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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]

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Not All Little Rock Stations Agree on Drone Use for News

drone_AP_304Arkansas Business reports about the emerging use of drones in the Little Rock market.

Local drone pilot Tim Trieschmann told AB he owns three remote helicopters and uses them to shoot video for NBC affiliate KARK, CBS affiliate KTHV, and FOX affiliate KLRT. Trieschmann said he sees it as a cheaper alternative to using a helicopter.

In our TVNewser Show on April 29th, we will be discussing the increasing use of drones in journalism.

Austin Kellerman, news director for KARK-KLRT, said he agreed with Trieschmann. “sometimes the quality of video and perspective isn’t all that great. It can be almost distracting; depending on the setup, the camera might shake and the video would not necessarily be that clean.”

ABC affiliate KATV told AB it uses a drone owned by a station photographer to shoot stories. But not all stations agree on using the unmanned vehicles for news purposes.

“We’re not utilizing drones,” said Michael Caplan, general manager of KTHV.

Trieschmann’s work for that station has been for promotional videos only, not for news coverage.

Caplan said one reason the station isn’t using Trieschmann or other drone operators for breaking news is because of uncertain regulation surrounding the tech. Read more

Former KARK Reporter Gene Stewart Dies

stewart kark croppedGene Stewart, a reporter for KARK in the 1970′s and 80′s, died Tuesday of complications from surgery.

Stewart worked for the Little Rock, AR, NBC affiliate twice. In 1971 he joined the station as a reporter, night editor and producer.

According to his obituary he left KARK in 1977 to be a patrol sergeant and PIO for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

For several years, Gene flew the daily traffic watch over Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County in all types of weather. The reports were carried on several Little Rock area radio stations, and “Sgt. Gene’s” air traffic reports were depended on by thousands of motorists.

He went back to KARK in 1981 and stayed until 1988 when he started his own production company, “Gene Stewart Video.”

According to KARK, “When contacted a few years ago about working at the station, Gene told us that KARK was ‘still in his heart and soul’ and that it was a great place to work. Gene also recalled staffers saying ‘showtime’ when it was time for a newscast to begin, and he said seeing KARK videos from that time period always brought back that excitement.”

Gene Stewart was 71.

Drew Petrimoulx Headed to Little Rock’s KARK-KLRT

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting Drew Petrimoulx will join Little Rock, AR, stations KARK and KLRT.

“One reason I’m going is because it’s the state capital, and I have the chance to report on politics,” Petrimoulx told the Sentinel. “The concentration on politics drew me there.”

Petrimoulx left Orlando’s ABC affiliate WFTV in January. He starts at KARK and KLRT in two weeks. “I really appreciated the opportunity that WFTV game me,” Petrimoulx said. “I grew up there. I’m going to miss the people and the relationships.” Read more

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]

Nexstar Ousts KLRT GM, Reveals Plans to Merge Facilities with KARK

Nexstar Broadcasting wasted little time in making changes to Mission Broadcasting’s newly acquired Little Rock stations KLRT (FOX) and KASN (CW).

KLRT general manager Chuck Spohn was let go the day the sale closed while Nexstar made public its plans to merge the stations facilities with its NBC affiliate KARK.

Spohn told TVSpy, “It has been a privilege and pleasure to have successfully managed the FOX16 team for the past 15+years. This team has produced a fantastic product – something we are all very proud of. I wish everyone there continued success as they move forward with this transition to new ownership.”

Mission Broadcasting closed Thursday on a $60 million deal to buy both KLRT and KASN from Newport Television. Nexstar Broadcasting entered into an outside services agreement with Mission, essentially giving Nexstar control of the stations. Nexstar also owns KARK. Read more

Parents of Man Found Dead in Bathtub Sue Former KARK Meteorologist Brett Cummins

The parents of Dexter Williams, the 24-year old man who was found dead in a bathtub next to former KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins (pictured) last year, have filed a lawsuit claiming Cummins and two other men failed to prevent their son’s death.

Cummins was with Williams the night of his death in September 2011. The pair were at a house in Little Rock on the night of Williams’ death, reportedly drinking and using illegal drugs. Cummins woke up in the bathtub with Williams dead next to him the following morning.

Prosecutors have said they will not file charges in Williams’ death, which was ruled by the state crime lab to have been caused by asphyxia. Williams’ parents, however, are pursuing a lawsuit, the Associated Press reports: Read more

VIDEO: Naked Man Interrupts KARK Interview

A KARK interview with an elderly couple took an indecent turn over the weekend when a naked man walked out of the woods while the cameras were rolling.

A crew from the Little Rock NBC affiliate was interviewing Eva Halpain and John Manassel about their home, which was destroyed when a tree fell on it Saturday evening. The interview was halted when Nathaniel Koba, who police say was intoxicated at the time of the incident, walked out of the nearby woods with no clothes on.

I ought to go out there and start an ass kicking contest,” Mannassel said. Read more

Reporter Jocelyn Tovar Joins KARK in Little Rock

Jocelyn Tovar has joined KARK, the NBC-affiliate in Little Rock, as a general assignment reporter.

Tovar joins KARK from KTXS, the ABC-affiliate in Abilene, TX, where she was hired as a city reporter in 2009. She eventually became the station’s crime and courts reporter. Prior to that, Tovar worked as the Washington, DC correspondent at KFDX in Wichita Falls, TX.

Tovar’s first day on the air at KARK was last week. “Really excited and already loving Little Rock,” she tweeted. “There’s greenery!”

Arkansas Native Laura Huckabee Joins KHBS-KHOG as Morning Meteorologist

Laura Huckabee, an Arkansas native and cousin of Mike Huckabee, is joining KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, where she’ll anchor the Hearst station’s weekday morning newscast.

Huckabee has over two decades of forecasting experience, including ten years at WGCL in Atlanta.

“Laura understands weather is the most important element in our morning newscast,” said Brian Sather, KHBS-KHOG’s president and general manager, announcing the move. “I’m confident from day one viewers will enjoy her comfortable delivery and informative local forecasts.” Read more

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