Friday, March 11, 2016

Shreveport GM Announces Retirement

KSLA/Channel 12/Shreveport General Manager James Smith says he will retire at the end of March.  Smith has been in the broadcast television industry for 41 years and at Channel 12 since 2006.  

A news release on the station's website says Smith began his career as a reporter at the CBS Television Station in Corpus Christi, Texas after graduating from the University of Texas. He taught Journalism at Texas A&M University and was an award winning News Director and Anchorman at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Prior to coming to KSLA-TV, Smith was Vice President and General Manager at WWAY-TV in Wilmington, NC.

Smith's last day at the station will be March 31st.  

17 Comments:

At 3:58 PM, March 11, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am STILL mad at him and KSLA over the ridiculous 2010 weather break-in KSLA did during an LSU v Auburn football game. The storm was hundreds of miles away in Texas, but they went full weather for most of the game. Smith later admitted they should have gone to the split screen earlier, but he generally defended what everyone with a brain thought was ridiculous. I quit watching their local news after that.

 
At 6:22 PM, March 11, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just in -- No word yet on whether or not his hairpiece will be retired as well...

 
At 6:24 PM, March 11, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 3:58

I remember that well. That was the doings of weather guesser Barak Shapiro.

 
At 6:56 PM, March 11, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was a nice General Manager to work for when I was there. good luck to him.

 
At 9:12 PM, March 11, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His on-air editorial comments were a huge waste of airtime.
I won't miss not seeing them anymore.

 
At 3:12 AM, March 12, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a broadcast stations job to first inform second to entertain. Look at the stipulations for an fcc license. Ksla's lcoverage area just isn't Shreveport but Texas and Arkansas too thus it's their job to cover the weather and inform when severe weather hits those areas whether you as a viewer lies it or not. The have to do their job to inform.

 
At 11:59 AM, March 12, 2016, Anonymous Andrew Pontz said...

I know James as a long-time friend and professional broadcaster. Intergity, honesty, fair play and service to the community are his guiding principles.
When justified, he defends his statioh's news coverage and the newsteam from from unfair attacks.
He may be old school but that's better than the "new school" of media managers willing to sell out the news product to the highest bidder.
James is a one of the nice guys and yes, that's his real hair.

 
At 9:16 PM, March 12, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I saw the "weather coverage incident" and it was waaaay toooo over-the-top. The station's consultants must've told KSLA to really, really, REALLY emphasize their new brand: "WE COVER STORMS" and boy-howdy did they ever. Tyler Texas had severe weather and maybe...MAYBE conditions for a tornado, don't even think a tornado touched down. But NON-STOP COVERAGE over a storm condition that was tracking to NNE from Tyler was simply ridiculous. I don't think old-school weather-broadcasters would've milked it as bad as Barack Shapiro and Storm-Tracker Steve did. It was to the point of being overkill...but hey...lookie at our Mega-Super-Duper-Doppler-Radar, it cost us a mint...we better start using it. Then Smith came on a couple days later and did this smug-A--ed, pompous commentary and instead of a simple "sorry 'bout that", he made excuses. Ego, ego, ego.

 
At 9:17 AM, March 14, 2016, Anonymous Adam said...

I used to watch James Smith anchor the news for many years on KPLC-TV in Lake Charles. He and Cynthia Arceneaux made a terrific anchor team during those years, and when it came to the types of news stories he talked about, he delivered the news with no hype, no bells and whistles, no gimmicks, and no fireworks. His delivery was simple, straightforward, and to the point. A wonderful broadcaster!

The broadcasting industry in Louisiana will lose a legend. God bless James Smith and his family; we wish you well on your retirement!! :)

 
At 10:13 PM, March 17, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTBS Met Brian flower is also a deputy sheriff yet he reports on the sheriffs office during the flooding and doesn't disclose it. How unethical can KTBS be?

 
At 9:38 PM, March 18, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian took the course to become a reserve deputy. Nothing to see here......Move along little trollie...........

 
At 12:35 PM, March 20, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone still has their panties in a wad over the LSU game? Good grief. Are you even IN broadcast news? Because if you were, you would understand the concept of broadcast licenses including the requirement to serve the viewers in the licensed area. It's a wide one in the ArkLaTex. If you still can't accept this and can't get over yourself, I hope karma smacks you upside the head in the form of a tornado and I hope you never see it coming. You are the epitome of selfish jackassery.

 
At 2:41 PM, March 20, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"James is a one of the nice guys and yes, that's his real hair."

11:59 AM, March 12, 2016

That's his real hair? What happened?

 
At 10:47 PM, March 21, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:35 The Weather coverage of the night in question was undoubtedly one of the most self-aggrandizing displays of weather coverage bullshit that had ever hit the ArkLaTex airwaves.
It was ridiculous. No other station in Shreveport covered the "weather event" in Tyler like
KSLA and it was all so pointless. Oh I understand the "concept" of broadcast license / public service requirements. But at the end of the day, the coverage was a joke and KSLA showed poor judgement to their immediate viewing customers.

 
At 4:58 PM, March 22, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:30 Sorry Brian.... didn't mean to offend you.

Don't be taking pics of you in uniform and posting them around.

 
At 11:11 AM, March 25, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss Andrew Pontz in a newsroom!
I'm sure Andy doesn't miss it though!
Hope the hills of Oklahoma are treating you well Sir!

 
At 7:14 PM, March 30, 2016, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so whats the word on Joe the replacement

 

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