick on a pig?

 
At 6:17 PM, November 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet she has secured another job in television doing what she enjoys, and you are here on this blog spewing crap.

 
At 10:04 PM, November 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah that's awesome. 15 years later she's still a side show in Little Rock.

 
At 10:58 PM, November 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@6:17 You're killing me, seriously I can't stop laughing.

 
At 4:14 AM, November 26, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@6:17, she enjoys it? You'd never know by her attitude.

 
At 2:02 AM, November 27, 2014, Anonymous jacksamoa said...


It's a shame, no one will ever see her.But, that's awesome. 15 years later she's still a side show in Little Rock.
Thank you God for bestowing her upon us in these turbulent times.

 
At 8:05 AM, November 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is off-topic but Deedra Wilson on 16 may be the worst on air talent in Little Rock.

 
At 8:22 AM, November 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep.And they gave her her own show! Way to go, Austin!

 
At 11:07 PM, November 29, 2014, Anonymous jacksamoa said...

Michelle would have a better appeal if she got a hairstyle and makeover that is flattering and gave her a softer look.

 
At 8:34 AM, November 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, we know. You posted that already and no, it won't work.

 
At 9:39 AM, November 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that she's back since. Is there anyone who rivals her as the longest standing running gag in Little Rock?

 
At 12:07 PM, November 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox 16?

 
At 5:17 PM, November 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She pre-dates Fox 16, so nope.

 
At 12:48 PM, December 01, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't anyone remember her mocking the stations she now works for? I guess they are all better now.

 
At 4:35 PM, December 01, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's eat more kitty than Hillary!

 
At 8:59 AM, December 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meow

 
At 10:10 AM, December 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't give a fig where she sticks her charlie. I just think she's kind of annoying and difficult to work with.

 
At 10:40 AM, December 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll second that. What the hell was management thinking?

 
At 1:05 PM, December 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no management at 4/16.

 
At 6:03 AM, December 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't bear to watch the morning show any longer on 4.
Aaron Nolan is annoying and immature. So distracting to try to watch the news while he is laughing at himself and making jokes.

 
At 6:18 AM, December 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They were doing news? What time?

 
At 11:52 AM, December 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Austin Kellerman was supposed to make 4 and 16 better. I hate to say it, but both stations were better before his arrival.

 
At 1:57 PM, December 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just keep telling yourself that. Look at the numbers and you will see a different story. Staff at THV needs to focus on themselves and not worry about other stations. 7 is King, 4/16 has knocked off 11 and 11 is headed in wrong direction.

 
At 4:40 PM, December 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as KARK only covers Razorback sports, they are going to suck. I'll keep watching 11.

 
At 5:54 PM, December 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's fine. I find it refreshing to see one station offer something different.

 
At 7:57 PM, December 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 hasn't always just covered the Razorbacks and they sucked then. I think they have improved in the last 3 or 4 yrs. I don't understand why anyone would watch 11.

 
At 8:56 PM, December 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why anyone watches 7 either. Really, what is the attraction? There's nothing better about their product.

 
At 9:53 PM, December 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Though local viewers likely know her as a news reporter, she’s also a meteorologist" says who? Did she send away for a certificate?

 
At 10:00 PM, December 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's not a meteorologist any more than your grandpa's elbow is.

 
At 11:01 PM, December 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Big Mel can get an online met degree than sure as shootin', UCA's most distinguished alumnae can too

 
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At 5:47 AM, December 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd think that brass in that building would have learned their lesson with the last gay meteorologist they had on staff.

 
At 6:17 AM, December 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did 7 ever use her as a meteorologist if she really is one?

 
At 7:29 AM, December 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thv11 is the back seat of Toonces the driving cat's car!

 
At 7:41 AM, December 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, she was never on air as a met at 7. We're at least a little smarter than that.

 
At 8:11 AM, December 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are smoking crack if you think 4/16 is better in the last 3 or 4 years.

 
At 10:57 AM, December 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed.

 
At 11:58 AM, December 08, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She looks like a deer in headlights every time they introduce her to do the weather on fox16 for the weekend.She looks completely lost with her dike hair style .

 
At 11:09 AM, December 11, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She kinda has the Alice from the Brady Bunch look.

 
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