#ARElections: A Sampling of Tuesday Night’s Political Coverage in Central Arkansas

With nearly 30 candidates running for Congressional seats, millions of dollars pouring into Arkansas media and plenty of national attention focusing on That U.S. Senate Race, tonight night is an Arkansas political junkie’s dream. How does one keep up with it all?

Here’s a sampling of where you can get the latest political news coverage after the polls close tomorrow night. (Any additions or updates, please let me know.)


Jeff Hankins and I will be live all night on Today’s THV’s THV2, the CBS affiliate’s second digital channel. We’ll also be cutting into CBS programming throughout the night, with a big wrap-up at 10 p.m. Steve Ronnelle, president of the Political Animals Club of Central Arkansas, is among the guests.

KATV-TV, Channel 7 – The ABC affiliate pre-empts “V” at 9 p.m. with a 1-hour election special.

KARK-TV, Channel 4 – The NBC affiliate will have Bill Vickery and Pat Lynch as part of its coverage.

KLRT-TV, Channel 16 – The Fox affiliate will have Roby Brock as part of its regular, hour-long newscast at 9 p.m.


KARN-FM, 102.9Blake Rutherford and Jason Tolbert sit in with Dave Elswick for wall-t0-wall coverage. You can listen live online here. And check Twitter for live comments from Rutherford and Tolbert. (KARN listeners, please be nice to Blake.)

KUAR-FM, 89.1, (NPR in Little Rock) – Rex Nelson sits in, along with news coverage from Ron Breeding, Kelly MacNeil and the gang. Listen live online here.


Again, you watch Today’s THV’s THV2 election coverage streaming live online here.

ArkansasBusiness.com – We’ll have updated analysis, as well as the latest numbers and stories from the Associated Press wire. For iPhones and Blackberries, go to m.inarkansas.com/news for those latest news headlines in a mobile-friendly format.

Arkansas Times Blog – No doubt there will be analysis from Editor Max Brantley and lots of colorful comments from readers.

ARElections.org – Returns as they come in. All the numbers, right here.


On the Think Tank, Rutherford has a final pre-election media round-up of local and national coverage and commentary on today’s races.


Heart & Soul: Lincoln, Halter Guest on ‘Talk of the Nation’ to Talk Democratic Party Identity

Re: This storyline from the U.S. Senate campaign in Arkansas between incumbent Blanche Lincoln and challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, both candidates are said to be guests on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” program today at 1 p.m. local time. That’s 89.1, KUAR, on your local terrestrial radio dial.

Here’s the pitch:

We’ve spent plenty of time this year talking about the divisions in the Republican Party, mostly about the rise of the Tea Party, and also focusing on the various primaries where the ideological differences are most pronounced, such as Florida, Texas and Arizona.

But there are divisions in the Democratic Party as well, and we saw that during the negotiations over health care.  Perhaps the biggest stage where two wings of the party are trying to define what exactly is a Democrat is Arkansas, where centrist Sen. Blanche Lincoln faces a spirited primary challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, backed by many progressive groups.  The primary is May 18.

Both Lincoln and Halter are our special guests today during the Political Junkie segment on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

(Noted: No D.C. Morrison!)

It’s unclear whether Lincoln and Halter will appear together. That’d be too much fun to realistically hope for!

Update: Show’s over! Halter and Lincoln appeared separately with hosts Ken Rudin and Neal Conan and rehashed a lot of what we heard during last weekend’s Democratic debates, including lamenting the negative tone of the campaign. Both candidates took calls from Arkansas listeners, including two from Hot Springs and a Lincoln supporter in Fayetteville.

After the jump, a tedious recap of an equally tedious hour of radio!

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On the Air: Catch Us on 103.7 the Buzz As We Ruin Your Sunday Morning!

The rumors are true! Catch myself, David Kinkade and Jason Tolbert doing our damnedest to ruin Blake Rutherford‘s “Arkansas Sunday Edition” talk-show-for-your-radio-box programme from 7-9 a.m. Sunday. We’ll talk politics of course, once Blake and RJ Hawk get the sports chat out of their system.


The boss, Jeff Hankins, is on “Arkansas Week” at 8 p.m., a special live pledge drive edition of the venerable weekly current events roundtable. Don’t miss it, and don’t forget to send in your pledge to support AETN and local public television.

Molding Young Minds at UALR High School Journalism Day

Much thanks to the Sonny Rhodes and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for inviting me to speak during two sessions of UALR’s annual Journalism Day event, which took place Thursday.

Andrew DeMillo of The Associated Press gave the event’s keynote address on “Why Journalism Matters,” and other session leaders included Frank Fellone of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Kelly Kissel of the AP and Malcolm Glover of KUAR-FM, 89. 1, the Little Rock NPR affiliate.

I spoke in two sessions, the first on “Why Your High School Newspaper Needs to Be Online,” and the second on ” … So You’re Online, Now What?” The students were great and asked some solid questions.

I also took the opportunity to ask some questions about teen media habits. And needless to say, everything you’ve heard about how teens engage (or don’t engage) with media is probably pretty close to true.

  • Most of them don’t read newspapers — less than half of the 20 in my first session said they read the local daily on a weekly basis, and none of them read it daily.
  • Many of them said they spend at least 4 hours a day online. One student said he’ll often spend half a Saturday online.
  • They text message one another like crazy. When I told them about a study that showed the average teen sends 2,000 texts a month, many told of numbers double that. And because they’re heavy texters, their parents are, too. One student said his Mom sent 5,000 messages one month.
  • Facebook is the hotness, but MySpace is dunzo.
  • They watch TV, but usually while surfing the Web.
  • Many of them say they read magazines.
  • Oh — and none of them Twitter.

None of their high school papers were online, but a couple of schools seemed poised to invest in the Web soon. One of the big concerns for students and their advisers was finding a way to fairly moderate reader comments.

In all, it was an enjoyable session. Despite the turmoil that traditional media (newspapers, TV, radio) find themselves in, I still believe it’s an exciting time to be a journalism student. The possibilities the Web offers young reporters and editors are boundless. No longer are students defined by the medium for which they work. On the Web, the lines have blurred, and they can each be involved in writing, video, photography, audio production, Web programming and more. And given the current state of media, with all the economic and organizational challenges that exist, they have a chance to help reshape the profession as it asserts itself on mobile and online platforms.

It’s a thrilling time for those kids, and 14 years out of high school, I’m a little envious.

LT, On Your TV and Radio Dials This Weekend

No rest for the narcissistic! Not content with the Internet, we’re also on the airwaves this weekend, aiming for Paris Hilton levels of overexposure. To wit:

Arkansas Week, 8:30 p.m. Friday, AETN – Catch myself, host Steve Barnes and Hoyt Purvis of the University of Arkansas as we tag-n-bag the week in business and politics. Tonight’s topics: Economic recovery, a Democratic challenger for Blanche Lincoln and Ted Kennedy’s Arkansas ties.

Arkansas Sunday Edition, 7 a.m., 103.7 The BuzzDavid Kinkade and I are bringing up the rear in the 8 a.m. hour, filling time for host Blake Rutherford, who’ll be spent after talking Razorbacks with super-fan James Roberts and politics with Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

Tune in if you can take it!

Tune In: I’ll Be a Guest on Arkansas Sunday Edition This Weekend

On the Buzz

On the Buzz

UPDATE: We’re off the air. It was a fun show! Congrats to Blake on his radio debut, and my thanks for inviting me to come on. Along with RJ Hawk, Jessica Dean and David Kinkade, we talked health care, Blanche Lincoln, GOP candidates for U.S. Senate and Bob Dylan. We even got a call from uber-Arkansas-political blogger Jason Tolbert. Success!

Look for today’s show to be archived online soon.

Original post:

I’ll be joining The Arkansas Project’s David Kinkade as a second-hour guest on the debut of Blake Rutherford’s Arkansas Sunday Edition radio show on 103.7 The Buzz. We’ll talk the week in Arkansas news and events: politics, media, business and more.

Blake’s show kicks off at 7 a.m with an hour on sports, then David and I mic-up for hour No. 2 at 8 a.m. We’re sure to Twitter (@LT), so feel free to comment there or, heck, just pick up the phone and give us a call!

Media Notes: Inside Saline Debuts; ‘FaceFriend’ Announced; Local, Local Local!

Old school THV logo

Old school THV logo

Please excuse us while we navel-gaze. The latest bits from around the media world, Arkansas and beyond:

AirheadsBlake Rutherford guests today on 103.7 The Buzz from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tune in for a taste of the his new radio show, starting this weekend.

Web Jones –  Whit Jones, the former editor of the Benton Courier, has launched InsideSaline.com, an online-only news site, promising to “take you inside news and politics in Saline County. Behind the headlines, if you will.”

Tower of PowerWAMU’s Diane Rehm is coming to Little Rock Sept. 3 to help raise money for KUAR’s new broadcast tower.

Local, Local, LocalSmall newspapers have figured out that if you report local news, people will read it! Also, having no competition – or Craigslist – helps.

The Only Game in Town – Are people really surprised that, now that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has failed and there’s no longer a JOA weighing them down and they’ve cut staff to the bone, the Seattle Times has posted a profit? Really?

Flip the Scripp – Also posting profits – cutbacks help! – the E.W. Scripps Co. But the newspaper company reports print revenue down 29 percent.

Picture ThisA world without professional photogs, thanks to all you smarty-pants amateurs with your iPhones and your Twitters and Flickrs and your iReports. Boo! Even Annie Leibovitz can’t put food on the table.

Meanwhile, Back at the RanchDon Imus might be coming back to cable TV news, this time on Fox Business.

Let’s Be FriendsFacebook spends $50 million to buy FriendFeed, which most of you haven’t even heard of. For what it’s worth, you can follow my FriendFeed here.

Wishful Thinking – A look at some of the wishful business models at play by those who want to charge for online news content.