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KATV Anchor Leaving TV for University Job

munoz_katv croppedKATV anchor Christina Munoz is leaving the Little Rock ABC affiliate to work as associate VP of Communications, PR, and Marketing at the University of Central Arkansas, according to Arkansas Business.

“She is trusted and respected by her peers and widely recognized as one of the best communicators of our time,” UCA president Tom Courtway said in a statement. ”Her professionalism, expertise and reputation are unmatched in the communications field.”

Munoz has worked at KATV for almost 10 years. Before working at KATV, she was a reporter and fill-in anchor at KDLH in Duluth, MN. She will be going by Madsen, her married name, at the university.

Sunday Political Show Jumping Little Rock Stations

KATV304Little Rock political show “Talk Business & Politics” and host Roby Brock are moving from NBC affiliate KARK to ABC affiliate KATV Sunday.

“Roby has built a strong following in Arkansas with his in-depth coverage of local business and politics,” said KATV news director Nick Genty in a statement. “We welcome him to our team and know that our strong coverage with ‘KATV’s Election Central’ will get even stronger as a result on the air and online at KATV.com.”

The show will air at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning following ABC’s “This Week.” KATV anchor Scott Inman and reporter Janelle Lilley will join the show.

Brock will also appear on KATV’s newscasts as a regular political commentator and analyst.

Jocelyn Tovar Leaving KARK-KLRT

jocelyn tovarJocelyn Tovar is leaving KARK-KLRT to join the Markham Group as director of communications and press relations, Arkansas Business reports.

“I look forward to being a part of its future success by using the skills I learned from inside various news organizations to promote its continued growth,” Tovar said in a statement.

KARK-KLRT news director Austin Kellerman told TVspy Tovar’s last day will be next Wednesday February 26.

Tovar joined the Little Rock duopoly in 2012. Previously, she worked at KTXS in Abilene, Texas.

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.”

KATV Meteorologist Apologizes for Bad Forecast

yakoubian katv croppedKATV meteorologist Todd Yakoubian apologized to viewers on his blog and his facebook page after he said he blew a recent forecast.

“I don’t think anyone takes it as bad as I do when it comes to busting a forecast. I’m very sorry,” Yakoubian wrote on his facebook page. “For the longest time, there really appeared to be a winter weather threat, but the first clue nothing would materialize happened last Sunday night. I remember seeing the afternoon and evening model runs really cut back on the precipitation and that’s when I should have bailed on the snow forecast.”

As of this writing, 2,681 people liked his facebook post. For perspective, the Little Rock DMA has about 571,000 households.

[Arkansas TV News]

Viewers of Arkansas Station Lose Eight Minutes of Super Bowl Because of Transmitter

Viewers of Little Rock, AR, FOX affiliate KLRT lost eight minutes of what would normally be prime Super Bowl viewing when the station’s transmitter lost power.

The station told viewers on its facebook page, “We hope to have it restored ASAP. We sincerely apologize.”

The signal was restored just in time for viewers to watch Denver’s offense run two plays before Demaryius Thomas had the ball stripped out of his hands by the Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith.

The station explained what happened to its signal on its facebook page:

[Arkansas TV News]

Anchor Liz Massey Leaving KTHV

massey_croppedKTHV anchor Liz Massey said she is leaving the Little Rock, AR, CBS affiliate next week.

Massey announced the news on her station facebook page, “This is something I never thought I’d be writing but I just wanted to let you know that after nearly 14 years, my last day at THV 11 News will be next Thursday, October 3rd.”

Massey, a 1998 graduate of Arkansas State University, won an Emmy in 2012 for “Secret Mission” where she helped bring a military mom who was deployed to Iraq and her three kids together in a surprise reunion.

[Arkansas TV News]

Little Rock Station Dedicates Studio to Former General Manager


KATV, the ABC affiliate for Little Rock, AR, has named its news studio in honor of Dale Nicholson.

Current general manager Mark Rose announced the dedication of the studio in honor of Nicholson who had worked at KATV for more than 50 years, 30 of those spent as general manager.

Nicholson is credited with influencing the careers of many in the industry, “They’re working in Philadelphia, they’ve worked in New York, they’ve worked in LA,” said Rose. “His knowledge of the news side really was influential in their lives and getting them on the right path and he has just touched so many people, he really has.”

The station’s owners, the Allbritton’s donated $5000.00 to the newly created “Dale Nicholson Scholarship.”

[Arkansas TV News]

Jessica Duff Leaving KTHV for Radio

Jessica Duff, sports producer and multimedia journalist, is leaving KTHV.

Duff told TVSpy she’s moving to Arkansas sports radio station “The Source ” 93.3.

She came to the Little Rock, AR, CBS affiliate from WVLT in Knoxville, TN. Her last day at KTHV is Friday.

[Arkansas TV News]

KARK Adds Husband and Wife Anchor Duo

KARK, the Nexstar owned NBC affiliate for Little Rock, AR, has announced the addition of two anchors who are also married to each other.

Starting in September, Ashley Ketz will join Bob Clausen on the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscast. Ketz replaces Jessica Dean who was recently named anchor at KYW in Philadelphia. Also joining the station in September is Ketz’s husband, Aaron Nolan, who returns to KARK as co-anchor of “Arkansas Today,” the station’s noon newscast. He will anchor alongside Mallory Hardin.

“We couldn’t be more excited about welcoming Ashley home to Arkansas,” said KARK news director Austin Kellerman.  “Ashley has done a standout job since joining Nexstar Broadcasting’s station in Springfield.  It’s a natural transition for her to return home and help lead our team in Little Rock.” Read more

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