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KARK Reports on Meteorologist’s Connection to Dead Body Found in Bathtub

During its 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts on Tuesday night, Little Rock NBC-affiliate KARK announced that meteorologist Brett Cummins, who has been with the station since 2001, was connected to the death of a 24-year-old man who was found dead in a bathtub wearing a dog collar.

“Our meteorlogist Brett Cummins was at the home at the time of the death and we felt we should share this with our viewers,” KARK anchor Bob Clausen said during each newscast.  “No criminal charges have been filed in this case.  Brett will not be on the air as he is mourning the loss of his friend.” Read more

Man Found Dead in Bathtub with KARK Meteorologist Brett Cummins

Meteorologist Brett Cummins, who has been with KARK since 2001, was questioned by police on Monday after he was found asleep in a bathtub along with a dead man wearing a dog collar.

Christopher Barbour, a resident of the house where Cummins was found with the dead body, told police that he witnessed Cummins and the man–a friend of his named Dexter Paul Williams–drinking and snorting illegal narcotics on Sunday night. Barbour, Cummins, and Williams spent time together in a jacuzzi bathtub before Barbour left the pair alone and went to sleep on a couch in the living room.

When Barbour awoke the next morning, he heard snoring coming from the bathroom and entered to find Cummins asleep in the bathtub–now empty of water–with Williams’s body slumped behind him.  When Cummins eventually awoke, he discovered that Williams was not breathing and his face was discolored. Read more

Now, It’s Official: Mike Francis Named Chief Meteorologist at WXIA

Okay, now it’s official: Mike Francis has been named chief meteorologist at Atlanta’s WXIA.

Earlier this month, KARK, Francis’s now-former station, jumped the gun in announcing that the veteran meteorologist had landed a job in the #8 market. In reality, Francis’s agent was still finalizing the WXIA deal. But now the Gannett-owned NBC-affiliate has announced that Francis is indeed joining the station.

“Mike Francis is one of the most well respected and knowledgeable meteorologists in the country,” said WXIA VP of News Ellen Crooke, in announcing the hiring. “He is such a perfect fit for us. His years of storm chasing have given him incredible insight into the way storms behave and I’m proud to have him lead our team.”

Francis, who spent the past decade at KARK, is replacing Paul Ossmann, who will be leaving WXIA later this month. Read more

Nexstar Taps Mike Vaughn to Lead KARK-KARZ

Nexstar has promoted Mike Vaughn, the vice president and general manager of KNWA-KFTA in Fayetteville-Ft. Smith, to VP-GM of KARK-KARZ, the company’s Little Rock duopoly.

Before being named VP-GM in Fayetteville, Vaughn was based in Little Rock working as director of sales for KARK as well as KNWA-KFTA.

Vaughn said that he’s excited to be returning to Little Rock and promised that he “will be focusing on further extending our stations’ track record of broadcasting excellence and service to the Central Arkansas community.”

“Mike brings a wealth of broadcast experience and long-term track record of success to his new position,” said Rick Rogala, Nexstar’s senior vice president and regional manager, in making the announcement. He has “the right skill set and community commitment to lead our efforts in this important market,” Rogala added.

Mike Francis Joining WXIA, Oh Wait, Not So Fast

Yesterday there was word from Little Rock that longtime KARK weathercaster Mike Francis was leaving to become chief meteorologist at Atlanta’s WXIA. In the past 24 hours, though, Francis’s attorney has been forced to do damage control because it turns out that he hasn’t yet finalized a deal with ‘XIA.

Rick Carr, Francis’s attorney, spoke with TVSpy this morning and described how KARK jumped the gun in celebrating the veteran meteorologist’s move to Atlanta after 10 years in Little Rock.

Francis’s contract was up for renewal at KARK and the NBC-affiliate was waiting on a decision after submitting its final offer when the meteorologist informed station management that he was moving on, mentioning his (potential) new job in Atlanta.

“Mike’s an excitable guy and just got caught up in the moment,” Carr told TVSpy. Read more

KARK’s Mike Francis Moving to WXIA in Atlanta

Veteran meteorologist Mike Francis is leaving Little Rock’s KARK, where has has been for 10 years, for WXIA in Atlanta. He will be the station’s chief meteorologist.

KARK, the Little Rock NBC affiliate, announced Francis’s 48-market jump yesterday. News director Rob Heverling said, “We are very proud that he has developed so much during his tenure here that he has been able to make a positive impression on a top-ten TV market.”

Francis was named chief meteorologist at KARK, where he does the morning newscast, in 2008. His last day at the NBC affiliate will be July 1.

“Leaving Central Arkansas will not be easy for me,” Francis said. “The times we’ve shared together have given me and my family the opportunity to get a leadership position in one of the biggest TV markets in the country and we’re very grateful.”

>Update: Francis’s offer at WXIA has not yet been finalized, according to his attorney, Rick Carr.

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