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KLRT Gives David Raath A Touching and Awkward Goodbye

Viewers of Little Rock FOX affiliate KLRT witnessed a touching, yet awkward, goodbye to sportscaster David Raath Friday night.

Raath seemed surprised by the start of his sportscast which consisted of video highlights of his work spanning his nine year career at the station. “You know I put together a sportscast,” Raath told his co-anchors Kevin Kelly and Donna Terrell. “And it’s all for naught,”  Raath added, “You ambushed it.”

The heart-wrenching came between the awkward with Raath tearfully expressing his gratitude to viewers and co-workers for his time at the station. The first cringe-worthy moment came when Kelly began telling viewers Raath was moving on to better things. Raath was one of many station employees laid-off by Nexstar last week. The last awkward bit was when the trio thought they had said it all about Raath’s departure, but were informed they had one more minute to fill.

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Layoffs Hit Little Rock’s KLRT and KARK

Nearly 30 employees have been laid off from both Nexstar managed Little Rock stations, KLRT and KARK, as part of a move to consolidate the two stations, according to Arkansas Business.

The layoffs come less than a month after Mission Broadcasting completed the purchase of FOX affiliate KLRT from Newport Television. Soon after the deal went through, Nexstar, who signed an outside services agreement with Mission, removed the station’s GM and promised more changes to come.

Arkansas Business quotes a KLRT insider who said at least 20 of the layoffs came from KLRT, including news director Ed Trauschke and sports anchor David Raath.  Another source said KARK, the Little Rock NBC affiliate, saw eight employees let go including on-air talent Wendy Suares, Adam Rodriguez and Jonathan Athens.

A Nexstar spokesperson told TVSpy the company does not comment on personnel matters.

[Arkansas Online]