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Michelle Rupp Joins KARK-KLRT

rupp croppedMichelle Rupp has joined Little Rock, Ark. NBC and FOX affiliate KARK-KLRT.

News director Austin Kellerman told TVSpy, Rupp started last week. Arkansas Online reports Rupp will be a morning reporter and weekend forecaster.

Rupp worked at Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV for four years as a producer and nine years as a reporter before leaving for WCAV in Charlottesville, Va. in 2011.

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KTHV Mascot, Joey The Garden Cat Dies

joey_TGC RIPJoey The Garden Cat, KTHV‘s morning mascot died on Friday.

“We’re sad to share that the THV11 family is mourning the loss of our beloved Joey the Garden Cat,” The Little Rock, Ark. CBS affiliate announced on Joey’s facebook page. “You may recall Joey’s health issues through the years. There’s no doubt that Joey has always shown he’s a special cat, even in dealing with so much adversity. Thank you to everyone who has loved Joey as much as we do.”

Last month, we wrote about Joey’s large facebook following.

The THV11 family would like to our extend our gratitude to each and every one of you for all your kind words and thoughts about his passing. From the beginning, when he showed up in our Weather Garden, he stole our hearts and many of yours. He will always be remembered, and his spirit will continue to be a big part of the THV11 family and beyond. Thank you again for all your kindness.

A KTHV employee put together a video tribute. You can watch it after the jump. Read more

Former NFLer Clint Stoerner Joins KTHV

ClintKTHV, the CBS affiliate in Little Rock, Ark., has announced a new addition to the team: Clint Stoerner. The former pro football player (and University of Arkansas quarterback) will provide a Thursday NFL breakdown of the match-ups slated for “Thursday Night Football.” Stoerner will also work alongside sports anchor Mary Dunleavy on “The Hog Zone”, a weekly post-game special on the University of Arkansas.

“Adding someone with Clint’s playing field experience and love for the game just shows again how seriously we take our football here in Arkansas. Clint is a stand-up guy and we are thrilled to have him joining us,” KTHV news director Dave Parker said in a statement.

Stoerner makes his debut on September 11.

KARK Names Aaron Nolan Morning Anchor

nolan karkLittle Rock, AR, NBC affiliate KARK has announced Aaron Nolan as the new co-anchor of its morning show, KARK 4 Today.

According to the station, Nolan will also do feature reports for the evening news highlighting “local news that matters.”

“I’m really excited to join such a strong morning team with Mallory and Greg Dee,” Nolan said in a statement. “I can’t say enough about how much I enjoy working with them each day at noon. I look forward to spending even more time with them each morning.”

“Aaron has the type of personality and energy that should be a hit with morning viewers,” said KARK-TV News Director Austin Kellerman. “He’s an outside-the-box thinker who will bring new ideas to the table each morning.”

Nolan starts the morning shift on Monday, September 1, replacing Matt Mosler who recently announced he is leaving KARK on August 29 to work at a church.

[Arkansas TV News]

Meet KTHV’s Most Loved On-Air Purrsonality


Little Rock CBS affiliate KTHV has an on-air personality who comes and goes as he pleases but still manages to be a fan favorite.

Joey the Garden Cat has a robust facebook following. On his page, he’s described as “a feral cat that made the THV Weather Garden my home and the entire News staff and viewers my family.” It goes on to say, “In 2012, I was diagnosed with bone cancer and today I’m a survivor.”

TVNewsCheck’s Paul Greeley has a profile on the newsroom feline.

“Joey just showed up,” said Theba Lolley, Joey’s momma-agent, and KTHV’s community relations director, careful to not let me get the idea that this was some sort of publicity stunt. Read more

Astrid Solorzano to Join Little Rock CBS Affiliate

solorzano kthv croppedLittle Rock CBS affiliate KTHV has announced Astrid Solorzano as a reporter.

“I was impressed from the first minute I met Astrid and convinced she will continue to build on the strong storytelling, community involvement and passion for great news we expect here at KTHV,” news director Dave Parker said in a statement.

Solorzano, who starts Monday, previously worked as an anchor/reporter/producer for Annenberg TV News.

Little Rock Reporter Moves to Sales Department

lewis cropped katvKATV reporter Justin Lewis has announced he will become an account executive for the Little Rock ABC affiliate.

“In June, I will be stepping away from the television camera, but not leaving KATV,” Lewis wrote on his facebook page. “I’ve enjoyed my two years at Channel 7, but have decided I want different things out of my work and life in general.”

Lewis started at KATV in June 2012. His first job in local TV was with WTVA in Tupelo, MS.

[Arkansas TV News]

FAA Looking Into Drone Footage of Arkansas Tornado Damage

The FAA is looking into a KATV photographer’s use of a drone to shoot footage of tornado damage in Arkansas, Mashable’s Jason Abbruzzese reports. The photographer, Brian Emfinger, tweeted a link to the YouTube video of the drone footage he shot in the aftermath of a tornado in Mayflower, Ark.

Emfinger’s video was a topic of discussion during a panel discussion on drones at yesterday’s TVNewser Show (if you missed the video of the drone demonstration, see it here). During the talk, C. Andrew Keisner, an intellectual property and litigation attorney, predicted the FAA would start cracking down on drone usage by journalists: “According to the FAA, it’s illegal,” he said.

Hilary Hunt Joins Little Rock FOX Affiliate

hunt klrt croppedHilary Hunt has joined Little Rock, AR, FOX affiliate KLRT as a general assignment reporter.

KLRT news director Austin Kellerman told TVSpy Hunt joined the station Tuesday.

Hunt comes to KLRT from KNOE in Monroe, LA.

[Arkansas TV News]

KTHV Adds Mary Dunleavy as Sports Anchor

dunleavy kthv_croppedMary Dunleavy has joined Little Rock, AR, CBS affiliate KTHV as sports anchor.

Dunleavy comes to KTHV from WVIR in Charlottesville, VA.

KTHV news director Dave Parker told TVSpy, “We are wasting no time introducing Mary to Arkansas and its love for football as her first assignment with be reporting live this week from Razorbacks spring football practice.”

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