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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

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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.

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.

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.”

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

Little Rock Sports Anchor Sues Gannett for Discrimination

edwards kthvMark C. Nelson, known on-air as Mark Edwards, is suing Gannett Co. and Little Rock CBS affiliate KTHV for discrimination.

According to the lawsuit posted on Courthouse News Service, Gannett, “has a corporate custom, policy, pattern, practice and procedure of not promoting African-Americans to director and leadership positions and utilizing a ‘one-and-done policy’ that disparately impacts African-American employed within the company.”

Edwards says Gannett manipulated focus groups and used “other means and methods” to “achieve its discriminatory goals and objectives.”

Edwards’ bio has been removed from the KTHV website.

The sports anchor said he started at KTHV in 2003 editing and doing production as the “number three” sports guy. When he had the opportunity to leave for an on-air job in Cleveland, Edwards said GM Larry Audas asked him to stay and promised him a promotion and that he would be on a “fast track” to the sports director position.

The complaint continues: “After remaining in employment for several years with the defendant, in approximately May 2012, Wes Moore, a white sports anchor and director, left Channel 11. Plaintiff was in an optimum position to take over as the anchor and sports director with the attendant advertising, marketing, promotion and raise-in-pay that accompanies such advancement within the company. However, rather than offer this opportunity to plaintiff, instead, Channel 11 hired a white male with less sports broadcasting experience from another station in July-August of 2012. For reasons never explained to plaintiff, defendant did not provide plaintiff with an offer to be promoted, marketed or further advanced with the defendant as sports director, or anchor as was promised and represented by him.” Read more

KTHV Adds Denise Middleton as Anchor

Denise Middleton AnnounceLittle Rock CBS affiliate KTHV has announced Denise Middleton as evening anchor.

“I am very excited to have Denise on board,” KTHV news director Dave Parker said in a statement. “She brings a wealth of knowledge, energy, and passion to her work. Denise’s commitment to community is an important foundation for sharing the stories important to Arkansans.”

Middleton last worked at KSLA in Shreveport, LA, as morning anchor. She has also worked at KHAS in Hastings, NE.

Daniel Wilkerson Joins WGCL From KTHV

daniel wilkersonDaniel Wilkerson is leaving KTHV, the CBS affiliate in Little Rock-Pine Bluff, for WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

“I’ll be making the move to Georgia and will be joining the CBS Atlanta news team. It’s a great opportunity,” Wilkerson wrote on Facebook. “I’ve made so many friends during my two years here. I love Little Rock and appreciate all of our THV 11 viewers, but I guess it’s time to make new memories and I know that will happen.”

Wilkerson is a multimedia journalist for KTHV’s 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekday newscasts and a producer for the Saturday 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

KTHV Adds Two Reporters from Closed Virginia Station

grossman_raymond_kthvLittle Rock, AR, CBS affiliate KTHV has picked up two reporters from the now closed TV3 in Winchester, VA.

Dan Grossman, who had worked at TV3 for a few months before it shut down in December, started at KTHV earlier this week.

Alyssa Raymond starts Monday. She had been with TV3 for two years.

KTHV news director Dave Parker told TVspy, he is “very excited that we were able to get 2 quality reporters to help us here at THV11 and also offer new opportunities to both Dan and Alyssa. Truly a win-win.”

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