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Arkansas Anchor Arrested on Suspicion of DWI

reed_kfsmKFSM, the Ft. Smith, AR, CBS affiliate, is reporting weekend anchor Austin Reed has been arrested on suspicion of DWI.

The station is quoting the Washington County Sheriff’s website that says Reed faces charges of DWI, careless driving and violating the implied consent law.

He is scheduled to appear in Fayetteville District Court later today.

Shawn Oswald Named GM of KHBS-KHOG

khbs-khogShawn Oswald has been named president and general manager of KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s ABC affiliates serving Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark.

Oswald comes from KWCH in Wichita, where he is the general sales manager. Previously, he has worked as national sales manager at Hearst’s WISN in Milwaukee and VP-GM of KSNW in Wichita.

“Shawn has distinguished himself as a multi-faceted broadcast executive throughout his career,” Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement. “He is the right person to lead the KHBS/KHOG team and he brings great energy and enthusiasm for the opportunity to return to the community where he and his family have so many personal ties.”

Oswald replaces Brian Sather, who recently joined KCCI in Des Moines as general manager.

More in the release after the jump. Read more

Yve Jones Joins KHBS-KHOG as Assistant ND

khbs logoYve Jones has been named assistant news director at KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s duopoly in Fayetteville-Fort Smith, Ark.

It is a move within Hearst for Jones, who has been the news operations manager at WISN in Milwaukee for the past five years. In her new role, she will be reunited with news director Greg Shepperd, who she worked with at WDSU in New Orleans.

“Yve has an extraordinary ability to organize, communicate, and collaborate,” Shepperd said in a statement. “She’s worked the assignment desk, produced, anchored and reported during her career.”

Jones’ last day at WISN will be January 16. She will begin at KHBS-KHOG on January 21.

Derek Burleson Signs Off KHBS-KHOG

burleson_khbskhogDerek Burleson, morning anchor for ABC affiliate KHBS-KHOG, said goodbye to viewers on-air at the end of yesterday’s newscast.

“Thanks to the crew here for giving me this farewell cake that I’m trying not to drop here,” said the morning anchor for the Fort Smith-Fayetteville Hearst duopoly. “It’s been a wonderful run and I won’t forget any of you.”

Burleson had worked at KHBS-KHOG for more than eleven years. He started at the station doing sports and began anchoring the “Sunrise” show in 2008.

He told a viewer on Twitter he was staying in Northwest Arkansas, “selling Real Estate and other business opportunities.”

[Arkansas TV News]

Brian Sather Named General Manager of KCCI

Brian SatherBrian Sather has been named president and general manager of KCCI, Hearst’s CBS affiliate in Des Moines. It is a move within Hearst for Sather, who has been GM of KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith, Ark. since 2010.

Sather replaces Paul Fredericksen, who is retiring after nearly 30 years at KCCI.

“Brian has a strong understanding of the local television business and a proven track record of success at our stations in Ft. Smith/Fayetteville and Omaha,” Hearst Television CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement.  “He will do an excellent job in leading KCCI and building upon the outstanding foundation developed by Paul.”

Before joining KHBS-KHOG, Sather spent 13 years at KETV, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Omaha. He began as national sales manager, then became local sales manager and general sales manager.

More from Hearst after the jump. Read more

Meteorologist Brad Carl Joins KHBS-KHOG

Meteorologist Brad Carl is joining KHBS-KHOG, Hearst Television’s ABC and CW affiliates in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark.

Carl will be the station’s weekend morning meteorologist and weekday morning reporter. He comes from KULR in Billings, Mont., where he has worked since 2011.

“Brad’s addition creates the largest team of meteorologists in our viewing area and enhances our commitment to provide the most comprehensive weather coverage around the clock,” KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement.

The official announcement from KHBS is after the jump. Read more

Ben Wagner and Paige Preusse Named Weekend Evening Anchors at KHBS-KHOG

Ben Wagner (pictured) and Paige Preusse have been named weekend evening anchors at KHBS-KHOG, Hearst Television’s ABC and CW affiliates in Fayetteville-Fort Smith, Ark.

Preusse joins the station from WTWO in Terre Haute, Ind., where she was an anchor, reporter and producer. Wagner has been a reporter at KHBS-KHOG since August 2012.

“In a short time Ben has proven to be a great story teller, and his move to the weekend evening anchor desk will enhance our ability to connect with the weekend viewer,” KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “An accomplished journalist and skilled live broadcaster, Paige is a great fit for the weekend evening newscast.”

The pair replaces Jay Plyburn, who solo anchored the weekend evening newscasts until he signed off from the stations in June.

Jay Plyburn Joins KFSM as Morning Co-Anchor

Jay Plyburn has joined KFSM, the CBS affiliate in Fort Smith, Ark.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity and very excited to be part of this team,” Plyburn told TVSpy in an email.

Plyburn most recently worked at rival KHBS-KHOG, where he was a reporter. FTVLive reports he left the station in March after an incident covering a lightning storm, which he called “the single most frightening experience of my life.”

At KFSM, Plyburn will co-anchor the morning newscast alongside Heather Lewis and meteorologist Joe Pennington.

KHBS-KHOG Names New Digital Sales Manager

Sarah Landau has been named digital sales manager for Hearst’s Fort Smith-Fayetteville, AR, ABC and CW affiliates KHBS-KHOG.

“Sarah Landau is a leader.  Her knowledge of broadcast and online advertising, and her ability to translate those opportunities to our team and our clients, makes her the perfect fit for this position,” said KHBS-KHOG president and general manager, Brian Sather. “Sarah embodies our commitment to innovation and excellence and I have every faith this will translate into results for both the station and our clients.”

Landau has been a marketing consultant for KHBS-KHOG since 2009. In her new role, she will oversee all local digital sales for the stations’ website, mobile platforms and all associated digital properties.

“Sarah has already proven herself as a leader on our sales staff,” said Chad Happersett, general sales manager for KHBS-KHOG. “Her customer engagement is excellent, and I’m confident as our new DSM she will lead our digital sales effort to new heights.”

KFSM Anchor Ashley Beck Arrested For DUI

KFSM anchor Ashley Beck was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The Fort Smith, Ark. CBS affiliate reports Beck was stopped by a State Police trooper on Interstate 40 early Sunday morning. She was arrested and booked into the Crawford County Detention Center. She was later released after posting a cash bond.

Beck, who joined KFSM in 2009, anchors the station’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. The station did not immediately respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

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